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961  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My 2004 pc gaming year in review on: December 11, 2004, 07:13:58 PM
I give up.  You win.   My four points were strictly my opinion and nothing more.
962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My 2004 pc gaming year in review on: December 11, 2004, 02:28:49 PM
LE, I love how you tell people that they are "wrong", as if you were the defining voice in computer gaming. :roll:

Those 4 points illustrated why "I" didn't like it.  Sorry, but someone's opinion can't be wrong.
963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My 2004 pc gaming year in review on: December 10, 2004, 11:27:02 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"

It's because those who don't like it feel compelled to overreact in their dislike for it to be cool and edgy.  In addition, they fail to provide objective complaints about the game, or if they do, the complaints are irrelevant or flat out wrong.

Please do not group everyone that doesn't like HL2 into this characterization.  Lord knows I don't need to be "cool or edgy".

I didn't like it because:

1.  The game WAS on rails.  No open-endedness at all.
2.  The Combine AI WAS boring, uninspired, and predictable.  A true step down from HL1's Marines.
3.  The story just did not drive me forward like HL1, NOLF1, or even Tron 2.0.
4.  Steam sucked....not for everyone, but for a LOT of people that bought the game at retail and couldn't play the damn thing when they got home.

Do I think the game had great graphics, characters, and physics?  Hell yeah.  But they alone do not make a killer experience.
964  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / damn Newegg and thier ram on: December 10, 2004, 09:49:46 PM
Why did they want to charge you tax, especially with you in TN?
965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My 2004 pc gaming year in review on: December 10, 2004, 09:39:15 PM
Quote from: "JeffG"

Honestly, this is just my opinion, but if you play games and don’t like Half Life 2, you should probably pick a new hobby.

This is probably one of the most absurd, elitist statements I've ever read, even if it is your opinion.  So the entire "hobby" of computer gaming is based on HL2?  A person's liking of HL2 is now the benchmark of keeping computer gaming as a hobby?  ALL the other games out there are now damned to hell and don't "count" towards an individual considering themselves a gaming hobbyist?  Ridiculous.
966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My 2004 pc gaming year in review on: December 10, 2004, 07:59:39 PM
I also thought HL2 was a disappointment.  It's high on his list of disappointments because the expectations were higher for it than say......Catwoman.  It doesn't mean those listed below were actually better.
967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ok so how do I play HL2 if the comp has no internet? on: December 09, 2004, 09:38:59 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "corruptrelic"

If you haven't had the game for that long, perhaps you could try returning it to the store? Let me know you can't even play the game because it requires an internet connection which you don't have. Tell them you were mislead by the box.

Which would be a lie, as it clearly states on the box "Internet Connection Required".  Not "recommended", but "required".

I totally agree with you, but honestly....who the hell reads that anyway?
968  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sportsman of the year...Peyton Man... on: December 08, 2004, 06:20:21 PM
"But I have a sister who is a single mom who works two jobs and is in nursing school. I couldn't do that. I am so proud of her. That's someone to admire."

Uh Tom.....maybe you could throw her some scratch so she doesn't have to work two jobs.
969  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Charlie Brown Christmas allways gets me... on: December 08, 2004, 06:06:51 PM
Yep, that was one of my favorite shows.  The Slestaks scared the piss out of me.

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters rocked too.
970  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / I got Battle For Middle Earth for only $20! on: December 08, 2004, 06:01:23 PM
Mine shipped for 19.99.  The price was 14.99 + 5.00 shipping.
971  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Red Alert3... on: December 08, 2004, 05:57:10 PM
She could go all "Tanya" on my ass anyday.
972  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Charlie Brown Christmas allways gets me... on: December 08, 2004, 03:05:28 AM
It's not the same without the word "SPECIAL" rotating into view right before the episode starts.  I miss that CBS!
973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 2004 Game of the Year on: December 08, 2004, 01:26:50 AM
I'd have to say FarCry for it's graphics and open-endedness.
974  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Red Alert3... on: December 07, 2004, 02:46:29 AM
No shit.  

Damn, I just pray to Jesus that Kari Wuhrer is in it.
975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So ah... there's some Star Wars game comin out tomorrow... on: December 07, 2004, 02:45:39 AM
I'm waiting for the PC version in Feb.
976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [HL2] Damn how long does it take to decrypt the game files? on: December 07, 2004, 02:40:15 AM
Yep, all about normal.  Mine was also in the 15-20 minute range.
977  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Vampire: Bloodlines $32.90 11 hours left on: December 04, 2004, 02:13:50 PM
Seems like most of the reviews and opinions out there make this a 19.99 game.
978  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / BOO! Ty Willingham fired from Notre Dame on: December 01, 2004, 03:18:51 AM
ND needs to join a conference and soon.
979  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your GOAT of the Year so far? (PC edition) on: November 30, 2004, 11:19:28 PM
Another vote for Doom 3.
980  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sad state of MNF on: November 30, 2004, 03:46:31 PM
The longstanding trio of Michaels, Gifford, and Dierdorf was awesome in my book.
981  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Another post-partum tragedy on: November 23, 2004, 08:18:51 PM
Ditto.  I have a 3 month old and could not imagine having that happen to her.  How anyone can hurt their child is beyond me.
982  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NBA] Pacers/Pistons Brawl on: November 23, 2004, 01:50:12 AM
You're right Rhino.....the guy's suit IS darker than Person's.  I just saw it again on the news and then saw Person.
983  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NBA] Pacers/Pistons Brawl on: November 22, 2004, 03:50:17 PM
Yeah!  That looks like the guy on the video.  Where is his punishment?
984  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NBA] Pacers/Pistons Brawl on: November 22, 2004, 01:46:50 PM
SOMEbody in a suit clocked that guy on the ground.  Not sure if it was Reggie Mille though.  I don't think it was.
985  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NBA] Pacers/Pistons Brawl on: November 21, 2004, 11:57:33 PM
Who was the Pacer in the suit that pummeled the Piston fan on the floor?  He hit him after Artest and before O'Neal came sliding in.  No suspension for him?
986  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NBA] Pacers/Pistons Brawl on: November 21, 2004, 04:07:56 PM
That S. Carolina/Clemson fight was sweet.  Did you notice the cops only going after South Carolina players (the away team)?
987  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NBA] Pacers/Pistons Brawl on: November 21, 2004, 05:44:48 AM
Just saw the video of the white hat dude.  Yep, he did it.  What an asshole.  He's toast for sure.

The black shirt guy is going to be rich $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
988  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NBA] Pacers/Pistons Brawl on: November 21, 2004, 04:45:06 AM
First off...that dude in the black shirt that got pounded by Artest.....was he even the guy that threw the initial cup???  Artest wasn't even looking his way when the cup hit.  How in the world did he single him out when he wasn't looking in that direction? I'm thinking he had the wrong person.

Second, Artest and the Pacers threw ALL of the initial punches.  Especially when Artest was back on the floor and he pounded that guy in the Pistons jersey.

Third....where is the suspension for Indiana's Assistant Coach in the tan suit that was hitting the two guys in Pistons jerseys while they were on the floor (after getting pounded by Artest)?  Nice pussy action there pal, hitting a guy on the floor.  Same goes for you too O'Neal cause you slamdunked the same guy (on the floor) seconds after your Assistant Coach did.

Lastly for all you defending the Pacers.......using your logic.... the next time a NBA player dropkicks a basketball into the crowd, the crowd can pummel said player instantly on the court in the name of "defending themselves".  Bullshit.  :roll:
989  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My Car Accident - 56K Warning on: November 20, 2004, 05:37:42 AM
Holy SHIT!  Glad you are OK......there were some angels looking out for you.

Here's a number you will need:

1-800-I-SUE-BIG (this is a real phone number btw)
990  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NBA] Pacers/Pistons Brawl on: November 20, 2004, 05:35:39 AM

That idiot in the hat was sucker punching Artest from behind.  He'll get his due.
991  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Apprentice 11/18 Spoilers on: November 19, 2004, 03:00:26 AM
Finally a decision that makes sense!!!  Wes was incompetent and needed some Viagra for his backbone.  Maria's middle name is Bitch, enough said.  I would have had a hard time restraining my backhand from her face if she talked to me like she did to Wes.

Good to see the Carolyn/Bill lapdog show is still in progress.
992  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2: G-Man Sightings? (100% SPOILER) on: November 18, 2004, 12:56:39 PM
Also right when you get the airboat and you're going to the red building.  He's outside the red building looking at you and then he walks into the building.

Of course when YOU walk in, 2 zombies are waiting for you.
993  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 18, 2004, 12:59:24 AM
LOL @ Eco.......classic!

Doom3 has coagulated into the cheese between my testes and thigh.  And to think I paid the same price as HL2 for it.  :roll:

I'm still not terribly overwhelmed with HL2.......yes I do like it and what it brings to the table.  But...I need a driving story (ala NOLF1 and even HL1).   Something that makes me play to the next level because I want to see the plot progress.  I'm just not feeling it yet in HL2.  (I'm getting my ass pummeled in the airboat right now.)

And I think the openended gameplay of FarCry was phenomenal and would have made HL2 even better than it is now.  HL2 is a hardcore rail rider.
994  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Agony and the Ecstasy of Insurance Claims on: November 17, 2004, 04:16:57 AM
No wonder my rates are so high.   Tongue
995  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 performance thread on: November 17, 2004, 03:01:16 AM
Athlon XP 2500 running at 3200
1GB Ram
9800 Pro (4.11 Catalyst)  The 4.12 Betas f-ed up Rainbox Six 3 for me.

Running at 1280x1024, 2x AA, 2 AF.  Everything high, water reflect world.

Only stutters briefly right after a new section load and new effect load.  Otherwise very smooth.
996  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [hl2]New complaint - why do I need the cd in the drive?! on: November 17, 2004, 02:57:34 AM
Did anyone try just pre-loading the files from Steam and then entering your retail CD key?  In other words, do not install off of the CD's.

That's really fucked if it wants to do a CD check after the Steam authentication.
997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Offline Mode -* First Post Edit *- on: November 17, 2004, 02:54:35 AM
Someone give Big Jake a cigar.   Cool

I unlocked around 8:30am and it went fine.  Steam hardly downloaded anything for the unlock and it seems like most of the time was spent decrypting/decompressing files.

I've been able to play at all times during the day.
998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 17, 2004, 02:49:59 AM
Just got by there Turtle.


Then I got scared going into the room where Breen gives the APB on Freeman and I took a break.

I do like this game but I really don't think it's the Second Coming like most people are making it out to be.  The graphics, animations, and environment interactions are sweet.  I just don't find myself HAVING to play to the next level like I did with NOLF.  Sometimes I feel like I'm on a rail and I miss the open-endedness of Far Cry.
999  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / real simple: How do I play Half-life 2 w/o steam??? on: November 17, 2004, 02:42:20 AM
LOL.....that gets added to my sig.   biggrin
1000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2: Steam vs Retail on: November 15, 2004, 08:13:16 PM
I used one of those "one use" card numbers that Citibank generates for internet purchases.

I originally had HL2 pre-ordered through EB but cancelled it and went with Steam.
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