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2441  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy IV First Impressions (DS) on: July 30, 2008, 06:06:33 AM
Not to Zod yet, but if you are having ANY trouble in the early dungeons, grind for 20 minutes.
2442  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Space Siege (demo) on: July 30, 2008, 06:01:01 AM
Cross post from OO.

Runs ok on a AMD 4400+, 2gigs, 7800GTX at 1024x768 everything set to high. Not the smoothest, but very playable. Vista recommends a score of 5.0 for it, my computer is a 4.8.

It's fun, I like it. You just run around and shoot stuff, switch to your laser sword thing for close up battles, and you have a list of skills numbered 1-0 you can use. Very hack and slash as you would expect. Enemies drop parts that are basically just points you can use at a workbench. You spend them to improve your weapons, armor, etc. You also have a skill tree but I didn't play around with it. I did pick up a bionic arm, and the "pilot" told me to install it immediately but I couldn't figure out where it was let alone how to install it.

While the part system is ok, I would much rather get loot. They could do a combination of parts and loot and things would be much better.

Graphics are ok, nothing special. They don't look any better than DSII that's for sure (unless my memory is faulty) which I could run in 1600x1200 very smoothly.

I barely even noticed the sound, besides the occasional voice or explosion, so I can't really comment on it.

Didn't like the camera, but I think that is partly because my computer couldn't run it as smooth as it should be. You need to change the camera angle constantly using ASWD as you go down hallways to get a good view. I find it kind of sloppy on my computer and was struggling to get a good camera angle while fighting. It was also easy to rotate the screen on accident in combat by moving your cursor to close to the edge.

You can't zoom out near enough for my tastes. You can zoom in for an over the shoulder view, but then you can't see whats going around you so it's pointless.

Not sure if I will buy it, maybe after I upgrade for Fallout 3 and Diablo 3.

2443  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy IV First Impressions (DS) on: July 27, 2008, 09:38:40 PM
Not getting the difficulty comments at all either. At first I died a couple of times because I was too cocky, but now I can breeze through the dungeons (not that I am that far into it) killing most mobs in one hit. I did grind at the beginning very briefly but haven't really done so since.

I don't like that my party members keep swapping out. Once I get used to someone they leave. Maybe that settles down later?
2444  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: id, Activision, Lucas..all leave the ESA on: May 24, 2008, 09:54:07 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 24, 2008, 09:51:16 PM

Then start your own "I am the forum police, the threads I disapprove of are..." thread.  Don't shit in other people's threads if you don't like them.

Point taken. I was just trying to to help a Daehawk thread get some discussion.
2445  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: id, Activision, Lucas..all leave the ESA on: May 24, 2008, 09:43:02 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on May 24, 2008, 09:37:30 PM

I think it is interesting.  If you don't like it, just don't read the thread.  I don't see how nonconstructive criticism helps out at all. 

I was constructive, I said told him to back up his post with opinion. I could post news links without commentary all day and all that does is hurt the forum. Most of us read game sites as gamers. Do we need need to make a post for everything we read?

We want this to be a better PC forum? We need good posts that encourage discussion here. The only reason this thread has replies is because I commented on it. This forum needs game discussion, not links to news stories.
2446  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: id, Activision, Lucas..all leave the ESA on: May 24, 2008, 09:33:46 PM
Hell, if the OP thinks it's big news he should say why it is. Give a case and something to discuss. Just posting a random news link or screen shots for a second rate game is crap. If we want this to be a better PC forum, give us something to discuss.
2447  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: id, Activision, Lucas..all leave the ESA on: May 24, 2008, 06:13:51 PM
As you can see by your posts, most people don't read them or feel compelled to reply to them. You would think you would learn.

Most gamers read news sites, you don't have to post everything you read. Its cool if you post stuff that actually is interesting enough to comment on, but you don't, and then you have to create a new post for every little thing that interests you.
2448  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Popehat off line for a short time on: May 24, 2008, 06:03:36 PM
Fuck PH, I want Qt3 back.
2449  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 24, 2008, 06:02:18 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on May 24, 2008, 12:04:33 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on May 24, 2008, 07:42:43 AM

The question is why the PC section here hasn't taken off.  Nor has the gaming section taken off over at Popehat.  It makes me wonder if OO was really that much of a PC gaming site after all.

a) because there currently aren't many (any?) hot new pc games being released. and ..

b) people are talking more about OO's missing PC games section, instead of using this one slywink

ETA: one other note, the PC gaming section here is split, and that's another reason the main section is appearing less active. Merge the MMO subforum with the PCG section and it would appear to be hopping right now  (thanks to Age of Conan) nod

The PC section here sucks because the people who made OOs PC great don't post here. OO isn't GT, QT3, or PH.
2450  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: id, Activision, Lucas..all leave the ESA on: May 24, 2008, 05:59:09 PM
You should just make a post called "I like Voodoo Extreme: they post gaming news." And then you could just bump it every time they post something you find interesting.

You could probably do for that PSP fanboy site you like to post news from too.
2451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Fit - I am so weak on: May 24, 2008, 04:15:30 PM
Yourself Fitness looks pretty cool, and I always meant to buy it. I know MHS uses it and likes it [at least she used to].

For my Fit workout I go through all the yoga stuff first, then I pick and choose what strength stuff I want to do, not doing the harder ones two days in a row. Finally I do a mix of aerobic stuff, whatever sounds like fun or that I have unlocked new stuff for. I do balance stuff just for kicks when I want a break from the other stuff.

I had lost 3 since day 1 (I always do the weigh in first thing in the morning), and then today, day 4, I gained it back. It asked why. I went out for lunch yesterday and had a very fattening sandwich, fries, and a beer, and then had a very late dinner. I figured it was going to screw me up, and I was right. It really is a motivator seeing the bar graph of you BMI and weight. I have started to become more conscience about what I eat/do thanks to Fit.

My verdict after 4 days, is that it's ok. They could have done so much more with it, and that's disappointing, but I am enjoying what it does do. But again, it is exercise, and I wouldn't call it fun.
2452  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Fit - I am so weak on: May 24, 2008, 03:50:00 AM
I hate sounding like a fan boy, because I am not, I think it could be a lot more than it is. But I am not sure what people were really hoping for.

The balance games are not exercise. Not at all. They are balance games. Not quite sure why people are expecting them to be. I play them as breaks between other stuff. I think some of them are kind of fun.

Yoga, kind of a work out. It's stretching and toning. You aren't going to get sweaty, or build up your heart rate, thats not the point of yoga. Some of the poses are hard, and you can feel it.

Strength training exercises do give you a work out. Push-ups, jack knifes, planks, lunges, etc. Yeah they start off slow, but if you want to do more reps than it initially starts with, its as simple as hitting continue and you can do them again. Also it doesn't take much to build up the reps in game, just do them a few times.

Aerobics are too short to really make a difference so far. I do work up a sweat doing them, and it doesn't take a long time to go from one to the next. I get a drink of water during the brief time switching. But I work up a sweat doing them, and I am not in bad shape. It's about how much effort you put into it.

It doesn't make exercise fun. It is not a family game other than comparing results and trying to out do other peoples scores. The balance games are quick little time wasters, fun in a way, but I wouldn't boot it up just to play them. It does provide some motivation for me to keep track of my weight and how much I am doing other than sitting on the couch.
2453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Channel released: trailers, release date lists, rate games, DS demo on: May 24, 2008, 12:41:30 AM
What is the point of recommendations? I never see any ratings when I am looking at games in the channel.
2454  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Fit - I am so weak on: May 22, 2008, 06:35:38 PM

Quote from: Bulletpig on May 22, 2008, 04:15:28 PM

Strength completely kicked my ass.  I can't believe I couldn't complete the 6 freaking pushups LOL.  I'm such a wuss.

Don't feel bad, I do push ups a couple of times a week and I struggled with those. Since the board is only so big doing a push-up is more like doing a diamond push-up, and those suck. And throw planks in on top of that and I struggled.

Unlocking stuff left and right. Mostly more reps of stuff. The bubble walk balance game is pretty fun.

I did all the strength exercises I have unlocked and I was sweating when I was done. I unlocked more reps on a few of them so the next time will be even more of a work out. It does tell you what exercise complements something you just did occasionally. And after you completed both it lets you know that you completed the workout. Kind of silly, especially when sometimes it tells you do an exercise you haven't unlocked yet.

Right now everything is pretty slow because it tells you how to do everything the first time. But once you have done everything, you can breeze through the exercises. Some of the reviews talked about it being too slow, but I don't think thats the case at all.

I was hoping the calender would track a little more info on your outside workouts. As it is you tell it if you did a light, medium, or hard workout and it adds it to your daily points bank. I did 30 minutes on a cross-trainer today at the gym and since that is a "hard workout" it multiplies your time by 2 so it records it as 1 hour of additional exercise on your chart. A light exercise it records as .5 x duration.

I like it so far, the weight thing is motivating me like I thought it would. To everyone who says it won't help your fitness level I wonder if you invested much time in the non-balance game exercises (or your already really fit). The balance games won't do crap for your fitness levels, but most of the other stuff I can see helping, of course those aren't really fun either. Hopefully I can keep it up.
2455  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Fit - I am so weak on: May 22, 2008, 01:39:19 PM
Also remember that Fit was made for a Japanese audience, where the country isn't exactly like us. They pretty much already eat healthy, most people aren't over weight, and exercises like yoga are very popular. I read somewhere that there is talk of a more American version sometime in the future.

I have read people complain about the BMI stuff on various parts of the internet too. BMI has been around for years, this is hardly some odd, unreliable system that Nintendo invented. They used it at my job for years only just recently moving away from it. It also says in the manual that it may not work so well with 2-20 year olds.

I don't get how you can do some of those yoga positions, the strength stuff, and run in place and not say it won't help your fitness levels.
2456  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Fit - I am so weak on: May 22, 2008, 03:56:49 AM
2457  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Fit - I am so weak on: May 22, 2008, 12:17:38 AM
Played for 30 minutes, and I have been drinking all afternoon watching soccer so I wasn't in the mood to do anything too exerting.

The age thing is kind of silly. I have a BMI of 27 and could lose a few pounds, but my left/right balance is surprisingly good (from cycling I guess?). I am just about even without even trying, so my Wii age is 34, while my real age is 38.

It suggested a goal of getting my BMI down to 22 (I think it was). I ignored that and set a goal to lose 10 pounds (down to 190) in a month. It said I shouldn't try to lose more than 3 pounds in two weeks, but I ignored that. I thought it was supposed to be 3 pounds in one week?

Skiing and ski jump are kind of fun. Played them the most. Unlocked advanced mode of skiing after about 5 times. In skiing you lean slightly forward to speed up and steer by adjusting your weight. If I stand straight up, I can make all the gates easily, but when I speed up it I tend to make too drastic of weight shifts and it got hard. Makes me curious about We Ski, it could be a lot of fun if they did it right.

Tightrope isn't too hard, although I was going slow, lost it trying to jump over something because I couldn't jump straight.

Yoga, I was practically perfect on the basic balance and breathing exercise (Woot!). It was surprisingly relaxing doing that one. The twist one that is supposed to work your abs but I didn't feel my abs were getting any workout. I was all over the place on my balance on those. I do lunges all the time but go down into a full squat when I do them at the gym. You don't go all the way down on Fit, and it was telling me to lean back which I had a really hard time doing. Yoga stuff will be interesting trying to perfect.

Ran in place, and that hurt my shin splints. If you don't work out at all I can see this giving you a bit of workout. Initially it's only 3 minutes long and not too exciting, but it was funny having Hitler and Jesus passing you up (I really need to clean out a lot of the Miis that have wandered over).

Hula Hoops hurt my knees a bit. I could see this one being a bit more of a work out too.

Step aerobics, this reminded me way too much of the time me and a friend went to step aerobics class and were the only guys there. The teacher laughed at our lack of rhythm. Same thing here, I had a hard time keeping up.

So anyway, yeah it won't get you in shape, but it can't hurt and the daily weight tracking will be good motivation. I think if you are a making an active effort to get more fit this will be a pretty good motivational tool. Just doing what I did made me think about how I need to get out and do more real exercise. It's a start. They could do a lot more with it, that's for sure, but for now I will be using it to get some exercise on days I might not otherwise. How long I will keep it up? Who knows, but I look forward to trying.

Also white is a poor color for the board. I was walking outside earlier and already left foot prints on the board.  icon_neutral
2458  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Champions League Finals Today on: May 21, 2008, 10:00:48 PM
Interesting game. Glad Man U won, even if I did feel dirty cheering for them. I feel really sorry for Terry, it's going to be a rough time for him this summer. Most of all i am glad Roman lost at home.

Now, lets watch Chelsea fall apart this summer. smile
2459  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Champions League Finals Today on: May 21, 2008, 07:47:36 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on May 21, 2008, 07:36:51 PM Europe, the game always kicks off in the evening, so that's no excuse!

Well for the British, they are going to need the day off anyway so they can drink all day beforehand.

Good game so far, but yeah, the defense on both sides is pretty bad. It really should be 3-1 now, I can't believe Tevez didn't even get his foot on that.

I can still see the game going either way though, but I am sticking with my original 2-1 Man U bet.
2460  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Champions League Finals Today on: May 21, 2008, 06:17:14 PM

Quote from: Koz on May 21, 2008, 06:14:31 PM

I'd watch it if it was on at a reasonable time in the States. 2pm on a work day means no watching for me.

Thats why you arrange to have the day off in advanced. This is another reason why football is better than American football, at least they put the big final on a weekday so everyone has an excuse to get out of work. smile
2461  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Champions League Finals Today on: May 21, 2008, 05:48:42 PM
Looks like we are the only ones. Of course the Brits hate talking football with us Americans so they won't join in. smile

One hour to go and things look to be calm in Russia, no riots yet...
2462  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Woot! Random Crap results on: May 21, 2008, 05:24:11 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 21, 2008, 04:41:04 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 21, 2008, 04:09:50 PM

OMG! OMG! OMG! smile

Maybe it'll be 4 pounds of actual crap  icon_twisted

God I hope not, he might kill himself. Getting some cheap refurb MP3 player for $8 sounds like it would be the high point of Daehawk's life.
2463  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OK... What.The.F(radio edit). on: May 21, 2008, 04:12:41 PM

Quote from: kathode on May 21, 2008, 04:00:56 PM

Good lord.  I get annoyed when the woman above me walks from one side of her room to the other.  I don't think I could stand listening to stuff like that going on smile

I know what you mean, the couple above me like to run across the apartment it sounds like. Plus the ceiling is so thin I can hear their rocking chair when they sit in it. And last night the fuck decided it would be fun to throw fire crackers off the deck. Oh and he has to start up his POS Camero every night and let it run. It doesn't have a muffler. I really need to move.
2464  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Woot! Random Crap results on: May 21, 2008, 04:09:50 PM
OMG! OMG! OMG! smile
2465  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Champions League Finals Today on: May 21, 2008, 03:48:34 PM
Hell yeah, sitting around trying to figure out what to do with myself while waiting for the game.

I don't like either team, so it's a no win situation for me. I would rather not see Sir Alex get the Double, but on the other hand I would rather not see Chelsea win anything this season. I would love to see Chelsea implode if they lose this today. Drogba is gone regardless, and it sounds like Lampard may be leaving, who knows who else if they lose this.

So I think I am going for Man U, as the better of 2 evils. smile
2466  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OK... What.The.F(radio edit). on: May 21, 2008, 02:56:06 PM
So how did the the make up sex sound?
2467  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marathon Training - Total Mileage to Date: 41.34 Miles on: May 21, 2008, 02:55:28 PM
Ran 3 miles yesterday (9 min pace), now my thighs are chaffed and my shins hurt. Getting old sucks.

Going to go look for some spandex I think.
2468  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you back up iTunes? on: May 21, 2008, 03:30:14 AM
Buy a Mac and use Time Machine? smile
2469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Fit - I am so weak on: May 20, 2008, 06:17:01 PM
And I will be using it in conjunction with cycling, running, and some other gym work. I mainly want something to track my weight, and help push me on some strength training and balance for riding (both are huge weakness of mine).

Canuck, living in Japan I figured you would be a little more hip to the yoga thing. It definitely helps toning. My very hot coworker (female obviously) swears by it. I refuse to go to a class with her for fear of looking stupid in front of a lot of hot women in sports bras.
2470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Political Machine 2008 on: May 19, 2008, 09:40:16 PM

Quote from: Island Dog on May 19, 2008, 07:49:33 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 16, 2008, 11:31:05 PM

I can't find any emails from Stardock saying I preordered, or anything in Stardock Central. That bugs me now, because I could have sworn I did pre-order. I will have to request my serial numbers and see if one is listed, although I am not sure that will work since the game isn't out to assign me a serial number.

You should have received an e-mail receipt.  I won't show up in SDC/Impulse because it's not available yet.  If you still run into trouble e-mail [email protected].


Thanks ID, I might have to email Stardock, because I am not seeing any emails, but it's perfectly possible I deleted them. If damn OO was up, I could see about when I did pre-order.
2471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WiiWare Impressions on: May 19, 2008, 09:36:42 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 19, 2008, 08:09:42 PM

1st, I've seen the install size listed as 287 (!).  I'm assuming that does not include the downloadables.  How many blocks do those take up?

I think the biggest is the dungeon pack which IIRC is 3 blocks. Everything is else is one or two blocks.
2472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Fit - I am so weak on: May 19, 2008, 09:34:52 PM
Amazon shipped mine today, so it should be here Wednesday. Won't have any day 1 impressions since I will be drinking quite a few beers while watching the UEFA Champions League final.
2473  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hey Knightshade.... on: May 19, 2008, 09:30:58 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 19, 2008, 08:43:50 PM

If you guys really want us to evaluate every single post as "worthy" or just "padding" and take action to delete, modify, or lock then I suppose we can but I seriously doubt anyone would be real happy with that.

Nope, just want consistent moderation. Tongue One thread people were told not to pad and it was locked. In a similar thread that is all about padding, it's ok and the CoC wasn't even mentioned like in the other post. Just seemed an add choice of moderation.

But really, I am arguing just for the sake of arguing (and to piss off Naednek!).
2474  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hey Knightshade.... on: May 19, 2008, 07:37:28 PM
So why wasn't this thread locked too?
2475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Fit - I am so weak on: May 19, 2008, 07:35:56 PM

Quote from: JSL on May 19, 2008, 04:20:22 PM

I actually canceled my preorder. The impressions here did help with that decision, as did the general reviews that it has been getting.

The impressions here? One person who has it and one person who played it for a bit. And every review I have read has been pretty favorable so far. A lot saying that it won't get you in shape, but it's a pretty good start.

It also doesn't claim to get you in shape. It claims to be something to get you started, track your progress (including outside exercises), and to make you more aware of your body. A lot of comments in this thread sound like people haven't read anything about the thing and are just jumping to conclusions. Who knows how long I will use it, but I do want to keep track of my weight, and having little graphs showing me any progress I make will be nice and maybe a good motivator. I am also interested in getting an introduction to yoga which can be quite the work out.

Lets see what people are saying a month from now.
2476  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hey Knightshade.... on: May 19, 2008, 06:31:36 AM
Not sure why the following was posted in the Wonderpug thread but not this one, but here you go:

From the CoC.

Post Padding
Spamming this forum will not gain you points, stars, a cookie or anything else. Please add something to the conversation here.
2477  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hey (insert your name here if you feel left out that you never get one)! on: May 18, 2008, 08:32:55 PM
Ask me about my PSP!
2478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Drone Tactics [DS] early impressions on: May 18, 2008, 08:09:47 PM
How about these mini games? How hard are they? What are they? Are they annoying? I would rather not have arcade elements in a strategy game.
2479  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best dungeon(s) in a PC game on: May 18, 2008, 07:55:49 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on May 18, 2008, 04:26:33 PM

Anything from Baldur's Gate, though the BGII expansion Shadows of Amn hell dungeon (the last one) was particularly memorable.

Anything from BG? The dungeon I remember best had very narrow hallways so it drove the AI nuts as it tried to get your party through the place. Ended up having to move each character manually, it was horrible.
2480  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 18, 2008, 07:39:03 PM
Haha! Nice mistake by Biron! Looks like the Pens are going to do what the Wings couldn't.

Side note, that Edge commercial was pretty good when the play-offs started. Not so much now.
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