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4481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Getting sick while playing HL2 on: November 24, 2004, 04:59:37 PM
I usually don't get sick while playing FPS games, but after Ravenholm I had to take a break... I think it was due to the gravity gun - the fact that the item you're holding in front of you lags slighty when you turn is very disconcerting.
4482  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [CG] Ad Banners on: November 24, 2004, 04:56:21 PM
Yeah, anything with jittery animation gets an adblock from me... especially the one with John Kerry's face being distorted to look like a beak - that's just creepy.
4483  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What a WIERD week... on: November 24, 2004, 04:54:12 PM
Quote from: "El Guapo"
Quote from: "Belgedin"
You spellled "weird" incorrectly.


And ironically, you misspelled "spelled".


It's a Internet Law - whenever someone posts a correcttion to someone's spelling or grammar, there will inevitably be an error in *that* post as well. smile
4484  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battle For Middle Earth - Just 3 days to go! on: November 22, 2004, 02:39:16 PM
Quote from: "leo8877"
I bought this when it was on sale at Amazon for $15.  So I guess for that price, I'll check it out.


They're actually honoring your order?  I placed an order when it was $15, but I received an email the next day saying it was a pricing error and that my order would be cancelled.
4485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Level Help Thread on: November 21, 2004, 05:28:21 PM
I'm stuck in the prison...

I've gotten just past the room where (over audio) Breen is criticizing the population for not capturing Freeman, past the laundry room, past the kitchen with the gas leak.  Now I appear to be trapped - I can hear gunfire outside, but all the gates are closed and I can't figure a way out.

Edit: Never mind... not sure how I missed the big gaping hole in the observation room glass.
4486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WHERE R TEH PIRAETD COPEIS OF HALF-LIEF 2?????!? OMG WTF on: November 19, 2004, 08:48:28 PM
Quote from: "AttAdude"
Am i the only person here that finds it vaugly amusing that all you anti piracy people get in here and circle jerk over a day or 2 with out a warez version of X game?  Its strange to see people have such a unhealthy fixation with something you hate so much.

"unhealthy fixation"? "circle jerk"?

Someone's overreacting in this thread, that's for sure.
4487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 19, 2004, 06:08:33 PM
Quote from: "bluefugue"
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "bluefugue"
HL2 is good, but it's no Rome Total War.  :wink:


Indeed.  HL2 is *much* better  :?


Nah, there was only one "messianic" game I've played this year, and it didn't have any crowbars in it...


No Yuo!  :lol:
4488  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Another Friday... on: November 19, 2004, 05:52:01 PM
My Thanksgiving vacation starts after work today... so I'm going to begin knocking out some of these games that have been sitting on the shelf for far too long.  And I've got a home movie project I want to get done before Christmas, so I should probably plug away at that as well.
4489  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can MS topple Sony in the next generation? on: November 19, 2004, 05:09:36 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"

Quote
Now yes, since the Xbox I have ventured into other areas. I owned a GCN for a time, but sold it because i didnt do anythign for me, and now I am looking at a PS2. But I still avoid the japanese style games like death.


Honestly, I'll never understand how someone could pass up a great game simply because of the art style. Good games are good games.

And a large part of the gaming experience are the visuals.  Considering how much emphasis both developers and gamers put on graphics, it's obviously an important part of the whole package.  And the more stylized the graphics get, the more polarizing they're going to be.  I don't want to spend 40 hours looking at art that I find unattractive, no matter how good the underlying game mechanics are.
4490  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Challenge this... on: November 19, 2004, 03:38:46 PM
Or find another job.  Working at EA isn't a "gotta have this job to eat" situation like someone who has to work at McDonalds or Wal-Mart just to survive.  People *choose* to work there.  Yeah, you love games.  Yeah, you want to work at one of the biggest game creators.  The thing is, you have to decide whether or not the job is worth the demands put upon you.  Anyone who pays attention to the gaming industry knows it's one of the most demanding areas of software development, with extended crunch time being the rule, not the exception.  You get paid next to nothing, with no chance for royalties - especially in a corporate environment like EA.  You more than likely will be let go if the title is a flop.  Or even if it's a success.  That's just the nature of the industry.  It sucks, but that's the way it is.  I don't care how much I like a job, if I'm treated like crap, I tender my resignation and find something else.  It's like restaurant servers who complain about having to rely on tips... no one is forcing you to work there!  If you don't like the pay or the conditions, Leave!  Find something you really want to do, in an environment that agrees with you ,and go do it!
4491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gran Turismo 4 - The Motherlode of Screenies on: November 19, 2004, 03:34:29 PM
Quote from: "O.DOGG"
I always wondered what kind of screen they use to take screen captures for these games. Or are they production screens, not really achievable by any monitor/screen?


They're probably taken from the development platform, with all the bells and whistles on.  In other words, no, the PS2 isn't capable of generating those images in real-time....
4492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Woohoo! Got me an Xbox - VGA Adapter advice? -PS2 & GC on: November 19, 2004, 03:30:57 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
Quote from: "Laner"
Small nitpick -

480p (which is the highest resolution of most Xbox games) is not "high definition" smile 720p/1080i is, but very few Xbox games support those higher resolutions.


30+ 720p titles.

Amped 2   720p   -
Blood Rayne 2   720p   -
Conflict Vietnam   720p   -
Disney Extreme Skatboarding   720p   -
Dragon Lair 3d   720p   1080i
Dukes of Hazzard - Return of the General Lee   720p   -
Enter the Matrix   720p   1080i
ESPN Major League Baseball 2K4   720p   
ESPN NBA Basketball   720p   
Freedom Fighters   720p   -
MVP Baseball 2004   720p   -
MX Unleashed   720p   1080i
NBA 2K3   720p   -
NBA Ballers   720p   
SCALER   720p   
SegaGT Online   720p   -
Soul Calibur II   720p   -
Spongebob Square Pants:The Movie   720p   
Steel Battalion:Line of Contact   720p   -
Street Hoops   720p   -
Syberia   720p   1080i
The Sims: Bustin out   720p   -
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4   720p   -
Tony Hawk: Underground   720p   -
Tony Hawk's Underground 2   720p   -
True Crime Streets of LA   720p   
World Series Baseball 2k3   720p   
X-Men Legends   720p   -

you can check out the HDGames.net site as well.

Consolegold also has this same functionality, but they're still missing some info. <shrug>


Wow - I didn't realize there were that many... last time I checked there were only a handful.  But my main point stands - most games only support 480p, which isn't "high def" smile
4493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 19, 2004, 03:27:47 PM
Quote from: "bluefugue"
HL2 is good, but it's no Rome Total War.  :wink:


Indeed.  HL2 is *much* better  :?
4494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game of All Time Round 5 on: November 18, 2004, 05:30:42 PM
Left:
Ultima VII
Planescape: Torment

Right:
Diablo 2
Knights of the Old Republic
4495  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's the truly scariest pc gaming experience you've had? on: November 18, 2004, 04:52:07 PM
Lot of votes for System Shock 2 here, but I'm going to go with System Shock 1 - that game had me wound so tightly that I practically jumped out of my seat once simply due to the elevator door closing unexpectedly.

And there was one scene at the hunting lodge in Gabriel Knight 2, that while not particularly scary, really creeped me out for a long time afterward.
4496  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Video Game Awards 2004 Voting on: November 18, 2004, 04:29:58 PM
Quote from: "ElijahPrice"
SpikeTV has released their nominees and categories for the Video Game Awards 2004.  Just wondered what everyone thought:


I think they need to stop nominating games that aren't even out yet.  They did the same thing last year, which is basically blatant advertising for certain companies' (*cough*EA*cough) upcoming titles.
4497  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Soft water?! ARGGGHHHH! (New Apartment Woes) on: November 18, 2004, 05:03:21 AM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Here in Tennessee we use the old fashion plain type of water...mine comes from this here thing called a "well" .....no hard or soft water here...no sir ree. Feels good! Tastes good! and rinses clean away. You yuppies and your special water.  :roll:


No well water in Chattanooga smile


Heh I was in Chattanooga today and stopped by Fat Moes again. Man I loves those giant hamburgers.


MMMmmm.... Fat Mo's... I love 'em, but my arteries can only take one or two a year.
4498  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / real simple: How do I play Half-life 2 w/o steam??? on: November 17, 2004, 08:36:50 PM
Quote from: "Fuzzballx"
See where the world is headed?


A much more realistic scenario is that eventually a single standard platform for digital distribution will eventually be settled upon.
4499  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Offline Mode -* First Post Edit *- on: November 17, 2004, 01:14:40 AM
Quote from: "leo8877"
Has anyone actually played today?  Is it only the people who have played early in the morning?


Yep - I played this morning (56k), a bit around noon at work (T1), and when I got home (again, 56k).  Absolutely no problems.
4500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 16, 2004, 10:24:20 PM
Quote from: "Caine"

oh how i wish i had a more private office instead of where i'm at.  my back is to the door and people are always walking by here, if not coming to see me directly.


Heh - yeah, my boss asked why my door was closed this morning. smile
4501  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Offline Mode -* First Post Edit *- on: November 16, 2004, 09:31:57 PM
Quote from: "Cleric7"
So, let me get this straight...

They are surprised that so many people are interested in this game.

They were caught totally off-guard that so many people rushed to register today.

Who could have expected that  :roll:




THEY____SHOULD____ HAVE_____ KNOWN


Who says they didn't?  The problem is, until you have 100,000 people (or however many) hammering your network simultaneously, **you simply don't know how it's going to perform**.  You plan for it the best you can, but it is impossible to guarantee everything will perform flawlessly.
4502  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 3...sooner than we think? on: November 16, 2004, 08:53:36 PM
I have yet to see a screenshot of this "Coming February 9" deal...
4503  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Offline Mode -* First Post Edit *- on: November 16, 2004, 08:49:52 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
Quote from: "Ascendent"
I know its a pain in the ass. I'm sorry you aren't able to play right now. But this is brand new to them and I'm sure they didn't expect it to be that bad. They should of known? Maybe but this is new and with all things new there's going to be a few bumps. You will get to play your shiny copy of HL2 soon I'm sure just be patient.

Ascendent


Why should I be patient?  They created a system to make themselves more money (by not using VU for distribution) and now the consumer is getting screwed out of playing a game they legally bought.


"screwed"?  Look, it's not like they took your money, stuck it in a bag with a big dollar sign on it and are running away twirling the end of their handlebar mustache.  Everyone will be able to play eventually.
4504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2: Upgrade Retail Version? on: November 16, 2004, 06:27:37 PM
Quote from: "Gryndyl"
Quote from: "naednek"
there's not much difference from the regular edition of hl1 and hl1 source.  Not everything has been converted.  You still have the same textures, but they have upgraded the water, and the walls are shiny.


The mod community is already working to replace every texture in the game though. Go modders, go!


Linkage, por favor? smile
4505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 performance thread on: November 16, 2004, 03:54:50 PM
Athlon XP 2800+
1GB RAM
Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB
1024x768, 2xA A, 8x Ani

Runs great - I'll probably crank up the resolution tonight and see how it does.
4506  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 16, 2004, 03:51:47 PM
Woke up around 3, restarted steam for teh unlock, then went back to bed.  Played for about an hour this morning, and so far it's awesome.  I also got Halo 2 yesterday, but I have a feeling that's going to be on the backburner until I finish Half-Life 2.  I was surprised at how well it ran - I started off at 1024x768, 2xAA, 8xAni and expected it to bring my computer to it's knees, but it's pretty fluid.  Making the supporting characters have a larger role this time around was a great call by Valve - they are probably the most believable characters in any game to date, and really do add to the experience.

Oh, and I dig the upgraded Barnacles smile
4507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can MS topple Sony in the next generation? on: November 16, 2004, 03:20:24 PM
Quote from: "ebane67"
Exclusive titles is the key.  Good exclusive titles, that is.  


If that were the case, Nintendo wouldn't be languishing in third place.  Exclusives simply aren't the big deal that some folks make them out to be.  Do they help sell consoles?  Of course.  But they don't make or break a console's success.
4508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vivendi blocks HL2 unlocks on: November 15, 2004, 08:46:00 PM
Quote from: "Andy22"
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "dangerballs"
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"
Yeah Best Buy selling a product customers want. What "dicks" they are.


Are they?  I always thought customers wanted a game that works.


In ~14 hours, they will have precisely that.


But not when they sold it thus Jeff's response.


Yeah, God forbid people show the tiniest bit of patience smile
4509  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vivendi blocks HL2 unlocks on: November 15, 2004, 05:50:46 PM
Quote from: "dangerballs"
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"
Yeah Best Buy selling a product customers want. What "dicks" they are.


Are they?  I always thought customers wanted a game that works.


In ~14 hours, they will have precisely that.
4510  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Does anybody else need to lose some weight? on: November 15, 2004, 05:49:30 PM
Quote from: "Kiam"
I'm getting the dreaded Freshman 15 and need to do something about it. I wish there was some way to burn calories while in my room by myself (keep jokes to yourselves smile) because I hate the gym and it's too cold to jog.


Dance Dance Revolution? smile
4511  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WHERE R TEH PIRAETD COPEIS OF HALF-LIEF 2?????!? OMG WTF on: November 15, 2004, 04:17:27 PM
Quote from: "mb737"
How are you supposed to keep a working copy of the thing after you activate it?  (you know, after Valve goes out of business and you want to reload it 10 years from now in your WinXP emulator)


As Rob mentioned, there will most likely be a crack available within the day.  And I would be surprised if in a couple of years Valve doesn't release some kind of no-activation patch.
4512  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Woohoo! Got me an Xbox - VGA Adapter advice? -PS2 & GC on: November 15, 2004, 04:04:42 PM
Small nitpick -

480p (which is the highest resolution of most Xbox games) is not "high definition" smile 720p/1080i is, but very few Xbox games support those higher resolutions.
4513  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Does anybody else need to lose some weight? on: November 14, 2004, 10:26:33 PM
Same here - after getting off the anti-depressants this summer, I've seen the weight come off pretty quickly.  Well, maybe not quickly, but with very little effort on my part - I haven't seriously worked out in a couple of weeks, and my weight keeps dropping consistently.  Though I celebrated crossing the 200 lb. mark last night by eating an entire pizza smile  

 Ideally I'd like to be around 180 again - I'm 6'1"
4514  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / ODB died Saturday on: November 14, 2004, 10:20:34 PM
Excuse me, but at what point did I say anything about my like or dislike of rap or Mr. Bastard?  

I know good and well that not all rap that falls under the "gangsta" label necessarily glamorizes it, but you know as well as I do that most of it *does*, and more importantly, that is the public perception of it.  Which would explain the supposed double standard that Valael questioned.

Next time, try not to put words in my mouth, thank you.
4515  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / ODB died Saturday on: November 14, 2004, 03:27:52 PM
Quote from: "Valael"
That could be said about a lot of famous actors that die.  One of those die and everyone gets all upset.  A rapper dies and everyone says "Ha!  He deserved that!"


True, but "gangsta" rappers not only live that lifestyle, their entire career is based on glamorizing it... that's probably where most of the animosity comes from.
4516  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I have Half-Life 2 in my hand on: November 14, 2004, 03:24:26 PM
Quote from: "Tony"
Quote from: "Torfish"
For those of you that have the game, how much harddrive space does the game take up?


I haven't installed it yet, but the box says 4.5 gig.


I'm assuming that's just for Half-Life 2. My steam install with all the goodies is closer to 7.5 GB.
4517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I have Half-Life 2 in my hand on: November 14, 2004, 03:22:40 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
Quote from: "msduncan"


I'm not making it sound like that.

I'm saying that this whole thing has been a fiasco, mismanaged, mis-calculated, mis-labeled, and mis-everything since just prior to the infamous code-theft incident.


But I don't think any of that has anything to do with the subject at hand. That being the early release, and non-unlocking of the game. Even if everything you said above about Valve were true, that wouldn't make this incident their fault.


Quote
What a JOKE of a company, and what a JOKE of a publisher.    Here we find yet ANOTHER instance of a company SO concerned with piracy that they are punishing honest consumers.

Screw em all, and especially the French bed wetting publishers.


Valve has made some mistakes, (who hasn't?) but I don't see them as a "joke of a company".  I must be missing out.. what's this circus you speak of? what *really* has valve done that's so bad? Saying it would be released on 9/30/03? Ok, yeah, that was "bad", I guess (er, it is just a PC game though, not a cure for cancer), but what else?

They made arguably the best PC game of all time, and could arguably top that with the best PC game of all time. They did manage to finish it, something 3DRealms will likely never do with Duke4Ever, and it will be out Tuesday. And guess what... all the Valve-bashers will be first in f**king line to play it smile

Seriously.  Folks, it's a *game* - find something more important to get outraged over.
4518  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GameSpot: The Final Hours of Half-Life 2 on: November 14, 2004, 01:54:56 AM
That looks like a shacknews comment, and not an official statement from Valve.  THere's no mention of early unlocking in the actual press release.
4519  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GameSpot: The Final Hours of Half-Life 2 on: November 14, 2004, 01:49:14 AM
Quote from: "Greggy_D"

Steam users are pissed because Valve said they would unlock the Steam purchases when HL2 available via Retail, even if it was early.


They did?
4520  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Official Half-Life 2 Time of Release!!! on: November 14, 2004, 01:27:10 AM
I wouldn't hold your breath frown

Quote
Half-Life 2 For Sale?
November 13, 2004, 4:57 pm ยท valve
If you have purchased a copy of Half-Life 2, we are sorry you are still waiting to play. This is not Valve's choice. Vivendi is insisting that the game has not yet been released, and has threatened that Valve would be in violation of its contract if we activate the Half-Life 2 Steam authentication servers at this time.

Thanks for your patience and we will update you when we have more news to share.


http://www.steampowered.com/?area=news
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