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1681  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: What if WoW was not made by Blizzard? on: January 20, 2005, 05:30:12 PM
Quote from: "solarisgax"

I am reasonably sure that some other developers could have made a very similar game given the material.

The question then, is it the material?  Is it the name "Blizzard"?  Or is it simply a good game?

You could say that about any succesful developer. That fact is another developer couldn't do it because....well no one has untill WoW came along(at least thats the opinion of the games current fans) your opinion may differ. Does Blizzard get more attention that many devs? Yea but they have earned that by the games they have released.
1682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ***EA Signs exclusive deal with ESPN*** :'[ on: January 19, 2005, 05:46:34 PM
Wouldn't disagree with that. Never understood myself people who would pay $50 every year for minor changes. I think $20 is fair for the inbetween new console generations versions of the games with a full $50 price when its updated for those new consoles. With EA having the lock though we will never see that.
1683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ***EA Signs exclusive deal with ESPN*** :'[ on: January 18, 2005, 08:10:40 PM
Quote from: "Purge"

They're the BIG FISH. It has nothing to do with smarts, it has to do with pull. Sega was also bidding on the NFL exclusivity.

The fact that Sega was able to dent the hull of the EA Behemoth shows they were smart. They gambled and if EA hadn't landed the exclusivity contract now, do you think they'd be nearly as profitable this time next year? What's the only way EA can stop their (arguably better) upstart competitor? Take away their ability to compete. Break their knees, sign exclusive contracts, whatever. If Sega had won the NFL contract (which was VERY unlikely) they would have had the same advantage.

While the new pricing did cut into EA's sales they had to make a drastic price cut to do it. Would it have made along term effect is anybody's guess. Now we won't know.
1684  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Blizzard - No more WoW copies being made available on: January 18, 2005, 06:24:12 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"

The problem isnt money, or the number of servers.  They already threw hardware at the problem, remember?  /quote]

The problem was the servers, or the lack of them. Blizzard didn't have enough up when the game launched. Now they have a number of servers that can't handle the loads they must have assumed they could. Now they have a number of overloaded high pop servers and many low pop ones. Offering a way for players and guilds to switch over would be a viable way to spread the load. If theirs any way they can do this it should be looked into.
1685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I never thought I say this about Gamepro... on: January 18, 2005, 12:14:30 AM
So what? Only the most brainless Halo fanboy would lap up the massive hype for the game. The same goes with any of the other titles released that get listed "As the greatest thing since sliced bread". The game never was going to live up to the hype. Neither was HL2 or any other game. Stop listening to all that hype crap and you will enjoy your games allot more I say.
1686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ***EA Signs exclusive deal with ESPN*** :'[ on: January 18, 2005, 12:09:15 AM
Don't know if its stupid. Does Sega have a reason to continue with ESPN after EA got the NFL. A pro football game with ESPN in the title but with everything else made up doesn't make much sense to me from a marketing standpoint. And with EA maybe going after the NBA and such again the ESPN licsense doesn't have much meaning for them if they loose all of the official deals with the major leagues.
1687  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW still problems?? on: January 18, 2005, 12:01:36 AM
Quote from: "Jag"
Never had a problem or a que either and Whisperwind is a 'high' volume server.

Same here. My server Deathwing is a high pop server and I've never seen a que either. We had some downtime but its way less than other MMO's I've played. I've personally been very happy with the game. SUcks that there do seem to be issues with some of the servers.
1688  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Blizzard - No more WoW copies being made available on: January 17, 2005, 11:59:05 PM
The problems thay've had since launch wouldn't have been around in beta. That was a much smaller number playing the game. The main issues arn't in gamebugs that I have seen, its overloading on the system, or on specific servers. I think they may have let the population cap be too high per server.

If there is a way for them to migrate people(and include guilds as a whole) to the lower population servers this would be a good move on their part. Again if they can even do it.
1689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thinking of getting Halflife 2, but... on: January 15, 2005, 02:43:56 PM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"

I highly doubt that Steam is the way PC games are going. There are so many people against Steam (take a look at the official forums) that I don't think the PC gaming community would put up with another steam from another company.

Saying this is always misleading for any game. The forums are always full of  people having problems. This goes for HL2 or any other game. It doesn't take that many people to make it look like "everybody" doesn't like it. The people not having a problem with STEAM arn't posting there because well they don't have a problem with it.

Valve's releasing the Official CS Bot on Monday for those who don't like to play online.
1690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB Games Price gouging ?? on: January 13, 2005, 07:36:31 PM
Huh? are you saying people who pre-ordered from EB who didn't get the game when it first came out because of shortages now can't get it at what they pre-ordered at even though there are now copies availible? That I havn't herd of and would need to see something official to believe thats happening.
1691  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Don't forget! 24 starts tonight! on: January 12, 2005, 08:57:04 PM
Great start IMO. I'm glad they almost completely changed the cast. They needed to after season 3 which I never watched all the way through(definatly the weakest one).

Chloe is great. Her attitude and the looks she gives are the best. Keifer is also just great in is role. Jack Bower just kicks ass. The ending of episode 3 when he "improvises" a way to keep the terrorist held up for awhile longer is classic 24.

Yea the shows outrageous at times but so what? Its 10 times btter than the usual sitcom, police, or hospital show crap that is shown so much on TV these days.
1692  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW system reqs on: January 12, 2005, 05:51:40 PM
Agree that going above 512 ram will help in congested areas, and when you are flying into a new one.
1693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's Official: KOTOR II is HALO 2's Daddee on: January 12, 2005, 05:47:02 PM
Quote from: "Sepiche"

Obviously Halo 2 has a nice multiplayer portion, and runs well on it's console, but nothing IMHO about the gameplay is innovative.  Compare it to any reasonably good PC FPS and it's lightyears behind the curve.

You'll have to tell me of all these PC FPS that are "light years" ahead of Halo 2 because I havn't played them and I like FPS allot and have played or at least tried most of them(mostly on the PC). Halo 2 isn't the second coming that its been hyped about I'll agree there, but its a quality, fun shooter that stands up to the others out there.
1694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's Official: KOTOR II is HALO 2's Daddee on: January 12, 2005, 05:42:10 PM
Quote from: "Stardrifter"
Quote from: "Jumangi"
...but it just felt like MOTS in about every fashion as if it was just a stand alone expansion pack...

I had to respond to the More of the Same (MOTS) statement that I see quite often with games and their sequels.  MOTS is never an issue for me with games.  I view games like I view books.  If you are reading a "series" of books I never hear people exclaim that book numbers 2, 3, 4 etc. in the series is MOTS.  Why?  Because you know its a series and you expect it to be a continuation.

Well I think its fair to expect some new things and improvements to the game with a sequal. The general gameplay the same? Yes. KOTOR was not a perfect game. It was very good overall but it had some issues which have been discussed many times. KOTOR II solved none of them. Its literally more levels and a add-on story put together. They changed nothing about it. I expect more from a game(any game) when it has a II after it myself. Just my opninion of course.
1695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's Official: KOTOR II is HALO 2's Daddee on: January 11, 2005, 04:41:18 PM
Played the second game for about 5-6 hours. It just didn't grab me like the first one. Its not like I hated it, but it just felt like MOTS in about every fashion as if it was just a stand alone expansion pack. I will probably go back to the game at a later date but with so many other things I'm interested in it will be awhile.
1696  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WISH gets canceled after 8 days of beta on: January 11, 2005, 08:32:07 AM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Has anybody here seen WoW for sale since release? I can walk into nearly any store and see EQ2 (and its Collector's Edition) all over the place, but I couldn't find a WoW to save my life.

A press release today said that 600K copies have been sold so far(not sure if thats sell through or shipped). They've reached 200K users on at once too. Pretty impressive considering its only been released in the US so far.
1697  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Funniest quest I have ran across (WoW) on: January 09, 2005, 02:58:34 AM
The funniest reward I've gotten is a Stranglethorn quest were you get a "Goblin Fishing Pole". Its 5 sticks of Dynamite.
1698  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / So, how many alts do YOU have in WoW? on: January 09, 2005, 02:54:04 AM
Just one character, a lvl 35 Rogue. I've never sayed with a MMO long enough to get a really high level character before. I have enjoyed WoW enough that I can see myself sticking with it for awhile, and want to get one character up to the top.
1699  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / SOE to players: Want more content? Cough it up... on: January 08, 2005, 03:01:40 PM
Quote from: "morlac"
The Adventure Packs aren't the only way we'll be adding content. Our Live Team is working on in-game events and storylines that will be surfacing in the coming weeks. Just as we added two new zones with this week's update, more free adventure areas will be coming in subsequent updates.

I love how they say those adventure areas are "free".
1700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished games list - 2005 edition: Keep it updated! on: January 08, 2005, 02:50:57 PM
MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf
Star Wars: Republic Commando
1701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires 3 on: January 04, 2005, 08:30:47 PM
Quote from: "dandylife"
Quote from: "Jumangi"
Does a RTS really need a realistic physics system?

I imagine the physics system will come in handy when calculating the physics details of bodies being flung from explosions and crumpling upon death, among many other things.  Necessary?  No.  Pretty?  Yes.  Fun?  I bet it probably will be.

I guess but I don't see why thats needed in a RTS. Was anybody complaing about bodies being blown up unrealistically  before. I mean when stuff goes up in Warhammer 40K it looks cool to me and I'm not thinking are these guys flying the proper distance?

Just don't see the need for this in a RTS when you have dozens or more units on the screen at the same time shooting and blowing things up all over. There's so much action going on and at a smaller size on screen than say a FPS that I doubt anybody will even much notice. Seems like unnecassary overhead to me.
1702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires 3 on: January 02, 2005, 11:21:38 PM
Quote from: "jonsauce"
Does a RTS really need a realistic physics system?

I don't see how it can hurt.

I don't see how it helps.
1703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires 3 on: January 02, 2005, 03:40:10 AM
Does a RTS really need a realistic physics system?
1704  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / How much time do you solo vs. group in WoW? on: December 29, 2004, 06:59:02 PM
I'm probably 70/30 too. I group whenever I can hook up with my guild members since I just think its more fun even thought you can be pretty efficient on your own. Also have done a number of quick groupings too do a specific quest or two when there are others in the area doing the same.
1705  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Blockbuster online now $14.99 for 3 w/ 2 free in-store! on: December 28, 2004, 12:17:35 AM
Quote from: "lokiju"
I will say for BB what I said about Microsoft and it's Xbox when it first came out: If they are rich enough, and really push to achieve a goal, then it will be accomplished.  BB will not lose to Netflix.  They already have a huge user base for in-store customers.  Once they catch wind of the online options, BB's home delivery numbers with soar.  Netlfix has survived by being relatively unique.  And while Walmart and Target have tons of money as well, I am not sure they could take Blockbuster, if only because BB survives by selling/renting DVDs, while Walmart simply gains a profit from it.  Guess only time will tell.

Using that logic then a company like Amazon shouldn't have been able to compete against all the long time brick and mortor stores, but they do very well now. Netflix has more than a chance to keep going. IMO BB has waited too long to start changing(like most of the brick and mortor stores have done when it comes to the internet).

I will say that I wouldn't be surprised to see someone buy up Netflix though.
1706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Blockbuster online now $14.99 for 3 w/ 2 free in-store! on: December 28, 2004, 12:13:47 AM
Quote from: "lokiju"
I just saw this on BB's website:

"In 2005, BLOCKBUSTER Online will gain inventory support from our network of more than 4,500 BLOCKBUSTER stores nationwide."

So shipping will be super duper fast.    biggrin

Ok the speed will be there but what about the selection. Another advantage that Netflix has is it offers basically everything. If its been put on DVD you can pretty much get it from them. Your average BB store doesn't have near the inventory.
1707  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Blockbuster online now $14.99 for 3 w/ 2 free in-store! on: December 25, 2004, 03:34:50 AM
I don't know why Blockbuster doesn't just do a monthly fee but with their local stores. Cut out the seperate rental fee per movie with lates fees all together.
1708  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Alliance Vs. Horde on: December 25, 2004, 03:28:02 AM
Horde- Troll Rogue.

Didn't think I would have fun playing a melee class in a MMO but Blizzard actually made it pretty fun. At least so far.
1709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DEMO] HL2 on: December 25, 2004, 03:24:29 AM
Quote from: "Zekester"
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
HOT TIP:  Steam is less intrusive/dangerous than simply browsing the internet.

NEWS FLASH: That's not the point.

I'd say its a very good point. Considering all the stuff people put up with computers and other stuff in their life to see the amount of complaining about STEAM is just absurd. People want to make it out like the software will destroy your OS, burn out your hardware, and give personal information to Valve so they can sell it to people who will then destroy your credit.

Get over it people.  :roll:
1710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Demo and Source impressions on: December 25, 2004, 01:50:47 AM
Quote from: "JCC"

Mine is a GeForce 5600. Not cutting edge, but completely DirectX 9 compliant. Please don't misconstrue my comments as saying I thought HL2 was ugly. It was FAR from that. It's just after hearing the massive hyperbole for the engine (which in regards to animations, physics, and faces [EDIT: and FPS] was quite deserved) I was very disappointed to look at extremely blurry looking walls. (Even with textures set to High)[/quote

The 5600 cards don't run Dx9.0 in HL since the whole FX runs DX9.0 code so poorly so you arn't seeing what the engine can really do. No idea how you had blurry textures. Maybe its something with your card or the demo using smaller resolution textures. The full game on my 9500Pro has sharp fine textures. In fact IMO HL2 texturing work is some of the best. Way better than the constant dull look that DOOM 3 had.
1711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / With the next generation of consoles, will our PC VC's be... on: December 23, 2004, 09:34:41 PM
"Better framerate? Personally, I see all next-gen games being locked at 60fps all the time. "

So? A constant 60fps is perectly fine.

"720i is 720x480 resolution and 1080i is 1080x480. "

720p is the VGA equivelent of 1280x720 & 1080i is like 1900 x1280(not sure about that but its around there).
1712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / With the next generation of consoles, will our PC VC's be... on: December 23, 2004, 09:29:59 PM
"Also I think in PSM - they said the next playstation will make games look incredibly realistic, it will blow everything away.

They said the same thing before the PS2 was released.

The PS2 was going to kill the PC off years ago anyways. Sony is the king of hype.
1713  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / (WoW) New patch today, 12/21 on: December 23, 2004, 06:03:48 PM
Man I can see things never change. I havn't been in a MMO since SWG but I can still see we have the ususal howls of outrage, and talk of how their "killing the game" that come with every single patch thats ever been released. Its amazing how these games keep going with all the screwups the developers keep doing huh?  :roll:
1714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anti-EA NFL exclusive licence petition - 14,000 signatures on: December 21, 2004, 06:39:46 PM
There's nothing unfair about the practice. Exclusive liscense agreements happen all the time. Look around you. I don't like this myself but EA and the NFL has every right to do this if they want too.
1715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone have doubts of EA's intent to corner/destroy pcgaming on: December 21, 2004, 02:43:30 AM
Quote from: "jpinard"
What I meant was EA would never publish a military sim NOW such as Lock-On, Silent Hunter, Il-2 Sturmovik.  I loved the old Jane's Combat games.  But EA (maybe becasue Jane's didn't make enough), woudl not do that now.

Basically nobody would publisher a a flight Sim like the Janes titles anymore, just like Adventure games are pretty much the domain of smaller companies like The Adventure Company. At least outside of the couple of Myst titles recently.
1716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Far Cry for those who have finished HL2 on: December 17, 2004, 10:02:54 AM
I guess were on diffrent pages then. I never saw anything I would consider stealth gameplay from FC. Also never had the AI come after me if I sniped them. They would just try and shoot at me, but they never came after me regardless of the difficulty level.
1717  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [WoW] PvP just not for me? on: December 16, 2004, 09:37:40 PM
While I do like the concept of PvP(its just so much more fun to get into a fight with other players than killing more mobs). I wish it was more than just open season. Have something like Planetside were you can take over outposts were the game would put your sides NPC's there if you held it for awhile. Get exp for killing players(even just the equivelent of what a mob at that level gives). The rush of getting into a fight with my guild member is fun, but there's more that they could do.
1718  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Anarchy Online now free on: December 16, 2004, 09:31:50 PM
Like a poster on Qt3 said this would have been a good idea 2-3 months ago before WoW and EQ2 came out. Doing it a month after is too late to have more than a negligable effect.
1719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Far Cry for those who have finished HL2 on: December 16, 2004, 06:53:33 AM
Well I don't think your getting my point. I didn't see any way to "approach" things diffrently. You will have to list these diffrent ways you could complete objectives. Mind you I don't personally consider being able to approach a base from a diffrent way if the objective is still just to kill all the guards and or find something to be all that diffrent. In the end there was one way to complete the objectives that I saw. You just could approach the camp from a diffrent way(east, west, etc). Thats minimal too me and is pretty much negligable in terms of gameplay IMO.

Also don't see were Farcry took more "thought" to play than HL2.
1720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Far Cry for those who have finished HL2 on: December 15, 2004, 06:03:16 PM
Quote from: "Valael"
Quote from: "Jumangi"
I never got the "freedom" people talk about in Farcry. The places that don't have anything to do with the main game are just jungle and shoreline. Its fun to explore for awhile but there's no other reason to wander and it got boring with nothing to reward exploring. You still had to go to a specific place and do a specific thing in order to move forward like any FPS. Its nice to look at but it was style and not much substance for me.

They mean the fact that maps were wide open so that you could go about attacking a camp from any direction, instead of being lead straight into it without any other options.

*shrug* So? Don't see how that really changes the game. You go in from the left and fight those soldiers first and then the others, or vice versa. Its the same experience wether you went straight in or circled to the back. Its not like you had some sort of moment like say from the movie Predator were Arnold's character improvises with the truck on the blocks and the bomb. Now if they had put something along those lines in there to reward the player for taking their time to asses the situation then ok I would agree thats cool, but its not there. The same experience from a diffrent angle makes no diffrence to me. It might as well be a corridor setup then.
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