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15041  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Upgrading Laptop Memory -- Need some opinions... on: January 07, 2005, 02:03:16 AM
Well, for my laptop, I had 2x256MB sticks inside of it. Upon fiddling around however, I realized that I could only get to one of those sticks.

So, 1GB of memory leater, I have 1.25GB onboard. My laptop now runs like a dream.

I don't really see a reason to go all the way.
15042  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW UI Questions (part x) on: January 06, 2005, 07:11:48 PM
Quote from: "ericb"
Is there an alternative to Cosmos that offers many of the same every day functions without all of the bloat.  I mainly need hunter functions, quest helper and at least two hotbars.

I personally use a few plugins from Cosmos (mainly the Quest modification they use, the mapnotes, the PopBar, and the clock up top), and I use Telo's mods: right here that have a few additional functions. The SideBar would be helpful if you don't use Cosmos, and I love the LootLink and MobHealth abilities from there.
15043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warblade -- Galaga perfection! on: January 06, 2005, 06:43:05 PM
Quote from: "Jancelot"
Quote from: "Sparhawk"
God this sounds like an advertisement.  Sorry, but it IS an advertisement.

Hunh?!  I'm not sure what you mean, we're just enthusiastically discussing indie games that we like.

Exactly. It's how the Gone Gold effect always used to work, and it seems to work here rather well as the Console Gold effect too. biggrin
15044  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Playing a Priest (WoW) on: January 06, 2005, 06:37:11 PM
So, digging over on the talents, I came up with the following:

Shadow Mastery
Spirit Tap   Rank 5
Blackout   Rank 5
Improved Shadow Word: Pain   Rank 2
Shadow Focus   Rank 5
Improved Psychic Scream   Rank 2
Improved Mind Blast   Rank 5
Mind Flay   Rank 1
Shadow Reach   Rank 3
Silence   Rank 1
Shadow Weaving   Rank 5
Vampiric Embrace   Rank 1
Darkness   Rank 5
Shadowform   Rank 1
Shadow Total:   41

Discipline Mastery
Unbreakable Will   Rank 5
Improved Power Word: Shield   Rank 3
Improved Power Word: Fortitiude   Rank 2
Discipline Total:   10

I was thinking of going (to borrow another post) 5/5 Spirit Tap, 3/5 Blackout, 2/2 Improved Shadow Word: Pain, Mind Flay, Improve Mind Blast 5/5. Then I'd hit my Discipline Mastery subsets (get all of them), then head back and finish off Shadow Mastery.

Thoughts? Keep in mind that this healer would be mostly solo (as I just want to try out a caster class), and decently equipped (found a blue wand for level 15 that was a steal via my Hunter).
15045  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My new office chair on: January 06, 2005, 01:20:57 AM
Quote from: "Ascendent"
Till you get something caught on one of the treads/gears and chewed up..but yah untill then that is a bad ass chair.

Something? Try someone. biggrin
15046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Refurbished systems on: January 05, 2005, 11:58:04 PM
Quote from: "HankRaptor"
Personally, refurbished systems are not worth the money. These systems by their design crap out after use. So you are buying someone elses headache. IF it was an N64 with no moving parts.. MORE POWER TO YOU.. but an Xbox with DRE and PS2's I say the 10$ savings is fools gold.

While I'm not too sure about the Xbox's 'quality', never, never, NEVER buy a refurbed PS2. As Ron can tell you (and I can confirm, as we both worked at EB at one time), the original PS2 design was simply designed to fail and were built by morons. We'd get shipments of consoles all the time that were defective.

The GBA and Gamecube are great refurbed machines - never heard of a system going bad on them. The Xbox had the occasional issue with bad/old DVD drives, but beyond that, it's a pretty solid system.

The old PS2 design was crap.
15047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warblade -- Galaga perfection! on: January 05, 2005, 11:47:53 PM
Quote from: "StormcloudCreations"
Damn CG effect! (is there such a thing?)

Oh, you better believe there is a CG effect. smile

Watch out, as it will get you. Now to get the demo and try this out myself.
15048  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Playing a Priest (WoW) on: January 05, 2005, 11:44:25 PM
Random Priest question - how well can they solo? While I have a perfect solo character already (level 41 Hunter), I wanted to try a caster class. I didn't want the Warlock (as I already had a pet class), and the Mage, well, needs help. So I figured I'd try the Priest. Any suggestions?
15049  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW no fee Teusdays on: January 05, 2005, 11:38:56 PM
This is why I waited until late on the day on day 1 (thanks to work, mainly) to pick my low population server.

Ah, good old Teneris (however you spell it). Although I do have to admit - it's starting to get crowded a bit on the lower end of the population scale (based on /census, anyway). Thankfully I'm level 40, and I can farm lots of low end stuff that's a near guarenteed sale. biggrin
15050  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My new office chair on: January 05, 2005, 11:28:09 PM
Now THAT is a chair. biggrin
15051  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW no fee Teusdays on: January 05, 2005, 02:19:55 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
Well now it should be a no fee wednesday... there are about 10 servers down for emergency maintenance, whisperwind being one of them.

Those 10 are the busiest servers, and from what I hear about the complaints on the forums, ones that have some SERIOUS issues in general. Always coming down during the late night/morning hours.
15052  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars Vanity Fair Spread - Everyone on: January 05, 2005, 02:36:47 AM
And the three old people on the right (Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill) look so much better than the rest of the youngin' staff on the left.

Still, that is an outstanding poster. Where can I buy it?
15053  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Odd Problem on: January 05, 2005, 02:26:21 AM
What browser are you using as well? I've found a rare page or two that in when viewed in IE, completely borks anything I look at afterwards until I close the browser and restart it. Call it a funky Java code or some HTML bug or something.
15054  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW no fee Teusdays on: January 05, 2005, 01:20:59 AM
Quote from: "Chaz"
Why wouldn't 9am EST be a low point?  Almost everyone on the east coast is either at work/school or sleeping.  Yes, I know there are folks for whom that's prime play time, but I can't help but believe that Blizzard isn't made up of idiots, and they can read the server load reports and figure out what time is the lowest population for the purposes of scheduling maintenance.

Not to defend Blizzard here, but they live in California. Therefore, 6am PST is early in the morning for them.

Do you really want a bunch of tired techs working on defragging/updating/rebooting a couple of dozen servers? That's how I look at it. biggrin

As for the login server issues though, all I have to say is this - once the servers get up, log in. Then never log out for the day. You'll be relatively safe then. smile
15055  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need help buying a PDA on: January 05, 2005, 01:14:20 AM
For your $300, I'd get a highly discounted Palm Tungsten T|3 (NOT the PoS T|5 model), and bundle that with Epocrates, a completely free (with purchasable options) drug database system for the device. You can also record voice notes with the device (a must based on your post), and it has a great set of built in features, allowing you to take notes, put in phone numbers, a nice calendar, built in MP3 player, etc.

I've used my Palm ever since it came out (and owned a Palm Tungsten T beforehand), and I've been a very happy customer. Sure, it doesn't have Wi-Fi, and the battery life isn't all that fantastic (3 hours or so at full load), but it has a great screen and lots of features.
15056  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / ".....our menu options have recently changed....." on: January 04, 2005, 03:21:52 PM
I hate it when I try to call Dr's offices or insurance companies - I know that none of your 'options' will work for me, and I just want to talk to a real person, NOW.

The ones I really hate are the automated systems you can 'talk' to. It never works. Normally when I get those, I just punch buttons on my phone randomly until the machine decides I'm an idiot and transfers me. smile
15057  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - The Rogue Class on: January 02, 2005, 10:59:41 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "unbreakable"
From what Ive heard from others, I dont think that would be true, but it does lead me to ask something- would having a hunter spec'd out for melee be a 'gimpy' build, or at least an ineffective one?
Yes, a melee hunter is generally considered to be a "gimp" build, mainly because a Ranged hunter is several orders of magnitude more powerful.

Agreed. I have a two handed sword that via raw DPS (the weapon only) is more powerful than my bow. Yet I do an absolute TON more damage thanks to all of my ranged spells/powers/talents.

A melee speced Hunter is a total gimp. Go either full (31 points or more) Marksmanship or Beast Mastery, and put the rest into the other tree.

As for out meleeing a Rogue in combat, not a chance. Once again it's the lack of spells/powers/talents.

Overall, a Rogue is a very powerful class. They can't take much damage, but oh man can they put it out. As long as they have a Paladin healing them (not a Priest, as they tend to get squished if they gain aggro that the Rogue can't pull off), they're nearly unstoppable. Rogues also have the ability to actually do noticable damage to a +3 or higher mob, something which most other classes can't even dream about.
15058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bizarre Japanese Peripheral Device of the Day: on: December 27, 2004, 05:07:39 PM
Quote from: "warning"
That is a weird one - no doubt.

Remember the Rez Trance Vibrator?

Slime to Rez Vibrator - 8 hours. You guys are getting slow. biggrin
15059  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW's population growing? on: December 27, 2004, 05:02:39 PM
Personally, I'm glad to see them. I've been farming a bunch of low level mobs for linen/wool for a friend, and the green items I've been acquiring as a result have been selling like mad.

But, yeah, it's making things a bit busier around the world.
15060  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Stats on: December 27, 2004, 05:00:43 PM
Quote from: "Torfish"
Can someone please explain how this site gets its numbers?  And how accurate is it?  How do I get counted?  311,000 seems like a huge number.

The site linked above has a mod you can download that in a nutshell does a /who command for every level range for the entire world (but only for your side).

Then it takes that data and uploads it to the site. Simple as that, more or less.
15061  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Screen going green while watching DVD movies... on: December 27, 2004, 04:55:43 PM
If I didn't know better, I'd say that the Macromedia copy protection that's on most DVDs nowadays is being tripped. Do you know of any reason why that might be happening?
15062  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / There oughta be a test on: December 27, 2004, 04:53:35 PM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
Quote from: "warning"
Here's another one: Parenting Licenses.  If you want to have children, you have to pass a test, including a realistic hands-on internship in raising kids.  You are observed continually by an independent panel of judges who determine your fitness to have kids before you bring the little buggers into the world, screw them up, and create a drain on society.

With a realistic limit to the number of kids you can both support and care for!  It seems that often the least parentally and economically equipped people have the most children, and that is a shame.  I always feel bad for those kids.

After seeing how many people come into my pharmacy with state paid for insurance, most of the time with 4+ kids, I just want to stop paying my taxes. It's terrible to say, EngineNo9, but your statement is completely true - the people with the money and the ability to raise great kids never have them.

Yet all the losers have half a dozen.

Why is that?
15063  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW binder style guide on: December 26, 2004, 06:51:45 PM
Quote from: "Turtle"
However, it still doesn't beat well known MMO strategy sites.

Nothing quite like visiting, punching in your quest name, and getting all the information you'd ever need to finish the quest (quest start, end, and all goals hyperlinked with maps showing where the item/mob spawns/drops/etc) right at your fingertips.

Why online sites are always far superior to a book.

However, it is a nice hint book, I do have to say.
15064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: With the next generation of consoles, will our PC VC's b on: December 23, 2004, 09:15:20 PM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
Has anyone else seen the previews (by EA) of what they say is their next generation (Xbox 2 and Playstation 3) football game?
Also I think in PSM - they said the next playstation will make games look incredibly realistic, it will blow everything away.

From what I read, these shots have been proven to be doctored or 'drawn based on possibilities' and nothing more.

What will the next gen games look like? Personally, you won't see a giant increase in graphics at all.

Why? Take a game that looks the absolute best in your mind. What can be done to that to make it look better?

More polygons? The average person is still using a normal TV set, limited to 320x240 resolution. They won't see it.

Farther draw distance/no more fog? Whoopie.

Bigger/better textures all the time? See above.

Better framerate? Personally, I see all next-gen games being locked at 60fps all the time.

Anti-Aliasing? The low resolution and very high dot pitch of your TV set makes this nearly pointless. It'll be done, but you'll only see the effect on games that don't do it.

The main reason that PCs will look so much better (for the devs who do the hard work, anyway), is the resolution of your monitor. Your average game is played at 1024x768 or higher resolution.

Your TV set? 320x240 is what it truly displays at. At Progressive Scan (480p), your TV set is now 320x480.

720i is 720x480 resolution and 1080i is 1080x480.

But, who really owns a 720i or 1080i TV set? A very, very, small number of people. Yeah, quite a few games will support this resolution next generation (if I had to make a guess), but how many people will actually see it?

There's your food for thought. Please correct me if I'm wrong on some of the technical details though.
15065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's with so many games having "paper sleeves" a on: December 23, 2004, 08:57:31 PM
Quote from: "Beer Goggles"
Those $.05 cases are too expensive.

And that's the whole problem.
15066  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Stats on: December 23, 2004, 08:45:16 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
The latest Cosmo UI has a census feature that will take a snapshot of the current faction you are on, and report on races, character types, guilds, etc.  It uses the /who command, so it only shows who is on that moment.  I think the census numbers look inline.  The Horde is usually at a disadvantage, while there are a ton of NEs.

This site is based out of that information, actually. The plugin takes that information and uploads it to their server. Also why it's so horribly slow, too. biggrin
15067  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / (WoW) - Cosmos... on: December 23, 2004, 08:35:21 PM
I use Cosmos and a few from Telo's mod.

From Cosmos:
Sidebar (gotta have the 12 buttons it gives you)
Bottombar (the one that adds on a huge choice of bars on the right bottom side, and can hide the ones you don't use - I use it for another 1x10 set of buttons)
Clock (gotta have that EXP per hour among other things)
Whatever mod that makes the quests scroll quickly and gives you a level estimate of them

From Telo:
LootLink (gives you a giant searchable database of items you learn as you click on people/use the auction - I have nearly 6000 items now in my list)
MobHealth (gives an estimation of how much HP a mob has left in numberical format, learns as it goes)

It's sad how many buttons I need as a Hunter, but I really need ~30 buttons easily accessable at all times without switching button bars.
15068  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / I feel gross and dirty. on: December 23, 2004, 08:27:37 PM
I complete agree with you here. Especially on the General forums.

Once you've broken off to the class forums, most discussions tend to be a bit more civil. But you're still at risk of losing intelligence points just by reading. biggrin
15069  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / anime / cartoon quotes fun on: December 23, 2004, 08:23:24 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
Another easy one:  "And knowing is half the battle!"

And along the same line as this one:

"Pork Chop Sandwiches!"
"Who wants a body massage?" biggrin
15070  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Stats on: December 22, 2004, 08:31:29 PM
Since their site is almost always overloaded, I finally got the updated stats as of today:

Number of players (realms): 309,027 (88)
Most popular realm: Bleeding Hollow (11,696 players)
Alliance Players: 194,800
Horde Players: 114,227

Class Breakdown:
Hunter: 56,766
Rogue: 45,808
Warrior: 45,697
Paladin: 34,126
Mage: 30,809
Warlock: 29,044
Druid: 26,368
Priest: 21,960
Shaman: 18,442

Race Breakdown:
Night Elf: 72,542
Human: 67,685
Undead: 37,210
Dwarf: 33,799
Tauren: 29,726
Orc: 24,514
Troll: 22,777
Gnome: 20,772

You know, I don't get it - the Mages are arguably broken and Warriors are in desperate need of more love. So why does everybody play them? And the Shaman are arguably overpowered (like Pallys), but nobody plays them.

Now I'm confused.
15071  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW: enchanting? on: December 20, 2004, 05:40:45 PM
On my relatively quiet server, I see Enchanters useful for exactly one thing - giving players the 'Power of the Glow' (Beastslaying +2 or the one that gives a flat +2 or more damage, but is a blue color). In my experience, I don't see them offering services more than that.
15072  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Stats on: December 20, 2004, 05:28:11 PM
Quote from: "Chaz"
All them hunters are gonna be mighty surprised when they find out they can't solo the high instances, and have a hard time finding spots in groups.  Meanwhile, we priests are going to be in very high demand.  biggrin

But I can solo anything I encounter short of the instances without any issues. biggrin

We're our own best group. And as already stated - get two or three hunters and make your own group. It's ugly just how powerful we are when paired or trioed up in a group.
15073  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Question - Hunter on: December 20, 2004, 05:22:40 PM
Quote from: "Console Games Best Player"
They do that with the mobs so you can't train them and screw/MK someone.

Exactly - Blizzard themselves said they designed the aggro system like that on purpose.

For example - if you train Stitches all the way to Goldshire, he'll attack everybody who's on his aggro list. Once his list is cleaned up (he kills all the PCs who have ever attacked him), he'll go back to what he was doing - which in this case is rampaging back to his zone.

Short of any AoE effects a mob might have, you'll be completely safe from any high level mob who gets trained in your direction if you don't attack. I for one like it.
15074  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / All EQ2 US servers down 3:30pm EST 12/17 with no ETA on: December 19, 2004, 03:52:11 PM
Quote from: "Abiding Dude"
I just have never seen a mainstream MMORPG be down for so long.  I'm not sure why they didn't test the patch out before they put it on the live servers because it was an obvious problem almost immediately.  Oh well, my son and I opened our copy of WoW a week early so we could get get our fix in smile

Guys, in my experience with Verant on EQ, they NEVER tested ANYTHING that went onto the Test Server. Period. People on Test could /bug something every single day they tested the game, and Verant wouldn't touch a single thing.

So, when patch day came out, all the testers would be there, saying, "We TOLD Verant CONSTANTLY this was broken, and they didn't listen to us."

After reading this constantly, almost every single patch, I gave up on them for good. Why I'm a happy WoW player right now. biggrin

And as far as the harvesting goes in WoW - it's an issue where the server knows that there is no node there, but your PC somehow thinks there is. /bug it and find another node to mine, and you're fixed. Or just log out/in and you're okay.
15075  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Merry Christmas from FFXI! on: December 18, 2004, 06:43:48 AM
Quote from: "depward"
frown  I thought this would be an all-encompassing "Merry Christmas" from all MMO games kind of thread.  Instead its turned out to be a semi-bashfest (albeit some sarcastic which is fine and dandy) on FFXI.

Are any other MMORPG games out there, specifically WoW or EQII, even having any sort of "Holiday Themed" things in their games?  Maybe anyone can post some of their holiday pictures in this thread and I'll appropriately title it, "Merry Christmas from __, __, __, FFXI, etc."

Yeah, I shouldn't have been the bitter jerk that I was going at FFXI like I did.

On the other hand, Square tends to be one of the very few companies that believes in celebrating the holidays. Halloween, Christmas, 4th of July (although I think that's more based on the server launch date than anything else), stuff like that.

The best you'll see in EQ is a series of quests/mobs that bring out the worst in people. FFXI does things that liven up the place. It's very different, compared to the rest of the games.

Go break out another image grabbing program (as the shoddy one included with FFXI only takes shots at 640x480 for reasons I never understood), and post some shots. I'd love to see more of it.
15076  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / All EQ2 US servers down 3:30pm EST 12/17 with no ETA on: December 18, 2004, 06:38:16 AM
Quote from: "Abiding Dude"
Although my experience with MMORPGs is limited to EQ and EQ2 this is the biggest cluster-fuck I have seen since playing EQ for many years.

And I still remember the constantly running joke whenever EQ patched - "How did Verant break the Bards this week?"

One week they broke our speed song. Yes, our level 5 speed song. One of the songs that practically defined the class.

It wasn't fixed until the week AFTER, when they patched again.

Made the class completely, totally, and utterly useless to play.
15077  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Trogdor! on: December 18, 2004, 06:33:45 AM
Quote from: "mb737"
I'm sorry, but


is the best Strongbad ever.

Okay, yeah, that is the best Strongbad of the bunch. biggrin
15078  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Merry Christmas from FFXI! on: December 17, 2004, 07:00:32 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Were I still playing, I might consider walking fifteen minutes to get to the tree  Tongue

15? What, you have SoW or something casted on you? biggrin

It would take only 5 minutes, but you need to be level 40 and have done some insane quest to get access to the Airship. Or you can go port, but you need to run three zones over to access that port. But on the way to the port, you got owned by a mob two levels below you, because you dared to go anywhere without a group.

Bitter FFXI player? Never. biggrin
15079  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - The Hunter Class on: December 17, 2004, 06:57:40 PM
As far as I'm concerned, my pet can hold aggro better than any tank. Unlike warriors, taunt isn't broken, require much in the way of rage, or anything else (sorry Warriors).

Once aggro filters onto my pet (one Taunt and one Claw later), it takes nearly an act of God on my part to get aggro back.

And what does a Hunter bring into a group? An amazing aggro getter that doesn't require much in the way of healing. My pet regenerates at almost double to triple the speed of a similar level PC, requires no food or water to regain HP/Mana, and is capable of doing quite a bit of damage.

The Hunter is also able to tank decently (I can easily pull two at once by letting one beat on me while I fill the other full of arrows), I can split pulls (freeze Trap works wonders for 10 to 20 seconds depending on level), I can slow adds (Concussion Shot/Wing Clip), and I can easily steal aggro from any fragile Mage/Cleric who's gotten it.

However, the true power of the class is based on the person at the PC. I do admit - the pet is dumb. He'll follow a fleeing mob to his death, never change targets unless you tell him to, and his pathfinding is limited to what the mobs use (which generally sucks). If the Hunter is capable of watching over the entire battle, and controlling the situation, he's a fantastic class.

Just my 2 copper.
15080  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / (WoW) New patch contents 12/16 on: December 17, 2004, 06:41:59 PM
Quote from: "ericb"
I don't know about the rest but I will be working on getting my fishing up to a nice level before the patch goes into effect.  There's no telling what the min levels may be to advance in it afterwards.

I'm glad to see higher level fishing too - my level 34 cat needs better food than what I can currently fish for. Those 550hp fishies just don't cut it anymore, unless I feed him a ton.
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