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13561  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

13562  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?
13563  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?
13564  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
13565  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. 
13566  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.
13567  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?
13568  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...
13569  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>
13570  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spoiled Rich Chick Video on: January 08, 2007, 07:07:21 PM
Ugh.  It's her parent's fault.
13571  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.
13572  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.
13573  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.
13574  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.
13575  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.
13576  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.
13577  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?
13578  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!
13579  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.
13580  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.
13581  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.
13582  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.
13583  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!
13584  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?
13585  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.

13586  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!
13587  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.
13588  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Newsflash: US Military attacked on Mexican border. on: January 08, 2007, 03:06:06 AM

Quote from: jblank on January 08, 2007, 12:21:56 AM

Quote from: ATB on January 06, 2007, 08:56:45 PM

OMG! It's such big news that it's all over the national networks. Oh wait. No it's not. It must be a conspiracy to let them overrun us! Or they have hidden broadcast antennae repeating 'sleep sleep sleep'.  If I put on some special glasses I can see who is Mexican and who is not!  Where the hell is Roddy Piper when we need him?!

We'd better nuke Mexico City with teh quickness!

Nuke MC? No, but I think this does go a long way towards proving just how much of a problem the southern border has become. What will it take, another attack? some deaths maybe? some rapes or murders of citizens? Tell me, what will it take before we all stand up, united as a nation, and say to our leaders that we need to do what it takes to ensure the security of our nations borders? Answer that if you can.

Mexican Sombrero Bombs.
13589  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is there an Ignore feature in the works? on: January 08, 2007, 03:04:45 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 08, 2007, 02:14:54 AM

Quote from: Lee on January 08, 2007, 02:11:21 AM

I am a little surprised at some of the people who do have people ignoring them. I mean what did ATB ever do to anyone?

I laughed when I saw that.  And who would ignore me?  I am as pure as the driven snow!!!  :slywink:

Well, my Kobra theory holds up as he did not rebut.  If he had, Ceekay was my second guess because I know that he harbors a secret pain in his heart whenever he reads one of my posts because he realizes he's never going to be as charming, well liked, topical or intelligent as I am.

The poor lad.
13590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How Would You Improve the DS Lite? on: January 08, 2007, 03:02:01 AM
If you were on the design team and could improve the handheld from a hardware perspective, how would you do it?

1. Be able to get to the system menu from within a game: so you can check what time it is, adjust the brightness etc without having to back out... power down, power on, make the changes, insert the cartridge, power back on etc.

2. Be able to boot a game from the systems menu.  Basically, if you start the DS with no game in, you have to power it back down insert the cartridge and power back on

3. Onboard memory.  I'm fairly positive, despite its small stature, that they could fit some kind of onboard memory.  I'm not asking for much, but some would be nice.  This would allow you to save demos from DL stations and or maybe a song or too.

4. Move the headphone jack to the back. Not too troublesome, but it is in an awkward place

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

13591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: The Greatest TBS of All Time on: January 08, 2007, 02:57:41 AM
Advanced Wars Dual Strike.  29 Missions.  Amazing AI. Incredible unit variety.  Superb balancing.  Neat extras. Brilliant skirmish scenarios. BRAVO!

Questions:

1. Any word on a sequel in development?
2. How well did it sell?  I guess that will answer #1 too.
3. Was there one before it? My guess is it would have been a GBA title. If so, worth getting?
4. Can anyone think of a TBS game that is as good or better- on any platform?  I could toss in Disciples 2 (my all time favorite PC game) and HOMMIII (really my first TBS game), but the balancing and excellent AI of AWDS tops them all in my book.
5. If you own a DS and like TBS and haven't played it...why are you so stupid and ugly?
13592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of Sorrows: You Mean That's It? on: January 07, 2007, 08:23:08 PM
I didn't bother going back to it at all.  Thanks though.
13593  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is there an Ignore feature in the works? on: January 06, 2007, 09:52:43 PM
D00D! I just noticed there's an ignore button.

I likes it and someone has already decided they don't like joy, happiness, love, fun, humor, cleverness or great content as they've ignored me.

My guess is Kobra...if he doesn't say otherwise I'll know it's him! Muhahaha!

If he does chime and say it wasn't him. I'll point out someone else until I go through every single user...then at last we'll have my revenge.



13594  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Newsflash: US Military attacked on Mexican border. on: January 06, 2007, 08:59:52 PM
OMG! I just remembered. During Katrina people in New Orleans attacked the national Guard too!  Were they Mexicanz?!  Or just criminals!? Either way let's indict all of the New Orleanians no all Lousianians....no NO!  ALL Americans!
13595  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Newsflash: US Military attacked on Mexican border. on: January 06, 2007, 08:56:45 PM
OMG! It's such big news that it's all over the national networks. Oh wait. No it's not. It must be a conspiracy to let them overrun us! Or they have hidden broadcast antennae repeating 'sleep sleep sleep'.  If I put on some special glasses I can see who is Mexican and who is not!  Where the hell is Roddy Piper when we need him?!

We'd better nuke Mexico City with teh quickness!
13596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown! on: January 06, 2007, 08:52:03 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 06, 2007, 07:23:22 PM


The one thing that has me a little concerned, though, is the total openness of the world with seemingly no real story or missions to propel the player along.  I love screwing around and doing all sorts of crazy things in these games as much as the next guy (if not more), but I also like to be able to do a mission or two now and then to feel like I'm making progress.  I guess it might not be bad as long as they clearly show the player where the gang bosses and kingpins are and the details of their relationship like he explained in the interview. 

If it is completely free flowing as suggested above, they just lost a sale.  I want a cohesive progression. Not 100% sandbox.  Meh.
13597  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recognition for a Job Well Done! Now Updated with More Crap! on: January 06, 2007, 07:36:21 PM

Quote from: Austin on January 05, 2007, 03:05:08 PM

Good news!

Luke and I scouted out some bonuses for you next year ATB.  Both were found in Kingston Ontario so perhaps I can pick them up for your company next time I'm up that way.





Well done.  Lukely Loo looks as mad as I did when I got the stupid thing.
13598  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Can we ban gamer tags? on: January 06, 2007, 07:06:02 PM
IE FTW!

No probs here.
13599  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Return of PeteRock: Friday 10 PM in GoW!? on: January 06, 2007, 07:30:36 AM
Oh and at least he had four people playing. We had Ike and Siljanus  icon_mrgreen
13600  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Return of PeteRock: Friday 10 PM in GoW!? on: January 06, 2007, 07:29:04 AM
Remember how I complained that Calvin never joined?

Well now I'm complaining that he did.

He absolutely kicked madd butt tonight.

I think I had two good matches once he came on...saving my best for last despite the loss.  I was playing great until he came on- must be his blood pact with Satan. 

Then I  got moidered for about 1.25 hrs...then played well the last two matches.  icon_frown

Shoulda been in bed 1.5 hrs ago, but being slaughtered the way I was I just couldn't turn it off.

Oh and Pete was rustier than the titanic.

Forcebane's the man...but he must learn never to get into a sniper duel with Papa Smurf.  Tongue






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