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14961  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: February 27, 2005, 06:50:01 PM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
I just was going to get into Ada`s story too. I heard it is a few hours long!!! Is this true?

Few hours long, as in 2-3 hours long (depending on how often you die and restart). The beginning is very difficult (basically you verses an absolute mob of opponents), but once you get inside, it gets far easier.

One helpful hint - get good with those headshots. And find spots that a good grenade can take out multiple opponents. And find good defensive positions (on top of ladders, for example).

It's a fun sidestory, but it's far more fun when you realize that you unlock the ultimate gun (short of the Handcannon, but that's VERY hard to acquire, IMHO), for beating it. Assuming you have the money, anyway.
14962  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Problems with WinXP on: February 27, 2005, 06:37:23 PM
Posts like these worry me, as I own a Gateway laptop (discontinued widescreen model, but I got it at a steal because it included a real video card) as well.

A few questions for you though:

1) Did you just reinstall/install WinXP ontop of itself, or did you format/delete the WinXP directory before install?
2) Ever tried the factory reinstall disk? That'll nuke the HD outright and restore the PC back to how it came to you.

There are so many problems with your install right now that it seems that little, if anything, could fix it all up right again. IE looks to be corrupt (try another browser for now?), Windows' Add/Remove Programs looks to have fallen apart, and Windows Media Player has gone to pieces.

All three are highly intergrated into the OS, so if they go bad, it shows that something is deeply screwed up.

Sorry I can't say anything more positive.
14963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: February 25, 2005, 05:26:03 PM
Quote from: "mikeg"
I don't know about a tommy gun, but I have the machine gun and it is maxed out.  And yes, with a 250 round clip I can chew up everything.  All I have is the rocket launcher, the stryker, and the machine gun.  Loads of fun.  

Machine gun, machine gun... I know there's a three-shot pistol, and that low-damage TMP gun, so maybe that's what you mean.

But as far as the Tommy Gun goes - beat Ada's Sidestory. You'll unlock another gun (for a cool million, like the rocket launcher), that has absolutely unlimited ammo (no rounds, no clip, no nothing). What is the name... *looks*

The Chicago Typewriter.

Buy that, and you'll be happy. biggrin
14964  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Here's what's "Under Development" in WoW on: February 25, 2005, 05:09:49 PM
Quote from: "Butterknife"
Quote from: "Chaz"
So, about those UI improvements.  They're basically adding stuff that Cosmos does now, right?

Yep.  Except for the warning before rolling on bind-on-pickup items, which is a mod that is not currently included in Cosmos I believe.

I think there's a mod out there that can do it though. I don't use Cosmos anymore (way too bloated for my tastes, but all of my mods act pretty much just like it), and during my scans for mods, I thought I saw this.

As long as I can turn off all of these features, I'll be happy. And as long as they don't interfere with my mods, too.

About time they put more UI buttons in the standard install though.
14965  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Post Padding at its finest... on: February 25, 2005, 04:56:22 PM
You post padders, all of you.


And Eldon...I like that idea. Anybody gonna take him up on the offer?  :lol:

14966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox RPG's - the future just got **much** brighter.... on: February 24, 2005, 10:57:21 PM
Quote from: "disarm"
Quote from: "warning"
Nice score for Microsoft.

But remember he's also responsible for the Final Fantasy movie as well....

i may be in a minority, but i actually thought the FF movie was pretty entertaining...

If you accepted the Final Fantasy movie as just a movie, and not Final Fantasy related, it was a good film IMHO. People were simply expecting WAY too much because of the name behind it.
14967  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW - Exploring on: February 24, 2005, 10:41:58 PM
Quote from: "Ender"
One spot in Feralas with a waterfall is breathtaking.  Make sure you pause while going over the bridge to take in the grandeur.

You mean that one spot with the Horde town nearby? I'd love to go there, but they don't like me for some reason or another... biggrin
14968  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Post Padding at its finest... on: February 24, 2005, 10:40:43 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Hhahha, nice one Sepiche!  All of my posts were padded individually though.   :idea:  :idea:  :idea:

Hey - the only reason you got that many posts is because of all the 'quarrels' we staff members have in our personal forums.  :roll:  biggrin


If only we had an archived copy of the movie poster fight we got into on the old boards. smile

Yeah. Now them's some memories. Although I think Mr. PostPimp up above has things covered for us. smile
14969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: February 24, 2005, 07:06:23 PM
Quote from: "mikeg"
Just completed my second run through.  Took less than half the time.  Ofcourse, it didn't hurt that I had the infinite ammo rocket launcher and I blew every friggin thing up I came against.  THe boss battles didn't take but a few shots each.  Much easier, but I found it just as fun.  I actually started through a third time.  Man, have I gotten my money's worth.

Got the Tommy Gun yet? Lots of fun chewing down everybody I come to in a shot or two tops. biggrin
14970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best current PS2 RPG? on: February 24, 2005, 05:46:58 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Wild Arms 3

Tim tells me that WA3 was a great game.  I never picked it up myself...

Yes, it was a fun title. There's not only a Wild Arms 4 due out soon too, but a remake of the original Wild Arms as well.
14971  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Its time.... "What are you playing?" on: February 24, 2005, 05:43:36 PM
World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft, and World of Warcraft. biggrin

I did play through Champions: Return to Arms and Star Fox: Assault for review (links provided if you're bored) recently though.

Now to play more WoW... If I wasn't at work right now...
14972  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW wallpaper for you all on: February 24, 2005, 05:34:55 PM
Very nice screenshots all around. You forget just how 'scenic' this game looks after you've played it for a while.
14973  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / I can't believe I just... on: February 24, 2005, 05:32:17 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Oh well this is interesting.  Apparently there are 'independent' Lineage 2 servers much like there are for UO.  They all feature greatly increased rates of experience, money, and skill gain.  Most are even the current version, which includes the epic castle sieges Lineage 2 touted but were not included on release.

Independent and free servers, no? I'm impressed they cracked the server code that quickly.

Then again, Lineage 2 has been out in Korea for years now...
14974  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / $$$$ in WoW on: February 24, 2005, 05:25:14 PM
Quote from: "RobbieD"
At level 16 I have over 5g in the bank just from selling copper ore, rough stone and light leather. I would have more but I've purchased a guild tabard and won a few auctions.

I'm finding selling the leather to be a bit harder than selling copper ore and even rough stone. Seems there are far more skinners than miners on the server I play on.

My server suddenly became broken as far as the Light Leather market went. It went from 8-10 silver for a stack to 20-25 silver. No idea why.

Made it perfect to level a n00b up though. biggrin
14975  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Odd Problems on: February 24, 2005, 05:23:38 PM
And another good reason to have System Restore always up and running. It's amazing what it can do some days.
14976  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New car! on: February 24, 2005, 05:17:03 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Been spending all your Morrowind royalties have you? smile


But congrats. 'Tis a nice car. But I'll hold onto my Mazda 3 for a while instead upgrading.

Gotta save all that cash for a new PC when Oblivion comes out. biggrin
14977  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Post Padding at its finest... on: February 24, 2005, 05:09:16 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Hhahha, nice one Sepiche!  All of my posts were padded individually though.   :idea:  :idea:  :idea:

Hey - the only reason you got that many posts is because of all the 'quarrels' we staff members have in our personal forums.  :roll:  biggrin

14978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: February 23, 2005, 02:58:59 PM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
I`m just going to start adas mission thingy soon :wink: . How long is it anyways?

About 2 to 3 hours, tops. Very difficult in the opening scenes, though.

And as far as restarting goes - you get to keep all of your upgraded weapons between restarts. Infact, you keep your entire inventory when you restart. Since you don't have to upgrade anything anymore, you'll end up with quite a bit of cash towards the endgame.
14979  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Possible Bug, or maybe hack? on: February 23, 2005, 02:49:27 PM
Quote from: "GGMark"
Well, GF found the explanation.  Apparently there is a PVP exploit that people are using.  If you are flagged PVP and circle someone somehow, iy turns thier PVP ON.  So PVP'ers are using it to thier advatage.  Just thought I would let everyone know.  So, if you see someone with thier flag on, and cirlcing around people, watch

Now that's just too weird to make sense. Got a link somewhere I can read by any chance?

I still say she accidently right clicked him.
14980  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Stupid telemarketers on: February 23, 2005, 02:39:53 PM
Why I'm SO glad I signed myself up on the 'do not call' list last year. It's SO nice not to get spam calls ever again.
14981  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do we need Avatars? on: February 23, 2005, 02:36:02 PM
I say it would be a good thing, as as stated above, it helps to identify who's speaking. And it gives some 'insight' into the person as well.

But only if they could be turned on/off at the global level per each user's account, for the also as stated jobs where one's bandwith sucks.

And obviously no avatars that violate our rules, either.
14982  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone recommend me a carrying case for my Palm? on: February 22, 2005, 08:58:06 PM
As a fellow Palm user (Tungsten T|3 here), I'd love to simply give you the answer, but I honestly don't know what the Zire uses as far as cases go. I personally keep my Tungsten in its usual case (nothing purchased aftermarket, short of a wallet shaped to hold the device).

Let me point you to Brighthand's discussion forums for the Zire 72, and have you browse there. I visit the place from time to time whenever I have a question or just want to look up other user's thoughts for any Palm (or even Pocket PC if you back up a few levels there) device.

Hopefully somebody here on CG will have a more direct answer.

Edit: I knew there was one good company out there - Vaja. See if they have one for your Zire:
14983  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What does this notification mean on: February 22, 2005, 06:29:18 PM
Some older software is outright not compatible with WinXP. On really old stuff, it'll try to auto-detect what OS you're running, and upon seeing one that it doesn't know about, aborts the install. Or I've even seen ones that try to determine the speed of your CD drive, and goes absolutely nuts when the PC returns with a 48x value (when 2x and 4x was all the rage back then).

Easiest solution is to surf over to the CD via Explorer, find the setup/install program, right click it, and then under Properties, you should be able to choose under one of the tabs what OS Windows says it is when you install it.
14984  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Odd Problems on: February 22, 2005, 06:27:14 PM
Norton - while I personally don't use any Antivirus software, what you said doesn't make any sense either. Only thing I can really suggest is a trip to Norton's site and take a look. Or patch it like it's been whining at you to do so. smile

Your Control Panel issues - not sure on that one, either. Looks like Windows is just confused somehow, as you still have an internet connection.

Your Desktop issue - that one is simple (hopefully): Right Click your desktop, highlight 'Arrange Icons By', then uncheck both 'Auto Arrange' and 'Allign to Grid'. That should solve that. If your icons still don't move after that, then that's a strange issue.
14985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ps2 on hdtv on: February 22, 2005, 05:10:47 PM
Quote from: "MonkeyFinger"
Would be cool if they'd swap them for the 'less than one percent' of us that want to take advantage of that feature.  Guess I'll just have to ask them! :wink:

Oh, and Nintendo? The reason that there is 'less than one percent' is because YOU DON'T OFFER THE FUCKING CABLES AT ANY RETAILER OTHER THAN YOUR OWN!!!!!

NOBODY even KNOWS that the Gamecube offers Progressive Scan because of this!
14986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Essential 50 Games on: February 22, 2005, 05:05:42 PM
Quote from: "Scuba-V"
I didn't notice any RTS genre games either.  Populous is one, but that's not the model that's been followed.  Warcraft, C&C, or Dune perhaps?

31. Herzog Zwei (1991: Genesis) - If I remember right, it was the first RTS on a console, period. And quite possibly the first RTS at all.

One title I think that should've been there was the original Starfox on the SNES. 3D polygons on a home console? Sure, 3D had been done already (in the Arcades with Virtua Fighter, among other games), but never before on a home console.

And Stardrifter - I completely, totally, and utterly agree with you. I remember upgrading my PC with a Soundblaster card for Wing Commander 1 ("You cannot defeat the Drakkai!" biggrin ), and upgrading my PC from a 386/16 to a 486/25 just for the sequel. How's that for computer innovation? biggrin
14987  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Is it worth upgrading from a 5700 ultra to a 6600gt? on: February 22, 2005, 04:57:30 PM
Quote from: "morlac"
I'd say get the GT for the extra $50 and hold of on the Motherboard upgrade.  Wait till you can upgrade to a an even better mobo and transfer your new card etc.  You ushould get more bang for your buck this way.

I agree with this, and in addition I wouldn't go for the processor upgrade.

Personally, I tend to replace my motherboard with my processor, and at that point buy the fastest I can afford (and/or what's out at the moment). 600mhz wouldn't be too much of a speed difference, unless you enjoy playing games at 1600x1200, personally.
14988  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dear FM Radio... on: February 22, 2005, 04:51:29 PM
Dear FM Radio...

Good riddance. Sirius Radio all the way. biggrin
14989  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / ICAN:PK [Hot Stock] - Up 100% already on: February 22, 2005, 04:50:06 PM
Quote from: "SuperHiro"
These are penny stocks right?

Most definitely a penny stock, if not less. biggrin

While I find that trading like this to be a fun thing to do if one has the time to watch over a stock all day, I'll just invest like the usual investor does - via an investor company one can trust.
14990  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else a "sodaholic"? on: February 22, 2005, 04:47:27 PM
I used to drink that stuff like mad, but now I've switched to lemonade (and the diet version at that). 5 calories a can, and it tastes great.
14991  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ps2 on hdtv on: February 21, 2005, 05:02:49 PM
Quote from: "MonkeyFinger"
Of course, you have to have one of the 'older' GameCubes that still has the Digital AV port. Mine doesn't.  :cry:

From what I remember way back when, Nintendo would exchange your Gamecube upon request with one that has the Digital AV port.

Might as well give it a try if you're interested. Worst thing they can say is no. biggrin

And the Gamecube looks SO much better in Progressive...
14992  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC Game That I Can't Put A Name On on: February 20, 2005, 08:46:24 PM
Quote from: "Hamsterball_Z"
If you do play it, let us know how long it takes before it BLOWS UP YOUR MONITOR.   :lol:

Man, how I remember laughing at this review.

And, in short, for anybody else who thinks that making games out of books is a good idea - don't.

Unless your name is Tom Clancy, anyway.
14993  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: February 18, 2005, 10:49:00 PM
Quote from: "wankerjr"
Unfortunately I haven't upgraded one weapon yet in my hoarding of pestas.

Good lord - how have you been playing? Having an upgraded Shotty at least is worth every pesta.

And I found lots of cash as I wandered the halls. I think I finished with just under 500k, and that's with mostly upgraded weapons.
14994  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: February 18, 2005, 05:32:27 PM
Quote from: "wankerjr"
BTW how are you supposed to get 1, 000, 000 pestas? I've only spent money on upgrading my attache case, some first aid sprays, 1 rocket launcher, and 3 new weapons (blacktail, riot gun, semi-auto rifle) yet only have less than 500,000 saved up. It's not helping that I haven't found a blue eye to complete my butterfly lamp but still.

Real simple - when you restart the game, you keep your money and items. Take a look at how much those upgraded weapons go for and figure it out. biggrin

After selling everything I had (and I mean everything, short of the infra-red scope attachment which I wanted to try out on earlier bosses), I had just enough.

Not like you need ammo after that point, as it has unlimited rounds in it. smile
14995  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / EQ2 - now with pizza! on: February 18, 2005, 05:26:42 PM
It's either brilliant or really, really, lazy. I'm not sure yet.
14996  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: February 18, 2005, 01:53:08 PM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
Is it called the "tommy gun" or something else?

The Chicago Typeriter. I know I'm spelling the second word wrong, but thee brain is flakey this early in the morning.

It'll become unlockable (to buy) for the main game once you beat Ada's Adventure, or whatever it's called.
14997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamecube question on: February 18, 2005, 01:51:27 PM
I have never, ever, bought a third party memory card. Period.

After all the issues back in the PS1/N64 era of memory cards poofing, deleting stuff, etc, I never wanted to take a chance again. Just spend the extra $5 and get the official stuff (IMHO).
14998  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Hunter Question: Pet Leveling. on: February 17, 2005, 09:16:31 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
Something else I did not see mentioned that was true in beta and may or may not still be true:

When you attack a bad guy, if you hit BEFORE your pet, you get the full experience point total available from the bad guy.  If you send your pet in to attack and it strikes BEFORE your first arrow hits, the experience is less.

This was (in theory, haven't tried it yet) fixed on Tuesday's patch. Your pet used to not 'tap' the mob when it attacked first, and as thus, experience would simply vanish into the void as the mob was already injured.

Now your pet will tap the mob if it attacks first. While I haven't tested it out yet, this should mean that you'll get full experience if you attack or your pet attacks first. Just make sure you at least hit the mob once, as otherwise you can't loot it, or get any exp.
14999  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Hunter Question: Pet Leveling. on: February 17, 2005, 04:58:41 PM
My main is a level 44 hunter, so...:

1) Your pet gains experience just like you do. From my experience, it needs roughly half of your level in experience to level (assuming it's your level minus one, obviously). Once it hits your level, it stops gaining experience completely.

2) You must gain experience in order for your pet to gain experience. It gains the same experience as you do, but it doesn't have a 'rested bonus' like you can.

3) There are pretty much two classes of pets people get - the 'average' pet (bears and wolves mainly, with bears being the prefered choice here), that allows it to tank very well while still dealing damage, or a DPS pet (most cats fall into this section, and some other rarer animals), that does raw damage with a slight reduction in armor.

In my experience, I always go with a high DPS pet (the faster attack speed the better), as the 'ultimate' talent for Beast Mastery works best with a fast attack speed pet. And the slight reduction of armor doesn't hamper its ability to tank in my opinion, either.

4) As far as feeding goes, this is why people choose either a bear or a cat - both eat fish, which can be fished for free out of most streams or lakes. Obviously this is a time sink, but it's free food. The more 'exotic' pets require store bought food (or uncommon drops from other animals), which can be expensive after a while.

5) Your pet gains loyality levels during the time its been with you. Personally, I believe this is based on it gaining experience, although others say many other things. These loyality levels give it training points, which allow it to learn all four pet abilities - growl, claw, bite, and cower. Not all pets can learn all abilities though. Bears and cats can though, which once again why they're the prefered pet.

6) For the most part, all pets of the same type (bear, cat, wolf, turtle, etc), will have the same DPS and stats, within 1-2% points. The only difference is the look of your pet (which it'll keep when it becomes yours).

7) #6 doesn't hold true all the time. There are some 'rare' pets which have some abilities that other pets don't. King Bangladesh for example, has an extremely high approach speed (level 40 horse speed, or above), while Snarler has a 100 rating (not 100% immunity) to all resists. Some other pets of the same class will have a different attack speed as well, but still the same overall DPS.

Cool If a pet is marked as type Beast, odds are it can be trained. However, not all Beasts can be trained. There are eight classes of pets (four of which I listed in #6, don't remember the rest off hand), and with few exceptions, all of those types of pets can be trained.

9) You can only train pets that are your level or below. As you'll almost need abilities like Growl as you work your way up in level, it's highly recommended that you only train pets that are one level below you or more (see #5).

That should cover everything. Ask away if you have any questions. biggrin
15000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: February 17, 2005, 02:20:50 PM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
unlocked all the good stuff. Those new modes are quite a bit of fun so far. Wow, what a game.

And the Tommy Gun is so much fun for all the wrong reasons. biggrin
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