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15201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / More SOE BS on: October 27, 2004, 03:33:45 PM
BTW - us beta testers are fighting tooth and nail to get that 'overall character number' up to 8. I doubt it'll happen, but...

And as far as FFXI went - the reason that one character was enough was that you could change that character into any of the classes you wanted to at any time. In EQ2, you can't do that.

The group death penality is nothing to worry about. Basically it gives you a reason to keep everyone alive in combat. It's no longer 'every man for himself' when things go bad.
15202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Champions of Norrath 'black screen of death' problem on: October 27, 2004, 03:27:52 PM
The whole problem is that CoN is a dual-layer DVD, one of like 3 titles in the entire PS2 lineup that does so.

And, as your PS2 wears down, the first thing to do is this ability. Personally, I had to open up my 'bought at launch' PS2 and clean/adjust the thing in order for CoH to even work. Odds are you might have to do so as well.
15203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 1 Part 2 on: October 26, 2004, 07:26:12 PM
Freespace 2
Unreal Tournament 2004
Crusader: No Remorse
Baldur's Gate 2
The Longest Journey
System Shock 2
Diablo 2
Gothic 2
Master of Orion 2
Star Control 2
Thief 2
Wizardry 8
Rollercoaster Tycoon
Baldur's Gate
Command & Conquer Red Alert 2
Full Throttle
The Secret of Monkey Island
Gabriel Knight 2
Deus Ex
Star Wars: Tie Fighter
Master of Orion
Master of Magic
Starsiege: Tribes
Alpha Centauri

And since I didn't vote before, I choose Wing Commander. Gotta watch this forum more often...
15204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life2 to require internet connection on: October 26, 2004, 05:10:55 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
Quote from: "warning"
I'm going to send this over to Road to Gold as HL2 has not yet been released.

how about posting it on the frontpage too? slywink

Huh, what? biggrin

Thanks for the find, though.
15205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA: Couple of oldies but goodies released next week on: October 26, 2004, 05:02:48 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
I completely agree.  I loved Simon's Quest (still remember the commercial with the box beating like a heart).  Unfortunately Simon's Quest seems to be the black sheep of the Castlevania family something I didn't know back then since I didn't have the internet to tell me what to think.

Yeah, Simon's Quest (rebuild Dracula like Operation so you can kick his ass again) was the black sheep of the series, but it was also a great game because of it.

So many NES greats Nintendo could bring over to their GBA...
15206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN: San Andreas is the best PlayStation 2 game ever made on: October 26, 2004, 04:57:16 PM
Quote from: "\/\/olverine"
I was thinking that too, 9.9 is pretty much perfection, and the graphics alone would have to drag the score down half a point I would think. Once again, IGN wimps out to give way to the pay.

McGriddles, anyone? biggrin

No game is truly perfect. Is GTA:SA an excellent game? Yes. Is it the best game ever? That can truly be debated.
15207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Now THAT's a cool controller on: October 26, 2004, 03:35:46 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Just to be sure- this controller is not intended for the US market.  Its for the Japanese release of Dragon's Quest 8.  The DQ series is so popular in Japan there is no-shit law that DQ games are only allowed to be released on public holidays or Sundays due to the widespread work and school skippings.  

The slime from the DQ series is probably one of the more famous monsters in any RPG series.

He's right about the Dragon Quest law.

But that controller...

That's just so...fucked up. I want one! biggrin
15208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EQ2 bumped to a Nov 8th release? on: October 25, 2004, 11:15:55 PM
Quote from: "Falator"
Mounts solely between towns or set locations is stupid. They should have copied ultima online and allowed mounts any time (note: having real mounts is such a general idea that you really can't say it is copying)

Both titles allow you to purchase a mount for general riding. You can use them in dungeons (obviously), but when wandering around the 'overworld', they're used to get from point A to point B much faster and safer.

However, the mounts that only travel to certain points are nice in their own way, as you can use them early on when you have little funds and levels.
15209  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Evil Genius $29.90 at GoGamer on: October 24, 2004, 08:53:20 PM
Quote from: "Smoove_B"
And I see Leisure Suit Larry has dropped ANOTHER $10 - now $19.99.

Well, the 'special uber nude edition' is due out in a matter of weeks, so they're trying to dump this game while they can.

Or something.

Nice price on Evil Genius though.
15210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EQ2 bumped to a Nov 8th release? on: October 24, 2004, 08:47:38 PM
Quote from: "YellowKing"
If you actually sit down and play EQ2 and give it a fair shake but still don't like it, then I can respect that. I don't respect people who go into the game already determined to hate it.

Personally, this is the biggest 'issue' that Sony has to overcome with this, or any, MMO they release - their not-so-wonderful past with EQ1 and SWG.

Hell - their inepitude with Star Wars Galaxies alone is enough to make people swear to never buy another Sony MMO again.

But, as the saying goes - I like giving everybody a fair chance. Especially when I get into the two biggest MMO launches this year for free. smile
15211  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / awesome deal on a Dell 8400 desktop [ends 10/25 11pm CST] on: October 24, 2004, 07:01:10 PM
Holy cow. It's worth it just for the 19' LCD practically.

The rest of the stuff is just the icing on the cake.

I could always use a second PC... biggrin
15212  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why? Because you aren't geeky enough without.. on: October 24, 2004, 06:56:07 PM
Quote from: "Zekester"

Old news. I've seen these things (well, not the joystick anyway) for sale at Gamestop for months. biggrin

Still worth a few laughs at work though. Love the shirt.
15213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What if Half-life 2 uses Starforce? on: October 24, 2004, 06:44:35 PM
Quote from: "Clanwolfer"
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
What if you don't have the internet?  How do you register/play HL2?  Are they going to have a 800 number to call ala Microsoft?

You don't.  I expect 'working Internet connection' will be in the requirements on the box.  It'll probably piss a lot of people off, but that's the risk they run.

It'll be 'gotten around' within the first day, if not sooner, methinks.
15214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / exploring in WoW & EQ2 on: October 24, 2004, 12:17:38 AM
In EQ2, you start off in one of two very different cities, depending on your allignment.

Qeynos is the good city. Everything is beautiful, everybody knows your name, and life is like out of a Disney movie. You'll also find a mini-home of the 'good' races of EQ1 there in each of the city zones. The nearby zones (and dungeons) are also more of the same pretty vistas.

Freeport is the evil city. Everything is dank and dark, the people call you worthless scum, and if you looked up evil in the dictionary, you'd find a picture of this place. The nearby zones show the same dark outlook on life as well.

If you have a high-end PC and video card, you'll find some amazing looking realistic vistas in EQ2. While WoW went for a more 'cartoony' look (but don't get me wrong - I still loved how WoW look), I prefer the realistic looking lands of EQ2.

Also, that 5-10 hour a week limit would be enough for either game. Both titles aren't geared (at least based on what I've seen) for long, drawn out dungeon crawls. Yes, you can spend some time in the dungeons, but there's always an exit somewhere nearby. Now, I haven't played either beta to high levels, so I don't know what the end-game is like, but both titles are nothing like EQ1's slow-paced gameplay.
15215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EQ2 bumped to a Nov 8th release? on: October 24, 2004, 12:05:56 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
On your preorder?  I'm so dissapointed.....

Ron, you know my standpoint on EQ2 verses WoW. Both really are great games, but I'm prefering the 'hardcoreness' of EQ2 verses what WoW has to offer.

Call me crazy or something. Actually, you already call me crazy. smile
15216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EQ2 bumped to a Nov 8th release? on: October 23, 2004, 09:18:41 PM
Quote from: "olaf"
It would seem strange to move the date up a week this close to the original date if it wasnt based on publisher info.  Gamestop changed their date as well.

Well, that's the other side of the coin. Retailers like EB tend to get their information from somewhere, and more often than not, they're right.

Is EQ2 ready for release? Based on what I'm playing right now, I'd be ready to pay to play it as long as some of the main issues (lag and overcrowding related problems for the most part - both of which would be solved by more servers) are fixed.

That and there's some issue of an overcute dragon on my preorder that suddenly really drew my attention...
15217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / An extremely detailed preview of EQ2 on: October 23, 2004, 07:39:30 PM
Quote from: "YellowKing"
It's also a strategic decision - do I take the time to cast Create Food (and burn the mana) to complete the wheel, or do I just nuke the guy? The wheel was designed to have trade-offs, not be a side effect of casting every offensive spell you would have cast anyway.

The HO (Heroic Opportunity) wheel is very...strange. But it's amazingly effective as well.

Let me describe the one that I see:

I'm in a group of three (myself and two friends who happen to be in the Beta as well). We consist of a Fighter (Crusader to be exact), Priest (Shaman), and Mage (Wizard).

When the Fighter pulls (arrow, taunt ability, etc), he opens with a Kick (does damage). That move starts off the HO chain, which gives us 4 different options to spread out the chain.

The Priest continues with the Smite ability (also does damage), which continues the HO chain. It still hasn't 'locked' in yet, so any miscast here will cancel the whole thing. Now there's another (and only one) ability available to continue the chain with.

Then the Mage casts Lightning (also does damage), and that finishes off the start of the HO wheel. Now it's 'locked' in, which means that it becomes a timed event. Once we all cast the spells associated with the chain, the HO will fire off.

I've seen a common HO wheel (Fighter does a damage move, mage casts a damage spell, and the Priest casts regen), which then completes to do a bonus damage of about all three of us hitting the mob with another damage spell (combined), or a more rare one (two buffs and a damage from the mage), which tends to do a bit weaker damage as a result, but also buffs or heals the entire party.

The HO system is complicated, but VERY rewarding for those more difficult encounters.  Odds are though that unless you're with a good team leader (or have a good set group like I have), you won't be pulling it off consistantly.

One thing to keep in mind though - you can still pull off this combo solo. Some classes have it a bit easier than others, but all classes can do solo HOs.

Personally though, I've never seen a HO that requires things like Create Food in order to complete though. Normally they're useful things like buffs or the Taunt ability of the Warrior. Things that you'd use in the course of battle, but not things you'd always use.
15218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EQ2 bumped to a Nov 8th release? on: October 23, 2004, 07:19:47 PM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
I'd say that thread was locked because they wanted to make an official surprise announcement or something.

Based on what I'm reading in the beta forums (open only to beta players), it's just being locked as Sony simply isn't confirming the date. Therefore it's mistruth, therefore it's locked. smile
15219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Stoked for Star Ocean on: October 23, 2004, 07:10:39 PM
Quote from: "vagabond"
LE's complaints are all valid, also the game cheats and deliberately breaks the gauge if you use your character to fight. Thus you must either not fight at all if you want the gauge up which isn't too fun or you fight without the gauge, which kinda eliminates the purpose of it in the first place.  So you end up avoiding battle which also sucks because you can't just sit there and watch them fight because the AI will nearly always give chase to your character forcing you to spend every battle running around in circles. Not fun at all.

Now, I always actually fought in battles, and I never had any real problems of the gague breaking short of boss fights. Yes, there were some cheap instances of the enemies getting through my guard, but beyond that, I had little problem (short of the end areas, anyway) getting the bonus gague up and running. 10-15 battles without a break were pretty common for me.
15220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Stoked for Star Ocean on: October 23, 2004, 01:47:15 AM
Quote from: "jersoc"
I think its awesome. Great story with some cool twists later on. It starts off a little slow, but towards the end of the first disc things pick up and get really interesting. I have put about 40 or so hours into the game and still have a ways to go. I just wish the team mates AI wasn't so dumb during combat. Otherwise I have no real complaints against it.

Like jersoc, I loved the game. In fact, I reviewed it over here. biggrin

It had a fun combat system (with dumb AI, unfortunately), a great story (and one mother of a twist), 50-60 hours of gameplay (can extend that into 100+ EASILY if you want to do everything), and had a great musical soundtrack.

Devote some time to this game - you'll find it worth your time.
15221  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Zonealarm ate my internet... AND explorer.exe on: October 21, 2004, 01:30:45 PM
Personally, ever since I got my router, I disabled Zonealarm for good. It caused more and more hassles the more things I did with it.

Just keep WinXP updated, don't use IE (to prevent things auto-installing via their 'features), and run Adaware/Spybot every month or so, and most people have absolutely nothing to worry about.
15222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone playing the Dungeon Lords Beta? on: October 21, 2004, 01:28:21 PM
After taking a quick visit to the official site (as I want to play this too), I've come to the conclusion that nobody is beta testing it right now. Nobody has even said 'yes, I'm playing, but I can't talk about it'.

And the demo (which was supposed to be out in September) still isn't out.
15223  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Buy a new computer or upgrade what I have? on: October 20, 2004, 10:41:47 PM
Quote from: "spatzi"
I heard this from various tech people in computer stores. xp is supposed to be much more cpu intensive, resource hog, etc. So you're saying that if you had a choice with a new OS install that is going to be primarily for gaming from HL2 and onward for the next 2 years, install XP?

There are exactly two OS's you should choose between when building a computer system (especially if you want to play any games):

Windows 98 and Windows XP.

And Windoes 98 isn't supported by Microsoft (or pretty much anybody, for that matter) anymore, so the choice is pretty easy.
15224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ultima IV: The Little Shepherd starring Sausalito on: October 20, 2004, 05:43:08 PM
This was absolutely a riot to read through. Very good job.

Lawfirm of Sausalito, Jaana, and Tubbs indeed. biggrin
15225  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / No Contact Information on: October 20, 2004, 02:16:57 AM
We've found out that @hotmail and @yahoo (and a few other 'freebie' mail sites) simply toss our e-mail confirmation into the trash, thinking it's an automated spam message.

But, yes, there is no true way to contact us short of just stumbling upon our e-mail addresses that I know of. We used to have an 'about us' section that went by the wayside when the site was redesigned.
15226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: Countdown to November 16 on: October 19, 2004, 10:14:09 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
Heh, I actually thought of something like this. A little java button would be cool. but we'd need two, one for Halo 2, and one for Half Life 2. Heck I guess we'd need one for San Andreas as well smile

What about Metroid Prime 2? Or Everquest 2? Or Worlds or Warcraft?

Too many games coming out to play...
15227  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Dell $750 off $1500+ laptop purchase on: October 19, 2004, 05:57:19 PM
Quote from: "Simon"
Is it me or is the 9100 no longer on there?

I was thinking about getting a second laptop for myself in the New Year and was looking at the 8600 since it's more portable but plenty powerful to run stuff. This is definitely a very tempting deal.

Hey... The 9100 vanished.

That's the perfect combo between speed/power and cost.

15228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EQ 2 Beta - am I being paranoid? on: October 19, 2004, 04:42:07 PM
Quote from: "Animus"
I don't think we're talking about voiceovers when you engage an NPC in conversation. In nearly every beta post or journal I've read they say it's the random ones that test the nerves. Stuff like 'if I hear "Qeynos is a shining beacon of light!' or 'Come and browse the finest wares in Qeynos!" again I'm throwing my computer out the window.'

Yes, I do have to admit that the locals do chatter a bit as you run by, but it's not as bad as they make it out to be.

But, yes, some NPCs have the amazing ability to be very clearly heard through the most solid of objects.
15229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PR - XBOX] "Halo 2" Makes Entertainment History on: October 19, 2004, 04:36:54 PM
*rips the PR and posts it* biggrin

Still, it's amazing how well this game has presold, no? That's a LOT of Halo 2 games floating around.
15230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA: SA - What Rockstar Doesn't Want You To Know on: October 19, 2004, 04:34:10 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
I don't know what happened to the pic. Rockstar probabily had it removed from whoever was hosting it, cause it was a big red X this morning.

I was wondering, as to my knowledge, we here at CG didn't do anything to it.

I did save it though. Maybe if you ask real nice, I can boost it onto my local Cox account... biggrin
15231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX-HDTV help needed on: October 19, 2004, 04:32:56 PM
Quote from: "Punisher"
When I hook everything up, I get a spit screen effect where the screen splits in 2 and both side are duplicates I can see the whole screen on each side, just smooshed....

Any ideas what the problem could be?

That funky display means that while your console is outputting a 480p (or higher) signal, your TV is currently on standard resolution. Find an option somewhere to change it to a higher signal resolution. On my TV is marked as DTV, or something like that.
15232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Medal gear Solid 3 on: October 19, 2004, 04:31:05 PM
Quote from: "ElijahPrice"
Why is this a sub-par MGS?  Is that from playing the demo?

Because after MGS2 (which I for the most part enjoyed until the absolute stinker of a last hour or so), I don't have much hope for the sequel.

That and the general gameplay is just...overdone, in my opinion.

And there's too damn many other games coming out that are guarenteed AAA titles during that month. Maybe come next year I'll pick it up.
15233  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday 10-19 on: October 19, 2004, 12:48:48 PM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
GODZILLA 7 DVD Anniversary Collection, bitches!!!

Oh no, it is Godzilla!!!

*mouth continues to move and makes words not matching what he's saying at all*

Sorry, running gag around the household. smile
15234  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars...SPOILERS! on: October 19, 2004, 12:46:59 PM
Quote from: "Jason Donati"
We never saw him die, so I prefer to believe D'argo lived and somehow his way off the planet in enough time. (Just like I prefer to believe Zhaan somehow survived being dissembled by a wormhole.  Cool)

Zhaan ruled. She was the common, logical sense that the team so needed most of the time.

Without her though, things became a bit more...interesting. smile
15235  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars...SPOILERS! on: October 19, 2004, 06:06:05 AM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Sure puts anything George Lucas does to shame.

George Lucas could only hope in his wildest dreams to make anything even remotely close to the pure brillance of this show.

Notice the little thing near the end when Crichton asks Aeryn if its all worth it, and what peace is worth. Right when Crichton walks off to his Wormhole of Mass Destruction, you can see a moment's realization on Aeryn's face. She knows what will happen to Crichton when he uses his machine.

It's the little things like that that just make this show seem so real, so amazing.

Damn you Sci-Fi.

Edit: As far as Dargo goes...well, let's put it this way - Superhero/villian rule number one: If you don't actually see the person die onscreen, then one can assume that they truly aren't dead. smile
15236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some very interesting WoW and EQ2 reads on: October 18, 2004, 06:40:35 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Hm... I know the whole collection-of-islands thing matches with EQ2's storyline, but I dunno, it sounds a little... modular.  Pre-PoP Everquest was sort of fun because when it came to travel, you got first-hand experience on how big the world actually was.

You know, if you really want to travel from zone to zone, each zone does have a normal 'exit' in them for EQ2. If you want to travel the world, you can. smile

I'm still debating though which method of travel is better though. I also wasn't in EQ when PoP came out, so I was used to running (as a Bard) all over the place.
15237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Medal gear Solid 3 on: October 18, 2004, 06:20:35 PM
Quote from: "ElijahPrice"
Anyone else psyched to hear this release in November?

Not at all.

Between Halo 2, Metroid Prime 2, Half Life 2, WoW, EQ2, and a few more games I can't think of, my November is full for what looks to be a sub-par Medal Gear game.

Wait... Medal Gear? Whoops. smile
15238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EverQuest 2 NDA Lifted on: October 18, 2004, 12:58:43 PM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
I have a real pet peeve with limited character customization (especially in an MMOG with tons of other players!) and was just wondering if anybody could elaborate on how few EQ2 has?

EQ2 has a ton of facial edits and such. In short, each part of the face (eye tilt, cheek length, nose tilt, eye color, etc) has a slider to scale up and down on. While some designs look utterly freaky, most turn out to make a very realistic looking face in the end.

In addition, you have about 8-10 (depending on race) hairstyle/head accessories to choose from (including none at all).

Because of the sliders and the adjustments, odds are that you'll never encounter anybody who has the exact same face as you do.

I hear it's like SWG, but don't quote me on that as I never played that dredge of a game short of some Beta time (where me, and everybody else, said that it wasn't ready for launch).
15239  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Turtle Beach sound cards on: October 18, 2004, 12:54:09 PM
Quote from: "egrudzin"
Have you tried upgrading your drivers for the Live?  I know Creative has released a bunch of updates over the years for those cards.  Perhaps you are playing newer games that require the newer drivers?  I doubt this will help but it's worth a shot if you haven't done so already.

To my knowledge, Creative updated their drivers ONCE for the Live line of cards - and that was when WinXP itself came out.

It's reasons like that that made me rip out my card in disgust and use my onboard sound from there on out.

Turtle Beach made a nice line of cards. If it's still good is another matter. I'm guessing yes though, personally.
15240  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars...SPOILERS! on: October 18, 2004, 12:49:21 PM
Quote from: "Ranulf"
Was it me or did Pilot's voice sound different?

Yes, it, for some reason. Who knows - maybe they couldn't get the same voice actor back for some reason or another.

While the show was outstanding (as pretty much always), one thing that always bugged me was the characters' ability to live in outer space in the sub-zero vaccuum that it is. I realize that there's some basis of fact buried in there somewhere, but it has always irked me.

And Earth is once again somehow involved in the grand scheme of things in this part of the galaxy (the whole Peacekeeper thing). Interesting...

So, how is this story going to turn out? I can't wait until tonight.

All I want to know is this - where can I buy the DVD of this? smile
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