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1321  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.
1322  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...
1323  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.
1324  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.
1325  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.
1326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 performance thread on: November 16, 2004, 04:34:12 PM
jonsauce, try the beta ATI Catalyst 4.12 drivers.  From what I heard from my friends who play CS, they're pretty much built ground-up to kick ass at the Source engine.
1327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Robosapien Toy on: November 16, 2004, 04:17:53 PM
I saw that commercial last night.  When I saw it lift up that cup and turn it upside down, my first words to my roommate were, "Suicide robot.  Put it somewhere public, have it read a statement, and then upend a glass of water over itself.  Goodbye cruel human world..."
1328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 performance thread on: November 16, 2004, 04:16:03 PM
P4 1.8 gigahertz
1 gig RAM
Radeon 9600 Pro AIW

I have it on High, 1024x768, and it runs mostly smooth, with ever so occasional of a stutter, not enough to bother me in the least.  I may turn down detail if things bog down too much, but considering I've had multiple explosions, vehicles, and characters onscreen at once in massively open areas while the engine is doing AI and physics calculations... if this game CAN throw any more at my computer, I'd love to see it.   :shock:
1329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 16, 2004, 05:28:06 AM
I still prefer the clam before the storm.
1330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2: Steam vs Retail on: November 16, 2004, 03:20:43 AM
Midnight PST.
1331  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Neat on: November 16, 2004, 01:33:33 AM
Chalk another one up in the 'that's pretty cool' camp.
1332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: Countdown to November 16 on: November 16, 2004, 01:11:54 AM
The Steam forums are, without a doubt, one of the padded rooms of the Internet.  I'm almost sad when they're down, because it means all the people who post there are now bouncing around the rest of the Internet.
1333  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "Numbers stations" - link to "Lost"? on: November 16, 2004, 01:09:14 AM
Okay, after listening to the article and checking out the CONET Project (you can get the 4-CD set as MP3s off of, that's pretty freaking neat.  Unsettling to fall asleep to, though.
1334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss - Anyone else? (Guilty Pleasure) on: November 16, 2004, 01:07:14 AM

It's Rupert Murdoch behind the door.  He's giving away his company in a bid to outdo Branson and save TV forever.

Okay, maybe not.  But you looked, didn't you?
1335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Screw RX Med... on: November 16, 2004, 01:04:37 AM
Okay, I'm sick of this.  For the last hour today, and several times before, RX Med's stupid spam site has been popping up for almost every legitimate site I try.  NYTimes, FilePlanet, Steam, Gamespy, all of those are co-opted.  It's not on my computer's end, either; I've tried from different on-campus IP addresses, with different computers.  My machine is clean of spyware, and my hosts file is locked down tight.

Is this something I should be bitching to our 9-to-2 IT department about, or is it typical now to have mainstream sites hijacked for a day at a time?
1336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 - the reviews are in on: November 15, 2004, 08:44:20 PM
I'm hoping that those 'disappointing' aspects like story and AI are disappointing in comparison with the best imagined theoretical wonderful versions, and not in comparison to, say, Far Cry.  As a college student myself, I'm all for grading it on the curve instead.
1337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Q] How did Halo 2 impact your life? on: November 15, 2004, 08:42:14 PM
Not a bit.  I have Tuesdays off anyway (love that MWF class schedule), so it was easy for me to wait up and then play until 3 and still not miss anything.  It would've had me tired on Tuesday night, since I was up again, but a 2:45 AM fire drill in the dorms meant that everyone was tired and cranky the next day.
1338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "Numbers stations" - link to "Lost"? on: November 15, 2004, 07:18:04 PM
Man, I keep forgetting I can get NPR over the net as well, especially with me not owning a radio.   :shock:
1339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2: Steam vs Retail on: November 15, 2004, 06:59:32 PM
Also, it would be difficult to sell unless you have a buyer who trusts you quite a bit.  Because the unlocking is key-based, not CD-based, you could easily sell off the CDs to some poor clueless soul without the username and password of the Steam account that it was registered to.  I know I wouldn't trust someone to sell me a copy of HL2 that had been unsealed already.
1340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 Graphics Glitches? on: November 15, 2004, 02:07:18 AM
Common problem, no solution, no solution planned for the future.
1341  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / OFFICIAL HALO2 CLAN NAME POLL on: November 13, 2004, 05:58:09 PM
I like Knightshade(s) as a backup.  It's not totally dumb or official-sounding, and not really likely to be taken.

Of course, I pity the poor fool who tries to restart THE CURSED HALO 2 POLL OF DEATH!
1342  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / No Movie for you! on: November 12, 2004, 11:20:40 PM
The FCC can't tell them what they can or can't air; that would be censorship.  They can only impose such hefty fines that it's not economically viable to air much of anything.
1343  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / HALO 2 CLAN on: November 12, 2004, 08:21:40 PM
Let's wait for KD.  He said his XBox would be up and running by today at the latest, so we'll at least give him a shot to give us the go-ahead to make an official unofficial temporary clan.
1344  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / HALO 2 CLAN on: November 12, 2004, 08:02:46 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Good god, someone just start the damn clan.

Well, I was going to, but KD specifically said to hold off and let him do it.
1345  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / HALO 2 CLAN on: November 12, 2004, 07:42:57 PM
It's Friday night... any word on if we'll have something up and running tonight?
1346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 - It's ON! (impressions thread) on: November 12, 2004, 06:03:15 AM
Yeah, I know the one you're talking about.  I got curious too, it offered to sign me off Live because co-op is only playable by split-screen or whatever.
1347  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: November 12, 2004, 05:53:22 AM
I'm Halo 2'd myself for tomorrow night.  Look forward to jumping back in next week, though.
1348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Good web hosting? on: November 12, 2004, 05:52:45 AM
It's a freaking big page with what looks like lots of CSS and such, but it loads and renders fine and fast on Firefox 1.0.  No slowdown here, and even the main page renders in under a second (at 12:52 AM here, I'll try again tomorrow prime-time).  Try going to the command line and running 'tracert' and see if it's a Comcast server or something in between slowing you down.
1349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 breaks all sorts of records... on: November 12, 2004, 05:49:47 AM
If MA2 just implements the virtual couch and some robust playlist modes like Halo 2 with the same core gameplay, it'll already be pretty impressive.  I'm coming to the conclusion that 50% of the enjoyability of Halo 2 on Live is the seamless integration of the party system, the matchmaking, and the well-thought out Friends interface.  If every online game could be like that, it would be wonderful.
1350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 - It's ON! (impressions thread) on: November 12, 2004, 05:48:08 AM
I think when you try that it tells you that you can only do it on the same box.  I'm 99% sure that online co-op was dropped.
1351  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Today is Veteran's Day - thanks dbt & others! on: November 12, 2004, 02:44:12 AM
I  thumbsup veterans.
1352  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / No Movie for you! on: November 12, 2004, 02:06:41 AM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Buncha pussies...I hate morals when they are shoved daown my godamn throat. I was'nt going to watch it anyways because I was figuring all the words would be bleeped out..who the hell wants to watch that?..ill rent it if i want to see the real movie.

Nope.  When they say uncut, they mean it, F-bombs and otherwise.
1353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 - It's ON! (impressions thread) on: November 11, 2004, 08:35:14 PM
Quote from: "Sepiche"
Well I take back a few of the harsher things I said about Halo 2.  I still think the single player is a big let down and that they dropped the ball on it, but I got to play some 2v2 on split screen last night, and man... it's really apparent they spent a lot of time getting the multiplayer just right.

We had some really great games doing nothing more than simple deathmatch.  If I ever decide to get XBLive I'll have to check out the online play as well, but as far as lan play goes I'm sold.


I would go so far as to say this game justifies XBLive in and of itself.  I've played some split-screen matches too, in teh dorm; 2v2 is fun, especially on the smaller maps, but you haven't played until you've played some 4v4 or more CTF.  When you have a fully loaded Warthog, two Ghosts, and a Banshee all rolling out on the offensive at once, it gets fairly epic fairly quickly.
1354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 - It's ON! (impressions thread) on: November 11, 2004, 08:06:33 PM
For the people reporting graphical hiccups, what model XBox do you have?  Our dorm has one from original release, and mine is much more recent; a lot of the stutters that are noticable on the older one aren't on the new one.  I don't know if it's just the older DVD drives or what, but the pop-in and stutter don't feel as bad on the newer XBox.
1355  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / HALO 2 CLAN on: November 11, 2004, 08:01:08 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
I'd like to run it to keep it official if we can.  My Xbox died on me which is why this isn't already done before you guys even GOT your copies.  What bad timing.  As we speak, my staff is taunting me because I can't play...I can feel the love, its sticking sharply in my back!  I should be back on my feet today or tomorrow at the latest.

Sure thing.  With no word, I wanted to get it on its feet, but since you're going to be up and running that soon, I'll leave it to you.
1356  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / HALO 2 CLAN on: November 11, 2004, 07:35:59 AM
If nobody objects, I'm going to put up 'GoldRush' at around 6 tonight and start sending out invites.
1357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 - It's ON! (impressions thread) on: November 11, 2004, 05:44:19 AM
After playing more of the multiplayer, it gets a hearty MP GOTY from me.  Just freaking amazing.
1358  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Anybody for Halo2? on: November 11, 2004, 05:36:34 AM
That was the best CTF match EVAR.  DarkEl, I hate you and your mad Banshee-cramming skills.
1359  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / HALO 2 CLAN on: November 11, 2004, 05:36:02 AM
Crazy 88s is taken.  Crazy 88 killers isn't.

I still like GoldRush, though.  Not taken, and full of Goldish goodness.
1360  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / HALO 2 CLAN on: November 11, 2004, 05:18:50 AM
Oh ehm EFF gee.  Just played an amazing game of CTF with DarkEl, TML, and the rest of the gang.  We NEED a clan, guys.  This is just too cool.
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