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14961  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / predict the launch dates on: January 29, 2005, 09:43:14 PM
While I can't throw out any dates like the rest of you can, I do predict this:

1) The Xbox 2 will launch first, with the Gamecube 2 right behind it. Or the other way around. Either way, both consoles will launch within a month of each other, tops.

2) The Gamecube 2 will be cheaper than the Xbox 2. More than likely by about $50 or so. Nintendo will still somehow make a profit on every machine sold.

3) The PS3 will be the last console to launch, by far (3-6 months after the first two), and will launch at the same price as the Xbox 2.

4) As far as pack-ins go, none of the consoles will have a title with it, except for maybe the Gamecube 2 (but even then, not likely). The companies make too much money on game sales to include a pack-in.

5) All consoles will support DVD movies in some way, shape, or form. Either as a standard or via some remote package (that the Xbox did).

My reasons? The Gamecube 2 MUST come out before the PS3 if they're to have any chance this generation. The PS2 got way too much of a lead for the Gamecube to catch up on, unless Nintendo really, really changes their 'vision' in the eyes of all gamers.

The Xbox 2 will come out ahead of the PS3 for the same reason - they need to be out there first. Early adopters are worth too much. Heck - remember how popular the PS2 was for importers? It was stunning, even though it didn't launch with any must-have titles (IMHO).

We'll see what happens.
14962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I have mono and it is good. on: January 29, 2005, 06:36:35 PM
Take Asteroids, Robotron, and send yourself on an acid trip, and you have this game.

And I love it. Excellent find!

Barring my forgetting about it, look for this game in tomorrow's Wrap. biggrin
14963  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What Im listening to right this moment on: January 29, 2005, 05:10:55 PM
I'm currently listening to whatever is being played via Hair Nation on my web version of Sirius Satellite Radio. Nice stuff to jam to while at work. biggrin
14964  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB lists PSP bundle for $399 on March 29th on: January 28, 2005, 07:36:07 PM
One thing I hate about EB - forcing people to buy crap they don't want just to get the system.

I was utterly surprised when I bought my DS as just the console alone. When I bought the Gamecube at launch, I had to stock up on a whole bunch of Matcatz crap just to get the system.
14965  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Caption THIS! Friday Edition on: January 28, 2005, 05:45:05 PM
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"
Katamari Damacy: the home game!

Winnar! smile

"I drink via osmosis."
14966  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / You ever get that bored as hell feeling? on: January 28, 2005, 05:42:23 PM
RaptorRed - at least you have a cool sounding job. Far better than mine working at my local grocery store pharmacy, anyway.

Thank the Gods I have internet access. And the ability to bring in my laptop every weekend. biggrin
14967  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / WOW in stock today at EB Games on: January 28, 2005, 05:37:34 PM
My Brick and Mortar store had one copy in stock when I paid them a visit yesterday as well.

And yet, they still had 3 Collector's Editions of Everquest II...
14968  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Would like some Guild Wars info on: January 27, 2005, 04:33:35 PM
I played the open betas a few times, and the game feels a lot more like Diablo than a MMO. Yes, you get new powers and such as you level, but it really feels like Diablo.

Maybe that's why it'll be completely free as far as a monthly fee goes, instead of the usual MMO monthly price.
14969  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Reboot Loop? on: January 27, 2005, 04:20:32 PM
Time to boot into Safe Mode (tap F8 I believe a bunch of times while WinXP is booting to bring up the options) and see if anything seems to be up. At worst, it's time for a rollback via System Restore (Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore).
14970  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / (WoW) Have odd character bug. Any ideas? on: January 27, 2005, 02:35:56 AM
Quote from: "The Chauffeur"
There are 2 folders that you can delete, both will be recreated when you log into the game again. You'll have to reset your setting but that's minor.

WTF folder is one.. and the other eludes me. I think it's WDB which is the database type files that are stored on your system.

The WTF and Interface folders are the two you can mess with. The WTF holds your character settings (window placement and such), while the Interface folder are all the mods you can download.
14971  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / WiFi Security Questions on: January 27, 2005, 02:34:40 AM
With my Linksys router, there's an option somewhere to look up the PC's MAC addresses that are connected to it. From there, it's a simple 'click here to add this PC to the list', and now only that PC can be connected to the PC.

For my router, it's under - Wireless > Wireless MAC Filter > Enable (and then a few more windows from there).

The biggest issue is #2 - default SSID and admin password. Using just the basic defaults, hackers can get into a large number of routers. From there, who knows what they can hit.

I know there is a difference between WEP and WPA security, but the more common one is WEP (to my knowledge).

Just make sure you have some sort of security up. Follow #2, then do either #3 or #4. Most hackers will pass you by, just because there's an easier target down the street. Sorta like The Club theory - why spend the time trying to crack something, when you just hit the next car instead.
14972  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW- The Lost Vikings! on: January 26, 2005, 12:02:48 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
There was some quest near Auberdine (south of it), I dont recall the name (something with Glaive in it), but it has an altar with two books, and you need to take one of them.  If you go near the left-hand book, an arm reaches out and punches you, kind of like in "Armies of Darkness".

Now I did all of Auberdine's quests, and I don't remember that one. Too bad though. Would've loved a good laugh. biggrin
14973  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Since installing SP2 my connection is about 50% slower.. on: January 26, 2005, 12:01:51 PM
Quote from: "PaulBot"
Quote from: "Destructor"
Funny seeing all the warning messages WinXP throws your way when it's all off.


Have you told it to not throw all those messages at you? I never see them anymore.

Well, yeah, I told WinXP to shove off as soon as I killed everything.  What, you think I like my PC experiences to be filled with an OS that thinks it's smarter than I am? biggrin
14974  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Help Wanted - News Posting - Updated 1/25 on: January 25, 2005, 09:48:35 PM
I've come to the conclusion that posts like these make me feel really old for some reason or another. biggrin
14975  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Since installing SP2 my connection is about 50% slower.. on: January 25, 2005, 09:44:26 PM
My new Gateway laptop came with SP2 preinstalled, and I haven't had a single problem with it as far as internet speeds go. I did turn off all the 'protection' that SP2 offers though. Funny seeing all the warning messages WinXP throws your way when it's all off.
14976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone order from Outpost.com get the game on: January 25, 2005, 02:04:33 AM
I ordered Metroid Prime 2 the same way. Got it for $10 cheaper, but I waited a week or so to get it.
14977  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Can you fry just your AGP slot? (also a 'beep' question) on: January 24, 2005, 03:00:24 AM
Only thing I can think of this late at night is to visit your motherboard manafacturer's website and look up the error codes. It's trying to tell you something, but there's no 'standard' unfortunately.

Only other thing I can suggest is the standard PC checkup - check all the power cables, reseat every card/memory, and make sure your video card has a power cord hooked into it if it needs one.
14978  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Major Blizzard Bearing Down on Northeast! on: January 22, 2005, 08:14:40 PM
I'm visiting some friends in CT right now, and it's blizzarding like mad.

And here I went to visit them from warm and cosy AZ just to see the snow... biggrin
14979  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - One time character migration coming on: January 19, 2005, 02:15:56 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Now's the time Tim....get off that damned random server you picked and move to Lothar....

Half the reason I love my damned random server is because nobody plays on it. No lag issues (ever), and no players all over the place fighting for my spawns. biggrin

But it is getting filled up with numnuts as of late...
14980  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / What if WoW was not made by Blizzard? on: January 19, 2005, 02:14:07 PM
If a game came out that was this much fun, I wouldn't care who made it.

It's the game that counts in the end, not the developer behind it. Look at City of Heroes - they came out of the blue and made a game that started a large change (IMHO) in how MMO's play. It's about having fun right from the start, not 25 levels in.

Among many, many other things.
14981  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Getting to Gadgetzan on: January 19, 2005, 02:10:53 PM
Quote from: "Charlatan"
I think the odds of a level 5 making it to Gadgetzan are somewhere between slim and none. Your aggro radius would be so big you'd be unable to run through Thousand Needles. Unless you wanted to spend time dragging your corpse. Ok, so you could do it, but it would take a long time.

Did it myself at 5. Yeah, I died a bunch of times in Thousand Needles, but I did it.

Note - the trick of transfering money only works if you have a friend who can go with you. Remember - you can NOT buy your own products, even with a different character on the same account.

Blizzard thought of that trick. biggrin
14982  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / VoIP - Internet Phones on: January 19, 2005, 02:07:38 PM
Quote from: "hitbyambulance"
currently i use Skype, which has great voice quality and is FREE if you know other Skype users (otherwise you pay like 2.5 cents a minute or so)

For fun I pulled Skype after reading the article, and I was very impressed by the voice quality. Far better than Xbox Live, which was my previous way of chatting long distance for free.

And, according to the site, as long as you're calling somebody in the US, parts of Europe, or Austraila, you'll get roughly 10 hours of talk time for about $13 (based on conversion rates, as they're based in London somewhere). Very impressive.

I'll stick with the free chat option for now though. I'm a cheapo like that. smile
Thanks for all the help though!
14983  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Awesome deal on a dvd rewinder...$21.99 on: January 17, 2005, 04:24:42 PM
Incase you're curious - yes, this is a gag gift. From the site:

Quote
Novelty for you or gag gift for a friend.


Cute.
14984  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / VoIP - Internet Phones on: January 16, 2005, 05:50:31 PM
Quote from: "disarm"
there are also free internet-based phone services that let you make PC-phone calls.  the only catch is that the person with the PC has to initiate the call.  i used to do it all the time as a way to save money on long distance calls when i was away to college.

There are? I'm unfortunately at work so I can't initiate my Google-Fu (blasted cheap connection), but I'm now really interested. Care to post a few links? smile
14985  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Help with moving music to PalmOne on: January 16, 2005, 05:48:46 PM
Quote from: "Xmann"
thanks stiffler, i'll shoot you a pm.  i had no idea trying to convert songs i've already paid for isn't something you are suppose to do.

Converting them isn't an issue. The whole 'breaking the copy protection' issue is.

Copy protection is an annoyance, I know. It's also one I wish we could deal without. But times have changed, as the saying goes.
14986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Now that the dust has long settled, Zelda Wind Waker sales on: January 15, 2005, 03:02:59 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
Ahhhh Smash Bros...a title truly worthy of how many copies it has sold.  What a goddamn fantastic game!

One of the best (if not the best) fighting game this console generation.

Soul Calibur 2 really didn't do it for me (unlike Soul Calibur on the Dreamcast). Virtua Fighter 4 Remix on the PS2 is pretty much the only fighting game that can top SSB:M in my book.
14987  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Play the Horde on: January 15, 2005, 02:59:14 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
Quote
I'm still struggling with money a lot on the Horde side though, and the Auction House is very dead compared to what is usually at the Alliance AH.  I really have to earn and appreciate my weapons and armor as a Horde character, or any recipes I find.  As an Alliance player, I could pretty much buy or sell whatever I wanted.  I always had the best stuff.  It is an interesting difference, and makes the game a bit more challenging.  Maybe linking auction houses will help on the Horde side.

You know, as long as you have a friend (and can get to Gadgetzan (which is doable at a low level as long as you don't mind dying lots)), you can transfer items and cash from the Alliance to the Horde.

Have an Alliance person put up an item for sale on the AH for a buyout of 1 silver. Have the Horde person there ready to buy it the instant it comes up. Purchase, and the item has been transfered.

Cash can be moved (with a 20% fee) by putting up some junk item via the person who's gonna get the money with some insane buyout of a gold or three. Have the person who's gonna give the cash purchase said item. Poof - instant money transfer.

Yes, it's dangerous, and I wouldn't do this anytime when there's activity in the town, but it can be done. biggrin
14988  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Inspiron XPS on: January 15, 2005, 02:53:24 PM
Now, not to gloat about battery life or anything, but I do know that under full battery saving modes, my PC will last for a little over 3 hours, as long as you're not doing anything more intensive than editing a Word document. biggrin

And it's whisper quiet most of the time. Of course, I do have a lap cooler device thingy, but even without it it's quiet.
14989  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser/Tank on: January 15, 2005, 02:50:00 PM
ROFL

Well, assuming I remember this, this is SO making it into the Wrap tomorrow morning. biggrin

Thanks for the find!
14990  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / VoIP - Internet Phones on: January 15, 2005, 02:47:14 PM
Now, I have to say this - there are free communication services out there, but they require both ends to have a headset, programs, configurations, etc.

That's why you have to pay for this - it allows you to chat with anybody who has a standard phone via the internet.
14991  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console Game Sales numbers for Dec '04 on: January 14, 2005, 01:18:32 PM
Thanks for the info, Dimmona! Posted on the front page. smile
14992  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Inspiron XPS on: January 14, 2005, 05:51:23 AM
I currently run a Gateway AMD 64 3200+, 1.25GB of RAM, and a 64MB 9600 Pro video card. I can play WoW amazingly well on this thing at moderate settings, although I haven't thrown much at it yet that would really push the system.

I haven't tried battery life under full load though, so I can't give you life expectations unfortunately.
14993  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Whats your background?<desktop> on: January 13, 2005, 11:51:23 PM
And here, kathode, I expected something from the latest and greatest Elder Scrolls game for your desktop. biggrin
14994  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just got a HP IPAQ Pocket PC Need games on: January 13, 2005, 01:57:18 PM
Quote from: "Xmann"
I got a PalmOne Zire 72 on order that has the Palm OS 5.2.8.  Does most of the games you've got there listed warning play on Palm as well?

Also, how does software work for pda's?  Do you download them to your pda via a usb or something?

also, wheres a good site to browse game reviews and recommendations?

Well, Palm and Pocket PCs are completely different machines. Like PC verses Mac (although both have FAR more games than a Mac smile ). One does not work with the other.

As far as software goes - just download it, double click the programs in question you want to install, and the software you installed to run your Palm/PocketPC on your PC will do the rest of the work for you once you've 'synced' your device with your PC.

As far as sites goes where you can read reviews and look at the giant selection of games/software out for both devices...I've misplaced my links. Sorry.
14995  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Spyware Remover keeps trying to install and I don't have it on: January 13, 2005, 01:51:46 PM
Two things to try:

1) Give your PC the 'three fingered salute' (ctrl-alt-delete) and see if anything is currently running that sounds like the program in question.

2) Start - Run - msconfig
Click on the Startup tab, and see if anything there sounds like the program in question as well. If so, unclick the checkbox and reboot.

There are far more technical things to try, but these two are the easiest for now.
14996  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Funniest quest I have ran across (WoW) on: January 11, 2005, 07:03:57 PM
Blizzard's jokes are also visible via some of their items. For example:

http://www.thottbot.com/?i=16840

biggrin
14997  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WISH gets canceled after 8 days of beta on: January 10, 2005, 04:33:07 AM
Quote from: "Shkspr"
Translation:

When we sent out the beta keys, we couldn't get anyone to quit playing WoW long enough to download our game.

Yeah, I think that's what truly happened to the game.

And I do think that other (smaller) MMOs are starting to be hurt by the big duo out right now. Although, I think it's just the big one, personally.

Has anybody here seen WoW for sale since release? I can walk into nearly any store and see EQ2 (and its Collector's Edition) all over the place, but I couldn't find a WoW to save my life.
14998  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / So, how many alts do YOU have in WoW? on: January 09, 2005, 02:17:13 PM
Quote from: "wonderpug"
If you can see yourself ever wanting a 2nd or 3rd character at some point in the future, you really should roll that potential character as an alt ASAP so you can take advantage of the rest state.  Play your alt once a week, get a level and a half (whatever a week's rest gets you) with half the time commitment, then put him back into hibernation until next week.

It's a great idea, don't get me wrong, but you'll need to support your alt with cash from your primary. Remember - while you gain levels twice as fast, the cash doesn't roll in twice as quickly, too.

Why I've taken my main and am camping outside of city walls whenever I log off for the day/night.
14999  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / So, how many alts do YOU have in WoW? on: January 08, 2005, 06:33:03 PM
Level 41 Night Elf Hunter (solo character)
Level 31 Human Paladin (regular group character)
Level 13 Human Priest (for when I want to play a caster class - nicely twinked biggrin )

No, it's not that many characters, and I mainly play my Hunter, but I'm still having a ton of fun with what few I have.
15000  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW down again on: January 08, 2005, 06:26:08 PM
The biggest issue is that the login server and the forum server are the EXACT SAME server.

So, if the login server is down and people can't get in, people hammer the forums trying to login to bitch that the game is down.

Thus, it's a very visous cycle - if the game dies, because the forums are on the same server, it just gets even worse.

As soon as they fix that, odds are things will drastically improve. But Blizzard seems to be too stupid to realize this.

Of course, the temp fix is simple - just log in beforehand and make sure you do something to keep yourself from being booted. biggrin
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