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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spore Creature Creator to be released on June 17th (PICS!) on: June 16, 2008, 07:53:02 AM

Quote from: Dimmona on June 16, 2008, 04:42:56 AM

**Not Work Safe**
**Not Work Safe**
**Not Work Safe**

I shudder to think what other stuff we'll see get created with this thing:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-689194118682834081

If people(?) don't stop doing that sort of thing and putting their insanity on display, EA is going to cancel the damn game.  Or more likely just eliminate player controlled creature creation.  Which would be shame for those of us who want the ability make creatures that aren't giant penises.  Or vaginas.  Or boobs.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need some RTS mp strategy help on: January 31, 2006, 02:28:11 AM
The absolute WORST part of that play style (rushing) is that if you did somehow manage to fend him off, he would most likely suddenly develop "connection problems", and vanish.  Because it is very hard to come back from losing your rush.

It never ceases to amaze me how much asshattery goes on in online games.  

I just can't imagine how desperately these guys must need to feel like winnars to resort to that sort of thing.
3  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Small game sale on: January 27, 2006, 09:14:45 AM
PM'd about Call of Duty and Black & White 2...
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC Gamer.... on: January 18, 2006, 10:31:45 AM
World of Starcraft.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Booster?? on: January 12, 2006, 09:29:33 AM
Has anyone here tried their downloader?  Is it even half as good as Steam?

I sure won't be buying any software from it if I find out that a hard drive crash or system format requires me to buy it again...
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EE2 vs AoE3 on: January 10, 2006, 10:09:22 PM
Possibly the reason you couldn't use your military effectively in Empire Earth 2 is that the game is heavily Rock-Paper-Scissors oriented.  If you attack the wrong unit with one of yours, it will kill you while taking very little damage.  You have to have mixed forces, and pretty much let them pick their own targets.

Epoch advancing may not be in the demo you played, but it is pretty much like every other game out there, you need a certain amount of food and wood and gold to advance to the next era.

The only thing I never liked about Empire Earth (and I don't know if EE2 still does this) is that it pretty much keeps up with you in the epoch advancing.  I think it is allowed to go negative in resources to advance epochs.  Which kinda stinks, because I always enjoy having superior units in games like this.  Nothing more fun to me than strafing his archers with my biplanes, or my submarines sinking his galleons.

Sometimes EE would get stuck in an era, and it would be fun to show up with modern units and find he was still in the medieval epoch, but that was fairly rare.

I really liked the original EE despite my complaints.  I bought EE2, but never got into it.  I spent the first week trying to adjust to their default settings, and I never really liked the way they had changed it from EE.  It was only after I grew to dislike it that I found out that there were detailed controls for changing pretty much every aspect of gameplay.  For instance, I didn't like that the default speed for building units vs. buildings had been changed.  For some reason it takes a loooooong time to build a unit, but a building is done very quickly.  That made very littel sense to me.  But there are settings that you can change to reverse it if you like.

Apparently some other people had problems with the R-P-S system, where they would attack cavemen with their advanced Mechs and get killed because they attacked the wrong unit.  I never saw anything like that in the time I played it.  But I will say it can be frustrating if you don't know why your units are being killed so easily by the enemy.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hilarious Guitar Hero News Report on: January 08, 2006, 01:37:50 AM
Great.  Now I want one and no one has any.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A sign of the times on: January 07, 2006, 09:35:36 PM
I guess they didn't have BB guns back in the day.  Or maybe cops weren't trained to shoot back then.  Or maybe cops didn't assume kids had real guns back then.  Although I think it was just as likely that kids could get their hands on real guns.

I wonder why things are so screwed up now?
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Battlestar Galactica Tonight? on: January 07, 2006, 08:00:23 AM
Yes it did seem like a very long time between shows.  Which is why I wish they would stop splitting them up.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jagged Alliance 2 question(s) on: January 07, 2006, 07:55:05 AM
I think the expansion adds some interface niceties that probably should have been in the game all along, so it might be a good idea to install the expansion pack as well.  I could be wrong about it modifying the orignal game, but I seem to remember it working like that.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Battlestar Galactica Tonight? on: January 07, 2006, 02:43:37 AM
I do believe it is the start of the new season tonight.  Well, part 2 of the second season anyway.  I wish Sci Fi would stop splitting up their shows.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grove Street, yo! on: January 07, 2006, 02:41:39 AM
Yes.  You do the car collecting in San Fierro.  Some of the cars they want are very difficult to find for me.  I lucked out and found a Stafford (I think that is the one, it kinda looks like a Bentley) in Los Santos and so it is sitting in my garage waiting for the collection mission.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grove Street, yo! on: January 06, 2006, 02:12:20 AM
I wish they hadn't changed the reward system from Vice City.  In VC you didn't have to find ALL the packages to get cool stuff for them, you got rewards at every 10 packages, so I never felt I had to find them all, and never used maps to find them all.  I just figured I would find them eventually.

In SA, however, you need to find all of every collectible to get a reward.  So using maps is important if you want the rewards.

The only way to find the tags you missed is to go back from the beginning and start again.  The reward you get is a bunch of weapons that spawn in your house.  None of them are the best in the world, but it is nice to not have to scrounge for guns all the time in the early game.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lost season 2 help on: January 04, 2006, 03:16:51 AM
Yeah, you would be better off getting the shows somehow, or wait until season 2 comes out.  

You wouldn't want to pick up in mid season after all that buildup to what is down the hatch.  Its best to see them discover what's down there, and find out what happens to the guys on the raft.
15  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: January 01, 2006, 02:38:40 AM
+1 for Qbe for picking up and sending me a copy of Ring of Red!
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's your super powers? on: December 30, 2005, 08:13:44 AM
My superpowers are apparently the ability to figure out how to operate any machine within a few minutes of fiddling with it (haven't actually gotten my hands on industrial machinery yet though), and I always seem to know who the bad guy is in a movie or tv show, no matter how hard they try to conceal it.  

I have been fooled a couple of times, but 98% of the time, I know who is guilty as soon as I see him.

I know, those are some awesome superpowers.  Yes, I am amazed at myself.
17  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking For Ring of Red for PS2 (not looking anymore) on: December 28, 2005, 01:05:56 AM
I sent you a PM, Qbe.  In case you didn't get it for some reason, the answer is "Heck yeah, if they have the case and manual I am still interested in ROR!"

Let me know if they still have it and how much you want for it, and how you want me to get you the money...
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Black for PC? on: December 26, 2005, 11:06:03 PM
Then I guess the gaming hobby is going to leave me behind.  I do not like console controllers much.  They are just not as intuitive to use to me.  I always have trouble with moving the view point with one stick while using the other to move around, while also remembering which buttons do what on the controller.

I think they have to dumb down the accuracy in order to make the games playable at all.  Which doesn't make a whole lot of sense when the whole point of the game is shooting.

I guess that is the trend though.  Games that basically play themselves.  RPGs with skills that go up automatically, shooters that aim for you, RTS games that have no resources to gather.  Everything seems to be geared toward people who don't have time to actually play games.

I can remember when a game of Civilization would take me a whole week to play out.  I used to spend an entire Saturday playing a game of Empire Earth from the caveman era all the way to Mechs.  Now people get antsy if Civ 4 takes more than a couple of hours to play.

Oh well.  Like I said, if this trend continues (and I just don't see why it won't continue), I will just be saving more money.  frown
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EBGames Preorder-Fu? on: December 24, 2005, 07:36:46 PM
If you pre-order games from EB online, you will often get the game the day before it is in stores.  Which is usually 2 days after it's release date.

I don't know about pre-order MMOs.  It would seem like you would need at least a weekend before release to get anything out of the "early" play.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Black for PC? on: December 24, 2005, 09:03:00 AM
Yeah, that would make sense for them to not release a shooter on the PC.

Next up Criterion will announce a PC exclusive platforming game.

Well, one less game to worry about having to get.  I hate FPS on the consoles.  Just not nearly as good as they are on the PC.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / BiA Earned in Blood=co-op goodness! on: December 22, 2005, 06:11:30 PM
One annoyance we have both noticed since starting in on the german co-op missions is that the other german npcs are very loud.  I don't know why it is.  But they are much louder than the american soldiers in your squad in the american missions.

I have a theory that they are loud so that when you are playing the american side, you can hear the germans coming.

They also have a lot of things to say.  But they say it all in german, which means I have almost no idea what they are saying very loudly in my ear.  So they are constantly shouting german in my ear and I don't know what they are saying.  Seriously, I mean constantly.  They won't shut up.

It got so bad at one point in a mission that we both had to order our squads to stay in one place so we could go off and have a strategy talk in peace and quiet.

Its a shame too, because the german missions seem to be more tactical than the american missions were.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What would your perfect game be? on: December 22, 2005, 06:06:35 PM
A GTA game with the entire world to play in.  Not just one city, or 3 cities, all the cities and countries.  With a randomized mission generator that has enough variations in mission that I never get bored.  And an unlimited supply of collection items and side missions.  Also the radio DJs and shows and music is all live and real.

The size of the world could be compressed though.  I don't need to spend four real world hours driving between cities.

Oh, and multiplayer integrated.  I want to be able to get together with my friends and pull off heists and whatnot.

That would be the perfect game for me.  I don't know if I would need another game ever.  Which is the perfect incentive for them not to make it.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / BiA Earned in Blood=co-op goodness! on: December 21, 2005, 03:17:16 AM
Yeah, the skirmish maps are pretty darn good.  There is often more than one way to get from point A to point B.  Which can be a very bad thing, since the enemy soldiers are pretty darn clever, even on the lowest settings.

I think it will require a fairly beefy rig to get the most out of the game though.  My old P4 2.6 with a GeForce 5900XT had problems.  I had a weird "floaty" feeling while playing it, and it was pretty impossible to overcome that.  Try the demo first.  It is a pretty good indication of how the game will play...
24  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking For Ring of Red for PS2 (not looking anymore) on: December 12, 2005, 04:31:05 PM
Well, I liked the clunky feeling to it.  They are, after all, clunky post world war II diesel powered mecha.  They should feel clunky I think.

If you really don't mind giving up your copy greeneggsnham, I will get back to you later this week if no one else gets in touch with me.  

If there is something you'd prefer in a trade, let me know.  I may have to go out looking for it, but I know some people prefer trades to getting a check in the mail.
25  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking For Ring of Red for PS2 (not looking anymore) on: December 11, 2005, 03:08:53 AM
Is that a new unopened copy?  Or is there a possibility I would get another disk in a paper sleeve with no manual or case?

That is my big concern with buying it online like that.  I figure here, nobody will screw me over by sending me a disk but no box and manual.

I would love to know what people do with their manuals and cases.  Why are there so many used disks with nothing else?  Do people just throw those things away????  I need to know!!!!
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can You Dig It? on: December 09, 2005, 10:16:34 PM
Yeah, the rioting in San Andreas is taking place in the real world though, so that doesn't count...

It takes about 8 seconds or so to load between areas.  It also uses that time to autosave the game.  No way to manually save the game either, so you do have to sometimes go out to the free-roaming Coney Island area to save something you did in the HQ, like stat improvement through workouts.

That is about the only gripe I have with the game, in fact, the lack of real save points between stages of a mission.  There are different stages, and if you lose, you can restart in the stage you lost instead of doing the whole level again, but if you quit the game, you will have to do the whole level again.  It does not record those incremental level stages, just what level you were on.

I never spent more than 50 minutes in a mission though.  Usually that much time was spent just trying to accomplish all the bonus objectives in a replay of the level, although some of the later missions did take 30 minutes to get through.

It is only about 10-12 hours long, if you take your time and try to accomplish everything.  But I don't think I am going to get tired of the simple to set up rumbles any time soon.  The co-op mode will also require another play through with a friend.  So I guess I got my money's worth.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can You Dig It? on: December 09, 2005, 05:26:03 PM
I just finished The Warriors on my Xbox.  I played it on easy, just so I could finish it.  Wow.  I just can't believe how amazingly cool it is.  I haven't enjoyed a brawler this much since Double Dragon.

Which is funny, because when you win the game, it unlocks a console in the HQ that is basically a Warriors Double Dragon clone.  A side scrolling beat-em-up.  It was awesome.

I liked how they fleshed out the story without making it seem too different from the movie.  It was just about a perfect rendition of the cheesy cult movie.  The music was perfect, the fighting felt just tight enough, and most of the original actors came back to do their character's voices.  I even enjoyed going back to try and better my score in completed missions.

I loved how they integrated side missions and made them useful by giving you powerups for completing them.  I can't wait to try the co-op mode of The Warriors.  It looks like fun.

I guess now I need to start over again on the next difficulty level and see how long it takes me to complete it.

I initially avoided this game, because I had heard some somewhat negative reviews of it.  I'm glad I finally decided to try it out instead of going on reviews.

So far, Rockstar has only made one game I didn't like (that one with the constant rioting, can't remember the name).  I am really looking forward to seeing what they do with the Bully concept now.  Heck, maybe I would even like the Riot game if I tried it again.  I guess I am turning into a Rockstar fanboy.
28  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking For Ring of Red for PS2 (not looking anymore) on: December 09, 2005, 05:15:59 PM
I recently decided that my copy of Ring of Red needs to be improved.  I have one of those annoying Gamestop specials.  A disk in a sleeve that I paid nearly full price for.  I hate that.

If anyone out there has a copy of Ring of Red with a manual and case and all and is willing to part with it, let me know how much you want, or what you want in exchange.  I will see if I can do it.

EDIT: Got a copy from Qbe.
29  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Anyone use any game rental services? on: December 07, 2005, 08:44:52 PM
I've never had them ship a game as soon as the post office got it.  I don't even see how they could tell which game is in the envelope until they open it.

One thing I am not at all happy about with Gamefly is that it takes 5-6 days for a game to get to me in washington state from california.  That is a bit ridiculous.

I do like their "keep it" prices though.  I can get a brand new game for about 10-15 bucks less than it would cost at the store, and as soon as I do click the "keep it" button they start shipping me the box and manual for the one I bought, as well as the next game on my list.  I love getting the box and manual.  Of course, I usually won't see either for almost a week, but there isn't much I can do about that.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madonna threw her free 360 in the trash! on: December 07, 2005, 08:38:32 PM
The thing that tips me off that it is BS is that she appears to know what a power supply is.  I highly doubt Madonna knows what that is.  So there.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your GOAT of the year so far - 2005 console edition on: December 07, 2005, 06:52:03 PM
I was waiting for something so awful to come along that I lost interest in it within 10 minutes.  Shadow of the Collosus is it.

I actually spent more time watching the opening cutscene then I did playing the game.  The controls are just awful.  Truly annoying.  I hate having to hold down a button to hold on to a ledge or something, while pushing other buttons and wiggling sticks.  I just don't have that kind of co-ordination anymore.  If I forget to hold down the grab button, it is time to start over again at the bottom of the collosus.

I got to the first collosus, stabbed him in the ankle until he bent over, I climbed up on his hairy ASS to stab him a few times, at which point he shook me off and kicked me. Well, I would do the same thing to some annoying little bastard stabbing me in the ASS.  

When I realized I would have to chase after him again, so I could go through all that climbing crap just so I could play ASS stabber some more, I popped the disk out and stuck it back in its wrapper to go back to gamefly.

Thank god I only rented it.

For the record, I didn't like Ico either.  Although I actually played it a bit longer.  I managed to play that until the shadows came to take the girl and I repeatedly failed to stop them.  I guess a stick isn't the best weapon for killing shadow demons.

I don't know why I got excited about Shadow.  From now on when I hear the words "from the makers of Ico and Shadow of the Collosus" I will know that game is just not for me, no matter how many reviewers tell me what a "work of art" the game is.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MOO v. MOO2 - Fight! on: December 06, 2005, 05:01:45 PM
I preferred MOO2.  I liked the extra stuff they put in the game, I liked the evil menacing aliens that would periodicaly show up to destroy one of my colonies.  I liked the battles better.  I liked being able to design my own race.

I just liked all the extra stuff.  I like extra stuff in my space conquest games.  

MOO1 was a fine game for its time, but once I got MOO2, I never ever even wanted to go back.

MOO3 on the other hand...  Let's just pretend it never happened.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone know much about, The Guild? on: December 05, 2005, 12:38:16 AM
That depends on if you like crafting.  Lots of crafting.  Making things out of things to make other things.  And then selling them for as much profit as you can.  While spying on your competitors and plotting their demise through blackmail and kidnapping.

I enjoyed it, but I like slower paced games with lots of complexity.

It is complex, but not too hard to get the hang of.  It has a pretty good tutorial too.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Can a Super Power Be "Evil"? on: December 04, 2005, 08:25:33 PM
I could make the arguement that force powers are super powers, because they generally existed as super powers before Lucas wrote down any of his star wars movies, but I figured I would just generalize and say super powers.

That way even people who have never heard of force powers could participate.  Well, assuming that they have heard of super powers in a context other than the big nations of the earth.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Can a Super Power Be "Evil"? on: December 04, 2005, 04:25:48 PM
I still don't think something like force choke is more evil than mind trick.  Sure, I can kill someone with force choke (and it is hard to think of an application for it other than killing), but I can do some really filthy evil shit with mind trick...  

With mind trick, I can convince someone to murder her children (excuse me, "younglings") because they are evil little goblins.  If I do that, was I using a "light side" power? You can't tell me that force choking her to death would be more evil.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Can a Super Power Be "Evil"? on: December 04, 2005, 09:38:48 AM
Ascendent and I had a discussion about the nature of evil, more specifically that a super power could be inherently "evil" or "good".  I assert that it is the wielder of the power that determines good or evil.  But I would like to know what everyone else thinks.

Yes, we had a nerdy discussion about force powers.  But I think it could be applied to any tool or super power.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tonight's 'Lost' spoilers on: December 01, 2005, 02:17:11 PM
I was also thankful that we weren't treated to another shout of "WALT!!!!!!"

But, I did notice Michael's lips were pursed in the official about to scream Walt position.  So I guess the producers wisely cut it.

I thought it was a bit strange that his reaction to a message appearing on the computer was so casual.  He just started tapping away like he was in a chatroom at home.  Duh.  Is that what his reaction would be if there was a phone in the bunker and it rang?

"Oh, hello.  My name is Michael.  Who are you?  Yes, it rains here everyday at noon.  Weird stuff.  I think there is some kind of monster in the jungle.  You don't say? I know.... <gasp> I know..."
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sid Meier's Pirates! Question. Help Please on: November 28, 2005, 05:11:21 PM
Tacking (did I spell that right?) is how you sail when the wind is blowing from the direction you want to go...  Some ships even sail faster when tacking.

Sail at an angle to the wind.  Then when you have made some progress, change direction.

Say the wind is from the east, and you want to go east.  Then sail northeast for a while, and then change to southeast for a while.  It is a little slower, but it is a hell of a lot faster than sailing directly against the wind.

I apologize if you already knew this, but you wanted some hints, and that is how I learned to play the game way back in the 80's...
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST? More like SUCK. on: November 24, 2005, 05:58:17 PM
I still love the show, and will watch it no matter what.  Well, until something makes absolutely no sense to me.  Even then, I will probably continue watching.

I just don't get this anger at the show you guys have.  Its like it is some kind of personal affront, like you paid them a million bucks to air the show, and they screwed you over on the content.

It is still the best show on network tv.  Battlestar Galactica is the best show on cable. I just don't understand where this hostility comes from.

Eh.  What the hell.  People will continue to get pissed off when their shows don't go the way they want.  I will just keep watching. Because I have no particular direction I want Lost or Battlestar Galactica to go.  I just want to continue enjoying the ride.  And I at least will conitnue to do so, even if half the people on this board start bitching about how they hate the shows.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's on Your TV? on: November 21, 2005, 09:32:04 AM
I found that I liked the Las Vegas episode set in the 60's more than the regular show.  Which isn't too hard, since the show is pretty much just a fluffy "everybody wins in vegas" kind of show.  I wonder how much money the Las Vegas tourist board pays them...

Lost is something I watch every week.  When it is new.  I don't think it is losing steam at all.  I still find myself shocked when the episodes end.  I can't believe time flies that quickly.

Smallville is getting more interesting.  I would still prefer a show about the tribulations of a young Bruce Wayne, but too bad for me.

Veronica Mars is still a good show, although  I don't know how many huge cases a teenage girl can solve while all the cops bumble around ineffectively.

My Name is Earl is the only sitcom I watch anymore.  Just can't stand any of the others.

The only new show that I watch regularly is Supernatural.  I kinda like how they take ordinary monsters I have heard of and give them a little "twist".  Instead of a werewolf, we get a wendigo.  Same sort of monster, but a little different.
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