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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 19, 2010, 02:59:58 PM
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 18, 2010, 11:30:13 PM
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 18, 2010, 11:20:11 PM

164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 18, 2010, 11:14:47 PM

165  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Mass Effect 2 CE (PC) on: September 10, 2010, 01:43:22 PM
Interested. Message me with your details if you still have it available.
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dragoncon 2010 Cosplay on: September 09, 2010, 06:48:31 PM
Heidi was supposed to be there, but I don't recognize her in any of those pictures.
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 05, 2010, 10:45:44 PM
I had noticed that too. Guessing it was an ad for something but I have no idea what.
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 05, 2010, 03:32:35 AM
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3D Realms Shut Down? Duke Nukem Forever WILL BE RELEASED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1! on: September 04, 2010, 01:05:08 AM
So you won't be buying Bulletstorm then
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 01, 2010, 04:54:23 PM
If by pearl necklace you mean sweater, then yes.
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 29, 2010, 11:56:12 PM
It isn't cute at all. They are smothering the fourth kitty by having some sore of ritualistic orgy on top of it.
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 23, 2010, 11:28:33 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 23, 2010, 06:07:57 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 23, 2010, 06:05:51 AM

is CK a sad panda?

that pic doesn't show the bloody machete in the right hand and the dismembered Barney head in the left hand.

It's an old pic that I already posted but thought it was applicable.
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 21, 2010, 02:33:59 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 21, 2010, 03:48:58 AM


Definitely one of those, "It seemed like a good idea at the time." kind of things. Though I supposed they should be thankful they didn't hit dead center and crack their heads on the floor.
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 20, 2010, 11:53:40 PM
Regarding the Futurama episode. Didn't they make the outcome better in Bender's Big Score?
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 17, 2010, 12:32:43 AM
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: is The Crystal Skull watchable?..Indy 4 on: August 06, 2010, 04:01:33 AM
Never understood the hate for the movie. Besides having Shia, who is irritating, I found it an enjoyable popcorn movie. No more or less believable than the other three.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft giving PC gaming another push on: June 22, 2010, 04:04:43 PM
Every once in a while Microsoft comes out with a press statement or small event saying, hey we totally love the PC and will absolutely make games for it. Then nothing. I wish they would just admit that they don't have a clue about the PC market and call it a day. Bring back the Flight Simulator team, give the Age of rights back to whatever studio some of the guys from Ensemble hopefully started after you canned them, and maybe we will talk. Until then stick with your precious Halo and... hmm do you have any properties left or just third party (paid) exclusives at this point.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 18, 2010, 11:53:00 PM
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2010] - Official Gaming Trend Coverage Begins on: June 14, 2010, 08:49:45 PM
Right now, I'm underwhelmed. Nothing really grabbed me and said spend $450. As much as I hate Sony for dropping backward com compatibility I'm still leaning towards them as my first step in this generation of gaming. Not that a bunch of press demos has ever swayed me to buy a console yet. But I just want something more than a bunch of shooters and that's the angle Microsoft has been leveraging. Though I will give them kudos for not hamfisting the Kinect device onto Halo Reach, or forcing Epic or Infin er Treyarch to do it with theirs.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2010] - Official Gaming Trend Coverage Begins on: June 14, 2010, 08:26:38 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 14, 2010, 08:03:28 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on June 14, 2010, 07:57:35 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on June 14, 2010, 07:55:54 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 14, 2010, 07:40:55 PM

someone posting on Kotaku(not sure where he got this from,i think he is making it up)said that with this 360 you wont need your own power source for the Kinect,but with the old 360s you do

I would really doubt this. It's usb connection, why should it care what it's connected to.

Not all USB ports output enough power. My old Powerbook needed a special two-port forked usb cable to run my old portable hard drive.


you two have lost me now...not sure where USB has come from,i was talking about electric,not how the kinect kinected(<<see what i did there )to the 360...but about how the Kinect has to be plugged into the wall if you have an old 360
As soon as you put an update to your first post I deleted mine, though apparently not quick enough. th'Fool is right, there are some devices that need more power than what a single USB can give. It does seem odd to me that the older version would need a power plug, but that the newer one does not. So would that mean that they were able to reduce power consumption with better parts, but then transferred that savings to a new device? Which then wouldn't that mean that the new 360 is just as likely to red ring as the older one. Granted it got better with Jasper, but still doesn't that fail as well.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2010] - Official Gaming Trend Coverage Begins on: June 14, 2010, 08:18:54 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on June 14, 2010, 07:54:21 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on June 14, 2010, 07:50:40 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 14, 2010, 07:05:14 PM

Giving the audience free 360s actually kind of burns me up since most of them (from what I gather at least) are journalists.  Seems like a huge conflict of interest to me.  This isn't Oprah.  

Yeah. The more I think about it the more it pisses me off. Yes, I'm jealous. But beyond that E3 is an event for companies to show off their wares to journalists. Part of me is happy the spectacle is back, but the other wonders why since the people that are there are working. It seems like hand job journalism to me. That's why I like the idea of PAX. You are advertising to your core evangelists, not someone who will write a piece and then move on. Bottom line, I wouldn't be mad if it was a bunch of gamers who got a free console. Still be jealous though.

Yes I know most journalists are gamers as well, but they were also paid to be there.

I can assure you that everyone from GT that is there went on their own dime.
Doubt you could say the same for Gamespot or G4.

And I want to be clear. I'm not mad at the people covering the event. I'm irritated because most, maybe just some I don't really know, of those who attended got a second 360 (Simple lust on my part which I acknowledge). It's irritating to me because the general public, in my narrow view of the moment, never get these kind of opportunities. I just don't get who Microsoft is trying to please here.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2010] - Official Gaming Trend Coverage Begins on: June 14, 2010, 07:50:40 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 14, 2010, 07:05:14 PM

Giving the audience free 360s actually kind of burns me up since most of them (from what I gather at least) are journalists.  Seems like a huge conflict of interest to me.  This isn't Oprah.  

Yeah. The more I think about it the more it pisses me off. Yes, I'm jealous. But beyond that E3 is an event for companies to show off their wares to journalists. Part of me is happy the spectacle is back, but the other wonders why since the people that are there are working. It seems like hand job journalism to me. That's why I like the idea of PAX. You are advertising to your core evangelists, not someone who will write a piece and then move on. Bottom line, I wouldn't be mad if it was a bunch of gamers who got a free console. Still be jealous though.

Yes I know most journalists are gamers as well, but they were also paid to be there.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 11, 2010, 08:08:10 PM
184  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: June 05, 2010, 12:03:54 AM
Apparently when DDO was announced to go free there was the whole gnashing of teeth thing gong on and after it happened they discovered that it wasn't that big of a deal. Really if you enjoy it now, especially for those year one lifetime members, and the sky does not end up falling like you feared, you will come back.
185  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: June 04, 2010, 03:00:40 PM
I'm not done reading all the threads the players have put up but I'm not as irritated as before. I am seeing a bit of weariness to the point of pessimism with some of the players as to how this will affect the world. On one hand you have gold farmers (Which strangely I have no problem with as long as they actually play the game in an non automated/non hacking manner) but if they just stick with the free play option they are limited to two gold and if they purchase and item from the store it's bumped to five. While chat is unregulated, tells are limited to one every five seconds. Which if you are a normal player it probably takes that long to read and reply in a coherent fashion. Honestly I'm not really afraid sp(c)ammers will make too big of a dent in the social aspect and I'm looking at this from someone who has played EveOnline.

If you are a paid player, either as a lifetime or monthly, you will not be adversely affected. In that if you have something now you will not lose it come the fall as long as you maintain that status. If you let a subscription lapse or choose to downgrade (I saw both being tossed around but figure they are the same thing), you are placed into the Premium tier of service. Your character slots are knocked down to five but the characters themselves are still there and will require points to be spent to unlock them. I'm picturing an interface similar to WoW where when the expansions came out but you only have, say, the original the extra classes were greyed out. I also believe your gold will be knocked down to the five max with any additional being put into an escrow. I'm guessing, as I haven't come across the answer yet, that this is something else you can unlock with points if you choose to stay Premium.

Turbine points are not transferable between the games. That is if you purchased points in DDO you cannot use them in LotR and vice versa.

Here are some more Q & A from this thread as it seems to be updating as new questions are answered http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?t=335135
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1. Will I be able to buy epic/raid loot at the item store? Will this diminish the value of raid gear?

NO. Quote from the FAQ: "While items in the Store are designed to immediately enhance your in-game experience, premium loot and rare gear are the rewards of adventure and are only obtainable through gameplay."

2. Will I lose character slots if I maintain my paid subscription?

NO. From the FAQ: "The benefits and features of the Adventurer's Pack will remain available to you. Whether you are a VIP, Premium player, or Free player, you will get to keep your 2 extra character slots and shared storage bank." Additionally, Mines of Moria and any other added slots will be maintained. Thanks, Blackadar.

5. What are the "premium classes?"

From Sapience: Warden and Rune-keeper. Players who did not purchase Moria and want to play these classes from the start can purchase them separately.

6. Will there be Free-2-Play and Pay-2-Pay servers?

NO. Tarrance: "There won't be a server merge, and there won't be separate free-to-play only servers. All the servers will remain as they are, and the new population will pick from them just as you once did."

7. What is the maximum amount of character slots achievable?

11. From the FAQ: "At any point, you can purchase more character slots in the LOTRO Store, up to 11 character slots per server." {/quote]

Right now I'm optimistic that this will add players to an MMO that deserves to stick around. My main concern right now, besides any issues that come up in the coming months, are how many points you will need to actually buy something worthwhile. Also my hope and maybe looking into how DDO handles this, though they did state it would be a bit different, is if they will use the term microtransactions and whether this will be truly micro (No more than $5) or WoW horse micro.

In the end this might highlight the benefits, and potential risks, of lifetime subscriptions and what it means in the long term. In that if you can get an influx of committed players who are willing to spend a large sum of money in the beginning, thus giving the company more money to deal with issues and content at the start. Which acts as an incentive to bring in new monthly players who see that there is a much larger playground with more things being added quickly. But, for the company,  knowing that down the line those same lifetime players will be a form of dead weight that you still have to appease because they are your lifeline to both new players and the community at large. Hmm could this be considered a new take on angel investing?
186  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: June 04, 2010, 02:01:34 PM
Of course this happens after I just committed to a year subscription. Damn
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 03, 2010, 04:21:10 PM

You're all a bunch of perverts.
188  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: City of Heroes 2 on: June 02, 2010, 06:23:34 PM
Will never trust anything that comes from Jack Emmert. The man screwed with City of and then went and made an prettier but still disappointing clone. Maybe DC Online can take the mantle from NCSoft as far as super hero games go, but I would rather the current crew was given a chance to do things right with a sequel they make. Oh and bring back CuppaJo.
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 30, 2010, 07:40:49 PM
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 21, 2010, 10:38:52 PM
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 18, 2010, 04:24:26 PM
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 10, 2010, 03:06:58 AM
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 08, 2010, 05:33:17 AM

What's odd is that my first thought was probe droids.
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 08, 2010, 05:29:43 AM
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mod Nation Racers on: May 08, 2010, 04:59:12 AM

Quote from: Turtle on May 08, 2010, 01:46:50 AM

Question is, how early is this code?  It may be review code, but they often send out early builds to review.

I suspect the load times will be made slightly better, but not by much though. But, much of a game's optimization takes place at the end of development.

From the article:
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The review code given to us wasn't from a retail copy of the game, but after looking through the notes there is no mention of loading times being improved for launch; odds are this is how the game will act for everyone else.
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 06, 2010, 04:50:48 PM
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Home World cataclysm on: April 17, 2010, 03:29:37 AM
http://dlh.net/getfile.php?40:97823fcc1e9e7107:39b1150e40c617bd:/pc-patches/3dcard-patches/hwc101usa.zip
http://dlh.net/getfile.php?78:97823fcc1e9e7107:39b1150e40c617bd:/pc-patches/3dcard-patches/hwc101usa.zip

Courtesy of Patches-Scrolls.de
198  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Trying to find the cause of my system freezing on: April 14, 2010, 12:15:53 AM
Just to serve as an update.

There was another individual, on the Asus boards, that had a very similar setup to mine (Though I should note that his supply was 650 compared to my 500) and had found that under powering the memory to 800watts made his system stable. Worked for me as well.
Yes I would like to have a power supply that that can give more power, and did for my old system but sadly it didn't have the right connections. In the immediate, though, my system is solid and that is all I care about.
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Just thought you should know on: April 13, 2010, 02:11:23 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 13, 2010, 12:53:39 AM

it's 57 degrees and clear here.  I got all the windows open and I'm wearing shorts.

tomorrow is going to be cloudy and 71 though.  it might rain.


wait a tick, it hails during the summertime.  do you mean sleet?

Looking at the definitions I would still say it was hail.
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Just thought you should know on: April 13, 2010, 12:41:36 AM
It's hailing right now, in April. Besides the fact that winter here in Oregon has been dismal for the past 10 years it also seems to have shifted when it starts and stops.
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