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15201  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Your PvP Encounters on: December 04, 2004, 05:42:09 PM
So, I'm wondering if any of you out there have gotten yourself into and PvP action on World of Warcraft. While I personally play on a PvE server (Tenris, I think it is, in MST), I ended up with a very quick PvP battle almost accidently.

I was over in the Stonetalon Mountains with my then level 24 Night Elf Hunter. I had just picked up the 'A Gnome's Respite' quest, in which I was going to help stop the deforestation of the surrounding areas.

Little did I realize that I was in technically a contested zone (where both sides travel).

I was looking over the ruined forests, getting myself ready for my next move, when I suddenly notice that the Night Elf guard for the quest giver was being attacked by a Tauren Druid. The Druid (24 as well if I remember right), obviously didn't see me, or else he wouldn't of attacked.

I waited a moment to see if the guard needed help (which she did), and then wasted no time in letting rip with my cat and my arrows. To say that it was a short fight (between myself, my cat, and the guard all whailing on him), was an understatement.

And then I found myself in a panic as I realized that I was in PvP mode for the next five minutes.

During that time I had a Troll Priest run up and give me a second glance, but realized that he wouldn't of had much of a chance in battle. I was more worried in finding the Druid again, but I got away lucky in the end as my PvP wore off.

So, anybody else here done any PvP combat yet? I almost feel like wandering abroad and seeing what else I can get myself into. It was fun.
15202  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Q&A, Hints and Tips, Etc. on: December 04, 2004, 05:14:42 PM
If your starting city is either Stormwind or Ironforge, to get to the other you have two options available for you right from the getgo:

1) Take the Tram. You can find it either off the Dwarven part of Stormwind (look for a tunnel covered with sparkles and rotating in place) or from the Gnome section of Ironforge (look for the same thing).

2) Take the Gryffin. You'll find it off the Trade District in Stormwind and in the very center of Ironforge. It costs 50c and is a bit longer to take, but you can step away from the keyboard if you need to do something else for a few minutes.
15203  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW custom interfaces on: December 04, 2004, 05:07:19 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
One feature I would *love* is if you could "lock" the toolbars. I've died too many times because I dragged my spell out of the tool bar rather than actually casting it.

Ive done this with spells and attacks...I have to open up my stuff and recreat the hotkey button during a fight..not fun...usually its due to lag.

Cosmos has that feature (at least mine does). In the very lower left corner of the screen (just to the left of the very first power) is a small little box you can check. This locks all spells/abilities in the many taskbars so they can't be moved anymore.

And as far as Cosmos being bloated - well, I only have 1/3 of Cosmos actually enabled. Yes, most of it is just a bloated mess, but you can easily turn it off with the dozens of configuration options.
15204  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Happy Birthday Stiffler! on: December 04, 2004, 04:49:23 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
I turned 27 today, which by my math means I am 3/4 of the way to 30.

It's been a great day.  Even though I had to work, I realized that I got to spend the day in my classroom, surrounded by my students, fulfilling my dreams and doing what I love.

I sure hope you don't teach math.  :wink:
15205  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Finally Friday on: December 04, 2004, 04:48:11 PM
Well, my weekend is Wednesday and Thursday, so I'll be spending the technical weekend at work.

When I'm bored at work, I'll be posting about how I love World of Warcraft.

When I'm off of work, I'll be playing World of Warcraft.

No, I'm not addicted at all. biggrin
15206  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / just sold my PS2 on ebay -- awesome ending! on: December 03, 2004, 08:23:27 PM
Quote from: "Zekester"
 Wing Commander Kilrathi Saga

What made this so special?

Was it an add-on for Wing Commander?

From what I know (and this is coming from a pure Wing Commander geek here), that the Kilrathi Saga was nothing more than the first three Wing Commander games, modified so they'd run natively under Windows 95 (and thus WinXP). These games (especially 2 and 3) are an utter bitch to get running under XP.

And they're such great games, too. I still own the original box, manual, and schematic posters from the games. Might put them up on my walls one year to show my geekdom. biggrin
15207  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW custom interfaces on: December 02, 2004, 11:44:30 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Seems to be a bug..i have one with prices showing up..they show for an instant then are goneand i have to move my mouse away then back over the item to see what the store is offering.

What makes no sense is that I have this issue with one of my characters, yet I don't on the other. Same account, same server, same settings (as far as I can figure).

I'm guessing one of Cosmos' options is causing it, but I can't tell. I have that UI and two from another - LootLink and MobHealth. LootLink keeps a running database of all the items you see on other people/yourself (collected by just clicking on a person), and MobHealth attempts to estimate, well, mob's health in numerical format. Both are great addons that I love having around.
15208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game of All Time Round 6 on: November 30, 2004, 05:25:07 PM
Planescape: Torment

Baldur's Gate II

What can I say - I'm a Bioware fan in the end. biggrin
15209  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Hunter Pet Stats on: November 30, 2004, 05:19:27 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
I freaking love the hunter class, and especially have gotten extremely attached to my animal companion, Kitana.  She is a Moonstalker Nightsabre cat from the Elven lands.  I take her to the Dwarven Lands alot, where her black coat really stands out.  

Oddly enough, I took one of the Dwarven White Cheetah's into the Night Elf lands. Artax's white coat really stands out in the greenery of the Elves. smile

I also get the occasional emotes aimed at my Panda pet I got from my CE edition. All the thing does is run around and sleep (right at my feet when I'm in a life and death situation, mind you), but people seem to love it.

That and the Diablo pet. Can't imagine why...
15210  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Is WoW worth it as it is right now? on: November 30, 2004, 05:15:27 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
I've really been digging my hunter.  You get decent melee, good distance damage (guns or bows with special attacks) and your own personal tank in pet form!  I also enjoyed playing a paladin back in beta, so that might be a worthwhile choice as a healer character.

The hunter is awesome.  With my pet it's like two, two, two characters in one.

I third the hunter comment. Me and Artax (white cheetah wolf from the Dwarven lands, and I'm a Night Elf) rock the lands as the perfect duo. I hit level 20 recently, and I see no signs of stopping my solo campaign on my off time with my set gruop.
15211  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / World of Warcraft Impressions on: November 30, 2004, 05:04:14 PM
Quote from: "leo8877"
I just want to play all the time!!!  biggrin

Yes, so do I...

Damned job. I wanna go home...

"Hi, my name is Tim, and I'm utterly and totally addicted to World of Warcraft." biggrin
15212  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why the hell would you take this stuff? on: November 30, 2004, 04:58:07 PM
Why I absolutely hate drug ads on TV.

*some people dance around all happily and crap while 10 different 'this drug may cause this and this and this' are said in the background*

Just my side of things as I'm a pharmacy tech.
15213  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Is WoW worth it as it is right now? on: November 29, 2004, 06:50:51 PM
WoW is worth every penny and every minute of your time, IMHO. Just don't pick one of the busiest servers (as they're having issues with occasional lag and queues to get into the game itself), and you'll have the best time you've ever had with a MMO.

Heck - this game was nearly complete 3 months ago when it was still in closed beta. And it rocked then.
15214  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "Honey I'm on Do you want some pot?" on: November 29, 2004, 06:45:08 PM
Quote from: "Balshazaar"
They have something wacky with their search engine. Check this out.


For the hell of it, I searched simply for Marijuana at Target, and ended up with a whopping 500 entries. Some of the primary results are kinda scary, too.
15215  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / World of Warcraft Impressions on: November 29, 2004, 05:04:47 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
Falator - if you're reading, I have a question for you.  My NE Hunter just turned 12th, and her leatherworking is up to about 55 or so.  Do you find that as you level up your leatherworking, you are making things that you can actually wear, or does stuff you find/buy outdue what you can make?

In my relatively quiet server (Tenris or something on Mountain), I personally wear just about everything I craft as a Leatherworker (skill of 105 right now and I'm a level 18 Hunter). I've found a few +AGI pieces of clothing as well that I've crafted, which really helps the damage.

And as I've posted before (and on my Daily Wrap), WoW is like crack. If it wasn't for my job, I'd be playing far, far more.
15216  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Hunter Pet Stats on: November 29, 2004, 05:02:34 PM
I love my Hunter pet. I love the whole class in general. The pet makes for an amazing tank (using the Cat class with Growl and Claw), and once the pet gets aggro, it takes nearly an act of God (or my aggro drawing arrow) to get it off.

And I do some obscene damage, too.

Now, if I wasn't at work, I'd be playing... Damned job.
15217  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Help with processor on: November 27, 2004, 08:14:02 PM
Quote from: "Raven VII"
You do know that the '3200' in Athlon XP 3200 doesn't stand for it's MHz, but for it's performance as compared to a P4... right?

I thought about saying that as a response as well, but then I looked up my processor according to WinXP:

Mobile AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3200+
1.60 GHz.

So my 3200+ processor is truly a 1.6ghz at its core. A 2.2ghz would be in the 4000+ range, no?

As for the question, I don't have a good answer at all, unfortunately.
15218  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / World of Warcraft box art poll on: November 26, 2004, 05:25:37 PM
Quote from: "Sudy Nym"
Quote from: "AgtFox"
What about those with the Collector's Edition?

We don't like you because your pets clutter up the gameworld. ;P

Hey! I love my panda pet! Even though all the little thing does is sleep all the time... biggrin
15219  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Server Choice Question on: November 26, 2004, 05:24:28 PM
Quote from: "leo8877"
Another question for you guys.  I live on the West Coast, so I would normally play on a Pacific Time Zone server.  I see that all of the guilds talking here are on Central time servers.  If I were to create a character there, would I have terrible lag?

All it is is the time zone that the servers are based on, and what clock they run by. In short - most people in that time zone went to that set of servers, so odds are you'll find people playing the same time you do.

Remember - EQ had servers all in one central location, and nobody had problem with their servers as far as lag went.
15220  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So any one else languishing at work today? on: November 26, 2004, 05:18:36 PM
I spent the last two days playing nothing but World of Warcraft.

And now I'm here at work again.

15221  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Server Choice Question on: November 25, 2004, 07:55:56 PM
For reasons unknown, you can create both an Alliance and Horde character on a PvP server. When you think about it, it shouldn't be that way.

And as for a PvP server - from what I know, only in Contested zones (about half the zones out there) can you be instantly jumped and attacked by somebody of the other side.

In the other half, there's a PvP flag of sorts that can be turned on and off based on your actions.

For a Non-PvP server, both sides have to have their flags on in order to attack one another. Otherwise, you can both wave and curse at each other.

Somebody, please yell if I got this all wrong. smile
15222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can't beat Halo 2 end-boss HELP! (spoilers) on: November 25, 2004, 12:48:13 AM
To be bluntly honest with you, I didn't even fight him.

My first time I encountered the boss and unloaded with all the weapons I had. Sarge said something or another (which I never heard), and I accidently hit a jump pad somewhere while I was trying to reload.

Before I could get back down to keep on firing, I had suddenly somehow won.

Worst end boss fight EVER.
15223  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW Buzz. on: November 24, 2004, 01:13:34 PM
Quote from: "olaf"
It was not a good idea for them to present them by time zone I think.  They are pleading with people to use the Pacific and Mountain realms right now.

When I logged in last night, there were two more MST servers out there - maybe I'll give one of them a run, as I'm looking for a semi-quiet server.

Yeah right - like that'll exist. biggrin
15224  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW Buzz. on: November 24, 2004, 03:36:16 AM
Quote from: "Sam Hell"
The WoW forums are buzzing with discontent right now.
I, like many others, have waited in queue for hours. Personally I'm at 2+ hours.
Plus I've heard that the lucky ones who actually get to play are experiencing a lag fest.

From what I know, the queue is because there are either too many people on the servers, or there are too many people trying to get into that server at the same time.

When I was picking a server, one of the ones with a Low population had a 10 minute (270 people) cue. The very next one up in population let me in right in without delay.

Of course, this was at 12:00 noon MST today...
15225  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [CG] Ad Banners on: November 24, 2004, 03:33:46 AM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
Am I the only one for whom the ads aren't even showing up?

Apparently you blocked the ad server that we use some time ago from some other site. You freeloader. biggrin
15226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom 3 's Gravity Gun... on: November 23, 2004, 11:36:48 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
You know, rather than adding a grav gun, maybe id should borrow another technology upgrade. You know ... LIGHTS.

bwahaha. Poor Doom 3 will never live down the lights thing.

Doom 3 - the only game to ever make black a color. smile

I won't even comment upon their use of the Gravity Gun, as I have absolutely no plans on buying an expansion to the darkest and dullest FPS ever created. Half-Life 2 is so much better.
15227  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW Buzz. on: November 23, 2004, 11:17:02 PM
Quote from: "jonsauce"
P.S. Can anyone say loot lag?

That made its way from beta into retail eh?

Short of the rare lag bubble in looting (twice in a bit over two hours), I had no problems looting at all.

I was in a semi-crowded NE starting zone, although the server itself was marked only as Low in population when I came in. I didn't look to see where it was when I left. I played from 12noon till about 2:15 MST.

Hit level 7 in that timespan. Had no problems finding mobs once I vacated the initial starting spot. Even before then it wasn't much of a problem.
15228  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [CG] Ad Banners on: November 23, 2004, 11:02:38 PM
Quote from: "Yossarian"
ads are good.  flashing "winner" ads are bad.

We are looking into the flashing winner ads, as those shouldn't have been on the ad rotation.
15229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime 2 Echoes? on: November 22, 2004, 06:04:55 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
Well more impressions anyone?  I am interested in this game but many of the reviews have pointed out that it is hard - much harder than the first game.  I have to admit I don't really care for really hard games, I simply have to much to play to get hung up on one fustrating game.

Anyway, how are people finding the difficulty?

Yes, the game is a bit harder than the original. Also, you have to (once again) wander the planet and try to find the artifacts hidden all over the place.

Is the difficulty a turn off though for me? As somebody who loved the first Metroid Prime, no, it isn't. I'm enjoying the added challenge.
15230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / For Just $9.99 You can Assassinate JFK Over and Over Again on: November 22, 2004, 05:49:09 PM
Now, from what I've read elsewhere, you can NOT shoot JFK. All the game allows you to do is see how difficult the deed would've been to do.

It's a documentary, but in PC form.
15231  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Help me buy my wife a PDA for Christmas on: November 22, 2004, 04:42:05 AM
Well, I've owned a Tungsten T|3 now ever since launch day, and I love it.

It'll play lots of games (although emulating the SNES is beyond its power), does lots of things, and as far as medical aps go, I found that this free app at:
was a great little program to keep on me (I work as a pharmacy tech at my local grocery chain).

Now, after the total blunder of the Tungsten T|5 (it's a freaking E2, NOT a T5!), I've been wondering if I should upgrade to the latest Dell Axim model, as it's been getting some great reviews around the web. The only issue is that I'd lose all the titles I have for my Palm, as they aren't cross-compatible.

Maybe I'll get the Treo 650 instead...

The battery power (or lack thereof) is an issue though. Under heavy use (running the .mp3 player in the background constantly), expect 3 hours, tops, of battery life. If you're not doing too much with it, it'll last longer than that, but at best, you're looking at about 4-5 hours of continous use between recharges.
15232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Want to buy a piece of Acclaim? on: November 22, 2004, 04:29:50 AM
Giant shipping crates! I could ALWAYS use a few of those! biggrin

What would I do if I owned a piece of the long-gone company... Well, let's just say that I can't describe it here, especially as I'm a member of the gaming media. smile
15233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I just played a Nintendo DS on: November 22, 2004, 04:28:06 AM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
I picked one up from Best Buy today, along with a copy of Super Mario 64 DS. It's silver and my first impression was that it looks good. I have to disagree with Devil's assertion that it looks cheap. The outside case looks relatively stylish compared to the SP and the thing feels very durable. Unfortunately, it is a bit on the heavy side. After the first twenty minutes it started to feel like a brick, but I'm starting to get used to it. Just got done playing MArio 64 for an hour and didn't have any problems.  

I really should pick up Super Mario 64 DS. I loved the original, and I think it's about time I replay it again... biggrin

As far as the weight of the console is concerned, hold it exactly like Nintendo suggested inside the manual somewhere - one hand holding the Digital Pad/L Button (or the buttons/R), the other on the other side, with your thumb aimed towards the center of the touch screen. It's a bit odd at first, but it distrubutes one's weight rather well.

Honestly, I don't think I'll ever use the stylus short of Pictochat. The thumb thingy is too inaccurate for accurate point-and-click, although the game does compensate to a point if you have it on.

And to show off how well you are at controlling the touchpad, try going through the Morph Ball sequence with the MP:H demo using the touchpad only. If anything, it will drastically improve your 'touching' abilities. biggrin

One last thing - If you score in the top five of all three sequences in the demo, you'll unlock a secret movie in MP:H. Looks pretty, and if you want to show it off afterwards, you can click on a new glowy button at the title screen (Touch here to start).
15234  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / G4TechTV gone stoOopid on: November 22, 2004, 01:36:28 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
I wonder what IGN has up their sleeves.  A big DS shell with flash ads in the bottom screen and regular content up top? :lol:

Na... I expect more McGriddles. biggrin
15235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I just played a Nintendo DS on: November 21, 2004, 11:37:29 PM
Well, I've put in a bit of time on my DS here at work (I'm bored, so sue me smile ), and my first impression is as followed:

It's dark.

Maybe I'm used to the 'ultrabrite' technology on my laptop, or the ability to bring up the backlighting on my Palm Tungsten T|3, but playing the demo of Metroid Prime: Hunters, my first thought was that the game is very dark.

The game controls well, is very smooth (looks to be locked at 30fps), and is decently pretty (looks to be about a N64 title, if not a bit better looking thanks to the small screen). Surprisingly, after a bit of a learning curve, controlling the game with the wrist strap 'thumb thing' works very well. It won't replace an analog controller (something which you can find on portables like the Tapwave Zodiac), but it works.

But where's the controls to turn up the brightness? Maybe in a darker room it'll be brighter, as my work is filled with light. More on that later.
15236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SIMS 2 University expansion pack on: November 21, 2004, 08:27:14 PM
Well, this is expansion pack number 1. Anyone want to make a guess how many expansion packs we'll see before Sims 2 comes to an end? smile
15237  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How to use AIM on the web without visiting on: November 21, 2004, 08:22:49 PM
Yeah, I found the webmessenger site when I was browsing around before. It's better than nothing, but that's not saying much.

I just don't get this though. I pulled the full version of Netscape, which has AIM included, but while I can connect to the web with it, it won't use the same configuration protocols that the AIM feature uses.

IE/Firefox/Netscape under the Proxies tab has an 'Automatic proxy configuration URL' field, which accepts my proxy info (single line, just paste in).

AIM on the other hand, under the Netscape download, requires a slew of proxy info, including Host, Port, Username/Password, and what Protocol type I'm using. Why can't it just use the one line that the browser itself needs in order to connect to the 'net?

I simply don't have all that info, nor do I have any idea what the hell it really is. Anybody have any suggestions?
15238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How to use AIM on the web without visiting on: November 21, 2004, 12:27:42 AM
Quote from: "happydog"
Here is the instructions for setting up Gush to use their proxy.

Yeah, I saw that link and gave it a whirl, but I must be technically unsavy as I couldn't get it to work.

I'll beat on it more once I get a chance to at work though. Maybe I'll get lucky.

Stupid AOL.
15239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I just played a Nintendo DS on: November 20, 2004, 06:35:08 PM
Quote from: "Belgedin"
Yes, it does come with the demo.

And that pictochat thing loaded into ROM. I think I'll just turn mine on and wander down the block - see if there's any kids who also got one in the area. smile
15240  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [CoH] Kheldian info posted on: November 20, 2004, 06:33:15 PM
Quote from: "Misguided"
Sheesh, I'm wrong again. Issue 3 was activated on test last night.

Damn you all these good games! Damn you all to hell! biggrin
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