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1441  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.
1442  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.
1443  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.
1444  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.
1445  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.
1446  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

Lockups/CTD's

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."
1447  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!
1448  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?
1449  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.
1450  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone know when swapyourgames.com 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
and
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.
1451  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.
1452  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.
1453  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.
1454  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.
1455  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?
1456  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.
1457  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.
1458  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.
1459  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 http://www.mechassault2.com.

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 http://www.mechassault2.com.
1460  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.
1461  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?
1462  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.
1463  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.
1464  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
ORB
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.
1465  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.
1466  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

http://news.talkstrategy.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=459

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.
1467  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else watch American Dad? on: February 08, 2005, 07:57:01 AM
Quote from: "Rage"
Awful show.

Exactly.  I had to flip away when it got too painful to watch.
1468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath on: January 30, 2005, 11:36:40 PM
I haven't played the game, but I read one review suggesting that people play through just killing the bosses the first time and then going back through to capture them on the second play.  He suggested it made the game feel completely different on the next play through.
1469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Paper Mario2] Impressions on: January 28, 2005, 07:41:31 AM
Quote from: "Devil"
Quote
...running off the smartest person you are likely to ever meet in your entire life.

I'm still here!!  :wink:

I'm sure he meant Grundbegriff.  Actually, I'd like to see someone try to prove they're smarter than Grund.  I'm sure there are people who are smarter, but the odds that they're both smarter and capable of winning an argument with him are so small as to be negligible.

The important thing is that I think Grund is still around.  I just saw something he posted in Off Topic.

On topic, I'd like to play PM2 someday, but my time is small and my backlog is huge.
1470  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Any interest in resurrecting an Xbox Live night? on: January 28, 2005, 07:26:52 AM
I'd like to try, but newborns leave little free time.
1471  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Registration Method on: January 28, 2005, 07:24:16 AM
It's hard enough to get lurkers registered, active and posting.  Don't do anything to discourage them.  Of course, I'm not advocating anonymous posting either. :wink:
1472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire worth getting? on: January 25, 2005, 08:11:31 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
You know, I played Arcanum, loved it, encountered very few bugs.  I still play TOEE and have never had a single problem with it.  I have vampire and play it to death, have yet to encounter a bug and the performance is just fine, running at 1600x1200 max settings.  My machine is about a year old now, so not top of the line by any stretch of the imagination.

Is vampire perfect?  Far from it, and perhaps my opinion would be different if I encountered some of the bugs that others are having.

Now we know how Troika's test machines are configured. :lol:
1473  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 1/19/05 on: January 25, 2005, 07:31:54 AM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "seabourne"
Did anyone notice the comic book that Michael threw in the fire. Polar Bears and alien craft. Seems kinda wierd that polar bears would show up on the tropical island. And we still have no clue what the door or the hatch in the jungle is all about. Now the black pyramid. I hate now we have to go through more re-runs for the next couple of weeks.

Welcome seabourne!

Actually in one of the first episodes we say a flash of Walt reading that comic and what looked like a polar bear.  It wasn't until we saw the first polar bear about 7-8 episodes back that it raised questions.  Now that it happened a second time it really makes me wonder what the deal with Walt is.

God I hope there aren't any Teletubbies comic books on the island for Walt to find!

I was reading somewhere on the internet, that some Lost fans had found that exact comic book.  It was a Flash/Green Lantern team up where a previous Flash/GL had been duped by the government to capture an alien.  Said alien escapes and takes his original captors hostage and plans to destroy the Earth.  Modern Flash/GL team up to rescue the older models and save the planet.  Why did I write all that?  Linky.
1474  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / To Blonco on: January 24, 2005, 03:57:47 AM
Quote from: "Blonco"
Thanks for the welcome guys.  ITs great to be home again.  The ol ball and chain is happy that I am back from my journey.  We have been extremely busy since I got back.  I got a civilian job doing the same thing I did in the military at Lackland AFB, San Antonio Tx.  We are looking forward to some calm time together now!

Welcome back.  I thought you were Ammo?  They don't build bombs at Lackland.  Heck they didn't even have a runway until Kelly closed.  Does this mean you're an instructor now?  San Antonio's a fun place. Enjoy.
1475  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Inauguration: Now with more Satanism! on: January 23, 2005, 12:50:16 AM
Aggies! :roll:
1476  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Help finding someones cell phone number on: January 20, 2005, 12:38:35 AM
The industry has been trying to put together some kind of phone book for cell phones.  A couple of the major companies have opted out.  Even those that are in are having customers opt in.  And it's not done yet.  In short, there's no simple way to find it.  Your best bet is just to google them and hope they put it somewhere online.
1477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ***EA Signs exclusive deal with ESPN*** :'[ on: January 18, 2005, 06:30:43 PM
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "Dimmona"
Quote from: "gellar"

EA has just proven that it's about... oh, say 1000000000000x smarter than Sega.


Its not 1000000000000x than Sega, it's 1000000000000x richer.


You mean to tell me Sega couldn't coerce ESPN to sign an exclusive deal prior to this?  Or that the deal was for just 2 years?  Either way, it was dumb.  Thinking the trademark was safe when EA is right there with teh big wallet is horrendously stupid.

gellar

I'd imagine the deal was longer than two years.  However, it's standard in those types of contracts that both sides have opt-out clauses at various points in the term of the contract.  The article makes it sound like ESPN exercised their opt-out after EA's exclusive NFL deal.  I don't think there's any indication of stupidity on Take 2/Sega's part.  They (logically?) assumed that EA couldn't justify spending $300-500 million to get the exclusive license.  Whoops.
1478  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wazzz Up on: January 16, 2005, 04:17:13 AM
Howdy,

Whatisthematrix?
1479  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Finished my first marathon today! *Updated with pics* on: January 15, 2005, 05:36:18 PM
No wonder you kept running, you didn't tell us you were being chased by a giant snake!
1480  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I got married a week ago! UPDATE with picture links on: January 09, 2005, 06:17:57 AM
Congrats.  Right now you should be off ... um, well, nevermind.  Enjoy it.  Then enjoy the adventure.
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