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15081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / WARNING: This product contains a chemical known... on: November 20, 2004, 01:13:06 PM
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"
Its probably a chemical in the plastic. We use a molding plastic at work that has those labels.

The Christmas lights I purchased to put up at work said the same thing. I think it is the plastic of some sort.
15082  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How to use AIM on the web without visiting AIM.com? on: November 20, 2004, 01:11:37 PM
As I said though - I need a browser based solution, as most software packages (I've tried Trillian and now Gush) just can't seem to get around the firewall we have up at work. Either I don't know how to configure the thing properly, or the funky way our firewall works (requiring that link I provided before) just outright stops it.

I'll give Netscape a try (had to download all the files here at home though, as once again, I couldn't get around the firewall), and I found out that MSN.com has their own web based chat service as well.

Wish me luck, as I want to be lazy. smile
15083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How to use AIM on the web without visiting AIM.com? on: November 19, 2004, 07:33:16 PM
Quote from: "happydog"
Gush uses a proxy and gateways so you can communicate with AIM, MSN and Yahoo networks. Unless they block the jabber network which it runs on.

The whole problem is that I access the internet via a firewall somewhere down the line (requires a user/pass to access), and as thus, most software programs simply won't accept the commands to bypass it.

That's why I liked AIM on the web - it was completely contained in the browser window. Nothing to download.

I'll give it a try, as well as Netscape's thingy. I haven't used Netscape in, well, a very long time. biggrin

To be exact, I have to type this in under the 'Automatic Configuration URL' field in Firefox:
http://barneyweb.kroger.com/proxy.pac
15084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Official Playstation Holiday 2004 Demo Disc Nukes Saves! on: November 19, 2004, 07:23:20 PM
Just wanted to post here and inform of you all that the 2005 Holiday edition of the Official Playstation disc WILL nuke your memory card if you play it:

http://www.consolegold.com/News/news.php?NewsID=583:

Do you have the official Playstation Underground Demo Disk for Holiday 2004? If so, remove your memory card(s) from the console before playing Viewtiful Joe 2, or else you WILL regret it. From the Gaming-Age forums:

    Everything was fine until I played the Jak 3 and VJ 2 demos on the Playstation Underground demo disk... The next time I booted up my system I went to the console to check something out and it told me that my memory card (1st party Sony) needed to be formatted.

    Great. So, the demo disk erased my memory card. It was just fine before I put it in because I checked it to see something and afterwards I checked it again to see if it put any saves on my card. That's when it told me I had to reformat. I am going to try to recreate the conditions again just to verify but just a warning to be careful.

    Update: I have been able to recreate this bug 100% of the time. It happens when you boot into the VJ2 demo and make it to at least the 2nd load point (where you get the mach FX).

According to posters, this is affecting any and all memory cards you may have inserted, no matter who made the card.
15085  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How to use AIM on the web without visiting AIM.com? on: November 19, 2004, 06:36:47 PM
I've been a lazy bum here at work over the last few months, and I've been visiting AOL.com and clicking on the idiot button to use AIM on the web (as I'm behind a firewall and that keeps Trillian and anything else I usually use from working).

Well, yesterday, AOL decided to change the AOL.com front page, and now instead you have to visit aim.com to access the 'bring up AIM on the web' feature.

Only one problem - aim.com is a blocked website.

So, in order to continue my lazy practices here at work, I need some way to either punch around/through my firewall (not likely), or I need some kind of link I can simply click on (or some sort of Javascript code like AOL used before).

Does anybody have any suggestions/tips?
15086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Possible temp sound skip fix HL2 on: November 19, 2004, 12:37:16 AM
Ripped from somewhere else:

"Getting the game to load as much of its self into memory as possible also helps a lot; to do this, right click on Half-Life 2 in steam and select properties, then click launch options, put in "-heapsize 256000" without the quote marks. For the number, choose half your total system memory, in the examples case, its for a system with 512megs ram, you should use 512000 for systems with a gig of ram."

I run a gig of RAM and I did the recommendations listed - made a HUGE difference as far as the fabled 'Loading' screen goes. And the game seems to be a bit smoother as well.
15087  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / KTHXwar on: November 18, 2004, 11:32:23 PM
Cool film. Like how you did the link, too. Freaky. biggrin
15088  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Warning: Wackiness follows on: November 18, 2004, 08:05:49 PM
Quote from: "Gratch"
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"


What.  The Fuck.  Was That.

I second that question.

What the holy hell was that? That alone makes this post deserve a NSFW link, among most other warnings I can think of.

Chalk it up to the Japanese (at least, I think that's what language this is) to make something like...this. biggrin

Here, have something funny:
http://www.thewebshite.co.uk/airport.htm
Warning - the ad up top isn't exactly work safe, but the link is funny as hell.
15089  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [CoH] Kheldian info posted on: November 18, 2004, 03:03:34 PM
If I only had a level 50 character...

DAMN you all these good games! biggrin
15090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's the truly scariest pc gaming experience you've had? on: November 18, 2004, 02:48:38 PM
System Shock 2, hands down. The one and only game that has EVER spooked me out in my gaming lifetime.

Too bad I can't get my PC to play the game anymore...
15091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game of All Time Round 5 on: November 18, 2004, 02:46:48 PM
Left:

Half-Life
Planescape: Torment

Right:

Baldur's Gate 2
Knights of the Old Republic

You voted both MOO2 AND Morrowind out? I have no life left for this thread. smile
15092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baiten Kaitos impressions? on: November 18, 2004, 02:40:25 PM
Quote from: "exGoneGolder"
Can you turn off the Voices?

According to reviews, yes, you can turn off the terrible voices.
15093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sims 2 - Warning: Do NOT download houses until this is fixed on: November 17, 2004, 10:18:14 PM
Holy shit. Talk about one hell of a goof.
15094  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / NEWEGG ROX!!! on: November 17, 2004, 01:33:59 PM
I honestly never order from anywhere else online.

If Newegg doesn't have it, I just wait.
15095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / While I wait for HL2 retail.. anything I need to do on: November 17, 2004, 01:31:00 PM
Quote from: "ROTC1983"
Nah, that securom copy protection thinks that I pirated the game so I can't play my collector's edition....I apologize that I am so jaded right now...I believe you shouldn't any problems with getting it from steam...screw VU.

The general rule of thumb - uninstall any type of CD emulation software you might have installed (Alcohol 120, Deamon Tools, etc), as most copy protection software nowadays can detect that. Or at least get the current versions. That's also why products like these update every other week, as they keep upgrading to get past those checks.
15096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime 2 Echoes? on: November 17, 2004, 01:11:40 AM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Well, I think MP2 and Metal Gear Solid 3 have flown in under the radar because of Halo 2, Half-Life 2, Everquest II and World of Warcraft (yes, I realize 3 of those are PC games, but they are rather big PC games).  Any other year if these games had come out without the behemoths they'd be getting a lot more press.

Yeah - 4 AAA titles in a single week is absurd. There's something like EIGHT this month alone.

MP2 and MGS3 are just slipping under the radar.

My first impressions of MP2 are simple - it's more of the same. And you know what? I loved the original MP so much, I really don't care. biggrin
15097  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [WoW] Potential beta character wipe....or not? on: November 14, 2004, 05:10:10 AM
Quote from: "Sam Hell"
Here is an intersting thread that was recently started by a Blizzard mod on their board concerning the transfer (or non-transfer) of beta characters to retail.

The only MMO in recent history (or history, period) that I know of that allowed people to keep their characters was Lineage 2, and that was because the majority of testers had no plans on buying the game as it was so bad. biggrin

It's not gonna happen. At best, you'll be able to transfer your beta characters (or one of them, anyway) to their official Test server. To a retail server, it's not gonna happen. It will SO break the economy, among many, many, many other things, it's not even funny.
15098  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Regarding WoW lag: A ray of hope on: November 13, 2004, 11:57:10 PM
Quote from: "RedJak"
It seems like they have found two flaws.  One is the lag generated by all the database updates for large numbers of people.  But also handling these same large numbers of people trying to log back into the game after a restart.  

Like any hugely popular MMO, the login server simply isn't meant to handle 100,000 simulatinous login attempts. biggrin

EQ has had this issue for years. I think they finally got a second server which solved most of their problems, but I'm not sure on that.
15099  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Please help me get onto XBox Live on: November 13, 2004, 11:55:19 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Alright gang, here's the situation. I'm really wanting to get onto XBox Live 'cause not only are the cool kids doing it, but I'm getting openly mocked by the rest of the CG Staff. The only way to knock that off is to bitch-slap the lot of them in a Halo 2 deathmatch. biggrin So, here's the situation in Casa de Whiteboy:

Honestly, your best situation is just to get a bunch of wire and drag it up and down every time you want to play Xbox Live. It solves any extra expense/issues/whatever with getting wireless.

It's also a lot cheaper. You're looking at least $50 just getting a wireless connection hooked up (with the risk of issues) verses $10-$15 tops for a long length of cable.

Xbox Live is $50 a year. You give Microsoft your card and they'll auto-renew you each year as well.
15100  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Regarding WoW lag: A ray of hope on: November 13, 2004, 05:26:21 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
I have terrible item / loot lag. Everything plays fine until i go to loot something or get a item from a quest..then it just sits there and I cant do anything but run around or slide around and chat in global.

From what I hear, Blizzard only has one item server. In short, whenever anybody loots, their request goes all into that server, which is outrageously overloaded right now.

There wasn't this problem in Beta or even the Stress Test. However, thanks to the Open Beta (and the 500,000 people who signed up for it), they now know the weaknesses in their system.

Blizzard knows about this and will have it fixed at launch. At least they better. smile
15101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tornado on: November 13, 2004, 02:55:06 AM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Looked fake to me. At that size it would pick them up and the dust swirling around it would put holes in them. The tent flying looked really fake like it was  on a wire at one corner.

The dust devil I saw was 4 lanes of street wide. It didn't do much but gather up a ton of dust and blow it around like a tornado.

Remember - they're nowhere nearly as powerful as a tornado. Hell - odds are, even if you walked into it, you'd only get pounded by small bits of rock and dust. Yeah, it would hurt, but it doesn't have the power to pick up your average human.

The reason that tent thing flew was because it was light and had a lot of surface for the wind to pick up (like a parachute).
15102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Halo 2? Discuss here. *SPOILER WARNING!* on: November 13, 2004, 02:48:49 AM
Quote from: "Turtle"
They did change some dialogue in cut scenes to be a bit more crude, but overall nothing.

Explain, as I know I WON'T be coming back to single player of this title after the pathethic ending.

Why is the ending so bad? Let me put it this way - it's like playing an RPG for 40 hours and getting to the boss' tower/cave/dungeon/planet of doom/etc, and finding that the main door is closed. So you turn around and just go home.

It's that bad.

All that time wasted.

It wouldn't be so annoying if the game itself wasn't so much fun and had such a deep story buried inside of it. So many things left unanswered. So many little mini-plots you need to find the answer for.

Instead, you find nothing.
15103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game of All Time Round 4 on: November 13, 2004, 12:25:02 AM
Left:

Ultima VII
Half-Life
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Planescape: Torment

Right:

Unreal Tournament 2004
Master of Orion 2
Knights of the Old Republic
Deus Ex
15104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Has anyone ever ordered from this company? on: November 12, 2004, 11:44:16 PM
Quote from: "Ascendent"
Let me know what you find out. I wouldn't mind getting into Redwall myself.

Redwall movie? It must be the TV shows that appeared on British TV not too long ago.

And to answer the original question:
http://www.resellerratings.com/

A quick check though brought up nothing, oddly enough.
15105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV Show Torrents on: November 11, 2004, 05:29:44 PM
Quote from: "howie549"
i think, speaking for some of us here, do not even know where to begin to obtain and share torrents.  if someone here could point us in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated.  

do they make a "bittorrent for dummies?"  :roll:

The whole unfortunate reason as to why you won't see any links is that the majority of people use BitTorrent to distribue things that are far from legal. Thus, any site that lists Torrents tends to violate our policy of piracy and posting links to it.
15106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Firefox 1.0 (official) released on: November 11, 2004, 02:43:42 PM
Quote from: "Gedd"
I'm still a little annoyed at how poorly FireFox handles Flash pieces.  Whether it's crazy placement effects (like over at http://pc.gamespot.com ) or just a general slowdown (particularly with scrolling), it drives me nuts.  Now whether or not that's a Flash player issue or a Mozilla issue, doesn't really matter to me...it's an issue.

Flash? What Flash?

Oh, that's right - 80% of all Flash content tend to be ads, so I don't have it loaded in Firefox. Yes, I know that Adblock could kill them, but that's an extra unnecessary step for those who don't install Flash. smile
15107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Everquest 2 - first impressions on: November 11, 2004, 06:57:02 AM
Quote from: "Scott"
- Does race really matter in this game?  I know it did in EQ, but do the 5 extra int points really make it worth playing a dark elf mage vs a human mage or another race?

Sony designed this game to allow all races to be all classes. Yes, there are stat differences, but based on my time in beta, stats made very little difference (as that +2 int item gave you a whopping 1 extra MP at level 15).

There are some exceptions though. Don't make a Troll or Ogre Mage and expect to be an awesome mage (30ish Int difference in just starting stats between low/high), but beyond that, any race can be any class.

Just watch out for those Gnome Monks. biggrin
15108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV Show Torrents on: November 11, 2004, 06:51:48 AM
Quote from: "Falator"
Is this legal?

From what I know (as I'm no lawyer), TV shows are in the gray area right now. It's basically like recording a VHS tape of the show and giving it to a friend.

However, if the show in question isn't on the air anymore, and if the show is available for purchase otherwise, the legality of the whole thing is highly questionable.
15109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tornado on: November 11, 2004, 06:48:39 AM
Quote from: "Sam Hell"
WTF was that?   :shock:

That, my friends, is a dust devil. It's pretty much like a tornado, but it tends to be much, much weaker in power.

Unlike a tornado though, it's just spawned out of a turbulant bit of wind, so they can't be predicted at all. Pretty common occurance to see in places like Arizona and the like.

Then again, that one was nothing. I saw one that stopped traffic on one of the major streets here in AZ - the dust devil was as wide as 4 lanes of the road. People on both sides just stopped as it slowly rumbled on by.
15110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Everquest 2 - first impressions on: November 09, 2004, 06:51:49 PM
Quote from: "angrycoder"
Overall last night was a perfectly smooth experience. A great first day for an MMORPG. No sign up problems, no patching problems, no crashing, no lag. I am sure a lot of this had to do with the fact that the game was released in such limited quantities yesterday. Hopefully It won't be a complete disaster when I try to login tonight.

Out of curiosity, if you head back down the dock from where you 'spawn' on the island, you'll find a bell. If you Right Click on it, you can bring up an option to travel to another Island zone.

What's the highest number you can choose from? And, in addition, when you first zone into the Island, you'll see 'Island of (forgot name) X', where X is the instance that you're currently on. I think it's also on the map as well.

I'm trying to get an unofficial figure as to how many players are playing on prime time, incase you're asking, as I decided not to pick up this game based on my latter experiences in beta. smile
15111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WoW - FREE Open Beta date announced on: November 09, 2004, 12:13:35 AM
Quote from: "Rage"
LOL sorry guys. Looks like Blizzard's completely FUBAR'ed handling of stress tests and open beta continues.

Launch scares me. In fact, I might just wait till tuesday.

Let me put it this way - MILLIONS of people want to try this game for absolutely free, easily. There's no way in hell Blizzard could even think of preparing for that kind of server slam.

I just hope they have enough servers ready for release...
15112  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / slow forum on: November 08, 2004, 11:46:21 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote
Slow for me too. I am sure Ron knows and is working on it.

Finally nailed this one down.  A pair of core routers of AT&T's went down late last night causing some severe routing latency.  Apparently some folks felt it for a lot of sites whereas some folks only felt it on things that are more bandwidth intensive (database run items).  All makey fixey now though from what I've seen.  Anyone seeing residual effects?
It's nice and fast now for me. Give it a bit of time for the internet to reroute itself or something (or for people to stop downloading the WoW beta smile ).
15113  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Last-minute pre-order... EQ2 or WoW? on: November 08, 2004, 02:24:12 PM
Quote from: "Toe"
Check out the changes to female platemail armor that come down in this last patch. Looks cool eh?

http://img116.exs.cx/img116/2355/1236.jpg

Seriously though, wtf were they thinking?

*jaw drops*

And that's supposed to protect you, how?

Personally though, I love the expression on the Dwarf's face that's right behind her... biggrin
15114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / diablo....in wow?! yes! on: November 08, 2004, 02:20:00 PM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
So is it confirmed that you won't be able to train these pets to attack or anything?  I would love to have one of those little guys following me around, but if he takes the place of my regular pet as a hunter and doesn't do anything then he's completely useless.

These are just like the cats, hawks, and other beasties you can buy to have follow you around and generally look cute.

Makes me glad I have the Collector's Edition reserved now... biggrin
15115  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / EQ2 Server Choice on: November 08, 2004, 02:18:18 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
Antonia Bayle ( I believe that is the name) is the roleplaying preferred server.  My guild is voting currently as to which server we are going to, hoping to end up on the rp preferred server.

I can't believe they finally marked one as 'roleplaying prefered'. Throughout beta they pretty much ignored any and all requests by us testers to put up a roleplaying server.

I wonder if they caved in and increased the 4 player per account limit...
15116  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Strategy Guide: Yea or Nae? on: November 08, 2004, 05:44:00 AM
Quote from: "Rage"
Thotbott has everything you could ever want to know.

Got a link to Thotbott? I've used it before in my beta testing, and I found it to be an absolutely fantastic little addon program to WoW.
15117  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Tuner card advice on: November 08, 2004, 05:41:58 AM
Quote from: "Floyd Walker"
If you don't want to bust open your case to install one, look at  http://www.hauppage.com/pages/products/data_usbfm.asp . It's what I've been using for a while now, and I'm quite happy with it.

Keep in mind that recording performance (recording TV programs) will be extremely poor with this product due to the slow speeds of the USB 1 standard. Notice the fine print of 'Note: video performance when using USB 1.1 or 2.0 is the same.'.

Pick up the USB2 version instead (http://www.hauppage.com/pages/products/data_usb2.asp) if your PC can handle it if you're not interested in opening her up.

On the flip side, I've used a Hauppage card (one of their really older products) for a long time and it works great.

One thing to keep in mind though - if you intend to do any kind of recording, make sure that you can record in RAW AVI mode. You need a card that does NOT do MPEG compression on the fly.

Why? Well, the image that you'll see on your screen will lag behind what's actually being seen by about 2-3 seconds as the image is being compressed on the fly behind your back (and odds are you can't turn it off). Why is this important? If you intend to record something under your control (say, a video game or something), it'll be impossible, as you can't play anything with that kind of video lag.
15118  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Last-minute pre-order... EQ2 or WoW? on: November 08, 2004, 05:35:22 AM
Quote from: "Arkon"
Hopefully this thread can stay civil and not break out a war as many of your criteria are very opinion based.

Of course our opinion is just that - our opinion. I have no problem reading other's opinions, even if they're different than my own.

And I agree with Valhuerdi - WoW's open beta starts tomorrow, so barring a sudden crash of the internet or something, go give it a try absolutely free.
15119  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / slow forum on: November 08, 2004, 02:01:10 AM
Quote from: "th'FOOL"
I've actually notice a general sluggishness with various sites- this one included.  I don't think it's isolated.

I think it's because WoW is going into open beta tomorrow.

That, and EQ2 should show up as well.

The internet is groaning with the absurd amount of bandwith both games will be occupying from here on out. biggrin
15120  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Last-minute pre-order... EQ2 or WoW? on: November 08, 2004, 01:57:03 AM
Quote from: "jpinard"
* Immersion.  I really want to feel like I'm in another place.
* Detail.  Want to have the new cool items I get, look great too and be worth the time and effort.
* Low grind value.  I don't want to have to put a bazillion hours into the game to have fun.
* I like to solo 90% of the time.
* I did like Dark Age of Camelot quite a bit (except the long travel times).
* I like City of Heroes, but once I got t level 32 I stopped playing though I still have my account.

Having betaed both EQ2 and WoW, let me answer these questions as to who I think wins and give an answer as to why:

Immersion - WoW. EQ2 looks too real while the cartoony look really draws you into their world.

Detail - Tie. EQ2's amazing player models are fantastic to look at if you have the system, and some of the stuff I've seen is great. WoW stays away from the details, but still looks fantastic in its own rights.

Low Grind Value - WoW by a landslide. The game just doesn't feel like a grind at all with how they've designed their zones and quest system. Some would say it's too easy of a MMO as a result, but I'm not complaining.

Soloability - WoW dumps a mountain on EQ2 as it buries it so much. Once again, with WoW so easy, every class is capable of soloing without pretty much any problems. The loads of zones allows you to simply visit somewhere else if you want different mobs and a different challenge. Each zone is also based around a set level, but each starting 'land' tends to have their own set path you can follow upon.

EQ2 allows you to solo, somewhat, but comeon - this game is the sequel to the game that required the 'holy trinity' just to get ANYWHERE in the upper levels of the game. Unless you were a Bard or Necro, soloing was so slow and painful you didn't want to do it. I have to say though that EQ2 is better than EQ was in the soloability aspect, but it's nowhere near WoW.
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