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1441  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Someone hijacked my WoW account...long on: October 27, 2009, 06:31:59 PM

Quote from: ktdiehard on May 22, 2008, 08:58:04 PM

Same issue here. Cancelled the account in 2005 some time - just got email(s) about it being banned like you. I did manually log on the account - and that also says I am banned. So it is legit. No clue where to go from here. I emailed them but from my work email account because I couldn't get my 'official wow' email account to work from work for some reason.  I am locked out of my account maintenance so I can't change the email addr. round and around we go.

I have a new comptuer and Wow is not even installed - infact - I don't even think it is installed on my now 'old'  comptuer I used for the last year and a half - So unless they got my account info back in 2005 - the only way they could have gotten it sence then is from bizzard. Not from my machine.

So this whole account takeover ended interesting enough with KT making out like a bandit. To recap KT and I haven't played WoW since 2005. In 2008 KT got an email saying she had been banned from the service and could not access her account.

This weekend I had an odd hankering to play WoW and had two Burning Crusade Trial disks sitting on my shelves since around 2007. So we decided "why not?" and began the long patch process for entering WoW. I got in fine and all my characters were there. KT on the other hand couldn't access her account as it had been banned for "exploitation of the World of Warcraft economy or for being associated to accounts which have been  closed for intended exploitation." She went through the process of getting the account back by sending Blizzard a scan of her drivers license.

Blizzard responded promptly the next day and she had her account back. From the account history we could see someone paid for a complete month in 2008 and then entered in a 60-day game card after that. 5 days after they put in the 60-day game card they got banned from WoW. By now we pretty much feared the worst figuring the account had been stripped clean.

Things got worse when KT couldn't get in to the Burning Crusade trial. It kept saying the account was ineligible. With a little investigation we turned up that the Burning Crusade expansion was already added. So whomever had control of the account actually purchased the expansion.   

We weren't sure what to do at that point. It looked like we would have to pony up the $15 to see the account. Thankfully there was a 10-day trial for the Wrath of the Lich King and KT was able to use that one to get in to the game.

What we discovered kinda blew us away. Not only were all her characters still there with everything on them but her main character had gone from L55 to L70 and was all decked out and on a flying mount.

It could have ended badly but whatever Blizzard was doing to track this stuff and effectively disable the account so only the original owner can get back at it seems to work pretty week. Kudos to them.

1442  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awesomely Bad Movies on: October 23, 2009, 07:34:42 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 22, 2009, 12:32:42 AM

Quote from: WorkingMike on October 22, 2009, 12:25:19 AM

I give you Superfuzz

that reminds me of Heartbeeps.

I'm sad to say I saw both of those movies in theaters and remember it. Hell I can recall acting like I was Super Fuzz on the playground.

Nice little trivia about Heartbeeps - John Williams wrote the score for it.

Another movie I saw in theaters I kinda want to add to this group is Saturday the 14th. I only vaguely recall it but I get the sense it was fun.  One for sure I'll add to the list is Modern Problems with Chevy Chase.
1443  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: October 23, 2009, 06:50:11 PM
There seems to be speculation they're letting people in in waves. Which I guess makes sense if they're trying to limit bandwidth problems. For Champions Online it was awful on the open beta launch day just trying to get in the game. They had screwed up the pre-launch beta downloads and instead of having all those pre-downloads install a small file it started installing the whole 2gig game. The downloading was so slow as everyone else was trying to do the same thing. So if they're doing the waves it may be to avoid having it take a full day for people to download the game.

It would be nice to have them explain what their plans are for adding people.

I haven't gotten an email invite yet either.
1444  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Season of the Witch on: October 23, 2009, 12:53:06 AM

Quote from: hepcat on October 22, 2009, 07:03:12 PM

I think he's talking about the remakes from Rob Zombie.  IMHO, they're weak sauce when compared to the brilliance of the original, Carpenter film(s).  I love Rob's music and his enthusiasm for the horror genre, but he really did mess up the Halloween franchise. 

No, meant Halloween 3: Season of the Witch. Which like metallicorphan was the first in the series I saw. Haven't seen the Rob Zombie remakes yet.
1445  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dollhouse Season 2 on: October 22, 2009, 06:55:14 PM
It didn't really seem to pick up at all this season after a nice buildup of last. Unless the rest of the season rocks I'd be ok with seeing it die out. It's no Journeyman. 
1446  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Season of the Witch on: October 22, 2009, 06:51:21 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 22, 2009, 12:33:00 PM

and from your title,i thought Rob Zombie was announcing Halloween 3 remake icon_wink

That's a guilty pleasure movie for me. I seem to be one of the few that actually enjoyed it. And it's the only Halloween movie I actually liked.
1447  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Death Rally by Remedy released as freeware on: October 20, 2009, 06:16:35 PM
Wow, I remember playing the hell of that game.
1448  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 20, 2009, 06:15:10 PM
I wish there was more to the final boss fight than what there was but by the time I got to that point I was pretty satisfied with the game so was fine with it ending. I ended up at L28 with 12k gold and 10 learning points I couldn't decide what to use with. I was a battle-mage with L7 sword skill and L10 frost skill.

Skills I found most useful:

- lockpicking
- sneak
- alchemy (for + stat potion)
- pickpocket (L2 worked well)
- smithing (for later in the game when working with obsidian)

I didn't find much use for scroll or rune casting even though I maxed both those.

Great game overall. I went ahead and installed Gothic 2 Gold as lot of people seem to be comparing this one to that. Hopefully I can get past the horrid controls this time.
1449  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam] THQ Week: Day 4: Saints Row 2 75% off on: October 15, 2009, 07:07:34 PM
I don't have any personal experience with this but I seem to recall the PC version having some frame rate issues at one point. It may have been taken care of by now (anyone know?) but just wanted to give an FYI on that in case it hasn't.
1450  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World War Z Movie on: October 14, 2009, 06:46:54 PM
Just a heads up the The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks graphic novel is out now. It's basically an anthology where it shows zombie outbreaks over the years - starting with cavemen. The art in the book is really good. Lots of detail and not a wasted frame - which is important as there isn't a whole lot of text here. I went through the book in about an hour and got from it about what I expected.

There's a few memorable stories including a gruesome zombie domino effect aboard a slave ship and a story about some Russian Cossacks that get whats coming to them. But my favorite of the bunch would have to be a story involving the French Foreign Legion who get little warning about an army of undead coming their way. I could see that one being made in to a TV style movie.

If you liked World War Z or the original Survival Guide this is a nice addition to add to the collection.
1451  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: October 12, 2009, 04:52:03 PM
Hmm interesting. There is mission later on in the game where you get a similar injection that does the same thing but you can't use it outside of that mission. But I can't see the connection between Mr. Zombie and that mission so it may be a mistake rather than some early tie-in, which would be nice.
1452  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 12, 2009, 04:46:47 PM

Quote from: Jag on October 12, 2009, 03:31:14 PM

My funniest moment so far was on the beach. I was poking around looking for stuff and wandered a little deeper into the surf...  icon_lol

(I won't spoil it)

Yeah that was a "holy shit!" moment.
1453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 11, 2009, 06:32:28 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 11, 2009, 06:25:44 PM

hmm.. apparently if you bought the Steam version you don't need Steam to be up and running if you make a shortcut directly to the risen.exe.

That's how my wife and I our playing it at the same time. Just running it from the .exe.
1454  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: South Park: Season 13 [spoilers] on: October 08, 2009, 06:17:03 PM
Was pretty bored by this episode. I liked the setup focusing on the recent high profile celebrity deaths but the Six Sense parody's is overdone, the Poltergeist one wasn't funny and the Ghost Hunter one was basically one joke for 5 minutes. When it got to Michael Jackson I thought it would improve but him trying to win a pageant? Pretty lame.

With all the dead celebs they had to choose from it seemed to me they missed a great opportunity by primarily focusing on just the two - and really Billy Mays???

Was that Chipolte bleeding thing based on a news story or something? The whole thing had me going "huh?"
1455  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 08, 2009, 06:00:30 PM
What are the AP status points you get? I don't see them in my character profile. Like I got 10 AP in Humanitarianism or something like that. Typically get them as you complete quests.
1456  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero: Van Halen on: October 06, 2009, 05:56:18 PM
Well that explains that. Its too bad that had to be one of the omissions.
1457  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero: Van Halen on: October 06, 2009, 03:14:37 AM
For those that sent in for the free copy you should be getting it soon. I just got mine in the mail today and I sent it out a week or so ago after GH5 launch. You don't get much with it. Just a sleeve containing the disc and some pamphlets for Band Hero and GH:WT.

I played a few of the songs and really enjoyed myself. I was a big Halen fan so kicking the game off with Panama was great and only got better once Running With the Devil came up as an encore. I'm playing on medium and both those songs felt just right with the notes that were popping up (for guitar) so it gives a great illusion of playing that shit. The entire band is on stage in their younger form...although Michael Anthony didn't look quite right to me. I'm also guessing this was back in the days where everyone was getting along because the few times I could look up Dave and Eddie were sharing some toothy grins singing together.

There is a career mode where you play as VH and earn money and then for the non-VH songs you create your own band ('Spotted Dick' in my case) from the GH cast and play those. You can use the money you earn to purchase new outfits and equipment. I didn't see much else there to purchase but didn't really look in to it too much. I just checked out Billy Idols White Wedding which was boring to 'play' on guitar but a fun song nonetheless and some Blink 182 song I almost got 100% on; missed the last goddamn note!

It looks like you cut back and forth between playing as Halen and then your generic band at each venue you unlock. There's some extras for the Halen content where you can see the Lyrics or facts about the song as it plays. Didn't see much else but only played a bit so far. Thumbs up for free.
1458  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: October 02, 2009, 06:40:04 PM
Fun video made back in beta when the growth bug still existed. So this video features Power Rangers and some gigantic robots:
1459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Path on: September 30, 2009, 05:54:32 PM
Was pretty bored by it even though it looked interesting. I couldn't really figure out what I was supposed to do for any of the puzzles and eventually just gave up. It's also on GameTap if you have a subscription on that.
1460  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pandorum on: September 28, 2009, 03:15:08 AM
Saw it today. There were a total of 7 people in the theatre which should tell you how quick this one will be around.

The beginning of the film is great and reminded me a lot of the movie Cube. You got two people who wake up with only some memory of who they are and try and piece together things based on what little they know and the few clues they have to work with.

The movie starts going downhill once they come across their first monster. Then the film switches from smart psychological sci-fi to Resident Evil complete with lame characters, actiony sequences, and other unbelievable stuff. It stays with that almost till the end. Then the last 2 minutes of movie were great.

I really wished they kept the tone that the movie began with. That would have been a much better and more interesting picture.

Its still worth a rental or better Netflix streaming.
1461  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamestop online: Champions Online $39.99 + free 60 day card on: September 26, 2009, 12:27:18 AM
Pretty decent deal. Plenty of time to reach level 40, play around with different characters, and L40 one of those too.
1462  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fast food menu items you miss on: September 25, 2009, 06:04:03 PM
Rodeo Cheesburger from BK. Haven't been to BK in forever so not sure if they brought them back but I know the last few times I went they were not on the menu. These were value cheeseburgers with BBQ sauce and onion rings. Loved those things.
1463  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite Podcasts on: September 24, 2009, 06:19:54 PM
I'm still trying to lock down a good gaming podcast. The 1UP podcast so far seems the most professional out of the ones I've listen too. CAG was pretty decent too but that Wombat guy is annoying to the point where he ruins things. Joystiq seems to be similar where there's the one annoying juvenile guy. Unfortunately that guy was substituting for the main host during the podcast I listened to. At one point when Ludwig (I think) was giving their impressions of Mini Ninja's, a game I was curious to hear a bit about, the host jumped in and basically said they only want to hear about real games - which I gathered were any FPS or games with lots of explosions. I'll have to give it another listen when the main host is back. Hopefully whomever it was that was hosting that podcast is normally put on a short leash.
1464  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flash Forward on: September 24, 2009, 05:55:21 PM
Not that it matters now, since it's premiering tonight, but there's a 14 minute preview of this on XBox Live. I've put it on the DVR to watch based on the preview but was a bit disappointing with the one flash forward they showed. Was expecting aliens, a major catastrophe, or something epic along those lines. It was very tame compared to those expectations.  icon_neutral
1465  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Favorite Podcasts on: September 22, 2009, 09:53:28 PM
I'm pretty new to podcasts. I recently replaced my ancient MP3 player with a Zune (not HD) which has opened up the podcast world to me. I'm interested in hearing favorites for ones to check out.

Also curious to which computer gaming ones you listen to? There are so many to choose from that I'd rather cut to the chase of finding the good ones. So far I've tried an IGN and 1UP. I didn't care so much for the IGN podcast, which was focused on gaming gadgets, but did see there were other IGN podcasts. I did like the 1UP podcast so may subscribe to that one.
1466  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: September 21, 2009, 06:14:51 PM
Got to play the Crisis at Monster Island PQ which introduces the zone over the weekend. That was some amazing fun and a great way to introduce the zone. I really wish they didn't wait till around L30 to start introducing some of the more involved quests (e.g. Dr Destroyers Factory and that brain lab in Canada). If they had a bunch of those from the get-go a think a lot more people would be grouping together in the long run. 
1467  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVR Luddite has questions on: September 16, 2009, 06:31:31 PM
The TiVo HD will record HD shows over the air. But the device requires a subscription in order to work. Subscriptions are monthly/yearly or lifetime based.
1468  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: September 15, 2009, 06:27:00 PM
At level 26 now and haven't hit a content gap yet. But there have been plenty of points where I've been doing missions marked 1 or 2 levels above me. Since hitting 20 or so I've been having to run around between Canada/Desert/Millennium City to get quests within my level. Whenever I dry up in the area I'm in I just use the crime computer to tell me where to go.

I also notice that after PvP my experience bar will typically go up a tick and I'll do PvP for short spurts.
1469  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: September 10, 2009, 07:01:12 PM
Ellen was a guest judge on last seasons So You Think You Can Dance. She was only there for a single night and basically wore out her welcome by the end. She was funny but offered nothing in her critiques other than one-liners. You knew she had no business judging the dancers which made the whole thing lose the little bit of credibility it has. Thankfully it was just the single night.

Dunno how she's going to bring anything extra to American Idol. Would rather they just go back to the 3 judge panel with what they already have. Hell if they were so hard up for a 4th judge they should have brought in one of the former contestants as they would have something to bring to the critiques.

If they bring back the judges save again this year along with this then that Simon Fuller guy is way out of touch with the audience.
1470  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: September 02, 2009, 03:43:55 AM
From all the complaints about the nerf I was expecting the game to be impossible to play. After several hours I didn't notice too much difference than before. With my solo character I was completing missions just fine but did notice battles were slightly longer (electricity build with no defensive/offensive buffs). I did have one super villain battle which lasted about 30 seconds (20 seconds more than usual) but still was not a close battle. It was nice to see the villain laster longer, as they were able to get off several powers during the course of the battle. Normally they get off 1 charged attack and then be dead.

Playing as a team (2 players) was little different than before. We were still plowing through mobs and multiple ones. Triple health mobs did take a bit longer to kill but other than two or three times where we got overwhelmed I didn't feel in danger.

So I'm not sure what all the complaints are about. Even in the game chat people were complaining of nerfs. From what I've seen the game still needs to be tweaked to make things more difficult.
1471  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 31, 2009, 06:48:49 PM
Yeah, they need to balance the game a bit more. My wife and I haven't had any problems tearing through mobs. Henchmen go down in about 1 second, mini-bosses in about 5 seconds, and bosses between 10-15. It was fun as you could tear through missions but now its a bit unfun as its little challenge.

Even the Fight Club mission at L17, which recommends 3 people gave us no problems. The one time during that mission I got overwhelmed I just held down block and within seconds my wife took out the mobs that were swarming all over me. I can't think of another mission, so far, that had us in any real difficulty.

They really need to raise the health on all enemies. Henchmen need to have health more along the lines of the min-bosses, the mini-bosses double what they already have, and boss battles should, at the least, take a minute to complete.
1472  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 30, 2009, 03:00:05 PM
There's always going to be those people that level up way before anyone else. The L38-L40 users after 48hrs are not the norm. After two days of heavy playing I'm at 18 and I've already been through the newbie zones multiple times. The new players are going to level a lot slower their first run through. But I do agree, at this rate, people will hit 40 well before any signifcant content areas come out. They'll need to get an expansion out there pretty quick as after the 2nd L40 character you've probably seen it all as far as content goes.
1473  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] H2 on: August 28, 2009, 06:50:11 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on August 28, 2009, 06:14:20 PM

Rob Zombie fails as a director and writer. Spectacularly at that.

I'd agree except for Devil's Rejects which was awesome.
1474  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal 8-28: THQ Collecttors pack 25% off on: August 28, 2009, 06:44:20 PM
This was a toughy for me but ended up melting and getting it. Had The original Dawn of War, Titan's Quest (both) and STALKER but none of the other stuff. Mainly got it for the two Company of Hero games, the Dawn of War expansions and Dawn of War 2.

Semi regretting it as the games I really want to play will probably wind up as regular weekend dealies (I missed the two times DoW2 was on it) and could wait to play those but ah well. It's done.
1475  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 25, 2009, 08:43:22 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on August 25, 2009, 08:16:17 PM

Quote from: Aganazer on August 25, 2009, 07:54:31 PM

Cryptic said in their advertising "Both of these offers are only going to be around until supplies last, so sign up while you still can."

It sucks, I know, but it wasn't misrepresented. There is some noise about it on the official forums so I wouldn't be surprised if they turned it back on. Stay tuned!

Logically the concept that something virtual is limited in stock is hard to process, no matter how clearly stated it may be.

Hmmm, maybe I should sell my account with the lifetime sub. $500 anyone? biggrin

That's part of the reason I was fine with getting the lifetime. I figure I can sell it later for what I paid for it and maybe some more. I saw a LOTRO Lifetime account going for $480. In a few years I imagine any core players that didn't purchase a Lifetime will want one.
1476  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 23, 2009, 04:07:48 PM
Ended up pulling the trigger on a Lifetime subscription. Figure I can sell that in a few years to an addict for at least $200.
1477  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 22, 2009, 05:39:20 AM
Came across a few other decent clones.

Samus is looking a tad malnurished there but otherwise has the equipment right.

It's the Man of Diamonds! aka "Diamond Man"

Probably the easist clone to create but still looks fantastic jumping around

Zombie Hulk Smash!

There was also a fantastic P.N.03 character running around with the acrobat skill so they were doing cartwheels all over the place. Unfortunately they didn't stand still long enough for me to get a decent shot.
1478  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 21, 2009, 08:55:13 PM
Well I found Cryptic's policy on creating characters that bare a resemblance to existing ones:

Here's the crux of it:

"While Creating your Champion's Costume: You may not create costumes or costume/name combinations that are recognizable as the registered property of any company. (This includes things such as: comics, anime, movies, or video games.)"

Which to me sucks as its damn fun to see if you can create an existing character with the tools you are given; like creating celebrity Mii's. Hopefully you can still get away with creating versions of the characters that are obvious parody's.
1479  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 21, 2009, 03:18:47 PM
So what are your thoughts on seeing versions of existing "heroes" in the game? And what is Cryptic's stance on this? Is copying an existing work within this game a copyright infringement?

For me I'm loving creating existing video/computer game characters. I also get a kick out of seeing well made copies of existing superheroes in the game.

Here's the latest one I thought was really clever.

1480  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 20, 2009, 08:02:37 PM
How do you sell stuff in this game at stores? I see a buy tab but not a sell tab. My inventory is filling up so want to get rid of some of these items I have no use for.
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