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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Riddick PC gets 9.3 @ Gamespot! Higher than HL2 oh my.... on: December 12, 2004, 03:47:43 AM
Yeah, I poster similarly on OO earlier.  I got so hyped I went out and laid down my $29.99 tonight.  Installing as I type.  I'll try to drop some impressions later on tonight.  Nice pricepoint for a quality game.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Paris Hilton fascinating? Uh, no on: December 10, 2004, 09:09:13 AM
Lemmiwinks.

The episode (and others) can be had at http://mrtwig.net

Matt and Trey have publicly condoned filesharing of SP, and its the only show hosted at that site.  So I hope this can be seen as a public service and not a CoC violation.  ninja
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Children Of The Nile - first impressions on: December 09, 2004, 10:57:44 PM
Giving this a bump here and at OO to say that I finally got around to the tutorials on this one and I am pleasantly surprised.  It really is a fresh look at the genre, and the game appears to have some very interesting depth.  I'm looking forward to getting deeper in.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Valve/Steam is stupid on: December 06, 2004, 06:57:27 AM
I believe VALVe has previoulsy stated that there will be a $10 upgrade option shortly.  Chill.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Steam (and Half-Life 2, I guess) question on: December 01, 2004, 05:41:39 AM
Right-click on the steam icon in the tasktray and choose 'monitor'.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sims 2 Patch Released on: December 01, 2004, 05:21:56 AM
Last I checked the NOCD blocks out the editor mode.  Try building a wall yet?  I had to use a dud image mounted in Alcohol to bypass, which should be compatible with the patch as it doesn't alter the EXE.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sims 2 Patch Released on: December 01, 2004, 05:21:37 AM
*dblpst*
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Counter-Strike: Source - Need some help on: November 30, 2004, 12:45:24 AM
Following up on gameoverman's post, a good map for repetitive play is de_dust2.  Though de_dust is more common it is quite unbalanced in favor of the CT's.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Counter-Strike: Source - Need some help on: November 30, 2004, 12:13:32 AM
Buy armor every round. Buy-8-1(or 2 if you can afford it).

The Mp5 is a good reliable cheap smg I think b-3-3(?)

Learn the Deagle N-1-7(?) it is the most powerful handgun and great in a pinch.

Buy ammo by pressing period and comma (for secondary) in a buy zone.

Don't worry about 'nades yet.

Fire only in 2 and three shot bursts unless creating suppression fire for teammates.  Take a second to aim even under fire, the game rewards accuracy.

Stay behind people who know what they are doing, but do not block their path of egress.

Just try to be a good teammate for a while and you'll see some amazing stuff.  Not dying is nearly as good as getting 1:1 kill/deaths.

Everyone dies a lot in the beginning, the game has a distinct feel and it takes some acclimation.

Use sound and radar to your advantage.  Either use 5.1 if you have it or wear headphones.  It gets very easy to know where your enemies are coming from.

Remember where you see people camping on the various maps.  There will be someone there frequently, better safe than sorry.  And on that note, learn the maps.

That's all just stream of consciousness, hope it helps.  Happy to answer specific questions.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pirates! - A few thoughts... on: November 29, 2004, 08:14:25 PM
There is also some significant difficulties in the different time periods.  I started a Frenchie on Rogue in the 1600 time frame and they only have two ports, ha but the daughter of Tortuga will be mine!.  It makes raiding the Main nigh but impossible when your base is in Tortuga or worse Florida Keys. This is significantly harder than even the Dutch during Buccaneer Heroes.

The game is by definition repetitive, but most great games are on some level.  Its more of a complicated diversion than anything.  But that's what pirates always was, and it still holds up.  I have my own little irritations with some of the little things, but Firaxis has stood behind all of their products and this should be no exception.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I know I'm late to the game but... Rise of Nations on: November 28, 2004, 11:50:00 PM
Its very well done indeed. Perfect blend of Civ and AoE.  Being able to pause and give orders makes it way more fun than other non-pausing RTS'es as well.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sid Meier's Pirates Impressions? on: November 27, 2004, 11:04:51 PM
Fencing Combat has three attacks and three blocks, plus a taunt key.  It's fairly simplistic but at harder difficulties requires a keen eye and some level of reflexes.

The 'story' is that you need to rescue four members of your immediate family who were kidnapped and cast into slavery by the evil Marquis Montalban when you were 8 years old.  So if you are looking for plot, each game allows you to do anything you want, but you are kinda supposed to be hunting Baron Raymondo for information on where each of your family members are and then avenge them by raiding Marquis Montalban's secret hideout.  There are also hidden treasures and famous pirates to battle, as well as the Lost City of the Incas to find and the SPanish Treasure Fleet to hunt down and plunder.

All of this stuff is generated random each game, so even though the characters are the same, it never works identically.  

You can also adopt a political agenda and depending on which era you play try to push back the development of one of the opposing national empires while spreading your own.  There's really a lot of flexibility in terms of how you want to spend your pirate's limited lifespan.  Eventually he is forced to retire and given a ranking.  And in that sense you can compete against your own best scores.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sid Meier's Pirates Impressions? on: November 27, 2004, 08:05:37 PM
It will reduce the population and fortification level I believe.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sid Meier's Pirates Impressions? on: November 27, 2004, 07:58:56 AM
Its worth noting that you won't really feel the true difficulty hit till you start a new game at that level.  If you ramp up as you go, you still have the benefit of all of your ranks, crew members, and items.  These things are harder to obtain at higher difficulties and really help a lot.  Starting from scratch at Adventurer or Rogue is going to be significantly tougher than working your way up during a succesful campaign.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sid Meier's Pirates Impressions? on: November 25, 2004, 07:04:35 AM
Though not listed in the keyboard commands on page 134 of the manual, I have determined that the keypad + and - keys also control zoom.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire Quest Help Thread-Spoilers!!!! on: November 25, 2004, 03:58:09 AM
Quote from: "none"
...  and don't forget that using blood buff will temporarily boost your stats enough to be able to hack most, if not all of the computers ...


I don't believe that blood buff will increase hacking.  Auspex will but not blood buff.  Hacking is tied to Wits.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sid Meier's Pirates Impressions? on: November 24, 2004, 08:14:52 PM
Quote from: "Tokek"
I wish I can zoom out of the sailing map more.


The mouse scroll wheel does control zoom, despite the mouse not being the preferred interface.  I haven't figured out what the keyboard shortcut it is, but the mouse wheel lets you pull pretty far back.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sid Meier's Pirates Impressions? on: November 24, 2004, 08:12:54 PM
Quote from: "Roguetad"
-   There doesn’t seem to be a menu option to select the difficulty level...


The first time you play there are no options.  After that they will be there.
 
Quote from: "Roguetad"
-I think there are a few quest bugs.  Nothing I’ve encountered that’s a game breaker, but I’ve hunted and defeated the same baron who supposedly knows where my family is 4 times now.  Each time I defeat him I get a new piece of the find my sister map.  It’s weird though because the folks giving me the tips on his whereabouts act like I’ve never heard of him, even though I’ve sent him to the ocean floor 4 times.


I've noticed the too.  I wonder if it is intentional or what?  After I rescued my sister she sent me after another guy, but the same guy keeps having the maps. Hmmm.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire Quest Help Thread-Spoilers!!!! on: November 24, 2004, 01:48:03 AM
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100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I Stopped Playing Sacred Today on: November 24, 2004, 01:27:37 AM
Divine Divinity, is like Sacred done properly.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What Vampire really needs! (besides patched) on: November 24, 2004, 12:55:29 AM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
What bugs me is that the basic combat engine doesn't feel good until you really pump up your stats.  Deus Ex, a game which clearly inspired Vampire quite a bit, had a very good base combat engine from which the additional combat stats really built upon.


Maybe I'm wrong but I distinctly remember starting Deus Ex after finishing HL1 for the first time, and thinking how bad the pistol action sucked.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire Quest Help Thread-Spoilers!!!! on: November 24, 2004, 12:51:43 AM
Quote from: "Malificent"
Yes, made it to the room with 2 mirrors, killed a couple of insane lunatics, listened to the recording and nothing is happening.


Do you notice anything strange about those mirrors?  Compare them to every other mirror you've seen in the game.  Search the room more closely.  You'll get it.  :wink:
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grout Mansion trigger on: November 24, 2004, 12:17:43 AM
Quote from: "Malificent"
Ok, I'm stuck at the same point in the Grout mansion, having solved the initial candle riddle and gotten the staircase to open up. How and where is the next trigger activated?


Same point as...?

Are you in the room with the two mirrors and fireplace? Or have you made it to the upper deck of the library?
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What Vampire really needs! (besides patched) on: November 23, 2004, 11:53:07 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
I could do without the combat and lackluster stealth bits.


I've found the combat has really grown on me.  I'm really enjoying my pimpsuit wearing Malkavian smashing skulls with a sledgehammer.  In some ways I get really pumped before each of the major battles.  The Warrens were a bit much though.  Melee is 8 and Ranged is 7, I could see how I might not feel the same if I hadn't put the points there though.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What Vampire really needs! (besides patched) on: November 23, 2004, 08:39:37 AM
I'm gonna go "yes and no" on this.

Yes I'd like to find more than I have.  Yes, The clothing options are weak. Yes you find more with a higher inspection.

No more inventory micromanaging ala Dungeon Siege/Divine Divinity is a good thing IMO. If I have to sort through 20 swords one more time...  I also enjoy that I don't feel the inexplicable desire to enter every building I pass just to see if I can steal stuff; I've always found that jarring.  I feel like the lack of looting keeps the game more 'story' based.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire Quest Help Thread-Spoilers!!!! on: November 23, 2004, 12:03:13 AM
Does the cemetary quest ever timeout/disappear or can I go back and do it at any point in the game?  I got bored of trying and failing at this juncture and thought I'd come back later...

Thanks.
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines Impressions on: November 22, 2004, 11:20:55 PM
I've been playing a Malkavian as a jack-of-all-trades type.  The only situation he's had trouble with so far is the cemetary situation and that's really a matter of speed on my part.  I have put NO points into obfuscate or auspex.  Just three into Dementation so far.  He is well versed in melee and ranged and good with secirity and hacking.  I'm curious if I'm gonna hit a wall somewhere, but I'm well in to Hollywood and so far so good.    I could see how it would be hard to stick to the boilerplate Malk though.  Mine is basically a brilliantly insane serial killer in his own right.  Total Chaos.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines Performance Thread on: November 22, 2004, 06:26:45 AM
P4 2.4
1GB PC1066 RDRAM @ 533 Mhz
GFFX 5900 non-ultra Flashed to 5950 ultra

Same settings as Doomboy above.  Same experience.

Totally enjoyable.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire Quest Help Thread-Spoilers!!!! on: November 22, 2004, 01:21:44 AM
Quote from: "malichai11"
Quote from: "Demosthenes"
I asked on OO but no one seemed to know:

What do you miss out on if you don't make that girl your ghoul.  I saved her, but then scared her off with my Malkavian crazy talk; now she's gone.  Does that close off any side quests down the road?


No. She's entertaining, but it's all passive non-XP entertainment. She does end up giving you some money, but it's not a big deal.


Thanks a lot.  Now I don't feel like I'm missing anything big.  Already well into the downtown missions and I want to see my Malkavian through.  What a fun game!

Edit:  AH! How little I understood. After pillaging the Dane my mind becomes clear.  My thanks again.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Children of the Nile patch 1.1 is out! on: November 22, 2004, 01:15:13 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Still waitin on the bargain bin for this one.  Got an ETA on that for us?


Charming.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire Quest Help Thread-Spoilers!!!! on: November 22, 2004, 01:13:50 AM
I asked on OO but no one seemed to know:

What do you miss out on if you don't make that girl your ghoul.  I saved her, but then scared her off with my Malkavian crazy talk; now she's gone.  Does that close off any side quests down the road?
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Great Vampires: Bloodlines forum on: November 20, 2004, 04:20:01 AM
There is a thread on there from a dev about how to properly circumvent the big gamestopper too.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Level Help Thread on: November 19, 2004, 11:26:57 AM
So during the buggy ride when you stop at the big suspension bridge...

I made it all the way out and flipped the switch behind the forcefield.  Do I really have to work my way back while trying to deal with that gunship?  I tried to take it out but its really hard with all the metal bridge beams around.  And those machineguns chew right through your armor.  Any tips?
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines Impressions on: November 18, 2004, 10:49:45 PM
Quote from: "dmd"
Could you elaborate a little?  I've never seen PoP in action.  Is combat like a fish slapping contest with little numbers floating up when a hit is scored, or is it dynamic, where you're able to move around, fps style?


Now that I've stopped laughing...   The melee IS strangely like a fish-slapping contest, though I never would have put it that way, but from a 3rd-person perspective.  Now that I think about it the melee is a lot like sabre fighting in Jedi Outcast/Academy.  But there are also ranged weapons and magic powers that function basically as you'd expect them to.

Combat is not the focus of the game.  It's a sizeable portion but there is a LOT more going on.  The fighting is a little odd but it in no way wrecks the game.  Morrowind's combat is WAY worse and that is one of the best RPG's ever IMO.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines Impressions on: November 18, 2004, 07:54:21 AM
Quote from: "Jocke"
Is the combat similar to morrowind? I really liked morrowind but the boring combat made me give up on it.


That's what I was thinking.  I'm happy to say that the combat is more like Prince of Persia than Morrowind.  Still awkward at times, and certainly not HL2 but workable.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2: G-Man Sightings? (100% SPOILER) on: November 18, 2004, 05:13:58 AM
I only caught him in the canals but BOY was that freaky.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 performance thread on: November 17, 2004, 02:11:01 AM
p4 2.4
1GB PC1066 RDRAM
GF 5900 (non-ultra) BIOS Flashed to 5950 Ultra

Playing at 1024x768 All settings on High, Simple Reflections and NO AA or AF.

Game runs great, very smooth.  I get the occaisonal audio/video stutter but I stubbornly refuse to drop to Medium texture quality.  Other than that not a single issue.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ever go to a concert by yourself? on: November 13, 2004, 04:29:19 AM
Went to Phish at the LA Forum on Valentine's Day alone.  If it's a band you love alone is fine cuz you can really focus on the show.

Saw ALO (california jam band) on New Years Eve alone, didn't leave alone.

Flying solo ain't bad at all.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV Show Torrents on: November 11, 2004, 11:59:28 PM
Seeders are the only ones who DO have the complete file.  Leeches do not have the whole thing ... yet.

My favorite tv torrents are at http://www.tvtorrents.net
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Got $3500 and need a car, help me choose on: November 10, 2004, 07:38:13 AM
Quote from: "pr0ner"
Quote from: "coopasonic"
Stolen vehicle statistics:
http://nicb.org/public/newsroom/whereismycar/top25bystate.cfm

depends on state, but camry, accord and civic top the list nationally


Ever think that this is related to the sheer number of those models actually on the road?

Mike


My thoughts exactly.  A worthless statistic in a vacuum.
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