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14961  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.
14962  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.
14963  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.
14964  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.
14965  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
14966  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.
14967  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.
14968  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!
14969  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.
14970  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.
14971  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
14972  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.
14973  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:

14974  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.
14975  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
14976  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
14977  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
14978  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.
14979  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...
14980  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.
14981  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...
14982  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
14983  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.
14984  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
14985  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

14986  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.
14987  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.
14988  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.
14989  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.
14990  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:
14991  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.
14992  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.
14993  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!
14994  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
14995  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.
14996  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
14997  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.
14998  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.
14999  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...
15000  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.
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