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9121  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: February 20, 2008, 09:37:16 PM
I really like the art direction and the graphics, it looks like a living comic book.
9122  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: NCSoft buys City of Heroes on: February 20, 2008, 03:46:39 PM
I'm going to re-up to this later today to test out the changes since I last played (which was a long long time ago).

If any of you want to do the Invite a Friend Back, let me know.
9123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Things you never want to do again in a game on: February 20, 2008, 02:24:35 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on February 19, 2008, 02:47:01 PM

I never want to hunt for torpedoes that are speeding towards my crippled carrier while it's preparing for warp jump (Starlancer and Freespace)

I never want to grind XP , reputation, or gold

I never want to deal with save points

I never want to deal with cheating AI

I shouldn't have to raid or be a dedicated PvPer to get gear that equal to either playerbase

Not sure I can agree on the last one, there should be some kind of incentive to people that like to play a lot or enjoy raiding, it just shouldn't be hands down better.  I can't stand raiding personally, but I think the people that do it should have something to show for it.
9124  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [EL OH EL] Top 10 hottest gaming girls of 07 on: February 19, 2008, 08:05:59 PM

Quote from: Pong on January 04, 2008, 08:31:44 PM

8 and 7 look like they are the same person.

None of them is the hottest girl ever, but don't think any of them is ugly or anything. Maybe my taste isn't as sophistaced as travis'

nor is your sense of humor slywink
9125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did you hear the hammer? Another nail for HD-DVD. on: February 19, 2008, 08:02:16 PM

Quote from: Chaz on February 17, 2008, 01:52:48 PM

The HD DVD player is not obtrusive, so I'm perfectly fine with it living in my entertainment system for quite some time.  And like it or not, I won't be watching any BR movies until the prices come down.  I'm simply not paying $400 for a movie player.  I didn't do it with HD, and I'm not doing it with BR, even though the war is over, so I may as well enjoy what I have.

If your HD DVD player breaks for any reason, you can't get a replacement easily and that means any movies you buy after today were definitely a poor investment.

I'm hoping M$ hurries up and makes a low cost BR addon for the 360, then I'll be happy.  Just bought my damn HD DVD too.
9126  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Welcome to the Political Nonsense Board on: February 19, 2008, 07:36:13 PM
I've very glad to see this area, not because I want to post or read em, but because of the segregation slywink 

Thanks Ron
9127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RRoD: GDC Edition on: February 19, 2008, 07:31:26 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on February 19, 2008, 07:24:24 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 19, 2008, 07:21:18 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on February 19, 2008, 07:12:32 PM

From the article:

Nevertheless, you’d have thought Microsoft would have put its best behaved machines on show.

Why would they think that?  Microsoft probably just grabs a bunch of refurbs, and probably trucks the same beat up units from show to show.  If it dies... who cares?  They just replace it.

Anyone who is surprised by this has obviously never seen a torn up demo display at a toy or game store.

But the GDC isn't Toys R Us.  You would think if Microsoft knows there is a perception out there that 360's are unreliable, they would do everything in their power to avoid this kind of thing happening at GDC.


Just remember this is the same company that had a BSOD at the premiere press showing of Windows slywink
9128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: February 19, 2008, 06:49:34 PM

Quote from: skystride on February 19, 2008, 06:31:54 PM

Wow no radar, that's a big change.  Not sure how I feel about it.  Peripheral vision/situational awareness is so hard to do in a FPS without some sort of aid like a radar.

R6 was the first game that I liked the radar, it wasn't omnipotent, it only showed where they were if you had LOS or a teammate was.  Dont' like the removal.

Wish I knew if it had a party/lobby system frown
9129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reporter+marijuana burning=funny results on: February 19, 2008, 06:36:35 PM

Quote from: ATB on February 19, 2008, 01:56:54 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on February 19, 2008, 03:01:51 AM

I thought for sure you'd be posting this.

That is hilarious and I don't know why.  Just hilarious.

I agree, can't explain it but I laugh everytime he goes from no expression to that laugh.
9130  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Any GT'ers Doing Online Racing in any 360 Games? on: February 19, 2008, 09:12:32 AM
I've played a lot of burnout paradise lately and once my wheel gets back from M$ I'll be up for more Forza 2, loved that game, but can't play it without a wheel.
9131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Patapon for the PSP looks awesome - demo impressions! on: February 18, 2008, 10:17:35 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on February 18, 2008, 01:26:42 AM

love the demo.  day one buy for me

Same was very fun, simple, yet seemed to have a fair amount of creative depth in choices.
9132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Culdcept Saga demo on: February 18, 2008, 10:11:06 AM
I really wanted to get this, but felt the AI cheated in the demo, read that it cheated in the PS2 one and suspected it would cheat in this version.  frown
9133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Legends of Norrath? on: February 16, 2008, 02:07:13 AM
I played from release until shortly before the expansion and raids were added.  I'll re-learn how to play and try to hook up with you sometime.
9134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which is better for me? Oatmeal or Cream o' Wheat? on: February 15, 2008, 03:07:12 PM
I eat instant oatmeal like it's regular cereal, cold with milk.

In basic training there wasn't enough time for the oatmeal to cool down for me to eat it so that's how it started.
9135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help Me Spend 4000 XBLA Points on: February 15, 2008, 03:05:51 PM

Quote from: Destructor on February 15, 2008, 01:46:34 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 15, 2008, 03:26:47 AM

Quote from: KC on February 15, 2008, 03:01:15 AM

What else are the must haves?

Rez HD is absolutely a must-have.

Buy Rez NOW!

SFII Turbo, while fun, sucks if you haven't done a bit of 'trimming' if your 360 controller. The d-pad was not made for fighting game motions.

I have 2 of the DOA4 arcade sticks, they can't be overvalued for some good SFII action.
9136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Human Tetris Coming to American TV on: February 15, 2008, 01:13:42 PM

Quote from: depward on February 13, 2008, 10:05:05 PM

Whenever they try to emulate it on the Ellen DeGeneres show, it always makes me laugh.


Looking forward to this...

Many things just sort of 'clicked' for me upon reading this... ninja
9137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Soon you will witness the true power of this fully functional... BBQ Grill on: February 14, 2008, 11:59:54 PM
I was amazed how many of those I'd actually buy.  I'd so wear a tauntaun costume like that for Halloween.  I'd also like the sunshield.
9138  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD4 is a good game... but it's definitely not as good as people rave about on: February 14, 2008, 11:39:09 PM
Doesn't take any perk to get away from martyrdom, just run.  The key is to always move as soon as you drop someone.  If you wait to see if they have martyrdom, it's too late, assume they do.  I rarely die from martyrdom even when knifing, only time I get tagged is if I'm boxed in or sometimes if they have sonic boom also I'll get caught in the blast.  Martyrdom can be annoying, but when you plan for it, it's a complete non-issue.

Most of the things you complain about are easily avoided if you are prepared for them, especially the early round 'nade spam.

Regarding spawns, I used to bitch a lot about the way spawns work in this game, but once you have a decent team it's not that bad at all.  The spawning is based on the location of your teammates, the only time you're going to get spawn camped for more than a death or two is if nobody is moving out of the area.  Most maps (crash has a place that can be a problem) if the team makes a concerted effort you can at least get one or two people out of a camped spawn so the team is spawning elsewhere. 

My only complaint that still stands after many many hours of playtime is map balance.  Several of the maps simply favor the team that starts on a certain side (most often the US/Brit side.)
9139  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD4 is a good game... but it's definitely not as good as people rave about on: February 14, 2008, 10:38:34 PM
ATB, your avatar is an optical illusion to me, all I see is a crusader's helm in the middle slywink

9140  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: COD4 What's Your Play Style and Prefered Kit? on: February 13, 2008, 10:12:50 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on February 12, 2008, 09:33:17 PM

My kill-stealing kit:

M16 - red dot sight

Stopping Power
Deep Impact

Interesting, that's the same kit I use to prepare the kills for you to steal.
9141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: February 12, 2008, 01:44:56 PM
You can always race the time trial or do showtime on your way back to the start. 
9142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire - Beta Musings on: February 11, 2008, 10:35:33 PM
Refineries affect mines within 2 jumps it seems.  There can be up to 3 refineries overlapping per mine.

The Advent version only affects mines in the same system, so it's a bit different. 

Also you can put more than one trade post in a system for extra cash inflow.
9143  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: COD4 What's Your Play Style and Prefered Kit? on: February 11, 2008, 10:33:19 PM

Quote from: skystride on February 08, 2008, 10:19:57 PM

I am a .50 cal whore (there, I admitted it).

We know, we know. slywink  Thankfully you're really good on it.  I always assume when I hear it going that it's you on it.
9144  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Marvel MMO is DEAD on: February 11, 2008, 10:26:52 PM
I don't know that they ever seriously did more than get a concept together frown

It's a shame that WOW is scaring all the competition away.  People need to realize that unless you're making a fantasy game, there is room if you do it right.
9145  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire? on: February 08, 2008, 10:24:26 PM
9146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire - Beta Musings on: February 08, 2008, 10:22:23 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on February 08, 2008, 09:40:23 PM

Really enjoying the game, but, I would like to see a bit more done with the diplomacy on the SP side of things.  At the moment it seems to be pretty much a case of the Ai telling me to do things and me going 'yes master' if I want any hope of some kind of diplomatic relations.  It would be nice if there were some inherent dislikes/problems between differing races, and conversely it being easier to make friend's with factions from the same race.  Of course that might already be in there and I haven't noticed it yet.

I also would like to see some more obvious distinctions between the 3 races.  The ships look different, and do have different abilities, but it just doesn't quite feel like they play very differently.  This may be mainly a factor of not having played enough to see more of the subtleties that are there.

Lastly, more ships types.  I know that it helps to keep things fairly streamlined, but it would be nice to have some other, viable, ships to play with.

Considering that from the sound of things Ironclad intends to have the same type of after release support that Galciv I&2 have had, I expect to start seeing such things before too long.

P.s. forgot minor races, monsters (what?  I liked the random space monsters from MOO), ancient robotic defenses...

I agree with most of what you've said, but I definitely feel the three races play extremely differently in playstyles.  Advent's use of shields, aggro management in battle, spreading damage through use of guardians and their focus on strikecraft and culture make them play much differently than the other two definitely.  TEC had the huge economic focus which allows you to fund huge fleets more quickly and their ships do good damage as well.  Vasari have amazing control with regards to phase lanes and jumping and their ships focus on hindering movement of others, self repair and the like and they play quite different as a result. 

You CAN play each of the three races in the same way, in which case they would seem very similar, but if you cater to their strengths you'll probably see that they really are quite different.
9147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire - Strategy Talk on: February 08, 2008, 08:11:11 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on February 08, 2008, 06:47:52 AM

No deffense against the big guns cept to take them out before they fire?

That seems pretty accurate.  What Kato did was evil.  We played a 1v1 right before Jarrod joined us for the 3v3.  In that 1v1 I just basically set up some border worlds that were heavily fortified to slow him down while I raced to the end of the weapon line and got the big cannons.  The border worlds keep him from getting to my guns before they can tag him from my backlines.  Sadly we quit the game before I completed my first gun, then he uses the strat in the very next game.  ninja  Good news was he confirmed that it was a sound idea slywink  Bad news is that it's a sound idea with very few ways to prevent other than an early rush which I despise.
9148  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Pirates of the Burning Sea open stress test on: February 08, 2008, 08:06:05 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on February 07, 2008, 06:17:46 PM

Quote from: SuperHiro on February 06, 2008, 12:06:43 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on February 05, 2008, 07:24:44 PM

I'm liking the game, I can see getting into it more as I progress. Trying to save up for a hermes packet boat after losing my spiffy bermuda sloop. Couple more levels and I should be there. And whoever said it was right, you level up by killing pirates in the open see then come back into town and just burn through the missions to get all the money. Seems to have worked well.

Mediator Cutter sir.

I am now Mediator Cuttered sir. Per your recomendation and it is a great little ship. Got it for 13500 too.
got mine for free slywink ARRRR! Die!
9149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 08, 2008, 05:49:31 AM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on February 07, 2008, 08:06:02 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 07, 2008, 04:49:02 AM

Quote from: Destructor on February 07, 2008, 02:47:28 AM

Wow. Talk about...bouncy.  drool biggrin

And this is just...scary:

Proof! 58% of French people are dumb!

if I were the host I would have gone' are you fucking kidding me?' and then proceeded to signal my stormtroopers to sweep in and eliminate 100% of the audience.

Yes, but then the youtube video ends with a contest to "win a price".  If you're going to make fun of somebody else's stupid, you should at least try to spell correctly.

There's a difference between stupidity and not knowing a foreign language very well, and I get the impression that the person posting that 'contest' isn't a english as a first language type person.
9150  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [2/8/08] Geezers Gone Wild nights are BACK! Now with more COD4! on: February 08, 2008, 12:09:46 AM
 ninja2 ninja ninja2
9151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire - Strategy Talk on: February 07, 2008, 09:09:41 PM
I fired the Vaseri version of this gun twice last night and sadly missed the animation both times.  Evilekim and Kato however each saw it smack a planet they were raiding and ooohed and aaaahed making me wish I had seen it even more.
9152  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire? on: February 07, 2008, 11:26:47 AM
Played one complete 3v3 game with Kato and Evilekim tonight and we wiped em easy.  So we started another with 3 vs 2 teams of 2.   We're cleaning house again and I have a fleet of 16 cap ships ready to unleash some pain on the remaining AI's.
9153  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: So, what's a man gotta do to get back in on some COD4 shootyface action? on: February 07, 2008, 11:24:42 AM
I'm planning on playing some of this later this week/weekend
9154  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: I'm Coming For You Harkonis! (COD4 Stats) on: February 06, 2008, 12:35:02 PM
I haven't been playing but I will be again soon.  I have to rebuild my system this week and work has been really busy.  It's hard to pull Kato away from pirates long enough to get some COD4 going slywink

I still have a higher /played than anyone on my list even without playing in a couple weeks. 
9155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 05, 2008, 05:09:35 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 30, 2008, 03:23:51 AM

This is much better with the THX version that my sister showed me. 
9156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Club - Demo Tomorrow on XBL **BAH Europe and Aus only** on: January 30, 2008, 05:23:25 AM

Quote from: EddieA on January 30, 2008, 12:14:26 AM

I finally got to play the demo, and what concerns me is the unlimited combos.  It seems like the only way you can get the higher scores is to combo pretty much the whole level.  I much prefer the system in Guitar Hero, where the combo is capped at 4.  That way, there's a definite advantage to getting combos, but it's not completely devastating to your score if you lose your combo string.

This is why I stopped playing the Tony Hawk series and the ability to go infinite on drifts and boosts in Burnout Paradise is a bit irritating too.
9157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are Coheed & Cambria any good? on: January 29, 2008, 05:03:41 PM
I know they were in Rock Band, were they in GHIII also?
9158  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Pirates of the Burning Sea open stress test on: January 28, 2008, 10:45:41 PM
Forums should be up now.  Please let me know asap if they aren't behaving.
9159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: COD4 bestselling game of 07? on: January 28, 2008, 03:09:58 AM

Quote from: Ridah on January 27, 2008, 10:53:19 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 27, 2008, 06:49:31 PM

Quote from: Ridah on January 27, 2008, 03:33:43 AM

Keep in mind it's including all platforms, if Halo 3 was released on the PS3 as well you could imagine how much better it would have sold.

maybe, and I stress that, a little bit better.  The Playstation crowd has done without Halo forever, and CoD was already established with them.

Also, look which is the number 1 game being played on XBL?  Halo 2 held that spot for 2 years after it's release.  CoD4 > Halo 3- hopefully whoever does Halo 4 will realize they need to mix things up a bit.

Yeah but that was for what, one month? Halo 3 came out two months earlier, there's no saying that we won't see Halo 3 back on top in January, and the rest of the months thereafter.

I would be very surprised to see Halo 3 back on top soon.
9160  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: I'm Coming For You Harkonis! (COD4 Stats) on: January 27, 2008, 05:16:02 PM
I've only played 4 games in a week.  Still at 1.61 I think.
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