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15481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Disucssion: Fable [Xbox] on: September 09, 2004, 02:45:16 PM
Who here took advantage of the $30 with free shipping deal that we linked to here from the forums? Sure, I won't be able to play the game for a few days, but my gaming box is a bit full as it is.
15482  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / (star ocean) It isn't just me!!! on: September 07, 2004, 08:58:40 PM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
I haven't had too much opportunity to deal with the A.I.  The battles I've had with a full party have been relatively easy, so I haven't had to keep too close of an eye on them.   The battles happen pretty fast and there's a lot of room to move, so most of the time I have no clue what the other two party members are doing.

Just make sure to listen to the directions that your party members give as far as directions go on the world map - I've taken a path that I shouldn't of, and got my ass beat into the ground like in that PA comic. When you're in over your head (or facing more mobs than there are players in your party), the weaknesses in the AI quickly show.
15483  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / (star ocean) It isn't just me!!! on: September 07, 2004, 07:09:12 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
Unless we're going to be seeing a preview for it ... *hint* *hint*.. biggrin

Hey - I did my 60-Minute Shakedown on this game. What more do you want?

My 6 page reviews require me to actually play the game, you know. biggrin
15484  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / (star ocean) It isn't just me!!! on: September 07, 2004, 02:28:33 PM
That's nothing - I've actually had the AI in combat BREAK without warning. Suddenly, my characters do the 'stay away from mob at all costs' dance, leaving me to be the only one fighting.

Of course, I'll only see this is I happen to glance at my radar, which I next to never do.

Fortunately, all it takes is for me to switch to them and give them a different AI plan. Normally, that kickstarts them again. But I've seen them go entire battles (and multiples of them) without the AI starting back up again.

And the AI is dumb. In Tales of Symphonia, they'd do a very good job of fighting on their own. Here... Oh boy...

That's also one of the few flaws I've seen in this game. Otherwise, it rocks.
15485  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Fable for $30 with free ground shipping on: September 06, 2004, 11:56:27 PM
*runs off to order and posts about it on the site*

Thanks for the find!

Unfortunately, it's $32.94 after tax if you live in a handful of states (or thereabouts anyway), but I can't complain. Not like I'll be able to play this game immediately as it is. Too many titles out there now...
15486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Delayed to Q1 '05 on: September 03, 2004, 07:47:06 PM
Purge, that link almost called me to single-handedly lose my job today as I laughed my ass off.  :shock:  biggrin  Cool
15487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sniper Elite on: September 03, 2004, 07:43:53 PM
You know, I remember some other sniper only game that came out sometime last year for the PC.

Wasn't it also called Sniper Elite, and wasn't it utter crap?
15488  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Second phase of Half-Life 2 pre-load? on: September 03, 2004, 07:42:29 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
SEPT. 30 BABY!!!!!!!!!!!

No, I still insist it'll be September 15th, just like they said last year. Just it'll actually come out unlike how they lied through their teeth and had their source code get stoled. smile
15489  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Farscape - it's coming! on: September 03, 2004, 07:30:49 PM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
I've been waiting for this for awhile, ever since the great idea to end the series on a cliffhanger,  so it better not disappoint.
I still feel a little bitterness to see another great series cancelled before it's time.   Movies are good and all, but it just doesn't compare to what may have been.

Uh...Farscape didn't end the series on a cliffhanger.

Sci-Fi (being the asses they are) cancelled the series on a cliffhanger.

Just a bit of a difference. smile

On a side note though - the series is excellent. I (and lots of other fans) were pissed when they canned this show and kept making their usual 'B-Movie crap' instead.
15490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 60-Minute Shakedown - Star Ocean: Till the End of Time on: September 02, 2004, 09:22:07 PM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
Oh man, why'd you have to make it sound so good?  Now I may just cave and buy this thing today.  smile

Well, let's put it this way - I haven't been able to put the game down.

The battles are a bit more 'uncontrolled' for lack of a better term. Either the core game is that much harder, or the AI just doesn't play as good as Tales of Symphonia. Especially on some of the staple spells, like Heal. It just doesn't want to use them.

I love the story though. As I said, something is brewing, but I still don't know what. Odds are it'll involve saving the universe somehow, but I haven't seen it.
15491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ico 2? on: September 02, 2004, 06:35:27 PM
I want Ico 2, and I want a rerelease of Rez.

Give me those games, and I'll be happy.
15492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG news discussion] Game Sales Down? on: September 02, 2004, 06:35:02 PM
As I made a quip on the front page the other day - WHY can't developers release games during the summer? The kids (who are the average gaming population) are off from school.

Look: Bored kids = instant gaming sales.

15493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 60-Minute Shakedown - Star Ocean: Till the End of Time on: September 02, 2004, 01:11:22 PM
There's little room for an introduction to this, so, let's just get right in with my Star Ocean: TtEoT 60-Minute:

Star Ocean: Till the End of Time has an interesting history on the PS2. First release in Japan about a year ago by Enix (before they became SquareEnix), the title was extremely bug-ridden, and caused PS2’s around the country to crash left and right, among other things. It was nearly pulled off the market as a result. Afterwards, Enix went back and fixed the issues, patched the bugs, added more story, added in a verses mode, and released the game as Star Ocean: Till the End of Time Director’s Cut.

Now, more than a year later after the original release in Japan, the Director’s Cut is out in America. How’s the game? Well, let me just say this – midnight snuck up on me really quickly last night, which is why you didn’t get to see this write-up until this morning.

Call it a 180-Minute Write-up instead of a 60-Minute one.

For the aging PS2, Star Ocean: TtEoT looks remarkably good. The backgrounds and characters are presented in a detailed, sorta life-like look. You can see the anime influence upon them, but they look far more human than a game like Tales of Symphonia.

During cut-scenes (of which there are many), the game uses lots of dramatic camera work, character movements, and visual effects (camera work where it focuses upon the foreground for example) to make this game look like a movie or something. I’m impressed, as it works, and works very well.

Battles are very pretty as well. The characters are well animated, your sword swings give off arcs of light, and special effects fly everywhere when your attacks connect.

In a surprising move, this game supports Progressive Scan if you happen to own the TV and the cabling to do so. What’s impressive about it is that the game supports it without a frame-rate hit. The game is locked at 30fps, and it might even be 60. I’ll have to watch more closely as time goes on.

For those of you that have it, Star Ocean: TtEoT supports Dolby Pro Logic II (which opens with a fun little fireball effect to show it off). It’s highly used, as characters voices/footsteps are clearly focused upon coming from that position, as well as any environmental effects. It really helps to draw you into the game.

What I’ve listened so far from the music is fantastic. It’s booming, it’s orchestrated, and it’s great to listen to. If it keeps on being as impressive as it has been, I’m going to be looking for the soundtrack.

The voices on the other hand, are more into the ‘eh’ category. Your character is voiced well, but the female protagonist (or what seems to be anyway) sounds way too old, or just doesn’t sound right. Most characters you walk into though are fully spoken (at least what I’ve seen so far), and are a mix of the usual ‘some are just right while others are over the top’ that we’ve come to know and love.

Your hero was just enjoying another day at the beach with a well-known (to him anyway) female friend when the planet he was on was attacked for no reason. You, her, and your parents go to make an escape, but are separated due to issues beyond your control. Once you crash land upon an underdeveloped planet, you create (via a transporter type method) a sword (to better fit into the time period there) and start off towards the nearest town, hoping to blend in until help arrives.

Thus, Star Ocean: TtEoT starts. There’s no ‘save the world’, there’s no ‘group of kids gather to stop the ultimate evil’, there’s no clichéd beginning. Just a matter of survival for your hero, and an attempt to get back to your family.

That’s not to say that you won’t see any of the RPG staples as you move forward, but it’s a breath of fresh air based on some of the other RPG’s I’ve played in the previous months. In addition, the game hints that there’s far more going on than you know, instead of outright telling you, which really brings you into the story.

So, how’s combat? Like Tales of Symphonia, or Sudeki, it’s very fast paced, action packed, and leaves you wanting to keep on fighting. Every character has multiple forms of attack that they can launch depending on their positioning and distance from the enemy. In addition, you’ll learn Skill Moves, where you’ll be able to do far greater damage than normal, but at a cost of HP, MP, or your Fury bar.

Yes, that’s right – some of your special moves will drain your HP. You have plenty of HP to compensate, and you’ll even regain a bit after battle, but you need to watch what you’re doing so you don’t blow through your lifebar.

Combat is also highly customizable from what I’ve seen. Your Skill Moves can be placed in multiple locations, upon which they’ll end up being entirely different moves, with different damage, range, and life drain. You’re also limited (early on anyway) as to how many Skill Moves you can have ‘learned’ at once time, so you have to think as you customize your character.

To put it bluntly – I really like this game so far. I’m only 3 hours in, and it looks to be yet another Enix masterpiece. I’ll get back to you on the full review once I get the time to play it more.

Edit: Memory Card information:
175KB per save.
1200KB if you intend to save your 'battle trophies' (basically a little bonus thing for the game), which is insane. Sure, it saves little 'photos' of your accomplishments, but that's nuts.

Yes, I love the game. Absolutely love it. The game truly is as good as the reviews show. Discuss while I keep on playing. smile
15494  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / HERO! Whoa...awesome movie on: September 01, 2004, 02:53:55 AM
Quote from: "Jack Burton"
And if you really like cheezy Kung Fu from the 70s and 80s I've got a ton of recommendations including The Prodigal Son, Unbeaten 28 and Five Deadly Venoms.

You listed cheezy Kung Fu yet you didn't list The Last Dragon? Shame on you. biggrin
15495  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Um, Firefox. Wow. on: September 01, 2004, 02:51:07 AM
You know, it's funny - I have the latest and greatest FireFox, yet I still use the outrageously outdated Mozilla 1.2.1 for my mail client.

Talk about getting one's mail from back in the stone age, eh?
15496  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Video File Problem [no sound] on: August 31, 2004, 08:33:37 PM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Hey all, I have the entire Firefly season 1 on my hard drive however I'm having trouble playing them.

Each episode is a separate file, and when I open one of the files with Windows Media Player, it searches for a codec with no luck. Eventually the file loads and the video quality is outstanding, but their is no sound. I'm not really new to all this, but I sure haven't been messing with Divx etc. in a while.

Well, I'd check to see what codec you used to encode them from the original DVDs that you must own and try to work your way forward from there.
15497  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Area-51 Movie Greenlighted, sane people ask why... on: August 31, 2004, 06:41:40 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
After the MASTERPIECE that was The House of the Dead, why not greenlight another gun game?  What idiot thought this was a good idea?  At least Street Fighter had something resembling a plot....ugh

Ron, what Street Fighter movie did you see in theaters? The only 'plot' that movie had was 'Guess Which Age Group This Movie Was Designed For'.

Street Fighter had no plot. It was simply one of the worst films of all time. And to think that it was Raul Julia's last film is just disturbing...
15498  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wanna get into the WoW Beta? on: August 30, 2004, 04:36:37 AM
Quote from: "Purge"
As to being on a separate server Tim, I doubt it. You're in a beta test, and they want their servers hammered as much as possible. That likely means they want *all* testers working on load testing. Or they might just ask you guys to log into the other server and create a new account.

From the main WoW page:

"The stress test beta, which will start soon after all 100,000+ test slots have been assigned, will help Blizzard evaluate World of Warcraft’s account-creation process and server performance under heavy loads. This seven-day test will be separate from the ongoing World of Warcraft closed beta test, but stress testers will have access to all of the game content that closed-beta testers are currently playing."

If I'm reading that right, that means that my betaing experience will be seperate from all your laggy people over on the server that was never, ever, meant to take that kind of load. biggrin
15499  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Goes Gold on Monday on: August 28, 2004, 11:44:30 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
This time telling him he should have made his password something other than "gaben"

And it came as a surprise that somebody figured out how to break into Valve and steal the extremely early (and not ready) Half Life 2 beta when you look at the oh-so-simple password that Gabe himself used...

15500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wanna get into the WoW Beta? on: August 28, 2004, 04:06:36 AM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
Yeah, but it's only for 7 days, and you're pretty much guaranteed to get poor server performance.

Blizzard wants 100k people to slam into a server that's going to (based on my bets anyway) support only 4-5 thousand people overall...

Methinks it's gonna be ugly. Thankfully, the Beta servers (the ones we testers currently test on) are completely seperate than the ones you all will be able to play around with. At least that's my understanding based on the patch notes anyway.
15501  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Um, Firefox. Wow. on: August 28, 2004, 04:04:11 AM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
Tell me.. why did I hate opera so much when I tried it a year ago?

Because you couldn't stand using a browser named after some well-known person on TV. That and it wasn't free, unlike Firefox.

Now, go download Adblock and Mouse Gestures, and the internet will be your oyster. Or something. smile
15502  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars - 3 new movies ? on: August 27, 2004, 01:42:17 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Fine, just make the Timothy Zahn books into movies and call it a day.  Then launch the license into the sun and make nothing SW ever again.

Now THAT is a movie I'd go to watch many, many times over.
15503  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Easter Egg Hunt - Forum Fun on: August 25, 2004, 04:11:39 AM

(warning - needs speakers and might not be work safe due to an overload of badgers.)

(warning - Tunak Tunak Tun. You need to know nothing else.) biggrin
15504  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Porn is good for you? on: August 22, 2004, 01:56:11 PM
Just an ABC Online news post I happened to stumble upon thanks to a friend:

Study concludes porn can be good for you.

And just to show you it's somewhat work safe, here's the first part of the story:

"HAMISH ROBERTSON: Is pornography a bad thing? Well, it seems that the answer can depend on whom you speak to.

It's certainly a question that's been exercising the minds of our political leaders lately, with the Federal Government and Opposition both considering whether to introduce new controls on explicit material available on the internet.

Well, now two new studies have been conducted into exactly who uses pornography and why.

And they've produced two very different conclusions."

Discuss this Sunday morning. smile
15505  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thanks Eldon! on: August 21, 2004, 12:05:53 AM
Thank you very much for the kind words to not only Eldon, but to the rest of the staff as well. It's posts like these that keep us going day after day.
15506  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / WinXP Sucks. on: August 19, 2004, 04:53:51 AM
Personally, this is what Microsoft needs to bring out next:

Thanks to a friend for pointing this image out to me. smile
15507  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / [HOT]XFX Geforce 6800GT 256meg $350 Shipped on: August 18, 2004, 10:32:22 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Is ATI losing this round?  I know I've heard naysayers because of the 'snow' crap in Doom 3...

I don't have any issue with snow in my Doom 3 with my 9700 Pro....from what I've played anyway.

I'm just pissed that I can't find the Radeon X800 XT ANYWHERE, yet the Nvidia 'uber' card is available if you look hard enough.
15508  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / WinXP Sucks. on: August 17, 2004, 07:25:26 PM
Quote from: "Belgedin"
I love being able to turn all that stuff on and off so easily. I dunno, maybe Mouse Gestures lets you do all that stuff to?

While your plugins sound nice (the JavaScript one especially), Mouse Gestures rules. After a bit of redesign on how it works, I run as follows:

Middle Mouse = open link in new Tab (a Firefox default)
Hold down RMB and move mouse up = next tab
Hold down RMB and move mouse up, then down = close tab

Those features right there allow me to open a bunch of interesting links in the background while I'm reading a news page or something, then just move the mouse to go to and close the additional tabs.

Flash/Shockwave simply isn't installed in Firefox. With that not running, I automatically miss out on like 90% of the ads on the 'net. Keeps my browsing nice and peaceful.
15509  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday 8/17/04 on: August 17, 2004, 07:21:17 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Nothing for me this week, but if you really want to watch Mike Golic chase after Slater on Saved By the Bell: College Years, then this is your week to party.

Saved By The Bell? Isn't that show like a decade + old? Lordy. Just a little late to the DVD party, eh?
15510  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Disappointing Star Ocean 3 review on: August 17, 2004, 04:51:50 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
I fear that the new combat system for FFXI might fall into the same boat....say it isn't so!

You mean FFXII? Or FFVII Part 2 (or whatever they're gonna call it)? FFXI was the MMORPG for the PS2 and PC. smile

Personally, I thought Tales of Symphonia's combat system was perfect. It was simple, and it was complex if you moved deeper within. And it was extremely fast paced, as I said in my review.

Too bad about Star Ocean. I was looking forward to it.
15511  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / WinXP Sucks. on: August 17, 2004, 01:01:43 PM
Quote from: "Belgedin"
BTW, Firefox/Mozilla users, you should get this badboy: Bloody brilliant little extension.

A nice little plugin, but I'll stick with Adblock and Mouse Gestures (both available on the main Extension link inside your browser). I haven't visited any pages that are non-IE only which need to be spoofed by something like this.
15512  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 Information [Leaked Beta Info] on: August 16, 2004, 11:43:45 PM
Let's see...I thought I posted a link on the main site this morning to a nice, detailed forum post on this...


Click away for lots of spoiler info. smile
15513  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Resident Evil: Apocalypse?!? on: August 16, 2004, 05:29:13 AM
I just happened to be channel-flipping (a total rarity nowadays, as I never watch TV), and I happened upon a movie commercial for Resident Evil: Apocalypse.

Now, if I remember correctly, wasn't the original Resident Evil basically one of the crappiest movies of 2002? While I never saw the movie in theaters, I did happen to come across about 15 minutes worth on the Sci-Fi channel.

Talk about a bad film.

It wasn't Manos: The Hands of Fate bad, Talk about a campy B movie. Actually, that's putting it nicely - it was a horrid film.

I want my 15 minutes of my life back. smile

Now, to get back to my topic - WHO greenlighted the sequel to this horrid film? The original didn't do well in theaters, did it?
15514  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / WinXP Sucks. on: August 16, 2004, 12:40:56 AM
Quote from: "DarkEL"
They do???  The only thing I can think of that wouldn't work in both browsers would be the javascript we use for our wysiwyg which only works in IE because it's based on the MSHTML Editing Platform - basically, Internet Explorer includes some functionality to make sections of a webpage editable by defining a "contentEditable" attribute or "designMode" property.

And for the record - Firefox is a massive improvement over other browsers as far as the w3c standards go. Not sure where anyone would get the idea otherwise.

Personally I highly recommend that if you're running Windows - you need to be running either Firefox 0.9+ or IE 6.0+.

Wow - Eldon actually recommends Firefox. And it's nice to know it's not Firefox's fault that our WYSIWYG database interface backfires. It's just because Microsoft's fault in some way. biggrin

Now to go back to promoting Firefox wherever I go when somebody asks about the problematic IE...
15515  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA games worth looking forward to on: August 15, 2004, 08:32:53 PM
Quote from: "EddieA"
It looks like developers are abandoning the GBA in favor of the DS.  There's a very long list of games in development for the DS, and it's been a slow year for GBA releases already.  I'm guessing the GBA will be pretty much dead by the end of the year.  I really wish they had ported over more SNES classics and RPGs - Actraiser, Soul Blazer, the Lufia games, Super Mario RPG, etc.  I just hope we'll see some of them on the DS.

Well, there's one advantage to the DS - just as many buttons on the thing as the SNES controller. smile
So I do hope to see a few more SNES ports. Or classics as I call them.

The amazing part? You loved the same set of games that I did. I didn't know that anybody remembered the classic Soul Blazer or the Lufia titles (before they became the crap that they are now).
15516  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / WinXP Sucks. on: August 15, 2004, 01:51:38 PM
Quote from: "Tebunker"
The key to keeping that machine running fresh and new, is disabling the backup logging program that's native to Xp and running in new Dell systems. You can disable that in System Properties off of " My Computer". That alone will free up some memory.

You mean System Restore? That's one feature I'll never turn off, as it's saved my ass before in a 'last resort' situation. It's one of the featured 'features' of WinXP that actually works.

If you mean something else, I can't figure out what it is offhand.

And as far as Firefox goes - there are only a few sites (our backend database being one of them as Ron pointed out) in which it doesn't work. That and the occasional text/graphic allignment glitch. Other than that, it works perfectly.

But after watching somebody's PC get torn up in less than 15 seconds from all the native vunerabilities in IE (only saved by a healthy application of SpyBot, Adaware, and WinXP's System Restore), I've never looked at IE as a viable browser again.
15517  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / WinXP Sucks. on: August 14, 2004, 10:39:02 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
*Edit again: I discovered that internet security needs to be tweaked a bit and enabled in some ways before it really does much. Seems to have fixed most of my problems. Now the only thing adaware brings up is cookies.. which is odd because I have them disabled. I would think IE would be refusing all of them wouldn't it?

In my mind, Internet Explorer IS spyware in itself. On a fresh PC, after visiting, I go visit and download the latest and greatest Firefox browser. IE (at least before the Service Pack 2 upgrade) is SO filled with holes, pop-ups, security errors, you name it, that you're risking your general sanity by just using it.

Thankfully Service Pack 2 fixes a great many of those issues, but it's only available to the Corporate users as of right now. Those of you who have the Home or Professional editions will have to wait just a bit longer.
15518  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WinXP Sucks. on: August 14, 2004, 07:03:25 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
I download and run Ad-Aware.. it finds 347 objects, but every time actually tell ad-aware to start a search, it brings up an error telling me windows is restarting in 60 seconds. That gives the program enough time to finish the scan, but not enough for me to do anything about it.

You know what's sad? That 'error' message of WinXP shutting down in 60 seconds was solved at least 6 months ago by a Windows patch.

Which means that Dell hasn't installed a single 'critical vunerability' patch from yet. Needless to say, that's your next stop. smile
15519  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pinball Nostalgia, and a look at what's next... on: August 13, 2004, 11:52:53 PM
Personally, I was much more of a fan of the real-life pinball tables than any 'PC made' ones. Although I do have to admit that the Epic Pinball tabkes were an absolute blast to play.
15520  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom 3 Xbox or PC? on: August 09, 2004, 07:32:00 PM
So, anybody seen some of the light mods out there? Some of these are just wrong:

Look closely, and you'll see not only Hello Kitty, but the Batman logo, and even the Thundercats symbol. biggrin

This is why I get the PC version of games when available.
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