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13361  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GoW Update is Live! on: January 10, 2007, 01:06:24 PM
Played a good 3 hrs last night online and I LOVE the new grenade tagging.  You have to really be right on the guy to get him. Much better, though I still gots teh blown ups quite a bit.

The voice chat fix is awesome. Everyone can talk to everyone else after every match regardless of what team and whether you're dead (ATB) or alive (Calvin).

Thumbs up so far.

However, there is now this pop up message that appears every time there's significant lag. It stops the whole game with everyone frozen in place until the 'lag' or connection viability is re-established. It really throws off your game.
13362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How much would you pay for a Wii? on: January 10, 2007, 01:04:05 PM

Quote from: Ridah on January 10, 2007, 07:50:18 AM

blah blah blah

Really, the previous gen argument is such nonsense.

The UI is far more advanced than any other system out. So, the Wii is actually next next gen.

And the graphics are far and away better than the GC.

13363  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Advance Wars DS - how to reset? on: January 10, 2007, 01:01:43 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on January 10, 2007, 12:40:08 PM

DOS?

Dawn of Sorrow?
13364  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is there an Ignore feature in the works? on: January 10, 2007, 05:55:42 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on January 10, 2007, 01:59:33 AM

rant

The answer to your question rhymes with PS3.


Seriously- I thought we were all having fun in this thread except for some people taking it too seriously.

Perhaps we should curtail all gaming talk for a while. Rather we should talk what's hot in fashion, cars, music, etc.  Rename the site "Trend"


Your wish is granted. Long live Jambi.
13365  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mark McGwire: HOF Yes or no? on: January 10, 2007, 05:51:25 AM

Quote from: Grievous Angel on January 10, 2007, 03:02:29 AM

Jeez, I just looked at the poll. I can say with all certainty that Mark McGwire will never, EVER, be in the hall of fame in Canton.

The one in Cooperstown? That's up for debate.  Tongue

<he he. Fixed. Never did like baseball.>
13366  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An ATB Retrospective on: January 10, 2007, 05:49:43 AM

Quote from: Calvin on January 10, 2007, 05:43:51 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 10, 2007, 05:34:49 AM

Quote from: Calvin on January 10, 2007, 05:05:32 AM

(I still want ceekay to take that down, but my above post is not directed at him and he knows it).

I always thought you were kidding around and didn't realize you took it personally.  I fixed it.  Hugs?

Dude, absolutely hugs (god we are gay). I just get very protective over the wonderful things that C&H has meant for me in my life, and my hopes to share the stories and meaning with my eventual kids one day.

You, sir, are out of your mind.  Absolutely out of your mind.
13367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Advance Wars DS - how to reset? on: January 10, 2007, 05:47:37 AM
DOS lets you erase everything.
13368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Finished: The Greatest TBS of All Time on: January 10, 2007, 05:46:48 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 10, 2007, 02:07:36 AM

ATB,

I recommend you try Dai Senryaku VII for the Xbox if you have that console. It is a superb TBS game.

http://www.gamerankings.com/itemrankings/launchreview.asp?reviewid=472076

Thanks for the recommend. I think I looked into buying it at one point but never got back to it.
13369  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Mark McGwire: HOF Yes or no? on: January 09, 2007, 08:08:09 PM
He didn't make it this year- not even close.

Should he ever?
13370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bully. Who's getting and who's got impressions. on: January 09, 2007, 05:47:30 PM
Glad you like it!

I got 5 minutes in and new it wasn't for me. Off to ebay it went.
13371  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is there an Ignore feature in the works? on: January 09, 2007, 03:09:10 PM

Quote from: Beer Goggles on January 09, 2007, 02:51:03 PM

Quote from: SuperHiro on January 09, 2007, 12:11:51 AM

Maybe I'm being a little too melOOdramatic

I see what you did there.

I too see what he did there.  He really needs to learn how to spell.
13372  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Playoff Predictions (Divisional Playoffs Edition) on: January 09, 2007, 02:05:30 PM

Quote from: JLu on January 09, 2007, 01:53:33 PM

Indianapolis
Patriots

Chicago
New Orleans



I don't watch football but I play a guy who watches football.

Colts
Chargers

Chicago
Philly
13373  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A New Year A New Boss on: January 09, 2007, 02:02:56 PM

Quote from: Lee on January 09, 2007, 01:54:08 PM

My boss gave me a 6 pack of home brew last week. No matter what he does now, I like him.

lol.  thumbsup
13374  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A New Year A New Boss on: January 09, 2007, 12:52:40 PM
I don't mean to keep bringing  up work, but...found out last night at 11:00 that my boss is taking a new position with a different team.

She's been my boss for a little less than a  year and a half and it's the first period (other than the first 8 or so months after I started) of the 5 that I've been with the company that I've had some sense of stability with regard to who directs me.  Prior to that, my manager relationship tenure was on the order of 3-5 months and that makes it very hard to build a working relationship or have someone champion the work you're doing. 

She's a great boss, very sharp, doesn't micro manage etc.  And now she's no longer mine.  <sigh>

I wonder how many mangers I'll have in 2007  crybaby

13375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War Patch This Week on: January 09, 2007, 02:39:04 AM
So how will the mission based maps work?
13376  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Jan 12 GoW MP? 10 PM EST? on: January 09, 2007, 02:37:59 AM

Quote from: Calvin on January 09, 2007, 02:15:22 AM

Quote from: ATB on January 09, 2007, 02:02:05 AM

I'm totally going to still be on at 11 PM. No worries. Whether we have room...well, that remains to be seen. biggrin
Now ATB, lets be real. Would you rather have some random regular forumer in there, or would you rather have me in there racking up my 8-10 kills, frustrating you at every turn, and winning the first battle of wills with PeteRock? Consider this carefully sir!

Well, friend, I'm hoping the total degradation in play on my part had to do with lack of even teams rather than an unbelievable superiority that you possess.  It's possible, but I'm hoping it's not the latter.

Counter question: Should I have the forum regular who has the dedication to be there on time despite other commitments to an imaginary girlfriend or you who waltzes in whenever he pleases?
13377  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Jan 12 GoW MP? 10 PM EST? on: January 09, 2007, 02:02:05 AM
I'm totally going to still be on at 11 PM. No worries. Whether we have room...well, that remains to be seen. biggrin
13378  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is there an Ignore feature in the works? on: January 09, 2007, 12:03:48 AM
I'm gonna say keep it.

Once we're used to it it will no longer be a topic of conversation. 
13379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War Patch This Week on: January 08, 2007, 08:47:26 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on January 08, 2007, 08:41:25 PM


Sorry KD. I did a page search for Gears...not GoW. I'm such a n00b.

Quote
Since I finally got into some multiplayer in the past week, the changes don't mean a lot to me.  Were the grenades that bad?

Yep. you could tag from the equivalent of probably 6 to 8 feet away making tagging almost indefensible.  Up for some playing friday night, Jlu? see the multiplayer gaming forum.
13380  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War Patch This Week on: January 08, 2007, 08:33:10 PM
Can someone tell me what 'weapon switching' is on the host options for player matches?
13381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gears of War Patch This Week on: January 08, 2007, 08:11:22 PM
Didn't see this anywhere (after looking briefly)


From the Epic Forums (thanks IkeV):

Quote from: Mark Rein

 A Gears of War update should start pushing through the system at some point tomorrow, Tuesday January 9, 2007 prior to the two new multiplayer maps being available on Xbox Live Marketplace on Wednesday January 10, 2007.

The maps, plus an introductory video featuring Gears designer Cliff Bleszinski, are free thanks to the kind sponsorship by the Discovery Channel's Future Weapons series which launches next Monday January 15th, 2007. Be sure to check out the show to see some really cool firepower. I expect game designers all across the country will be watching the Future Weapons series very carefully looking for ideas for their future games

Here is a list of what was addressed in this update:

• Fixed aspect ratio distortion when using VGA cable with 4:3 displays at resolutions higher than 640x480
• Fixed voice issue with new players joining Player Match games in progress
• Players can now get the Achievement for "Dish Best Served Cold" when using Troika turret to kill RAAM
• Fixed rare situation where host could loop countdown and never start match
• Fixed rare situation where players could get stuck after chainsawing in multiplayer
• Reduced Grenade Tag melee distance
• Enabled “Strict” NAT check on host to prevent possible connection issues
• Optimized server browser queries to return results more quickly and prevent scroll bars from hiding quality of service icons
• Reduced number of possible revives in Execution to match Warzone
• Removed host name from Ranked match server browser
• Disabled security cameras in Ranked matches
• Ranked matches now require balanced teams (3v3 or 4v4)
• Increased penalty for quitting a Ranked match to -50 points
• Added additional cheat detection code
• Additional housekeeping updates


My two favorites are the grenade tagging distance nerf and the fix for the audio!

W00t!

I don't understand this one:

Quote
• Removed host name from Ranked match server browser

Whas that mean besides the obvious. Why would/should the name be hidden?

Edit again: got it. so people can't team up with their friends...
13382  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / It's Annual Assessment Results Time on: January 08, 2007, 07:17:38 PM
Warning/Disclaimer:   If you don't have a job, have a job you hate, are broke, are underpaid, have a boss who verbally abuses you, have cancer of the testicles, are going to point out that there are people in the world with no eyes or feet, or if your town, city, region, state are suffering through the worst depression of economy in history, that doesn't mean I can't complain about crappy raises so don't bring any of those points up in an attempt to make it sound like I'm ungrateful.

<inhales>

Just got word that I should be finding out what the results were for my annual assessment some time this week.  It's supposed to be my best assessment ever- after being passed over for a rightful promotion 2 straight years and then getting blind sided last year by negative feedback that no one brought up during the year previous review cycle, I'm not optimistic. 

I should finally be promoted this year (again, probably won't happen), but more importantly, I'm looking to break passed the 3% annual pay increase that I've gotten 3 of the past 4 years.  Really, 4% would make me happy.  A piddling 4%.  Come on bosses! You can DO it!




<edited for clarification>
13383  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spoiled Rich Chick Video on: January 08, 2007, 07:07:21 PM
Ugh.  It's her parent's fault.
13384  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This online winter course sucks so far on: January 08, 2007, 06:46:51 PM

Quote from: stiffler on January 07, 2007, 08:30:54 PM

I took Health and PE online in college.  I had to take quizzes on Friday nights so I would have friends over and we'd all play along like it was a gameshow.

LOL.
13385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Finished: The Greatest TBS of All Time on: January 08, 2007, 06:45:01 PM

Quote from: Louis Cypher on January 08, 2007, 06:38:36 PM

Ok, I just bought a DS (did i make the right choice?). Now, instead of making a new thread, I'll ask in here.  What are must haves for it? I'm considering Animal Crossing, FFIII, Advance Wars:DS (per ATB) Basically I'm a fan of any game thats fun. Anyone play Contact?

Elite Beat Agents! Phoenix Wright!  Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time!


Haven't tried contact, but would like to.  Gonna finish my remaining backlog first though.
13386  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is there an Ignore feature in the works? on: January 08, 2007, 06:00:25 PM

Quote from: SuperHiro on January 08, 2007, 05:48:32 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on January 08, 2007, 08:51:51 AM

Quote from: Calvin on January 08, 2007, 07:42:53 AM

Quote from: SuperHiro on January 08, 2007, 06:27:42 AM

Sweet, I'm at two.  I just figured out a terrific way to find out the pussies who are ignoring you.

Tell me bish, tell me!

I am curious now too...

Whatevers

Didn't I prove this with my question to Kobra already? I mean come on.  Perhaps you have me on ignore.
13387  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Jan 12 GoW MP? 10 PM EST? on: January 08, 2007, 05:42:27 PM
Wait wait wait!

I have it now.

Ever see Maverick with Mel Gibson? He played the first hour of poker and guaranteed that he'd lose. Then he started playing and then cleaned the table.  That's what Calvin did.

As Maverick did with the poker player's tells, Calvin used his 'fight' with his 'girlfriend' to watch our techniques for the first hour and then he came back on and blasted us to bits.

Muhahaahaha.  I'm on to you, but there's something you should know! I'm not left handed.
13388  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Jan 12 GoW MP? 10 PM EST? on: January 08, 2007, 05:40:42 PM
Anyone up and in?  Pete let's try this again. Calvin...2 weeks in a row?  I promise not to stink as bad this week.
13389  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is there an Ignore feature in the works? on: January 08, 2007, 05:39:34 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 08, 2007, 05:23:46 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 08, 2007, 01:27:17 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 08, 2007, 04:46:04 AM

I'm up to 2 people ignoring me (officially)!

On top of that  I'm post-padding the Calvin way. Oh yeah, it's a three-peat!

Make it three  disgust.

I hardly ever use the chainsaw.



Buddy, you're down to 1 now.

Man I wish these Hiro-dubbed "Pussies" would be consistant. At least with XBL achievements they don't take em away (just stick you for not getting any for demos that don't have any)

Woohoo back down to 0. Mine must have jumped to Hetzy boy!

Either that or Kobra couldn't stand not being able to read my nonsensical replies to his nonsensical border posts.  I expect to be back to 1 once his curiosity is sated.
13390  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is there an Ignore feature in the works? on: January 08, 2007, 05:38:28 PM
Hmm. In testing it shows that the person has posted but just omits the text of their post. I can see threads they've started and everything. What good is that? I want people I ignore to no longer exist to me. 

Perhaps it's because those threads and posts already existed and now when they post I won't see anything?
13391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How Would You Improve the DS Lite? on: January 08, 2007, 04:19:27 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 08, 2007, 03:53:20 PM

Quote from: Lee on January 08, 2007, 03:19:11 AM

Quote from: ATB on January 08, 2007, 03:02:01 AM

5. Have an option to bypass the safety warning on every boot up.  Good golly.  Please let me toggle it off.

I really do hate that.

My biggest complaint is I get hand cramps way too easy with it. Especially with action games. I just can't play it for long periods of time. I guess they can't really fix that though without making it bigger.

I was discussing this with a friend at work, he received a DSL for Christmas.

Their is a 3rd party 'base' made for this, it has larger, round handgrips (here is one with added storage, and one with additional batteries).  I'm thinking about getting one, since my hands are way too big for the little DS Lite.  Depending on the game/control settings, various parts of my hand can get cramped after a long time playing.  The worst is a game like Metroid, where you will be holding down the corner button for extended periods of time.

Those are pretty cool!
13392  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An ATB Retrospective on: January 08, 2007, 04:03:54 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 08, 2007, 03:48:07 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 08, 2007, 03:44:25 PM

Update:

I'm now #5 all time for number of threads started!

The celebration party will commence this Friday at 10 PM.

 deadhorse

At least try to mask your envy, serf.
13393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Finished: The Greatest TBS of All Time on: January 08, 2007, 04:02:51 PM

Quote from: kathode on January 08, 2007, 03:50:01 PM

One vote for renaming the topic "Just Finished: The Greatest TBS of All Time Out of the Few I Have Played"  :slywink:

Oh. I've Played Many.  None with the precise and perfect balancing and AI response to tactics that I've seen in AW.

It is impossible to tank rush any type of unit in this game.
13394  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An ATB Retrospective on: January 08, 2007, 03:44:25 PM
Update:

I'm now #5 all time for number of threads started!

The celebration party will commence this Friday at 10 PM.
13395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Finished: The Greatest TBS of All Time on: January 08, 2007, 03:33:58 PM

Quote from: Misguided on January 08, 2007, 02:54:36 PM

I enjoyed both Age of Empires and especially Battles of Prince of Persia on DS more than Advance Wars, which simply didn't appeal to me in the slightest.
BoPP is too easy, though. Still, I enjoyed it.

Agreed BPOP is far too easy. That said, I still gave it an A as I really enjoyed it.

I don't find AW puzzlish at all. Hmm.
13396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/8) on: January 08, 2007, 03:30:11 PM
Possibly LP at some point. Possibly not.  My backlog continues to shrink!
13397  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Weight/Fitness Tracking 2007 on: January 08, 2007, 01:29:50 PM
Well, I'm officially back at work today and the holiday bloodletting feasting is over as of last night.

The damage? +8 lbs which is about half of what I lost during training.  No worries though.  Time to start up again.

So as of today I'm sitting at 194 and plan to run a short distance this afternoon.

Goal is 175.

Arkon! Can you start a 2007 Google Sheet?
13398  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is there an Ignore feature in the works? on: January 08, 2007, 01:27:17 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 08, 2007, 04:46:04 AM

I'm up to 2 people ignoring me (officially)!

On top of that  I'm post-padding the Calvin way. Oh yeah, it's a three-peat!

Make it three  disgust.

I hardly ever use the chainsaw.

13399  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is there an Ignore feature in the works? on: January 08, 2007, 01:26:16 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 08, 2007, 06:12:35 AM

Quote from: Purge on January 08, 2007, 04:46:04 AM

I'm up to 2 people ignoring me (officially)!

On top of that  I'm post-padding the Calvin way. Oh yeah, it's a three-peat!
Congrats!  Here, have an award for your diligent efforts!!!



See! Adversity brings out the best in people.

Well done!
13400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of Sorrows: You Mean That's It? on: January 08, 2007, 01:21:32 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 08, 2007, 12:51:54 PM

Dude, you just skipped the best half of the game. You had only completed about 3/4 of the main game at the point where you were, leaving out a whole new map to explore. Also, Julius mode was much more fun for me than the main mode, even though I had never played a Castlevania game before that.

Meh.  I really wasn't into  it enough to bother to spend any more time on it.
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