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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 08, 2008, 01:18:55 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 07, 2008, 06:06:32 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 07, 2008, 06:05:20 PM

How come all the other forums have a better post editor than OO has?

For an extra tease, try out the search function while you're here! slywink
Turns out it won't let you pull posts by user per forum without a search criteria.  Sad - that's something I do all the time.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Minneapolis/St. Paul here we come! on: March 21, 2007, 09:29:30 PM
Crap.  Sorry I missed this thread.  You still here?
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any GTers in Rochester, Minnesota? on: January 19, 2007, 03:16:24 PM
Rochester's not that interesting, unfortunately.  If you have a car, I can tell you all sorts of things to do in the Twin Cities or southern Minnesota.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bunny suicides (funny) on: January 16, 2007, 07:46:56 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 15, 2007, 08:21:58 AM

These are rather popular, too.  I ran across a book of these a year or so ago.

Gallows humor rocks  thumbsup
The guy who did the Bunny Suicides book also did a book called "Great Lies to Tell Small Children" that's absolutely brilliant.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Consumer Reports just makes me mad. on: August 11, 2006, 02:32:01 PM
Quote from: "Victoria Raverna"
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
It may help to write to Consumer Reports about your complaints, asking about their methodology as well as explaining your point of view and the reports of those other industry tests and the standards they use.  I wouldn't expect them to change their printed opinion or anything, but you can try to inform them for future product testing.  At the very least it might make you feel better about the situation.


It would be a lot simpler to just buy ads space at the magazine in exchange of getting a second article that praise tebunker's product. I'm sure the competitor did the same thing and that was how they got the magazine to praise theri product.smile

Consumer Reports doesn't run ads.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / You must somehow defeat an orc on: July 28, 2006, 08:53:46 PM
Run over it with a car.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / @#$%%$# It's on STEAM!!?!? on: August 18, 2005, 06:30:17 PM
Quote from: "Graham"
Quote from: "stiffler"
Quote from: "Graham"
One thing I wonder, what happens if Valve ever goes out of business and there is no way to activate the game anymore, will you be able to play it?


There are already ways to get around Steam.  If Valve goes under I suspect it would be much easier to find these tools.  Just make sure you have your backup smile


Have you tried to get a patch for a game that was released two are three years ago?  Unless that game has a strong following, good luck.

I just installed almost all of my games to my new system that I built.  I went out to the net to look for patches.  For several games, the Patch web site gave mirrors to download the patch from.  Guess what?  The patch wasn't there any longer or the web site wasn't there any longer.

I wonder if those people who have Vampire: The Masquerade -- Bloodlines will be able to get patches very easily now that the developer has gone belly up.


http://www.patches-scrolls.de/

I patched Bloodlines last week.
8  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: June 11, 2005, 02:10:45 PM
-1 to Zarkon.  Trade was not fully completed after more than six months, and packages/responses to messages were not sent in a timely fashion.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ever Find a Game that You Were Just NO GOOD at? on: April 29, 2005, 05:29:34 PM
I'm really bad at platformer games, to the point where I can't get more than a level or two into a game like Jax and Dexter.  

The worst ever was Splinter Cell.  For me, playing splinter cell consisted of hanging from a railing, running down an alley, doing a wide variety of immersive gameplay and then being killed by Russians.  It was pretty cool - the graphics were great, and I could try all sorts of things before the Russians killed me.  I could throw a can to distract them before they killed me, hide in shadows and sneak to where they were going to kill me, break ones neck before the other killed me, make them all look green and grainy while they killed me.  They may have been Ukrainian, actually.  Anyway, they would kill me and then talk in Russian about how much of a tool I was.  I really couldn't get past the first half hour of the game.

Not that splinter cell is a platformer...  The two paragraphs are unrelated.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy Tatics type game on PS2 or GC? on: April 29, 2005, 05:24:01 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
Disgaea, if you can find it.


Hell Yeah!  Disgaea's great.
11  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Amazon Friday Sale 4/29/05 on: April 29, 2005, 05:22:26 PM
FFvTTR is actually $29.99 at Amazon right now.  Frequently the discounts aren't in place when the page goes up.
12  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Biggest MP FPS game? on: April 28, 2005, 07:02:48 PM
Is that just for people using gamespy?
13  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Guild Wars Launches this week..who's in? on: April 28, 2005, 07:00:31 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
I got the game and played some this morning... absolutely love it so far.. albiet I am not that far in.  I started a Monk named Arkon Sulastani.


Ah!  So it was you I was playing with last night.  Sorry I vanished suddenly before we went in that cave - my computer decided to reboot.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire - Official Impressions on: April 21, 2005, 08:00:47 PM
Which one was the Baker Bei quest?  Was that the whole fiance/jealous criminal/find a husband series?
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Super Punches in Rocky Legends? on: April 21, 2005, 07:57:42 PM
R1's the top right shoulder button on the PS2, which likely maps to either the right trigger or the white or black button.
16  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Impressions: RoboRally re-release on: April 20, 2005, 08:45:19 PM
Huh.  I never realized they were hard to find.  RoboRally's a great game to play with other programmers.  It's a really bad game to play with other programmers and a couple of non-geeks.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360: So ya want backwards compatability? It'll cost you on: April 20, 2005, 08:39:55 PM
Quote from: "adamsappel"
WebTV is Microsoft's disastrous foray into Internet-lite browsing through your television. UltimateTV was Microsoft's disastrous foray into digital video recording.


I've heard good things about UltimateTV from some of the people who used it.  Nobody's ever said anything good about WebTV.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 14, 2005, 03:41:20 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
But the flip side is what if I started up Ninja Gaiden and said "yeah the combat is really deep but the role playinng elements are almost completely non-existant!"

Then I'd stare at you funny for a while...  Ninja Gaiden doesn't claim to have or try to have any role-playing elements at all.  Fighting is an integral part of Jade Empire and the game mechanics aren't that interesting.

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Yes, Jade Empire is going for a more action based combat model than most other RPGs but I think its wholly unfair to criticize combat for not being as deep and fluid as Ninja Gaiden and God of War where that is the entire focus of those games.


And who is doing that?

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I'm sure the combat engine of Jade Empire can be criticized on its own merits but I think its pretty inappropriate to criticize it on the basis of pure action and fighting titles.  


I think most of the criticism hasn't been due to it coming up short against pure action and fighting titles.  Mine certainly hasn't.  But just out of curiosity, why is it unfair to compare it to other games with strong martial arts combat components?  They're all competing for my time and money.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The anything BUT Jade Empire discussion thread on: April 13, 2005, 09:22:03 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
Well, got an hour in and I love it... although the wife made me stop to watch House.  What character is everyone using?  I am using the bonus character as I wanted to go magic and wanted to try first as a male character.  That said I am curious as to the other characters, for exammple transformation, what style character best makes use of it?


You can customize any of the character models, so the choice of character is independent of how you want to play.  If you want to use transformation styles, you'll need to max out your Chi.  I'm pretty sure that the initial character style only impacts your starting stats and the way they're automatically distributed.  

Basically, character choice is cosmetic, other than the male/female differences.

Quote from: "Fuzzballx"
Another big one that'll frustrate you at first is: don't rely on the button for block in melee combat. This is very unfortunate and is the only thing i don't like about the game. There is no relyable way to block in melee combat. The block function only seems to actually be effective against normal ranged attacks


I'm going to disagree with you there.  Blocking is very effective against any normal attack, melee or ranged.  Blocking is completely ineffective against the strong (X button) melee or ranged attacks.  This is pointed out in the initial tutorial and the manual.  Blocks stop regular attacks, strong attacks break blocks, regular attacks can interrupt strong attacks.

I think it's reasonable to be disappointed by the shallowness of combat in Jade Empire.  It's a game about a martial artist, centered around martial arts, and the fighting is an important part of the game system, plot and world.  It's a central component of the game and, although passable, it's not that great.  Maybe it gets better.  Right now I find that it's not that interesting unless I go out of my way to do wacky things.  I don't think they get to hide behind genres here - the game focuses on a variety of action combat, and that gameplay element isn't that interesting.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire - Official Impressions on: April 13, 2005, 09:08:12 PM
Ripped from my post on the other forum:

Some background: I'm not a big Bioware fan. I liked KoTOR a lot, despite its flaws, and I enjoyed Hordes of the Underdark and BG2, but I didn't much like NWN, BG1 or MDK 2. I do like martial arts movies,and I enjoy fiction set in mythological China.

I'm passed the opening village/school (about three hours, maybe) and have five styles - one of each type. So far the plot is pretty standard RPG / kung fu movie fare. I like the setting, and I like the feeling that my character is a badass from the start.

Fighting isn't a disappointment, since I knew what to expect, but it's pretty shallow. At this point I'm inclined to agree with Kasavin and Bob on the difficulty level, and I'm not convinced it's because I'm comparing to fighting games. I entered some challenge where I needed to fight more opponents at once than anyone had. Even with some control and camera confusion, I still whooped them all. Things could change - gaining my first magic style made a difference, and the opponents are getting more difficult. All of the characters with names have still been surprisingly easy, including a demon I barely realized was a demon before I killed. I'll probably bump the difficulty level up.

Character development is more interesting than I thought. There are definitely trade-offs in gem choices, and there are multiple ways to advance in each style.

Voice acting seems pretty good, but, unlike KoTOR, I've been skipping a lot of it. It just doesn't grab me.

The shooting minigame is fun for me, and has better graphics that I'd expect.

You can pause and look around during combat, which I didn't expect.

PC character models and general art direction are good.

The manual doesn't have a lot of text or tables, but does a good job of illustrating controls and concepts. I think it's better than a lot of Bioware games, but I know I'm in the minority opinion on the quality of their manuals.

A few comments on the limited edition content... You'll need to install it before you start the game if you want to use the Monk Zeng player model. The new fighting style is made available nearly immediately - you're given a choice of it or a sword style very early in the game.

So far I'm pretty much agreeing with the gamespot review. It's a great game if you like the setting and the genre (and I do), with some disappointing mechanics.

I haven't seen the loading time or framerate problems mentioned earlier in this thread.  Both seem better than KOTOR to me.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 4-player X-Box Games on: April 12, 2005, 03:40:48 PM
Deathrow is tons of fun for four people.  I also really enjoyed X-Men Legends, but be careful.  It starts with a one/two person tutorial that you'll want to finish before having people over.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lego Star Wars 2? Any news as to its' release in the fu on: April 11, 2005, 03:37:57 PM
Quote from: "mirage775"
Well, I beat Lego Star Wars in 6 hours a couple of weeks ago, actually the night it came out.  Then within 2 days after its' release, I managed to buy everything and get all the coins and all the little pod thingys and it opens up the blockade level in Episode 4.  This game was very cool, but way too easy.  I was wondering if anyone knows if they're going to make a sequel to this game, which would hopefully have Episodes 4, 5 and 6 on it and may actually be a little tougher and longer??? biggrin


It is a kid's game, so I wouldn't expect sequels to be longer or harder.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamefly thoughts on: April 05, 2005, 02:49:48 PM
I ultimately stopped because it took a week or so to turn around games, which made it hard to use it to try out games that I wasn't sure I would like.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Classic games? Do I know 'em all? on: April 01, 2005, 09:44:14 PM
1UP has done a couple of nice series on this topic.  Nobody will ever agree on what should be on these lists, but they're a decent place to start if you're looking for the classics:

http://www.1up.com/do/feature?cId=3116290&did=1
http://crucialclassics.1up.com/
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Amazing Race 3/29 - I Hate Romber - spoilers on: March 31, 2005, 10:03:55 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
First ep I've watched from this season (I'll catch an ep or two if they're on). I think all it would have taken from Rob and Amber to look okay in everyone's eyes would have been to crack their window open and ask how things were.


Sadly, no.  The other teams have been gunning for Rob and Amber since the beginning of the season.  Lynne and Alex have been the worst - they complain about them nearly every episode.  I don't think Rob and Amber could make them happy by doing anything other than losing.
26  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Cleaning & securing Win98 on: March 30, 2005, 09:14:01 PM
You're right, you didn't say "I95 and NT/2000/XP were the same architecture".  I missed the "95" in "exactly why each incarnation of Windows 95 became progressively slower although the architecture itself was essentially the same".

Windows 95 services don't work the same way windows NT/2000/XP services do because Windows 95 doesn't have a real SCM.  Windows 95 also had a different way of handling memory.  So Windows 95's really not relevant to this discussion anyway.

I have no particular interest in a pissing contest.  I have some interest in the topic and enough knowledge of how services work to know that the statement "Fewer services = more free memory = faster performance" isn't universally true.  I pointed out that I'd written them and work with windows in response to "Thats the problem with taking MS's word for it, as opposed to actually working with it", and the general amount of misinformation about what services are and how they work.

Maybe we just have a different idea of what constitues far lower system requirements.  Regardless, I expect there's nobody else reading this thread, and you're clearly not interested in what I think.  So I think I'll check out now.
27  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Cleaning & securing Win98 on: March 29, 2005, 08:55:13 PM
Windows 95 and Windows 2000 / XP aren't anywhere near the same architecture.  2000, XP and 2003 are based off of the NT kernel.  2003's a server operating system and it's major changes are due to changes in how IIS works and some .NET tweaks.  It's basically XP Server.

Inactive services will get paged out of memory and the task scheduler doesn't burn many CPU cycles on processes that are just waiting.

I write windows software for a living, and I've written services, so I do have some idea of what I'm talking about here.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Jesus Christ: Vampire Hunter on: March 29, 2005, 08:50:04 PM
I have this out from Netflix right now, but I haven't gotten around to watching it yet.  I'll let you know how it is when I do.
29  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Cleaning & securing Win98 on: March 29, 2005, 04:11:48 AM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Thats the problem with taking MS's word for it, as opposed to actually working with it.  Yeah, you can run XP on old hardware, but performance-wise you are far better off with 2000; XP has a larger memory footprint, which translates to using more memory needed for decent performance, and more hard drive space (because of the larger virtual memory file).  But if you have low memory, it will run even slower, because it will be accessing that page file more often.  So either way you are looking for less bang for the buck between XP and 2000.


Except I have worked with it, and I still think you're wrong.  The core OS is nearly identical, and there just isn't that much more in the shell.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Lords Demo available tommorrow on: March 28, 2005, 11:04:16 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
generally, time spent making the demo is time not spent making the game.  And in the crunch time before release, time is a valuable commodity.

I cant say I would be happy with buggy demos, but I pretty much dont install them anymore because I understand that they are buggy almost by necessity.


My worry from what I see here is that the sort of bugs people are reporting (lack of an uninstaller, resolution problems, sticky keys problems, can't lose focus and continue working) seem to indicate a lack of understanding of the windows platform and a lack of even cursory QA.  How do you not know that your demo can't be uninstalled?  Did you even try to use it before you shipped it?

I haven't installed the demo, but they either rolled their own installer or used an off-the-shelf toolkit.  If they built their own tools and didn't include an uninstall feature than that doesn't speak real strongly to either their judgement or their abilities.  If they used InstallShield/Wise/MSI/whatever and screwed it up badly enough that there's no uninstall, that's even worse - that's a feature that's there by default and doesn't require any work to implement.
31  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Cleaning & securing Win98 on: March 28, 2005, 10:59:22 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
I worked with Win95/98 for a long time, and you can actually squeeze good performance out of it if you need to.  Having said that, however, you are still better off with Windows 2000 (it has far lower requirements than XP), but if you dont want to spend the money, cant say I blame you.


Far lower?  As a percentage, perhaps, but not in any way that's significant to the average person.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/upgrading/sysreqs.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/professional/evaluation/sysreqs/default.asp
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Lords Demo available tommorrow on: March 28, 2005, 07:03:04 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Abaddon"
Anyone see how to uninstall this? I dont seem to have an "uninstall" option from the game itself and there is nothing in windows "Add/Remove" programs.

Delete the folder.

LE is correct - known bug with the demo. Just delete the folder.


Wow, they really weren't trying at all with this demo, were they?
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Watched Clone Wars vol1 - yup, HOLY CRAP! on: March 24, 2005, 04:59:06 PM
This + KOTOR pretty much brought me back to the level of star wars love I was at before episode 1.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spider Man 3 Villian cast...but who is the villian? on: March 23, 2005, 04:47:39 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Hobgoblin is a good guess because he does look somewhat like Ned Leeds, although Robert Kingsley was ultimately found to be the Hobgoblin.  I always thought they might make Harry the Hobgoblin, since that is what it seems like they are doing in Ultimate Spider-Man, since the current arc is named "Hobgoblin".


What if they bring back Harry as the Green Goblin, and do a hobgoblin storyline, in the same movie?  That could be interesting.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hey, anyone wanna help me with a weird dll error? on: March 18, 2005, 10:21:10 PM
That's not really a DLL error in the normal sense.  It's bad use of memory by the demo.  You're not going to fix it by getting the right version of the DLL.  

Is this machine running an old version of windows?
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Super Monkey Ball Deluxe on: March 17, 2005, 08:18:26 PM
I just bought it over lunch.  I look forward to playing it.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WARNING: GameCrazy on: March 08, 2005, 05:02:36 PM
I've never been to a Gamecrazy.  Are they basically EB/Gamestop minus the PC games?
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-Men Legends on the PS2: Ewwwww. on: March 08, 2005, 05:01:42 PM
I first saw X-Men Legends (XBox) in 720p on a big television.  It looked good.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'd hold off on buying any new portable machine anytime soon on: March 03, 2005, 08:57:45 PM
I'd be shocked to see a portable device that plays console game from a recent generation.  The size of the display is all wrong.  Even if it had equivalent resolution, the size of the text would render a lot of games unplayable.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Whos getting Sims 2: University? on: March 03, 2005, 04:32:09 PM
I caved and picked it up.  I hadn't actually played The Sims 2 in a while, so I had forgotten that I didn't have any teenage sims to send to college.   Well, I had that stupid Goth kid that came along when I killed of Mortimer and married the daughter for her money, but he doesn't really count.  Somehow denying the romantic aspirations of the teenager and forcing him to clean the bathroom doesn't transfer well to college.

Dorms are fun - I like having other people around all the time.  I haven't tried many of the college town lots yet.
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