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16961  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 20, 2004, 12:37:03 AM

Gotta love Spacemoose... they used to run this in the University newspaper.
16962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bard's Tale review on: November 19, 2004, 07:40:07 PM
Mitch's take on The Bard's Tale.

I totally agree with the review (I'd rented, played, and finished the game inbetween Halo2 games).

The arguments between narrator and bard are terrific. I loved the one where he's arguing with the narrator and the NPC starts responding to his comments (as of course the NPC can't hear the narrator).

If you donate a ton of money you can unlock the songs, shots and movies from the game as well. ... As to the Gauntlet references, I'd say it's more like a Champions of No-wrath combat (given it's the same engine).

"it's a frickin' guarantee, it's unlucky to be you. Diddly-do."
16963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Woohoo! Got me an Xbox - VGA Adapter advice? -PS2 & GC on: November 19, 2004, 02:16:41 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
Small nitpick -

480p (which is the highest resolution of most Xbox games) is not "high definition" smile 720p/1080i is, but very few Xbox games support those higher resolutions.

30+ 720p titles.

Amped 2   720p   -
Blood Rayne 2   720p   -
Conflict Vietnam   720p   -
Disney Extreme Skatboarding   720p   -
Dragon Lair 3d   720p   1080i
Dukes of Hazzard - Return of the General Lee   720p   -
Enter the Matrix   720p   1080i
ESPN Major League Baseball 2K4   720p   
ESPN NBA Basketball   720p   
Freedom Fighters   720p   -
MVP Baseball 2004   720p   -
MX Unleashed   720p   1080i
NBA 2K3   720p   -
NBA Ballers   720p   
SCALER   720p   
SegaGT Online   720p   -
Soul Calibur II   720p   -
Spongebob Square Pants:The Movie   720p   
Steel Battalion:Line of Contact   720p   -
Street Hoops   720p   -
Syberia   720p   1080i
The Sims: Bustin out   720p   -
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4   720p   -
Tony Hawk: Underground   720p   -
Tony Hawk's Underground 2   720p   -
True Crime Streets of LA   720p   
World Series Baseball 2k3   720p   
X-Men Legends   720p   -

you can check out the site as well.

Consolegold also has this same functionality, but they're still missing some info. <shrug>
16964  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's the truly scariest pc gaming experience you've had? on: November 19, 2004, 05:37:55 AM
Quote from: "Jocke"
Have a feeling this is very dependent on what your age was when different games came out biggrin

So this is telling of my age when I say Phantasmagoria was very scary to me in parts. It was creepy how the mood of the game got grimmer and grimmer as the game progressed... There was an 18 year age limit on that game here in Sweden and that does not happen often. Especially(sp?) back then.

The last CD was messed up... the whole seeing the axe travel through the skull freaked me. Also, the demonic rape scene in the bathroom, the wine bottle murder and the trowel (sp?) in the mouth still haunts me... oo, and the meatgrinder. What were they thinking??? sheesh.

AvP also gave me a few brown-trouser times too... God did you feel useless as a marine. I was Hudson the whole time... it's game over man, it's game over!

It didn't help that I had a kickass sound system hooked up.
16965  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Please help me get onto XBox Live on: November 19, 2004, 05:31:40 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"

1) Is there an option to by a wireless kit for XBox Live?
If so, what specific equipment comes with it?

2) Is the price point really only $50 a year for the service?

3) Is wireless actually fast enough for the service, or would waiting for the next home and just running a cable from the XBox to the router work better?

4) If wireless is truly the way to go, what type router would you recommend? As I would also need wireless NICs for both my PC and my wife's, do you have any specific recommendations for those?

5) If wireless if the way to go, is there a special connector for the XBox that I would plug into the ethernet port?

Heya buddy. biggrin Me and my overbearing opinion are here to ruin your day. slywink

1) There is no MS bundle for live and wireless.
2) The Live service itself is $50. Get the live kit with crimson skies. If you've tried and hated the live headset (wraparound), then get the Halo2 one. It's a-frickin-mazing, with better noise cancellation.
3) Hell ya Wireless is fast enough. Let's look at the numbers..
- 802.11b = 11Megabits/sec = ~1.3MegaBytes/s= 1.375MB/s = 1408KB/s = 1 Full CD (700MB) transmits in less than 9 minutes at optimal speed.
- 802.11g = 54Megabits/sec = ~6.7MegaBytes/s= 6.75 MB/s = 6912KB/s = 1 Full CD (700MB) transmits in less than 2 minutes at optimal speed.

Does your NET connection go that fast? I wouldn't worry about the wireless unless you have interference problems (microwaves, cell phones and cordless phones). These can degrade signal while in use, but to make enough of a difference to game packets it's got to be *really* bad. You're not doing major file transfer here, and the service runs well on 200KB/s.

4) a 802.11g router. Find a cheap one; the MS one isn't bad at all. I don't have specific recommendations on this.

5) Yes there is a wireless Xbox connector. Nyko makes a Wireless Net Extender, but the reviews have it out to be crap. Check out PC Mag's review and right now the going rate of the MS Xbox connectors on ebay is around 75US.  Name search MN-740 part search.

As to just running a cable, make sure it's UTP CAT5 patch cable ... it should feel flexible, as opposed to the permanent type. That stuff is cheap (by the foot) and getting RJ45 connectors is cheap too. The tool to crimp it is less than 20 bux, but there is the inconvenience of it all. You could wall-fish the line and install pretty wall-jacks  with very little problems... I'd help ya, but you're a little far away.   Cool

As to the other PCs, you don't need to get Jack for em; they can use the existing cabling to get to the router (wireless routers also tend to have 3 or 4 10/100 RJ45 jacks too)
16966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Umm, im becoming evil and wanting a PS2... help me on: November 19, 2004, 01:06:36 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
I'd rather spend $200 on "antiquated hardware" that has more than two games worth playing on it than on a "I wish I was a PC" alternative which functions best as a dust collector and/or paperweight.

It was an opinion based on jaggies as big as my head, and I spoke to the topic at hand. Stick to the topic, or pull your bait back.  :roll: We don't need every thread ending with this.

Moving right along...
16967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Umm, im becoming evil and wanting a PS2... help me on: November 18, 2004, 09:10:45 PM
Quote from: "Chrisoc13"
Also, this may come as a shock, but since Im still on the edge, what games would push me over? I want to play GTA:SA. But im into shooters a lot, and not really japanese RPGs. All I seemt o hear about with the PS2 is GTA and japanese RPGs. And GTA isnt good enough to warrent a system. What other games could push me over (which are not on the XBox as well)?

Thanks for any help.

The only reason I'm not in the same boat as you is both of my TV's are HD widescreens... that's some BIG damned jaggies. slywink I borrow a buddies PS2 once in a while; I get my fix that way and save about $200CAD. As to the value of the PSTwo, if you need a second DVD player in another room it's kind of a no-brainer (as a DVD player it works great). I was [---] this close to buying one the other week for that reason, but decided to save up for Ghost Recon2, MechAssault2, and worry about all of my time being eaten up by Half-Life2.

I have not seen many games come out that compell me to buy one based on the titles alone.... maybe Monster Hunter (it's a lot like Phantasy Star Online 1&2) and Katamari Damacy (sp), and a few RPGs... I find the tedium has worn me down to the point where I skip cut-scenes and just want to beat the game and move on.

I'm waiting for the Xbox version of GTA:SA; the improvements on the last two seem to be worth the wait.

If I were you, I'd go and rent / borrow a standard PS2 and a few top-shelf titles (for a week) and see how much play-time it gets. If you spend less than half your game-time on the PS2, I'd suggest not buying it; after all that's the honeymoon period where it's new and novelty hasn't worn off.

And no, wanting a PS2 isn't evil... I think some of us (myself included) find it difficult to justify spending 200 bux on antiquated hardware that could be spent buying games for our existing setups.
16968  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Does anybody else need to lose some weight? on: November 18, 2004, 06:52:04 PM

Here goes...

5'10", 271lbs ... that might sound bad, but I peaked at over 355lbs two years ago. This time last year I was 349.  When I met my wife (in '96) and I was about 255lbs, so I'm not far off from where I started. I want to get to about 180 before June...2006.  

The last ~80 lbs came off with a trifecta of effort : cut down the carbs/ significantly raise protein* intake per meal, smaller portions of food, and a complete body workout. I spend almost and hour a day in the gym (3-5 days a week) and I feel great. I'm getting my old strength back (as a watermark, I'm pressing ~100lbs more than I could 8 months ago).

Weightlifting is considered the BEST way to lose fat; and a complete exhaustion of all 4 muscle fiber types is critical to getting a full burn. Check out Slow Burn Revolution for a wicked time-effective workout ( I use this on weekends to supplement when I miss a session at work) and  Protein Power Lifeplan for a really good diet changes. Yes, they're permanent, not a short term change; considering how much sugar is being consumed these days it's no big surprise that we SHOULD be changing it.

When my dad was a kid (he's in his late 40's) he used to have a coca-cola... as a TREAT. Once every couple of weeks. Now people consume it 3 times a day.... that's not right. I know the diet stuff is there, but the whole "aspertame kills" thing is making me nervous.

It's sad to read our food labels ... "Now with 25% real fruit juice!" Uhm, ok. And how many fruits should we be consuming? If a full orange produces 1/3 of a glass of orange juice (and we lose out on the pulp and all the good stuff in the essence), why not just eat an orange? I can only eat one naval orange at a time, but I can pound a litre of orange juice (including all the perservatives and sugar additives) without blinking. It's like eating a half-dozen oranges, without the stuff that makes you full. I do also (during moments of "weakness") break down and eat stuff I shouldn't, but I usually pop a phaseII carb blocker, which is a natural  white bean extract. They're available in healthfood stores everywhere.

It's working for me, I thought I should bring it forward in case anyone is looking for some help in the right direction.
16969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lack of Ammo in Halo2 on: November 18, 2004, 02:56:04 PM
Frankly, in areas where there are no humans (flood, dead or alive), there *shouldn't* be any weapons. As to plasma rifles, the carbine and the needler are unstoppable. Frag grenades don't stick to people; that's no fun in my book.

I prefer the covenant sniper rifle (keep your rate of fire down, and you can empty the whole thing without having to snap outta the zoomed in view). I agree with the pistol comment though; they are a rarity. It's too bad they weren't designed to share ammo types with the SMG.

Once you get the brute shot and the brute plasma guns, the human weapons aren't missed much.
16970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon 2 on: November 18, 2004, 02:19:19 AM
Quote from: "halcyon"
Quote from: "Rage"


 I know! I know! I'm a heretic. Send the arbiter after me.  :lol:

The plasma blade, a few plasma 'nades, and cloaking? You're a walking corpse. slywink GR2, Halo2 and MechAssault2  should complete my list of SEQUELS OF CARNAGE... or, just make Mastercard richer off of my interest(s).  :lol:
16971  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon 2 on: November 18, 2004, 02:16:38 AM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"

"Missions can be accomplished solo or with up to four people through split-screen, System Link, or Xbox Live and offer a wide variety of tasks. "

Coop over xLink anyone smile?

:looks around for Devil: ninja

16972  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden IV? on: November 18, 2004, 01:50:53 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Why do you say the things that hurt?   :cry:

He says hurtful things to make you cry. And when he's done, he might even smack ya in the ear. slywink

As I understand it, this thread has gone from "Suikoden IV, where are you?" to "I hear your retarded older brother III sucked ass, and you're going to be better... at sucking ass." I'm not being hurtful; just making an observation. biggrin I've played neither; I'm not a good resource to determine square-inch-of-ass to mouth ratios.

What was so wrong or right about III? And no, I'm not going to read the 12 page glowing review of it... I want the coles notes version.
16973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need an answer before in 45min. 7:20pm now on: November 18, 2004, 01:49:18 AM
Only for live support. I'd suggest trading it in for a game, rather than the lackluster title it's become.
16974  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 - It's ON! (impressions thread) on: November 15, 2004, 08:30:03 PM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Quote from: "Roguetad"
The highlight of the night was when I respawned helpless high on a structure after my wraith was shotdown. My wife flew up in her wraith, I jumped on top of the canopy, and then we continued the fight (her flying carefully) with me gunning on top as a ride-a-long grunt. Fun game.

I believe you're talking about The Banshee, not the wraith.  If you had a wraith in the air I you should have taken video of it slywink

Given his wife's tendancies to kill him, I'm not sure it was a mistake.   :lol:
16975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 - It's ON! (impressions thread) on: November 15, 2004, 08:26:50 PM
Quote from: "Roguetad"
Unfortunately, it can be a little confusing managing the friendly fire during these levels, and I now have to watch out for my wife unloading on me as much as I do the bad guys. Dual-wielding a pair of covenant laser pistols (the blue v-shaped ones), she can drop my shields down in less than 2 seconds, and then put me face first into the dirt a second later. Thankfully the character we’re playing on those levels has a stealth ability, which I use as often as possible to avoid friendly and enemy fire. Playing co-op on those levels with my wife is like having a terminator plopped into those levels, whose only goal is to lay waste to everything in its path. I usually either trail behind her or get out in front of her as fast and far as I can on those levels. When we’re playing master chief the friendly fire is not an issue.

Might I offer a suggestion? Buy a baseball cap (whatever color) and get a pair of scissors, some green construction paper, and a pipecleaner.

Now, cut a GIANT GREEN TRIANGLE, fix it to the hat using pipecleaners, and wear it while playing. Everytime she shoots you, point to the giant green triangle over your head, and say something witty like: "I guess this doesn't mean anything, right?" or "Nice. There's no 'I' in team. but there is an 'M' and an 'E', eh?"

SAFETY WARNING : Don't wear the hat in public. People will pistolwhip you for 'nades and ammo.
16976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Edit: Make me want an Xbox - and tell me what I should know on: November 15, 2004, 08:21:06 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
Oh yeah, and how were Crimson Skies and Fable in the end? I get both with the bundle for fifty bucks. They good games to pick up?

The pair of them are definately worth $50 canadian. (~30US)

If you get live, Crimson Skies is a must-have.
16977  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Edit: Make me want an Xbox - and tell me what I should know on: November 15, 2004, 08:16:12 PM
Quote from: "Zero"
How do you transfer game saves from one xbox to another?

Memory card. They *do* exist. Most people don't pony up the cash for them as most people don't need them. I've got one. MS sent me a clear orange one for beta-testing for the Live service.
16978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon 2vs Call of Duty: FH on: November 15, 2004, 08:13:46 PM
Ghost Recon 2 : IN!!

CoD - maybe rental. Maybe.... nah, I still have too many other games to play.
16979  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console keyboard and mouse? on: November 15, 2004, 08:06:00 PM
Quote from: "crumsteel"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Lik-Sang released one for the Xbox.  You have to import it though.

Has anybody used the Lik-Sang K/M adapter for the xbox?

Just got mine on friday. I called MS, apparently it's not being hunted by the live service, however I'm going to try it after I disconnect the CAT5. <sigh> I'll likely dump an impression up here later this week. (12hr workday today).
16980  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Halo 2? Discuss here. *SPOILER WARNING!* on: November 14, 2004, 12:08:26 AM
(sorry for the doublepost)

Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Did you happen to get the Collector's Edition?  If you watch the documentary it shows that items were cut.  
We intended on then utilizing the LFE at times (as we can send full 5.1 mixes through the audio chip) but time and disk space got in the way.

as far as downloadable SP play, meh. It would mean people without live or access to the content would lose out. Like I stated in my prev. post; I think they ended it here ON PURPOSE to accomodate storyline arcs. In my prev. post I had indicated they may, based on rumours circulating. I honestly don't think they'd do that at this point.

Now, as to the "left out" concept, let me put this into perspective: there is NO GAME out there right now that didn't have content cut for time, space or energy reasons. It's a simple fact that the medium is not robust enough to include all the content, abilities, interactions and features the game developer wants to include. Halo1 left stuff out that they wanted to include (even DID include in code, but not available like the flamethrower). They indicated they're planning on pushing this stuff into the next game. Does this mean we're going to get (or got) a flamethrower in Halo2? No. Did we see the 8 variations of the Warthog as indicated may happen (as of last year), such as the personnel carrier, the Bombadier (winterized with rear treads) and the like? No. Just because they either had to drop stuff or say "this is cool, and I want it in here" doesn't mean we lost out on something we were "entitled" to.

I don't see this game as falling from it's mark; it aimed high and hit it. Top shelf. A+ game. Did it change the way I think about the world? Yeah. As much as two SMBs(or needlers) sound cool, nothing replaces a plasma-tag. biggrin
16981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Halo 2? Discuss here. *SPOILER WARNING!* on: November 13, 2004, 11:57:03 PM
still haven't watched it; still not adding my voice to the collective complaint though. <shrug>.

I read books that don't always have the ends tied up neatly; I'm generally disappointed when our north american movies *DO* tie up all ends. For the sake of telling a story in game, I've come to accept endings that provide enough story license. Syndicate and Baldurs gate 1 were horrible for their endings; where one had NO ending per se, and the other had a horrible story twist that reeked of "justification for sequel" rather than "lets see where this leads".

As far as games go, getting to the ending is often interpreted as accomplishment; the gamer expects a reward. If you can't appreciate the contained storytelling beyond the game mechanic, then I could see how this would chafe. I didn't find the game all that challenging (although there were moments), so I wasn't looking for a 20min cinematic ending to the series as a golden carrot reward.

Halo 1 - MC stopped Halo from triggering, MC escaped and was onboard a vessel back to earth. *very limited ending, little to no story, reeked of
*level completed*
Please wait 3years while loading next level...

Halo 2 - MC stopped (along with Arbiter) the Halo from triggering, MC on a vessel bound for earth. Toned down ending with storyline possibilies, left a lot of people feeling like the game had no climax. I'd blame this on the buildup of the last two levels than the ending itself.

If you look at the potential story arcs beyond the ending (like, lets say MC is captured) from this point there could be some pretty big twists bungie can put in it, and it's not necessarily going to be "Level Completed! The Universe is safe." It's an ending to this chapter, but it's not the conclusion to the story.

As it was I hope you all waited for the credits; there's a little Cortana scene at the end opens up a few other possibilities.

Ah well, onto legendary. Now that *IS* challenging.
16982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Halo 2? Discuss here. *SPOILER WARNING!* on: November 13, 2004, 07:41:46 AM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
That's still no excuse.  I'm betting the weak ending has more to do with time constraints to make the holiday release.  I wouldn't be surprised at all if large portions of the single player were excised to make the release date.  A similar issue almost happened with Half Life 2, as detailed in the outstanding Final Hours piece over on Gamespot.  

The issue isn't as much the ending itself but the pacing.  There's really no indication you're playing the last level of the game.  

I seriously doubt that Halo 3 will be a launch title.  Xbox 2 launches in one year.  It took Bungie 3 years to deliver Halo 2 on a platform they already had experience with.  I'm betting on Halo 3 positioned to go day and date with PS3's North American release.

Wow. You list time constraints and then point out they had 3 years. If *anything* is evident with the release of Halo2, it's that it was all methodical. The ILoveBees thing, the tatoo'd release date. I don't think they cut a thing. They are intending to have downloadable content, and maybe theres something to the single player there, but I gotta tell you I'm pretty happy with the game, AND the ending...

**************SPOILER WARNING********************
After a 12hr game, I really don't want full closure on what happens, and Regret's invasion of earth didn't do the full-scale Covenant justice. This game is meant to build on the Halo dynasty, and have us looking forward to the next. Halo1 had the same ending, and SHORTER.  The only difference is that rather than MC finishing off the ring, the game took a different twist and resolved the brute uprising. Rather than having the risk of One Halo going off, there's 6 or 7 to worry about... and their all available to Truth. MC also has to get Cortana back, and the whole tentacle plot is yet to unfold.

If they're going to open this up to encompass global war, they're better off pushing it out on the next hardware. The normalization mapping (although awesome when functioning) was almost distracting when it was failing. I want to see more, but I'm more than satisfied with what I have.

As to it not being a launch title, I doubt very much that Halo3 hasn't been in production since they had the Xbox Next dev kits there. The plotline is already there, and I'm sure they've been working on a "what effects did we want that hardware limitations pooched in Halo2" list. I truly don't think that MS would launch XBox2 without a halo title. Whether its 2.5 or whatever, I just don't see it happening. I'm sure they've been gearing Bungie for it; and if this game feels "incomplete" or is too open, I'd look at it as an indicator the next one is already in full swing. My 2 cents.

Oh, I don't know if anyone noticed this, but Laura Prepon does the voice for the female marines. As soon as I heard her voice (and attitude) I *knew* it was Donna (that 70's show). slywink I confirmed it in the credits when I finished it today. Tomorrow I watch disk 2. biggrin

As far as the Arbiter goes, I'm happy they have him in it. It adds to the game, and I found when I was running around as MC later I kept turning on my flashlight, hoping to go invisible.  :lol:

The flood are awesome in Halo2. From reanimating corpses you've just killed to the new tentacle animations, they seem less like they're from House of the Dead. As far as dealing with em, cut em, burn em or blow em up so you don't have to deal with them again (destroyed corpses will not be reanimated). It's wicked to see how resourceful the flood is in this game; it drives the point home that they are ultimately unstoppable. In Halo1 you hated the carriers cuz they acted like walking grenades... this time you hate them *for* the flood, not the explosion. They learn weapons/vehicles, they adopt shields: they're badass. If you can't handle the flood, help Truth finish em off. I'll be down in the trenches with my plasma sword. slywink
16983  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's Wrong With You People??!?? on: November 10, 2004, 10:27:47 AM
I'm staying offline to avoid spoilers to the storyline in Halo2.
16984  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 10, 2004, 10:21:57 AM
Quote from: "Kagath"
Actually I do have another question: I use a college network and did so last time but I connected the Xbox directly to the network. Is a router needed or will a switch work if I want to use both my PC and Xbox now? I have a D-Link DSS-5+ switch.

That depends on your network. If the college network is set up for DHCP and you're allowed multiple IP addresses, you should be fine with whichever (as the switch will need every device to have it's own IP). I'd suggest keeping your PC behind the router for the firewall / NAT protection it offers. It's not perfect, but it is better than nothing.
16985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 10, 2004, 12:25:06 AM
Quote from: "Kagath"
So are the bans happening from the having the mod chips, a bigger hard drive, or what? I have a system that I have used before with no problems and it was put together by my brother from other non-working broken systems. I have a new Live kit that I want to use, but don't want to waste it if I am just going to be banned the minute I connect.

want a 2 month free trial first? PM me for a key. As far as the hardware is concerned, I would suggest calling MS first. *If* the parts came from xbox's and their not aftermarket, it should work fine. That's exactly what the "refurbished" xboxes are.
16986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 11:57:52 PM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
And to clarify, a mod chip doesn't allow people to cheat in online games.  Period.  

So I'm not sure why cheaters are even mentioned here.

The reason I initially mentioned it is the Xbox OS and platform is "closed". By modding it you're potentially running another OS on top of it, and/or alter the behaviour of the software (on your HDD perhaps Tongue) . It's not easy, but it can be done. DoS attacks, malware and general mischief would run rampant were MS to not defend their product; a product I'm PAYING THEM for.

LE, as to the idea that you can turn it into a flowerpot; yes, you can. However, just because you BOUGHT it doesn't mean you own the DATA on the hard disk; you are held libel any damages, potential or real for reverse engineering, alteration, distribution, etc, etc. Since the Live portion is software, they have every right to shut it down. They've not disabled the NIC; they've only severed that hardware from their own network.

As to a warning; why? Why should people who are using their product in the intended fashion need warning? I'm sure you (hypothetically) wouldn't call them up at 1-800-4my-xbox and say "Hi, yeah, um, I like your product and I'm going to start stealing it right now, mmkay? Okay then. Buhbye."

There *is* no dialog between the pir8 and the big-bad-company. Mod chip's primary use is for theft, plain and simple. (I don't buy the "region" BS, that potential market is a leaky little canoe in the middle of the pacific compared to the burgeoning armada of software pirates and their damned parrots). So I'm not going to send out a newsletter to the local theives union 437 about the security measures I'll be taking to protect my home, unless the value lies in deterrent.

*MS HAS NEVER *EVER* CONDONED CHANGING THE HARDWARE CONFIG OF THE XBOX. They are enforcing that on their Live network. If you have factory provided goods; you're fine. If you like tinkering; tinker away. But forget about live.

MS has made statements to warn off pirates / modded xbox's from using Live. Consider it warning enough. I won't be using my megaxkey or my kbd/mouse adapter when the network cable is in. <Shrug>

:?:  Now, LE, why have you put SO MUCH effort into a thread on a product you don't use, have access to, support or even LIKE?  :?

/edit: tried to sooth inflamation. slywink
16987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 06:10:07 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
I would like to remind you that he has a history of posting somewhat extreme opinions. Please don't fall into the trap of getting into a nasty argument.

Ya think? slywink I'm tryin' my damnedest, man.  biggrin
16988  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 05:59:35 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Seriously, if I'd modded my XBox and Microsoft pulled this shit on me, I'd never buy another XBox product again (I'd pirate anything I wanted to play).

#1 - questionable reasoning there. If they deny me access to a service they provide, when I have FULL KNOWLEDGE of the acceptable usage and EULA agreements including having modified hardware, then I'm entitled to get pissy and feel justified in stealing from their product line (which hurts the software devs as much as MS)? :roll:  Next time you get a ticket for a traffic violation, go shoot the cop's relatives.

#2 - How is it shit? It's a sight better than having cheats and hacks to online games. And FYI, Sony would do it if their infrastructure could handle it. Every company is worried about piracy. Sony has denied COUNTRIES access to their product based on piracy levels in that market.

#3 - He got caught; he knew the risks. It's not like it's a surprise. It's not like they sent a special packet to his Xbox to disable the bios, rendering it useless. He just can't come out and race in a "no mods" racing event with a suped up 'box.

#4 - Suck it up, buttercup .  Tongue As I understand it, Eco isn't all that broken up about it. He's got his replacement plan, and he still has a perfectly good "offline" Xbox. <shrug>
16989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I have succumbed to consolitis! on: November 09, 2004, 03:47:55 PM
Quote from: "JCC"
The thing is you're really NOT playing a FPS on a console. You are playing a First Person adventure with shooting in it. There's a big difference.

:roll: Aw crap, not *this* again. She's got a freakin' arm dedicated to shooting. Shoo-ting. Shoe T'ang. Blammo. Batteries not included. See store for details, offer good while quantities last. This coupon carries no cash value, and forgot it's credit card at home.

That being said, the game is fun enough to play, although I found myself missing the 2d version pretty bad since this game is considerably smaller and all the "exploration" points are blatantly obvious. For instance: spider tracks, hmm, do I have to come back here later? The bomb+ball was used in the 2d to explore the glass ceiling. Glass. As in transparent.

I also agree with the controls in "exploration" as they aren't obtrusive. I would have preferred options to change layout, as I'm not a big fan of the controller and the Z button, or the little yellow joystick.

I'd stick through it so you can get the story out of it, but after beating it I've never picked it up again.
16990  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox KB & Mouse adapter (HALO2) Anyone tried it? on: November 09, 2004, 03:34:01 PM
mine shipped from Lik-Sang 2 weeks ago, and it still hasn't shown up.
16991  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 - It's ON! (impressions thread) on: November 09, 2004, 02:56:52 PM
I dunno how cold it is where you (the reader) are,  but DAMN was it freakin' cold here in Winnipeg last night.

I waited from 11:50 - ~1:30. I could have gone to a rental store to get it (my buddy works there, would have been NO problem coming in at the back) but I had traded games in to get 2 copies of Halo2 and an xbox cheaper (see below). The spare system and the other copy was a birthday present for my bro.

To get the discount : Trade 5 games for half-price Xbox, 3 more for free halo2, and 3 more+ 10CAD for Halo2LE.

I got the games to trade in at an avg of 7.10CAD each (x11) + 118CAD total cash forked over. It works out in the end to about 48% savings of the $380 ticket price (incl. tax) on all 3.

That, and I wanted my halo2 RFN.  biggrin


Game impressions? It sucks...

...all of my time up like a sponge.

It's more hectic than Halo1; especially with the dual wield. I'm getting used to not throwing the wrong weapon down when dual-wielding. At this point I'm in the same place that the demo movie came out last year. Damn it's fun.

 :x stuck at work.  :evil:
16992  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 Reviews - IGN/Gamespot/Gamespy (Poss. Spoilers) on: November 08, 2004, 04:41:17 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
Quote from: "Chaz"
So, should movie reviewers dock a film because it's only 90 minutes long as opposed to two hours long?  Should a book reviewer take points off if a novel is less than 250 pages?  If the single player is long enough to give a complete experience, then it's long enough.  Video games are the only artistic medium that has people consistently complaining about the size of a work.  A game should be as long as it needs to be, and not be held up to some arbitrary judgement of how long it "should" be.

I think the problem is that games cost $40 to $50, and people expect a reasonable dollar-to-hour ratio. I get disappointed when I hear a title I've been really anticipating can be finished in under 10 hours.

And the co-op, the online play and the staggering amount of multiplayer fun doesn't work out to more than 50 hours? I guarantee you that on single-player alone, I've blown an easy 50+ hrs with Halo1. (3 times through gets that, as playing on legendary doubles, if not triples) the time it takes to get through the game.
16993  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Last-minute pre-order... EQ2 or WoW? on: November 08, 2004, 04:38:36 PM
Quote from: "Toe"

Christ, can we a NSFW warning on that link?  slywink

I feel so dirty....  :twisted:
16994  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 Reviews - IGN/Gamespot/Gamespy (Poss. Spoilers) on: November 08, 2004, 04:25:41 PM
Damn you bastards. I wanted to be the one to use ARBITRARY first.


Yeah, so my aunt is buggin' me ... my AUNT-icipation. Gah. 14:33 to go. <sigh>

What's with the Halflife2 tangent in here? I'm having a hard enough time coping with a 14+hr delay for Halo2; Now I'm gonna start counting until November 17 12:01am PST . Not fair.

 Ignorance is bliss; you just took away my happiness. :x
16995  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 Headset by Plantronics on: November 07, 2004, 02:22:23 PM
The one they're selling for Halo2 is a pretty nice headset, and has really good noise reduction. (I use one at work)

Given the cost of the same headset for a phone at a decent discount (seen here 50US for a headset isn't bad. The MSRP for a single item purchase is 128US.
16996  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Panic! SATA devices. on: November 07, 2004, 02:11:51 PM
since your board will also have PATA controller, you could always go with a converter for your last Serial drive.

Otherwise you're forcing your controller to work through your PCI bus rather than having it's own allocated path on the board.

Since you'd only be putting one device on the PATA controller, you shouldn't see much difference in the performance (you wouldn't have seen much anyways).

here's one for 10US (ebay)
16997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: November 06, 2004, 01:34:03 PM
Quote from: "Gryndyl"
Set life bars to smallest? I can see how that would allow you to drop opponents faster but wouldn't it mean they could drop you that much faster also?  I can just see Ein dropping me out cold on the floor with one of those lightning fast 6 hit combos the AI is so good at.

trust me, the smaller the lifebars the better. That way you spend less time dancing with harder guys later on.
16998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: November 06, 2004, 01:32:14 PM
I've got it rented now, and have puit about 2 hours into it. I've just recieved the amazon summon.

I gotta say the humour is right on the money. The gameplay can be annoying (I agree with you on the camera rotation) and the fact that you can't angle farther back. I'd prefer being able to see a little more forward.

If I purchased the game at full price I'd be trading it as soon as I was done the game (based on the fact that I'd want something more out of it, like cash value) If I bought this one used or reduced $$, it is definately worth a $30 pricetag.
16999  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 cd key questions and steam on: November 05, 2004, 08:14:59 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
Dammit warning! quit following me around!

:roll: judging the timestamps, I'd say *you* are the one following warning around. slywink
17000  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Racial Traits Revealed!!! on: November 05, 2004, 08:11:18 PM
meh, the short little smarmy bastards had it coming.

"we work with stone, so shut up and get out". Little freaks.
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