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14921  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Hunter pre-nerf/post-nerf question (WoW) on: March 11, 2005, 09:47:16 PM
This 'fix' is actually two seperate problems:

1) If you use more than one ammo bag (doesn't matter same/different types), the effects stack. This is the bug.

2) All ammo bags since beta have been giving double their listed speed increase to bows/guns. The class has been built around this speed modification, and some weapons have been 'adjusted' (nerfed) because of this. This is why the Hunters are crying nerf, and rightfully so.

Based on the highest level bag currently available, the Hunters on the official forum have worked out the number to be somewhere around a 16% reduction in damage. Considering that Hunters are generally viewed as worthless in high (level 55-60) level instances, as every class can do what they can, but better, this is why they're in an uproar.

In addition, Hunters are being nerfed again with their loss of resistances on certain high level pets (Snarler and the Fire Roc), so now their pets are even more worthless than they used to be in high level instances.

AND Blizzard still hasn't fixed one of the bugs that have been around since Beta (the 'pet gets slowed, it retains the slow until it gets dismissed/killed bug), so the general concensus is that they've being nerfed, and nerfed hard.

Same as Warlocks, apparently.
14922  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Crazy stuff from nvidia... on: March 11, 2005, 04:35:05 PM
Quote from: "RightBastard"
Isn't there some bruhaha about the 512mb not equalling a significant performance difference over 256?  I'm currently running a 256 Radeon 9800 Pro and it's served me pretty well and I see no reason to upgrade to a 512 card.

I completely agree with you here as well, as I work on the 'every other generation' theory as far as video cards go.

Started off with a GeForce TI 500, moved to an ATI 9700 Pro, and now I have an ATI X800.

Buy the biggest and baddest card available every other generation/year. It hasn't steered me wrong before, and I doubt there will be that big of a jump between this and next generation anyway.
14923  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW's Patch Notes on: March 11, 2005, 04:23:46 PM
Quote from: "The Mad Hatter"
I've never run into either bug with my level 42 hunter, at least not that I've noticed. I use group runspeed all the time since I've gotten it.

What's your pet? If it's a bear or some other critter with a slow approach (when you tell your pet to attack) speed, you tend to not notice it. With King Bangladesh (arguably faster than a level 40 on a horse), you really, really notice it.
14924  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW's Patch Notes on: March 10, 2005, 10:44:24 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
The pet run speed bug someone mentioned...what bug? If you mean you outrun them when you use your speed buff then thats no bug. they just cant keep up. I just hit 40 and got group run speed buff and my pet keeps up fine now.

Here's the Pet Speed Bug in a nutshell:

When your pet gets hit with any type of slow (anything that affects his movement speed), your pet will retain that slow until you either dismiss or kill it.

If you happen to have one of the faster pets (King Bangladesh for example), you'll REALLY notice this bug. Your pet becomes absurdly slow compared to his normal speed.

Note: Your Group Runspeed Buff also will screw up your pet. As soon as you turn it off, your pet goes into slo-mo mode. I never, ever use that power because of it.
14925  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Animal Crossing Online, Revolution backwards compatable on: March 10, 2005, 09:13:38 PM
And if you're bored and want to look at Nintendo's official PR, visit here:
http://www.consolegold.com/PressReleases/index.php?PRID=1985

biggrin

On another note - I just looked over the Zelda screenshots, and, well, I'm impressed. Finally - the Zelda we (IMHO) have all been waiting for.
14926  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Privateer on: March 10, 2005, 06:40:45 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Quote from: "RaptorRed"
Does it need DOS BOX to run?

No, it's a remade version of Privateer with 3D graphics.  Runs in Windows no problem.

And for that matter, it doesn't even need Privateer (the DOS version) to run. Just download and play a game from a decade ago.

My only complaint so far is that I can't figure out how to pull up the Galaxy map while still in a base. I'd love to get missions that are nearby, and not 5 jumps away. Yes, the game does automatically guide you to your jump destinations (even if it's multiple sectors away), but I'd like to collect some missions along the way or something.

Did the old Privateer even support this? It's simply been too long.
14927  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / CTmod for WoW 1.76 on: March 10, 2005, 04:32:49 PM
Quote from: "Chaz"
Sounds like it's worth a try, since it looks like it does most of what Cosmos does.  Does it also do quest progress tracking?

My collection of mods include the Quest Tracker mod (or whatever it's called) that's the exact same thing that Cosmos uses, without the requirement of Cosmos.

Go visit here:
http://www.curse-gaming.com/mod.php
and dig around their site for the giant collection of mods currently out there. Short of the Party bar, I found near-exact replacements for everything that Cosmos offered.
14928  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ghostly footage on: March 10, 2005, 03:22:15 AM
I've seen this video for some time now (this is nothing close to being new at all), but I still can't explain what the heck it is.

Spooky, no?
14929  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW's Patch Notes on: March 08, 2005, 06:28:34 PM
Quote from: "GGMark"
Even paladins called the fix of Seal of Crusader a nerf while it was written right in the text of the spell what it did, and it wasnt doing that?  Everyone always thinks that someone elses class is better than thiers, and that thier class needs a buff.  I play a paladin, I think the last fix put paladins right where they belong.  

Just to let you know, my two mains are a Paladin (45) and Hunter (44), so I'm feeling this 'issue/fix' twice.

Yes, I'll agree - the Seal of Crusader needed to be fixed. Now the Paladins are put exactly where they should be - tanks who can live forever who can't do any kind of damage.

But Hunters are another breed. Yes, I admit, in battles I do nothing but fire off my poison sting and occasionally push my pet's Claw button (to better manage his 'rage') for 20-25 seconds. But is our DPS too high because of this 'bug'? That's a good question.

Personally, I didn't like the Snarler/Fire Roc fix. That was the only reason people didn't use nothing but King Bangladesh for their pets. Expect to see that poor tiger camped to death after this patch.

But am I complaining about the DPS change? I need to see how much of a hit I've taken before I do. I'll tell you tonight after work. Assuming the patch went live today, anyway. biggrin
14930  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB overcharging on some PSP titles??? (edited w/ price drop) on: March 08, 2005, 06:01:29 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Having worked for EB?  I'm voting sinister...

Having worked at EB as well, I'm voting the same way. smile

Remember - this is the same EB that's focing you to buy your PSP as a 'value pack'. Then again, all of the stores are doing it that way as well (that I know of).

Also remember - while Half Life 2, Doom III, and other big name titles were 'overpriced' at launch at the big stores, you could easily find the game for normal retail if you looked hard enough.
14931  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime 2: Echoes on: March 08, 2005, 05:58:25 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
Contrast this with Echoes. I think I found more health tanks and missile upgrades by about the halfway point in this game than I found in the entirety of the first game. Really makes the game’s difficulty much easier to manage. There’s also something incredibly rewarding about standing in a room and thinking to myself, “I know there’s something here” and then coming back a few days later with the proper upgrades and finding it.

The reason you stumbled upon more powerups is simple - Retro was shocked (and embarrased) that you could 'break' the original Metroid Prime so badly. You could skip SO much of the game if you knew what you were doing, it's not even funny.

Let's just say that it's possible to get the Double Jump in the original 5 seconds after landing on the planet.

Let's just say that it's possible to pass through the lava zone (the one you visit right after you get the Varia suit) without the Varia suit.

Retro flat out stated that you could not do this in the sequel. Well, they were proved wrong (by the same guys who broke the original Metroid Prime), but in doing so, Retro made the game much easier, too. The game is much more linear.
14932  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Road to Gold and PC Gaming Forums have Merged on: March 08, 2005, 05:53:09 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
And a quick shout-out to you guys... the front page (which I seem to be going to more often than before) is fantastic.  Keep up the good work.

I, and the rest of the staff, thank you. We do what we can. biggrin
14933  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Privateer on: March 08, 2005, 05:51:10 PM
Game runs beautifully (with nearly all the options maxed) on my laptop (but a high-end laptop pretty much, with a ATI 9600 card, 3ghz machine, etc), but based on how low-end the game truly looks (it looks like a '94 title), it'll run very well on a low-end machine.

Remember - the original Privateer ran at 320x240 resolution. That's why the non-polygon details look so pixely and fuzzy. But the game is still as much fun as it was back in '94.

And, as far as I can tell, it's the entire game as well in every exact detail. I plopped down to play it last night, and the next time I looked up, it was midnight.

I wonder if it'll play on my work PC...

And incase anybody missed the link, go here.
14934  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Anyone play D&D? on: March 08, 2005, 05:35:51 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
Played when I was younger, just like all good American boys!

Not anymore however.  I think I would be bored to tears if I played now, but I do 'talk' to Gygax regularly via e-mail if that's worth anything.

Yeah, I used to play way back when it was called AD&D. Ah, the memories.

And you talk to Gygax? Cool! Has he said anything interesting to you during your conversations?
14935  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW's Patch Notes on: March 08, 2005, 05:30:17 PM
Well, it seems that Blizzard has finally released what looks to be the final patch notes listing, available over here.

Lots of changes, and a few nerfs (again). The one that hits Hunters hard are those who tamed Snarler (100 to all Resists), and kept him just for that for a dozen or more levels. Now, all the resists are useless, and will be wiped.

And they still haven't fixed the Hunter's pet runspeed bug.

Anyway, how does this patch hit your character? And when do you think it'll actually go live onto the servers?
14936  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Respeccing Talents Question on: March 08, 2005, 05:28:10 PM
NOTE: Any spells or powers you gain via Talents (if they have levels), you'll have to repurchase after respecing.

Roughly translated: The Hunter has a popular spell they gain via Talent called Aimed Shot. Even if you rechoose Aimed Shot when you respec, you'll have to repurchase all the Aimed Shot upgrades from your trainer afterwards.
14937  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Desktop Thread 3/05 on: March 08, 2005, 05:21:54 PM
Quote from: "Tebunker"
I was using this for a while It freaking rocks

That is such a cool and sad picture at the same time. Almost depressing to use as a desktop, but it's done so well...
14938  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Useful DOS emulator on: March 07, 2005, 09:42:11 PM
Quote from: "RightBastard"
Quote from: "Laner"
And Privateer apparently works as well.. what a great program.


And according to Slashdot, the Privateer remake is out at v1.0.  I just downloaded and will start it up soon.

Got a link? I had it at one time, but I've misplaced it somehow. Please? Please! Must play old ancient games for no reason again...
14939  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Desktop Thread 3/05 on: March 07, 2005, 09:33:51 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Quote from: "kathode"
I'd show you mine but unfortunately it features something from one of those upcoming big games you might have heard of.  No, not that one.  The other one smile

Blah blah blah I make oblivion, chicks dig me, blah blah!!

Oh, come now - how fired could you possibly get if you showed us this desktop from this 'upcoming big game'? biggrin
14940  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Cleaning & securing Win98 on: March 07, 2005, 05:53:25 PM
When trying to clean up spyware and all other kinds of stuff, here's my two recommended downloads:

Adaware

and

Spybot

Grab both programs, follow the included directions, and clean that system up. Use both though - they each tend to get stuff the other doesn't.

Hopefully that'll make a nice start in cleaning up that PC.
14941  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Desktop Thread 3/05 on: March 07, 2005, 05:49:52 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
LE has mono. biggrin...

Hey - that mono game/program is a ton of fun. Very...different, for lack of a better term.

Ron - where did you find that Castlevania pic?

As for my desktop, let's see if Blizzard's wallpapers allow direct linking...:

14942  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP size comparison and new videos on: March 06, 2005, 07:14:45 PM
Quote from: "wonderpug"
My god i forgot how big my Gamegear was.

Forget the Game Gear, look at the Atari Lynx! And that's the second generation model they have a picture of. The first generation was even bigger.

And it was a portable that was so ahead of its time... 3d gaming on a handheld, back when the world was black and white on the Game Boy.
14943  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Legend of Zelda Pre-order Bonus - Holy Cow! on: March 06, 2005, 07:09:33 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Quote from: "Tebunker"
Fooled You! One of EGM's better April Fools jokes, almost as good as Sonic and Tails in Super Smash Brothers Melee

Nothing outdoes Sheng Long in SF2...nothing.  They shall never top that one.

Ah, Sheng Long. Wasn't that the first April's Fools joke EGM did so long ago? And wasn't the story something about beating the game flawlessly on level 8 with Ryu or something like that?
14944  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do we need Avatars? on: March 06, 2005, 06:55:33 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Time to spread the Cthulhuian love.  Of course, this is actually ripped from the guardian in Master of Orion 2, but hey, who's counting?

You have NO idea how old I feel right now thanks to that icon. Ah, MOO, what a great game...

"I said across her nose, not up it!" biggrin
14945  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Maintenance Complete and Avatars! on: March 06, 2005, 06:46:09 PM
I said across her nose, not up it! biggrin

Very nice. I like!
14946  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT4 photo mode (56kers beware) on: March 04, 2005, 06:55:24 PM
Good lord.

I may have to buy this game just for the photo mode. I need a few good desktop images for my laptop. biggrin
14947  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Handheld (Palm) Recommendations? on: March 04, 2005, 06:41:16 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Yea, the wife spotted the Treo 650 and she thinks she wants one.  Anyone have any experience with the Treo or the other PDA/Phone combos, positive or negative?

I don't know much about it at all (other than that I've looked at that exact model for a while now), so tell us how it is if you do decide to get it. biggrin

One thing to keep in mind - with my Palm Tungsten T|3, I have a sustained battery life of about 3 hours. With the keyboard and MP3 player running, expect a lifespan of about two, depending on brightness and a few other factors.

Now, that means that you're typing away constantly, always listening to music, and not shutting the thing off at all.

The Zire line I hear has good battery life, as does the Treo (as it's a cell phone, it sorta has to), but the Tungsten line isn't well known for a good battery.
14948  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Don't mess with an angry chimp on: March 04, 2005, 06:37:22 PM
*cringes*

Damn, that's some chimp.
14949  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GCN controller on the PC? on: March 03, 2005, 04:52:30 AM
Quote from: "JCC"
Got my adaptor this week. I only have had a brief time to fool with it, but after some minor frustration and reconnects of the USB port, I got it working perfectly. Yes, both analog sticks are supported!!!

Very, very cool.

And I see they have a SNES to PC convertor as well...
14950  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Dell 2005FPW UltraSharp 20.1" Wide Screen - $486. shipp on: March 03, 2005, 04:36:07 AM
Quote from: "Chaz"
I really, really want this thing.  A Radeon 9800 Pro will do the widescreen resolutions, right?

My laptop Radeon 9600 runs at 1280x800 resolution (widescreen laptop) without any issues, so I don't see why you'd have any problems with a more powerful card.
14951  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The New Napster on: March 02, 2005, 03:14:34 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
Songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store won't work with the Nomad... you'd have to burn to disc then re-rip/encode.

This is the important post here out of this entire discussion, IMHO. To use any music you purchase from iTunes on anything short of any Apple devices/programs, you'll need a CD-Burner (or at least a CD emulation program), burn the music, and then rerip it to a MP3.
14952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dues ex:IW on: March 02, 2005, 03:04:34 PM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
SS2 was a great game.

I just wish I could get SS2 to play on my WinXP machine... frown
14953  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Just cancelled my WoW account. on: March 02, 2005, 03:02:31 PM
Quote from: "Blackadar"
It seems that most of the WoWers who disagree with the above statement aren't yet 60.

I completely and totally agree with you there. I see the exact same thoughts on the official forums as well.

If you're under 60, you utterly love the game. If you're 60, it's a total mess that needs so many adjustments and fixes it's not even funny.

The part that makes no sense is that I'm not 60 yet on any of my characters. In fact, I've pretty much made sure I don't keep leveling on my main characters, as I don't want to see this fun game come to a screeching halt.

Why did I say what I said then? I guess I've been reading the offical forums too much. I've come to the conclusion that after reading through everything, the naysayers have a point. They're simply correct.
14954  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Gripes on: March 02, 2005, 02:53:30 PM
Quote from: "Jumangi"
Also wish the mounts either flew faster or they had some sort of advanced transit system. Maybe wizard NPC guys who you could pay to teleport you someplace.

Short of one or two griffin routes (that are absolutely stupidly designed), the flight system is extremely quick compared to other games.

Anybody remember waiting a half hour for the boat in EQ? And then waiting 15 minutes just for the stupid thing to get to its destination? Now that was a time sink.
14955  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / LCD Monitors on: March 02, 2005, 02:51:20 PM
Quote from: "Ypmur"
LCDs sure seem to have more of a viewable area than CRTs with the same size though. His new monitor looks more like a 15" than a 14", and I'd hesitate to say maybe even 17".

One of those optical illusion things. You don't see a giant border/void around a LCD (like all CRTs have), so the mind just thinks that it's bigger.

But you do have a good point. That's why some people like a LCD over a CRT.
14956  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Just cancelled my WoW account. on: March 01, 2005, 06:02:51 PM
Quote from: "Toe"
Quote from: "olaf"
Late to this thread but I agree with LE.

So you agree that Blizzard has done nothing since release as well eh?

I'm one of those 'sensable' people who don't believe on jumping in on these kinds of arguments, but as a Beta tester, and now a player since release, I have to completely agree with Olaf, and that giant list of issues of his.

World of Warcraft is simply the best MMO made from level 1-59. At level 60 the game utterly, totally, and completely falls apart. Instances are outright broken, there's simply no point to hitting 60 (short of ganking towns/lowbies and doing instance runs over and over and over and over and...), and the game loses its 'fun' appeal.

I have NEVER played a MMO where I don't mind starting over time and time again until now. Even the most 'fun' of the beginnings (City of Heroes), still felt like a grind. Here, in WoW, I have characters all over the world, all over the place as far as levels go, and I don't mind at all. The world is that vast, and that filled with things to do, there's always some place to go.

Being a lowbie is fun. Once you hit that concrete wall of level 60, do you realize that all of your work was for absolutely nothing.
14957  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Gripes on: March 01, 2005, 05:41:49 PM
I'll agree with you as to how busy the lower levels are in WoW. Even on the less-populated servers, the ratio of idiots to people with brains is absurdly low.

Thankfully it changes once you get out of the noob zones, but until then, just turn off /1, /3, and /yell. Your sanity will thank you later. biggrin
14958  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Eternal Darkness: what a cool game! on: March 01, 2005, 05:13:09 AM
And for added fun, make sure you keep your sanity level right near the breaking point. The game gets VERY freaky when you do it.
14959  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / LCD Monitors on: March 01, 2005, 05:04:44 AM
Quote from: "Bullwinkle"
Here are a few questions I have about LCDs:
Is the only color available 16 bit?  I've been so used to 32 bit, I just don't know about dropping down.  

And what about screen resolution?  I understand that many LCDs just don't look good (or sometimes work at all) in non-native res (which is usually higher than I run most games).  

Also, I've been using a 19" CRT, if I switch to a new monitor, do I need to drop down to 17" for it to be decent for gaming?

Well, according to my drivers for my laptop, I'm running in 32 bit. I honestly don't know what color resolution I'm running at, but I do have to admit that my desktop image looks a bit funny right now (from World of Warcraft).

All LCDs are designed for one resolution. There's simply that many pixels on the monitor, thus that's the resolution they run at. Unless you're switching to a lower resolution that's an exact multiple of the monitor (1600x1200 native to 800x600), then each pixel of the smaller resolution will equal 1.3 or some decimal point of a pixel, which is simply impossible.

Thus, one pixel will be one pixel, then the next two will be one pixel, and so on. It's mainly noticable while browsing the 'net (reading large amounts of text), but odds are you'll see it in games, too.

My widescreen laptop monitor is great for gaming. I have no idea what the refresh rate is, but I've seen no 'ghosting' on anything I've tossed at it. Sure, it's limited to WoW and some Ghost Recon, but I still haven't seen anything. So I don't know why you'd want to change your size of the monitor.
14960  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Problems with WinXP on: February 28, 2005, 09:11:09 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
How old is the computer?  Is it still under warranty?  If the re-installation doesn't work, you might try to call Gateway to replace the hard drive as an off the top of my head fix for this problem.

I'd also try calling Gateway to see if they can replace/give you a system restore CD. It would make things far easier.

Good luck!
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