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9121  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [10/26/07] Halo 3 Geezers Gone Wild Episode IV: A New Hope on: October 24, 2007, 04:30:47 PM
I'll try to be there.  Oddly enough I'm finding out that the more I play the less I like the way the objective matches are and am prefering the slayer matches that I did not favor at the start. 
9122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: and the final song in GHIII is... on: October 23, 2007, 11:39:19 AM
Battle mode in the demo really ticked me off.  If you play on different difficulties it's way too easy for the lower skilled player to win.  They will finish the star sections a second or so before the higher skilled player and if they immediately send the powerup to you then you won't finish your star section and therefore can't get the powerup to nail them back.  Basically what ends up happening is they hit you with every powerup and you hit them with none.  Good balancing.... Tongue
9123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Mist Trailer on: October 22, 2007, 08:47:24 PM
I really hope it has the same ending.
9124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Eye of Judgment out Oct 24 - card-based game (think Magic) for the PS3 on: October 22, 2007, 03:34:04 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 21, 2007, 08:58:04 PM

I read through the manual and it does leave alot of questions unanswered.

How does mana acquisition work?  Does the amount of mana you get increase each turn?  And does it carry over from turn to turn?  Given that you receive a mana point as your creature is eliminated I'm guessing that it does.

I'm a little skeptical about the way combat seems to be initiated.  It looks like creatures automatically attack adjacent squares as they are summoned.  I'm not sure I like that mechanic.

The summoning "lock" feature seems like a way to keep power creatures from getting out there too early.  Which is pretty interesting.  But it could leave you very bogged down if you get a bad draw early in the game. 

Only 110 cards with 20 on them being "ultra rare" and and 25 being "rare" makes me wonder about card balancing.  41% of the set being rare and above seem really weird.  I think you will see alot of the same deck once people separate the power cards from the chaff.

It does look like an interesting concept.  I'm just not sure it's a concept based on a sound card game.



That percentage of rares isn't really that out of the ordinary compared to most of the popular ccg
9125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Team Fortress 2 on 360, any split screen multiplayer? on: October 21, 2007, 03:43:41 PM

Quote from: Azhag on October 21, 2007, 01:57:31 PM

Really? That's unfortunate. Split screen is annoying in Halo due to size, but better than no split screen.

with the right size monitor, split screen works great slywink
9126  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: (360) R6 Don't let it die! 10/19 Fri night fight on: October 20, 2007, 07:54:22 PM
Had a blast last night with about 5 of us along with another 5 random people.  Man I miss this game something fierce! 

Hope we can get something regular going.

Make sure you get both the red and black packs since we use the maps and game modes from both.
9127  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [10/19/07] Halo 3 Geezers Gone......um......Gone for the Weekend. on: October 19, 2007, 04:57:59 PM
http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,23079.new.html#new

I'm going to be doing some R6 for a change tonight.  Since Pete's gone it should work out pretty well.  I played a little last night and realized just how much more I like it than H3, especially the cover system and lethality of the weapons. And no damned shields slywink
9128  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: (360) R6 Don't let it die! 10/19 Fri night fight on: October 19, 2007, 04:56:52 PM
Going to try to get some people together for this tonight.  I'm pretty much Halo'd out at the moment.  With Pete being gone it just seems like good timing.
9129  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: (360) R6 Don't let it die! on: October 18, 2007, 06:41:11 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on October 18, 2007, 03:59:53 PM

Actually, I'd love to also.  For the foreseeable future, however, this will have to remain theoretical as my work schedule has precluded nearly any gaming.

you tease! icon_evil
9130  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / (360) R6 Don't let it die! 10/19 Fri night fight on: October 17, 2007, 06:45:12 PM
I'd like to get some R6 gaming in in the next couple weeks as I prepar for COD4.  Any night's really fine for me.
9131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 - burning out? on: October 17, 2007, 01:24:52 PM
The online MP numbers are fading fast overall and exceptionally fast among forum members.  I can't really say I'm displeased with that this time though slywink  I really don't care for the game much and wish we still played R6 and will be playing COD4 when it arrives.

Glad it is a rental for myself.
9132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New GH2 (yes, 2) content for the 360 on: October 16, 2007, 04:49:26 AM
I really want my damn GH1 songs frown
9133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ranked Matches and Poor Design on: October 15, 2007, 07:10:38 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on October 15, 2007, 06:55:06 PM

I remember one of the Madden games was set up so that if a player was losing an online game, he could pause the game indefinitely until the other person would finally drop out and take a loss on his record.  One of the GameSpot editors -- I think it was Jeff Gerstmann -- said that he once waited for three days before finally turning the game off and giving up on random online matches altogether.

It seems like developers really need to think ahead and try to plan around whatever the most immature, puerile people are going to do.  icon_frown

-Autistic Angel

I had this same problem on Street Fighter for XBLA when it came out.  Some guy refused to play me since I could beat him and he left it on the character select screen for days without picking a character.  Eventually he either quit or his 360 locked so I got the win but it was really lame.
9134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [POLL] - Call of Duty 4 - Which System on: October 15, 2007, 05:40:36 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 15, 2007, 02:23:50 PM

Quote from: Calvin on October 15, 2007, 12:25:22 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on October 15, 2007, 12:11:29 AM

Both versions on day one.
I know we have talked about this before but I just can't justify it. The plusses of playing on PC for me outweigh the slightly easier time finding MP games and the larger groups of friends. I just cannot justify playing compettive MP shooters on console when I have the PC that can handle it. A rental to play a few rounds with the GT folks sounds like fun though  icon_wink

I'm getting the PC for the eye candy and the fact that I don't plan on touching the MP portion at all.  I played CoD3's MP for all of 30 seconds before deciding it wasn't anything interesting but I've played the first 2 games SP over a few times.

I thought the MP beta on the 360 felt a lot more like a faster paced R6 than a new COD.  You'll be missed on 360 MP CK
9135  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Bungie.net/Halo3 Questions on: October 14, 2007, 11:06:45 PM
Then you'd have people getting put into a game that's already losing.  I know I'd probably want to quit if I got stuck on a losing team with 2 minutes to go.  That would make any stats completely irrelevant.

I think the way they handle it is the lesser of evils and there isn't a better way to do it without screwing over more people.
9136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: October 14, 2007, 11:05:05 PM
$170 is almost the price of only one console, and even then it's only 2/3 of the price not 'almost the whole thing'

It is a lot of money for just a game, but this isn't just a game it's a social experience.
9137  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Bungie.net/Halo3 Questions on: October 14, 2007, 05:02:26 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 12, 2007, 08:22:04 PM

My one complaint about halo MP is that when someone quits (even as early as the load screen) the match commences regardless of one team being down 1, 2 or even 3 players.

It'd be nice if the match reset or gave the team whose player dropped the option to quit without penalty.

I quit my first match ever today because it was such an exercise in frustration.

Oh and is there any policy on how often bungie updates their stats?

If it did this peopel would just have a team member quit whenever they were going to lose.  It is the way it is because of a lack of non-exploitable alternatives.
9138  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [10/12/07]Halo 3 Geezers Gone Wild 3: Beyond Thunderdome... on: October 10, 2007, 06:24:53 PM
I finally got my nephew his own live account so he can play with us.  His gamertag is IanRyu.
9139  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.
9140  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.
9141  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
9142  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
9143  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
9144  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
9145  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.
9146  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.
9147  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.
9148  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.

9149  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.
9150  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.
9151  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.
9152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bladestorm demo on: October 07, 2007, 07:59:21 AM
I'm having a good time with the demo
9153  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
9154  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.
9155  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.
9156  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.
9157  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.
9158  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.
9159  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!
9160  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!
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