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1441  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Bitter Rivals on: March 10, 2009, 07:12:14 PM
Completing the event (you actually don't have to do everything) gets you the unlock a week early and they're unlocked for those people today. So a week from today is when everyone has access to them.
1442  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 06, 2009, 08:25:19 PM
As much as I hate Tatiana's personality the girl can sing. I thought she sang better than any of the wild card picks that night. But I hadn't realized this was the same song she did before - twice. So am kinda glad they didn't bring her along as to me that's a cop out. On the flip side Anop went ahead and sang a song he already performed and while he didn't sound that great I like his personality, so I'm glad they added him. Not sure how long he'll last though as his vocals were pretty rough.

Maybe it was just me but I actually started laughing when Von Smith started singing. That was the worst singing voice ever. Should have worn the hat.
1443  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of the Triad returns on: March 04, 2009, 08:03:07 PM
I remember being excited about this one. Back then I was scooping up anything FPS - I was even excited over the Tek War demo even though the demo ran like crap and had bugs galore. I did purchase ROTT when it came out and I recall the big thing with this one was how lousy the multiplayer was implemented. I believe this was Apogee/3D Realms first stab at multiplayer and they just didn't code it well. By then Doom/Heretic/Hexen was running mutliplayer games just fine so it was a disheartening to get drops every few minutes. Thankfully when Duke 3D got released the company had overcome their multiplayer issues.

Overall though this was a pretty generic FPS. A step back from Doom which had been out for more than a year already.
1444  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 Starts Tonight! (SPOILERS!!!) on: March 02, 2009, 08:17:09 PM

Quote from: cheeba on March 02, 2009, 08:00:36 PM

Quote from: Scraper on March 02, 2009, 07:35:56 PM

Here's my question. Did Boomer actually make the jump or did she hit the side of the ship and explode? I thought she exploded. I didn't watch next weeks previews though so they may have showed more.
No, she made the jump. But the jump so close to the Galactica caused the explosion/implosion whatever it was. Of course this makes one wonder why the cylons have hit the Galactica with so many nukes. Why not just get a bunch of raiders to jump right next to it?
I'm just going to go with it for fear or more montages of Adama weeping over the bulkheads with corncern.
1445  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 27, 2009, 08:00:39 PM
Wow, forgot about the Faces of Death series. I remember those being quite disturbing especially since I saw them at a young age (gonna guess around 12-14). I still remember the monkey brain scene in particular since I had just seen it on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - although this of course was more sadistic with the beating of a live monkey.

Didn't realize most of it was faked though. Days of childhood trauma all for naught.
1446  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 23, 2009, 10:13:36 PM
The first film that came to mind when reading the subject was Battle Royale which was probably more shocking than disturbing (although it was that too). But I recently saw it again and it didn't have the same effect the 2nd time as the initial time.
1447  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: All PS2 Gold Box Monday 2/23 on: February 23, 2009, 09:54:14 PM
Picked up Persona 4 for $26. Just started playing Persona 3 about a week ago. I think I paid $25 for 3 FES on Black Friday so $26 seems like a pretty good deal.
1448  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coldstone Creamery on: February 18, 2009, 01:44:47 AM
Cold Stone ice cream cakes are awesome. But the only ice cream concoction I every liked from there was the All Love'n No Oven. Ever other concoction I've tried has had too much going on to taste good. Guess my taste buds are not sophisticated enough.

I would be curious if anyone has come up with a good concoction to try. I'm always tempted to make one myself but know it'll suck.
1449  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Star Wars Force Unleashed Xbox 360 $25.98 (4 hours only) - on: February 18, 2009, 01:40:55 AM
Gah! I missed this. Missed it the first time it was on Gold Box for $35 and now this.
1450  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Is the player base leaving on: February 13, 2009, 07:41:12 PM

Quote from: StriderGG on February 12, 2009, 09:37:44 PM

more mount choices
Who cares, this is probably the last thing to consider when thinking about cancelling/extending the account.

As I'm not considering on cancelling and even planned on renewing given the games current form. So this is welcome news.

Quote from: StriderGG on February 12, 2009, 09:37:44 PM

increase in the number of gold bags dropped from Fortresses (12 gold bags)
This mechanic shouldn't be there in the first place. Why do they have a PvE raiding gear progression/distribution system in a PvP game? If anything, just do it through the (already existing) renown points/levels system.

I agree getting points is the better way to go. For awhile I had all the gold bag gear except for the helm and kept winning gold bags with chest pieces in it. I felt bad for taking away the chest piece from someone who could use it. But as it doesn't seem they are going the route of using a point system the 12 gold bags is a large improvement over the current 3 gold bag system.

Quote from: StriderGG on February 12, 2009, 09:37:44 PM

the ability to jump right in to RvR combat hot areas in T1 + T2 with a button press
Sounds good in theory, remains to be seen how it works in practice. Why T1 and T2 only though?

Have you tried any of the RvR in T1 and T2?

The two discouraging things RvR in those tiers are

1) Fast leveling
2) Travel

I breezed through T1 on my last character and was hardly able to participate in RvR. The RVR I did end up doing was boring to boot as it's just BFO captures. In T2 there are keeps but many of those keeps are placed far apart. You don't get a mount until L30 so running to those locations is a PITA - especially after a wipe. Being able to just port to where the action is in these tiers would be a nice improvement.
1451  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Is the player base leaving on: February 12, 2009, 07:12:01 PM
Some good items in there including more mount choices, increase in the number of gold bags dropped from Fortresses (12 gold bags), Keep loot timers have been extended, and I like the addition of the ability to jump right in to RvR combat hot areas in T1 + T2 with a button press.

Looks like a nice benefit was added to one of the Shadow Warrior spells that will actually make a fairly big difference for being able to do some major damage. Didn't see too much to get excited about for my Ironbreaker but he's just fine as is.
1452  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Is the player base leaving on: February 11, 2009, 08:25:41 PM

Quote from: vizionblind on February 10, 2009, 02:23:44 AM

"RvR will be getting a complete face lift. Keeps and forts are being redesigned to have 2-3 ramps. This should make things a lot more interesting for keep/fort defense, as well as weaken the popular tank wall strategy"

That sounds great. As much as I love being part of a massive tank wall it does suck that there's little you can do to combat it if there are a good number of tanks lined up. This should spice things up. I also hope they add additional ways to get past keep doors too, like giving engineers the ability to dig tunnels.

"Also, pets will no longer be able to phase shift through doors and walls to fetch you from the safety of your keep. "

Good news there too. Pets going through the doors is a continual nuisance.

"In your personal opinion, what's the most powerful class, most balanced class, and the weakest class?

A: I would say the most powerful- Warrior Priest which is better than the Disciple of Khaine.
The most balanced- we like the marauder how it is now.
The weakest- the Shadow warrior needs love."

Funny about the Shadow Warrior. I have a L30 SW and the last few levels (in full devastator armor) I have felt pretty over powered. At range I seem to do more damage than my wife's bright wizard. In melee I'm basically dead within 6-7 seconds unless I can switch to the Assult stance, which usually keeps me alive until help arrives, but that's really how it should be for the class. I'll take the love though if they're gonna give it.
1453  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: February 05, 2009, 06:31:26 PM
10 Year Anniversary of Dr. Manhattan:
1454  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online free expansion on: January 29, 2009, 07:12:48 PM
I care. But I would rather they focused on adding content areas rather than new classes. The game has plenty of classes but the content is going to get stale soon. One thing about these events is that it ramps up the RvR elements where you see a lot more people participating than unusual to create some pretty large scale battles. Most of those battles typically end with one side pushed back to their warcamp where they won't come out again. Up until that point its a blast though.

It's new free content so can't complain to much.
1455  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: V Returns? on: January 27, 2009, 07:31:10 PM
1456  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: SOE MMO games on steam on: January 27, 2009, 07:17:18 PM

Quote from: Destructor on January 27, 2009, 02:28:45 PM

I thought when I looked when it first launched that they had two 'versions' of EQ2 on there. One cheaper one that included everything including the Faydark expansion, and one, the more current one, that included everything that's out there.

Shadow Odyssey includes everything
Faydark includes everything up to Faydark expansion (so missing Kunark and Shadow Odyssey).

If you are just checking out the game Faydark expansion is the way to go as its inexpensive and offers plenty of content (3 expansions + 3 in-game packs). Kunark is mainly high level content. I barely touched those areas and have been on EQ2 for about 2 years.
1457  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Is the player base leaving on: January 22, 2009, 09:54:05 PM
Tier 2 RvR action does seem lacking. I have two characters (L31 and L27) that I've been playing in T3 RvR constantly since it's been so great with the back and forth. There have been times where the warbands have tried to "snipe" a keep but typically that's done after being routed or there isn't a full warband. Mainly its a lot of head to head battles either with keep takeovers or defenses making for very active maps in T3.

So last weekend I started a third character and quickly got in to the T2 RvR. My first taste over that weekend was fantastic. We defended a keep for over and hour and a half from destruction. They just would not give up no matter how many times they were pushed back - they even got in to the lord room at one point. But since then T2 has been dreary. No one will organize things and the few times they try there doesn't seem to be enough interest to do much more than take battle field objectives.

You are right about things being spaced too far apart in T2. You don't have a horse so running long distances really sucks. I'm sure that's a turn off and Mythic should look in to making some changes to the T2 RvR zone layouts.

I would say push through the T2 area and get to T3 as quickly as possible. There seems to be a lot more organization in T3 with some real leadership and a lot of active players on both sites. That makes all the difference. Plus everyone has horses so getting to the action is a lot quicker. For several weeks now I've had amazing RvR battles in T3 almost nightly. I'm really sad to see my L31 character chickening out soon and moving on to T4. But yeah, with the exception of the my first weekend in T2 its been a dud.
1458  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Impulse Weekend Sale on: January 16, 2009, 07:30:15 PM
Astral Master is a pretty good Magic type card game. I didn't like it as much as Astral Tournament, which I spent a boat load of time playing, but it was still pretty good if like those types of card games.
1459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Juarez 2 and Ride to games on: January 14, 2009, 04:53:28 AM
Call of Juarez was actually a pretty decent game. Had a bit of everything (shooter, sneaker, puzzles). But not the type of game I'd ever purchase at full price.  Will be interesting to see if they can make the sequel in to a must have. But I bet I'm gonna be getting it on Steam for $10 a year after it comes out.
1460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: looks like 1up and EGM aren't any more on: January 07, 2009, 07:16:17 PM

Quote from: The Grue on January 07, 2009, 04:32:15 PM

Quote from: Laner on January 07, 2009, 04:27:40 PM

I thought their subscriptions were transferred to EGM?

Usually when this happens, you are offered some other magazine.  I had this happen to me with a great Linux magazine and they wanted to replace it with Business 2.0.  So, in a way, I did lose my money because I had no interest in that magazine.

Wasn't there a choice of like another subscription or a year access to File Front or something like that? I seem to recall taking the year access for File Front but never really used it. Maybe that was from another mag.

I had a free subscription to EGM and didn't think it was bad. When the subscription ran out last month I came close to renewing it.
1461  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How did you choose your Gamertag or Forum name? on: December 30, 2008, 11:04:45 PM
I was reading <a href="" style="text-decoration:none">Good Omens[/url] at the time and thought it was a neat handle. But I got bored with the book and never did finish it, so am not even a fan. But I had been using the name on GG and it stuck so just used it going forward.

On a side note this handle seems to get a reaction every once in a blue moon where I get mistaken for a poster named "Crowley" who apparently posted a bunch of nasty stuff on GG, I never saw any of it but I guess it was bad from the responses I've gotten.
1462  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fringe Premiere on: December 17, 2008, 08:32:18 PM
Anyone still watching this?

Was it just more or did it seem like the cast/crew in this last episode were totally rejuvenated? The acting seemed really good with the actors looking very comfortable with the roles they were playing. Great story too along with some nice dialogue - loved the scene where Peter got the bank name out of Walter. The science in this episode didn't seem so far fetched as previous episodes either and I think that, combined with the consequences of using the fringe technology, helped.

I dunno who had a hand in putting together this episode but they need to keep it up for the next season. I hope this is a turning point in the the show where they finally figured out what doesn't work. 
1463  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] What Will Marvel's Sequel to Ironman and The Incredible Hulk be? on: December 15, 2008, 09:17:21 PM
I'm not up on comics either but what is the allure of Dr. Strange? Is there an actual big fan base for this superhero for a movie?

Even when I was reading comics I didn't like it when he showed up in the ones I read. He seemed out of place and couldn't fathom why he had a comic of his own. Of course this is coming from someone who used to get ROM the Spaceknight comics. But still...what's the draw here?
1464  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: New careers launched for everyone in Warhammer Online on: December 10, 2008, 07:45:52 PM
No insight. I didn't get past level 5 on either of these and just read up on all their skills. I did see a Knight of the Blazing Sun in a Tier 3 scenero the other day and they had a shield/sword combo. No idea what spec they were using.

So no help here.

These forums probably have some insight:
1465  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: New careers launched for everyone in Warhammer Online on: December 09, 2008, 07:39:44 PM
I spent a bunch of time each night for two weeks doing the Live Events to unlock these classes early and hardly ended up playing either. Ugh. 

From the little I tried both the Black Guard basically reminded me of an Ironbreaker (what I'm playing now) but geared more towards defense. The Knight of the Blazing Sun was pretty kick ass though. Seemed to have good offense and defense.

The starting zones after the early unlock were hilarious as there were like 30 of the same class running around doing the same quests. I imagine it'll be like that tonight too. I didn't really see too much of a problem with spawns since they're so fast but might consider making the run to a separate newbie area to avoid congestion.
1466  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Amazon] X-Files complete series in Gold Box today on: December 05, 2008, 09:09:24 PM
Damn, that's tempting. It's a series I only watched a few episodes here and there so would probably love it.

But I've been buying a lot of video games for myself left and right with all these deals going on. Even though they're cheap I'm starting to feel a bit guilty about buying all this stuff just for me and haven't gotten a thing for friends/family yet.

It's hard to pass up some of these deals.  crybaby
1467  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO or Warhammer on: December 05, 2008, 08:57:45 PM

Quote from: Razgon on December 05, 2008, 08:44:37 PM

oh, and have they upgraded the graphics of the game recently??? Everything seems crispy clear and damn fine looking - much much better than I remember - especailly the two starting ruins you enter as an elf looks damn good, the ones with goblins in them...

They did put in DirectX 10 support awhile back and were touting the graphic improvements then so that may be what you are noticing.
1468  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO or Warhammer on: December 02, 2008, 07:22:50 PM
Touch choice between these two. LOTRO was one of those MMO's that I loved at first but after about 6 months got tired of it and canceled. I get the sense I'll be doing that with Warhammer as I don't think there's enough to keep me interested after the 6 month period.

I keep going back to EQ2 which now has solid play mechanics and a hell of a lot of content to keep me busy.
1469  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon gold box - Midnight Club, Force Unleashed for 360 on: November 24, 2008, 08:33:13 PM
Dang. Missed Force Unleashed. Picked up Soul Calibur for that price. Looks like Mortal Kombat vs DC may be later based on the description. If it's $30 I'll probably get that one too.
1470  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Gold Box - insane deal on Buffy TVS, complete series on: November 21, 2008, 08:41:16 PM
Wow, fantastic deal.
1471  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Twilight...vampire flick on: November 18, 2008, 01:17:35 AM
Well some good news for me. I don't have to see this in the theater with my wife afterall. She's afraid I'm going to pick it apart afterwards - which I would if its really bad. She is however going opening night with 2 other coworkers who are also obsessed with the books.

So any other husbands dreading doing a husbandly duty this week, this could be a way out.
1472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead. You are not ready. on: October 20, 2008, 06:46:20 PM
Was heading in to Chicago on the Metra this morning and happened to look out the window as we passed a huge Left 4 Dead billboard that was facing the highway. It was just the severed hand with the web site address on it. That's the first time I've seen a full billboard for a game around here. I've seen ads for GTA and Spore on buses and at bus stops but never a full blown billboard ad for any game.

Guess they feel its time to expand.
1473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 19, 2008, 05:04:27 AM

Quote from: The Grue on October 19, 2008, 01:22:38 AM

Quote from: kratz on October 18, 2008, 10:50:11 PM

Yeah, I was.

Took me 10+ tries.  The aiming was awful.

One of the writers on the MTV Multiplayer blog (or was it Kotaku?) said that this section almost made him put the game down forever.  He said it took him an hour to beat.

I can see that. I was really frustrated with this portion of the game. The movement was just too sensitive for the thumbstick. Then they would start throwing 4-5 asteroids at you at once, forget it. It probably took me around 15 tries to finally got past it. The guy saying "almost there" and "just a minute more" got infuriating.
1474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My New Game Buying Policy; No Offline Mplay = no Buy. on: October 07, 2008, 09:12:12 PM
So your policy reads: No purchases of games that fail to include offline multiplayer...unless you really want the game. I have a similar policy. No purchases of games at full price...unless I really want the game.

I'm not sure your quite being left out in the cold with that clause.

But a well written letter (not email) tends to get attention. So that is a good plan for getting your message in front of the gaming companies. For me offline multiplayer is not something that impacts my gaming habits or purchases. If its in there great.
1475  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Blindness on: October 06, 2008, 09:26:22 PM
I read the book awhile back and enjoyed it even though it was pretty dark. It's an interesting read as there is little punctuation in the book which makes for big blocks of text before a break. There are no quotes so its just the thoughts of characters telling you what other people are saying. And at any time you can go from one characters point of view to an others. Surprisingly I got used to it which on reflection may be on purpose as all the characters in the book get used dealing with being blind.

I haven't seen the film yet. The poor reviews kept me away this weekend but some of the positive comments here make me a bit more open to giving it a whirl next weekend.
1476  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend is on the new Survivor on: October 03, 2008, 07:09:24 PM
Yup, they should have voted Ace out. They actually fooled me in to thinking that had a chance of going through. I was really hoping it would since it might be an indication of another season of blindsides. But I was just happy the other team won both challenges. I thought for sure Fang would continue to lose until the merge.

I also have to give it up for the gaming guy (still don't know his name) for figuring out the puzzle first. I wish more puzzles were like that rather than puzzle pieces.

They gotta do something with the hidden immunity idol though. Its way too easy to obtain.
1477  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend is on the new Survivor on: September 30, 2008, 08:01:09 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on September 30, 2008, 12:41:59 PM

Is anyone rooting for the gaming nerd? Too bad his girl got voted out first. She was nice to watch.

In true gamer form he voted her out too. She was deemed not hawt and below gamer standards. Perhaps if she had worn the elfin ears like he suggested she would not have been sent to walk the Fail Trail.
1478  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend is on the new Survivor on: September 26, 2008, 05:56:04 PM
Everyone on that tribe seem pretty stupid based on the clips they showed, including the guy who couldn't figure out the Exile clue. I have to admit I like the older fella on Fang that banged his head. At first I wasn't so sure about him but it looks like that bump made him pretty clear headed about seeing how things are on his tribe. No amount of positive energy, or whatever they were calling it, is going to pull that tribe through. I love how he's willing to watch everyone self-destruct while he sits back. I imagine he'll be happy as stitches in a wound if he makes it to the merge. 

I do kinda wish the teams were more even this year. There's been too many lopsided teams where you know one is just going to slaughter the other.

Will see how it pans out though. The Fans vs Favorites started out kinda slow and lopsided after a couple challenges too but turned out to be one of my favorite seasons.
1479  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any Bike Riders here..(Motorbikes) on: September 23, 2008, 06:39:56 PM
I'll echo and say take the MSF classes. You'll find out pretty quick if you want to ride a bike or not.

I took the classes and MSF test on a motorcycle but ended up purchasing a scooter as I had my heart set on getting a Vespa. If your concern is with gas milage you might want to look at scooters. They should generally provide better gas milage. Not all scooters are dinky little things either. I've ridden my Vespa 250 GTS Super on the freeway and can keep up fine with traffic (albeit in the right-hand lane) - 74mph is the documented top speed for the 250 GTS but people have reported getting it up in the 80-85mph range. There are several maxi-scooters with larger engine displacements that offer plenty of horsepower if you're looking for mainly freeway driving.

I've hardly driven my car since I got the scooter and if I was in a climate where I could ride this thing year round I would dump the car.

Edit: You asked for experiences so I wanted to add that too.

I've only been riding for about two months now so my experiences are limited but I've run in to a few of the things vet bikers speak of. Mainly of people not paying attention. I've had two instances where drivers have changed in to my lane - one because they didn't do a head check and the other because they were on the phone and didn't do a head check. Then one old guy decided he was going to walk across the street just as I was coming up upon the crosswalk (I was going about 30-35 at the time). Although concerning I was able to handle each of these situations just fine.

One of the things the MSF courses teaches you is to always be vigilant and have escape routes planned. I am constantly paying attention to what the other drivers are doing and making sure I'm not in a spot where they don't know I'm there. I try not to put my self in a situation where I won't have some sort of escape plan. I trust my skills and I trust my bike and that makes riding a lot less stress free and above all fun.

But when you ride you never want to zone out.
1480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOG to Sell Cheap Downloads of Classic PC Games on: September 22, 2008, 07:11:26 PM
The email I got back said I had entered in my email incorrectly when I made that account. That didn't make much sense to me since I got the email and was able to log in to the account the first time just fine. The suggestion was to make a new account, which I did, and it worked.

I logged in and promptly purchased the Redneck Rampage collection and went to get my free download (Fallout 2). Only it never came up with the offer for the free download. After reading the fine print it indicated you had to get in to the beta between such-and-such date. My original account was created during that time but the new account was not. So I lost out on the deal.  icon_evil

It looks like the games use DosBox to run. I did have to change some settings in DosBox and the RR config files to get the game running without major flickering and graphical glitches. The forums on GoG were invaluable at getting that fixed.

I have to say we've come a long way with controlling FPS. The default RR control scheme is keyboard with the Up/Down/Left/Right arrows being used to controll your characters movement and turning. And to get mouse aiming to work you need to hit a key each time you start a game to enable it.
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