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15201  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.
15202  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.
15203  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.
15204  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.
15205  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
15206  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.
15207  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.

15208  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
15209  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.
15210  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
15211  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...
15212  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
15213  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.
15214  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.
15215  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.
15216  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.
15217  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.
15218  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.
15219  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
15220  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).
15221  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
15222  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.
15223  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
15224  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?
15225  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.
15226  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
15227  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
15228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I just played a Nintendo DS on: November 20, 2004, 04:21:56 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
I'll wait till I hear more feedback from everyday gamers.

Well, I'll be picking it up on launch day, once I get home from work. Am I 'everyday' enough for you? smile

The thing is though, I don't have any current plans on picking up any games, short of the demo. I don't exactly play my GBA all that often. Metroid should be enough to keep me occupied for the time being.
15229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I just played a Nintendo DS on: November 20, 2004, 01:21:12 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
A few questions. I see they support GBA games, will those have any extra functionality?

Does it have PDA functions, like an address book, etc?

The DS supports all SINGLE PLAYER GBA titles. It does NOT support any multiplayer features whatsoever, as the link cable will not work with the DS. Other than that, yes, it'll play all GBA games out there.

As for the PDA... This would be a fantastic idea. Just think - a console that can play games extremely well and be a PDA AND sell for only $150 (compared to a $300 Palm device)? Now that would sell.
15230  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Servers Info. on: November 20, 2004, 01:15:16 PM
Quote from: "olaf"
I am also surprised they just pulled the plug on the forums.  I realize the beta is over, but what the hell.

The reports I've heard is that somebody haxored the admin accounts on the forums, and as thus they simply closed the thing down while they figured out what the hell happened.
15231  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.
15232  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How to use AIM on the web without visiting 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 has their own web based chat service as well.

Wish me luck, as I want to be lazy. smile
15233  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How to use AIM on the web without visiting 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:
15234  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:

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.
15235  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How to use AIM on the web without visiting 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 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 front page, and now instead you have to visit to access the 'bring up AIM on the web' feature.

Only one problem - 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?
15236  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.
15237  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / KTHXwar on: November 18, 2004, 11:32:23 PM
Cool film. Like how you did the link, too. Freaky. biggrin
15238  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:
Warning - the ad up top isn't exactly work safe, but the link is funny as hell.
15239  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
15240  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...
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