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15321  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
15322  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.
15323  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...
15324  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.

15325  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.
15326  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.
15327  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
15328  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.
15329  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.
15330  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
15331  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
15332  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
15333  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.
15334  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
15335  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).
15336  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.
15337  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
15338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA: SA - What Rockstar Doesn't Want You To Know on: October 17, 2004, 08:42:32 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Lemme make some phone calls....I'm not big on rampant speculation. smile

So, did you find out anything Ron? Or did the Rockstar thugs get to you as well...  :wink:

Well, look at it this way - has that picture been removed or has this thread been locked? biggrin

In all honesty though... *checks mailbox*... Well, I haven't been told to pull it yet. So, enjoy your picture while it lasts. smile
15339  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / I need graphical driver update advice on: October 17, 2004, 08:37:39 PM
Quote from: "Turtle"
That's just really, really odd.

Have you tried the omega drivers for your card?  They're not supported, but they're basically pieced/hacked together by some very experienced hardware gurus out of the best of each driver release.  Not sure where to find them these days.

That's a simple answer: biggrin

Just pulled them yesterday, to tell you the truth. Wanted to exploit my X800 XT to its fullest, so off to overclocking land I go.

In all honesty though, while you really should uninstall your older drivers before installing the new ones, that's something I never do. Yes, it's technically wrong, but I've never had any issues yet.

The only thing I can suggest is to try to download older drivers. I'm just not sure where to get them from.
15340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NFL pay per view would be sweet on: October 17, 2004, 08:28:58 PM
Quote from: "JSHAW"
Why is the NFL so exclusive?

If I had to guess I'd say it revolves around "money issues", and the NFL and their owners keeping more of it in their pockets and not sharing it with another provider of game coverage.

Or purchase Sirius Radio, which has the entire game (with other special features) from both the home and away team perspectives.

No, I really don't know what they exactly do, but I do know they advertise those features really heavily.
15341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Once in deathtime opportunity! Act now! on: October 17, 2004, 07:42:00 PM
Okay, that's really cool.

Unfortunately, I don't have $32,000 (the current bid as of right now) just lying around to do this. smile
15342  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Farscape - it's coming! on: October 17, 2004, 07:37:58 PM
I am most absolutelying watching this tonight. I haven't flipped on the TV to watch anything but the news for months now, and I figure this would be a good way to break in the TV again. biggrin

From what I hear this miniseries is absolutely fantastic. If you're a Farscape fan at all you do NOT want to miss this.
15343  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / two wireless mice on same desk? on: October 17, 2004, 07:29:47 PM
To my knowledge there aren't any frequency 'adjustments' for any wireless mice (although I could be totally wrong here), so I'm guessing you might have a few issues.

But I don't use wireless, so I can't honestly answer your question.
15344  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: The Community "Upgrade or not to upgrade" PC t on: October 17, 2004, 07:27:01 PM
Well, I'm one of those who believes in pretty much being at the top of the line (more or less), so here's the results if you spend lots of cash for a PC (ah, the joys of being single):

Althon AMD XP 3000+
ASUS...something. Don't crack the case often enough to check.
2x Crucial 512MB PC2700 DDR RAM
ATI X800XT (just upgraded from a 9700 Pro)
Onboard sound (Creative Labs can *bleep* off)
120GB WD and 80GB Maxtor HDs
Lite-on DVD Drive
Plextor DVD-R/CD-RW 4/2.4/8/32/16/48 (something like that)

To answer your question: Another 512MB will make a world of difference, as WinXP (and other programs) just fly with that much in. That 9800 Pro is still going strong, although the processor is starting to lag.

Also, definitely pick up at least a 80GB drive and reinstall WinXP on that. Starting from scratch will give you a huge speed boost (as Knightshade Dragon keeps reminding me), especially if you've used WinXP for a long time.
15345  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Networking help on: October 17, 2004, 07:16:17 PM
Quote from: "egrudzin"
I have been doing PC tech support for 6+ years now and I still have problems getting Windows networking to work right (I call it "Microsoft Notworking").  Here's some other stuff to try:

-Make sure all PCs are in the same workgroup.  Right click My Computer and click Properties.  Click the Computer Name tab at the top.  You can change it from here.

I knew there was something else I was missing as far as getting PCs to talk to one another. And that was it.

Thanks for the addendum, egrudzin.

Windows Networking is such a pain, and it really shouldn't...
15346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GBA questions of all sorts on: October 17, 2004, 07:08:47 PM
Quote from: "Chrisoc13"
Well, im heading off to europe on wensday, and I wanted to have a GBA SP for the trip, sinc I will be spending lots of time on trains. What is the cost difference in europe as compared to the US? Will it still work with the US games? Im wondering about these questions because I might be purchasing it when I get to europe.

The other option was getting it before I leave. I have a 15 hour plane flight before I go, so I wouldnt mind it for that either. But, although Im not sure this fits here, what would my options be for power when I get to europe? How would I be able to recharge it? Is there somewhere I can get a european charger that works the same once I get there? Or an adaptor of some sort?

Well, Nintendo has always never had any lockout on their portable consoles, so a GBA SP (or GB, GBC, or GBA) are fully compatible with all games across the world without any modification. So, in short, if you purchase your console in the US, it'll work on all European games (and vice versa).

As far as power goes... The GBA SP comes with a recharger device for the console. All you'll need to do is find some way to convert the standard US plug into one that'll fit into your standard European jack. Check around your local hardware store or visit a gift shop at any International Terminal for what you'll need.

As far as the games go... Well, I don't play my SP enough to warrant answering that question. Anyone else? smile
15347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EverQuest 2 NDA Lifted on: October 17, 2004, 07:03:22 PM
Quote from: "Falcon554"
Well I made my desision, and ill be playing EQ2. Haveing played WoW since alpha (no where near as much as eight has) there are things in WoW that really bother me. Now EQ2 might blow to but Never played it so I really dont know slywink

So, here's my question - why don't you like WoW?

Personally (as I've played both, although I stopped playing WoW as of late thanks to me getting into the EQ2 beta), both are really good games, and I see both succeeding.

But, somehow, EQ2 is drawing me in more.

Most of the problems of EQLive have been fixed. You no longer need the 'holy trinity' just to get anywhere in the game, crafting is actually useful (and is almost fun now), the graphics will look fantastic a year down the line (thanks to no current generation card being able to run the game at max detail and remain playable), and I've yet to run into any giant timesinks of the game.

Yes, their servers need a bit of tweaking (the Commonlands and Antonica, absolutely giant 'zones' that are at least (if not more) as big as the Karanas were in the original are horribly lagged at times, but they also easily support 200-300 people in the zone and still provide more than enough hunting spots for everybody.

The only true issues that I can see is that you'll really need a good (X800 or 6800 level) graphic card and 1gig of RAM just to play the game as the developers designed it - pretty. The character models are fantastic (although they need more diversity of facial hair/skin tones/hair badly), the reflections are amazing, and florna/fauna dot the landscape all over.

Any questions/concerns about EQ2? Ask away.
15348  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Networking help on: October 17, 2004, 12:18:11 AM
Personally, I never had any issues getting this to work. However...

Are both PC's running the same OS (WinXP prefered)? If they're WinXP, then all you need to do is this:

On the folders/drives you want to share, open up Explorer, Right Click the folder, and select Properties. From there, click on the Sharing tab, then click on both the 'Share this folder on the network' and 'Allow network users to change my files'.

In theory (at least for me), it worked great.

In addition, if you select this on a drive, it makes the entire drive available. WinXP will pause for a bit if you select this big of a 'folder' to make share enabled, but it'll come out of it and work fine afterwards.
15349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ok... I need help! [Rainbow Six 3: Athena's Sword] on: October 16, 2004, 06:27:38 AM
Quote from: "happydog"
Ok, recently picked this up (after Tim sent me RS for free, sorry can't remember your GG nick) and did the install. Installed just fine and RS works, but AS asks me to put in the CD. Well the CD is in the drive (CD-2), but it fails to launch. I took a look at the forums at the official site and find that some CD writers may be incompatible. :evil: So I yank a 52x drive out of another comp and install that. Still no luck. I did all the updates I could on both RS and AS. Anyone have any other ideas?

Actually, for reasons unknown, Athena Sword needs the ORIGNAL Rainbow Six 3 CD in the drive to run. The one needed to run the original RS3 itself.

I found that out too when I bought the combo package with RS3 with AS in it.

Why did they do it this way? Good question.

And, no, I'm not the same Tim mentioned above. smile
15350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Excellent EQ2 Preview on: October 15, 2004, 11:29:57 PM
Article works as of right now.

Looks like it got /.otted thanks to a bunch of people linking to him all over the web. smile
15351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Poll: EQ2 or WOW on: October 15, 2004, 07:21:46 PM
Quote from: "Raven"
The point is that not everyone dies frequently, while others die all the time. For many, the group exp penalty is like some form of mmorpg communism.

I predict the feature will be removed.

Well, I do have to admit - the devs have actually been listening to their beta testers (for once), so we'll see what truly happens with this 'feature' as time goes on.
15352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 has been leaked. on: October 15, 2004, 07:11:31 PM
Ripped straight from our main page, from Bungie themselves:
Responding to news of the leaked version - which has been circulating in various illegal channels since yesterday - the developer said, "It would seem that the French PAL version of the game has surfaced on the Internet." As for its origins: "This is almost positively the work of some jerk in the manufacturing plant who pocketed the game as it is being printed in mass for world release on the 9th of November," the update concluded.

Yup - blame the French. They started everything.  :wink:  :roll:
15353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 007, you're fired!!!! on: October 15, 2004, 05:31:01 PM
Quote from: "Siljanus"
Or The Rock!  (does the thing he does with his prehensile eyebrow before going off to blow up laser, defuse bomb, kill badguys with a pen, etc.)

Actually, after watching The Rock in his other movies, I do have to say that he'd make a most interesting Bond. He's a bit too beefy for what the Bond characters tend to do (gadgets instead of fistacuffs), but...
15354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Excellent EQ2 Preview on: October 15, 2004, 05:28:31 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
its the blue word "this" in his post.

Blue? It's orange in my forum style. smile

But, here, have the full link (as I agree with most of what was said in this preview):
15355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WoW: Open Beta coming sooooon on: October 15, 2004, 05:25:30 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
I'm not going to play retail either. I've been beta testing it for many months now and it just isn't all that also isn't anywhere near ready for launch.

As I played the beta, I found that it was extremely well done and could've been launched just about anytime within the past month or two.

Yes, some things aren't complete, but I look at it this way:

When was the last time that Blizzard released ANYTHING before it was 'done'?
15356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Poll: EQ2 or WOW on: October 15, 2004, 05:23:33 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Group EXP Penalties?  Jesus, that's the stupidest thing I've heard yet.  Classic SoE nonsense.

Yeah, I'm not happy with that either.

However, if I do play, it'll be with friends only, so I'll have my own group at all times.

And here, if you want a very indepth preview of EQ2 (with most points I agree on as well), visit here:
15357  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / MSN Homepage is borked. on: October 15, 2004, 01:16:38 PM
I blame the fact that you're still using IE. That alone can cause all kinds of problems. biggrin

On a more helpful point though, I'm not quite sure what's causing it.
15358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I finally will admit this to you guys... on: October 15, 2004, 04:42:00 AM
Hey, it could be worse.

You could have the Arizona Cardinals.

And we, the voters, were too stupid to realize that we were voting for a new stadium for these losers. Look, you play like a college football team, you STAY in a college football stadium. smile

You know, I wonder if ASU could beat the Cardinals in a game...
15359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WoW: Open Beta coming sooooon on: October 15, 2004, 04:38:52 AM
Also, in the ad in my current issue of PC Gamer:

"Check to sign up for the Open Beta Test!"

15360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ..... on: October 15, 2004, 02:46:05 AM
Quote from: "Pharaoh"
hahahha I thought you meant Arizona Cardinals!

I was charging in here to hurt you, but your all good! Go real Cardinals.

You know, I was about to say the same exact thing.

Stupid sucky football team. 'Professional' my ass.
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