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2201  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Merry Christmas - Personalized Song for that special someone on: December 15, 2004, 05:42:44 PM
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2202  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I need a manly moisturizer on: December 15, 2004, 04:13:56 PM
Quote from: "JSHAW"
I recently bought a bottle of Nivea for Men face wash. It contains a moisterizer in it so when I use it to wash my face it does the trick.

I don't use it everyday, only sometimes if the skin on my face starts looking or feeling dry. I bought it at my local Lowe's foods grocery store.


I use that as well.  It's the best face wash I have found.
2203  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Best WoW solo class on: December 15, 2004, 04:11:21 PM
Every single time I play there is someone (normally at least 5 as Torfish says) from AH online.

This morning about 1:30AM EST., it was only me, Semanj & Orgull.  I should have taken that as a clue an gone to bed though.
2204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ESPN Football - no more?!?!? on: December 15, 2004, 03:42:47 PM
From a Business standpoint, of course it makes sense.  I understand that it was the NFL's decision.

That doesn't make it any better.  EA's football game is a freaking mess compared to ESPN 2K5.  It has hardly changed since 2000 and anyone who has played both for any length of time typically comes out liking ESPN better.

This is a travesty.
2205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ESPN Football - no more?!?!? on: December 15, 2004, 03:25:12 PM
This is what a VC employee had to say about it:

Quote
"Look mom, no balls" --

I've been getting flooded with emails about the little news story that came out yesterday about a certain competitor buying a certain set of licenses exclusively, so I figured I'd say what I can right here so my inbox can stop feeling like an overused two-dollar whore on welfare check day.

First, even though I get to wear pajamas to work, this is a business and it was a smart business move by that company. If you can't beat your competition by quality alone, then you outspend them. They always did this just by having a development team that was 5 times our size and a huge marketing budget that we couldn't possibly match, but that wasn't enough so they figured their only chance to keep the market theirs was to buy the license exclusively. Basically, they got daddy to buy the ball and decided to take it home because they weren't getting their way. I think it's a spineless thing to do, but it's a business and they know that regardless of what the outcry might be by some, they'll still end up buying the game in the end because there'll be no other option.

Second, there's really no need to worry about me or my job status at VC right now. So, while I appreciate the emails, there's no need to feel bad for me in any way, shape or form. Worst case scenario would be things not working out and the **** hitting the fan in about a year, but I don't foresee it happening right now. And even then, just today I got three job offers thrown in my lap, so employement isn't a worry of mine at the moment. Also, my desire to stick it out at VC is higher now than ever before.

Third, moreso than in the past, I cannot talk about what the company is doing. Though, I will say that we're definitely not going to roll over and die. The gridiron fight might've been a toss-up, but the quality of our hockey, NBA, college hoops and baseball games really out-classed theirs in a big way. Plus, we have a LOT of talent on the football team. How else could we make a game that was just as good as Madden while having a staff that was only a small fraction of their size? Simple. Our engineers, artists and designers are amazing, very dedicated, efficient and hard working." - Dave Zdyrko
2206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ESPN Football - no more?!?!? on: December 15, 2004, 03:23:02 PM
Sega/VC will just have to make the best damn NCAA game now.
2207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ESPN Football - no more?!?!? on: December 15, 2004, 03:16:50 PM
Gah, that sucks to even think about Lockdown.  Freaking ruined my week.  I was looking so forward to playing ESPN Football on Xbox 2.  I hate that EA crap.
2208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CG ESPN Football League. Bucs are the Champs !!! on: December 15, 2004, 02:54:51 PM
Congrats ChiefUofA!
2209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CG ESPN Football League. Bucs are the Champs !!! on: December 15, 2004, 02:54:34 PM
Devil and I are both good at not telling the truth smile
2210  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tell me... on: December 15, 2004, 02:48:53 PM
Firefox probably will, IE will just get more popups.
2211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ESPN Football - no more?!?!? on: December 15, 2004, 02:47:51 PM
The NFL 2K series has been better than Madden since it was first released on Dreamcast. Don't ever let anyone tell you differently.

This is a shame and I still won't buy EA's football game. You better believe that Action Replays will sell much better when people realize you can have the real rosters even without the NFL License with an action replay, modchip or other method of getting a file onto the box. All Sega needs to do is think of a clever way to market this capability, maybe even include an action replay with the game. Hell, if they are still selling the game for $19.99, + the price of an action replay, you're right at $50, the same price as EA's game. Then allow players to use the rosters online and EA just wasted $500 million.
2212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CG ESPN Football League. Bucs are the Champs !!! on: December 15, 2004, 02:32:00 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
Who is ChiefUofA ?


Just an alias I use. smile
2213  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Interview Today: update [GOT THE JOB] - QUICK! New Dev. on: December 14, 2004, 10:55:17 PM
Thank you guys.  I'm sooo excited about starting a new career!
2214  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Blizzard Chat Transcript on: December 14, 2004, 08:45:15 PM
Quote from: "Butterknife"
I would think that collection-only skills, in particular mining and herbalism, would probably net a decent income in the long run.

You'd have to be willing to set aside a fair amount of space in your pack, but I think that the rarer herbs and minerals will always fetch a decent price.  Every time I'm at the auction house I browse through the herbs looking for a deal, and I always put a bid down on some reagents if I have the cash.  The reason I would think that you could make some decent money on this is that I am almost always outbid, only rarely do I ever win one of these auctions.

I'd pick mining and herbalism, as opposed to skinning, merely because you have to go to a particular spot for each of these, and since travelling is a pain, most people will shell out the cash in order to not have to do it.


But skinning is so easy because I can skin a majority of the things I and others kill.  I'm keeping skinning becaues my level is already high, but I will drop Leatherworking and pick up either Herbalism or mining.  Between those two which one do you think would make the most money?
2215  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Blizzard Chat Transcript on: December 14, 2004, 08:14:19 PM
Quote from: "Sepiche"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"

I need to change to Alchemy then.  I'm doing skinning/leatherworking and dont' make much money.  I haven't even been the the auction house yet though.  Do people sale light leather at the AH?  

Yeah.  You can usually find about anything at the AH.  I switched one of my guys to tailoring, just ran to the AH, bought out the auctions for 40 linen and got my skill a little jump start. smile

If you are just looking to make money with trade skills and aren't worried about using the results you might try just getting 2 gathering skills (probably skinning and one other).  You can then auction or just sell the components you get for quite a bit of money.

s


Since Almost Heroes are so good to me (thanks!), I have no reason to make armour to wear etc.  I may just give up leatherworking and pick up mining.  You think I could at least get enough money skinning/mining to buy the tabbard? slywink
2216  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Blizzard Chat Transcript on: December 14, 2004, 08:03:49 PM
Quote from: "Toe"
The battlegrounds sound like they are going to be a blast. Can't wait to see how they turn out. I also like the idea of the level restrictions. Knowing everyone is on a pretty much even playing field makes it so much for fun (imho).

I am up in the air about the combined auction house right now. I see the benifits and drawbacks, just not sure how it will play out in game.

Right now I am still making a killing selling potions (broke 42 gold this morning). This is mainly due to supply not meeting demand at the moment. I am not sure if combined AHs will cause one or the other to change a lot. I would like to hit 100 gold before I hit 40th, hehe. Then I probably won't care as much smile


I need to change to Alchemy then.  I'm doing skinning/leatherworking and dont' make much money.  I haven't even been the the auction house yet though.  Do people sale light leather at the AH?  

Also, can someone direct me to a description of Battlegrounds?
2217  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW servers down! on: December 14, 2004, 05:46:37 PM
Are they back up yet? :?:
2218  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need a gadget in the $300 range for Christmas on: December 14, 2004, 05:09:46 PM
I think you should get a really nice Chess set.  That is what I want myself.  Not $300 nice though.

You seem to already have everything so I have no idea what to tell you.  What about a Gas Powered RC Airplane?  That would be a ton of fun. smile
2219  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Interview Today: update [GOT THE JOB] - QUICK! New Dev. on: December 14, 2004, 05:07:34 PM
Quote from: "Aliasbuck"
What was the reaction?  I'm betting we're all chomping at the bit to find out.


Honestly, and I'm not exagerating at all, she kinda started to shake and her eyes watered and she said "OK, do you have another job".  I told her and then she said "OK" and turne away from me.  I left her office and a few minutes later she told the Business Mgr to cancel all of her appointments for the day and left and went home.  

I don't think she is taking it very well.  I plan on training the new person as much as possible within these 2 weeks.  

Anyway, thanks for all the encouragement the past few months everyone.  I appreciate it smile
2220  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Random WOW Screenshots *SERIOUS BANDWIDTH WARNING* on: December 14, 2004, 04:58:32 PM
Awesome pictures Semaj.  I just wish I could leave work to play now smile
2221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The worst game you played this year. on: December 14, 2004, 04:45:47 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Doom 3.


I agree completely.

Doom 3 hands down.
2222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ESPN Football - no more?!?!? on: December 14, 2004, 03:53:08 PM
2223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA Sports Signs Exclusive Deal with NFLPA! on: December 14, 2004, 02:53:16 PM
FUCK YOU EA
2224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ESPN Football - no more?!?!? on: December 14, 2004, 02:51:52 PM
This freaking sucks.  Worst news I've heard in a long time.

I won't pay a dime for EA Football.  Not a dime.

See sig...
2225  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Interview Today: update [GOT THE JOB] - QUICK! New Dev. on: December 14, 2004, 02:46:17 PM
Thanks guys!

I just turned in my notice and boy did it feel great!!!!!!!!!!
2226  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / How do I find a good guild in WoW? on: December 14, 2004, 02:08:34 PM
Quote from: "Torfish"
Quote from: "ericb"
I tried Whisperwind but it's not up to spec compared to the normal low population servers now running.  It's the only server that I have serious lag, jerking and have had crash on me where it kicked me to the character screen.  It's too bad because I really wanted to play with the CG people and join the guild there but it's too frustrating.


Come to the Whisperwind server now.  For the last week or more, the server has been very stable and lag free.  Come join us.


I agree.

The only place I have had lag issues lately is in Auberdine &  Ironforge.
2227  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Interview Today: update [GOT THE JOB] - QUICK! New Dev. on: December 13, 2004, 09:40:04 PM
Quote from: "Spiff"
CONGRATS!

Damn nice going man. Have a great time in your new job, and best of luck to ya!


Thanks a lot Spiff.  I start on Jan. 3rd! smile  

Still time to get the Christmas bonus from my current job and the ipod smile!!
2228  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Making money on WoW on: December 13, 2004, 09:13:08 PM
Quote from: "Butterknife"
Yeah, you read that correctly, I said "on" not "in".  Basically, I've been charging my brothers $2 per hour to play WoW.  I've put them on their own server (Perenolde) so our characters don't get mixed up since I have quite a few characters, and they only play when I don't want to.

Initially I just did it so they'd stop bugging me about letting them play all the time, but so far I've made about $20, so my next month of play will be free.  What do you guys think?  Mean?  Free Enterprise at work?  Brilliant?

Brilliant.  I wish I could find someone to play WoW for $2/ hour while I'm working.
2229  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Many nice players amongst some idiots on: December 13, 2004, 08:22:43 PM
Quote from: "hepcat"
I have very rarely seen rude players trying to ruin it for others on Malgyos server.  there's a few lines in chat that scroll by every now and then that indicate the writer is probably in his early teens and just discovered late night Cinemax, but for the most part people in WoW are very nice and are just there to have fun.  

I just feel bad sometimes that i have a few people in my friend's list but as I enjoy soloing in this game so much, i hardly group with them.


Yea, I kind of feel that way about my friends list as well.  I don't always want to group.  I have one guy on my list Kelgrym, who is basically on the same pace as me and we group all the time though.
2230  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Interview Today: update [GOT THE JOB] - QUICK! New Dev. on: December 13, 2004, 08:19:00 PM
So, I received a formal job offer today!   I'm in!  

I am turning in my 2 week notice tomorrow (I can't wait!).  

Just wanted to update you all.  smilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmile
2231  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Many nice players amongst some idiots on: December 13, 2004, 08:15:03 PM
I keep seeing people talk about all the idiot players in WoW and I have seen some myself, however, I think I've encountered more nice people in WoW.  

I play on Whisperwind as a Night Elf Hunter and member of Almost Heroes.  Of course Almost Heroes takes care of their own so I won't even talk about how generous the guild is.  I have grouped with some really nice people and I met the nicest of all when I ventured to Auberdine for the first time.  When I got to Auberdine I met this guy who asked if I wanted to do some quests with him.  He was a level 14 hunter and I was level 10 so I went ahead and accepted the offer since I didnt' really know the area.  Well we did the first quest with no problem then moved onto the 2nd quest which was red to me, but he insisted that we could do it together with our pets.  It was in the area outside of auberdine, if you go straight (or to the left ) at the fork in the road instead of right.  I can't think of the name at all.  It's in a cemetary with Ghosts spawning everywhere and you're asked to find and read 2 tablets.  We dove right in and were doing pretty well at first.  I actually found the first tablet and we both read it without a hitch.  Then someone told us where the other tablet was located (east end of the cemetary) and we started off that way. We made it to the area but a ton of mobs spawned in the area so we had to back up toward the mountain and go at the area from another angle.  Well, to make a long story short we both ended up being killed because the ghosts cornered us and a few Rabit Thistle Bears had their way with us.  We both made our way back to our corpses and I didn't res till he did so I wouldn't be killed immediately.  We tried this a few times without much luck.  Eventually we decided to try and run to the road.  He made it, I didn't.  He then had to logoff for the night so I decided to talk to the spirit healer and try and make it back to Auberdine.  What a mistake...  I had already used my heartstone so I of course couldn't use it for another hour.  I made it to the road and used track beasts to try and stay away from the level 15+ Moonstalkers all along the way.  I died a few times and finally a level 20 Paladin named Acension (or something like that) walked by and I asked him if he could help me get back to Auberdine.  He graciously accepted my request knowing I had nothing to pay him for his time.  He walked me to a place where he thought I would be safe and we parted ways.  About 5 minutes later I was killed by another moonstalker.  Sheesh.  This found my corpse again and tried to make it, only making it a little bit further, still a ways from Auberdine.  He sent me a tell asking if I made it and I told him sadly that I hadn't.  He told me he was on his way and returned to my position about 5 minutes later.  He cleared the area so I could res and escorted me all the way into town this time.  He then complimented my armour/gear (thanks to AH!) and asked if I was doing ok with money.  I told him how much I have and he gave me 50s to get my feet on the ground.    How nice!  

So, those of you who are on the fence due to the maturity of the players etc., don't let those worries bother you.  There are more than enough positives and nice players to offset the morons.  In fact, I haven't encountered one bug in the game (not to say there are none) and have had more fun with WoW than any game in years.  I actually enjoy it more than HL2.  It has now become my GOtY replacing HL2, unheard of for me, a RPG anywhere close to my GOtY list, much less at the top spot.  Those who said the game really picks up when you hit level 10 couldn't have been more right.  I visited some other lands when I hit 10 and I'm amazed by the environments, the graphics are outstanding and the variety in the quests is great.  I have never paid a monthly fee for a game and have played DAoC and SWG, always stopping after the free month.   I plan on buying the 3 month pass for WoW and will likely do that more than a few times.  

It has it's hooks in me and I commend Blizzard for the outstanding job they did.  

Sorry for the length of this post!
2232  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW -- Grouped with Morons on: December 13, 2004, 05:55:12 PM
I can't turn general chat off because every hour or so someone is asking for light leather of which I have a ton.  I made more selling that than anything.
2233  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - The Hunter Class on: December 13, 2004, 04:55:11 PM
Here is a movie of an expert hunter playing.  Pretty intersting imho.

http://www.pandadesigns.com/wow/SoloHunter.wmv
2234  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Best WoW solo class on: December 13, 2004, 02:14:15 PM
I haven't had any trouble at all soloing with my hunter.  Once you get a pet you can take on mobs 3 or even 4 levels higher.  

I may start an alt Rogue though, as they seem to be a pretty fun class as well.
2235  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - The Hunter Class on: December 13, 2004, 05:43:57 AM
Quote from: "warning"
Take the boat to Menethil Harbor from Auberdine.  From there you just have to follow the road and watch out for high level baddies.  You'll find yourself in dwarf territory soon enough.  I only died about 3 times on that road!   biggrin


I made it!  I did die once.  Those darn crocs are rough.  

Thanks for your help.
2236  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - The Hunter Class on: December 12, 2004, 10:42:42 PM
I'm level 12 now and have a Moonstalker as a pet.  What a great game.  Easily my 2nd favorite game released this year, behind HL2.  


I need to get to Ironforge from Auberdine, anyone care to tell me how?
2237  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Friday Frog 12/10/04 on: December 10, 2004, 11:18:00 PM
Quote from: "dbt1949"
Take me to your lily!

LOL! :lol:
2238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Interview Today: update [GOT THE JOB] - QUICK! New Dev. on: December 10, 2004, 10:51:38 PM
Quote from: "Sepiche"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Thanks you all.  I really hope I hear something next week.  I just turned down my bosses offer to move up to a selling position and the tension between us is pretty high.  

I'll keep ya updated.

You ever figure out what got your boss all uptight?  Was she really that upset by that memo you sent?

s


I think it's because of the memo and the fact that I haven't put forth the effort to bring in clients for her.  I did what was asked in regard to client aquisition help (seminars, promotions etc.), but I didn't target my own contacts.

Why would I though?  Before all this happened my intent was to move up to a selling position in Jan.  At that time I would have a requirement to bring in x amount of clients by x date and would obviously be compensated based on the assets they bring.  If I went out now and brought in all my contacts/friends/family I wouldn't be compensated for it at all and would utilize a majority of the contacts to get me through the first months of selling.  It would be stupid for me to do.  

Anyway, hopefully I'll be out of here soon.  

When I declined I tried to make the reason clear without going to far:

Quote
I have thought a lot about it since we discussed it last.  I was kind of under the impression, based on our last meeting, that I would be able to sit in with you on some appointments in order to get a feel for things so when it came time to decide I would be in a position to make the decision.  I also thought that I would have a concrete idea what the compensation package and client requirements would look like.  There are too many uncertainties for me to make this decision in a few days.   At this time, with my wedding coming up in April and everything involved with it, as long as it will not jeopardize my current position, I am content staying in my current position and continuing to increase my expertise and allow you to go deeper into client portfolios.  I truly hope this isn't a huge inconvenience.  I appreciate the offer and your understanding.  Please let me know if this is a problem.  Thanks.


She then responded and said ok, she understands the wedding is a lot on me etc.

I responded that the uncertainties had more to do with my decision than the wedding...

This could get interesting.  If I get the offer next week, I'll probably let loose and burn a few bridges.
2239  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW - Can you get there from here??? on: December 10, 2004, 10:35:17 PM
I have a challenge for you Horde Hunters.  Tame a Nightsabre in Teldrassil.  It is possible, as I saw a Horde Char for the first time last night and almost freaked out.  I didn't do anything but watch him and he was taming a nightsabre.  I didn't even know I would be unable to talk to him.  That is kinda cool.
2240  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Interview Today: update [GOT THE JOB] - QUICK! New Dev. on: December 10, 2004, 10:14:27 PM
Thanks you all.  I really hope I hear something next week.  I just turned down my bosses offer to move up to a selling position and the tension between us is pretty high.  

I'll keep ya updated.
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