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15081  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?
15082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which Game to Buy Next? on: February 03, 2005, 02:58:27 PM
After having played both titles, I have to say that you need to get RE4. It's no longer a survival/horror, but a horror/shooter. Makes it a MUCH better game.

And it still creeps the hell out of you, too.
15083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xenosaga 1 on: February 03, 2005, 03:29:13 AM
Quote from: "Stardrifter"
Any thoughts on Xeno I and should I try it before Xeno II?  I believe these games are similar to Final Fantasy right?  I loved FF VIII, but absolutely hated FF X (too much movie, very little game).  I never tried FFIX.  I'm also currently playing and enjoying Star Ocean 3.

You loved FF8, yet hated FF10, and never played FF9? Personally, from what I've seen, if you enjoyed FF7/FF8, then FF10 was a hit as well, and FF9 was a bomb (as it was more old-school). But, as the saying goes - to each their own.

I for one hated FF8, found 10 boring, and found 7 to be responsible for Americanization of RPGs as we know of it today. Even though it wasn't that good of an RPG in the end. And I loved 9, as I've been playing the FF titles since #1.

Anyway...Star Ocean 3 is a great game, as is Tales of Symponia on the Gamecube. Other RPGs to try (if you don't want to try Xenosaga) are the two Wild Arms titles due out in the next month or two. One is a remake/redo of the original Wild Arms game, and the other is the true sequel to the series.
15084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime 2: Echoes on: February 03, 2005, 03:23:49 AM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Quote from: "Destructor"
I was really worried how well Metroid would work in 3D when I first heard about it. Castlevania has never (IMHO) translated well to 3D (make a sequel to Symphony of the Night, damnit!), so that didn't help matters any.

Good Lord...there are tons of Castlevania 2D games on the those.  Each one has been great (outside of the darkness of the first one...Circle of the Moon).  Like I said earlier, the only place you'll find top notch 2D old-school type games are on the GBA these days.

Oh, I know. And I've played all of the GBA Castlevania games because of it. But somedays, I'd love to see one on my TV (without the use of the GBA device for the Gamecube). biggrin
15085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just bought an N64.. on: February 03, 2005, 03:22:29 AM
Quote from: "aledromo"
WWF No Mercy is indeed the best wrestling game ever.  It's just so damn fun.  WM 2000 is also good, but incrementally less so.

Completely agree with you there. Why some company can't put together this basic formula and put it into a next generation title is beyond me.

Zelda is a must. Arguably the best Zelda title ever made.

Conker is also a must. If you have any sense of humor at all, you'll be busting a gut at many places of the game. Just remember the timeperiod when it was made, as some of the jokes were funny back then. Of course, who can't forget the Great Mighty Poo? biggrin

Starfox 64 is a fun shooter to pick up. It also shows the origin of the Rumble Pack (a device that has been in every controller since then in some form), as well as the feat of a ton of voice in a very tiny space (as far as the storage space of carts go).

Many other games as well fall into the 'amazingly great' category.
15086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime 2: Echoes on: February 02, 2005, 04:03:45 PM
Quote from: "Dinkytoy"
What Gamecube games do you like ?

Well, my top Gamecube titles are as follows (in no real order):

Metroid Prime
Super Smash Brothers: Melee
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes
Resident Evil 4
Viewtiful Joe 1&2
F-Zero GX
Tales of Symphonia
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

See, the same set of games that everybody else loves. biggrin

I was really worried how well Metroid would work in 3D when I first heard about it. Castlevania has never (IMHO) translated well to 3D (make a sequel to Symphony of the Night, damnit!), so that didn't help matters any. However, as we all know, Metroid became a very good 3D game, hampered by what some call bad controls.

However, I ask you this - if you could redesign the control scheme for Metroid Prime, to make it dual analog, how would you do it without losing the rapid switching of weapons/visors that is needed in this game?
15087  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Did you buy a pet? on: February 01, 2005, 11:25:47 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
I've got a Squirrel Box, a Cockroach, and a Mechanical Chicken.  I can't help it...I'm obsessed with the little things...

Now, did you pick up a Chicken yet from Shimmering Flats? That's a true pet. biggrin
15088  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Did you buy a pet? on: February 01, 2005, 07:54:36 PM
Quote from: "The Chauffeur"
The Mini Diablo will occasionally spew flame all around. That's a fun animation!

Yeah, I remember the first time he did that. I was in my usual group of three, and we just all turned and watched him in utter shock.

Afterwards, we all kept making jokes about him, as if daring him to do it again. One time when the Mage in my group got a new robe, she chided Diablo to make sure he wouldn't burn it up.

Less than a minute later, he did his thing. And by pure dumb luck, he was right next to her, too. biggrin
15089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime 2: Echoes on: February 01, 2005, 05:20:06 PM
The game is best described as More Of The Same, but as far as Metroid Prime goes, that's not a bad thing.
15090  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Did you buy a pet? on: February 01, 2005, 05:07:30 PM
Quote from: "Roguetad"
I like how the panda sleeps all the time, even during the middle of fights.  Nothing seems to bother the panda, even when their master is getting the snot beaten out of them.

Yeah, that's the best part. I've had the panda run 30 yards to catch up to me just to fall asleep at my feet the instant he stopped.

That, and somehow the panda can sleep underwater. It's the strangest thing.

Now Diablo is funny. He's so powerful, he doesn't swim underwater. He just powers himself forward by throwing his arms out (his standstill animation).
15091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pirates! questions needed answering... on: January 31, 2005, 11:36:15 PM
Quote from: "JLu"
I can't swear on the last answer; but I think you may have to be in a 'real' town to divide the plunder?  No pirate towns or settlements?

That's kind of a guess though; I have not loaded up a game in 3 weeks so my memory is fuzzy.

That's how it worked in the original Pirates game - you had to be in a friendly town (and a decent sized one at that if I remember right) before you could punch the 'end it all' button.
15092  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Did you buy a pet? on: January 31, 2005, 11:34:20 PM
Quote from: "Toe"
I got a little Sprite Darter Hatchling from a quest in Ferlas. He is cute and a bit unique as a lot of people do not realize the quest is there. The NPCs are in a spot thats hard to find and you first have to do a whole series of quests before you can get this one. Plus, the completion of the first quest they give you ends at an NPC in Darnassus and that NPC gives you no indication that NPCs you helped now will offer you another quest.

Isn't it also like a level 45+ quest as well? I've seen a few players with this pet, and I've realized it's far cooler than my little panda I have.

Although, my panda does make that cute little 'waaa' noise whenever you poke it. biggrin
15093  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Check out my new super-annoying item (WoW) on: January 31, 2005, 05:23:37 PM
Very, very nice. Lucky bastard. biggrin

However, the most annoying item has to be the Rat Catcher's Flute that's obtainable via a quest in the Ironforge/Stormwind Tram area. High pitched shrill that'll make anyone wish for the nearest burning flames.
15094  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Did you buy a pet? on: January 31, 2005, 05:21:42 PM
I personally like the Collector's Edition pets. The Panda goes great with any Horde character, while Diablo is a great Paladin pet. Never figured out which the Zergling goes best with though. biggrin
15095  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW- quest text mispelled. What to do? on: January 30, 2005, 01:50:19 PM
Well, /bug doesn't work (Blizzard themselves admit that the message you generate goes nowhere), and I wouldn't exactly make a petition for it.

I know there is an e-mail address for those kinds of things though. Just gotta wander the Blizzard site to find it.
15096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / predict the launch dates on: January 29, 2005, 09:43:14 PM
While I can't throw out any dates like the rest of you can, I do predict this:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We'll see what happens.
15097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I have mono and it is good. on: January 29, 2005, 06:36:35 PM
Take Asteroids, Robotron, and send yourself on an acid trip, and you have this game.

And I love it. Excellent find!

Barring my forgetting about it, look for this game in tomorrow's Wrap. biggrin
15098  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What Im listening to right this moment on: January 29, 2005, 05:10:55 PM
I'm currently listening to whatever is being played via Hair Nation on my web version of Sirius Satellite Radio. Nice stuff to jam to while at work. biggrin
15099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB lists PSP bundle for $399 on March 29th on: January 28, 2005, 07:36:07 PM
One thing I hate about EB - forcing people to buy crap they don't want just to get the system.

I was utterly surprised when I bought my DS as just the console alone. When I bought the Gamecube at launch, I had to stock up on a whole bunch of Matcatz crap just to get the system.
15100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Caption THIS! Friday Edition on: January 28, 2005, 05:45:05 PM
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"
Katamari Damacy: the home game!

Winnar! smile

"I drink via osmosis."
15101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / You ever get that bored as hell feeling? on: January 28, 2005, 05:42:23 PM
RaptorRed - at least you have a cool sounding job. Far better than mine working at my local grocery store pharmacy, anyway.

Thank the Gods I have internet access. And the ability to bring in my laptop every weekend. biggrin
15102  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / WOW in stock today at EB Games on: January 28, 2005, 05:37:34 PM
My Brick and Mortar store had one copy in stock when I paid them a visit yesterday as well.

And yet, they still had 3 Collector's Editions of Everquest II...
15103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Would like some Guild Wars info on: January 27, 2005, 04:33:35 PM
I played the open betas a few times, and the game feels a lot more like Diablo than a MMO. Yes, you get new powers and such as you level, but it really feels like Diablo.

Maybe that's why it'll be completely free as far as a monthly fee goes, instead of the usual MMO monthly price.
15104  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Reboot Loop? on: January 27, 2005, 04:20:32 PM
Time to boot into Safe Mode (tap F8 I believe a bunch of times while WinXP is booting to bring up the options) and see if anything seems to be up. At worst, it's time for a rollback via System Restore (Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore).
15105  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / (WoW) Have odd character bug. Any ideas? on: January 27, 2005, 02:35:56 AM
Quote from: "The Chauffeur"
There are 2 folders that you can delete, both will be recreated when you log into the game again. You'll have to reset your setting but that's minor.

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

The WTF and Interface folders are the two you can mess with. The WTF holds your character settings (window placement and such), while the Interface folder are all the mods you can download.
15106  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / WiFi Security Questions on: January 27, 2005, 02:34:40 AM
With my Linksys router, there's an option somewhere to look up the PC's MAC addresses that are connected to it. From there, it's a simple 'click here to add this PC to the list', and now only that PC can be connected to the PC.

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

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

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

Just make sure you have some sort of security up. Follow #2, then do either #3 or #4. Most hackers will pass you by, just because there's an easier target down the street. Sorta like The Club theory - why spend the time trying to crack something, when you just hit the next car instead.
15107  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW- The Lost Vikings! on: January 26, 2005, 12:02:48 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
There was some quest near Auberdine (south of it), I dont recall the name (something with Glaive in it), but it has an altar with two books, and you need to take one of them.  If you go near the left-hand book, an arm reaches out and punches you, kind of like in "Armies of Darkness".

Now I did all of Auberdine's quests, and I don't remember that one. Too bad though. Would've loved a good laugh. biggrin
15108  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Since installing SP2 my connection is about 50% slower.. on: January 26, 2005, 12:01:51 PM
Quote from: "PaulBot"
Quote from: "Destructor"
Funny seeing all the warning messages WinXP throws your way when it's all off.

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

Well, yeah, I told WinXP to shove off as soon as I killed everything.  What, you think I like my PC experiences to be filled with an OS that thinks it's smarter than I am? biggrin
15109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Help Wanted - News Posting - Updated 1/25 on: January 25, 2005, 09:48:35 PM
I've come to the conclusion that posts like these make me feel really old for some reason or another. biggrin
15110  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Since installing SP2 my connection is about 50% slower.. on: January 25, 2005, 09:44:26 PM
My new Gateway laptop came with SP2 preinstalled, and I haven't had a single problem with it as far as internet speeds go. I did turn off all the 'protection' that SP2 offers though. Funny seeing all the warning messages WinXP throws your way when it's all off.
15111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone order from get the game on: January 25, 2005, 02:04:33 AM
I ordered Metroid Prime 2 the same way. Got it for $10 cheaper, but I waited a week or so to get it.
15112  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Can you fry just your AGP slot? (also a 'beep' question) on: January 24, 2005, 03:00:24 AM
Only thing I can think of this late at night is to visit your motherboard manafacturer's website and look up the error codes. It's trying to tell you something, but there's no 'standard' unfortunately.

Only other thing I can suggest is the standard PC checkup - check all the power cables, reseat every card/memory, and make sure your video card has a power cord hooked into it if it needs one.
15113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Major Blizzard Bearing Down on Northeast! on: January 22, 2005, 08:14:40 PM
I'm visiting some friends in CT right now, and it's blizzarding like mad.

And here I went to visit them from warm and cosy AZ just to see the snow... biggrin
15114  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - One time character migration coming on: January 19, 2005, 02:15:56 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Now's the time Tim....get off that damned random server you picked and move to Lothar....

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

But it is getting filled up with numnuts as of late...
15115  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / What if WoW was not made by Blizzard? on: January 19, 2005, 02:14:07 PM
If a game came out that was this much fun, I wouldn't care who made it.

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

Among many, many other things.
15116  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Getting to Gadgetzan on: January 19, 2005, 02:10:53 PM
Quote from: "Charlatan"
I think the odds of a level 5 making it to Gadgetzan are somewhere between slim and none. Your aggro radius would be so big you'd be unable to run through Thousand Needles. Unless you wanted to spend time dragging your corpse. Ok, so you could do it, but it would take a long time.

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

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

Blizzard thought of that trick. biggrin
15117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / VoIP - Internet Phones on: January 19, 2005, 02:07:38 PM
Quote from: "hitbyambulance"
currently i use Skype, which has great voice quality and is FREE if you know other Skype users (otherwise you pay like 2.5 cents a minute or so)

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

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

I'll stick with the free chat option for now though. I'm a cheapo like that. smile
Thanks for all the help though!
15118  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Awesome deal on a dvd rewinder...$21.99 on: January 17, 2005, 04:24:42 PM
Incase you're curious - yes, this is a gag gift. From the site:

Novelty for you or gag gift for a friend.

15119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / VoIP - Internet Phones on: January 16, 2005, 05:50:31 PM
Quote from: "disarm"
there are also free internet-based phone services that let you make PC-phone calls.  the only catch is that the person with the PC has to initiate the call.  i used to do it all the time as a way to save money on long distance calls when i was away to college.

There are? I'm unfortunately at work so I can't initiate my Google-Fu (blasted cheap connection), but I'm now really interested. Care to post a few links? smile
15120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Help with moving music to PalmOne on: January 16, 2005, 05:48:46 PM
Quote from: "Xmann"
thanks stiffler, i'll shoot you a pm.  i had no idea trying to convert songs i've already paid for isn't something you are suppose to do.

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

Copy protection is an annoyance, I know. It's also one I wish we could deal without. But times have changed, as the saying goes.
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