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1681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.E.A.R. Beta on: March 02, 2005, 05:22:58 PM
Quote from: "angrycoder"
I am really looking forward to the single player aspect of F.E.A.R.

If Raven can pull off a great multiplayer version I will send them an extra hundred bucks. Soldier of Fortune 2's multi was outstanding, the only game I logged more online hours with was the original Quake. It was truely an underplayed gem.


Monolith is the developer.
1682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dues ex:IW on: March 02, 2005, 05:19:00 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
Conversely, if you take it on it's own merits without comparing it to the inflated view most people have of the original, it's quite good.

I liked the first one.

I liked the second one.



Agree %100
1683  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Gripes on: March 01, 2005, 06:32:17 PM
I'll agree about the auction houses. I would just make the auction houses in the smaller villages/camps just be sort of offices of the major ones. So the auction houes in say Camp Mojache or Gadgetzan would be the same as the one in Orgimmar. Also wish the mounts either flew faster or they had some sort of advanced transit system. Maybe wizard NPC guys who you could pay to teleport you someplace.
1684  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Just cancelled my WoW account. on: March 01, 2005, 06:27:20 PM
"Three months into retail and not one shred of post 60 content added to the game. Not cool. "


Wow a dev that isn't focused on just catering to the hardcore, must get to the level cap as fast as possible and complain about more, mor,e more and I want it  now, now, now crowd. I'd personally love it if these players got so pissed off they left the game, and went to some other level grind treadmill. I'd be happier for it.


I havn't had a problem with the Alliance/Horde imbalance as a Horde player myself. I havn't had any problems questing or anything because of it. I'd also say at least on my server(Deathwing) the Horde seems to be better organized so maybe that makes up for it.
1685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Nintendo MMORPG on: March 01, 2005, 02:20:21 AM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
Quote from: "Jumangi"


Based on the domination of the PS2 in japan you could say they arn't making games that adhere to the primary market their either. Nintendo is becoming a niche gaming company. They have their fan base who will want their first party stuff, they will still make good money too, but I don't see anything that will get them back into any sort of comeptition with Sony. Maybe they don't care to though and are just happy to go their own way as long as they still make a profit.


I think you're understating Nintendo's position in Japan, somewhat. Nintenodo's in second place, sure, but they're have a higher percentage of the market there than the Xbox does in the U.S. And the worldwide sales of GC and Xbox are about even.



Second is a relative term when it comes to console sales. A marketing person would say this because it sounds good. I'm talking about actual numbers, and when you look at that the PS2 has vastly oustsold the GC in Japan as much as it has elsewhere. That was my point. As to mentioning the Xbox that has nothing to do with what I said(was talking about GC and PS2 in Japan only). The whole who's second between the Xbox and GC is silly. Again that stuff is for fanboys and marketing people.
1686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Nintendo MMORPG on: February 28, 2005, 08:22:28 PM
"I think you're a bit overly harsh on Nintendo just because they happen to be making games that don't adhere to America's current primary target audience for most developers: the bloodthirsty [im]mature gamers who want harsh language, gore, heavy violence, and "edgy" games. "


Based on the domination of the PS2 in japan you could say they arn't making games that adhere to the primary market their either. Nintendo is becoming a niche gaming company. They have their fan base who will want their first party stuff, they will still make good money too, but I don't see anything that will get them back into any sort of comeptition with Sony. Maybe they don't care to though and are just happy to go their own way as long as they still make a profit.
1687  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Just cancelled my WoW account. on: February 27, 2005, 02:55:40 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Jumangi"
There's players that will simply never, ever be satisfied with what the devs do.

Of course that's true, but my problem is Blizzard isn't doing anything.


Well I don't agree. IMO you have exaggerated things allot.
1688  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Just cancelled my WoW account. on: February 26, 2005, 10:30:33 PM
The reality and this is the plain truth is there is always small group of whining complaining, will bitch about anything and everything players who will say they will leavein these games. There numbers are vastly overrated. Forums do not give a indication of the general population. There's players that will simply never, ever be satisfied with what the devs do. It occurs in every game.
1689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Troika is no more. :( on: February 26, 2005, 02:54:47 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Doubt that will happen. Don't you think Bethesda has their own ideas (whether you like them or not) that they dont want to have to fight about with TC and LB constantly? I imagine thats what would happen if they hired them. Word on the street was that the Fallout license was not that expensive. Troike had a chance, as a company and to get fallout. They managed neither.


From what I read Troika was always living from contract to contract. They didn't have any money of their own to do things like grab a licsense, even if it was cheap.
1690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Troika is no more. :( on: February 25, 2005, 07:20:33 PM
Quote from: "Hamlet3145"
Wouldn't be surprised if Obsidian picks some of them up.



I'm sure Fallout fans would like it if Bethesda grabbed some for Fallout 3.
1691  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / $$$$ in WoW on: February 24, 2005, 04:59:28 PM
I have made good money having both my trade skills be for gathering(skinning/mining). It  gives me another way to make money while I'm out hunting and doing quests.
1692  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I just started watching 24 on: February 23, 2005, 06:46:48 PM
IMO the series sort of slowely goes down each season. Well season 4 has been better than 3 so far. For me its just because its just not fresh like it was the 1st time around. The first season was such a breath of fresh air to a completely stagnant TV seen scene filled with crap sitcoms, more cop shows or medical stuff, or mostly shit reality TV. Its is still enjoyable but like any series there's a repitition that sets in.

Will always remember burning through the first season on DVD in a week though. Just could'nt stop watching it.
1693  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Blockbuster getting sued over "No More Late Fees" on: February 23, 2005, 06:39:43 PM
Man that new policy is so much more consumer friendly than before.  :roll:


Just go with Netflix people and screw Blockbuster.
1694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Essential 50 Games on: February 22, 2005, 05:07:19 PM
Quote from: "Stardrifter"
Excuse me - where the hell is the WING COMMANDER series on that list? :?

That series defined every space-based simulation since then as well as the implementation of full motion video as a story-based element into games.

It also put SoundBlaster (and Creative Labs) on the map and it forced many, many people to purchase CD-ROM drives for their powerful 386 machines!


It shows that if you make a list of games like this that includes PC, console and arcade then you won't come close to what many would agree on. Its also   going to squeeze out games since this includes "big failures" as they call them like E.T. Not really sure the reason for this type of list really. I would just leave off the bombs like E.T. and just put them in a "Biggest gaming flops ever" list or something.
1695  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW wallpaper for you all on: February 22, 2005, 12:12:55 AM
If it showed the Human city burning up in a raging inferno then I would like it.  :twisted:
1696  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / MMO Burnout on: February 18, 2005, 06:50:43 PM
Quote from: "Jaddison"

I understand the difficulties in programming but it wold sure be nice if there were something that made me feel like I was actually impacting the game world.  Even something as simple as not letting you kill the same named creature over and over again.


Then as a developer you would have to start creating content that would only be experienced by a small portion or maybe even a single player in a game of hundreds of thousands. Thats completely impractical.
1697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Midway Arcade Treasures 3 on: February 16, 2005, 06:30:17 PM
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"
Just annouced for the fall. Has a bunch of racing games.
Badlands
Hydro Thunder
Off Road Thunder: Mud, Sweat 'N Gears
Race Drivin'
San Francisco Rush The Rock: Alcatraz Edition
San Francisco Rush 2049
S.T.U.N. Runner
Super Off Road & Bonus Tracks Pack.

Midway is bound to run out of games soon. Don't ya think?


IMO they ran out of games(at least the good ones mostly) with the first release. Outside of Cyberball and a few others the 2nd release was pretty much crap IMO. Seeing stuff like Spy Hunter II was pretty laughable. How they try and pass that off as a "classic" is beyond me.
1698  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - It's a great big world on: February 08, 2005, 01:21:01 AM
There are some nice ares on Kalimdor like Ashenvale, Feralas, and Azshara that I like but there are too many bleak looking type zones.

Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Agreed, the Horde zones look pretty much like...uh...Arizona.  :/


There's more to Arizona than just Phoenix or Tuscon.
1699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Five things that irritate me about console gaming on: February 05, 2005, 04:07:43 AM
Quote from: "semiconscious"
Quote
I like forward back strafe on 1 stick and up down left right on another. This way its similar to FPS control on a pc to me.


Quote
Don't know why you would complain about this as its the closest equivelent to a PC gaming setup with a mouse/keyboard.


i'm confused - what exactly does resembling a pc setup have to do with it? if a console controller isn't designed to mimic a keyboard/mouse combo any more than the other way round, it doesn't follow that mapping the one to 'resemble' the other is in any way the best (or even a good) way to do anything...


Because from what I read here Rob has been mostly a PC gamer. hence why I said the dual analog setup of one stick being F/B and strafing(keys) while the other is for looking around(i.e. the mouse). Its the gampad equivelent of the mouse keyboard setup people use for 1st/3rd person games on the PC. Not sure how I can explain it any better.
1700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Five things that irritate me about console gaming on: February 04, 2005, 07:15:56 PM
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"


2. Dual analog sticks in third person games. I remember that third person action games didn't use to be so hard when we just used one analog stick or the dpad. Aiming is an extreme chore and drains the fun right out of games of the genre.

3. Forward - back - strafe? This sort of goes with number 2. In third person games, game developers almost always put strafing controls with the forward and backwards motion. I think having forward, back, and turn left or right controls as one stick makes far more sense. Its like steering then. Simple things like Doors get me very angry. I moving forward and then I slightly strafe and hit the wall and start sliding around.



Don't know why you would complain about this as its the closest equivelent to a PC gaming setup with a mouse/keyboard.

I'll personally take the keyboard/mouse anyday for a game if I could but the dual analog stick setup is the closest there is for a gamepad. I've been a PC games for most of my life but don't find using the dual sticks hard.

I'll always agree about the checkpoint save system. It just sucks, its outdated and there is no reason to have it anymore. Even on a system that uses memmory cards. Simply let people save when they want. Period. I actually got frustrated playing GR2 n the Xbox initially because I couldn't believe I wasn't making it to at least the first save point ever in a map. Then I realized the game lets you save when you want. What a console game without a checkpoint system? Hell is freezing over...
1701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP Launch Details March 24, $249 on: February 03, 2005, 07:18:17 PM
Quote from: "Turtle"
Any newz on whether they fixed that button issue, or is it still a problem for the US release?

From what I heard, it was an underlying circuit board manufacturing defect and they just needed to alter the board, not the whole design.


Not what I herd. They didn't want the machine to be any bigger than a certain size nor make the screen any smaller so they moved the button "detector" or whatever you call it partially off to the side to make it fit. Hence the x button isn't very responsive. Was a deliberate choice on their part it seems. Boggles my mind personally. First and formost thing the machine should be reliable, work exactly as advertised and just plain do its thing. When a company puts "looks" ahead of funcionality I get uneasy.
1702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP Launch Details March 24, $249 on: February 03, 2005, 07:14:13 PM
This would probably be the first console tpye system I've ever pre-ordered home ro portable in my life if the button issue hadn't appeared. I can live with the battery life but now seeing how they purposely crippled  a part of the machine to meet some asthetic look as made me stay on hold. I'll wait to see if the hardware gets revised before the US launch.
1703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Stalker delayed until who knows when on: February 02, 2005, 09:21:46 PM
Another case of "Biting off more than you can chew".
1704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LoTR : The Third Age sequel on: February 01, 2005, 07:08:43 PM
Enjoyed it for the recreation of the world and production values for awhile but  it became tedious and dull after awhile for me. Just felt like I was going through the motions.
1705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / VGA Adapters (PS2) on: January 29, 2005, 12:45:20 AM
Don't think there are any specifically for the PS2. Just generic adapters that can take the RCA/component video output and turn it into a VGA signal.
1706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 2 and Cartridges might have some teeth? on: January 26, 2005, 08:55:47 AM
Quote from: "Tebunker"
Remember, if they use Disk media for the next system it will either be Blu-Ray or HD-DVD and those are not yet cheap enough to make them that much more cost effective.


Yes it would be. Far cheaper. HD and Blue ray costs will come down in time like regular DVD costs have. The cost diffrential between flash media and DVD(even Blue-ray) is allot. Its not even remotely close.


Even if you stick with today's dual-layer DVD's you have about 9GB of storage for 40 cents or so. How much would even a 1GB flash card cost?

This stuff is for a storage medium for saves, and DL's like maps and such.
1707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 2 and Cartridges might have some teeth? on: January 25, 2005, 06:53:54 AM
Thee cost effectivness of any flash media around and a DVD format isn't even in the same galaxy in terms of being close. There is zero reason for them to change from disc media. Its proven, its cheap and it allows the system to do things like be a DVD player too. No idea why people have taken the rumors of MS doing stuff with flash type media meaning that must be how games on the next Xbox will be. There's other much more logical reason for it i.e as a storage medium for the system.
1708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire worth getting? on: January 25, 2005, 06:41:35 AM
I've enjoyed the game overall, but the run through the sewers part in Hollywood was blech. No idea what they were thinking with that part. Its like some annoying Bloodlines version of a dungeon crawl just stuck in there for no reason. I hope this doesn't preview how they rest of the game will be.
1709  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Anyone getting bored with WOW? on: January 22, 2005, 10:53:55 PM
I have had a drop off in interest myself. Not to the point of wanting to quit but to where I don't want to always play on my free time with it. I think thats just because in the end these games arn't at the top of my lists as favorites. WoW is easily the best of the lot I've played, and I like hooking up with friends to do things but I also want to still play other games. I like it enough to keep going but I'm probably playing maybe 10 hours a week now vs 20+ duing the first month or so after getting it.
1710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Cell Architecture explained on: January 22, 2005, 03:58:42 AM
It all sounds terrrific on paper. The problem is getting it into a working design that can be massed produced. They've been at this for years and from whats gotten out about cell it hasn't been easy for them. Just shows how complex and hard making a brand new design is and why in the PC world we are still using updated variations of the same CPU's as we had years ago.
1711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 ending...NO SPOILERS plz on: January 21, 2005, 09:36:15 AM
Yea the ending for HL2 is right up there with Halo 2 in the "WTF...you gotta be kidding me" territory. I can see having a setup for a sequal but give people  a good satisfying ending for the game they just finished. A cliff-hanger/keep you guessing ending is okay for a a weekly TV show but not for a game series were it might be several years till the next installment comes out.
1712  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.
1713  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.
1714  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.
1715  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.
1716  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.
1717  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.
1718  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.
1719  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.
1720  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.
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