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1521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: March 18, 2006, 05:58:33 PM
For those interested, there are pics of the paint quest I mentioned on pg 243 of the strategy guide. They don't, however, have quite the impact as seeing them in person.
1522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 18, 2006, 03:41:09 AM
Does anyone know what the official, don't get fined, street date is? There seems to be some confusion of wether the stores can even sell the game on the 20th.
1523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 18, 2006, 02:56:22 AM
Quote from: "Roguetad"
I'm glad I know now that pirate dogs rank above ninja dogs on the hierarchy of badass killers.  Where does Chuck Norris fit in then?


I am sorry, but Ninja Dogs > Pirate Dogs
1524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 17, 2006, 10:57:06 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote from: "Sparhawk"
Is it Monday yet?


I wish....but on that note....lots of EB's and Gamestops will have the game for sale on Monday Afternoon/Evening it looks like. smile


Unfortunately, not mine....frown
1525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 17, 2006, 06:15:39 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
There are rumors going around now that Gamestop.com has started shipping the game today. So, if you ordered from them, expect it on Monday.


"Look at all these rumors, I can't take it no more...."
slywink Probably showing my age...

Also, the highwaymen took me by surprise. Ironically, I was accosted right after stealing a newswomens horse. I got off to fight him, then "my" horse left. frown
1526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 17, 2006, 02:22:19 AM
Quote from: "kathode"
Quote from: "Arkon"

Ok what was that last effect when they fired the bow and it seemed to explode on contact... was it a perk of high marksmanship?


No, the bow is enchanted with an area effect lighting spell (maybe some other stuff too).  Arrows inherit whatever enchantment or poison is on the bow.  Area-effect damage spells send enemies flying.


hmmm...I don't remember being able to poison the bow, only the arrows(and only individually, which sucked..) ....Was I doing something wrong?
1527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 16, 2006, 02:32:47 PM
Where did you get the coupon?
1528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 16, 2006, 12:54:16 PM
I just did a GS search on the guide. It is now listed as shipping on the 20th and no store in a 200 mile radius has it...frown
1529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 16, 2006, 02:59:46 AM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "Hetz"
Oh and I just got a call from my local Gamestop, confirming that I can come pick up Oblivion at 6PM on Monday! They say they had an overwhelming amount of preorders and they were going to be doing an "early release" like they do with Madden, GTA etc....

Well, I haven't gotten that phone call yet. That ain't good.

I want my Oblivion!


Me neither, and my GS told me they weren't getting any guides until Friday or next week, not even pre-orders.
1530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 16, 2006, 12:28:21 AM
Someone with the guide....


1) Where did you get it?
2) Can you look and see if that painting quest is mentioned? smile
1531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Ghost Recon - Co Op Interest on: March 16, 2006, 12:24:44 AM
If anyone sees me online: punisherxbox360
1532  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / And here, I thought I WAS out of control on: March 15, 2006, 02:27:23 PM
2 things...

1) it "could" just be a store room for a store...
2) It looks like it's mixed with books and movies, so there may not be as many games as you think...
1533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 14, 2006, 11:38:36 PM
Looks like Hetz got the game....


http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7555305225326282999&q=oblivion

 :twisted:
1534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 14, 2006, 03:43:45 PM
Gamestop has now changed the date...damn....
1535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Starforce wants YOU to pirate games! on: March 14, 2006, 02:50:57 AM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
Is there a way to tell if a game has Starforce from the box?

I did a little looking and found a few games installed on my PC also has Starforce.  Luckily nothing has gotten screwed up, but it still makes me feel wary (dirty?) and I don't want to support a company like that.


No, which is one of the problems......

Also, I just realized something.....

CP is there to prevent casual copying, yet stores won't let you return opened software in case you copied it.... Besides the obvious fact that CP games are pirated anyway, it seems that the stores don't think that CP does any good as well. Companies would probably save more money, by not putting hardcore CP in, then by worrying about piracy.
1536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion being released early? on: March 13, 2006, 12:38:40 AM
Quote from: "Turtle"
Sorry, can't tell you the local store for fear of corporate drones descending on them.


Well, I doubt they could get in trouble for saying a date, only if they actually sold it before they were supposed to.
1537  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 13, 2006, 12:14:55 AM
As a new reviewer in general, I just wanted to mention some things, that I have assumed over the years about most reviews.

1) First and foremost, any review is just the opinion of the reviewer. There is not some magical course you can take that will give you a 100% accurate review that fits everyone's tastes. Some people like game A, some hate it. A reviewer is just another person.
2) If you keep track of reviewers, after a while you can get a feel for what types of games they like and how it compares to your feelings. You can then adjust the reviews accordingly.
3) If a reviewer has a liking for a particular genre, they are more likely to give a game in that genre more credit. (not nesescarily more then it deserves though). If they like that particular series, it will probably increase more. The opposite is also true. There are exceptions to everything though.
4) No reviewer can tell you what you will like. Use reviews as a guide.
5) I am willing to bet that the majority of reviewers do so without actually finishing a game (unless it is one of those 6-8 hour games). There is usually too much of a time constraint and some games take so long to finish, that it is not practical. That isn't to say that they don't play a lot of hours, but it could answer descrepancies when games go up and down or crash in quality in the full end game and reviewers don't mention it.

all of the above is my opinion and I may be completely wrong. I do know that my preview (and any future pre/reviews) are purely my opinion on what I saw in a game. I will also do my best to get as far as possible in a game as well, under the time constraints. As for my preview of Oblivion:
1) I am a fan of the series, but wouldn't consider myself a fanboy. I am a fanboy of games in general though. slywink
2) I never finished any of the Elder Scrolls games. They were too big for me, but I did have fun playing them. (And I did reinstall MW about a month or so ago and so far. I'm further along then I ever remember being.)
3) No game is perfect. For me the end question is, "Is the game fun overall?" If it is, then I will usually look past any "defects". For some, those same defects may be game killers. For some defects, they may kill the game for me, but others love it.
1538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Starforce wants YOU to pirate games! on: March 12, 2006, 11:56:10 PM
While I agree that CP sucks, just not purchasing games that have SF (or ny protection) does not really send a message at all. It is not really a "missed sale" because the publishers have no way of knowing that you DIDN'T purchase something, nor why you didn't. The same way that there is no way of KNOWING exactly how much piracy affects sales either.

You would have to make sure that everyone not buying it for CP reasons, also sent letters/emails to the all the companies involved and why. But if the the title did well anyway, this probably wouldn't make much of a difference as to wether or not they put CP in later games or not.
1539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oblivion being released early? on: March 10, 2006, 01:14:57 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote from: "CeeKay"
What are the odds of it being released early?  Would Bethesda surprise us like that?  What are your thoughts?  Maybe we can bribe some people.....


I asked Bethesda on this and was told flatly that there will be nothing shipping before the 20th.  Piracy is a while different animal...


hmm, if they don't ship until the 20th, that means that a lot of people won't get it until the 22nd at the earliest then. I don't think every store gets drop shipments, so it would be:
20th ship overnight to EB warehouse (for example).
Receive on 21st, hope the workers aren't having a bad day
Ship from warehouse overnight arrive on the 22nd.

Does that sound right?
1540  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for 300GB SATA 3.0G HDD on: March 10, 2006, 01:11:02 PM
My comapny primarily sells WD. We only get other brands if the customer specifically requests it. We haven't noticed any unusual amount of problems with them. I currently have 7 300GB WD drives in one of my PC's and haven't had any problems yet.
1541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GRAW - Out Tomorrow in Many Stores on: March 08, 2006, 09:01:42 PM
I should be picking up my pre-order after work (whenever that is), I just don't know when I'll be able to play it.
One of my favorite clients had their server crash this morning and I'm trying to get that back up, then I have to go on a 2 hour drive tommorrow morning at 7 for some network troubleshooting, then I'm going away for the weekend.
I might just end up bring the 360 with me on the weekend though..
1542  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GRAW - Out Tomorrow in Many Stores on: March 08, 2006, 12:57:41 PM
Quote from: "Sarkus"

Although they never said it, I actually don't think they wanted us to know this info because it's easier to get a reservation on something if you say "oh yeah, we should have it day one" (notice how I didn't promise anything) instead of saying "it looks like the game you are really excited about has been deemed minor so we shipped it to arrive about a week after release, but I doubt our competitor will have it by then anyway."  In the age of the internet, you would just buy it online if you knew it wasn't going to be in stores for a few days.


And actually, due to the lack of reliable info, a lot of people I know have stopped buying at the stores and ordering online. Many places have cheap or free overnight now and some people have been getting titles before the street date. This is even more true with PC titles, which all my nearby EB/GS stores have slowly shrunk down. The most they have now is about 2 and 1/2 racks and They don't always get everything quickly. Hell, the Walmart near me has gotten some things quicker. (Plus they are more likely to break street date. smile )
1543  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Live Simpsons on: March 07, 2006, 08:14:32 PM
link on that page is dead. frown
1544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GRAW - Out Tomorrow in Many Stores on: March 07, 2006, 01:25:01 AM
I am very disappointed.....A thread started by Hetz AND a reply by Hetz and no mention of Oblivion...Are you feeling ok?
1545  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ultraviolet = Bad? on: March 04, 2006, 06:57:38 PM
Quote from: "tiny ogre"
it was directed by Kurt Wimmer, of Equilibrium


I didn't realize that, but it explains why it "looks" like Equilibrium, which I liked. We are going to see it this weekend probably.
1546  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Flag Dilemma on: March 04, 2006, 04:17:51 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
You're supposed to burn the flag when it needs to be trashed (seriously).  Not in a "DEATH TO THE INFIDELS!!" manner, of course smile

Or give it to your local veterans group - they'll take care of it for you.


Ironically, my local VFW burnt down about 2 months ago.... Seriously.
1547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New BC Contest - Oblivion! on: March 03, 2006, 09:51:16 PM
the "read more" link appears to be broken.. smile
1548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Test your system for Oblivion on: March 03, 2006, 05:23:55 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Well, by the time I actually care about playing Oblivion then I might have rebuilt my system so it can run the game. I'm looking at another two years maybe.

And no, I won't be reviewing it for this site. Tongue


If we could find a way to review a Falcon Mach V and the game at the same time, that would kill 2 birds with one stone.
1549  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who are your favorite *fictional* characters? on: March 03, 2006, 02:24:37 PM
Quote from: "Jeremy"
Sam Vimes.


Yeah, that's a good one. Carrot too....
1550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: March 02, 2006, 10:50:27 PM
Now that it's gold, I don't want it anymore. slywink
1551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So...can you get Oblivion preorders? on: March 01, 2006, 02:18:57 PM
Just ask the staff at EB to pre-order it. They don't always get the pre-order boxes first.
Basically, as soon as an SKU for an item is available, you can usually pre-order it.
1552  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who are your favorite *fictional* characters? on: February 28, 2006, 10:35:30 PM
Willard Phule
1553  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Would like some input on a system I'm looking at on: February 28, 2006, 04:16:35 PM
The power supply is definetly underpowered.

I am currently using this one It has gotten good reviews and has work for my system so far.
1554  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Would like some input on a system I'm looking at on: February 28, 2006, 02:59:45 AM
1st off, I would get either a BFG or XFX video card. They have lifetime and double-lifetime warranties, respectively.

2nd, I think you have the wrong model#. Did you mean GA-K8NF-9?
If yso, it doesn't look like it supports SLI. You should get an SLI capable motherboard in case you want to go SLI later. I currently have a DFI LanParty UT motherboard and it seems to work very well so far.

Also, depending on your budget. The 7900 512MB cards are rumored to be out within a month. But I can't be sure. I have had a 7800GTX 512MB on backorder for a customer since December. 2 of my vendors have gone from backordered, to removed from site/inventory.
1555  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cool story on: February 26, 2006, 08:21:56 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBYPaNc57Ik
1556  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.
1557  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
1558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT Oblivion Preview on: February 26, 2006, 03:54:18 AM
Crap, there goes my secret identity! smile
1559  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")
1560  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
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