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1761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Big news! I saw pc games at Gamestop today on: November 11, 2004, 08:54:19 PM
Guess its area to area. My local Gamestop has always kept a PC section. Its been moved around as all the new consoles have come in but they carry all the new stuff and a fair amount of older stuff. Maybe its because I live in a college town so the percentage of PC gamers is higher or something.
1762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 3 on: November 06, 2004, 02:50:29 PM
Rome: Total War
Ultima VII
Half-Life
Age of Wonders 2
The Secret of Monkey Island
Civilization
Panzer General
Ultima V

Freespace 2
Baldur's Gate 2
Diablo 2
Master of Orion 2
Starcraft
Knights of the Old Republic
Civilization 2
Master of Magic
1763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: November 06, 2004, 02:35:10 PM
Quote from: "D.A.Lewis"
You know Jumangi, your bard can summons a healer.

The healer is pretty neat because she is pretty good (not great) at healing in the heat of battle. However, the baddies tend to go after her if I don't position myself carefully. And the healer of course is a very weak fighter and is dispatched pretty easily. However, if you sneak away from the battle, you simply re summons her and away you go.

With the healer I have no need to use the summons Angel.

WHile I am not loving this game yet, it is pretty fun to play and as soon as I finish here, I'm going back to it.



Yes I know you get that. That doesn't help me if I want to use the other characters though. Also as you said the healer is a very weak fighter. Bottom line IMO just keep the darn simple mana/healing potion mechanic(one button). Yea its old but it works.
1764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New EGM Scores (Careful...some Halo 2 SPOILERS within) on: November 05, 2004, 11:33:37 PM
Quote from: "Turtle"
The Halo series was designed as a trilogy, I think they said something along those lines in an interview.  I wouldn't be surprised if they went to four games considering the first one was so low on story content.


What isn't at least a trilogy these days.
1765  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Good & free AV software? on: November 04, 2004, 06:40:37 PM
Quote from: "PaulBot"
If interested, look on eBay for dirt cheap deals, and when it's time to ante up for another year of subscription service via Norton, just go back to eBay and buy another copy for less than the subscription renewal fee.


The subscription service time resets itself every time you install it.
1766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MOH: Pacific Assault on: November 04, 2004, 06:36:42 PM
Quote from: "Vinda-Lou"
Is this game a port of some sort from the console's Rising Sun?


No, the MOH games on the PC and console have always been seperate. Same theme of course but diffrent teams and engines used.
1767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: doom 3 on xbox on: November 04, 2004, 06:21:47 PM
Quote from: "The Rocketman"
I played the demo for pc yesterday, on my aging computer. It's a 1.2 Thunderbird, with 512 MB RAM and a geforce4 t4400. Anyway, the demo only featured the first 3 levels, but I liked them a lot!



If you don't mind what you got in the first 3 levels for the rest of the game then you'll be happy with it.
1768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: November 04, 2004, 07:33:26 AM
The no invert for the camera is annoying but so far I have learned to live with it. No idea why they don't have it since the other games using this engine have it. The bigger problem is the totally dumb way of healing. The basic gameplay is still the hack'n slash of the DA games so you need the ability to quickly heal whne your in the thick of it, but they make you do three things(right trigger + a + b) to heal instead of one button, then you have to watch the same short scene of the angel over an over again. How someone thought this was a good idea is beyond me.
1769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Scrapland (PC)?? on: November 03, 2004, 07:53:33 PM
The demo was descent. Its has that attempt at a GTA openess with some humor thrown in. Seems like a pretty under the radar title but could be fun.

Don't understand what the point of putting his name on it is for. I guess is because his name is failry unique as I doubt you would get barely 1 in 100 gamers who could tell you anything about the guy.
1770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 has no manual on: November 03, 2004, 07:48:31 PM
Quote from: "O.DOGG"
I remember the excuses for high game prices - the printing of the box and manual but now there is no manual and yet the game still sells for $55. That's my problem. Companies are giving us less and less yet expect us to pay more and more. But, like Jeff said, vote with your wallets.



Well thats were your wrong. A big title on par with something like HL2 in the late 80's would sell for $69.99 or so at retail. Yea you got the fold out cloth map for your copy of Ultima IV and the manual but in the end its the game that matters. If games kept up with the prices of years past you would be paying $80 for the basic retail package of HL2 today.
1771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: No Co-op Mode on: November 03, 2004, 06:56:21 AM
Quote from: "PaulBot"
Quote from: "Jumangi"
Putting coop in a game like Hl2 isn't the same as in DOOM or Serious Sam. Not sure why people can't see that, and expect that it should be some simple thing to do.


It may not be a simple thing to do, but there sure seems to be a lot of people who would enjoy it.

I don't see why it can't be done - it's software - the developers can do whatever they want! It would just take more development time.


Well as Laner said I think despite what boards like this and GG may have in interest that in reality its a vocal minority. Gaming message boards represent a fraction of the gaming population as a whole.

Well as you said its about time. Putting co-op in a game like HL2 is not the same as Serious Sam. You would need to do allot of work with major re-design of the gameplay, and world to make it decent and playable. Thats allot more time and money.
1772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 has no manual on: November 03, 2004, 06:48:32 AM
Who cares wether or not a FPS has a manual. Its a waste anyways for that type of game. Also don't know why you would need a strategy guide for a FPS. A RPG or a adventure game yea but a guide for a shooter seems like more of a waste.
1773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: No Co-op Mode on: November 02, 2004, 01:59:43 AM
Putting coop in a game like Hl2 isn't the same as in DOOM or Serious Sam. Not sure why people can't see that, and expect that it should be some simple thing to do.
1774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SP2 and PC Games on: November 01, 2004, 06:56:36 PM
I've had zero problems. Just look at the list and if none of the games are on it then go ahead with it.
1775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So I never played CounterStrike. Feel free to mock me. on: October 30, 2004, 10:41:40 PM
Quote from: "wonderpug"
I say fire up the original CS go have fun on some servers. Oh make sure you change your name from "Player" hehe that never goes over to well.  But mostly have some patience with yourself and enjoy it.



Does the updated Source version include the bots from CZ? Although they arn't a replacement for real people I think they could be a could be a descent trainer for someone to at least learn the maps and weapons before jumping into the online pool witht the pirahnas.
1776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Killzone IGN Review on: October 30, 2004, 10:27:48 PM
I guess if you have no other consoles and a really old PC this could be a game worth getting, but with other shooters like Halo 2, HL2, GR 2 etc coming out this looks like a "Maybe I'll rent it out someday..." title.
1777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 2 on: October 30, 2004, 02:48:42 PM
Rome: Total War
Heroes of Might and Magic 2
Wing Commander 3
Ultima VII
Thief: The Dark Project
Half-Life
Age of Wonders 2
Warcraft II
The Secret of Monkey Island
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
No Vote
Civilization
Panzer General
Diablo
Battlefield 1942
Ultima Underworld


Freespace 2
Unreal Tournament 2004
Baldur's Gate 2
System Shock 2
Diablo 2
Quake
Master of Orion 2
Wizardry
No Vote
Starcraft
Ghost Recon
Knights of the Old Republic
Civilization 2
Star Wars: Tie Fighter
Master of Magic
Alpha Centauri
1778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: October 29, 2004, 07:35:39 AM
Havn't played the game myself but the idea of it selling the stuff automatically sounds nice to me. I like having a inventory too, but the constantly having to teleport back to sell stuff off over and over got old too.
1779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: October 28, 2004, 05:20:06 PM
Quote
as much as it pains me to admit it, halo 2 is going to outsell the crap out of anything this season.
I mean 1.5 million preorders is incredible.


No it won't. Just because MS has hyped the hell out of Halo 2 doesn't mean its the only thing out there. This is the sequal to the 2 best selling console games of this generation.
1780  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Screen savers... worth saving? on: October 27, 2004, 07:27:31 PM
I turned on the SS the other day for like the second time since the change and they had that guy who does the mods showing off a "pimp" mod case. He was dressed up like one too. The combination of him and that god awful annoying new host with the stupid hair was just too much. Leo could be annoying at times too but this show is just utter crap now...


The only stuff I can watch for more than 5 minutes on G4 now is XPlay since that seems mostly the same and I have grown to like Adam somewhat and how he rips on stuff like Final Fantasy and such, and the other review show Judgement Day. The shorter guy Talarico or whatever his name is can be annoying but the other one is ok.
1781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 1 Part 2 on: October 27, 2004, 07:09:17 PM
Freespace 2
No Vote
Unreal Tournament 2004
Crusader: No Remorse
Baldur's Gate 2
No Vote
Wasteland
System Shock 2
No Vote
Diablo 2
SWAT 3
Quake
Star Wars: X-wing
Star Control 2
Thief 2
Wizardry
Wizardry 8
Rollercoaster Tycoon
Starcraft
Baldur's Gate
No Vote
Ghost Recon
Pirates!
Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord
No Vote
Civilization 2
Heroes of Might and Magic 3
Star Wars: Tie Fighter
Master of Orion
Master of Magic
Starsiege: Tribes
Alpha Centauri
1782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP = $185 on: October 27, 2004, 06:48:37 PM
Either they have some amazing engineers or their taking a sizable hit on the thing. Don't see how they can offer what they are claiming in features and specs for that price without loosing money. But as a consumer thats not my problem. For that price I could see getting one too.
1783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom 3 Expansion announced: Resurrection of Evil on: October 27, 2004, 06:56:16 AM
Think I hear crickets...
1784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: Countdown to November 16 on: October 26, 2004, 02:25:54 AM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote from: "PaulBot"
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
HL2, on the other hand, will likely be a million seller by the end of the year.


I'd bet it'll be a million seller on Nov. 16.


I don't know, Doom 3 sold 375,000 copies in the entire month of August.  It took Sims 2, what 10 days, to sell a million.  While I think HL2 is arguably a bit more sought after than Doom 3 I don't know if quite equals Sims 2.  

As JayG noted, MS has been trumpeting Halo 2's pre-order record of 1.5 million.  If HL2 was anywhere close to a million in preorders then I would expect VU to have been issuing press releases to that effect.



Maybe initially Halo would outsell HL2 but in the long run I don't think you can say that for sure. The first HL is one of the all time biggest sellers with over 7 million copies sold. Over twice what Halo has done. I would say come back a year from now and see were each one stands.

Either way their both going to sell a ton of copies.
1785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / An Open Letter From Ion Storm (T:DS editor) on: October 26, 2004, 02:15:52 AM
Great news to hear, but I don't get why its talked about as this big process. Its just the editor, not a full SDK. FPS, RTS, and now even RPG games are having the editor come standard all the time now included with the game. Why has this been such a big deal in the first place?
1786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What if Half-life 2 uses Starforce? on: October 22, 2004, 11:10:54 PM
Quote from: "gameoverman"
This is a GAME we're talking about.


So what. Like others said its still a multi-million dollar investment they are trying to protect.
1787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just beat Second Sight, and it's my Game Story of the Year.. on: October 22, 2004, 11:03:55 PM
There were things I liked about the game but the poorly done stealth gameplay got old and rather annoying to keep dealing with.
1788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What if Half-life 2 uses Starforce? on: October 22, 2004, 09:23:15 PM
The precedent was set several years ago with WindowsXP, and the world survived.
1789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / November 2004 - greatest game rush ... ever? on: October 22, 2004, 09:15:33 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
Just did some quick math, if one were to buy everything I listed above, assuming they were each $50, that would be $1000 in new games! even if some were $30, you'd still be looking at $900.



Another reason I think a service like Gamefly is a good deal. Just too much money to spend for me otherwise.
1790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Playboy interview with John Carmack on: October 20, 2004, 06:35:16 AM
Well my guess is his sole reason for that is because of the hardware. My understanding is he isn't much of a gamer in general. I think is idea these days of leasure time is working on that rocket design he is a part of.
1791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PR - XBOX] "Halo 2" Makes Entertainment History on: October 20, 2004, 06:31:45 AM
I've always taken what the "warze kiddies" say of a game as not being worth much.
1792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PR - XBOX] "Halo 2" Makes Entertainment History on: October 19, 2004, 07:39:12 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"


Plus, I hate these attempts to compare game grosses with movie grosses.  Assuming 1.5 million people purchase Halo 2 on opening day, that same number attending a movie would end up being a less than $20 million opening day which is very good but nowhere close to record setting.


They arn't comparing numbers buying vs going to see a movie but gross revenue. 1.5 million copies comes to $75 mil in sales(assuming a $50 retail price). That is comparable to a huge movie opening.


As for pre-order pitches at the local Gamestop they will pitch the games for whatever I'm buying. I.E a PS2 game purchase gets offers for GTA or MGS3 usually.
1793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Pre-load. Crackable or No? on: October 19, 2004, 07:34:15 PM
All they would have to keep out would be the main .exe file to keep it from being played.
1794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 gold? You bet! (Nov. 16th release) on: October 17, 2004, 10:29:05 PM
Pretty sure they've said contractually they can't release on STEAM untill the retail version hits shelves.
1795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / VGA Connection on: October 12, 2004, 08:01:52 PM
It costs some money but for the Xbox this adapter works great. Only games that won't work are the few that were released with only 480i support.

http://www.x2vga.com/
1796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Morrowind plugin DVD list [continued from GG] on: October 12, 2004, 08:27:07 AM
I'd be willing to pay for shipping/DVD cost for one too.
1797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game Of All Time Tournament - CG Edition on: October 12, 2004, 08:22:29 AM
Off the top of my head...

Half-Life
Ultima IV
Civilization II
Pirates!
Panzer General
1798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rome: Total War on: October 12, 2004, 08:17:49 AM
Its been a very fun game so far but they definatly need to patch some of the bigger problems. The suicidal general AI makes it to easy to win battles, or a pain if its one of your generals who runs straight at the computer leaving his army behind. Also its sort of goofy that you can easily fix a rebellion in a town by simply exterminating it. You get lots of money and all the buildings still operate fine.
1799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Integrity In game journalism? on: October 12, 2004, 03:17:02 AM
Not surprising that GI works this way. They're the Entertainment Tonight of the gaming world.
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