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8561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - newbie questions on: April 21, 2008, 11:59:18 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 21, 2008, 08:58:28 PM

The rattle is just the tilt sensor, nothing to be worried about.  As for the connection issues, sometimes I have to unplug and replug the power to the USB hub.  It feels like more an issue with the 360 than a problem with the controller since it also can affect the other instruments.

I bought a 'real' powered hub and didn't have the problem. I think it's a problem with the cheap hub they included.
8562  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 21, 2008, 07:47:57 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 21, 2008, 07:46:21 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 21, 2008, 07:22:19 PM


Our little Teggy is all grown up  crybaby

Growing smile  When I can get my k/d up to 1, then the apprentice must kill his master. That's what Star Wars taught me. Something like that.  Either way, there's time, because I'm only at .6.



Unfortunately, you need a higher k/d than your mentor, preferably higher by a 2:1 ratio to improve your chances of winning vs him/her slywink
8563  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: April 21, 2008, 07:26:27 PM

Quote from: Destructor on April 21, 2008, 07:16:56 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 21, 2008, 03:41:14 PM

System Requirements have been announced!

Quote
Online Gaming;

        Broadband connection required.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the way that this is worded is that playing online is optional. In short, if you want to play online, you have to have a broadband connection. We all know that as a MMO, you have to have an online connection to play.

I believe you can play solo at least until level 20, not sure if offline play is available after that.
8564  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: April 21, 2008, 07:25:14 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on April 21, 2008, 07:03:14 PM

At the risk of fully exposing my total lack of understanding regarding MMO pvp "stuff" - I have a question.

If repeated 'ganking' (which I assume is being the recipient of getting killed over and over and over again) is such a turnoff to so many people, is there not some way for designers to implement a system that seriously discourages it, without killing the whole concept?

Or is it more a matter of devs wanting to give people total freedom to play however they want, and the downside to that happens to include the 'freedom' to gank to your heart's content?



Msot dev's seem to get lazy and don't want to put a lot of thought and programming into any safeguards to prevent it.  Really in my experience the best way to prevent it from ruining people's games is to make sure people are held accountable for what they do.  If someone spends their time running around killing people at random, they should be feared, but they should also be fearful of something.  In some games they would have NPC guards aggro them, or they couldn't go into towns.  Other games might put a large bounty on the player which makes other players tempted to band together and take them out repeatedly.  

There are always going to be people who enjoy taking people out at every chance, they just need something to balance it.

I was a ganker in WoW on the PvP servers.  I played solo 100% of my time (stopped playing at 66).  Anyone who actually tried to get away or go somewhere else was able to, and many people came back with groups to take me out and/or camp me.  Was great fun being on either side of it and only once did someone get bent out of shape.  Many times I had people who either took me out repeatedly until I figured out how to deal with them, or people I took out repeatedly log onto toons on my side and chat with me about what happened.  Lots of 'nice job, thought I could get you but couldn't' or 'lol, you've got my number today'.  

I find that the best asset I have for enjoying pvp servers is patience.  If I get ganked, I try again, it happens again, I move onto another area or game.  I generally play solo, but make a lot of friends for when I need em.  I can definitely see where if you either have severely limited playtime, or a short temper and/or little patience it's probably not worth your time to even attempt pvp servers and I understand that.  

I just have a terrible time playing vs computer AI in any capacity, it's why I almost exclusively play mp games.  Fighting mobs is more like solving logic puzzles since there are set patterns to see, understand and solve.  I used to really enjoy these, but it's a bit too predictable now.  Fighting other players is chaotic and usually you'll find some unpredictability in it.  True that you can get this in battleground type settings and level up in pve, but then I'm doing something I don't like to get to something I do and that's why I stopped playing WoW in the first place.

/rant over.   didn't mean to turn this into pvp vs pve at all, I understand both sides and have been on both.  I also know that I may have been lucky in my past experiences.  I also just wanted to throw my hat in to try to get people to play pvp with me so I have people to call on for help when the shit hits the fan slywink
8565  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 21, 2008, 07:03:07 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on April 21, 2008, 06:45:05 PM



Anyone have the story linked to that?  There must have been some compensation involved
8566  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: April 21, 2008, 07:01:07 PM

Quote from: Arkon on April 21, 2008, 06:16:07 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 21, 2008, 05:42:33 PM

I found this little story amusing.  It's from a recent Gamespot interview of the game director.  I'm not sure if it makes me more or less prone to playing on the PvP server:

"GG: I think I will end with a personal story here. I play undercover on the beta, naturally, and the Funcom employees had made an in-game guild called "Incognito" (we figured that being in-your-face was the best way to hide things). I was playing a level 23 conqueror on the PVP beta server, and was loitering around outside Conarch Village in Conalls Valley when I was approached by this level 35 assassin, I think.

He said, "Would you like to leave your guild and join ours? We are a tough, no-nonsense PVP guild. What do you think?"

I replied, "Sounds interesting, but I am sorry--my friends and I just formed this other guild, as you see. Maybe with another character?"

"Too bad for you," he said, and then went on and beheaded me.

Some of you might be a bit puzzled over what is really funny about this story, but to me it is just such a cool, hardcore PVP act...it is like the [epitome] of PVP in Age of Conan. Tough, deadly, and definitely not for kids! "

Except that will be the exception.  Normally the 35 assassin would have killed him before he knew he was there, then he would tea bag him, shout out "take that you noob, I am hardcore, your guild sux, mine rocks....", then he would wait around and gank him 10 more times just for good measure.

Having played hundreds of hours of FFA pvp in various games, I've only had what Arkon mentions happen once.  That's it, once.  You do get jumped and killed sometimes, but the kind of prickish attitude described is far more likely in a fps.  The one time it did happen to me?  Lineage 2 BETA and it had a lot to do with the type of people drawn to the game.

Whether or not Conan will have that type of person I don't know (probably will).

I only ran into one trash talking arrogant ass in almost 2 years of Shadowbane, and our guild smacked him so hard and went after his guild so hard that they disowned him to get us to stop.  There are ways to make the world enjoyable yet mostly realistic in it's politics.  I hate pvp when you can't actually defend or police it at all, but I also hate not being able to do something about a griefer.  I've been griefed FAR more often on PvE servers than on PvP servers and you can't even do anything about it short of petitioning for a GM and that doesn't often help.
8567  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 21, 2008, 06:14:32 PM
Took me about 2 hours going from PC (mouse+keyboard) to the 360 for fps
8568  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: April 21, 2008, 05:38:52 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 21, 2008, 04:42:08 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 21, 2008, 04:37:56 PM

What are the recommended specs for my monitor's native resolution?! frown

1920x1080

Quote
Recommended configuration (Up to 1920x1080, most features on)

        Buy a Xbox 360


 Tongue

fixed that for you
8569  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 21, 2008, 05:16:06 PM
http://www.xanga.com/DenKirson/632800688/item.html
8570  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: April 21, 2008, 04:37:56 PM
What are the recommended specs for my monitor's native resolution?! frown

1920x1080
8571  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amaozon Kindle on: April 21, 2008, 12:34:33 PM
I'll get one once it's in the mid $200's or so.

Well, I'll get the Amazon version anyway.  Not the Amaozon one.
8572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Mortal Kombat game coming on: April 21, 2008, 10:39:29 AM
I'm hoping beyond hope that they finally put a decent 'system' behind the art of MK
8573  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Expelled on: April 21, 2008, 10:33:53 AM

Quote from: msduncan on April 19, 2008, 10:32:57 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 19, 2008, 07:00:11 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on April 19, 2008, 06:57:05 PM

So that prime example in Bowling for Columbine of Moore editing Charlton Heston speeches together to misrepresent what Heston was truly saying isn't a "core fundamental misrepresentation"?

Sure it is, but misrepresentation of a crazed actor who is being used as a figurehead isn't the same as misrepresenting a philosopher or scientist who actually knows what he is talking about. smile

That actor chose to be the spokesman for the NRA because he believes in it.   You speak of the NRA as if they are some shadowy backroom smoke and mirrors group.    They are actually made up of 4 million citizens, and you can join any day you want and participate.     I was a recruiter for the NRA an signed up many folks.   I did it in my own time, but the NRA sent me materials and the like.    It was my time and energy expended by my own choice.     Charton Heston's time and energy by his own choice contributed to the cause as well.

You'd think you'd be a better shot then.     *zing!*  ninja (goes back to non-politcal forums in a hurry)
8574  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 21, 2008, 09:43:35 AM
I have the lil 360 keyboard that attaches to the controller now so I sometimes use it and sometimes my computer so no problems on the msgs smile

I'll suggest to anyone that doesn't feel confident about staying alive for the whole round that once you get a helicopter, hold on to it and start being more aggressive.  Then once you die, call it up and be very conservative.  On most maps this will allow you to use your helicopter to get you at least an air strike and sometimes another helicopter.  Some of my best games have been like this.  UAV, Air-strike, run out kill three more people and die, respawn and call helicopter, camp and peg a couple people while helicopter kills a few, air strike for the rest, run out and kill a couple, die, respawn and call helicopter, repeat.  This is how I ended up going 40+ kills with 4 deaths in a very, very short amount of time on Pipeline.  Overgrown was almost as good.  Basically on any map that a helicopter is a good deal you are better off taking the death and using it when you respawn.

This advice works for airstrikes too in some regards.  If you get an airstrike but are in a bad spot and likely to be overrun or killed, try to get somewhere safe.  Worst case is you die and the airstrike will help you get an airstrike slywink
8575  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 20, 2008, 11:47:41 PM
http://www.macvsog.cc/vietnam's_famous_picture.htm

It's a very well known photo about the atrocities of human nature, specifically in Vietnam
8576  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 20, 2008, 10:01:22 PM
I have a pretty sick sense of humor and that got no laughs from me. eek
8577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: April 20, 2008, 01:31:21 PM
The tamborine function is based on the sound you make when you hit the mic, any mic works for that.  If you couldn't get the other mics to work, you weren't hitting the mic properly.
8578  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 20, 2008, 01:30:13 PM
The lil chuckle you gave when Jarrod said 'see you tomorrow' in response to you saying 'be back in 30 minutes' was priceless   ninja
8579  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Boston Is Awesome. on: April 20, 2008, 10:29:19 AM
I believe that would be Wonderpug and possibly Chaz
8580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: April 20, 2008, 09:09:29 AM

Quote from: CSL on April 20, 2008, 08:25:54 AM

This whole thing about about full albums is amusing anyways. No matter what anyone says the first really full album they've offered is the Boston debut album, missing one song as it may be.

Go to bed.

Or play COD4 smile
8581  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 20, 2008, 08:22:56 AM

Quote from: Sam Hell on April 20, 2008, 07:58:34 AM

WTF is going on with OO? Dammit!

Hi GT! Been....quite a while.... icon_biggrin

What in Sam Hell is wrong with you? smile
8582  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: April 20, 2008, 07:18:22 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 20, 2008, 06:32:34 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 20, 2008, 06:01:50 AM

Quote from: skystride on April 19, 2008, 09:19:50 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 19, 2008, 07:34:37 AM

If I play this, I'll definitely be playing on a PVP server.  In all the games I've played I've always had way more fun on the open pvp servers.  DAOC, WOW, AC, EQ2

Just be wary that AoC seems to be extremely quest heavy for leveling up.  If the quest leads you through linear areas which have obvious bottlenecks then you are going to have some serious ganking going on.  If you don't belong to a guild that can break the gank, well might as well quit the game for the night and hope the next day the gankers go away because you won't be able to do anything at all.  In those games you mention, there were always alternatives.

If it isn't possible to level up without doing quests (at a reasonable rate) then I won't be playing the game anyway.  I don't enjoy quest-centric games very much.

So if you don't do quests, do you just grind or what?

I usually do some quests, but I prefer to level off PvP and if that isn't possible then I like having lots of options such as different places to grind and multiple quests to choose from in different areas.  I levelled in DAOC on the PvP server almost entirely from PvP only and it really wasn't all that much slower than questing and was much more fun.
8583  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: April 20, 2008, 06:01:50 AM

Quote from: skystride on April 19, 2008, 09:19:50 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 19, 2008, 07:34:37 AM

If I play this, I'll definitely be playing on a PVP server.  In all the games I've played I've always had way more fun on the open pvp servers.  DAOC, WOW, AC, EQ2

Just be wary that AoC seems to be extremely quest heavy for leveling up.  If the quest leads you through linear areas which have obvious bottlenecks then you are going to have some serious ganking going on.  If you don't belong to a guild that can break the gank, well might as well quit the game for the night and hope the next day the gankers go away because you won't be able to do anything at all.  In those games you mention, there were always alternatives.

If it isn't possible to level up without doing quests (at a reasonable rate) then I won't be playing the game anyway.  I don't enjoy quest-centric games very much.
8584  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: I Think I Need A Break From COD 4 on: April 19, 2008, 11:38:08 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 19, 2008, 11:06:47 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on April 19, 2008, 09:19:08 PM

Getting people out of the cave on creek is a pain.  Flashbang/Stun grenades can help.  It seems like the grenade launcher is a better bet for consistency, however.  Getting a grenade throw just right so that it will actually get the folks inside is really tricky.  Having the sonic boom perk would probably help as well.

If possible having someone flank around the back (hard to do if there are competent snipers as well) works as most people only watch one side or the other.

The problem was my dopey team kept charging in. + 10 +10 +10 for the other team.

ATB: Stop going in the cave.

+ 10 +10 +10 for the other team

ATB: Stop going in the cave!

+ 10 +10 +10 for the other team

Repeat until defeat.


I used to countersniper with the RPD on that map until I found the cave slywink  Now I usually camp the cave because there are always people on the other team who will file into my crosshairs repeatedly without me even having to aim.  Can be frustrating when it's your team I imagine.  If the other team is holed up in the cave, I just ignore it.
8585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A whole bunch of reasons it's still worth it to be a PC gamer on: April 19, 2008, 11:03:00 PM

Quote from: Sepiche on April 18, 2008, 03:02:22 PM

The number of adventure games coming out is pretty surprising to me.  I know there's still demand out there for games like that, but I didn't think there was THAT much demand.  Still, that list is worthless without Loom 2. smile
I want to play Loom 2 with my Rock Band guitar slywink
8586  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Delayed (one more time y'all!) on: April 19, 2008, 07:34:37 AM
If I play this, I'll definitely be playing on a PVP server.  In all the games I've played I've always had way more fun on the open pvp servers.  DAOC, WOW, AC, EQ2
8587  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coming to Alderaan on: April 19, 2008, 07:30:29 AM

Quote from: Laner on April 19, 2008, 12:17:19 AM

Quote from: Destructor on April 18, 2008, 10:09:31 PM

AHA!

by far the best part, I kept waiting for another one
8588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: April 18, 2008, 08:44:10 PM
I definitely feel bad in a snobbish kinda way for people who don't give music they aren't familiar with a shot.  I pretty much download it all and have been pleasantly surprised that I enjoy either listening to, playing or both almost every song I've downloaded.  (didn't like Cherry Bomb, that's about it)

Trying out new music can be very nice, and it often takes a few listens to appreciate a new style or band that you aren't familiar with.
8589  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: I Think I Need A Break From COD 4 on: April 18, 2008, 07:27:03 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 18, 2008, 04:09:38 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 18, 2008, 04:04:53 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on April 18, 2008, 03:13:58 PM

Alright, ATB. I finally have it again since the USPS took its sweet time delivering the game via trade. Played a bit last night to warm up, and remembered why I hate FPS's so much on consoles - precision aiming with your thumbs sucks. But I have it and once I train up a bit I'll find you.

Then you'll be sorry as you find your ass kicked all over the map(s). ninja2

You've caught me in a weird stage. I'm very inconsistent (consistently inconsistent!) and will most likely be online tonight. Let's party up and rock the world? Or do you have some lame RL commitment?

he'll probably be busy looking for white hairs  nod

I'm still having a blast with the PC MP.  the nice thing about the PC and public servers is that practically no one uses the built in voice chat, so there's less verbal asshattery.

It's so easy to mute people that I find I'd rather just pop a button to mute each offender than miss out on the teamwork that often happens on Live.  Most people aren't idiots that play, it's just that there are enough of them that you usually have 1-2 per room of 12.
8590  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I think I live in Tornado Alley on: April 18, 2008, 07:25:40 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 18, 2008, 04:05:50 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 18, 2008, 03:42:53 PM

I'm used to tornado weather, what I'm not used to are the two earthquakes we just had this morning.  icon_eek

supposedly people felt it here in Columbus.  I guess I slept through it.

These were the first two I felt, all the ones that have happened since I was born I slept through.  Funny story, the first one happened and my dad started yelling at me to turn the music down since the house was shaking then he got to my room and saw I was still asleep.
8591  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I think I live in Tornado Alley on: April 18, 2008, 03:42:53 PM
I'm used to tornado weather, what I'm not used to are the two earthquakes we just had this morning.  icon_eek
8592  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Needed: Suggestions to make $400 quickly. on: April 18, 2008, 02:20:26 PM
I'll second the responses suggesting medical donation of bodily fluids and signing up with a temp agency ASAP.
8593  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 18, 2008, 02:19:00 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on April 18, 2008, 02:03:40 PM

Quote from: Jag on April 18, 2008, 01:41:27 PM

Quote from: Eightball on April 18, 2008, 12:50:17 PM

Quote from: Rip on April 18, 2008, 11:43:24 AM

Quote from: Arnir on April 18, 2008, 11:19:39 AM

Good luck and thanks, Rip.  I think for a lot of people it was surprising just how fragile the internet can be - at least it was for me.  Don't think that many of us don't appreciate your efforts, but keep in mind that it is hard to do so if there is little communication about what is happening.  Get some rest.

True and I appreciate that. I am just tired and relieved. Probably a little grumpy. Haven't had anything good to pass along in a few days and too tired to formulate any effectual communication. No time for rest yet, have a day full of hectic work ahead. Maybe tonight.

Rip, a lot of folks are very grateful to you for voluntarily hosting OO over the years.  You should never feel unappreciated.

+1 billion

We love ya, ya big f*cktard!

Most of us anyway slywink
8594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Preorder changes on: April 18, 2008, 02:47:28 AM
Why don't you just pick up Mario Kart for the PS3 in case your Wii breaks. Tongue
8595  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Work Related Burn Out on: April 18, 2008, 01:02:49 AM
I'm in a very similar position and am going on my second year there.  The total budget for the IT department of the school I work at has been $0 since I started frown  I have zero training on all the proprietary school and DOE software and have been barely limping by on hardware almost a decade old.

The teachers hate me because I am the face of everything that doesn't work.
8596  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Goal Line Blitz on: April 17, 2008, 09:05:04 PM
Arkon, I'd be willing to give defensive coordinator a shot.  I'd also state that you should feel free to pull me if I screw up smile

I have good confidence that I can run a good game plan, I just don't have any actual experience doing so.
8597  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL]McNair just made me cry on: April 17, 2008, 05:25:13 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 17, 2008, 04:49:49 PM

retires    crybaby  crybaby  crybaby  crybaby  crybaby

Boller as starting QB     crybaby  crybaby  crybaby  crybaby  crybaby  crybaby

Footballs Gods  are crapping on Baltimore...

What's Baltimore have to do with football?

*runs and hides behind his Colts*
8598  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I Had My First Whopper this past week on: April 17, 2008, 05:24:28 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on April 14, 2008, 01:58:12 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on April 14, 2008, 12:13:51 PM

I don't eat ranch dressing and can barely tolerate alfredo sauce.

dude... seriously...

+1  Ranch and Alfredo, two of my fav's
8599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: April 17, 2008, 05:09:13 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 17, 2008, 04:44:12 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 17, 2008, 03:56:04 PM

Oh snap full album coming????  I hope it's good, I have a Rock Band party coming up in 9 days!

EDIT:  I would like to add that I hope it's Nirvana's album first up.

Nirvana's the only one they've mentioned, so I'm sure that'll happen.  Of course, they only have to release one more song off of Boston's first, but that would feel like a gyp.  Personally, I'm hoping we see Bowie's Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.  Probably not right away, but what a great album.
First album mentioned was The Who
8600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: General Grand Theft Auto IV Thread on: April 17, 2008, 04:29:16 PM
One of my big problems with the other GTA was the whole 'look at a wall then back at the street until the cars you want are there'  That and the 'pick a car from your garage, then the street fills up with the same type of car so you can grab another' thing.
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