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15001  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.
15002  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.
15003  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:
15004  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.
15005  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.
15006  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!
15007  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
15008  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.
15009  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
15010  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.
15011  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.
15012  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...
15013  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.
15014  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.
15015  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
15016  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.
15017  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.
15018  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).
15019  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.
15020  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
15021  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
15022  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.
15023  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.
15024  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
15025  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...
15026  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?
15027  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
15028  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
15029  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...
15030  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.
15031  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
15032  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?
15033  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
15034  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.
15035  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
15036  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.
15037  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
15038  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.
15039  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.
15040  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.
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