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1361  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Steel Battalion on: September 12, 2005, 03:01:34 PM
Quote from: "chewbaccasaurus"
WTF!? you mean you NEED line of contact to go online?
Yes, and you can only unlock new mechs for LOC in campaign mode.  And campaign mode is ending at the end of the month.  So there's not much point in buying LOC now unless Capcom suddenly decides to unlock all mechs for everyone.

That said, even offline, SB is an experience that all mech fans should try.
1362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Speaking of IGN, Burnout Revenge Review up on: September 12, 2005, 04:30:06 AM
My Fry's (Houston) had it listed as in after 4pm on Thursday at $38.  Very tempting.
1363  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Small Talk Strategy Contest on: September 12, 2005, 04:26:59 AM
Last 24 hours.  Good luck to all writers.
1364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Speaking of IGN, Burnout Revenge Review up on: September 09, 2005, 09:06:29 PM
Overall it sounds like single player is more balanced toward the player.  In fact, the review seems to imply it's too much in your favor at times.  So it loses a little of the white knuckle tension and strategy, but otherwise everything is improved.  Sounds good.  

They give it an 8.9
1365  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God is found - and he plays Ikaruga on: September 08, 2005, 06:48:08 AM
Sure, Black and White, but can he do

Black and Orange?
1366  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Football is Coming!!! YEAH!!! on: September 07, 2005, 04:02:13 AM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
Always a Houston fan.

1367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 is dead! PS3 has keyboard/mouse support!!!! on: September 05, 2005, 10:38:29 PM
If developers want to support mouse and keyboard, it shouldn't be hard for them to add a toggle box to the host's game set up menu.   Something like controllers only.  That way people who don't want to compete against mousers can choose to only play games without them.
1368  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Small Talk Strategy Contest on: September 02, 2005, 11:33:40 PM
Since I announced the last contest here and got a great response, I thought I'd let you know about the new contest.  It's a little smaller, but free games are free games.

Check out the details Here.

Please contact me with any questions.  Good luck to all the entrants.
1369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I WON A XBOX 360!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: August 30, 2005, 04:26:38 PM
Well, if anyone deserves a free Xbox 360 . . . congrats man.
1370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sword of the 4x space strat game on: August 26, 2005, 03:45:22 PM
Don't worry, you can safely discuss it here.  And while you're at it

Check out the amazing SotS interview at Talk Strategy.

For some reason, I just like the TS interview better. :wink:
1371  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / We need some animated gifs, pronto! on: August 25, 2005, 04:33:06 AM

And this thread deserves:
1372  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Nintendogs $14.99 at Amazon on: August 22, 2005, 02:34:16 AM
I thought you could unlock all the breeds on any version.  It's just the starting selection that marks the difference between versions.
1373  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who have you met? on: August 21, 2005, 04:25:53 AM
One of my last jobs in the Air Force was protocol.  That meant that I met most of the command staff in the military at the time.  I also met a few political VIPs as well.

Prince Bandar (Saudi Arabia)
Speaker Gingrich
Most of President Clinton's office staff including his secretary Betty Currie (they weren't big fans of the military)
Senator Shelby
Senator Sessions
General Shelton
General Wesley Clark
General Jumper
General Ryan
General Shinseki
Admiral Gehman
Admiral Johnson
General Pace

I watched President Clinton walk by, but none of us got to meet him.  I've also met a bunch of country music stars while working security at my home county fair back in the day.  My most recent celebrity meeting was Ted Nugent at the NRA convention here in Houston.
1374  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Need $$$, Disgaea for sale (lowered price) on: August 21, 2005, 03:54:55 AM
Quote from: "Rage"
I wonder if my Digital Devil Saga Boxed thingy is valuable yet..hmm..
I saw a stack of about 10 of them at Fry's the other day.  They were marked down to $40.
1375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OMG - I'm a beta tester, I'm a beta tester!!! on: August 18, 2005, 03:48:21 AM
I've done all the SOCOM games.  I also did Auto Modellista.  That was actually a pretty tight game.  Then they sent us a second disk with an "improved" drifting model.  Way too floaty.  All the testers said go with the original physics.  They shipped the "improved" model.  Surprisingly, all the reviews complained about the floaty handling.

I also did Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War when it was a closed beta.  It was amazing to see the difference when the open beta started.  It went from serious balance discussion to name calling in no time flat.  Of course, I could just have been bitter since my win rate fell off a cliff.
1376  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My Website was hacked... on: August 16, 2005, 03:29:16 AM
Coincidently, my site was hacked this morning.  I thought I was up to date on my security updates, but they found one I missed.  Fortunately, they just deleted one page and I had that backed up.  They used a different name.  I wonder if there was some sort of contest going on.

Edit: now that I think of it, my ISP does nightly backups.  You should contact yours and see if they can restore your site to the last backup.
1377  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: August 16, 2005, 03:03:33 AM
+1 to Knightshade Dragon for a smooth, quick trade.  Highly Recommended.
1378  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hrothgar's Talk Strategy scores a cool interview! on: August 02, 2005, 03:30:39 AM
Not quite as cool, or exclusive, but Relic did send me the designer diary for the Warhammer 40K expansion, Winter Assault along with some new screenshots.  It's up Here.
1379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hrothgar's Talk Strategy scores a cool interview! on: July 24, 2005, 10:34:20 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Some nice screenshots for that game as well, Hrothgar.

Who is the developer, and do they have a publisher yet?

The developer is Digital Reality.  They once developed Imperium Galactica II, but their more recent efforts have been mostly unpolished.

They have a publisher in Hip Games Europe.  The Canadian branch of Hip recently went bankrupt, but the main company seems to be doing fine.
1380  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hrothgar's Talk Strategy scores a cool interview! on: July 24, 2005, 05:23:52 AM
Thanks.  I try not to pump up my site too much here.  I don't want to get annoying.   Ghost Wars sort of came out of nowhere to get some raves at E3.  Since it was a smaller publisher, I figured why not?  Overall, I have to say I was impressed with some of the answers.  

By the way, since it will eventually fall off the front page, Here's the permalink.

Comments and criticism of the interview are welcome.
1381  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Incidents Today at OO[Mods Please Read] on: July 24, 2005, 05:02:16 AM
Odd, he seemed quite personable when I met him.  Quite a knowledgable gamer too.   He freely admitted being banned and apologized for it since we were in the middle of a trade.  I wouldn't have guessed that he would act like that.
1382  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / I should know this... on: July 20, 2005, 09:25:00 PM
AA is anti aliasing.  It's a combination method used to smooth "jaggies."  Basically, it uses one of several methods to average colors especially around polygon edges.  This helps the image look more natural by giving you a screen that looks like you took a digital picture at the screen resolution of a high resolution scene.  The higher the anti aliasing, the better the picture quality, but the more work the CPU or GPU has to do.  This will lower frame rates.

Vsync on means that a program will never produce more frames (frames per second) than the monitor can receive.  So if you're running [email protected], you'll never top 60 fps even if your rig could give you much more.
1383  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Free Paint Shop Pro [ full version ] on: July 20, 2005, 08:56:06 PM
They still seem to be selling it elsewhere.  Why are they giving it away free?
1384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Next Gen Consoles on: July 18, 2005, 04:44:36 AM
Probably all three eventually.  I'll watch the launch libraries to see how important an early purchase may be.
1385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Where to get Heroes of Might and Magic 2 on: July 18, 2005, 03:57:27 AM
You should be able to find the Heroes of Might and Magic Platinum edition that contained I, II,  and III complete.  EB and Gamestop used to carry them.  Failing that, I'm sure someone on Ebay will only ask for an arm and a leg.
1386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nice surprise from Gamefly. on: July 16, 2005, 04:44:12 AM
Quote from: "Devil"
If someone in Mass could confirm a quick turnaround I'd be back IN!

10 days was far too long. Especially when Netflix gets it done in 2.
You could ask to see if you're eligible for the free trial again.  I imagine they'd comply if they've improved service.  If they say no after you tell them why you quit before, I think you have your answer.
1387  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Maintenance Complete on: July 16, 2005, 02:59:56 AM
I just looked at the cache on google.  It turns out it's exactly the same now as it was before.  Shows what I know.
1388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Special Place in Hell for Devs of God of War on: July 16, 2005, 02:54:57 AM
Which phase and what difficulty level?  If it's god mode, you're just getting what you asked for.
1389  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Maintenance Complete on: July 16, 2005, 02:44:04 AM
It's quite possible I'm just being silly.  You know us troglodytes, change is bad.
1390  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Maintenance Complete on: July 16, 2005, 01:38:16 AM
That's better, but there are still gaps (or lines).

Again, they shouldn't be in the middle ones or should also be in the bottom IMHO.
1391  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Maintenance Complete on: July 15, 2005, 10:48:41 PM
In the gold/black template, on the main forum page ( aren't the bars "gaming" and "nongaming" supposed to go all the way across?  For me, they start under "Topics" and go to the right edge of the page.  I'm running 1280x1024 btw.  It would look better if they were removed or went all the way across.
1392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB Shipping Question on: July 12, 2005, 04:20:18 PM
Both Fedex and UPS offer a waiver for you to sign.  If they have a waiver on file, they'll leave any package at your door unless the shipper required a signature.
1393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The political Machine on: July 11, 2005, 03:18:15 AM
Well, I played it enough to write a review.

Link Here.

Would it be as fun outside an election year?  Probably, but the staying power would be less.
1394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dumb bf2 question... on: July 09, 2005, 07:14:23 PM
Isn't voice a server option?  In other words, it only works if the server has voice chat turned on.
1395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm trying to find a Diablo-esque clone .... on: July 08, 2005, 06:40:50 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
What the hell ..... I thought that's how you buy the game. Is it shareware or something?
It's locked with a level cap.  You can unlock it by buying a license key.
1396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm trying to find a Diablo-esque clone .... on: July 08, 2005, 03:21:19 AM
Here ya go.
1397  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / D'oh? Failure of power supply or motherboard on: July 08, 2005, 03:17:52 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
A faulty power button wouldn't prevent it from POSTing though.
Actually it could.  Some motherboards read a constantly depressed power button as a reset.  It won't POST until the button is released.  You might want to look for a short.
1398  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fantastic 4 Movie on: July 06, 2005, 01:44:32 PM
What happens to a toad . . .
doesn't ruin a comic book movie, I can't see complaining about that little exchange.
1399  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Strategy/Tactical Games on Clearance from Mwave on: July 06, 2005, 01:39:06 PM
Crossposting from my forum so people will actually see it.

I've had good experiences buying from Mwave (mostly computer hardware).  There are some good deals there:

Ground Control II for $5.75

Gangland for $7.99

R6: 3 Raven Shield for $8.99 or R6: 3 Gold (includes Athena Sword) for $9.99

Spellforce for $9.49

Tribes: Vengeance for $9.49

UT 2004 Editor's Choice Ed. for $12.49

Kohan II for $14.49
1400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warhammer: Dawn of War on: July 06, 2005, 03:56:32 AM
Quote from: "Xmann"
I have always wanted to like RTS games but hated micro-managment of any sort.  The only RTS i played through with any interest was Warlords Battlecry.  I would love to try this game out but i'm deathly afraid it'll be more management than i'd like to worry about.  Heck i only got through the tutorial in Warcraft before i quit.
Any chance i may like this compared to other RTS games?
Reading that, the thought that jumped to mind was Kohan II is the game for you.  It's got streamlined resource collection without peon management.  There's no micromanagement once troops engage in battle.  The strategic decisions are made in building bases, research and in customizing your companies as you build them.  Then, of course, there are the tactical decisions of when and where to attack.

It has five well balanced races, each of which can belong to one or more factions which provide bonuses.  It has randomized maps.  Unit AI is good.  Overall computer AI tends a bit too aggressive, but that usually means fun battles that will tend to lead to your victory.  On the other hand, the AI has made some surprising moves, catching me out of position and turning the tide of a game.

There's a great veterancy system where it's of great value to keep your companies from being destroyed.  Your heroes also gain experience and can become quite powerful if you keep them alive.  The game has creeps and relic defenders to boost your experience before taking on your enemies.

It's really a full featured RTS that takes out the micro within battles.   It even comes with a full color manual.  I can't remember the last full color manual I've received. It's a steal now that it can be had for cheap.

Edit: to add Mwave has Kohan II on clearance for $14.49
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