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1521  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spidey's got a new costume... [Spoiler] on: February 26, 2006, 04:03:40 AM
His Spider sense is also enhanced, along with his other "normal" powers.
For instance, he mentions that some spiders carry their young on their backs and then realizes that his wall crawling ability, really affects his whole body when he waants to. He sticks a little kid on his back while rescuing her.
I believe that he also gains a form of nightvision and that he still doesn't know the extent of his powers.
For the record, they are not calling them new, just saying that he wasn't aware of them/accepting of the spider totem before, so he really had these all along, but didn't know.
1522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT Oblivion Preview on: February 26, 2006, 03:55:43 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Is there video of you playing Punisher?


Not one that's safe for viewing. slywink
1523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT Oblivion Preview on: February 26, 2006, 03:54:18 AM
Crap, there goes my secret identity! smile
1524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 25, 2006, 11:04:55 PM
Quote from: "Rivercat"
Quote from: "Punisher"
Also, if anyone has any specific questions about the game, I'll see what I can do to answer them.


How about when you said this?
Quote
Something that would be nice to have, since I am sure a lot of people start over to try other characters, is to have some way of skipping the opening story/tutorial dungeon. I can see it getting tiring after a while.


I brought up that same concern on their forums and the answer everyone shot back was to just save the game right before you exit the initial dungeon before you "confirm" all your choices.  Load it back up at that point and you can recreate your character as many different ways as you want without having to start from scratch.

Can you not do this afterall?


Now that I think about it, it should be. Right before you exit, it does ask you if you are sure about your character, so, yeah that should work, but I didn't actually try it.
I still think it would be better to have a skip part, right from the new game option, but it might not be feasible, since  the tutorial is part of the main quest. (I suppose they could just give you the stuff you need though).

The problem with the load/save thing is that you would have to remember to do it before leaving, and I don't rememember if you could name your saves or not. (something like"End of Tutorial save")
1525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 25, 2006, 11:01:22 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote from: "CeeKay"
Quote from: "Sarkus"
Keep in mind the test PC provided for these previews was a 3.4 Ghz, 2 GB RAM, X1900/512Mb based system.


I thought Punisher as it was only 3 Ghz, not too much of a difference.  I'm already planning on adding another gig of ram to my rig anyways so I should be good.


Yeah, it was a 3.4Ghz with a X1900 according to all the other sites.


Yeah, it was a typo I missed, sorry. It was a 3.4
1526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT Oblivion Preview on: February 25, 2006, 10:59:32 PM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
And I just wanted to say, "I consider myself a hardcore, casual gamer"??  WTF is a 'hardcore, casual' gamer? :?:


I thought I explained it well enough, but I admit, it doesn't make too much sense.. Let me try again....

I figure casual gamers, play once in a while, don't usually keep up(IE: purchase) on the top technology, don't purchase too often, and play casually, ie, they don't take gaming too seriously.

Hardcore gamers are the opposite.....

I am right in the middle.

I do keep up with the latest technology. I have two higher end systems:
AMD Dual Core 4200+, 1GB RAM, 7800GT, 900GB RAID array and 600GB Raid Array
AMD 3800+. 1GB RAM, 7800GTX, approx 600GB in space
Plus I have 2 more systems, and all the current consoles, including the 360.
I usually buy/pre-order a lot of games

That is the hardcore part.

The casual part is:
I don't play regularly and in long spans of hours.
I don't take the gaming too seriously
I don't finish a lot of games
Sometimes, I don't even open a game for months on end.

So that's why I call myself hardcore, casual...

better? smile
1527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 25, 2006, 02:15:37 PM
Also, if anyone has any specific questions about the game, I'll see what I can do to answer them.
1528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 25, 2006, 02:01:09 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Our preview looks great but we definitely need the author's name somewhere that's easy to see.  Give the boy some credit!

Also the screenshot on page 2 of the preview says "Console Gold".  I'm not sure what that is although I've heard of that site somewhere before...   Tongue


Perhaps, because it's the writers first time writing an article, he is waiting to see how it is received before putting his name on it or someone else's.. smile Or perhaps, because it's his first time he simply didn't realize it. smile
1529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 23, 2006, 09:11:32 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Mattc0m"
Is that what I think it is? A curved sword?!
Get the fuck out of our memepool.


Easy.
Hard!


Word association rocks!

Uh....Dog!


What in the world is going on?


Ditto...
1530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Ghost Recon Demo - Sometime in the next year on: February 23, 2006, 09:09:52 PM
Quote from: "Graham"
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote from: "Graham"
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote from: "Hetz"
Not yet  frown

But an Oblivion trailer was just put up in the Marketplace, in 720p! smile


Its nice, but its the trailer I saw a bajillion times at E3.


Yes, I really wish it would have been something new....but it did look amazing on my TV! I can't wait to see the game in motion on my 360.  smile

Then there are the lucky studs that actually got to see the game in motion this week.  slywink


Did you go to the event in Chicago?


Yes, and Paul went to the one in New York.  Impressions will be coming soon.


I can neither confirm nor deny any possible participation in said events and have no comment until Saturday...I've done enough damage... smile
1531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 22, 2006, 04:55:45 PM
This was 100% my fault. I never knew about the embargo and do not remember hearing him say anything about one.

I formally apologize about this and take full responsibility.
1532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 22, 2006, 04:09:11 PM
Thanks Hetz, you killed my first official post..... Now I can't even put my article up I bet.... smile
1533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 22, 2006, 02:24:40 PM
Just posted some new screenshots from the event.

http://www.gamingtrend.com/screenshots/index.php?GameID=2677

they are mixed 360 and PC, see caption.
1534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lets talk about AI on: February 13, 2006, 09:39:52 PM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
Quote
Besides, the day we make real AI is the day "they" take over and thus no more video games....


You sir, have been watching too much of the Matrix!
The day my roomba decides to stop following orders and vacuuming my house is the day he gets trashed.
However if the Roomba is any indication of what's to come in real-life AI, we're still a long, long, long way off!


Matrix, terminator, any number of Sci-Fi movies. smile

As for the Roomba..... have you ever lost any keys, socks, etc...? I'm just saying....
1535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Video] Huxley on: February 13, 2006, 07:29:43 PM
Quote from: "Hamsterball_Z"
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
I think I can figure out the playable factions/sides.  But the combat element doesn't look like anything we've seen before.  Far more Unreal than WoW.  Perhaps they're going the route SWG recently took?  Personally, I'd love to see somebody pull off a "shooty" MMO.  The genre could use a new play mechanic.


Not that I've played them, but wouldn't Planetside or WWII Online fit that model?

They are both FPS type games, but WWII Online may as well be turn based. I liked the games potential, but it moved WAAAY too slow for me...
1536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lets talk about AI on: February 13, 2006, 07:14:08 PM
Quote from: "ioticus"
I talked with a programmer on a message board and he said it was easier to make a good AI for a turn based game than a real time game, which surprised me.  I thought the opposite was true.  It was on a Master of Magic 2 forum where I proposed the main reason MoM 2 wasn't made yet was because the AI programming would be very difficult.


This makes sense because the AI isn't really under a time constraint to think about what to do, whereas in an real time game, decisions have to be made instantly.

I was always under the impression that AI in general is hard to code, primarily because "we" can think up a lot more crazy stuff then the computer and there is no way to think of everything wqhich could lead to problems.

I remember one of the Oblivion articles talking about an npc farmer or something that would go around killing other npcs for their rakes or something like that. I thought it was funny, but can see how it could be a problem. Besides, the day we make real AI is the day "they" take over and thus no more video games....
1537  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Man Goes Bankrupt Building Starship Voyager Home on: February 13, 2006, 02:48:09 AM
Lots of pictures here....

http://www.24thcid.com/24th_century_design.swf

It is amazing at what he did. Look at the before and after pics. I think it is a really cool apartment...
1538  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Human Skin Laptop Bag anyone? on: February 12, 2006, 02:22:46 PM
If you look at the picture in the 2nd link, you can't really tell, can you?


Quote from: "tiny ogre"
Quote from: "Big Jake"
Tin ogre, Im fairly certain your post is complete BS.  Only one book I know of is bound in human flesh, skin and bone.

We now have the technology to recreate the Necronomicon!  Who wants to lose their sanity and be author?  Any volunteers?


Found the story for you

And another
1539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [VIDEO] Sin Episodes : Emergence on: February 10, 2006, 10:26:57 PM
Quote from: "Kagath"
In one of the later game levels of Sin you were mucking around in Elexis's mansion I believe and saw her in the bathroom camera doing a solo number on herself.


Yes, and using cheat codes you could walk through the walls to the actual live event and get different angles and such....so I heard....
1540  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DEMO] Battle for Middle Earth II on: February 10, 2006, 02:24:22 AM
Does anyone know if this is the same thing as the beta?
1541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [VIDEO] Sin Episodes : Emergence on: February 09, 2006, 10:12:13 PM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
Have they ever announced the pricing?  I'm not sure what I'm willing to pay for 3-6 hours of content, but I've heard talk of $20 a pop and that's too high.

As an aside, "Jessica Cannon" is a porn star name.  Given the first game's near-legendary easter egg, I wonder if they intend to continue to push that with this series.


Probably not after Hot Coffee....
1542  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What Antivirus software do you use? on: February 09, 2006, 09:51:50 PM
Quote from: "DamageInc"
Norton System Works for about 6 years now.

I have never had a virus (Knocks on wood)


Just an FYI. I get this a lot from my customers.

1) NO anti-virus is perfect.
2) There is a possibility that you do have a virus on your system without knowing it. Not all viruses are destructive and many trojans would not want to do anything to bring them to your attention.
3) We were doing a virus sweep for a company with several locations. We had to sweep their personal laptops because the service porvider was shutting them down due to virus issues. Many had AV software on their systems. Symantec, McAfee, etc... all of the "mainstream/retail" software.
Many of these did have viruses on them anyway.
Many of these were the 60 day trial version they got 3 years ago and thus hadn't been updated since then.
One particular person I remember, gave us a hard time because he didn't want us touching his personal system because "you guys always screw up my laptop". Since we had never touched his laptop before, I don't know how this would be possible. Also his son "works on computers for a big company and setup his laptop and cleans it regularly". His system did not have ANY AV software, only the free version of Zone Alarm. We explained that if he didn't let us scan his system, he wouldn't be allowed to use the network anymore. He said fine and took his laptop. He went and complained to the Mgr and thankfully they backed us up. He came back 2 hours later and in a huff gave it to us and said we wouldn't find anything. As you can guess we found stuff on his laptop. In fact he had the most hits from the virus/adware/spyware software we ran. Approx 450 hits for virus and 600+ for spyware adware.
I wish I knew where his son worked because there is probably a position available.

I have found viruses on my system before as well. But since I do clean it regularly, they don't hit me as hard.
1543  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Waves riding across your monitor screen.. on: February 09, 2006, 12:35:48 AM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
Thanks - I'll have to try that. I think it was on 75 with the onboard and now it's on 85. I'm not even sure what refresh rate means but I'm assuming higher is better?


Higher is generally better, however both the video card and monitor need to support it. You may get a better picture with a lower refresh rate.
1544  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What Antivirus software do you use? on: February 09, 2006, 12:33:55 AM
My company has been trying out Nod32 for about 2 months. Seems very good so far, but there may be some instances of false positives.

As an example I got a virus warning while downloading the RF beta and LOTR beta from fileplanet yesterday.
1545  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cop tells airman to get up, airman gets up & is shot on: February 07, 2006, 05:51:22 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "Harkonis"
Now I know why this area of the forum is labeled 'off topic'

I honestly think a thread could be started on shoelaces and by page two it would have devolved into "Bush is bad" "No he isn't" "Yes he is"

It's a pretty bizarre and increasingly common phenomenon around here.  Heck if I understand it.


Bush>Oil>Plastic>those plastic tips on shoelaces.....

Pro Bush: If it wasn't for him, we wouldn't have shoelaces, our shoes would fall off and we would have to walk around barefoot. (This can also then start an argument about wether he is pro/con automobiles if he wants us to walk)
Anti Bush: Because of him we have shoelaces and thus shoelace related injuries, such as tripping and strangling. (This can also than start an argument on healthcare for the injuries and the death penalty for strangulations...)

Take any topic and do a 6 degrees of separation for Bush....
1546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Full Auto Scorched for a 5.5 in OXM on: February 06, 2006, 11:08:12 PM
I had this on pre-order, but after playing the demo will be canceling it. I had thought it was a Car Wars type game and am now disappointed... frown
1547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 04, 2006, 03:10:47 AM
Quote from: "coopasonic"
high quality voice data takes a lot of space, hi-res textures take a lot of space... I imagine those are the biggest contributors.

That first 40MB hard drive I had in 1991, let's see the Oblivion install would span about 118 of them... it would take 3.35 million 1.44MB floppies to install... and you thought Windows 3.1 took a lot of floppies.


I think it would actually take approx 3272 floppies, if it was on compressed.

1GB is around 1024MB so 4.6GB should be around 4711MB divide by 1.44MB and you get approx 3272, so not as bad as you think. slywink
1548  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cop tells airman to get up, airman gets up & is shot on: February 03, 2006, 02:24:51 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
The audio is hard to understand, but I do think that I heard the cop say "okay, get up, get up", and not something like, "DON'T get up, DON'T get up." And that's not sarcasm, because I was curious to see - or hear, I guess - if it was a miscommunication between the two.

I think that the title of the video, "Pig shoots American hero attempting to comply with orders," is ridiculous though.


I will agree that the audio is bad, but I do think it's possible the cop said "don't" . I played the audio over and over and it almost sounds like an audio edit. like someone looped "get up". The way it is being said doesn't sound natural to me. It also kinda sounds like the g in get up is cut off at the beginning which would happen if someone did try to edit out don't. The stupid censor sounds don't help matters.

Also, I can't see it being normal for any officer in that position asking a suspect at gunpoint to get up.

Also, (and this alone doesn't justify a shooting), the airman's tone was beligerent and aggressive. As a security officer "with more time then the cop" he should have known to not be aggressive and to just quietly comply with the officer (although it does appear that he tells his friend to be quiet).
1549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 02, 2006, 07:20:04 AM
Specs are fine for me. I exceed the specs on both of my main PC's , but no mention of wether it supports x64 or not...frown

Also, did anyone catch the heatmiser cameo in the end of the video.....
1550  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / [CONTEST] The 2006 Build-A-GT-Staffer-Computer Contest on: February 01, 2006, 10:30:42 PM
Quote from: "Dreamshadow"
Quote from: "Punisher"
You both might be better off just upgrading your current system.....

What Video slots do both PC's have?


I'd happily upgrade...but dell wants more money than the laptop is worth to *replace* my current one and give me a new laptop.  There is (according to them) no way for me to purchase and install a new video card on my laptop (it used to support an ATI Radeon 9800...).


Ahh, didn't know it was a laptop. they are correct though. I "think" Alienware makes a laptop that has an upgradable video card and "maybe" the Dell XPS, but I'd have to check mine.
1551  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / [CONTEST] The 2006 Build-A-GT-Staffer-Computer Contest on: February 01, 2006, 07:22:35 PM
You both might be better off just upgrading your current system.....

What Video slots do both PC's have?
1552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / John Romero's MMO on: January 31, 2006, 09:00:46 PM
I think it would be cool if John Romero teamed up with George Romero.....
1553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / In Soviet Russia Starforce sues YOU! on: January 31, 2006, 05:29:34 PM
Quote from: "DamageInc"

Also, they offered a whopping $1000 to anyone who could prove it.


For the record, it's $10 000 ....
1554  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Godzilla Final Wars (DVD) on: January 30, 2006, 05:41:13 PM
Even with the absence of Jet Jaguar, the movie was pretty good. The main problem with it was too much non-Godzilla filming. The wasted WAY too much screen time on the people and not enough on the monsters. The battles were way too short....

I also had an interesting conversation with my son explaining that no this wasn't a remake or part 2 of the American one and that no, the American one is NOT the original/real Godzilla....
1555  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Rocky 6 - First pics up on: January 26, 2006, 06:22:46 AM
I have a feeling that the wife will make me sit through this. I never really got into the Rocky movies. I watched them, they were ok, but nothing special to me.
1556  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Soooo...I went to Weight Watchers today[DIET] on: January 26, 2006, 06:15:07 AM
Quote from: "ScubaV"
If you don't like water because it has no taste, try buying some bulk Propel fitness water at Sam's Club or Costco.  It tastes like kool-aid, but is essentially water with some extra vitamins and flavors and such.  Not sure about sodium though.  Of course it does cost a lot more than plain water from the tap.


I've ben drinking a lot of Fruit20 IIRC it's 0 calories. I usually buy 4-10 Strawberry 6-packs. Depends on how the store has. I tried calling Veryfine to see if they would sell me a skid or point me to a distributor, but no joy. frown
1557  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Godzilla Final Wars (DVD) on: January 26, 2006, 05:56:21 AM
How come Jet Jaguar isn't on that list?
1558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Infinium gets MORE funding on: January 26, 2006, 02:13:52 AM
Quote from: "Turtle"
The Producers comes to mind.


Ditto....
1559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Wars - Empire at War on: January 23, 2006, 01:25:08 PM
1) The rebels DO have a tank that runs over infantry, just not in the official demo. It is available with the mods.
2) I am not worrying too much about some of the issues I have, however, some of the issues are in the official demo as well. I also realize that the demo is based on a 4 month old engine and many things could be fixed.
3) The mods mostly just make extra planets and units available in the demo. It appears that you can do this by just adding them to the existing xml files. This is good because it means that mods for the full release should be easier. since the full game will have the full galaxy and units, some of my observations may be true for the full version as well, such as the huge amount that will be going on in a galaxy wide battle.
1560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Wars - Empire at War on: January 23, 2006, 03:19:17 AM
There should be instructions,, I think you unzip it to a temp folder, then copy eveything to gamedata/data...That is what it is for most, but a few go in just gamedata. 1 or 2 also have a separate executable I believe.

Then just goto single player and start the demo as normal.

I does add a lot of life to the demo, but you have to be careful not to get tired of it before the full version comes out. smile

Some things I noticed so far:

1) I do not like how the computer pics your initial force of ships if you have too many. I would prefer an option to pick my starting ships as I sometimes have different things in mind.
2) Not sure if it's a bug or not, but you can't retreat space.
3) Some stations can not be completely destroyed by capital ships. Not sure if it's a bug or intentional. ALWAYS leave at least 1 set of fighters in reserve. Right now, if you have no fighters and you kill everything including all station hard points, but not the station AND you only have capital ships, you have to exit the game. (Can't retreat, can't kill some of the stations with capital ships) The marauder capital "may" be able to kill it will the barrage special.
4) Some maps are bugged. not sure if it's a demo or mod problem (Currently all planets use the same map). Some maps will have invisble buildings. They will show up in red on the map and your units will fire on them. They CAN be destroyed but it takes time. Constant bomb runs on the same spot or tanks switched to rocket mode can take care of them, but some will spawn enemy infantry/vehicles.
5) Some of the mods have the Imp AI on superhigh. They will kick your butt like nothing.
6) You can only seem to issue build orders while paused. Movement orders (including those in the galactic map) will not work. This needs to be fixed.
7) Speaking of the Galactic Map...A part of me thinks this should be turn based. In realtime, in the full game with working AI and all, I can see the map getting hectic. Way too much will be going on.  I can see 2 player battles taking FOREVER. I think it will be EXTREMLY hard to organize any sort of front line.  Some possible things to help.
A) Make the galactic map turn based. Have all builds take a certain number of turns as well as moves. Make sure the player knows the number of turns before hand.
B) Have a separate planet breakdown page. Something that has a list of your planets and the space/land defenses based there as well what is in the build que.
C) Enable a perpetual build que so I can select X-wing's,for example to constantly build without my intervention. Have an option to enable this on multiple planets at once.
D) Re-do the travel map. Right now, I think you can go to any adjacent planet. This leaves you with a lot more area to defend. Make it so that some planets need to go through 2-4 other planets to get there. Not all, just some....
Cool An orbital bombardment option would be nice, but it may be too powerful in conjunction with the bombing runs.

That's about all so far. I played for about 4 hours straight today and didn't finish one full map. I pushed the Empire back to about half the map, then because save isn't working, ended up quiting.

Overall I like the game, but it definately needs some fixes already. i only hope that some of the things I mentioned were already fixed since the demo is actually several months old (which begs the question, why not release it sooner?)
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