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14921  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Desktop Thread 3/05 on: March 20, 2005, 10:16:37 PM
Quote from: "happydog"
Just changed mine:
(full size - two monitors wide 273KB)

Dude, that shot is so pretty that I hate you for making me see it.

Oh, wait, I live there (assuming this is the Grand Canyon, anyway).  :roll:
14922  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Hunter pre-nerf/post-nerf question (WoW) on: March 20, 2005, 08:13:14 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"

I'm just tired of my broken pet. I avoid ANY and ALL mobs that have the ability to slow my pet, as I'm tired of controlling my pet and running him out of range just to fix his broken approach speed.

I got King Bangladesh for a reason, and I want him to work right.

But, yes, as I've stated before, I don't like these 'fixes' either. Really makes me worthless in the upper levels in a group.
14923  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / So The Matrix Online is out next week... anyone? on: March 18, 2005, 09:18:44 PM
Quote from: "AttAdude"
Cant help with CGFE.  I beta tested this one and it i will take 10 large men with violent leanings to make me buy this game.

I played the beta for a few hours and it honestly bored me to death.

The game world looks just like the Matrix. The devs have done a fantastic job making the world look/act like the Matrix would, I'll give them that.

Unfortunately, the gameplay itself is stale and overdone. It plays like a mix of Anarchy online and City of Heroes as far as the missions themselves go, and the 'overworld' seems lifeless.

Overall, I feel that this game will bomb. The hardcore Matrix fans will love it, but compared to World of Warcraft and Everquest 2, this game doesn't have a chance.
14924  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / The World of Burgercraft on: March 17, 2005, 06:03:24 PM
Quote from: "Blackadar"
Then yesterday came...and went....without a patch or a date.  And we still don't have a date.  I'm sorry, but it's not like we can give Blizz credit for NOT telling us the patch date but pussyfooting around the issue.

Not to say that I'm a fanboi (as I'm anything but), but I did remember seeing on the Test forum that they're extending the test server until the 21st (Monday). Which, in theory, implies a patch on Tuesday.
14925  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is having more then one credit card a bad thing? on: March 17, 2005, 05:47:09 PM
Quote from: "Bob"
MAKE sure your credit card balance does not exceed 50% of your credit limit for more than 30 days. When a company pulls your credit and sees that you owe $900 and only have $1000 limit they consider that just as bad as being over 30 days late with payment. Just found this out a few weeks ago.

Why?  Since this likely means a company will get MORE money out of you in the long run?  I'd think instead that the credit card companies would like you, and hate and despite these "pay it off every month" people, whom the banks are barely turning a profit from.

While you're correct in stating that the credit card companies would love you, it shows that you're living a life right on the edge. There's always a risk that you'll end up defaulting on your credit cards, because you always sit right at that limit. It shows your income is exactly, or just a bit less, than your spending.

As for me personally, I have three credit cards - one from Visa, one from Mastercard, and one from Discover. I also have to admit that I, well, sorta lied when I filled out my apps for these cards many a year ago. Let's just say that if I combine the limit on all three cards, I can 'loan' out about 3/4ths of my yearly salary. biggrin

But I also sit at a zero balance on all three cards, and I laugh at all the 'balance transfer/quick cash' checks they send me. Although I did use one once to pay off the rest of my car loan. Boy, was Discover pissed when I paid it off as soon as I got the bill in.
14926  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / SIG and Avatar Appreciation... favs? on: March 17, 2005, 05:42:41 PM
What, no love for Lord Helmet? biggrin
14927  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I hate Spring (when it won't appear)!!! Snow here... on: March 14, 2005, 09:48:15 PM
Quote from: "Eightball"
Quote from: "Destructor"
The funny part is that I know some friends in CT who think the exact same way as you do. They're hating me right now and my near 90-degree weather.

You must have the heat up on high in Spaceball One...


I was wondering when somebody would notice my icon and location. biggrin

But incase you don't know me (or I haven't compained about my state lately), I live in Arizona.
14928  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Another Wizardry game, by Atlus for only USD24.99 on: March 14, 2005, 05:16:32 PM
I don't have time for another RPG, no matter how much I love the Wizardy series...

And as already said, it's the Japanese version (at least the link on you gave us, anyway).
14929  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Project Snowblind on: March 14, 2005, 04:55:54 PM
I've heard from reviews on the console side that it's a pretty good shooter, albit a bit short. But it's very Deus Ex like, but much more of a shooter than that title was.

Oh, and this direct link to Best buy to purchase (for $34.99) may nor may not work: Click Here
14930  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Trouble with WOW forums on: March 14, 2005, 04:52:02 PM
Quote from: "olaf"
Back up now, with Blizzard pretending nothing happened.  Odd.

That's the Blizzard way of doing things, unfortunately. Servers down? Hunters bugged? Warlocks worthless? Na, all unimportant things. biggrin
14931  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Gold Farmers on: March 14, 2005, 04:50:58 PM
Quote from: "Toe"
I bet there is more out-of-game investigation going on here, like they buy a small amount of gold through one of the services and then wait to get the cash. Once gotten, ban all characters of that account and any account using the same credit card info.

That's more than likely it. Odds are that Blizzard can track mails via their mailbox system.

And along the same line - something tells me that a dozen people (or more), all sending large chunks of cash to one person every single day sets off a few flags in their system too.
14932  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Crack Rock on: March 14, 2005, 04:46:12 PM
I still love the Sphere of Annihilation:

It's always nice when a magic item's name is also its description and warning label. Nobody mistakes a sphere of annihilation for an ice cream maker, unless one of your players likes to play a half-orc with an intelligence of three just for the comic possibilities. At that point a ball of absolute destruction is the least of your concerns. According to the rules if you touch the sphere only your deity can bring you back to life, but if your deity cared that much about you, it probably would have imbued you with enough sense not to touch the damn sphere.

In all seriousness folks - who in the world is gonna play with a ball of pure destructive matter? The only magical item more risky than this thing was the Deck of Many Things. biggrin
14933  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Trouble with WOW forums on: March 13, 2005, 10:15:30 PM
It's very annoying - I visit the WoW forums daily from work to keep myself from falling asleep. biggrin
14934  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Major help needed.....Please on: March 13, 2005, 10:14:23 PM
Via 'rest mode'? Care to define that exactly? What happens to it?

Only thing I can suggest is to crack open the case and look at your processor/case fans while your PC is running. One (or more) might have suddenly stopped running, which is causing your PC to overheat. Most modern PCs will simply turn themselves off incase that happens to save the processor.
14935  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Holy Crap Holy Crap Holy Crap Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars on: March 13, 2005, 10:11:17 PM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
Will Lucas screw up one of the greater villians (Darth Vader) seen in semi-recent movie history?

What!? He already has.  Please go watch episode 2 again.  A whiny standard teenage stereotype has replaced "I find your lack of faith disturbing."

Okay, good point. However, I'm willing to give Lucas the chance to turn around Darth Vader and make him into something completely evil.

I doubt it'll happen, but I'll still give him a chance.
14936  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT4 + 1080i question.... on: March 13, 2005, 06:18:52 PM
The only thing I can think of is that the game isn't outputting a 1080i signal all the time. It's doing so during the races, but not the menu screens, for reasons unknown.

It's like KotOR on the Xbox and my surround sound system - during loading scenes, the game would stop outputting a surround signal, so my system would automagically reset itself to stereo output. Then, when the game fired back up again, it would reset itself to surround.
14937  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Automatic Navigator for road trips? on: March 13, 2005, 05:41:46 PM
If you happen to own a Palm Pilot or Pocket PC, most of them are compatible in some way, shape, or form, with the current generation of GPS devices. The included software works out rather well, from what I hear.
14938  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Holy Crap Holy Crap Holy Crap Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars on: March 13, 2005, 05:40:18 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
Just "found" the large Hyperspace QT Trailer, and it's gorgeous. So many details I never noticed in the really dark OC rip. The senate fight between Palpy and Yoda looks amazingly cool. Makes me wonder if Lucas had it planned from the get go, 'cause those little senate pods are just perfect Force frizbees.


I do have to agree with Big Jake though - Episode 1 sucked. Episode 2, while better, wasn't a masterpiece at all.

And, like Matrix 3, the only reason I'm going to see Episode 3 is because I saw the first two. I have no expectations at all.

Will Lucas screw up one of the greater villians (Darth Vader) seen in semi-recent movie history? Only time will tell.
14939  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Privateer on: March 12, 2005, 09:17:49 PM
Quote from: "Yog-Sothoth"

Dude, you rock. Thanks for making this game that much more fun.
14940  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I hate Spring (when it won't appear)!!! Snow here... on: March 12, 2005, 09:08:39 PM
The funny part is that I know some friends in CT who think the exact same way as you do. They're hating me right now and my near 90-degree weather.

It was snowing there earlier this morning.
14941  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW's Patch Notes on: March 11, 2005, 10:03:27 PM
Quote from: "Ibby"
It's King Bangalash. I find it terribly funny in general chat when people keep asking where Bangladesh is.

Okay, let me have you do a test to show that I'm not crazy here smile :

1) Go have your pet charge at some creature from a long distance away right after spawning him. Use Dismiss if you have to, or have him stay and run away until he despawns. Notice how quickly he moves.

2) Go duel yourself a class that has a slow power/spell. The Hunter's Concussion Shot, Warrior's Hamstring, etc. Have that person use the slow on your pet. Make sure it works.

3) Run away from the duel. Make sure the pet does not despawn, die, or you do not dismiss him.

4) Now have your pet charge at some creature from a long distance away. Notice how he's no longer moving anywhere near as quickly towards his target than he was before.

Or, if you want, use Eye of the Beast (the spell that allows you to directly control your pet for 60 seconds), and note his run speed before and after getting slowed.

And the reason why everyone wants King Bang is because he's now one of the best two pets in the entire game, period. There used to be four:

1) Snarler. 100 resist (about a 25% resist rate) rating to all spells.
2) Fire Roc. 250 resist (nearly 100% resist rate) to fire spells.
3) King Bangladesh. Extremely high approach speed to target. Can hit players on a mount. Also has a fast attack speed (1.4 I think).
4) Spider (name I can't think of, but is around 55 or so). Has a 1.0 (yes, 1) attack speed. Fastest in the game, and will utterly destroy a caster as the caster will not get a spell off.

Now Snarler and the Fire Roc are worthless. That leaves King Bang, with his obvious advantage. Yes, there are other fast approach speed pets (Swamp Jaguar and another one I can't think off off hand), but he's the easiest to come across, and he has the 'cool' white color.
14942  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.
14943  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.
14944  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.
14945  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.
14946  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:


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.
14947  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.
14948  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:
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.
14949  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?
14950  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
14951  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.
14952  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.
14953  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
14954  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.
14955  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?
14956  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?
14957  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.
14958  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...
14959  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...
14960  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
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