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1001  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: frustration on: September 15, 2009, 01:20:52 PM

Quote from: map on September 14, 2009, 07:40:11 PM

Thanks. I do run AVG and Adaware. This is my daughters laptop that got infected. She is suppose to be running Norton, but I guess now I should have put AVG on her machine when she was home for a week in August. I'll let you know how the drama plays out.

The reality is that no AV is perfect and they all run the risk of letting stuff through....
1002  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sons of Anarchy Season 2 on: September 13, 2009, 03:26:42 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on September 13, 2009, 03:46:51 AM

I had never heard of this before last week when we got a thing in the mail from our cable company with just a blurb about. I have no idea if its a show or a real life thing but it sounded kind of interesting. Would i be able to start watching it in it's new season?

I think you would be better off watching the first season so you know whats going on... it's not a reality series....I think....slywink
1003  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: frustration on: September 13, 2009, 03:25:15 PM
If there is a Staples near her, they charge $90 for virus removal....but be prepared, because depending on the damage she may need a system restore or something...
1004  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sons of Anarchy Season 2 on: September 13, 2009, 02:32:10 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 10, 2009, 01:01:03 AM

hoo boy... someone is about to enter a world of shit.

I don't know... i think this is the season that Clay embraces religion and turns the other cheek.....  ninja
1005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: September 07, 2009, 06:37:04 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on September 07, 2009, 04:46:41 PM

Quote from: JayDee on September 07, 2009, 03:56:25 PM

Ya, I'm up to the Poison Ivy section now and there hasn't been many big "epic" battles in the story portion of the game. I find that the challenge rooms are where the fighting is most fun.

i agree with something chaz said a while back: this game has a lot in common (including the combat mechanics) with mark of kri - a game which focused completely on stealth & mob combat, & basically had no boss battles...

Quote from: Punisher on September 07, 2009, 11:43:58 AM

Well, since this game has been successful, there is no reason they couldn't make Gotham just a bigger AA. we already have random encounters, you can go back and forth everywhere, so that is open world like, etc...

i'd suggest you look at gta4 again, & then either 1) imagine a version of arkham asylum along those graphical lines, or 2) imagine the additional effort that'd be involved in making liberty city as detailed as b:aa(?!)...

like i said earlier, if there has to be a sequel, a group of linked, detailed areas would work for me. but, were the series to go sandbox, it'd become an almost completely different experience - not necessarily a bad thing, but i'd personally far prefer they stick with the approach they've taken - doing more with less, environment-wise (i mean, there's always the gotham city amusement park, right? smile )...

Well, they can just make both... smile as long as they keep the fighting mechanic in place. I really liked that you could do some impressive moves without memorizing 16 button combos. slywink

And the pics from Ceekay's post look pretty good...
1006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: September 07, 2009, 04:08:20 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 07, 2009, 12:03:45 PM

Quote from: Punisher on September 07, 2009, 11:43:58 AM

we already have random encounters.

No we don't. There are no random encounters in Arkham Asylum.
I stand corrected... Well, we have encounters that happen while running around that are planned.... Close enough.. smile
1007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: September 07, 2009, 11:43:58 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 07, 2009, 04:20:37 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on September 07, 2009, 01:30:48 AM

Quote from: Punisher on September 06, 2009, 09:16:03 PM

Awesome game! I think I would like an open world/GTA/Crackdown type game like this would be great... An overall plot, plus lots of random encounters. Maybe even have some of the minor criminals be random encouters/side missions....

couldn't disagree more - remove the complexity & detail of arkham asylum, & you remove much of what gives the game the character & depth it has...

Go into AA, I felt like Punisher, but I now think semi is absolutely right.

Well, since this game has been successful, there is no reason they couldn't make Gotham just a bigger AA. we already have random encounters, you can go back and forth everywhere, so that is open world like, etc...
1008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rambo Returns, again. on: September 07, 2009, 01:05:43 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 31, 2009, 08:22:15 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 31, 2009, 08:19:56 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 31, 2009, 05:53:28 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 31, 2009, 04:53:19 PM

Havent seen the last one - I'm not very good with extreme masses of gore just for gores sake, so I'm probably out of this as well...

Ehhh, I wouldn't say 'just for gores sake'.  You hit somebody with a .50 cal round, it does make their squishy parts become airborne squishy parts.  I'd say it is 'horrifically accurate'. 

Sure, but why add the gore at all? At least from the clips I've seen, the movies seems to revolve around making people die as messily as possible... For no other reason than its what attracts the crowd I guess

would you prefer he shoot at the ground near the feet of the bad guys?  Tongue

Only if Sly plays Hannibal Smith....
1009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: September 07, 2009, 01:03:49 AM

Quote from: JCC on September 07, 2009, 12:40:08 AM

On my quest to collect/solve all the Riddler challenges I have hit a brick wall in Arkham Mansion. I apparently still need 3 Joker teeth. Peeking at some guides it doesn't appear any of them are hidden or anything, but I have been all over the mansion and can't find any teeth any where. Are there 3 that take some trick to spot?

Spoiler for Hiden:
I had the same thing...I only had 3 teeth left to complete everything and it took forever... Go back to the wardens office and start looking up... there is a 2nd floor....
1010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: September 06, 2009, 09:16:03 PM
Finished it last night on Easy (I usually play everything on Easy, because I don't want to get frustrated playing a game)...

For me, a good indication that I loved the game is the fact that I finished it at all... I probably finish about 20% of the games I start...Of those, many of them I end up cheating through just to finish the story or because the cheating is fun. smile

No cheats with this one, but I did use the strat guide to help find some riddler puzzles.....

I ended up staying late a few times to play just one more section....

I am at 83% complete...the only thing left are some of the challenges....

Awesome game! I think I would like an open world/GTA/Crackdown type game like this would be great... An overall plot, plus lots of random encounters. Maybe even have some of the minor criminals be random encouters/side missions....
1011  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 28, 2009, 04:07:46 PM
You need to go to an actual Best Buy store.. When you get there you need to look for the Champions Pre-Order boxes and see if they have any left. Pay $5 for this and inside is the product key for the headstart. I just did this yesterday for my son...
When the game officially launches, you should get a new product key from D2D. Use this to activate the regular account.
1012  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 28, 2009, 03:21:00 PM

Quote from: Arclight on August 28, 2009, 01:57:06 PM

Anyone have an early access key they wont be using?
Made the error of pre-ordering through D2D.
Got a weekend stuck at home...


If you really want to, go buy the $5 pre-order from BB and add it to your account. It shouldn't affect your D2D product key when you get it...
1013  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 27, 2009, 11:28:12 AM

Quote from: Vidiot on August 27, 2009, 05:18:15 AM

It looks like lifetime and 6 month is back and there is no unit limit this time, just a time limit.  Get it while you can!

THANK YOU!!!! I was on my way to work and saw this...Went and woke my son up and he now has it....
1014  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 26, 2009, 02:37:40 AM

Quote from: Misguided on August 26, 2009, 01:40:10 AM

Quote from: Destructor on August 26, 2009, 01:16:37 AM

It's amazing the uproar on the forums though. It's sad - it reminds me of the WoW forums (and that's not a good thing). Crazy posters...

I think they have a right to be upset. Communication left something to be desired

This is where I am upset. They had no problem sending multiple emails my way and mentioning the Sept 1st deadline, why couldn't they start to send out emails saying that they had limited quantities and were running out?
1015  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 26, 2009, 12:21:13 AM
I'm mostly mad because this was going to be a game my son and I could play together whenever we wanted. I already have mine, he just needed to save up a little more....
I went to buy it today and BANG!
1016  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 25, 2009, 11:02:14 PM

Quote from: Aganazer on August 25, 2009, 07:54:31 PM

Cryptic said in their advertising "Both of these offers are only going to be around until supplies last, so sign up while you still can."

It sucks, I know, but it wasn't misrepresented. There is some noise about it on the official forums so I wouldn't be surprised if they turned it back on. Stay tuned!

Are you sure about this on the actual order page? The only thing I remember seeing was a TIME limited offer, which was Sept 1st. I am kinda pissed right now. I bought mine, but had to wait a little to get my son's. I was actually going to buy it today when I noticed this....
Now he's not sure if he wants the game anymore and neither am I.....
1017  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Epic Fails in Star Wars design article on: August 21, 2009, 11:21:51 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 21, 2009, 09:10:52 PM

our Physics teacher told us that Lightsabres were pretty much an impossibility anyway,as you wouldn't be able to limit the laser to just a couple of feet,when you fire a laser, either it goes..or it does one continuous laser.
lightsabers aren't lasers so your teacher was incorrect... Tongue
I believe they are a form of plasma in some sort of magnetic field.
1018  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Every year... parking... grrr... on: August 21, 2009, 11:13:41 PM

Quote from: The Grue on August 21, 2009, 10:16:06 PM

Quote from: dmd on August 21, 2009, 09:09:13 PM

Laramie municipal code:
Quote
10.36.100  Parking in front of or alongside of another's property--Time limit.
It is unlawful for any person to park any vehicle for a continuous period of more than twenty-four hours on a street within the city in front of or along the side of property belonging to or occupied by another person without the express consent of the owner or occupant. The penalty for violation of this section is provided in Section 10.36.350 of this chapter. See Section 10.06.010(H) of this code concerning the city's power to have vehicles parked in violation of this section removed.


Sweet.  Time to get that bitch's car towed.
Actually, I doubt this.
1) You need to prove that the car is there for 24 hours STRAIGHT. If she moves for 1/2 hour, time starts again...
2) She is technically parking next to her house and this may be seen as parking along the side of her house.

#1 is going to be the sticky one. She can just co-ordinate with her friends and shuffle the cars around...
IIRC, these type of laws are usually meant for out of towners and such. She lives there.
1019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tropico Reloaded Giveaway on: August 21, 2009, 09:02:47 PM
Country: The country of ME!
Leader: DUH, ME of course!!
1020  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Every year... parking... grrr... on: August 21, 2009, 06:11:08 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on August 21, 2009, 04:44:39 PM


In naedneck's story above, I'd purposely take that spot every time I could to piss off the bitch.
+10
1021  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Character Names (GT forum-ites) on: August 19, 2009, 11:10:19 PM
punisher2008b

toon is nightstalker for now.

My son's account is Thaukas
1022  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Closest thing to Planetside? on: August 19, 2009, 10:42:09 PM

Quote from: Vinda-Lou on August 19, 2009, 10:27:19 PM

I wonder what ever happened to World War II Online?

It's still around. I loved the concept of this and remember stalking a tank once for 45 minutes... I just couldn't deal with the travel 20 minutes, get killed, repeat, thing.....
Even with the closer spawn points it didnt help.
I also didn't like having to spawn as a vehicle.... You were stuck unless you got killed, suicided, or went back to base....
1023  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: August 18, 2009, 01:51:37 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 15, 2009, 11:31:47 AM

anticipation is kicking my ass slywink

when does OB end?

Right about the time everyone finishes downloading it...  ninja
1024  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 18, 2009, 01:50:44 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on August 18, 2009, 01:45:34 AM

I think something is wrong with the internet. Mine is stuck at 1.8% and normally Id just firgure its Them. But I cant get a lot of other stuff to load either. Quake Live wont load, OO is down to me, and a handful of other sites and online things Ive tried wont work. Also my net speed is reading like 6000 instead of 10000 and the speed is jumping up and down.

Oh nose... CO kilt teh InterNet's!!!!  crybaby
1025  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 18, 2009, 12:18:14 AM
It just froze... All bandwidth from F9 is now at 0. This is actually a handy feature and would be nice to just toggle on and off...
1026  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 18, 2009, 12:16:42 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 18, 2009, 12:06:50 AM

Well post some screenshots for crying out loud.  icon_smile Or, are you being sarcastic?  smirk

BTW, I've seen posts that holding down the "F9" key for a couple of seconds while the patcher's running will show you the files it's running through. Hold the F9 key again for a couple of seconds to make the screen go away (or, just click the corner X to close it like a regular window).
Like so:

Part of me wonders if the patcher would work better if it did things one at a time instead of what appears to be multitasking.

A lot of folks are getting stuck on certain files including the game client .exe file itself around the 90-99% range of finishing the patching process.

I like that F9 thing, it let's see that it's actually doing something...
1027  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: August 17, 2009, 05:08:54 PM
So where's the new impressions?!?!?   ninja
1028  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazingly good shows that died WAY before their time on: August 17, 2009, 04:58:45 PM
The Greatest American Hero
Sliders
V
1029  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Latest EVE Online trailer on: August 17, 2009, 12:11:11 PM
I haven't been able to play much at all recently except to log in and setup my skills...Too be honest, this ability to "level up" offline sis the only reason I still subscribe to it....I am about 2 weeks away from full Elite core competency..
1030  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: August 17, 2009, 12:08:39 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 17, 2009, 12:15:40 AM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on August 17, 2009, 12:06:33 AM

In general superheroes don't level up and gain new ability in comic books outside of origin stories. So to me a good superhero mmo will let us get all powers as soon as possible (maybe in the tutorial/beginner section) and then let's have fun using those abilities in solving problems and fighting crimes without worrying about how many criminals I need to catch or how many monsters I need to slaughter to get enough exp to gain new power.


Over the years a lot of superheroes develop new abilities or old abilities change.  Not as drastically as in CoX or CO for sure, but they definitely get new powers.

I think overload of things you can do is a large part of why they do it like this though and not solely the xp/level deal.  If you've ever borrowed a friend's account and tried to play a class you've never played that they have a max level you'd know what I mean. 

Yes, Many/(Most?) Superheroes have changed.....
Spiderman grew extra arms and lost them, gained cosmic power and lost it.....increased all of his base powers (and lost it?)....
IronMan has hundreds of armors
Batman is constantly getting better and adding gadgets
Superman has had various changes and at one point even had a super S symbol... ninja
etc.....
I am pretty sure that most mainstream superheroes have had some sort of changes/increase in powers as they go along.....
1031  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 15, 2009, 03:53:19 PM

Quote from: Crusis on August 15, 2009, 04:19:28 AM

I do appreciate honest feedback and I can't wait to hear what Punisher says when he finishes it.
-Crusis

Should be finishing it somewhat soon..This is my bathroom book, so the reading goes slow sometimes... smile

I am leaning in the 3 or 4 star range so far, it's not a 5 and not a 1. For me, the bad editing is sticking out like a sore thumb and definately would hurt the score and reviews.... The editing makes it seem like a rushed book so far....
I am still enjoying it overall though..... I think I'm near the end of day 1 now...
1032  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dogs. Big f'n dogs... on: August 15, 2009, 12:42:11 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on August 14, 2009, 09:00:36 PM

Anyway big dogs are the best only real dogs...

fixed your typo...
1033  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Syndicate Guild on: August 14, 2009, 05:32:48 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 14, 2009, 03:58:25 PM

They were mentioned/interviewed in that documentary movie about MMO's "Second Skin" that just game out.

The book was written in 2007 and towards the end it mentions that this will happen. It took 2 years I guess....
I only saw a part of the film, but their is a blond girl with a blue tshirt that has the symbol on her shirt. the illuminati eye thing.
1034  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Syndicate Guild on: August 14, 2009, 05:30:58 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 14, 2009, 03:43:04 PM

oh, thanks for clarifying - I did find one website with a guild saying their were the eldest guild around, and they had even trademarked their name!  eek

I just didnt see anything on their site about a book.

Guilds are fun, but yes, usually way to timeconsuming, and no matter how mature you say you want people to be, it always leads to drama...and I detest that.

I was guildmaster in a heavy rp guild for 2 years in WOW, and even though we only wanted mature people, and good natured, things still happpened, schism, fights, and one, this was after my time, was even banned from the guild due to RL actions at a meet the guild had...sigh...

The book mentions the trademark thing. They trademarked their name and their symbol.
According to the book, they don't seem to have anywhere near as much drama as other guilds...
1035  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 14, 2009, 03:41:48 PM

Quote from: Crusis on August 14, 2009, 02:43:36 PM

The drawing is done, the emails are sent and there was a GT winner!  I went ahead and did 3 books instead of 2. Congrats to the lucky GTer!

-Crusis

Well? Who?
1036  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Syndicate Guild on: August 14, 2009, 03:35:30 PM
Apparently, The Syndicate is supposed to be one of the largest and longest lasting online guilds going back to the BBS days and really ramping up during the start of Ultima Online..
The book I have is a history of the guild written by the guild master.

From what I understand from the book, the guild is more concerned with building and maintaining friendships then wit powergaming or anything.
Parts sound like it is a casual guild, other parts sound like they are heavy duty players.

It sounds like a cool guild to be in, but most guilds are too much of a timesink for me since I usually have "Real Life" issues to deal with.

I was just curious if anyone knew what they were really like...
1037  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / The Syndicate Guild on: August 14, 2009, 01:31:44 PM
Just curious if anyone has heard of them or had any dealings with them... They have a book that came up on my Amazon recommened list that I picked up on a lark... I just finished it and it was pretty interesting reading....
Has anyone else read their book?
1038  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 13, 2009, 07:24:33 PM

Quote from: Crusis on August 13, 2009, 07:18:06 PM

I have already brought up the editing concerns with my publisher. He said the software picked up or missed some characters. I don't know, I went through 5 edits including a pro-editor but I'm disappointed in the final version. I think I am going to push to get a new one done and out if I can.

I appreciate any candid feedback, this will help me figure out what works and what doesn't in my future books. I think you have a good point about a lot going on. If I had a day like one of my characters I think I would just stay home sick.
 
Spoiler for Hiden:
Funny you mention Lester. I thought Kate was the most interesting to write but I have had several people mention Lester and Angela as the most interesting characters. I can't figure that out, he is basically a loser drug dealer with no prospects except getting laid, stoned and or drunk. Also, Alice and Ken were the first parts of the book written and almost got dropped several times but we felt the chance to do 2nd person POV was too good to pass up. Well, when I wasn't thinking it was career suicide.  icon_lol



Spoiler for Hiden:
I don't know if I like the alice and ken arc yet... the run to the car thing seemed too forced for me and with everything that had already been going on with the characters, including skater girl, it didn't seem too plausible.as for lester he just seems to predictable for me....
1039  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 13, 2009, 07:21:00 PM

Quote from: mytocles on August 13, 2009, 07:15:18 PM

Quote from: Punisher on August 13, 2009, 06:31:16 PM

I have finished Day 0 and will soon start Day 1.
Overall I am enjoying it, however, I do think that it needs a second edit. There are several typo's and grammatical errors...Not ton's, but enough to definately notice.
I don't have the book here, but and example would be something like "Billy was looking at hose TV's when the zombie came through the door." hose should have been those....

My only "complaint" is that Day 0 seems too cluttered and there seems to be way to much going on in one day.... This may be because it jumps around from character to character, but it did seem like more than was possible was happeneing in one day...


I'll apologize before I hit Post on this, but, erm... I couldn't help myself.  Sorry, sorry, sorry!   icon_wink 


No problem.... I'm at "work" so I'm trying to type fast.....
1040  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 13, 2009, 06:31:16 PM
I have finished Day 0 and will soon start Day 1.
Overall I am enjoying it, however, I do think that it needs a second edit. There are several typo's and grammatical errors...Not ton's, but enough to definately notice.
I don't have the book here, but and example would be something like "Billy was looking at hose TV's when the zombie came through the door." hose should have been those....
Spoiler for Hiden:
The Kate character seems the most interesting so far and is different from what I have read before.
Grinder is also interesting because I can't quite think of anywhere I saw that type of character in this type of book.....
Lester seems almost too cookie cutter and I predict he will have some sort of redemeption at some point, but hopefully I'm wrong.
I am currently on the fence with Mike.....

My only "complaint" is that Day 0 seems too cluttered and there seems to be way to much going on in one day.... This may be because it jumps around from character to character, but it did seem like more than was possible was happeneing in one day...

   
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