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16961  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.
16962  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)
16963  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.
16964  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.
16965  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
16966  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.
16967  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I'm back (with a new name) on: November 05, 2004, 07:51:06 AM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
You've posted 3 times in this thread already. You need practice at this whole lurking thing.


Hey, are deliberately trying to step on the lurkers TOWS?

. . . hmmm, gives me an idea . . .

Paramount pictures proudly presents ...
an M.Shamalyan film.

Deep within the hidden shoe,
At the far reaches of the unseen foot,
dwells... THE LURKERS TOWS


... a nailbiting horror flick, of course. slywink
16968  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Channel51.org on: November 05, 2004, 07:45:00 AM
even if the Athena name wasn't a givaway, check out the video for 01.Sci-Ops ... they show Samus there.
16969  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / iexplorer error on: November 05, 2004, 07:20:30 AM
Actually, I've seen this come up on non-SP2 machines, and even Windows 2000 Adv. Server( IE6x).

I keep meaning to look into it.  Ah well.
16970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm bored again... need a PC game recommendation on: November 05, 2004, 07:17:51 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Sadly, Notepad is a better game than Doom 3.


Oo, I think I played that one... isn't that the spiritual sequel to Edlin? I hear they have a unix port for it now, and they upped the difficulty level. Check out VI. slywink I can't wait for VII.
16971  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Network/Workgroup Password Help on: November 02, 2004, 05:09:39 PM
Eco, how did that work out for ya?
16972  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm bored again... need a PC game recommendation on: November 02, 2004, 04:54:41 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Doom 3 is, in two words, "the suck."

Stay far, far, FAR away from that overhyped turd.


 :shock: I think we agree, LE. I wouldn't say the program sucks, just the idea that it's a "game" that really stinks. It is a beatifully rendered tech demo with a basic (and *VERY* lacking) interface. Maybe Id needed to wish upon a star. It worked for Pinoccio; there's no reason why Doom3 couldn't turn into a *real* game.

Speaking of wood, how about shinying up your crowbar? You've only got another 2 weeks to wait for HalfLife2.
16973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-Men Legends is wayyyyyyyyyyyyy too hard! on: November 02, 2004, 04:50:02 PM
I found the game incredibly hard.

My brother-in-law would constantly "help out" by throwing exploding barrels at whichever target I was in melee combat with. retard

slywink
16974  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LOTR: Third Age Review!! on: November 02, 2004, 01:47:40 PM
Quote
You can also play co-op with a friend. By selecting co-op in the game menu, and by plugging in another controller, gamers can share in their orc stomping duties. When playing co-op, one player will receive exclusive navigation of the menu, so there's no need to worry about your friend messing anything up.


Usually multiplayer gets it's own section, or at least not tacked onto the "Noticable Extras" section. I dunno, did he even try it? If so, for how long? 20 minutes, 3 minutes? <sigh> It seems like the whole time he spends apologizing for the lack of full-on I gotta kill these 400 green slimes so I can move on and kill the red slimes- mentality.  I'm going to rent it to see how it plays.
16975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: November 02, 2004, 01:40:34 PM
Quote from: "Gryndyl"
Ok, let me see if I understand right about getting items for the collection. Initially you just seem to get random item drops. At 50 wins (in a single session?) you get a medal and apparently unlock  special item slots. Each character has 3 special items that you have to get from them?  Why do you have to play every character? Do some just not get certain opponents are items?

Is that even vaguely right? I'm a total DOA noob-I need these things spelled out Tongue


K, lets go over this step-by-step. (since there's three versions of instructions, it can get kind of confusing).

You need to get 1 of every collectable item. Each character has an exclusive set of 3.
Ein, for instance, has a Katana, a throwing knife, and a shuriken; where Tengu has a tree, a mountain(green) and Mount Fugi (blue). So yes, you will need to play each character. This includes Hitomi.  :angry: There are also a few non-character-specific items, such as Riceball, Carrot, Lipstick, and prototype Xbox (there may be 1 or 2 more, don't remember). You'll end up getting lots of these, so don't worry.

 The last item is, as I understand it, a medallion. You only get this item for beating 50+ opponents. You can do this first if you want, or do it last. It's up to you.

Once your collection is complete, you get a second collection list, and then you'll need to fight with each character all over again to get their special item.

To get items, either defeat (gives you 1 item, lasts about 15 seconds before disappearing), or while the enemy is lying down, you should hit them. (generally it's Down+punch or Down+kick, or the Up+punch+kick)

Tengu's Up+Free+Punch+Kick I found most effective as he always knocks people back, but this is a flying drop which rarely misses.  I agree with you about Lei Fang, took longer than needed.  :roll:
16976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: November 02, 2004, 04:52:19 AM
quickest way to get the 9 items in survival.

Set to Easy (duh)
Since you're going to have to play everyone to get each item (3x3 per person) I recommend doing the following:

In battle with the first 3 - 5 people, they're chumps. Throw em to the ground, and hit em while prone. (they drop extra items that way). Quit, and start again until you have all 3 items. I've been collecting 3+ to be sure. I dunno if it's necessary though.

Damned Hitomi thing; I don't have DOA3 anymore. Waiting for a buddy to get back into town so I can borrow his. <sigh>
16977  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: November 02, 2004, 04:49:06 AM
Quote from: "Devil"
Went back and finished the story mode for DOA 3 - Finished the Story mode for DOA 2U.

Still no Hitomi  :cry:

What am I missing!!! :x


you might have to have Ein unlocked in doa3.
16978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: November 02, 2004, 01:26:32 AM
You're down to 22. You need to defend your title, yo.

Mind you, I'm tied for 1192. Tongue
16979  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I Popped the Question on: November 01, 2004, 10:42:06 PM
Gratz buddy smile

So, um, I guess you won't have time to play. 'stoo bad, I was lookin' forward to stickin' ya in Halo2. frown
16980  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm bored again... need a PC game recommendation on: November 01, 2004, 10:37:19 PM
Might I suggest Divine Divinity? There's a demo out; it's a really addictive game. slywink
16981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Projection TVs : Using them with your game consoles... on: November 01, 2004, 10:33:41 PM
Quote from: "Fuzzballx"
you left it on pause and come back from the backyard 2 hours later to find it stilll on and paused....your fucked).


That's pretty extreme. 2 hours once isn't going to be a big deal, and certainly not on newer sets. Burn in is commonly seen with ticker tape displays on stock channels from day traders who leave the same thing on ALL THE TIME. Also, your glass set can suffer from the same burnin problems, although it is more rare.

So what make/model did you end up getting?
16982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: November 01, 2004, 05:56:41 AM
Quote from: "Gryndyl"
The catch we've run into there is that some of the characters have moves that can only be completed "while standing", which apparently means you have to be in the process of getting up from the ground? Since the sparring partner just stands there it makes these seem impossible to complete since you can't knock yourself down.


Stand beside your opponent, crouch (press down) and while releasing it do the required combination. I know Zack and Leon have a move that requires this.

Oh, and completing certain exercise routines unlocks new voices for the announcer. You can then go into options : other and change the voices. I've completed most characters, and unlocked 3 or 4 voices thus far.
16983  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Mel Gibson.....idiot on: October 31, 2004, 03:02:22 PM
Quote from: "Jaddison"
The thing he has said that, to me, is the saddest comment on religion as a whole, is that his wife is going to hell because she is not a Catholic.  He said she is a saint, a good person, much better than he is, yet because she is nto a Catholic she is going to hell.


According to the RC faith, you only need to repent your sins to secure your salvation. Regardless of faith, your sins dictate your path in the afterlife. link

I'm not Catholic, but my wife is. Frankly, I think she'll end up in purgatory longer than me.  :twisted:

As to the passion of christ, it's all about justifying the faith. Christ, whether you believe him to be the son of god or not, was used as a martyr for the christian beliefs.

The sheer violence and stark nature of the movie is meant to convey that suffering. It's like being able to watch the suffering of your god, in full pain-o-vision, from the comfort of your own couch. The problem with this is that we've become so accustomed to seeing violence on the screens we watch that people will take it for being just another movie. It kind of cheapens the whole martyrdom, in my mind.

I dunno, just my ideas on the subject.
16984  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / DVI - Just how important is this??? on: October 31, 2004, 02:31:14 PM
Quote from: "Scoop20906"
Is there an adapter or way to convert and LCD to DVI if it only has an analog input?


That would render the point moot; it would still be converting to analog, and then back to digital... it would just be happening BEFORE the signal hits the screen. slywink
16985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: October 30, 2004, 03:58:27 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Thanks Loomi - I guess I gotta go back a bit on DOA3 for Hitomi.

It's not Live Aware which kinda sucks because I kept checking in a few times last night and must have missed you guys.


Plus you've got to, you know, accept a friend request. Tongue

I unlocked a few costumes (between 3 - 8 costumes for each char) and did some online gaming last night. The nice thing about the lag is that BOTH people experience it... it would be more frustrating if only one person did. I've got all but hitomi unlocked. I've beaten the story mode on normal default with Ein 4 or 5 times. <sigh> Anyone have a copy of DOA3 lyin' around? slywink
16986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sales Discussion- GTA, Halo 2, and Others on: October 30, 2004, 03:53:05 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"

Yeah but both of those factors were in place for previous games in the series.  While I think GTA is even more "mature" wrt adult content than previous GTAs I don't think the difference is great enough for any parents who deemed their kids suitable for GTA3 or VC.


Plus, those kids are older now. slywink
16987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Scaler ain't half bad on: October 30, 2004, 03:50:38 PM
Quote from: "Bullwinkle"
I'm glad you're enjoying it!  

Not a lot of response, though.  I guess the CGFE is not as powerful as the GGFE was.  So much for this forum now being the ultimate power in the universe...


Give it time... just before GG went down, this forum had less than 200 registered users... they're up a bit now. slywink

As to the power of your suggestion, I wasn't even going to rent this. Now I am. slywink (I don't generally throw down money for platformers... they've got to be REALLY good. )
16988  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR: Worth Playing Through a 2nd Time as Evil? on: October 29, 2004, 09:42:00 PM
Quote from: "Jancelot"
The evil option opens up some chilling options.  It's very cool what they did with it, but my nature tends to like to play the good guys I guess.  I think they went more for psychopath than for chilling evil guy, though.


Naw, you could be lukewarm evil. I mean hey, evil can wear bunny-slippers, right? I'm sure Darth Vader would go for a pedicure... if he still had his toes, that is.

There were moments in that game where *I* couldn't physically choose the most vile path. The wookies were one of them (I still pissed em off though) and the woman on tatooine who wanted to get off the planet.

It was just plain wrong. I don't need that kind of pseudo-karma destroying me.  :lol:
16989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rachet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal Review! on: October 29, 2004, 09:37:52 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Hank didn't use the standard CG Copyright "IN!!!".

The quotes and exclamation points are optional but the caps are not.  :wink:


Actually, I think it's a devil quote, not a CG trademark thing. slywink
Saw a preview for this game, and it looked like it's going to be a lot of fun.
16990  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What compelled you to go Console? on: October 29, 2004, 09:33:38 PM
Quote from: "Eliot"
Excellent input from all, much appreciate the comments. The first few days and I am really enjoying and beginning to understand and appreciate the comments from users.

Since I do not have broadband (except a DSL line I can use at work), is there any other way to grab patches from the net, via CD, etc?


most patches are for online components... I'd suggest watching the official Xbox magazines for updates to your games. ( occasionally you get addn'l levels or addons).

Since the free months come in a lot of games, I wouldn't be shy about trying it out at work (on the weekends of course) Be warned though, you might just enjoy it. slywink
16991  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: October 29, 2004, 09:20:30 PM
Quote from: "Gryndyl"
You need to have DOA3 to unlock one of DOA Ultimate's characters?? How does that work?


I don't know how far in you need to be, but Tecmo did the same thing with DOA XBV... your DOA3 savegame (or the presence of one, regardless of whether you still have the game or just rented it) would unlock some stuff.
16992  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: October 29, 2004, 09:19:01 PM
Quote from: "Loomi"
Quote
Apparently, you need to have a DOA3 savegame to unlock kasumi.


I think it's Hitomi you need DOA3 for.

(Is that like calling out your mistress's name when you're in bed with your wife??)


you're right, it is hitomi. I knew it didn't look right.
I'd go so far as to say it's like calling out your wifes name when you're with your mistress. retard

Thanks, Loomi. biggrin
16993  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hollywood stars inspires video game industry... on: October 29, 2004, 07:41:25 PM
Check out www.walkofgame.com and vote for your favorite character, as well as the lifetime achievement award.
16994  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LOTR: The Third Age RPG: Going to be good? on: October 29, 2004, 03:46:28 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Scott"
At least KOTOR tried to stray a bit form the same formula that has been used for years in console games.
KOTOR was built using the Aurora engine, which was originally designed for Neverwinter Nights.  That's why the game plays like a Star Wars mod for NWN.

In short, it's no more 'revolutionary' to console RPGs than Morrowind's port to XBox was--it was just a PC RPG that got released first on a console.


That's about as valid as saying a book released today is a ripoff of a book from a year ago, cuz, you know, they both have pages, and, um, a spine.

There is something to be said for the story and interaction. As I understand it, games are in the entertainment industry, not the technical industry.

But, rather than dealling with random encounters with troll; I'm gonna stay on topic here.

I really hope this game can deliver; the LOTR universe has had it's share of commercial success but since MiddleEarth is an common source of some of today's RPG staples I look to it to put out quality. It's too bad the last couple of games, although done alright, we're little more than mediocre action games.
16995  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA Ultimate? on: October 29, 2004, 02:19:58 PM
Apparently, you need to have a DOA3 savegame to unlock kasumi.
16996  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Nintendo files suit against fan...UPDATE apology issued. on: October 29, 2004, 12:44:00 PM
Here's a copy of Nintendo's letter.

It does make sense for Nintendo to enforce their trademark on companies trying to sell porn using trademarked characters; suicidegirls.com just got caught up accidentally.
16997  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Can't access 'launch system restore' on: October 29, 2004, 02:27:47 AM
did you have a previous OS on here like Windows ME, and then got an upgrade kit?
16998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: October 29, 2004, 02:11:08 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
[...]


I didn't realize you ran around looking for worse equipment, my fault. :roll:

I missed the part where they promised the ability to switch equipment ? Was the point of the game to be an RPG or to make fun of them? Why would they include the mundane tasks that they're aiming to spoof? They don't want to bore the players with inventory management.

The only knock against them, as I see it, is the fact that it shares the name A Bard's Tale. Given that it is about a bard and has common roots doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be a redux of the original. If they made a design decision, and something like that had to be VERY conscious, considering their product, then that's fine by me. It's an RPG, not an inventory management system. If you wanna play dressup rather than taking the obvious buffs, maybe you should check out Animal Crossing or DOA XBV.

They're the ones taking it to market. If that sounds horrible to you, ah well. Have you tried it yet? Do you know how well it actually works? ... if you mention review scores for the game, I'm gonna pull out the Halo ranked 9+, why didn't that score matter to you? Let's be fair, I don't expect this to be a A+++ title, but it looks at *least* rentworthy, and the humour may be worth layin' down the green. slywink

Soo.... has anyone actually played it yet? I think the stores here are supposed to get it tomorrow. I'll be renting it at the very least. I need a good laugh. biggrin
16999  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Network/Workgroup Password Help on: October 29, 2004, 01:41:48 AM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Actually, that doesn't work for me.

The only thing I see about security is under sharing and it's for local sharing.  

There is no security option under Network Sharing and Security frown


First you need to disable simple file sharing.
From an explorer window :
1) tools - folder options
2) select views tab
3) scroll to the bottom
4) remove checkmark from simple file sharing.

Now you're playing with power.
You can right-click on the folder or drive to share, and select sharing and security.
click on the New Share button and create a new share with the desired name.
Don't touch the one above (C$) it's an admin share and you shouldn't bother mucking with it.

You can also create a local group in the manage option for windows.
Right click my computer and select manage.
Click on local users and groups, and create a group called Driveshare
You can also create id's for the co-workers and set up passwords.
Add the users to the Driveshare local group.
Then go to the properties of your shared folder and give the appropriate permissions to the Driveshare group.
If only one person should be able to change content, then repeat the group creation with something like driveshareModify or something, and add them to it as well.
Give the Drivesharemodify the enhanced permission on the share, and they will inherit the better permissions, even though they are in both groups.

I'll spell this crap out if ya need it, I'm too tired to do it right now.

Now everyone should have a username and password, belong to the Driveshare group(s), and the drive has been shared and Driveshare group(s) have been given appropriate permissions. Get the other users (while logged into their machine to map the drive, and be sure to have them enter Computer\username where computer is the destination PC, and the username is the one you created for them.

Someone above mentioned using NTFS file permissions, and you are welcome to do so. I'd advise using groups on the share for security.
It's not a good idea to use the admin shares for users, so you're going to have to worry about administering share permissions anyways... no need to lock it twice. Plus, since we're talking about the drive itself if they ever log into your PC natively (from your desk) they could have a hard time depending on the NTFS permissions granted to them. To add the NTFS (file level) permissions might be taking it farther than you need to, and it can add a whole new layer of complexity with conflicting rules.

Since you may go this way, I might as well give you an idea as to how it works :

User over network Permissions= (Share permission(s) ) + (File Permission (s) ). Between the share and file permissions you always get the most restrictive based on the combination of both.

Basically, if you have L_User who needs to get to Server\Share\Folder1, and the Folder1 gives them Read/Write and Share gives them Read Only, they get Read Only. If it's reversed, it's the same thing. The R/W permission of the share is pointless as the directory is going to force read only, so they effectively only have Read.

If they belong to two groups and either the share or the folder includes both groups, they will gain the better of the two. using the example above:
L_User is part of Driveshare (read only on share, full access on NTFS)
L_User is ALSO part of Driveshare modify (read/write on share, full access NTFS)
L_User gets Read/Write on that share, as the combination of share permissions is (at best) R/W. The file permissions are FULL access, but the Share restricts it to only R/W.

And one other thing, do NOT use deny permissions. That can really mess you up unnecessarily. Deny permissions take precedence over allow permissions.        

PM or email me if you need assistance. Like I said, I'm tired right now, so I'm kinda jumping all over.
17000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: October 29, 2004, 01:28:52 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Purge"
(a "real" rpg bogs us down with crap; and we complain. A humourous RPG does away with it, and we complain again?)
I've never complained.  Did you complain?  If so, you have my condolances.

I'm sure Bard's Tale will be a fantastic find in the $5 bargain bin a couple months from now.


"Good Knight, what do you hold in that sack of yours?"
"12 potions, 4 rings, 22 swords, a marching band, a forge, and two moderate taverns. Want a lift?"

I always felt the detraction of a game when the inventory was overly generous. I mean, even D&D had weight restrictions based on strength. Surely the basis of a RPG (ROLE Playing Game), doesn't include every character having the strength of superman? where's the diversity?

I know I'm wasting my time, LE. You seem the type to cut your own nose off to spite your face. <sigh>

And no,  I don't kiss my Xbox goodnight. :roll:
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