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1441  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for Romance of the Three Kingdoms VIII (8) on: April 12, 2005, 09:41:39 PM
I should have pointed it out, but you do need the network adapter to connect the hard drive and not all hard drives fit the network adapter (Western Digital being the primary culprit that doesn't fit).  It's possible to jury rig something that will allow any drive to fit, but it's usually easier to use a Maxtor or Seagate or something.

Btw.  Even though it's practically impossible to explain why, the quote in your sig is the best in the movie.  That's saying something given the great one liners.
1442  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for Romance of the Three Kingdoms VIII (8) on: April 12, 2005, 09:01:39 PM
You know what Jack Burton always says at a time like this.



I'm also sorry I can't help you.  In fact, I've been keeping an eye out for one myself.

Have you considered using Hd Loader?  It doesn't  work with the slimline PStwo and you do need a hard drive, but less risk of busting disks when you're not swapping them out all the time.  It's especially good for strategy games and games you play over and over.
1443  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG] Vision of Intent for PC Gaming Coverage on: April 12, 2005, 05:31:42 AM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
L -

I think any game you pick would be a hit honestly (well, with the exeption of "true" sports games, as the AAR's for them are relatively boring, even to me, a giganto sports fan.)

If you pick up a copy of Computer Gaming and look toward the back of it for the Tom vs Bruce article and read through it... you will totally get it, and see that most any "versus-type" game would work.  

For me... old game, new game, wouldn't matter.  And I think it would be a riot if you guys did it.  Trust me, if you read the column to get an idea of how it's done, you would see the possibilities are endless.

I hope this gets adopted.  I have a quasi-friendship with Tom over e-mail, and he says the feedback they get for the article is extremely positive.

Edit:  Here is a link to a pretty old one, but you can at least get the gist of how it's done.

Tom vs. Bruce Example

LD  :wink:

I must be a terrible publicist.  While I certainly wouldn't mind seeing more write ups like that here, I did create Talk Strategy to house all kinds of gaming stories including head to head battles.   I've written long columns on my site on why I believe strategy and tactical games make the best fodder for AAR's and story write ups, but to put it simply those are the games where you write the story.  Your commands and decisions dictate the course of events.  It's interesting to read about why you made each decisions often because it's not the reason I would have done it.

Talk Strategy was started off a similar discussion at Gone Gold.  I apologize if I've done a poor job getting the word out.  Please stop by and check it out.  You can click the WWW link below my sig.

Just for clarity, I would add that the Tom vs Bruce articles are in Computer Gaming World.  For obvious reasons, I think those types of articles and AAR's are a welcome addition to any site.
1444  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Fry's Ad (So. Cal) ----- Jade Empire: LE for only $37 on: April 12, 2005, 04:54:50 AM
Weird.  The Limited Edition was $38.88 at outpost earlier today.
1445  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamefly thoughts on: April 05, 2005, 10:50:19 PM
Gamefly does have a free trial.  You could see how bad the wait is from your location.  For instance, since Houston is a hub, mail gets here a lot faster than you'd think.  I'd post the link, but the link I have is the sponsor link from my website and that's against the rules (not to mention rude).   I'm sure you can find it if you look.

If you find something better, let us know.
1446  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX Connection Problem - stumped, please help! on: April 01, 2005, 05:14:40 AM
Congrats.  Don't forget to turn 720p and 1080i off so you don't come back with "Why doesn't Soul Caliber 2 work?"

That's my son David as my Avatar.  He likes kisses from anyone and anything so no worries.
1447  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX Connection Problem - stumped, please help! on: March 31, 2005, 10:06:20 PM
I don't think there's any differences in the dashboard.  Here's what it is on mine:

from Video (down) (A) (right) (A)

(B) (B) (power)

or starting from the main menu

(down) (down) (down) (A) to select settings

(down) (down) (down) (A) to select Video

(down) (A) (right) (A) to select no to 480p

(B) (B) (power)

Good luck.
1448  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX Connection Problem - stumped, please help! on: March 31, 2005, 06:52:59 AM
I think I see the problem.  I believe you only get the video mode options if you have the HD pack installed (component cables).  When you use the regular cables it just gives you the options for 480i.

You'll probably have to do it by "feel"  You'll have to know the button presses to get you to the video options.  480p will be the second choice, right under screen mode.  You'll have to turn it off.  Then hit B twice.  Then reboot the Xbox, and it should come up in 480i.  Hopefully with a little playing around you should get it.  Good luck.
1449  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Think Geek Affiliateship on: March 31, 2005, 06:18:57 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
We have set up an affiliateship with Think Geek.

Copycat.  :wink:

They're great to work with.
1450  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX Connection Problem - stumped, please help! on: March 28, 2005, 10:52:43 PM
When you have Xbox 2 plugged into the front  (Y,R,W or composite) and bring up the dashboard, what does it say under Settings, video?  There should be a bunch of No's there since you don't have a HDTV (i.e. normal, no , no, no).  If I had to guess, I'd say you have 480p turned on (i.e. normal, yes, no, no).   Since the other Xbox works fine with the component cables, it really can't be a bad cable.  There could be a bad pin on your 2nd Xbox's A/V connector, but that seems unlikely.
1451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Iron Phoenix? on: March 25, 2005, 09:23:39 PM
EB has it shipping today.  Did anyone bite?
1452  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Iron Phoenix? on: March 24, 2005, 06:25:58 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Seems like fun but there's too much going on right now (even for me!) it should hit $20 soon and then I'll grab it.

That was kind of my point.  If they had done a Phantom Dust (or Katamari Damacy)  and released at the budget price point, I think they could have had a surprise hit.  As it is, we'll probably all be picking it up after price drops.  There's just too much good stuff out there now.
1453  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So who here runs their own website? on: March 24, 2005, 05:46:24 AM
I mean your own for fun and profit kind of thing. My site's mostly for fun, but I'd like to see it grow (and an actual profit wouldn't hurt either). I've been reading some of those "grow your website" columns. It appears that the biggest thing I'm doing wrong is I don't have enough sites linking to me.

Anyone here want to swap links?

Any other tips?
1454  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Iron Phoenix? on: March 24, 2005, 05:30:56 AM
I have a feeling that this one will get lost in the wash with all the big releases lately.  Anyone pick it up?  I keep feeling this would have been a great title to release at $39.99 or less.  With a fun group it sounds like a blast, but I guess that's true for most decent online games.  Still people have been clamoring for a new Powerstone.

Iron Phoenix Linky
1455  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A world without gone gold. Six month mark on: March 20, 2005, 07:09:22 AM
You know I couldn't believe people piled on when BCR killed himself.  Depression is a dark, scary thing.  It makes people do things that they wouldn't otherwise do and act in ways they normally wouldn't.   Compared to some of the alternatives, shutting down a website doesn't seem that bad.  I sincerely hope and pray that Rich has recovered.  If and when Rich is fully healed (at least emotionally), it will be easier for him to venture out and make any needed apologies if he knows people out there understand.

I understand and forgive him.  Godspeed Rich and thank you for all you did.
1456  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG] Vision of Intent for PC Gaming Coverage on: March 18, 2005, 06:31:23 AM
I would say keep the accessory reviews very short and to the point.  You can always link to the product's home page rather than putting in a lot of filler.  Honestly, I don't need more than is it so good that I need to replace my current  mouse? or If I'm in the market for a mouse, is this one of the best available.

On hardware, you might consider a focus on "budget upgrades."  What $99 can I spend that will give me the most for my money, etc.  The new high end stuff gets covered to death, but if you could consistently point out sweet spot for GPU's, chipsets, hard drives, etc. that could be useful and not found everywhere else.
1457  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What game have you replayed the most? on: March 18, 2005, 06:21:42 AM
Probably Doom with the story, mods and multiplayer (one on one with a null modem cable) there's no way I could count.  I was coming out of a MUD addiction when Doom hit.

Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Star Wars: Rebellion hold the title for me. Stop laughing. Okay, I'll wait.

I liked Rebellion.  It was just heartbreaking compared to what it could have been.  The tactical battles just screamed for the ability for a small group of plucky rebel to be able to take on (or at least seriously hurt) a larger imperial fleet.  That just intensified the feeling that the end game was a joke.  I can't even recall a major set back once victory was in sight.  The early and middle game was great though.
1458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pick ONE game on: March 18, 2005, 06:05:16 AM
Well, if you get any and all mods, I'd have to go with Unreal Tournament 2004.  The sheer variety boggles the mind.

No mods?  I guess I'd go with Rome: Total War.
1459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Silent Hunter 3 uses Starforce protection on: March 17, 2005, 06:07:13 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
You also have to view hidden devices under hardware manager. I found some today and had to delete them. Musta got it off a demo.
I'm sure you used the Starforce removal tool, but since manuallly deleting them can cause system instability, I wanted to clarify for anyone unsure.  Only remove the drivers with the removal tool.
1460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SF on: March 16, 2005, 07:17:11 AM
Some of the reported problems with Starforce:

Slowed or disabled CD/DVD burning (plus more errors)

Disappearing Drives

Disabling Virtual Drive programs

Unable to play game with Virtual Drive programs installed


Note: I have not physically verified any of these problems myself.  Jeff Jones did do some timing tests on his computer that showed a marked slowdown in burning times with SF installed.

Additionally, there were reports based on SF promotional materials that it had "phone home" features available that would stealth scan system information and send it to the publisher.  However, no game has been found yet that implements such a "feature."
1461  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Board Gaming on: March 08, 2005, 06:27:51 AM
I don't know if Jennifer is around here, but she wrote an excellent article for my site.   It seems like an appropriate way to kick off this section.

Read it Now!
1462  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Devil May Cry 3 on: March 07, 2005, 10:38:46 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Quote from: "naednek"
heh this thread went over Rage's head biggrin

Yeah I honestly don't get it frown Im guessing it was a joke or tongue in cheek, but I really dont get it biggrin

What was the title of your thread again?
1463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So I am getting bit by the Sell the Xbox Bug again, help me on: March 07, 2005, 10:33:59 PM
Don't forget that price drops will happen this year.  It remanis to be seen if it will be this month, E3 or the fall and how much prices will drop.
1464  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone know when is coming back on: March 07, 2005, 10:30:04 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
I don't know what anyone is thinking...

I will attempt to translate based on pure speculation.  However for amusement value, I will try to put it in the form of a Hitchhiker's exchange.

Knightshade played by Zahpod Beeblebrox
Rage played by Ford Prefect
AgtFox played by Trillian
ATB played by Arthur Dent
Lord Ebonstone played by Slartibartfast
Dark El played by Marvin the paranoid android
Me played by Eddie the Shipboard Computer

Arthur:       What?

Zaphod:       Did the monkey say something?

Arthur:       I resent that, I think I have a right to know whats going on.

Arthur:       Perhaps we should ask Slartibartfast.

Zaphod:       Quiet, I'm thinking.

Ford:         Perhaps that would be easier if you stopped drinking.

Zaphod:       I'm not thinking with that head, so why shouldn't I have a good time?

Arthur:       Look, I still don't know what's going on?

Ford:         Arthur, I expect you're quite used to that by now.

Zaphod:       I have this really awesome plan that will solve all our problems.

Trillian:     Not again. (on intercom) Marvin, Zaphod is working on another of his brilliant plans again.

Marvin:       (on intercom)  Here I am, brain the size of a Galaxy reduced to answering the intercom.  Did I mention my diodes hurt?

Trillian:     Any update on the automated trading system?

Marvin:       Silly me, I understood that you wanted the engines fixed before we crashed into the sun.  I keep forgetting I work for such superior intellects.  Perhaps I should shine your shoes or something in gratitude.

Trillian:     Fix the engines.

Marvin:       I knew you'd say that.

Eddie:        Incoming, transmission, I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I will.

Slartibartfast:  (on Monitor) If you people can spare a moment from crashing into stars, I think you should know great things are afoot.

Zaphod:       I know, I'm on my fourth round right now.  Whee. (passes out)

Slartibartfast: So human, have you decided to donate your brain in the service of the universe yet?

Arthur:       What?

Eddie:        End transmission.  I'm sure that cleared everything up because I know I feel a lot better.  By the way, we'll crash into the sun in T minus ten minutes.  Isn't that exciting?

Edit: For clarification, no insults were personally intended.  I was just trying to keep characters in character.
1465  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Amped or SSX game? on: March 07, 2005, 07:23:30 AM
Amped, Top Spin and Links were sold to Take Two.  Presumably they'll be part of the 2K sports line.
1466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fiery Xbox of Death (i.e. free power cord replacement f/ MS) on: March 04, 2005, 07:53:29 AM
Quote from: "Hrothgar"
Well, the hair dryer ones are little circuit breakers aren't they?  That would imply that some of the power supplies have a risk to surge or short.  It sounds like the other ones must just get warm with extended use.  I guess we know why they needed serial numbers and manufacturing dates.

Sorry about quoting myself, but it looks like I read the tea leaves correctly.
Evil Avatar Linky.
1467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Red Star on: March 03, 2005, 08:59:26 PM
I was expecting a new publisher to step up, but the latest EGM states that no one did, and they don't expect the game to see the light of day.  Sad really.
1468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'd hold off on buying any new portable machine anytime soon on: February 28, 2005, 11:56:10 PM
I love my cube, but it barely has 2 analog sticks.  I can't wait to see where they'd place a portable Z button.

I don't see too many developers supporting four formats, GBA, DS, PSP and EVO.  It would seem that the DS would lose out.  An announcement like that would seem to kill DS sales so you'd think they'd have to hold off as long as possible.  E3?

So we're talking disk drive, better screen and cube guts but keeping the price $99-150 and having better battery life than the PSP?  Right.

If it can directly play cube games, that means they can't repackage and resell them as EVO editions.  That doesn't make much sense either.

Although I could see Nintendo wanting to panic people into not buying a PSP, but that's not their usual MO.  Wait and see.
1469  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Dawn of War $9.99 at Circuit City on: February 28, 2005, 04:02:55 PM
Is this one of those you have to buy Windows XP to get the mail in rebate deals?
1470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What Xbox Live games are you playing? on: February 27, 2005, 08:38:31 PM
Deja vu.

I haven't had much time myself.  I have a Live games, but haven't played them much.  I'd like to get some SC:PT time in or Halo 2 with a good group.  In the near future, Phantom Dust and Iron Phoenix look promising if we could avoid the griefers.

All over again.
1471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Devil May Cry 3 may be the real deal! on: February 27, 2005, 08:11:10 AM
Quote from: "warning"
I'm still pining for a PS2 version of Powerstone 2 or even (God forbid!) a Powerstone 3.  That would be the single best PS2 Capcom game.
Isn't Iron Phoenix (xbox) inspired by Powerstone.  It's from Sammy who loves competing with Capcom.  I realize it's not PS2, but it is for Live which could be quite fun if a group from here got together.

Back on topic, I'm not going to rush out and buy an impossible game right now.  I'll happily pick it up in a trade later or buy it after a price drop.  I had heard that some of the play styles were supposed to make gameplay easier.  In other words, if you want it really hard, play Style Z. You'll be rewarded with the coolest moves, but you need the mad reflexes to pull it off.  Other styles have easier but fewer combos presumably making the challenge easier.

I have to say that making the save system less user friendly sounds like one of the worst game design decisions in recent history.
1472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fiery Xbox of Death (i.e. free power cord replacement f/ MS) on: February 24, 2005, 11:29:22 PM
Well, the hair dryer ones are little circuit breakers aren't they?  That would imply that some of the power supplies have a risk to surge or short.  It sounds like the other ones must just get warm with extended use.  I guess we know why they needed serial numbers and manufacturing dates.
1473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Mechassault 2 Live Download on: February 23, 2005, 06:00:04 PM
From MS:

MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf Downloadable Content Now Available

Microsoft Game Studios today announced that new content for MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf, the popular 'Mech combat game for Xbox®, is now available for download via Xbox Live™. This round of free content consists of two maps that were originally featured in the Limited Edition; each playable via System Link, split-screen and Xbox Live. The first map, Mountain High, supports five  game types: Team Destruction, Check It, Snatch it, Base War and Grinder. The second map, Troubled Waters, is playable in multiplayer Destruction mode and can also be played by either one or two gamers in the offline Grinder mode. More information about MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf and the new downloadable maps is available at

MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf was developed by Day 1 Studios, creators of the original MechAssault for Xbox, in conjunction with FASA Studio, the developers of the award-winning MechWarrior and MechCommander series for Windows and Crimson Skies for Xbox. In MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf, gamers can step outside the 'Mech and live the life of a human pilot in a fresh new single player game. Tanks, VTOLs and BattleArmor offer players plenty of opportunities to rain destruction on their opposition in both single and multiplayer games. Xbox Live gamers can enjoy a whole new level of strategy, as BattleArmor-equipped players 'jack enemy 'Mechs and VTOLs drop supplies to their teammates. Both online and off, MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf offers players an unparalleled gaming experience. For more information about MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf, please visit
1474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Essential 50 Games on: February 21, 2005, 10:46:53 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Even going as far as calling them "important", I sure as hell wouldn't include either "ET" or "Halo." Fuck no. "ET" as an example of a disastrous idea and result? There are too many examples of that to count, so it must get points for being the first in the console gaming world. And "Halo" as an important landmark in gaming? Uh, not quite guys so stop blowing Bungie please. Dear Lord am I getting sick of all the "Halo rulez all, yo" crap that's out there, like we all have to bow before Bungie just because they made "Halo." :roll:

ET's failure convinced many retailers to get out of the video game business all together.  The sudden lack of retail presence accellerated and deepened the crash.  That did open the market for Nintendo.  Nintendo had to work hard to overcome retailers fears.  In effect they had to abandon the toy model and market the NES as a computer/electronics product.  That was a sea change in the industry.

Halo's primary importance was that it saved the Xbox.  All that graphical power would have been for naught if the user base didn't build enough for Microsoft to stick with it.  Halo alone sold enough systems to get more publishers to support the Xbox.  Good or bad, we wouldn't have a three horse race in the console market if it wasn't for Halo.
1475  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Survivor 2/17 on: February 19, 2005, 10:18:43 PM
Quote from: "gameoverman"
I assumed they didn't get their gear from the sea bottom because:
I remember Jeff saying something about how those containers were weighted down or very heavy for some reason, during the competition.  They probably couldn't raise it from the sea floor if they wanted to.

Yes, but the obvious question is why didn't they open the box right after they won?  Why make the trip harder by toting around a heavy weighted box?
1476  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 24 on: February 14, 2005, 06:28:40 AM
Last 24 hours.  Your procrastination time is about up.  Good Luck to all the entrants.
1477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Still another Mercs Question: on: February 12, 2005, 07:08:24 AM
You can crouch to reduce your visibililty.  You can also move more quietly while crouched.  If you're quiet you can sneak up behind guards.  If the alarm sounds, there's no good way to hide again.  I don't think there's any difference in vehicles.
1478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shilling on: February 11, 2005, 02:39:41 PM
If you want to go a little outside the box, you could get a Total Gaming dot Net subscription.  It runs $89.  It used to be $59 if you had a copy of GalCiv.  Obviously that's more than one of those games, but you get:

Disciples 2 Ultimate (includes expansions)
Galactic Civilizations + Altarian Prophecy
WWII: Frontline Command
Robin Hood: Legend of Sherwood
Celtic Kings
The Political Machine
The Corporate Machine

plus any new games they release before your year subscription runs out.

Games auto update, there's no copy protection, you keep the games after your subscription runs out (but can't download new releases, obviously).  It's some good gaming if you're into strategy.

Here's the Linky.
1479  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Jade Empire Preorder Deal (?) on: February 09, 2005, 02:56:55 PM
Quote from: "EddieA"
It looks like all preorders will get the limited edition.  Here's Bioware's page announcing it.
That's not quite the way I read it.  It sounds like they are suggesting that you go into to your local games store and request the limited edition when you preorder.  Maybe I'm missing something.
1480  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Talk Strategy Contest on: February 08, 2005, 11:24:08 PM
Thanks KD for letting me post this announcement:

Some of the Gone Gold Alumni may remember that I started a website based on a thread in General Gaming.  That site is called Talk Strategy. It's a place for people to get together and swap war stories from their favorite games, but with an emphasis on strategy and tactical games.

The point of this message is that it's been one year since I started Talk Strategy and I'm having having a contest to celebrate.  Here are the details

I think there are some pretty decent prizes if you're into strategy games.  Thanks to everyone who's supported the site even if they just stopped by every once in a while.  If you need something to read, check out some of the stories in the forum, but beware there is a weak forum effect even there.

Sorry I haven't been around here too much, but with a newborn it was give up gaming or forum time.  I decided to keep gaming.
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