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9121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orange Box [360] - Thoughts and Impressions please. on: October 10, 2007, 12:15:14 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 09, 2007, 11:10:59 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on October 09, 2007, 10:31:45 PM

The fact that you can play battles with up to 32 players is reason enough for me to be glad I bought for PC

Yeah I was just playing on a server with a couple GT/OO people that had about 15-16 people on it.  2Fort seemed really really empty, and a short while later it the losing team pretty much left en masse.  8 man teams isn't even enough to have one of each class.  Still, HL2 on a big screen TV sounds great.

Very curious to see what kind of numbers the 360 version puts out.  Hopefully Valve will be nice and publish some Steam statistics for us as well.

I play HL2 on a big screen TV as it is, along with TF2 slywink  There are advantages to having the 42" monitor.
9122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 09, 2007, 10:34:19 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 09, 2007, 01:12:19 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on October 09, 2007, 02:37:30 AM

I'm not sure it's an IED since you don't see anything there pre-explosion and you can see a small black object fall into the frame from above prior to the explosion.  Looks like a missile or bomblet dropping to me.  Good evasive driving though.

Actually that black thing appears to be on the windshield as you can see briefly after he corrects his steering. A bomb would concuss (is that word) downward instead of raising the asphalt up like that.

yep, you're right that the black dot is there twice so can't be anything.

BTW, even though this may be an IED, some bombs do infact direct their blast out and up.  They bury then blow up which could cause the same effect.  I'm guessing this particular explosive is actually buried while waiting for them to come by.
9123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orange Box [360] - Thoughts and Impressions please. on: October 09, 2007, 10:31:45 PM
The fact that you can play battles with up to 32 players is reason enough for me to be glad I bought for PC
9124  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Halo3 Ranked (and or social) Matches Friday Night? on: October 09, 2007, 08:09:50 PM
I also have a version of rocket race that is 4 teams of 4 all on prowlers on Sandtrap which is pretty wild.  One version is played with rockets and invulnerable vehicles like rocket race and the other is with plasma pistols and normal damage.

Personally I'm not a big fan of the rocket race in actuality though it's great in theory.  There are always just a few too many people doing nothing but standing around shooting mongooses
9125  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Halo3 Ranked (and or social) Matches Friday Night? on: October 09, 2007, 07:59:10 PM
I'm in, I'd like to attempt to get better and ranked is the only thing that forces me to do so.

Even if I will have to play with you slywink
9126  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Bungie.net/Halo3 Questions on: October 09, 2007, 07:39:35 PM
I think the insta kills makes a big difference since I'm usually pretty good at being the first to fire even in Halo.  I hate sneaking up on someone, opening up on them and getting killed.  Feels like I was cheated.

I played a bit with a guy who is skill level 44 and it was just the most demoralizing thing I've experienced since my Quake II fiasco.  (wherein I got tired of beating up friends with scores of 100 kills with zero deaths and decided I must be good so should join a ladder.  First game was against the current ladder champion and I only SAW him once the whole match.  frown )

Can't wait for COD4
9127  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Bungie.net/Halo3 Questions on: October 09, 2007, 06:59:02 PM
For whatever reason I just have a horrid time staying alive in Halo.  In R6 it wasn't unheard of for me to only die once in a game with 20 kills.  I could get by in COD4 with 4 or so deaths and 20 kills, but in Halo 3 I'm lucky to only die 15 times if I get 20 kills. 

I just haven't grasped what it takes to kill someone AND get away alive before someone else gets me.
9128  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Bungie.net/Halo3 Questions on: October 09, 2007, 05:21:38 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 09, 2007, 03:04:22 PM

It appears that the stat tracking is now working for the ranked matches.

My K/D ratio is .80. Not great, but not terrible for teh WunderN00b.

Edit: OMG that's better than Harkonis!

<does happy dance>

You'll probably be better in all stats on Halo.  I don't like Halo, that's why I didn't play much on H1 and H2.  Not to mention even when I win I usually have more deaths than anyone else in the game. frown  Live it up while you can, before COD4 comes out slywink

I'm only renting Halo 3 since I'm only playing while it's 'hot' with you forum peeps.
9129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's Bill Harris talking about? (car accident story)(Or: Pets vs Kids, fig on: October 09, 2007, 08:04:46 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 09, 2007, 05:43:41 AM

Quote from: Lee on October 09, 2007, 04:30:56 AM

Quote from: SuperHiro on October 09, 2007, 04:27:32 AM

If my (hypothetical) cat ran out into the middle of the road, I was probably the one who put it there.

Until you actually own a cat, you wouldn't understand what its like to have one in your family.

ah yes, the smell of the litter box, the shredding of furniture, the stepping on a coughed up hairball whilst walking to the bathroom in the dark of night.....

Properly cared for litterboxes no longer have to smell at all thanks to marvelous technological advances. slywink

At one point my mother was that 'cat lady' and had around 15 cats indoors.  There were 3 litter boxes and you couldn't tell it was a cat house if you didn't actually see a cat.  It always freaked people out when they'd walk in and not know there were cats until they just kept walking into the room to see who it was.
9130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's Bill Harris talking about? (car accident story)(Or: Pets vs Kids, fig on: October 09, 2007, 02:42:58 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on October 08, 2007, 06:30:53 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 08, 2007, 06:13:17 PM

th'FOOL, would you agree that if you compare the people who care the mostly deeply for their pets to the people who are the most uncaring of their kids, that the pet people might have a deeper relationship?  I mean, you've got people who will sell their car to pay to give their old dog another year of life, and you've got people who will sell their baby to pay to get another year of cocaine.

At least I think that's what Brendan is trying to say.

Sure, there are definitely people out there who care for animals more than children.  I am not disputing that.  What I am saying is that the unconditional love of one's own child will (and should) always trump the unconditional love for one's pet.

Ask any parent here if they love their pet more than their child.  The answer will naturally be no.  I'm not trying to tell Brendan he is a fool for loving his dogs- I applaud it.  I am just saying that the unconditional love a child and a parent can have for each other is far, far greater than that of a pet/owner relationship.  I'm not saying to be an ass, or to diminish anyone, I'm just saying it because it is the truth for me and a great many people.  Yes, there are fucked up parents, yes there are fucked up pet owners, but I'm not talking about them.

Brendan chose to take my words as a personal affront, but they were not meant to be taken that way.  The truth of the matter is, there is no way that going down to the pet store or ASPCA and getting a puppy, or even watching your dog give birth to a litter of puppies, will ever compare to watching your child enter the world and open it's eyes for the first time, or walking for the first time, or going to their first day of school, etc.  It is apples and oranges.

I've had now ex-friends who very much loved their pets more than their own children.  Your statements are plainly false in the context that you insist they apply to the world and not just most (what you would consider) 'normal' parents.  I agree that it would be more natural for someone's love of their own child to out-weigh their love for their pets, but it simply doesn't always work out that way for people in the real world.  It is very possible for someone who has no children to love something (anything) just as much as you love your own children.  Different people respond to different things in different ways.  I've known people who very much love a particular inanimate object more than I could ever love my own child, they are a bit deranged in my opinion and they were locked up by the state, but their love is no less real to them.

9131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 09, 2007, 02:37:30 AM
I'm not sure it's an IED since you don't see anything there pre-explosion and you can see a small black object fall into the frame from above prior to the explosion.  Looks like a missile or bomblet dropping to me.  Good evasive driving though.
9132  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Bungie.net/Halo3 Questions on: October 08, 2007, 07:09:31 PM
Once you get past skill level 10 or so you'll find that you are usually playing against similiarly or lower skilled players.  The higher up you get the more accurate the game matching is.  The problem with playing in the really low level skill brakets is that even the best players in the world have to start at skill level 1.

It's less accurate in team games because the formula only counts team wins.  This sometimes has the odd effect of a lower skilled player riding on the coattails of higher levels and getting ranked higher than they should be.  You can also be unfortunate and end up on the losing team and be the best player in the game and therefore loss rank.  The formula looks at your skill level compared to the opponents and determines who 'should' win and if the result is other than that a larger adjustment is made.

The way the math works though, if a high skill gets matched with a low skill it's possible for the high skill to lose a rank even if winning.  That's the only true negative point to the formula I've seen.

You can wiki up trueskill for the details on the math behind it.
9133  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Bungie.net/Halo3 Questions on: October 08, 2007, 06:17:39 PM

Quote from: SuperHiro on October 08, 2007, 10:55:33 AM

Quote from: Calvin on October 08, 2007, 12:13:26 AM

Quote from: ATB on October 07, 2007, 11:59:28 PM

The thing I don't get about MP in general (GRAW2, GOW, etc) is why if it's a measure of 'trueskill' does your advancement rely solely on whether you win as a team or not?

Guys on my team (and me on teams in GRAW2) can have 20 kills, lose and still be penalized. How is that a measure of trueskill?
It's not-the Halo 3 system (whether they say its trueskill or not) is about 1000x better than the completely, utterly, broken trueskill of GRAW2 and the not quite as broken but still awful trueskill of GoW. As far as I know, the R6 Vegas experience system worked quite well.

The R6 vegas system is pretty horrible actually.  It takes waaaaaay too much time to level up.  Way too much time.

Also the R6 system does nothing but tell you who plays more, it has nothing to do with skill at all.
9134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bladestorm demo on: October 07, 2007, 07:59:21 AM
I'm having a good time with the demo
9135  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [10/5/07] Halo 3 Geezers Gone Wild Part 2: Electric Boogaloo... on: October 06, 2007, 10:16:08 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 06, 2007, 07:39:56 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 06, 2007, 04:11:10 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 06, 2007, 03:21:58 PM

Had fun last night. It's fun to see that I'm not HORRIBLE at it anymore...I might actually have to give ranked matches a try (where I'm sure folks with 3 years experience will sk00l me, but...)



If you ever want to take a team online keep me and my wife in mind.  She's rather good for the casual player (as OtterChaos learned early on), and I've been known to play a FPS from time to time.   ninja

This leads to a question: What if I just want to MP on my own and join other random schlubs ala Gears or Graw2. How do I do that?

You RTFM
9136  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [10/5/07] Halo 3 Geezers Gone Wild Part 2: Electric Boogaloo... on: October 05, 2007, 09:15:03 PM
Then TV isn't important enough for you that you can't miss it.  Logically infallible.
9137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 Game Variants... on: October 05, 2007, 09:12:12 PM
I'm all for playing in ranked matches, except I really don't like Shottys and Snipers, it's just no fun at all for me even when I'm winning.
9138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Gotham Racing 4 on: October 04, 2007, 10:36:40 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 03, 2007, 04:04:34 PM

For the first time, I plan on skipping a PGR game. It just doesn't interest me anymore, way too arcadey after playing Forza, and the idea of having to once again weave through cones for "kudos" just doesn't appeal to me anymore. I know I am the minority on this, but PGR's best days are behind it, I think.

I'm in the exact same boat.  Forza did it for me.
9139  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [10/5/07] Halo 3 Geezers Gone Wild Part 2: Electric Boogaloo... on: October 03, 2007, 05:29:14 PM
I'll also be on tonight for those that are impatient or can't make it Friday slywink

Got a new FFA mode on my share called Hammertime.  The leader has a hammer and moves slightly faster.
9140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage [360] on: October 03, 2007, 05:28:01 PM
I'm definitely getting Flatout over PGR4.  Unfortunately I don't care for the Kudos system at all since it puts the actual race second to fishtailing all over the place.  I get a bad taste in my mouth when a game actual discourages you from going straight in a straightaway slywink

Flatout does this somewhat as well, but I'd much rather be swerving to cause damage and wreak havoc than just to get a slide bonus.  I think that Flatout is going to be a much better multiplayer experience for me and if I want more straight up racing I'll pull out Forza 2 again.
9141  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [10/5/07] Halo 3 Geezers Gone Wild Part 2: Electric Boogaloo... on: October 03, 2007, 02:57:14 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on October 02, 2007, 08:16:57 PM

Depsite my irritation at the overly wordy announcement.  I am sooooo IN.

Don't be a dick!
9142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oh Snap! I Must Have Been Hopped Up On Goof Balls on: October 02, 2007, 11:54:41 AM
It all makes sense to me now!
9143  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [9/28/07] Friday Night Halo 3 Geezers Gone Wild... on: October 01, 2007, 09:53:56 PM
I'm on now
9144  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gaming Trend Halo Group on: October 01, 2007, 05:14:25 PM
Your forum time is apparently off by a quite odd 10 minutes slywink
9145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 Impressions (No Spoilers) on: October 01, 2007, 05:10:09 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 01, 2007, 02:52:43 PM

Quote from: KePoW on October 01, 2007, 02:41:17 PM

Quote from: Purge on October 01, 2007, 12:25:42 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 30, 2007, 10:32:08 PM

so, I finished the last level tonight.  The cutscene plays, ends and then 'disc unreadable'. ggrrrr.... OK, I'll just reload- I play through it again, get the end of the cutscene.... 'disc unreadable'.  I pop out the disc, making sure I don't just snap it in half, check it and there's nothing wrong with it.  giving it one final try I complete the level again but skip the cutscene.  ok, another cutscene plays, things end, then the camera starts staring at the mountains and nothing happens.  OK, I hit skip, go back to the main menu and the achievement for finishing the whol game pops up, but not the one for the final level.  I don't car about the achievements so that's OK, I know I finished the game.  Off to youtube I go to view the ending-  I didn't miss anything except the credits and post credit cutscene.

so, I finished the fight.  off to EB it goes!

No MP for you? Read PeteRocks' MP post and tell me you're not interested.

I was thinking the exact same thing, but I wanted to be nice and not say anything about how MP is the best part of the game and anyone who doesn't try it is a fool!  =P

I tried MP the other night and wasn't impressed.  I always knew if I got the game it'd be for single player only.

Aw, CK just went all ATB on me frown
9146  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [9/28/07] Friday Night Halo 3 Geezers Gone Wild... on: October 01, 2007, 11:44:04 AM
I've got the reworked and fixed gamemodes and maps on my file share now.  There was a flaw in the original hammer zombies that has been fixed in HZ Redux
9147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London - Elite or Pleb? on: October 01, 2007, 11:26:57 AM

Quote from: Destructor on September 30, 2007, 06:23:30 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on September 30, 2007, 03:49:56 PM

how long is the beta?

The one you get from the preorder via Gamestop ends October 6th if I remember right.

It's going to last longer
9148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 28, 2007, 12:53:47 PM
Hulk Hogan's Greatest Hits Volume 4?
9149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman: Ignition! on: September 26, 2007, 08:32:50 PM
I'm up for some multiplayer with you guys anytime you see me on my box.  Not enough people playing it online and they all have janky settings like unlimited nitros.  It's fun online.
9150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London - Elite or Pleb? on: September 26, 2007, 08:30:19 PM
Hark
Harkonis
Ravina

I'm just saying
9151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London - Elite or Pleb? on: September 21, 2007, 03:28:19 AM
 ninja
9152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Order this drink the next time you go to Starbucks on: September 21, 2007, 02:44:48 AM
I had a girlfriend that worked at starbucks for about 7 years.  I had more than my fill of the place.  I agree that once they automated the machines the quality went straight downhill.  It also opened up the chance for the people working there to be 'tards like most fast food workers once more.  No longer did they need to ever focus on the simple task of making coffee, they could just get by once more.

oh, and I despise soy milk, tastes like udder crap.
9153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GRAW 1, 2, or R6:V? on: September 21, 2007, 02:36:15 AM
BTW, when COD4 is released, I'd love to play with you all, it's got a lot of the feel of vegas only much faster.  I still prefer the slower vegas pace, but cod4 is fun.
9154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GRAW 1, 2, or R6:V? on: September 21, 2007, 02:35:18 AM
Vegas all the way, ATB just can't hang and wouldn't stick around long enough to own me slywink
9155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FASA Shuts Down - Who'll Give me my Mecha Fix Now? on: September 14, 2007, 05:45:51 PM

Quote from: kronovan on September 13, 2007, 06:05:23 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 13, 2007, 04:46:44 PM

Quote from: warning on September 13, 2007, 04:42:58 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 13, 2007, 04:12:08 PM

Quote from: warning on September 13, 2007, 03:57:32 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 13, 2007, 03:29:42 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 13, 2007, 03:21:52 PM

and who's going to do Crimson Skies?  crybaby

From what I understand not only did FASA get their asses kicked so bad making that game that another studio had to be brought on to fix it, but I think that other studio is still around and kicking.  MS still owns the license so another Crimson Skies game is certainly possible. 

I loved the Crimson Skies games.  It was the first Xbox 1 game I bought when I got my 360.

I enjoyed the Xbox game but I thought it was a pale shadow of the original PC game. 

Hm... it's been a long time (probably since release) since I've played Crimson Skies for the PC.  The Xbox version I played last year.  What were the major changes?  I don't remember them being that different.

IIRC the PC version was closer to a flight sim and everything 'first person' instead of '3rd person'.

Although I liked the PC version a bit better, it wasn't nearly as approachable to Joe gaming public as the XBox version. IIRC you really needed a joystick and needed to have it configured correctly if you wanted to get the most out of the PC version . Not at all a difficult task by todays standards, but made annoyingly difficult at the time by Microsoft's constant bungling of DirectX's input device support.
And the PC version's online multiplay was fairly piss poor in comparison to the Live support featured in the Xbox version.

I played in a competitive league online for the PC version and thought it had excellent MP support.
9156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage [360] on: September 06, 2007, 05:25:16 PM
Wrecked 2 cars my first race and came in just shy of gold.  That's definitely the key.
9157  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Soooo, who here plays Magic? on: September 06, 2007, 03:22:46 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 02, 2007, 08:07:56 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 02, 2007, 03:06:20 PM

Ping? It was always poke.

It might be a regional thing, like Pop, Soda and Coke.

Was definitely ping where I am as well.  Poking was done with a creature smacking you, pinging was DD.
9158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many pilots or pilots-to-be do we have here? on: September 06, 2007, 03:20:38 PM
I grew up in a household where my dad was a pilot with a private plane so our vacations were always in his plane.  Flew cross country from Indiana to California and had a blast just the two of us while I was in high school.  I've flown myself a few times but don't have a license.  I've also flown gliders but stopped just short of my license there as well.
9159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman: Ignition! on: September 05, 2007, 10:44:51 PM
I tried it with the wheel and it quite frankly sucked.  The game was definitely designed for the controller.  You can't really whip it left and right fast enough.  Also if you're on a bike, you can't pull back to wheelie.  You also don't want the wheel to catch on fire!  I need to send in for my repair kit slywink
9160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 05, 2007, 10:42:55 PM
As far as playing an instrument while using the mic, you'd miss any cowbell and tambourine hits on the mic I'm guessing.
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