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15001  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
15002  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?
15003  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
15004  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.
15005  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
15006  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.
15007  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.
15008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / They'll win or I'll cut my Bawls off! on: February 10, 2005, 06:51:50 PM
EEEEWWWWW...

What a lovely mental image that produces.
15009  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.
15010  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.
15011  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
15012  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...
15013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Champions: Return to Arms thoughts? on: February 10, 2005, 12:25:48 AM
Anybody playing this title? It's EXTREMELY MOTS compared to the original game (down to the exact same type of monsters and stages), but still fun.

Thoughts? Anybody playing online?
15014  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Google Does Online Maps on: February 10, 2005, 12:23:28 AM
Dude, I can see my house from here! And yours, and yours, and yours, and...

biggrin
15015  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / GI Joe remakes on: February 10, 2005, 12:20:55 AM
Quote from: "Dafones"
Good God I loved those clips. The creator of them received a good ol' cease and desist from Hasbro, so he had to take them off his site. I'm glad you can still find the vids around the net on other sites.

A big giant BOO to Hasbro for making him remove these movies. I haven't laughed so hard after watching some of these. They're just totally wrong.

Makes me glad I have them all saved locally on my PC. biggrin
15016  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Jade Empire Preorder Deal (?) on: February 08, 2005, 08:50:28 PM
Actually, according to my local EB, you can now ONLY order the 'Limited Edition' if you preorder. And it's the exact same price as the normal game.

Make of it what you will.
15017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HALO 2 PC! Sort of... on: February 08, 2005, 07:02:42 PM
Thanks for the find! For all of your hard work, I've turned this into a news post and credited it for you here. biggrin
15018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gran Turismo 4 Review on: February 08, 2005, 06:51:28 PM
Quote from: "Fellow"
If nothing else, I'll be creating wallpapers up the wazoo in GT4.

Now that I'd love to see. Go post some of your best when you're done. biggrin
15019  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - It's a great big world on: February 08, 2005, 06:48:37 PM
Quote from: "Jag"
Problem with Kalimdor is that the areas are spread out much more as opposed to the Alliance areas around SW and IF. Can't speak about the horde areas though.

Don't play as a Tauren then. Their starting area is SO spread out and requires SO much running, it's almost sad.

In SW and IF, their n00b quests are all within about 100 yards of each other. For the Tauren, expect to run a 1000 yards just to do one quest. But the Tauren do have a nicer starting area (visuals) than SW or IF has, IMHO.
15020  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW- Weekly "Patch" Notes? on: February 08, 2005, 06:45:52 PM
I want the 'localization' patch myself (even though it'll fix our Paladin bug and kill our DPS even more than we have it now), just because it'll fix the Hunter issue where pets don't cause a mob to be tapped. Thus, if my pet hits a mob first (to gain aggro before me), I lose experience.
15021  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Quest for Ken (Jennings) on: February 08, 2005, 06:26:09 PM
Quote from: "Graham"
Actually, the 2005 Teen Tournament hasn't completed airing yet.  The Teen Tournament ends today, so I'm guessing they'll change that sometime tomorrow.  However, it would be a huge mistake to have the spoiler on the web site.

Oh yeah... Note to self - don't post on the forums right after I get up. smile
15022  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / VoIP - Internet Phones on: February 08, 2005, 01:58:30 PM
Quote from: "pengoz"
I'm guessing the US emergency number gets your location based on your number and not by any trace (ie what exchange u go thru based on your number etc).

From what I know, yes, 911 just uses a simple lookup to find out where you're calling from. That's why you can't call 911 through one of these services, as you have no originating call number/location.

But you bring up an interesting point though... These sites must keep some kind of call record though. They just have to. Then it's a matter of tracing the call back to the account record (and at the very least the credit card information used to purchase minutes for the call).
15023  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Quest for Ken (Jennings) on: February 08, 2005, 01:55:41 PM
Now that'll be cool to watch.

I love this name though:  2005 Teen Tournament Champion

Apparently as he/she is still a teen, they can't have their name on a website like this. Or they forgot who they were. biggrin
15024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gran Turismo 4 Review on: February 07, 2005, 11:57:13 PM
Quote from: "gellar"
No fucking way can it run 1080i, can it?  If so... OMGHI2U.

Yeah, I have no idea how the hell they pulled this off either. The PS2 simply doesn't have enough horsepower for Progressive Scan titles (why there are all of 20 games that support it), much less 1080i. I'll have to give this game a try just for that, even though my TV doesn't support it...
15025  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Oddbal laptop performance hit... on: February 07, 2005, 11:51:23 PM
That'll be $50 for time served. Talk to Ron about who to send it to or else I'll sic Sho'nuff upon you:



biggrin smile

Honestly, I'm glad it worked out. Amazing what a shot of can-o-air can do, eh?
15026  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / VoIP - Internet Phones on: February 07, 2005, 01:45:15 PM
Just to inform you all - I just tried out the Skype service much more intensively last night via confrence calling (the free chat program, not calling somebody via landline) and whatnot. It was clear, had no dropouts at all, and it sounded like they were right in front of me. I'm really impressed what you can get for free.

This will be the way I'll be doing my online gaming chats for games like Rainbow Six and World of Warcraft from now on.
15027  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Oddbal laptop performance hit... on: February 07, 2005, 12:20:02 AM
Well, the only reason that the fan is on is because the OS is demanding more processing power than the low power mode (usually 1/3 to 1/4th of your processor's max rated speed) can provide. Thus, it creates heat and all that kind of fun stuff.

But you say it's sluggish when that happens...

Only thing I can think of - give the laptop the three fingered salute (ctrl-alt-delete) and bring up the Task Manager. Click on Processes, and see if there's any program running that's taking a large percentage of your CPU (short of System Idle Process, which is normal). If you see something, that's quite possibly the reason.

Also, break out the can-o-air and give the fans and air entry ports a quick blowing. There might be something clogging the fan or blocking the normal airflow.

Beyond that, I'm not sure. I personally use a fan pad underneath my laptop, so I rarely notice it the processor fan firing up unless I'm playing games.
15028  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / For the ladies... on: February 06, 2005, 05:58:57 PM
The goggles, they do nothing!

Of course, that's what I get for clicking on a link titled 'for the ladies'.

*head explodes*
15029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / San Andreas is... on: February 06, 2005, 04:43:39 AM
Quote from: "WestNile"
Not since Gran Turismo 2 had I seen such obvious bugs.

GT2 had obvious bugs? I remember there being a bug/car configuration in Gran Turismo 3 that could absolutely break the physics engine (your racecar would pop one mother of a wheelie and accelerate to upwards of 1000mph), but beyond that, I don't remember much wrong with the game.
15030  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What a shot! on: February 05, 2005, 09:54:23 PM
Quote from: "Chaz"
Holy shit.

Yeah, I'll second that. Holy shit.

Incase you didn't pause it at the very beginning, the score was tied with 0.6 seconds to go.

Utterly amazing.
15031  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Enterprise be dead... on: February 05, 2005, 09:47:52 PM
Quote from: "Raven"
I don't think Enterprise ever recovered from this first season episode.

ROFL

Yeah, after that show, I pretty much stopped watching the series. And I loved Trek shows (short of DS9 for some reason I can't fathom) in general. How I remember the days, tuning into ST:NG every single weekend just to see what the crew was up to this week...

Oh, and may that Rick Berman guy rot for all the hell he's put Star Trek shows/movies through in the last few years. I blame him for quite a few things.
15032  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / 30% off sale on PDAMill games on: February 05, 2005, 09:34:27 PM
Quote from: "Xmann"
i'm hoping Arvale for Palm is released soon.  This is a good deal, been thinking about Snails for awhile now.

Yeah, I've been waiting for Arvale for the Palm as well. Hurry up already! biggrin
15033  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Loot Rules on: February 04, 2005, 05:42:57 PM
Completely agree with Zarkon here, actually. You wouldn't be there that early in your career without some high level backup. biggrin
15034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime Hunters...MP only? on: February 03, 2005, 08:59:52 PM
From what I thought, Metroid Prime: Hunters is supposed to offer a full featured single player experience as well as a fun multiplayer one. Yes, the demo included with the DS follows that description perfectly, but Nintendo isn't one to do something like that.

Got a link?
15035  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Help Needed! on: February 03, 2005, 08:57:56 PM
Well, you can sorta find out of it's a RAM issue by removing the RAM entirely and rebooting. If you get the same message, that could be it.

But, as I've said before - do the usual. Make sure all the cables are connected properly (power especially), reseat every card and connector in the system, etc.

A quick search of Asus' site brought up three motherboards that seem to be the same thing. Hit this link:

http://usa.asus.com/prog/p_search.asp?kp=P4S&langs=09

Click on the link, pick a motherboard, and click on Download. That should allow you to pull a manual. I'd dig further, but I'm at work, and my connection utterly bites.

Good luck!
15036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 1 on: February 03, 2005, 07:09:20 PM
Quote from: "Stardrifter"
I loved FF8 because of the characters.  Each one was unique.  Quistis was absolutely gorgeous.  I even liked the moody Squall.  I never played FF9 because the main character with the tail (rat boy) and the little creature thing that looked like it was from He-Man (a cartoon I hated), both annoyed me (this is based on screenshots and reviews only).  I know it's a lame excuse since I didn't even try the game but caring for the characters is a big thing for me.

I am currently enjoying Star Ocean 3.  My only gripe there is the music being too loud and out of place in areas.  You need to keep the subtitles on so you can read since you can't hear the voices most of the time.  I tried Tales of Symphonia but it didn't grab me (again - characters).  Plus I didn't care for the combat scheme in Tales of Symphonia.

I hated FF8 because of the God-awful combat scheme where you were nearly forced to spend a half hour drawing or whatever the heck you did spells every time you found a new monster. That and the absurd decision to make you bust your controller and hands pushing buttons just to make your summons more powerful (and it was nearly required as well).

As far as Tales went, I was drawn into the game because of the characters and the combat system. I also loved SO3 because of the same action-based combat system.

But, as I said - everybody is different. Although you're really missing out not playing FF9 and the classic FF4 and FF6. biggrin
15037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP Launch Details March 24, $249 on: February 03, 2005, 07:03:50 PM
I'm highly interested in Darkstalkers and that Untold Legends game. Although, when I originally announced Darkstalkers was going to be a launch title on the site, why can't Capcom release the game on the standard sytems?

And as far as the price goes... I honestly think it's a bit steep. $250 for the console and a movie I could care less about (as I'd much rather watch it on my TV with surround)? Whoopie. The PS2 is what, $150 now? The DS is the same price, and the GBA SP is $89 in most places.

Ah, yes, and the Square button 'issue'. Wonderful design choice, especially when it was nearly stated that developers should work around the 'issue'.
15038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thinking about getting a Gamecube... on: February 03, 2005, 05:13:13 PM
Quote from: "Doomboy"
What do I need to know about it?  I have a PS2 and XBox already.  What does the gamecube use for game saves?  If it is cards, are they expensive, do they have enough storage that I won't need to buy lots of them like I have for my PS2?

How about the controller?  I find that the XBox S-controller is the most comfortable console controller I have ever used.  The PS2 controller is a little too small for comfort on long gaming sessions.  Which one is the Gamecube controller comparable to?

You'll want to purchase the Nintendo Memory Card 151 (or some number close to that). That one card will be more than enough for all of your saving needs (about $20). I've had my Gamecube since launch, and I still have space left.

I have no qualms about the small controller, but it is the smallest of the three controllers by far. As long as you aren't playing any titles that require both analog sticks at the same time all the time (of which there aren't that many), you'll be fine.

Quote
I know that is a lot of questions about the cheapest of the consoles, but I have hated the Nintendo Corporation ever since they screwed over Atari back in the 1980's.   Therefore, now that I am thinking of giving them money, I guess I want reassurances that the Gamecube isn't going to destroy my house, or kill my cat, and that it will be just as comfortable to sit there and play for hours with that silly looking controller.

Last time I checked, Atari caused the great videogame crash back in the 80s because they produced a ton of absolutely worthless games that everybody just had to have, and the industry collapsed upon itself (See: ET). Nintendo themselves brought it back from the grave. But that's not here or now.

I've been a Nintendo supporter ever since the NES, and I'm still here. Odds are the system will last forever and a day as well. But ultimately, it's up to you if you wish to take that kind of risk. smile
15039  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Survey] What do you do for a living? on: February 03, 2005, 05:04:42 PM
Quote from: "kathode"
I make video games.  I am a producer for Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and I may or may not work on some other game as well slywink

I've said before, and I'll say again - you lucky bastard. Got any new screenshots? biggrin

I'm a certified pharmacy technician at my local Fry's Food and Drug grocery store. I dispense drugs to sick people, both mentally and physically. I also deal with the customers and their near-constant insurance problems.

On weekends when I work, I sit on my ass and play around on my laptop. Now, if I only had high speed internet access that didn't have a firewall protecting it, I could play WoW all day...

Oh, and incase you didn't know, I work on this wonderful site as well.
15040  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How do you evacuate an entire state, anyway? on: February 03, 2005, 04:53:32 PM
From the 'funnies' I used to do in my Wrap until my sources dried up:

Connecticut Tries to Force Evacuation of Itself

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Despite what residents may have seen on television, the state of Connecticut was not ordered evacuated Tuesday.

State emergency management officials believe someone pressed the wrong button, and instead of running a test of the emergency alert system, midday television viewers and radio listeners were told that the state was being evacuated.

"There is absolutely no evacuation or state emergency," said Kerry Flaherty, of the Office of Emergency Management. "It was an erroneous message."

The department was investigating how the alert was sent. Officials said it is manually released to broadcasters.

The error prompted Gov. M. Jodi Rell to issue a statement reassuring residents.

"We are looking into the circumstances and will take every step necessary to make certain this type of problem does not reoccur in the future," she said.

State police said they received no calls related to the erroneous alert.
--

So, here's my question. How do you evacuate an entire state? And what music/sound plays while they're displaying the warning on your local TV? Iron Maiden's 'Run To The Hills'? biggrin

And along the same line - is there just some control console somewhere in the capitol that has a bunch of giant red idiot buttons on them? Buttons like 'Test Emergency Broadcast Service', 'Severe Weather Alert', 'Incoming Typhoon', 'Evacuate State', 'Stay Puft Marshmellow Man Is On The Loose'?

Funny when you think about it, no?
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