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15001  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.
15002  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
15003  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.
15004  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.
15005  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).
15006  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.
15007  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
15008  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
15009  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / OK, time to start our own thread... re: Pinball Machines on: February 17, 2005, 02:12:22 PM
Quote from: "Enough"
I also love the Cyclone, it' s unique for the time in that it didn't have multi-ball or loads of other extras.  Just straight up very well designed game play.  My overall favorite though is probably Medieval Madness.  A great, great table.

Between Medieval Madness, Road Show, The Adams Family, and Star Trek: The Next Generation, I'd be in pinball heaven.
15010  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Loonatics? [Updated with more loathsome images!] on: February 17, 2005, 02:09:06 PM
Good fucking lord. This is disturbing.

And on another note - did you know that whatever stations still show the old classic Looney Toons show them edited? Apparently some of the old shows aren't PC anymore, so the 'offending' parts have been removed.
15011  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What happened to 94.9 Zeta??! on: February 16, 2005, 04:57:31 PM
Quote from: "Jancelot"
I just got XM Radio.  Local talk radio is the only reason to tune in to regular radio now.

And commercials, if you like that sort of thing. smile
15012  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Weekly Maintenance. What are you doing? on: February 15, 2005, 05:45:32 PM
Quote from: "Gedd"
Just to make sure I'm being clear, you don't have to do this anymore. Just login, go to the character select screen, and click the Addons button. Hit the check mark for version checking and you're good to go until the UI mod developers get things straightened out.

This does work, but keep in mind that Blizzard might've enabled or disabled certain features of the mods out there.

Same goes with just using a number changer for the mods.

But what is Blizzard doing...
15013  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / MxO Screenies up on: February 15, 2005, 05:42:39 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Well, baseline compare it to other MMOs and tell us whether it sucks or not.  I can only guess it isn't that good, but I wasn't in the beta like you were/are.

Yeah, I want to know the exact same thing. Does this game have a chance against World of Warcraft or Everquest 2?
15014  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Was the Gargoyles animated series really this good? on: February 15, 2005, 05:32:03 PM
Yes, the series really was a great watch. And as already said - it was a cartoon show not for kids.

I didn't know it was out on DVD, either. Thanks! biggrin
15015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS link with GC? on: February 14, 2005, 07:29:07 PM
I remember Nintendo saying that the DS was compatible with all single player games, but not any multiplayer ones, because the GBA to GBA cables don't fit/work with the DS' design.

Hence, why the DS to Cube doesn't work either.

However (if you believe the rumors), expect the DS to be compatible with the Revolution. biggrin
15016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: this may help on: February 14, 2005, 07:27:27 PM
Quote from: "GatorFavre"  I have ordered stuff from here before and have been very satisfied.  This adapter allows you to use pretty much any console controller on your PC.

Same here on the store as a whole. One question though - does this support both analog sticks of the PS2/Cube? Would make for a nice controller...
15017  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW - post your talent build on: February 14, 2005, 07:20:00 PM
Quote from: "Gedd"
You're not a melee fighter, but it doesn't hurt to plan for what you're going to do when the mob/player closes on you.  The big thing for me to grab in Survival was Improved Wing Clip, which gives you a 20% chance to stun when you max it.  That gives you a pretty decent chance to escape back to range when you get rushed.  The dodge chance increases are also a big help no matter what the situation.

Between the normal Wing Clip (50-60% slow), whatever the standard Hunter power is that kicks you out of combat and attempts to make you lose aggro, my pet's usual taunt, and Spirit Bond (every time the pet hits, you gain 20 to 40 health), I've found I've never had any problems at all in one on one PvE fights.

Heck, even now at 43, I can still take on 3 same level cons and get away with it living and victorious at the end.

As I said though - PvP is another matter entirely.
15018  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Mount Roll Call Thread! on: February 14, 2005, 07:16:55 PM
Quote from: "Toe"
Yeah, but its not the same thing. With a mount, you do not get knocked off unless you get dazed. While it does occur, it does not occur too much. The mob can usually only get 1-3 hits in (depending on their speed) and if the mob below your level, chances are you are not going to get dazed. With Aspect of the Cheetah, if you get hit at all, you are automatically dazed and are dropped out of Aspect (please correct me if I am wrong). If that is the case, then thats a huge difference in usefulness imho.

Not quite - Aspect of Cheetah is 130% boost to speed, and if you get attacked (even on a miss in my experience), you get stunned (lose 50% of your speed, or your speed gets dropped to a flat 50%, not sure), for 5 seconds.

The level 40 mount is 160%, and odds are you can take about 1-3 hits, depending on mob level, luck, etc, before you get stunned (which pops you right off).

So, yes, a mount is very useful for a Hunter IMHO.

As soon as I can get a chance to take a few screenshots, I'll provide pictures of my pet. biggrin
15019  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Just cancelled my WoW account. on: February 14, 2005, 07:08:11 PM
Quote from: "ericb"
*a whole lot of stuff*

You are exactly right - that is the list of problems with this game right now. It's very annoying to see such a huge list of serious issues that Blizzard is all but ignoring the customer base on.

In short - this is the best MMO ever from level 1 to 59. At level 60, it sucks. So many bugs, so many issues...hell - they just NOW stated that they're gonna fix some major bugs/issues with level 60 instances after a 50+ page thread (split into two posts due to another known issue with their forums).

But I love this game too much. So much fun. But once I hit that magical 60 number...

And why doesn't Blizzard want to reveal their population numbers on the servers? All out the outside programs (WowCensus) states that most servers are horribly unbalanced. Why doesn't Blizzard want to admit it. other than the obvious reasons?
15020  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What happened to 94.9 Zeta??! on: February 14, 2005, 06:41:47 PM
Sirius Satellite Radio is your friend. biggrin
15021  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW - post your talent build on: February 13, 2005, 11:05:31 PM
Personally, I use Thottbot for all of my WoW needs, but to each their own. biggrin

As for my Hunter build, there are pretty much only two choices:

Marksmanship Mastery
Improved Concussive Shot   Rank 5
Lethal Shots   Rank 5
Aimed Shot   Rank 1
Improved Arcane Shot   Rank 4
Mortal Shots   Rank 5
Marksmanship Total:   20

Beast Mastery Mastery
Improved Aspect of the Hawk   Rank 2
Endurance Training   Rank 5
Improved Aspect of the Monkey   Rank 3
Bestial Swiftness   Rank 1
Unleashed Fury   Rank 5
Thick Hide   Rank 2
Improved Mend Pet   Rank 2
Ferocity   Rank 5
Frenzy   Rank 5
Spirit Bond   Rank 1
Beast Mastery Total:   31


Marksmanship Mastery
Improved Concussive Shot   Rank 5
Lethal Shots   Rank 5
Aimed Shot   Rank 1
Improved Arcane Shot   Rank 4
Mortal Shots   Rank 5
Scatter Shot   Rank 1
Hawk Eye   Rank 3
Improved Scorpid Sting   Rank 1
Ranged Weapon Specialization   Rank 5
Trueshot Aura   Rank 1
Marksmanship Total:   31

Beast Mastery Mastery
Improved Aspect of the Hawk   Rank 2
Endurance Training   Rank 5
Improved Aspect of the Monkey   Rank 3
Bestial Swiftness   Rank 1
Unleashed Fury   Rank 4
Ferocity   Rank 5
Beast Mastery Total:   20

Yes, the Survival Tree is next to worthless for a Hunter (unless you're PvP, at which point this tree has some use). You're not a melee fighter. Period.

But the two builds above will slaughter in PvE. Keep in mind though that the one focused on the Marksmanship tree will make pet aggro an issue. You'll simply out aggro your pet, at which point your DPS will drop by a ton (as you're not shooting). Why I'm personally using the one focused on my pet.
15022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civ 3: Master of Magic Mod? on: February 13, 2005, 10:53:43 PM
It suddenly looks like I have a reason to play Civilization 3 again...

I hate you. biggrin
15023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MGS Twin Snakes Question on: February 13, 2005, 10:50:21 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
Six hours total to beat the game? That's a complete low-ball estimate. The only way I can see that is if you've already played the PSX game and remeber the level design and how to beat the bosses. I had never played an MGS game before Twin Snakes and I'd say it probably took me twelve to fifteen hours to complete.

That might explain a few things then. I was a huge Metal Gear fan ("Uh oh! The truck have started to move!" biggrin ), at least until MGS 2. The PSX version of 1 (and the Gamecube remake) will always hold a treasured place in my gaming heart.

And from my review:
"Unfortunately, there are some issues. First off, the game is short. Very short. The average gamer will finish this game in six hours or so. Half of that are the outstanding cinema scenes. On successive run-throughs, if you skip everything important, the game can easily be finished in about two hours. For that matter, the second CD is almost nothing but either boss fights or cinemas."

I do remember keeping an eye out on the clock as I played this title for review, as I knew that other reviews had stated this game was short.

One thing to remember - time to completion times vary wildly from person to person.
15024  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Mount Roll Call Thread! on: February 13, 2005, 10:40:45 PM
Quote from: "dangerballs"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Two levels to go for 40 for me....I should have enough cash to pick up my Kodo when that happens.

Question though, if I buy a kodo now, can I later get a Raptor once I'm exhalted enough to buy one?

Nope.  Tauren get the shaft when it comes to mounts.  They can only ride Kodos which means all other mounts including the ones that drop from mobs can't be used.

And in addition, it's currently impossible to get Exhaulted status with any race but your starting one. And even then that's outrageously difficult. I don't care what Blizzard has said - it's currently not possible to get that status ranking.

As far as mounts that drop off of mobs... (scroll down to near the bottom) biggrin
15025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Really disappointed with Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow on: February 13, 2005, 04:07:04 PM
Quote from: "Driver"
The two downloadable Pandora Tomorrow levels that were once for sale are now free on Xbox Live.

Now that's gotta piss off the people who bought them in the first place.
15026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Champions: Return to Arms thoughts? on: February 13, 2005, 04:02:35 PM
Early on the game is extremely difficult. It's almost as if the devs wanted you to import your character into the game.

Even later on, the game is hard. Melee mobs do a TON of damage to my Berserker (even with fully upgraded armor), and a group of them can cut me down in seconds.

Of course, I can cut them down in the same amount of time, but...

This game is also a total rehash of the original. Underwater level? Check. Annoying lava level filled with ranged attackers? Check. Bastard spiders that love spitting webs? Check. Everyone's 'favorite' Kelethin? Check.

It's like the devs took the original, tossed it into a blender, and out came this game.
15027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MGS Twin Snakes Question on: February 13, 2005, 03:59:53 PM
Quote from: "mikeg"
This site's review says you only get 3 hours of gameplay in the game.  The other 3 hours of the game are cutscenes.  Is that true?  Is that what some of you experienced?  I am debating this title, but not sure how much I would pay for that little gameplay.

As far as I remember, yes, that was pretty much the ratio. Or at least somewhat close to it (3 hours gameplay, 2 hours cutscenes, or somewhere close).

But keep in mind - this 5 to 6 hours of total playtime was some of the best playtime I've ever put into a console game. Even now it still holds up very well to the rest of the very crowded gaming market.

If you find it cheap, I'd get it.
15028  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whow this forum is almost dead on: February 13, 2005, 03:54:21 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Quote from: "Matrix"
I remeber GG forum, and there would be few posts every few minutes, with great range of topics. Right now this forum seems almost extinct.

It gets like that on the weekends.  Apparently a lot of our readership are slackers and post from work during the week.  Or maybe they have lives.  :wink:

Yes, I've come to notice this - most of our readership are slackers at work bored out of their minds. biggrin

And, dtb, where do you find those things?
15029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB Games Trade 3 Get 1, what a rip! on: February 11, 2005, 05:36:58 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
I like EB, but that's probably because most of the workers know me and won't push me on things they know I won't buy.  So, any of you guys seen this $3 insurance offered or am I the lone one here?

My local EB here in AZ started doing the same thing as well. As I've worked at EB for a few months (but years ago), I know just how poorly people take care of their games. It's like they rub them into the carpet or something.

But, yes, more often than not it'll be more pure profit for EB. That and their extended warrenty service on consoles other than the PS2. smile
15030  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / BiTTorrent TV shows on: February 11, 2005, 05:13:52 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Yep and they are sifting the logs of that site.  Anyone else feel the hand of violation up the skirt of civil liberties?  Oh wait, we gave those away didn't we....

Just think of all the e-mails that'll be sent out to many, many, many high-speed internet subscribers over the next month or so because of this.

Why try to actually track down people who've downloaded stuff, when you can 'acquire' one of the larger torrent tracking sites and just dig through their server logs?
15031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid.... Pinball? on: February 11, 2005, 12:16:02 AM
Yes, HankRaptor, those are three fantastic pinball tables.

But you forgot Road Show. And Medieval Madness. Both absolutely fantastic tables. biggrin
15032  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / MMOG subscriptions- some surprises on: February 11, 2005, 12:11:35 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
The saddest thing about the modern EQ is the fact that lower-level zones and/or Antonica zones are almost completely unpopulated.  When I played the game most recently, (from right before the release of LDON to right after the release of GoD), I wasn't aware that Antonica was so 'unpopular,' nor was I aware that the game was so top-heavy in terms of levels.

From what I know, the game is extremely top heavy. The only people who still play it are those who raid all the time. They're too in love with the time they've spent with their character to move on.

Most low levels are being power-levelled, or are taking the more common grind (had to do with Padual Caverns for 10 levels early on or something, if I remember right). The 'easiest to level' zones.
15033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Champions: Return to Arms thoughts? on: February 10, 2005, 07:06:39 PM
Quote from: "Cleric7"
For those considering buying the game, you should also be aware of some of the bugs/glitches/issues being discussed on GameFaqs. Here are some of them:

Hey - have a link to that post offhand? I need to get this information for my review. biggrin
15034  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW- Weekly "Patch" Notes? on: February 10, 2005, 07:04:19 PM
Quote from: "ChrisGwinn"
They changed a paladin ability.  Blessing of Light now doesn't make first-level heals super efficient.  I don't have Blessing of Light, since I'm not 40th level yet, so I can't say whether this matters at all to the average player.

Blessing of Light seemed to flat out (or close to it anyway) increase healing powers by the listed amount. 210 HP bonus for the slow heal, and 60 HP bonus for the low level one.

In short, Paladins could spam the lowest level heals and get the full HP bonus applied to it. That made them absurdly effecient healers. Nice bug.
15035  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - It's a great big world on: February 10, 2005, 06:59:50 PM
Quote from: "ChrisGwinn"
I doubt it has anything to do with coding.  Blizzard's real keen on keeping their art direction consistent, and Taurens just aren't the right size to be riding other races mounts.  Kodos cost the same and offer no advantages because every racial mount costs the same, and none of them have advantages.  

I've never heard of rare or dropped mounts - can you provide a link?

Tell Blizzard to work on my Human Paladin Mount then - my legs and cloak clip right through/into it all the time, and whenever I rear up (jump while standing still), my face smashes right into my horse's head.

As far as the rare/dropped mounts - there's a level 60 boss somewhere that drops a mount. Everybody but the Tauren can ride it. I don't know the name offhand, as otherwise I'd give you a Thottbot link.
15036  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / They'll win or I'll cut my Bawls off! on: February 10, 2005, 06:51:50 PM

What a lovely mental image that produces.
15037  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Any way to shrink the Console Gold Graphic? on: February 10, 2005, 06:46:28 PM
Just for fun I opened up IE to exactly 800x600, and you're right - the CG logo plus ad are longer than 800 pixels wide. Yeah, it's obvious when presented with the numbers, but I figured what the heck.

I guess the reason that none of us notice is is because we all surf at larger than 800 pixels wide resolution.
15038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Champions: Return to Arms thoughts? on: February 10, 2005, 03:08:15 PM
This game is much harder than the first, I'll give you that. Either that or the Vah Shir Berzerker sucks as far as armor goes. In refrence, my first two playthroughs on the original was with the Wizard and Ranger.

As far as that 'invinicible' robot boss goes, you get into melee. He can do a TON more damage at range than he can in melee. It's not even funny.

You get into melee, block his strikes, then attack/spell. Repeat ad nausea until you've won.

Repeat this trick for most of the bosses in the game.
15039  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW- Weekly "Patch" Notes? on: February 10, 2005, 03:05:25 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
AO was even worse than the UO launch, and that event was something I never imagined could be topped.

I remember seeing a screenshot of a ton of people at one of the 'zonelines' all yelling 'LET ME OUT!'.

That sums up AO's launch days. biggrin
15040  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - It's a great big world on: February 10, 2005, 03:01:58 PM
Quote from: "Gedd"
Keep in mind that at the time, I think the only race that had racial traits were the Undead, and Tauren had this one ability, and there were several problems with Plainsrunning as compared to the standard mounts.

If I remember correctly, you'd gain the Plainsrunning ability after running for like 10 seconds, and the first hit would knock you out of it. So, yes, it was useful, but useless compared to a real mount.

Can't tell you how many times I've been hit while riding across the countryside...
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