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1361  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Football is Coming!!! YEAH!!! on: September 07, 2005, 04:02:13 AM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
Always a Houston fan.

1362  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.
1363  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.
1364  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.
1365  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:
1366  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / We need some animated gifs, pronto! on: August 25, 2005, 04:33:06 AM

And this thread deserves:
1367  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.
1368  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.
1369  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.
1370  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.
1371  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.
1372  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.
1373  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.
1374  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.
1375  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.
1376  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.
1377  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.
1378  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?
1379  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.
1380  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.
1381  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.
1382  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.
1383  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.
1384  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.
1385  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.
1386  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.
1387  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.
1388  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.
1389  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.
1390  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.
1391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm trying to find a Diablo-esque clone .... on: July 08, 2005, 03:21:19 AM
Here ya go.
1392  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.
1393  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.
1394  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
1395  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
1396  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Your vote for Baddest Living Mofo on: July 05, 2005, 03:51:37 AM
It's probably someone we've never heard of.  Some special forces team leader perhaps.  I'd guess a NCO or Warrant Officer.  Probably US, maybe Israeli.  I'm sure you'd never know it to look at him.

Back when he was stilll alive, a good case could be made for Gunny Hathcock.
1397  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / July 3rd, 1976 on: July 05, 2005, 03:35:58 AM
I can't believe all of you share your birthday with Montel Williams and Tom Cruise.  Maybe you'll be invited to the wedding (if you think Scientology is neat.)

Edit: Oops, forgot Dave Barry (now he could make that wedding fun).
1398  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Battlefield 2 In-Game Nicks *Important* on: July 05, 2005, 03:08:48 AM
I'm HrothgarTS, perhaps I could have been plain Hrothgar, but that name server is screwy.  What do you mean I don't exist?   What do you mean that's not my password?  Oh well.  Feel free to frag away.
1399  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What do these games have in common? on: July 04, 2005, 05:59:47 PM
Amazingly, I've tried all that.  I even went so far as to completely disable the sound card to see if the lockups still occurred.  They did.

I have an Antec 430 watt power supply.  Even with the new video card, I should have power to spare and there are no unexplained voltage drops.

I have three case fans (large size), power supply fan, chip fan and video fan.    The cables aren't rounded, but there's good airflow.  Internal temperatures are reasonable and nowhere near warning levels.

The onboard sound is disabled in the BIOS.

I did a reinstall (again) of RCT3, but this time didn't install Soaked.  The lockups have completely disappeared.  I've passed that on to Atari, but they haven't responded yet.
1400  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What do these games have in common? on: July 03, 2005, 08:45:08 PM
Yes, I've run DXDiag, but it found no problems.

Neither the hardware nor software firewalls logs show any activity of those programs trying to access the net (EG and RCT3+Soaked).  RoN was cleared to access the net, but the lockups occured in the single player game.
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