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1241  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW servers down! on: December 14, 2004, 07:18:22 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
Your characters aren't naked on the selection screen anymore.

So maybe the databases have been overhauled and the auction house and mail may work as intended finally.  That'd be very nice.

How have they not been working as intended before?  (aside from the blank message to send items bug).
1242  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST Recap on: December 14, 2004, 03:22:48 PM
So I see that ABC is planning to run the pilot episode over tomorrow at 9, and I read somewhere that they're going into a mini-recap cycle before it starts airing again in January; so are they just showing the pilot again, or are they going to run all the episodes aired so far again before they start showing new ones?

I really, really want to get into this show, but I think it would be worse to see the pilot and then jump straight into the 12th episode, or wherever they are.
1243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Has everyone else given up on Halo 2 and Multiplayer? on: December 14, 2004, 05:33:17 AM
Finals.  I'll be back on in a week.
1244  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Making money on WoW on: December 14, 2004, 01:48:48 AM
Let addict roommate play for the price of getting to keep the character he's working on now when he gets a new account and starts over.

It started out as a nice bonus of not having to play Horde newbie zones again, but now he's outleveled me and I have a quite nice 31 rogue to show for it.
1245  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I miss Hockey!!! on: December 10, 2004, 03:42:50 PM
Considering that hockey was always my favorite pro sport, and that I hate the parade of suck that has become of most pro sports nowadays, I'm allmost glad they're locked out.  I miss the hockey, but it gives the owners and players time to start acting like professionals, realize they're only screwing over their fans and themselves, and maybe start acting like civilized people again.
1246  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW - Can you get there from here??? on: December 10, 2004, 04:59:42 AM
I saw a rumor on the WOW boards, backed up with some fairly good-looking pictures, that one of the hidden towns in those mountains is actually a troll dance party!  I'm not kidding, folks.
1247  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How old are you? on: December 09, 2004, 10:24:45 PM

And imagine... I've had to explain what a phonograph is to one of the juniors here on campus.  I still manage to feel like a grumpy old man.

*goes to window, yells 'Get off my lawn, y'damn kids!', gets confused looks from the quad*
1248  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW -- Grouped with Morons on: December 09, 2004, 08:38:54 PM
Quote from: "Butterknife"
Do all blue items bind when you pick them up?

No, because I've seen several blues in the AH.  However, I think the default behavior for blue items in instances and drops is bind on pickup.  I love that it discourages item farming for real money, but it's annoying seeing blue loot you could use get picked off by someone who's just going to VT it.
1249  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW -- Grouped with Morons on: December 09, 2004, 07:12:39 PM
That's nothing.  Picking up blue items that you can't use... WITHOUT asking if anyone else wants them... that's gypped me out of four blues already.  And only one guy (a guildie) understood and actually apologized.

But to the other three idiots, and any other ones in the future, you shall incur my eternally-green-item-clad wrath.
1250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Speaking of riding again... Tex Murphy on: December 09, 2004, 12:16:39 PM
Link it for those of us with Firefox?
1251  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oakland A's Season more on: December 09, 2004, 12:15:20 PM
Quote from: "gameoverman"
This MUST be addressed immediately and decisively or all baseball will have is wrestling fans- people who don't care if it's real, only that it entertains them.

IMO, you've hit the nail on the head better than I could.  This is what's wrong with sports today, and pandering to these people is why I can't stand most TV sports now.
1252  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What are the must-see movies? on: December 07, 2004, 03:44:36 PM
My list:

The Third Man:  Just watch the lighting, the setting, and the monologue on the Ferris wheel.  Filmmaking doesn't get any better.

Princess Mononoke:  My personal Miyazaki favorite.

Black Hawk Down, especially if you've read the book and appreciate the reality behind the situation.  Sizemore is excellent in his role.

Princess Bride:  It's inconceivable that you haven't seen this.
1253  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Lingo: Help! on: December 07, 2004, 03:38:15 PM
Root = A spell which freezes an enemy in place so it can't move.

Gank = To kill a player much lower level than you for the sheer pleasure of it.
1254  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "The Matrix" was a rip-off? WTF? on: December 06, 2004, 07:35:20 PM
I hope that if it's true, the woman gets her damages, as well as an acknowledgement in future DVD editions.  I've dabbled in some writing, I'd hate to see something I submitted for publication blatantly ripped off.  The writing credit would honestly bother me as much as the money.
1255  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Blizzard bans hackers on: December 04, 2004, 03:43:46 PM
Good.  Glad to see Blizzard is trying to preserve the fairness and balance of the game as long as they can.
1256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Aargh! I can't play Pirates!!! on: December 03, 2004, 04:28:29 AM
Quote from: "Caine"
a little on topic stuff here.

you could make an image of the disc and then install from that.  you would need the no-cd fix of course, but it would get you up and running.  
you could also copy the installed directory over and hope that it contains everything that the game needs to run.  i did this with morrowind and it runs fine.
hope this helps.

Don't think it would help if his system can't read the DVD.  It's not copy-protection kicking him on install time, it's that his system can't actually recognize the disc itself (i.e., no filesystem shown).
1257  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Q&A, Hints and Tips, Etc. on: December 03, 2004, 04:24:56 AM
Quote from: "sig20paramedic"
How the heck do you fish??  I have a fishing pole but I can't seem to find a bobber.  Am I supposed to be using the shining bauble(sp?) to fish :? ?

Go near water.  Equip your fishing pole in your weapon hand (here's where it differs from skinning et. al.). Now, drag your 'fishing' skill down to the hotbar (NOT the pole itself, the skill from your spellbook) and click that.  Click the bobber when it starts to thrash around.  The lures increase your fishing skill temporarily, you'll probably want to start out with one of those just for skilling up.
1258  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: there is something wrong with me! on: December 02, 2004, 11:02:20 PM
Honestly, a lot of it depends on what group you fall in with, especially if you're not a solo-oriented player.  I'd recommend creating a character to join the Wanderers or Almost Heroes (the two seemingly-semi-official CG guilds) on Whisperwind; see if playing with a group of mature(r) gamers helps your issues any.  I had a ton of fun soloing in the first stress test, then the open beta felt kind of dry.  But now that I've fallen in with the Wanderers, I'm having even more fun than I did at first.
1259  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / just sold my PS2 on ebay -- awesome ending! on: December 02, 2004, 07:28:04 PM
Congrats!  I've always been too much of a wuss to sell things on EBay.  Too afraid of getting ripped off.  Sounds like you got a good one, though.
1260  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Halo 2 Clan - come back! on: December 02, 2004, 06:45:25 PM
Final projects = all due this/next week.  Finals, the week after.

Expect to see me a lot after that, when I settle down to a volunteer job for 40 REGULAR hours a week.
1261  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Viewing WoW screenshots? on: December 02, 2004, 06:44:34 PM
What's the file format?

I'd fire it up and take one myself, but I have a speech, a term paper, and a project due tomorrow that can't afford me going 'hey, just five more minutes, honest'.
1262  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Sales... it's official on: December 02, 2004, 06:43:51 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Mark my words, you'll see Ghost at E3.

Will it make any kind of an impression beyond the slight, nay, insubstantial portion of a yawn that it elicited from me last time it was shown?
1263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Questions regarding Xbox, Xbox Live and subscription costs on: December 02, 2004, 06:41:03 PM
As far as I know:

1) It really is that simple.  There's an RJ45 jack on the back of the XBox.  I have it sitting connected to my Linksys router right now, for Halo 2 action.  No dongles, no 'accessory kits'.  The only extra hardware I have is the headphones that came with my Live! starter kit, and those are optional.

2) There are third-party options.  In fact, I believe several people in here use them since XBoxes with modded hard drives were banned from Live.  I'm sure one of them will chime in shortly.

3) Yeah, as far as I know, you need the Live subscription for new content; that's one thing that isn't done through the third-party options.  So far, though, I've really not gotten much benefit from third-party options; a few boards for MechAssault (which I never play), a new one for Halo 2 (which I do play), and a couple of Splinter Cell levels, which was nice.

4) I have a decent PC, and will always consider myself a PC gamer first and foremost, but I get a lot of good use out of my XBox.  A lot of it, I admit, is my dorm environment; it's nice to pop in Madden, NHL 2K5, or Burnout 3 and just screw around with roommates for a while.  I play a lot less at home where I don't have other people who play, but I still get get use off of Live there.  Really, it depends on what kind of games you like.  The Box won't give you the depth or breadth of a lot of the PC games out there, but the PC can't approach the XBox on a lot of sports games and racing games.

That said, I don't think there's a much better investment out there for the $150-$200 it will run you right now to pick one up.  I have a pretty decent old machine; it's under the 2 GhZ mark, and my video card is getting up there in time now, but I don't see a pressing need to upgrade anytime in the near future.  I can run pretty much any game from this year's push of quality titles with no problem at high detail, and I don't see anything coming out in the near or medium turn that pushes the hardware any more than Doom 3 or HL2.  UT2K4 is running smoothly on my 700 mhz laptop with a 7000-era Radeon Mobile card.  You figure those engines will be in use for quite a while yet, people will figure out more tricks to get them running smoothly as the engines mature, and your machine will probably suffice as is for well over a year unless something truly revolutionary comes along out of nowhere.  The XBox, with a large library of titles available, a pretty good Platinum Hits collection for cheap, and smooth online play, is a great return-on-investment compared to the play you'd get out of a mid-range video card or the chunk of RAM you'd get for the same price.

/rant off.
1264  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / We need a post about the 62 foot tall Jesus statue here on: December 02, 2004, 06:25:00 PM
Caption:  Gaia finally gets sick of all this Jesus talk these last few millennia.
1265  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Jason Giambi admits using steroids on: December 02, 2004, 06:23:23 PM
It's things like this that make me not care about professional sports anymore, even if all the home runs and high-scoring games are 'exciting' and supposed to draw me in.  Show me real athletes who behave like professionals any day over these losers.

What a joke if he ever plays baseball again, after not only taking steroids, but lying to the public about it.  The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth isn't very respectable if it's only to avoid perjury charges.
1266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Deathmatch just released via steam on: December 01, 2004, 06:02:39 AM

Also, FWIW, I've had no problems starting the SP after installing and running HL2DM.
1267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Steam (and Half-Life 2, I guess) question on: December 01, 2004, 05:43:50 AM
Just for a quick glance, if the Steam tray icon is the whole wrench, it's updating.  If it's a zoomed-in normal-looking, it's not.
1268  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW- Server and Player lists READ FIRST POST on: November 27, 2004, 04:01:20 PM
1269  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Server Choice on: November 26, 2004, 02:13:46 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
We have 80 people thus far in the guild roster of The Lost Order of Akalabeth.  Don't know if you guys are interested, but suffice to say there is always somebody on.  I don't want for gear, enchantments, or anything else - our guild takes care of its own.

 If it's lost, how come there's 80 people in it?   Tongue
1270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How the hell do I play HL 2 offline??? on: November 23, 2004, 09:01:57 PM
Look, you can't run HL2 without Steam, okay?  If you start up Steam in the absence of a Net connection, it runs in offline mode.  There's no way around running Steam.  Steam can run offline, but HL2 can't run without Steam.

If you physically take that jack and yank the cord out, then start Steam, it will start in offline mode.  Otherwise, you have no choice.  If you're online, it logs on.

Edited to add: Unless you've put in the -heapsize option, HL2 won't use all of your available RAM anyway.
1271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How the hell do I play HL 2 offline??? on: November 23, 2004, 07:20:54 PM
Quote from: "DevoutSinner"
Just wanted to say, that I changed my password thinking that I would see the, "remember my password" box. I didn't. Grrrr. I think it's nonsense that by default it runs steam in the background. I hope I can get around this.

If Steam is running without asking you for a password at start, and going straight to the background, you're good to go anyway; remembering your password is the default behavior.  If you don't like that, there's a box in Settings that says 'Don't remember account information on this computer.'
1272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How the hell do I play HL 2 offline??? on: November 23, 2004, 07:19:28 PM
Go to the game under 'Play Games'.  Right-click it, go to Properties.  If it says 'Offline Mode Ready', you're good to go.

If you're offline and you start Steam, it'll detect that you're offline and give you access to your games based on the saved password.  If you're online, it will never go to offline mode without some nifty firewall tricks.
1273  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NBA] Pacers/Pistons Brawl on: November 20, 2004, 08:42:02 PM
There's no excuse on the part of the players or the fans.  It's hardly comparable, but when I ran track, I had stuff thrown at me by fans of the host team.  You know what I did?  Found the manager of the meet, pointed them out AFTER my race was over, and as far as I know, they were suspended.  And imagine, me showing such restraint without making obscene amounts of money to ease my pain and indignation!

Sorry, but a professional shouldn't be rushing the stands no matter what's being thrown at them.  I don't have as much of an issue with decking a guy sucker-punching them, but if they're throwing beer, you wipe it off, change your jersey, and keep playing.  Playing sports isn't an excuse to act like a fuckwad, on the court or off.

As for the fans, I hope anyone who was caught throwing stuff on camera is indicted for assault, and anyone caught throwing a punch is indicted for battery.  Watching sports isn't a license to act like a fuckwad, in the arena or out.
1274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / geez theres more HL2 threads than there were Morrowind ones on: November 19, 2004, 07:58:28 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Man i hope so. Mods would rock. I'd love to see a Natural Seletion or Day of Defeat redo in this engine.

You know Day of Defeat is getting the official Source treatment, right?
1275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: How to enable the console on: November 19, 2004, 01:20:39 PM
At least in CS:S, it was enabled through the Options menu.  Controls/Advanced/Enable Console.
1276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines Impressions on: November 19, 2004, 02:07:56 AM
Suppose I'm interested in getting started with the pen-and-paper White Wolf books; is this game a good starting point so that I have an idea of what's going on?  I have a pretty good group for tabletop RPGs, and a few of us are interested in the World of Darkness stuff, but none of us really has a frame of reference.
1277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 18, 2004, 08:53:41 PM
Wow... I just saw a screenshot and had a thought.

Go back a few years in your memory, to whatever the last screenshots you saw of TF2 were (God, when was that?  '98?  '99?  I'm getting old...).   Now, when you get far enough in the game, look at your squadmates.  The red cross on white armband... the rocket launcher guys... the ruined-city looking setting... looking familiar?

Conclusion, with the support of absolutely no evidence but a great gut feeling:  TF2 or TFC:S is coming after all, and it's set in City 17-style environments, with HL2-style characters.  The infrastructure is there, the physics are there... hell, imagine the Engineer class with HL2-style sentries, a gravity gun, and full-on demolition charges, in a modernized 2Forts, tossing explosive barrels back and forth between bases, snipers with those cool-looking blue beams, heavy gunners with a mobile Combine cannon, scouts (concussion grenades + ragdoll physics = fun), soldiers lobbing rockets back and forth...

I'm not even going to mention the other class I want to see, because I'd drool on the keyboard too much.  Mmm, HL-2 quality flames...
1278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The HL2 OMG that was cool thread on: November 18, 2004, 08:43:57 PM
Going Wild West with the revolver and six Combine guards, then getting killed by number seven, eight, and nine.

Going up to a device I've never seen, hitting a switch, and suddenly seeing antlions pour out of the sand at me.

The crane.  Especially letting the Combine soldiers come out and start firing at me... picking up a 30 foot metal container and getting a good, heavy swing going before finally nailing them to a wall with it..  I don't think I've ever seen such a satisfyingly final death in a game before.

Sawblades.  Oh emm gee.

Anything with Striders in it.

That's about everything short of spoilers for me.  But there's a LOT of spoilers.
1279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Offline Mode -* First Post Edit *- on: November 16, 2004, 08:14:18 PM
It only accesses offline mode if you're actually offline.  Start Steam without a network connection, after having successfully logged in before, and it'll try to find one, then start in offline mode, where you can play anything you have all the local files for.
1280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2: Upgrade Retail Version? on: November 16, 2004, 04:40:38 PM
The last I saw on the Steam forums was a hearty 'Good idea, maybe later'.  My advice would be to hold off on anything at least until DOD:S is out, there will probably be some word then.
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