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1281  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS/FT: Dragon Quest 8, and MP (sold) on: February 12, 2006, 06:41:52 AM
That's alright, I don't really have time to play DQ8, but you're welcome to look at my ELOG list to see if you can find anything interesting.
1282  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Its my birthday, its my birthday on: February 10, 2006, 04:13:28 AM
Happy Birthday.

So how old are you anyway?  Myto needs to know how many times to spank you. :wink:
1283  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: February 09, 2006, 07:45:08 PM
Nice of you to reschedule my execution.  Forgive me if I plan to be late again.   I'll be sure to bring some friends if I can find any.
1284  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: February 08, 2006, 09:57:47 PM
Don't worry, Varity almost has me knocked out.  That might help.   Someone else is bound to be fighting by now.  Then you'll probably see a couple civs band together for protection against the aggressors.  You could be down to a dozen players in a few weeks.

As to the server, I noticed it won't let you connect while someone else is establishing their connection.  It would be nice if it kicked out an error message, but it doesn't.
1285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game trading experiment on: February 03, 2006, 06:24:45 AM
Quote from: "philosophist_"
Quote from: "Dimmona"
There was a free service a while back called gametrader or something that I used to use all the time that did this - you basically created a list of games you had and a list of games you wanted, and it would match you up with folks.  I ended up trading quite a few games for not much more than a few bucks shipping.

The weird thing was the website was apparently doing great, then got shut down out of the blue one day... no reason was ever given.

game trading zone?

He might mean Switchhouse.  That place was great, but died when they tried to monetize the site.  They tried to do transaction fees like ebay, but no one wanted to pay after free trades for so long.  They drove off a lot of their customer base and never recovered.

It was a nice place that had books, games, cds and other stuff you could list in your profile.  You did the same with want lists.  Then you'd click on anything in your want list or have list and it would match you up with the people who had the most items for trade that matched your wants.  You could then sort by feedback.  They even had a 'swapping' cart system where you could propose a trade.  They could counter offer (kind of like Civ IV).  You only saw personal information on accepted trades.  Then it would even print out mailing labels for you.
1286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Talk Strategy Interview on: February 03, 2006, 06:05:13 AM

I thought I'd let everyone know I've done another interview.  I hope I'm not annoying anyone yet.  

Anyway, here is the GalCiv II interview.

As always, feedback and analysis is appreciated.
1287  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: February 01, 2006, 11:08:45 PM
+1 to RightBastard for a slick, professional trade.  Highly recommended.
1288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Talk Strategy Game of the Year discussion on: January 30, 2006, 08:38:03 PM
Voting is open now.

Right Here.

May the best game win.
1289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Talk Strategy Game of the Year discussion on: January 30, 2006, 12:03:44 AM
The site emphasis is on strategy and tactical games.  Specifically, its focus is on the virtual war stories arising from those types of games.  However, game of the year is open to all nominations.  Nominations closed out a while ago and now we're cutting the list to finalists.

Voting will begin tomorrow (Monday).
1290  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Private Message Box Size on: January 29, 2006, 04:45:22 AM
Thank you kindly.
1291  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Private Message Box Size on: January 29, 2006, 01:03:26 AM
Now that you've got a whole server, any chance of sharing the love and increasing the allowed size of PM boxes.  The defaults are pretty small for phpBB2 and messages aren't that big.  It seems most people like using PM's for trades (presumably to cut down on spam), so I notice my message boxes keep filling up.  Personally, I like to keep all my past trades archived to refresh my memory.   Just a suggestion.  Thanks.
1292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Talk Strategy Game of the Year discussion on: January 27, 2006, 06:06:41 AM

Just a reminder to those interested that my website is cutting down the list before voting on the game of the year.  It's not as prestigious as some awards, but it's fun.  The discussion article is Here.  The list of games is Here.  Input is open to all.  Thanks.
1293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bethesda does Star Trek for PC! on: January 24, 2006, 11:10:16 PM
Bethesda published isn't as exciting as Bethesda developed.  They've been kind of hit or miss as a publisher.  I will keep an eye out for those game.  PC & Xbox 360 does raise a bit of a warning flag.
1294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 4x ..Sins of a Solar Empire on: January 20, 2006, 08:55:11 PM
I just added a couple of new screenshots and a whole gallery of high resolution versions of all the screenshots.

Plese check it out.
1295  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: January 20, 2006, 07:48:19 PM
Seconded, connection timeout.
1296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Full Auto + Free Faceplate on: January 20, 2006, 12:43:43 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Agreed....however - Mike and I have started thinking about getting a bunch of white ones and having GamingTrend graphics painted on professionally.  They'd probably be 25 bucks a pop, but I think it'd be awesome.  smile
Why don't you just submit a recommendation to Cafe Press to start selling XBox 360 faceplates then you could offer a full line of GT gear without the sunk cost.
1297  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: January 18, 2006, 09:27:51 PM
+1 to Daehawk for a classic gaming trade.  Recommended.
1298  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: January 17, 2006, 07:57:28 AM
No, there's plenty of room to get around my city.  I've scouted that far.  He has his warrior at my city gates so he's well inside my meager territory.  I do have a warrior defending.  Odd.
1299  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: January 17, 2006, 07:10:06 AM
I can't believe I'm already at war.   Verity, I believe, of the Chinese declared war on me.  I'm at a loss to see why.  If he knocks me out, it's not much of a victory (the city's not big enough to be captured).  You might gain a little room.  If the rush fails, a war this early seems crippling to both of us.  Maybe it's a brilliant strategy that I just don't understand?  Thoughts?
1300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sins Interview on: January 14, 2006, 06:49:56 AM
I just put up an interview with the game's director.

Please check it out.

As always feedback is appreciated.  By the way you might want to vote in the poll while you're there.

I'm working on a GalCiv II interview as well.
1301  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Hammer & Sickle F/S or F/T {sold} on: January 13, 2006, 04:14:21 AM
Multiples are always an option, but if you didn't see anything on the list, it'll probably be a while before I add to it.  I'm sorry, I don't have FEAR.  I think Tron 2.0 is the most recent Monolith game I have.
1302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sword of the Stars..more info on: January 12, 2006, 05:09:57 AM
Sword of the Stars has a publisher now.  The press release states a Q2 2006 release.
1303  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Hammer & Sickle F/S or F/T {sold} on: January 12, 2006, 05:05:29 AM
Mainly interested in a trade.  Ye Olde ELOG listing.
1304  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: January 08, 2006, 06:03:36 AM
Count me in.  I haven't been beat up in a while.  Anything I should know about playing a pitboss game?
1305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Larger PS2 Memory Cards on: January 07, 2006, 12:03:30 AM
I just wanted to add that I tested the memory card with Sony's DNAS online authentication system.  I was concerned that in addition to checking the disk and PS2, it might look at the memory card.  Regardless, the card passed DNAS authentication using the Ratchet Deadlocked online disk which is the latest DNAS version I have.  So no conflicts there.
1306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Drama/blog] Getting... tired. on: January 06, 2006, 07:00:05 PM
You want to know the secret to happiness?  It's simple.

Help people.

You gain perspective when you help people.  You feel better about yourself when you help people.  You learn about people when you help people (quite useful for a writer).  You meet other people who help people when you help people.   It's amazing how many of your own problems you can solve when you help people.

Don't like churches?  Ok, start with civic organizations that help people.  College quite often seems passive.  When you help people, you're doing something.  Teach English, teach reading, teach computers, straighten out finances, build houses, mentor kids, help people fill out aid forms.  Just do something.  Good luck.
1307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 Pre-Order on: January 06, 2006, 06:43:58 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Well, I guess we will wait and see. I am still thinking there will be 2 SKU's....either that or the price of the PS3 is going to be a lot more than people here are expecting. $500+ easily. I can't see it for less than that with a bluray drive, Sony can't stand to lose as much per unit as MS can. They would be a taking a HUGE loss at $399 with a bluray drive.

You're thinking too short term.  If bluray wins, Sony not only gets a piece of every PS3 game sold, but every HD movie sold.  That's a fortune they can't afford to ignore (or lose).  Yes it's a big loss, but it gets them market share in two markets at once.  Sony need the cell to succeed and bluray to succeed.  The only way to ensure that is have the PS3 succeed.  They can't afford to price themselves out of the market any more than they could drop either of those core technologies.
1308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Devil May Cry 3 - Special Edition on: January 06, 2006, 04:31:55 AM
Count me in the crowd that decided to wait for God of War instead of struggling with the difficulty on DMC3.  Does that make me the target audience?  I'll probably pick it up this time.

I'm a bit surprised more publishers don't do this.  It seems like a good way to cash in money that otherwise would be lost to the used game market.
1309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Larger PS2 Memory Cards on: January 06, 2006, 04:27:56 AM
Thanks, stop by any time. biggrin
1310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Serious freakin problems setting up my wireless bridge on: January 06, 2006, 04:26:54 AM
Quote from: "rrmorton"
My Dad once told me the secret to marriage was avoiding the I Told You So's. Good thing you guys aren't married to each other. biggrin
You know, my pastor once told our men's group that men bond by making fun of one another.   It's all done with love.  Besides we're both much happier with our wives.
1311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Larger PS2 Memory Cards on: January 05, 2006, 06:42:09 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
I trust you will keep us updated if you have any troubles with it down the road.

And that's crazy, the JavaScript page loading thing.  What's that about?  I've not used PostNuke in a while, is that a new feature or is does it have to do with the stuff on the sidebars?

Yes, if I have problems I'll let you know.  So far so good.  I read a bunch of customer reviews and only found one person who had save file corruption.  So far, I've put it through a bunch of read/write operations without any errors.

It looks like the sale at Circuit City where they had them for $30 is over, but $35 still isn't bad considering that's still less than a 2 pack of Sony 8MB memory cards.

The javascript is just a loading status bar.  They put it in .760 so I got it when I upgraded to .761.  It doesn't really bother me, but if it's annoying I can take it out of the theme.  I'll have to do that sometime when I'm awake.
1312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Larger PS2 Memory Cards on: January 05, 2006, 03:16:33 AM
I grabbed one on sale.  Here's my review.

Thoughts/questions/comments are appreciated.
1313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Serious freakin problems setting up my wireless bridge on: January 04, 2006, 10:48:45 PM
Quote from: "msduncan"
I took the wireless bridge upstairs to my computer and ran the setup disk that came with it.   It set up the bridge and some settings in my router "automagically" and at that point the network light on the bridge started flashing.

I then unplugged it and took it downstairs to my 360 and plugged it back in and ran the tests.   BOOM.   It worked!

Um.  Remember that thread where you were asking about the bridge and I said:
Quote from: "Hrothgar"
Yes, the bridges and gaming adapters are essentially the same thing.  You might have to initially configure the bridge by connecting it to your computer, but after that you'll be good to go.

See, I was trying to help you avoid that problem.  It looks like I failed my tech assistance roll.  Glad you got it working in the end.
1314  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Hrothgar's Stuff on: January 04, 2006, 09:31:15 PM
I claim this spot in the name of Hrothgar (unless any monsters come around; then I might have to find someone else to defend it).

Ok, Here we go:

Items I want to move: (These are the ones that I'm practically giving away. Don't be afraid to ask for one or more in addition to what you really want)

Codes: (M)=manual (MB)=manual/box (C) complete package (BB) From Blockbuster (no manual, playable but far from mint condition)

PC games for trade (the ones I really want to move):
Alpha Centauri
SHOGO: Mobile Armor Division
Mechwarrior 2 pentium edition M
Redline Racer OEM
Strike Commander (on 3.5 floppies!)
The Chessmaster 4000 Turbo for Windows (3.5 Floppy) M
Wing Commander II Vengeance of the Kilrathi (3.5 Floppies, includes speech pack) M
Soulbringer (from the double pack, I'll never get around to playing it)
Aquanox OEM
Shogun Total War: Warlord Edition (JC)


Fire Pro Wrestling

Here are some items I'm willing to part with for the right trade:
If I contacted you, all these are on the table. I won't necessarily agree to any trade, but don't exclude them from your consideration.

Have List

Tony Hawk 2
Madden 2002
Virtua Tennis
Karnaaj Rally

3D Ultra Minigolf (M)
Age of Mythology & Titans(M)
Alien vs. Predator 2 (C)
Battle Realms (C)
Battlezone II (M)
Battlecruiser Millenium (M)
Black and White (M)
Command and Conquer: Renegade (C)
Deus EX 2 (M)
Freedom Fighters (M)
Freedom Force (M)
Grim Fandango
Homeworld (M)
Mafia (M)
Max Payne 2 (C)
Mechwarrior 4 (M)
Nerf Arena Blast (M)
Return of the Incredible Machine: Contraptions (M)
Rogue Spear (M)
Rails across America (C)
Warrior Kings (C)
Starlancer (M)
Simgolf (M)
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds (M)
Starfleet Command (M)
Age of Wonders II (M)
The Hulk (M)
Space Colony (M)


Gran Turismo 3
Madden 2001
Madden 2003
Seek and Destroy
Sega Sports Tennis
Metal of Honor: Frontline (BB)
Final Fantasy X-2
Twisted Metal Black + Online
Metal Gear Solid 2
NBA Street
NFL Street
Future Tactics
Mace Griffin
Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven
Tony Hawk 3
War of the Monsters
Way of the Samurai
Virtua Fighter 4

Mario Sunshine + Strategy guide
Metroid Prime

SW: The Clone Wars / Tetris Worlds
Brute Force
Hunter: The Reckoning (BB)
Buffy (BB)
Batman: Sin Tzu
Metal Arms
Outlaw Volleyball
Phantom Crash
Rogue Ops
Chronicles of Riddick: EFBB
Splinter Cell & Pandora Tomorrow
True Crime LA

Xbox 360

Perfect Dark Zero

Additionally, here is my Complete collection. Not that I'm thinking of trading items not listed, but somebody might make me an offer I can't refuse. Of course, all offers will be listened to and replies sent. Multiples are always and option (either way).

Edit for clarification: Multiples can mean anything 3, 4, 5, 6 for 1.

If it's something I really want make an offer. You'll always get a response and usually I'm able to work with people to make a trade where everyone is happy. Don't worry about looking greedy asking for a lot, I might come back with a lowball reply just to see how serious you are. I'm not worried about "maximizing the value of my collection." I want to try games I'm interested in and if I can do that and get rid of games I no longer have an interest in, so much the better.

Here is some random stuff I'm interested in getting in return (The Want List) :

Dominions 2 or 3

Naval Ops: Warship Gunner (1 or 2)
SMT: Nocturne
Shadow Hearts 1&2
Digital Devil Saga 2
Sly Cooper 3

Vandal Hearts
Arc the Lad collection

Mario Kart
Mario Golf Advance
Mario Tennis

Mario Kart: Double Dash
Mario Tennis
Wavebird Controller
Bongos and associated games

Rainbow 6 Black Arrow
Ghost Recon (any) & expansions
MS controller S or Logitech wirelesss

Nintendo DS

A DS lite console
Super Mario 64 DS
Warioware Touched
Advanced Wars DS
Battles of Prince of Persia

A PSP console
Metal Gear Acid 1&2
Generation of Chaos

Xbox 360
Dead Rising

List is not all inclusive. I like strategy games, but I'm flexible.
1315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Compatible Wireless USB adaptors for Xbox 360? on: December 28, 2005, 04:50:24 AM
Yes, the bridges and gaming adapters are essentially the same thing.  You might have to initially configure the bridge by connecting it to your computer, but after that you'll be good to go.
1316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Compatible Wireless USB adaptors for Xbox 360? on: December 28, 2005, 04:12:23 AM
It's not much cheaper, but linksys is offering rebates on some of their networking products.

Here's the Linksys Wireless G Gaming Adapter at ZZF.

It's $82 with free 2 day shipping and a $10 mail in rebate (so a net of $72).

The B version is cheaper if you must save money.  It should be ok for gaming, but not streaming video as mentioned above.
1317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What would your perfect game be? on: December 27, 2005, 06:48:12 PM
Quote from: "Mattc0m"
An MMORTS. That'd be wicked fun.

Well, there's Ballerium.
1318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Larger PS2 Memory Cards on: December 23, 2005, 10:27:43 PM
Clearly it's not about saving money; it's about increased functionality.  If Sony came out with a 32MB PS2 card and I could get a 64 MB Pelican at the same price, I'd probably go with the Sony.  I tend not to like deleting saves, especially saves where I've unlocked a lot of stuff.  So I end up swapping cards and moving saves a lot.  I just want to be able to use one card.  If Sony won't do it, I'm hoping someone else has stepped up.  If not, I'll keep swapping and moving.

It doesn't help that half the games won't even look to see if there's a memory card in slot 2, let alone one of the multitap slots.  We saw how well the hard drive worked for saves (that weren't FFXI).  I don't think I'm crazy because my Xbox (and even my Gamecube) have spoiled me so I don't have to worry about swapping memory card.
1319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Larger PS2 Memory Cards on: December 22, 2005, 11:16:13 PM
Last year there was a rumor about a larger official PS2 memory card coming out, but like the memory stick adapter, it never materialized.  Are any of the third party larger memory cards any good.  I know some of them originally required a boot disk while others had physical switches to access different 8MB chunks of memory.  Did anyone ever come out with a PS2 memory card that just shows up as a large chunk of memory (32MB?  64MB?) but works just like a regular official card?  If so, which ones are quality and which should be avoided?

Thanks for the help.
1320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console RPG challenge of sort on: December 22, 2005, 09:22:55 PM
It's a RPG set in the modern United States.  You play a college student about to graduate with a degree in political science.  You customize your character (basic appearance, male/female, Republican/Democrat).  The intro/tutorial starts out as a formal debate.  You start out with some basic attacks (facts on your side) that you use as your equivalent to melee attacks.  You also have a limited number of special attacks in the form of rhetorical devices (think spells).  Some special attacks have counters and some opponents are immune to certain types of attacks (think elemental magics).

After you graduate, you start working with a small issue advocacy firm.  As you gain levels, you learn more advanced skills (spells), have better facts at your disposal (stronger basic attacks) and learn counters.  Eventually, you move on to a lobbying firm where you start to form your personal staff (your party).  You might have lawyers, fact checkers, advertising agents, etc.  You also develop a network of powerful contacts (summon spells) you can use in emergencies.  The more powerful the contact, the slower the recharge rate.

As you grow stronger, you move on to an electoral rich state and begin working on state campaigns.  Then you move on to the House, the Senate or Governor's races.  You start fighting both political opponents and an independent faction, the press.  Your ultimate goal is to help your candidate win the Presidency, and you serve as the White House Press Secretary.   As Press Secretary, you have to fight off the vicious Press Corps as well as opposition party attacks, back stabs from within your own party, opposing interest groups all while keeping your President's approval rating up.  At that level, there are tons of optional battles.  If you try to fight them all, you won't have the strength needed to win the big fights.  However, if your opponents win too many of the small battles, they're much tougher when you do fight them.

You want to have a successful two term President.  To do that, you need to  win a major initiative each year, win one major legacy battle per term, (obviously) win reelection, and keep the opposition from winning any legacy battles.
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