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1521  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 ....
1522  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....
1523  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.
1524  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
1525  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?
1526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Infinium gets MORE funding on: January 26, 2006, 02:13:52 AM
Quote from: "Turtle"
The Producers comes to mind.

1527  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.
1528  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?)
1529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Wars - Empire at War on: January 22, 2006, 07:32:29 PM
Just an FYI..
If you go here you can find a bunch of mods for the demo, including mods that let you play most/all of the galaxy and ships and play as the empire.
1530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Wars - Empire at War on: January 19, 2006, 03:48:15 AM
I got home around 7PM and started playing around 8:30PM. I just finished the whole thing at 10:30PM on Medium.

My impressions:

The game plays very well and the graphics are real nice. I like the mixing of strategic and tactical for the game overall.

The interface seems a little off though. The zoom is way to fast and you also can't seem to click and zoom on and area or vehicle/character, so you have to zoom in and then pan around.
There is also no turn command that I can find. I do not like this at all and it seems lazy not to include it. This game NEEDS a full 3D interface (pan,tilt,zoom,rotate). There were many times in the battle that I really felt the need for a rotate at the very least.
The maps (at least in the demo) seem too small as well. This is falsely covered by not letting you zoom out too far. (There was one time where I was able to zoom out for a split second, all the way and see the whole map. Not sure if this was a glitch though.)

For some reason, the space battles DO seem more fun. I am not quite sure why though as they run almost the same as the ground battle with space graphics. (The space battles are all on a flat plane with combat taking place in faux 3D, meaning you can't control the 3D like homeworld)

The maps seem only ok to me. They feel too constrained in some parts and you are lead down a path with little to no room to go different ways. I hope this is just because of the limited map availablility for the demo.

It looks like almost all the units will have some sort of special ability which is nice, but I wonder at how useful some of those abilities will be.

One interesting feature is a retreat button that starts a countdown on the map of around 10 seconds. When the timer counts down, all of your units fully retreat from the map and take off. I can't quite tell if the maps completely regenerate or not though. I don't "think" they do, however, some stuff might be rebuilt. I also do not know if your units heal after retreating. If they do, it could be interesting and you will probably see a lot of hit and run tactics in multiplayer.

Speaking of which, there is none in the demo, which is bad. I would have like to see at least a 4 player demo. I don't know how many the game supports, but almost definately over 2 since there is a give player money command and unless you are trying to bribe your enemy to back off (which "might" work), you must be able to have allies.

Speaking of which.. smile On some maps there are "3rd Party" troops. Some will join you and seem to be self-repleshing and controlable, while some will attack you and are controled by the PC and will attack boths sides. I recommend taking some troops and visting the Sarlacc on the Tatooine map.. smile

Overall, I think I will like this game, but it could already do with afeature patch to address some of the things I mentioned.....
1531  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Anyone want to add to an XBox 360 Live Tutorial? on: January 14, 2006, 03:59:45 AM
1) Prior to getting the 360, get a cheap USB keyboard. It is worth it.
2) Make sure you link your existing Live account to a MS passport account. It's required now.
3) If you get the hard drive version (and there is no reason not to), make sure you go through it and clean out all the movies/demos you don't want, so you can clear some needed space.
4) Make SURE that your Live account is paid up well before switching. I had let my live account lapse, then paid for it the day of getting the 360. The account reactivated and I started the 360 setup. Everything "seemed" fine, but my gamertag wouldn't transfer. I could go through the whole thing and pass all the tests, but when it started to download my gamertag, I kept getting "cannot connect to Live errors". I have been waiting for a fix since 12/16 and still haven't heard anything. I called back today and spoke to a manager. He explained that they were having problems with people whose account had been re-signed and transferred in the same day. He also said that in some cases, they had to actually cancel/delete the account and give a refund. He told me he was going to send another message to MS escalated support to see if they could get a move on it. He also told me something I wasn't aware of... Such I have the premium 360 I get 3 free accounts with 30 day trial. I already started one about a week ago after my 3rd tech support call. (Everytime I call to get a status, I get someone different who tries to help me, by having me do the same things over and over. They all kept blaming my connect or network, even though I tried hooking right to my cable modem. I finally setup a new trial account to prove to myself that it wasn't on my end. The trial account works fine so far, no problems.) That leaves me with 2 more 30 days and about 2.5 weeks on this one. Hopefully it will be fixed by then.
1532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP - dead pixels? on: March 24, 2005, 03:40:52 PM
that sounds exactly like dead pixels.

I would try to return it if possible. If it was a monitor, you would need at least 10 dead pixels to return it in most cases, to the manufacturer.
1533  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Gold Farmers on: March 23, 2005, 06:44:29 PM
OK, with the 1st part of the explanation..... I don't think the cash farmers are going to make that much difference for that scenerio. Every MMOG I have played has groups of people doing similiar things regularly and I can't believe that it is only, or even mainly, the cash farmers.....

As to the 2nd thing, I would think that it would actually help the economy...You have people who can't afford item A and don't have the time to invest in it, so they don't buy item A from a vendor. The vendor sells a  lot less of his items and thus can't buy the item B he wanted.

If the same group of people wanting item A bought gold/credits/whatever, then they could help the economy by buying item A off the vendor.

Now, to play devils advocate, there is a possibilty that if everyone buys credits, then the vendors don't need to make/sell the items in the first place, so that could ruin the economy, but a LOT of people would have to be buying credits....
1534  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / So The Matrix Online is out next week... anyone? on: March 23, 2005, 04:53:55 PM
Quote from: "Turtle"
Oops, I mean Monolith.  Mongoose is a different company I like that's currently making the Starship Troopers tabletop miniatures game.

1535  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Gold Farmers on: March 23, 2005, 04:46:46 PM
Now that I understand the color concept, how does farming hurt? People are already buying things at high gold prices and I doubt that everyone buying is purchasing the gold with real cash. I am also sure that there are people/guilds farming for themselves.

As an aside, how exactly does farming work in WoW? Is it just people running around killing things non-stop?
1536  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Gold Farmers on: March 23, 2005, 12:59:46 AM
If that is a WoW reference, I don't get it, since I don't play WoW... smile
1537  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A world without gone gold. Six month mark on: March 22, 2005, 09:41:55 PM
While I do understand Rich's situation, I also wish we knew something, even if hust to know how he's doing.
1538  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Computer ad from 1995 nostalgia on: March 22, 2005, 09:27:12 PM
I read the title and thought this was another Duke Nukem Forever thread... slywink
1539  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Gold Farmers on: March 22, 2005, 09:25:47 PM
I am curious about eveyone's opinion on this type of practice in general... I personally don't mind people selling cash, items, characters, whatever, from whatever game for cash. how does it hurt anything? The people who want to buy it will just be more motivated to stay playing longer (I know I did) and the people who don't want to buy it don't have to.
1540  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / SWG: Getting any better? on: March 22, 2005, 09:18:23 PM
I just started playing again after about a 4-5 month hiatus, even though I am paid up until Nov. I am currently concentrating on the Lightspeed portion of the game (cleared and yanked my house even...) and I'm having fun again, but the missions pretty much require groups and since I am no longer part of a guild that is a problem.

I have hooked up with some people online a couple of times, but I am trying to find a Rebel pilot guild on Kettemor to hook up with.
1541  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Dell 2005FPW UltraSharp 20.1" Wide Screen - $486. shipp on: March 04, 2005, 04:58:23 PM
Looks like a dead deal mines coming up $698 shipped
1542  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Battlestar Galactica 2/25 on: March 04, 2005, 12:48:00 AM
In general I like the show, but I find it much easier to watch thinking it has a different title. slywink

I do hate the Cylons as humans thing and just think it's a poor excuse for budgeting.

I really like the Baltar character in this one though. He is doing a great job so far. (Although I would like to see him out Boomer, yeah he was nervous while she was in the room, but now that she's gone...)

I feel so-so about Apollo. He just seems to plain for me.

Starbuck is growing on me more then I thought, but I still miss Dirk Benedict. smile (as and aside, I am glad they Richard Hatch a part in the show and hope he gets to make his version some day)
1543  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Got a PSP... on: February 28, 2005, 08:36:46 PM
Have you killed anyone yet with the discs of death issue?
1544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SWAT 4 Beta on: January 28, 2005, 03:50:07 PM
It's now in open beta. you still have to sign up for a free fileplanet account though.

I've been subscribed for over 2 years now. The only benifits I use are

1) Priority downloads. I don't have to wait in the que to get stuff
2) Early releases and exclusive beta/demos. Such as SWAT. Most of the stuff that is early/exclusive, does usually become available to the free account holders as well, usually 1-2 weeks.
1545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 2 and Cartridges might have some teeth? on: January 27, 2005, 02:24:36 PM
Quote from: "kong"
Cost effectiveness means nothing if the media is easy to pirate.  I'm sure Microsoft is going to make some major changes after watching what has happened with the current generation systems.  Plus the extra cost of blu-ray or hd-dvd won't matter since the next gen titles are going to retail for higher prices.

The reality is that there is nothing they can do about piracy, sort of hiring somebody to go home with you when you purchase a game and stay there. I cannot recall ANY media that hasn't been pirated in some way. You can even get pirated gameboy games, which are cartridge based.

I wouldn't want cartridged based as they will probably take up a lot more storage space.

I would like to see flah drives as an option for save games and PC downloaded maps/addons. Also, if they keep the HDD in, I would like a way to access it via my PC to backup savegames and such.
1546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mercenaries Impressions on: January 24, 2005, 01:47:52 AM
i haven't seen the bunker buster yet. When do you get it?
Also will it take out the respawning bunkers?
Will anything?

Also, is there anyway to keep the SAMs from respawning?
1547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SWAT 4 Beta on: January 08, 2005, 04:15:11 PM
Let me claify something. The beta test from fileplanet is not a "real" beta test. It is more of a beta level demo.

There is no single player.
There is only multiplayer with one map and I "think" only one game play type. I say think because I did see other game types in the game list, but when I tried to make my own game it only gave me one type.

The type of game present is called VIP rescue.
You have 2 teams. SWAT and Suspect.
One person on the SWAT team is randomly chosen to be the VIP. The VIP starts with a pistol, a door wedge, and some CS grenades. The mission goals are these:
SWAT: Escort VIP to rooftop helicopter pad.
Suspect: Kidnap VIP from SWAT. Hold him for 2 minutes, then kill him.

Some weapons/equipment
MP5 Suppressed
Pepperball Gun-Paintball gun that shoots CS balls
2-3 Shotguns

2 Pistols
Taser-This is useful for taking down the VIP. Stun him, then while he is stunned, cuff him.

Choose Helmet or Gasmask
Choose Light or Heavy Armor

MISC- You have 6 slots
CS Grenade
Stinger grenade explodes into rubber balls or something
Door wedge-Use this to "lock" a door. Prevents doors from opening. Can be removed with the tool that every comes with.

I have played a bunch of games. Unfortunately the majority goes one of 3 ways so far.
1) Firefight: SWAT acciddently kills VIP
2) Firefight: Suspects acciddently kill VIP before kidnapping him
3) Games turns into a TK frenzy

I have only been in one game so far where people worked as a team and got the VIP out or captured properly.

The game looks really good though. I did have a major crash problem though. EVERY time I exit the game, my system reboots. Very annoying.

I'll try to post some screenshots later. No NDA.[/list]
1548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SWAT 4 Beta on: January 08, 2005, 02:19:21 AM
Did anyone else get in the beta from Fileplanet?

My first impressions are very good so far. I am having a blast playing. Everyone moves pretty slow so it does get tactical. Lots of fun though and graphics are good.
1549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MechAssault2 Game impressions (WARNING - Spoilers) on: January 07, 2005, 06:04:05 PM
Quote from: "Mikagami"
Quote from: "Punisher"
1) The turrent/bridge level is actually easy when you find the "trick".

i WAS doing that, the problem was I hadn't played multiplayer at all so I was unfamiliar with the launchpad or the upgrades... and they don't TELL YOU about it or anything. retard I was using the basic VTOL, and didn't know I could heal the turret.

No, no, don't heal the turret, heal the VTOL. Hover over the launch pad and defend from there. When the mechs attack, stay there and keep firing at them. alternate fire between all mechs so they keep their attention on you. While this is going on, keep hitting the button to grab health. You will constantly heal the VTOL and never die.
1550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MechAssault2 Game impressions (WARNING - Spoilers) on: January 05, 2005, 10:24:48 PM
1) The turrent/bridge level is actually easy when you find the "trick".
Take out the bridge with the missles
Try to take out the 1st mech under the bridge with missles. Shoot before he actually appears.
If it takes too long and he passes where the bridge was, exit the turrent and run to the VTOL.
At the VTOL upgrade your missles quickly, then stay right over the loading bay.
Switch your pickups to health.
STAY over the loading bay and keep firing missles at the enemies while also clicking the pickup button rapidly for instant heals.

2) I gave up on the final mission. The difficulty is WAY out of proportion with the rest of the game. I ended up downloading someone elses save game to see the final movies.
1551  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Internet connection problems on: December 29, 2004, 02:00:37 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
does it resolve names when you ping from a command prompt?  Meaning, does pinging obtain a response?

You also may want to check the gateway address.  If the computer doesnt have a valid gateway, it will not be able to communicate outside its subnet.

Ping and tracert crashes as soon as you hit enter.
However I did get it fixed. It looks like some of the Spyware I removed killed WinSock so it had to be reinstalled.
1552  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Internet connection problems on: December 27, 2004, 02:34:54 AM
I've got a laptop that won't connect to the internet. I keep getting page not found errors. I don't want to format the system.
Things I've done:
Installed a new PCMCIA NIC. NIC will release and renew IP's correctly (as will the original onboard one)
Cleaned out all adware/spyware/viruses found
Installed Opera thinking it was just an IE problem.
Checked the HOST file. It's clean.

Cannot connect to any website, even via IP address and including websites that are on our LAN.

Ping/tracert crashes so I am pretty sure there are some windows issues as well.
It is for a customer and they don't want to foramt the system at this time. I haven't had this problem before so I'm currently stumped.
1553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / No cd cracks and CoC on: December 27, 2004, 02:18:34 AM
Quote from: "warning"
Good question and I'm not sure what the answer is.  Our Forum Rules state:
 1st violation will result in the link being removed and a warning being issued to the offender.  

Cool. I am sure I can use warning for something. Do you do windows? smile
1554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Me Show - AKA Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion interview on: December 17, 2004, 03:43:51 PM
I'm surprised nobody has asked about beta testing yet.... So let me be the first... Can I? Huh? Can I? Pretty please with a GeForce FX6800 Ultra on top? slywink
1555  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / I got Battle For Middle Earth for only $20! on: December 16, 2004, 09:49:22 PM
I ordered 2 from Amazon and 2 from Target when they were $10. (Hedging my bets). My Target one was canceled the next day, but I never received the cancelation notice from Amazon.
Fast forward to release day. I check my amazon account and low and behold the order was canceled.
So what do I do? I call Amazon and start being a typical customer and complain. I explain that I never got a cancelation email and that I missed out on other deals because I thought this was still coming to me. Finally got a supervisor on the phone. More talking and bang, they reinstated my order for $9.99 each so I received 2 of them the other day. smile
1556  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why the hell would you take this stuff? on: November 30, 2004, 05:07:54 AM
I actually wonder if all those side effects would distract you so much that you lose all benifits of the increased focus. smile

Also, not that I knwo anything about this specific product, but many products have listed many different side effects, but they only affect a small percentage of the population., also I would hope you wouldn't be unlucky enough to get ALL the side effects at once.... or what if you got all the side effects and a super increased sense of focus....allowing you to focus in on all the side effects you were having....
1557  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Check out this really cool power supply. on: November 30, 2004, 04:54:19 AM
Since I had heard nothing but good things about this PS, I bought one recently when I built my new system (AMD Athalon 64 3500+, Nvidia 6800 Ultra).
The plugin cables look great I have to say, however, I couldn't get my system to stay stable with it attached. I would randomly freeze within a few minutes of booting up if not failing to boot altogether.... I replaced it with a "generic" 500 watt one and bang, problem solved. While mine may have just been a fluke, I didn't want to waste time swapping it at the stoire so I just returned it...
1558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console keyboard and mouse? on: November 29, 2004, 07:44:30 PM
I don't see why they should ban you. You are NOT modifying the Xbox in any way. You are just hooking up a different type of joystick for all intents and purposes. I do not believe that they would even have any legal way of banning you for buying 3rd party equipment that does not modify the box directly.
As an aside, I just received mine. I order it the day before Thanksgiving. I am going away this week, so I'm not sure if I'll have time to try itout or not....
1559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battle For Middle Earth - Just 3 days to go! on: November 26, 2004, 04:25:25 PM
My understanding is that ALL the Amazon orders were cancelled. Even if you didn't receveive a cancellation email...
Just find the email with the order verification, click the link to the ordwer number, login to Amazon and viola order was already canceled....
1560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Greg Hastings Paintball on: November 22, 2004, 03:54:41 PM
Unfortunately, there is cheating in the real tournements which is one of the reasons it was included in the game. My problem with it in the game is that it almost legitimizes cheating. From my understanding, there are plenty of players who practice cheating. Cheating happens in every sport and I disagree with it completely.
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