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15681  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 09, 2004, 01:42:14 AM
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Ooh ooh ooh, a forum dedicated to mmorpg titles.
If there is enough demand.
15682  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 09, 2004, 01:26:54 AM
You might if we expand into the PC side of things.  Give it time...
15683  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Episode 3 Teaster Poster? on: October 09, 2004, 01:24:38 AM
Whysa would yousa thinkin that?

Yea...Lucas has a chance to pooch screw your childhood again...sorry to say.
15684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Athens 2004 for PC has Gone Gold on: October 09, 2004, 01:19:34 AM
***ATHENS 2004 FOR PC HAS GONE GOLD***

Your pulse is rising, the tension is building, but you must stay calm and alert. Your time to shine is almost upon you!  Athens 2004 for PC has gone gold!  And so the countdown begins!  Athletes from all around the world have gathered in Athens, Greece to prove their exceptional strength and endurance in a diverse array of sports.  Athens 2004 will allow you to compete in over a dozen of these Olympic events from track and aquatics to weightlifting and archery.  Don't miss your chance to represent your favorite competing countries and perfect your skills as an Olympian.  Athens 2004 for PC is shipping to stores across North America on October 12, 2004.
15685  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 09, 2004, 01:12:20 AM
That information isn't lost Raven.  If it comes to it, I'll bring it here.
15686  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 09, 2004, 01:11:35 AM
No need to leave Ebonstone.  I just won't take anyone badmouthing Rich.  We might differ on our management styles or anything else for that matter, but I'll step up to the mic and say that I appreciate him and what he has done for the industry as a whole.  At the end of the day though, its my name at the bottom of the check, if you catch my drift.
15687  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 09, 2004, 01:02:03 AM
That is correct Raven.  We are on a totally different server and under completely different management.
15688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox Games - or why I wish they'd push Xbox2 to a later date on: October 09, 2004, 01:00:44 AM
Well, when I look at what Fable came out as and what it could be with tougher hardware I'm excited about Xbox 2.  I'm just hoping it doesn't weaken the position of the console long term.  We'll know soon enough....with titles like Morrowind as a launch title, I think it'll do just fine. slywink
15689  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 09, 2004, 12:54:51 AM
Bring it....newbie.  :twisted:
15690  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 09, 2004, 12:21:53 AM
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Does this mean I have to start all over with getting enough trader feedback to top Whiteboyskim in the W's? Crap!

Prepare thyself WBS! Bring it!
Hahhaa...it does bring up a good point.  I'll extend the feedback ratings here should that need come to pass.
15691  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 09, 2004, 12:20:07 AM
Hehehhe....nah, if it was kosher on GG, it is pretty much kosher on CG.   Unless of course you are a horses ass like Kahless. smile
15692  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 09, 2004, 12:15:33 AM
I would have thought so too.  While I do appreciate the extra readers and such, in a perfect world Rich would come back and revive Gone Gold for good.
15693  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / GIMP alternatives? on: October 09, 2004, 12:14:08 AM
Are we talking editing or just changing an image from one format to another?  I have been using Irfanview for a long time and I think its fantastic, but I also have a student edition of Photoshop for serious dirty work.
15694  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 09, 2004, 12:05:24 AM
Don't get the wrong impression.  I don't rule with an Iron Fist or anything akin to that.  I just don't have tolerance for certain things, badmouthing Rich being at the top of that list.
15695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 09, 2004, 12:00:25 AM
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Could be.

I've always fancied a Weekend At Bernie's-like situation where Rich has been dead for a long time now and individuals are just using him and his 'good name' to further their own selfish ends.

That's just me, though.
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mood: Hoping Gone Gold is dead for good.
Badmouth Rich again.  I'll show you the door.  First and final warning.
15696  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 08, 2004, 11:52:22 PM
Kahless is banned.  I don't bother to send letters...he's just done.
15697  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 08, 2004, 07:26:56 PM
Welcome Peacedog.  I have no problems with the post. smile  Thanks for the update, it is appreciated.
15698  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 08, 2004, 07:18:15 PM
The 'classic' gold and brown option will be available.  If its requested, I'll built it in.
15699  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 08, 2004, 06:50:04 PM
Again, I'll say welcome.  If this plays out permanently, we'll have a PC forum up before you can say Cat in a Hat.
15700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console Gold adds support for more handhelds on: October 08, 2004, 06:44:28 PM
its not jpg compression, its just that they are slightly larger than a standard DS screen.  You also have to look at whether we are talking about cutscene stuff or gameplay.
15701  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 08, 2004, 04:45:14 PM
Well, I'll just say a few things here real quick:

As a long time Gone Gold reader myself and somebody with several thousand posts I'd miss it if it was all over.  Having said that, running a site is not as easy as it might seem.  There are some very taxing demands on a person that can really wear you down.  When you realize that you have to update or you are letting down several thousand people its a good motivator.  When you are too sick to update, its a curse.  I could see it if he made a choice to end it rather than risk his health.  

As for the community, I'm not going to vulture around and try to get you guys to come here.  I tried to get people to do things in the past and it blew up in my face, badly.  I learned a lot in those early days and I know better now.  If you guys want to come here, you are welcome.  We'll open whatever is necessary to facilitate the needs of the community.  (you can even bring all the hockey talk!)  If not, that's just fine too.  We are just starting to grow our community and there are a ton of new and exciting things that I know we can do with enough time.  I hope you'll all stick around to see that, but more than anything I'd just like to hear from Rich.  :/
15702  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Personal air bag on: October 08, 2004, 04:26:48 PM
Whaaa?  No way.  

This would work well in a car made of Nerf.
15703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Live Arcade on: October 08, 2004, 03:14:00 PM
EngineNo9, ya beat me to it.  :/
15704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Anarchy Online For Free on: October 08, 2004, 02:56:41 PM
It sure does....I remember a stack of them on top of a trashcan..do you?
15705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Anarchy Online For Free on: October 08, 2004, 02:34:04 PM
Well, the client at least. smile

___________________________

Full Version of Anarchy Online Now for Free

DURHAM, N.C.-Oct. 8, 2004--14 Days Included - Subscriptions from Just 7,95 USD Per Month    
Funcom announces a new pricing model for Anarchy Online with a free full version of the heralded MMORPG to all new players. Funcom is at the same time also extending the included tryout period for Anarchy Online from 7 to 14 days, giving newcomers a chance to evaluate the unique depth and entire range of qualities in the ultimate sci-fi MMORPG.

"Anarchy Online has established itself as one of the finest MMORPGs on the market, and with this initiative we believe that even more players will try our game," said Funcom's President/ CEO Trond Arne Aas. "Not only do we significantly lower the entrance barrier with a free full version, we are also offering 14 days of included subscription to all new accounts. With subscription rates starting as low as 7,95 USD / EUR per month we feel confident that AO will remain highly competitive in both price, quality and accessibility."

Anarchy Online features:

-- Enjoy unparalleled character customization, including 80 character skills, hundreds of special attacks, thousands of items and a wide range of clothes, weapons and armour. No other online game delivers more character customization and depth.

-- Explore an epic and believable sci-fi universe with an involving and deep backstory

-- Experience fast-paced gameplay with more action and intensity and less camping.

-- Choose your playing style and select one of 14 different professions. Soldier, special agent, pet profession, healer, technological expert, trader or adventurer...you choose.

-- Go solo or join groups and guilds, AO is packed with fun content for everyone

-- Instanced dungeon areas mixed with a wide range of static dungeons and quests means that there is always something to do, even for that half hour session.

-- Express yourself through voice, emotes or chat in a fantastic social environment with clubs, bars, guild houses, player apartments, social clothes and much more.

-- Fight thousands of exciting monsters in a fantastic player versus environment gameworld, or challenge human opponents to conquer land in large PvP areas.

-- Immerse yourself in a world with a fantastic musical score and unique art direction.

-- Enter AO more easily with dedicated beginner areas

-- Travel in style with futuristic flying vehicles available to all professions, and access all areas efficiently and fast.

-- Superior in-game Customer Service including a greeter to help ease your first few steps on Rubi-Ka.

-- Join a friendly, large and established player community.

-- And much much more....

Go to http://www.anarchy-online.com/tryout to download the free full version and find information on subscription plans.

More information, videos and screenshots can be found at www.anarchy-online.com

The free full version with 14 day included subscription does not include access to the expansion packs Anarchy Online - Shadowlands and Anarchy Online - Alien Invasion, which must both be upgraded separately.

ABOUT FUNCOM - Funcom is an independent developer and publisher of computer and console games with a focus on Adventure Action and Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOG). Funcom has provided outstanding entertainment since 1993 and continues to expand its track-record of 24 released games to date. Recent successes include the multi-award winning The Longest Journey, the award winning and critically acclaimed Anarchy Online - The Notum Wars and the heralded masterpiece Anarchy Online - Shadowlands. For corporate information please visit www.funcom.com. For information about Anarchy Online visit www.anarchy-online.com .For information about Dreamfall visit www.dreamfall.com . Images and information for press can be found at http://ftp://[email protected]/
15706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: THUG 2 on: October 08, 2004, 01:51:06 PM
Yep, in the beginning it is very difficult and you will be bailing a lot.  Free-skate a lot and just try new things.  Hit the pipe and practice a bit and you'll catch on.  Also, as you finish goals you can improve your skills which will help with things like speed and balance.  You'll get there...
15707  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 08, 2004, 04:32:23 AM
Well, I won't doom/gloom the site. Its probably just a technical glitch.  

As for GG being a great site...they are still a great community, I can only hope to one day have as large a community of friends as there. (Other than that stupid f'n Religion and Politics fiasco...that shit should just be shut down for the sake of all mankind)
15708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console Gold adds support for more handhelds on: October 08, 2004, 04:00:11 AM
To show our support, feast your eyes on some new Nintendo DS shots and Sony PSP shots.

Metal Gear Acid
SpiderMan 2 DS
Metroid Prime: Hunters
Mr. Driller Drill Spirits
Ridge Racer DS

Keep an eye on the front page...more to come!
15709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Pacific Fighters has Gone Gold on: October 07, 2004, 02:12:55 PM
SAN FRANCISCO—October 6, 2004  Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest videogame publishers today announced that the Pacific Fighters™ gold master has gone into production. From the creators of the critically acclaimed IL-2 series, Pacific Fighters will ship for PC at the end of October with an ESRB rating of Teen for Mild Language and Violence.

Re-create some of the most decisive air battles of WW II and experience famous locations like Midway, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima, where the courage of a single pilot could turn the tide of war. Fly more than 40 combat aircraft including the deadly Japanese Zero, the UK’s Supermarine Seafire and the U.S.-made Corsair. In addition to 16 huge single-player maps, Pacific Fighters offers an unparalleled online multiplayer option. For the first time in any retail combat flight simulation, virtual pilots can take part in massive aerial dogfights on the same dedicated server for up to 128 players. A 32-player option is also available in Cooperative mode. For the first time in the IL-2 series, players can engage aircraft carriers in combat and utilize them to take off and land. As with every product developed by IL-2 creator Oleg Maddox, Pacific Fighters offers unsurpassed attention to detail. The smart AI, unequaled damage model and sense of realism combine to immerse players like no other combat flight simulation.

Game Features:
•   Over 40 flyable WWII fighters and bombers.
A partial list includes: Aichi D3A1 Val, Bristol Beaufighter, Douglas A-20 Havoc, Grumman F6f Hellcat, Mitsubishi A6M Zero, Kawasaki Ki-61 Tony, North American B-25 Mitchell, and Vought F4U-1 Corsair.

•   Legendary Pacific Theater locations.
Fly in huge maps of famous battle sites, such as Pearl Harbor, Midway, Singapore and Okinawa.

•   New large-scale multiplayer engagements.
Join squadrons in a variety of online modes such as free-for-all dogfights for up to 128 players and cooperative campaigns for up to 32 players.

•   A vast array of targets ranging from railroads to battleships.
Ground objects such as trains, trucks and tanks can all be pounded from the air. Torpedo historically accurate ships, drop parafrags on enemy airfields, and encounter more than 100 other targets on the ground and at sea.

For more information visit the newly relaunched IL-2 community site featuring Pacific Fighter. WWW.il2sturmovik.com is the one-stop shop for all Oleg Maddox products published by Ubisoft. View the amazing Pacific Fighters trailer and get ready for a combat flight simulation that will set new standards for the genre.
15710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Hardware Alert - Intec Teamtalk on: October 07, 2004, 12:22:05 PM
Ouch, keep us posted.  Gotta love packages that are built to last only till taken off the shelf.
15711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I think it's allergy season. on: October 06, 2004, 11:23:47 PM
Heh, I have no kids...it is definately not latex.
15712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 Pre-Orders Reach 1 Million on: October 06, 2004, 10:25:12 PM
EXACTLY.  You also have to look at how much of those presales are paid in full and how much are 10.00 pre-sales.   EB wins out big time as they get to more tightly control their inventory as well.  (Not like this one is going to burn them to have extras on the shelf)

That said, the second they sell em to EB or whomever they get paid.
15713  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I think it's allergy season. on: October 06, 2004, 10:23:15 PM
My wife is going through this too...poor folks.  I've only got one, it is lethal, and I'm not telling. smile
15714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Ministry Headlines Soundtrack for Vampire Bloodlines on: October 06, 2004, 10:22:43 PM
Well, here is the thing...I was talking with the one of the leads at Troika and he said it was more than possible and that they were considering it.  The wall of silence is thanks to HL2, so maybe after that we'll hear more....
15715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 Pre-Orders Reach 1 Million on: October 06, 2004, 03:57:30 PM
Yowza!  That is crazy!  Think about this:

Average Gross Profit Margin on a 50.00 game is 8-10 bucks, we'll go on the top end for calculations:

10 * 1,000,000 = 10 million dollars profit on pre-orders alone.  CRAAAZY!
(I love bees)
15716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Outrun 2 [not fun] on: October 06, 2004, 03:11:27 PM
I'm supposed to review the title but I'm also having a hard time with it.  Its hard to grab Outrun 2 when its in the box next to Burnout 3.
15717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow Hearts Covenant - VERY Impressed on: October 06, 2004, 04:15:18 AM
Wow, that is a pretty rousing recommendation!  I'll put in a request and see if we can review it...
15718  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Console Gold logo on: October 05, 2004, 11:33:41 PM
That, my good sir, is a lovely red x.  smile

Take that!

15719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Stomp] Blizzard Entertainment Wins Judgment in BnetD Case on: October 05, 2004, 05:23:24 PM
Looks like the free BattleNet servers are coming to an end.  Good riddance I say...Blizzard does a fantastic job with their servers, the only reason I can see to run your own is to cheat or pirate.  Neither of which pays to develop the next title.  

_____________________________________________________

Blizzard Entertainment Wins Summary Judgment in BnetD Case

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 4, 2004--A federal district court in St. Louis has found that members of the BnetD project violated Blizzard Entertainment(R)'s End User License Agreements (EULAs) and Battle.net(R) Terms of Use (TOU), as well as the provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that prohibits the circumvention of anti-piracy technology and trafficking in such technology.


"We consider this ruling to be a major victory against software piracy," stated Mike Morhaime, president and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. "By ruling in our favor on every count, the court is sending a clear message that creating unauthorized servers which emulate Blizzard's Battle.net servers is without question illegal. We have worked hard to provide gamers with a free, safe, secure, reliable environment on Battle.net, and this ruling is a strong validation that we are justified in protecting and ensuring the integrity of our game service."

Granting Blizzard Entertainment's motion for summary judgment on all counts, Judge Charles Shaw ruled that the defendants were bound to the terms of Blizzard's EULAs and Battle.net TOUs, and that by reverse engineering Blizzard software, creating servers that emulated Battle.net, and providing matchmaking services for users of Blizzard software, they were in violation of those terms. Furthermore, Judge Shaw held that because the BnetD servers created a functional alternative to Battle.net and were used to bypass Blizzard's anti-piracy technology, "the defendants' actions constitute a circumvention of copyright under the DMCA."

This judgment upholds Blizzard Entertainment's End User License Agreements and Battle.net Terms of Use as legally binding documents that are legally enforceable. In addition, the judgment enjoins others who distribute BnetD or act in concert with the BnetD members from creating and providing access to unauthorized servers that emulate Blizzard's own servers for the purpose of playing legal or illegal copies of Blizzard games as against the law.

Best known for their series Warcraft(R), StarCraft(R) and Diablo(R), Blizzard Entertainment (www.blizzard.com, a division of Vivendi Universal Games) is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating many of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. The company's free Internet gaming service Battle.net(R) provides a forum in which owners of Blizzard's games can play in a multiplayer mode remotely across the Internet and against other gamers from around the world.
15720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG-Review] Mortal Kombat: Deception on: October 05, 2004, 05:27:22 AM
YOU are CORRECT SIR!  It is debug only...so No Soup for You!  (doesn't mean I'm not trying to score some give-aways though...I'll do my best)
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