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17201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PR-PC] Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War -> Gone Gold on: September 07, 2004, 07:08:15 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
You don't have to collect resources, they build up depending on what buildings you have built (that's my explaination at least).

You earn points based on holding strategic positions; you can fortify these positions further, and much like starcraft you have VERY different races playing.  ... for instance the "angelic" race (I forget their names) were banished and are now in the act of returning. They can teleport full buildings around as long as you've built the waygates at the different location(s).

Quote from: "AgtFox"
You build different places like Barracks, Turrets, etc.  There's a lot of research involved so you can get higher level characters, bases and weapons.

I guess if I was to paint it into a's a cross between C&C and WarCraft III except with lasers and shit. slywink

You also have some Civ or HOMM; you get heros and as soldiers see battle and research is forged you can raise the ranks of some soldiers. Also, you can tie heros (an individual) to a particular group so that they act as his honour guard. They get special benefits from said officer too.

Quote from: "AgtFox"
I should have read the readme file, but I never found how to tie a group into a number like you could in C&C...if it does have that it would be a heck of a lot easier to keep tabs on squads.  I'm guessing it has it, but it is not the Cntrl-# method of C&C.

I can't think of it offhand, but it is in there. (it's been a while since I played the beta... I got into the closed beta about 3 months ago but work and FFXI had kept me from devoting more time to it.)

Quote from: "AgtFox"
The only other problem is that multiplayer games can take several hours, especially the "Conquer All" ones...although you can make allies and take out everyone.

Aren't they ALL that way?

Oh, and I love the equipment delivery of the orcs .... they crash a ship into the location and then the workers salvage what they need. So wasteful, so funny. biggrin
17202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / (star ocean) It isn't just me!!! on: September 07, 2004, 07:00:41 PM
I was thinking of borrowing a PS2 to play this; I've reconsidered. If Fable can be compared to a Homosexual Marriage Simulator, it would seem that Star Ocean is a Reptilian Sodomy Roulette game. Tongue slywink

Unless we're going to be seeing a preview for it ... *hint* *hint*.. biggrin
17203  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: September 06, 2004, 09:15:27 PM
Pardon the language...
( I figured it would be OK considering our FMJ quotes... Tongue )
"You know, Mrs.[...], you need a license to buy a dog, to drive a car - hell,
you even need a license to catch a fish.
But they'll let any butt-reaming asshole be a father."
17204  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Burnout 3 Live encounters.. on: September 04, 2004, 03:02:59 AM
I'm lookin' forward to spoiling your pretty little cars.

Anyone interested in Live play late next week?
17205  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: September 04, 2004, 02:54:29 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
"As a reward you will each receive sixteen pounds of Monterrey Jack cheese and the continent of Australia."

dammit. I know this one. Cheesy acting; I was going to say it sounded like something outta an old tv show (Rescue Rangers) but I'd say either Rescuers down under or Cats n Dogs?
17206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the gaming world needs is MEDIA BLACKOUTS ... [RANT] on: September 04, 2004, 12:59:12 AM
Dammit, I can't go through one goddamned day without seeing another review for a game that isn't out yet *coughFablecough*, and all of them are daring to review lower and lower.... what's sad is that they're not rating the game on fun factor, neat interactions or interesting developments with having NPC interactions dictated by AI.
No; they're rating it on what it DOESN'T have in it.

The fact that the game is built differently than other games doesn't seem to phase them. The tune goes something like this:

Final Fantasy VII-X use paper mache to build the world. It is photorealistic (compared to games of their time) and the storyline is compelling; however everything in the game is static or a scripted event. They always add a wierdo pseudo-powerup tweak to the setup to make them different, yet somehow the same. Guardians, materia, and the like have been varied; but arguably they've released the same game for the past 4 iterations. This isn't a bad thing; look at the success of Madden. Oh, and I still love FF (so I'm not a hater).

Someone decides, after the world has seen hundreds of other games use the same model, to make a compelling game using a much more dynamic material; lets use lego as a decent modular contrast to paper mache; and what do they get lambasted for? Not including horses, children, and the possibility of playing multiplayer or doing away with invisible walls (which are perfectly acceptable in games that are the "darlings" of the RPG genre). As a matter of fact, some of the same sites handing out glowing scores to games which amount to the predictability of common anime plotlines and about as much flexibility as a TV show have turned and indicated that Fable is rigid, and "pubescent"*. (*see 1up).

If KOTOR or Half-Life had the media coverage that Fable / Project Ego has seen they would have been picked apart before you ever got to put your spoon into their delicious digital pudding. The sour taste of the commercial review site (read:vultures bile) on your precious game would definately take a bit of a shine off of it. It's kinda like eating a cookie your older brother just licked; and you KNOW it was licked.

Showing honeymoon videos before the wedding day is just plain f**ked up. Pete, Big Blue Box, you shoulda toned it down until release. You should have only given copies out 2 days before market. Make it a f**king surprise for the whole world to enjoy.

Plunging review numbers are just a way for commercial review sites to "prove" they are critical of gaming :roll: cuz they can rape you over; the gamers have no point of reference and your review scores are old news before a single box hits the shelf.

This truly is a project ego; it's funny(in a sad way) to see all of the bigtalker commercial critic sites come out and cut down a game that we, as consumers, can't even touch yet.

I hate you all. :x

/end rant

PS. Peter, take some advice from a nice bunch of irish boys:
"Don't let the bastards grind you down" - U2
17207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Delayed to Q1 '05 on: September 04, 2004, 12:46:20 AM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Purge, that link almost called me to single-handedly lose my job today as I laughed my ass off.  :shock:  biggrin  Cool

biggrin Glad I could help  :lol:
17208  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Holographic Disc to Store One Terabyte of Data on: September 03, 2004, 07:33:41 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"

Tim, call a nurse over.

 :oops:  :   :evil:

Not *THAT* kind of nurse! The kind that keeps her clothes ON.

 :? :shock:  Ron, get your hands off her.... stethoscope.  :x

17209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Burnout 3: Takedown [Xbox/PS2] on: September 03, 2004, 07:31:03 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
This is a game that rewards you for not being very good at it, right?  Like you get more points for crashing and stuff?  If so, there shouold b a few of us that are absolutely unstoppable!

And lo; He will log into live and rule them all; and all will worship the Purge; master of Burnout 3.

(aka ranked at 1,098,7761 in PGR2)  :lol:

Seeing the videos on IGN reminded me of that lovely little game where you push a guy down the stairs for points; or their newer run-the-truck-off-ramps-into-a-building-for-points.

Both of those games ate up weeks of my life. biggrin too bad I don't remember the name. Please don't remind me; I can't afford to lose any more time and I'm sure they won't take me back into the 12step program again.
17210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG news discussion] Game Sales Down? on: September 03, 2004, 07:25:29 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Well now, that's just silly talk! Gamers don't go outside, you f00l. Not now, not never! Viva la Revolucion!

Or bathe. Or breathe with their mouthes closed.  :roll:
17211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SW Battlefront = Gold on: September 03, 2004, 07:23:23 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Of course, the report on him taking over scripting for Indy 4 confirms for me that the project is (thankfully) dead. smile

Why couldn't he pull an Elvis and just go away??
17212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Second phase of Half-Life 2 pre-load? on: September 03, 2004, 06:06:04 PM
I dunno about that sept 30 timeframe. EB has pushed their time back to Nov 1.
17213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SW Battlefront = Gold on: September 03, 2004, 06:04:39 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
What's going to be sad is if the game is more fun than the newly revised versions that will hit DVD on that date. I am looking forward to this, right now I'm stumped as to which version to buy.

The game; cuz if greedo's shooting first it ain't MY star wars movie.
17214  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Holographic Disc to Store One Terabyte of Data on: September 03, 2004, 06:03:24 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
In holo-goodness no less! W00T!!!!!!111

Now you can sell off that SAN storage device and all them piddly RAID5 controllers. Good job; should save you money on electricity. Tongue
17215  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: September 03, 2004, 06:02:05 PM
Yes it is. You're up!!
17216  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My morning....ehhh....not so good. on: September 03, 2004, 05:59:52 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
I don't have a mullet!  I leave that to the professionals like Solid Snake, the Mullet Commando.

I dunno... you seem the mullet type.

Here's a quick test-

If your parents got divorced; would they still be brother and sister? Tongue

jk! oww, not in the ear! :lol:
17217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG news discussion] Game Sales Down? on: September 03, 2004, 05:56:31 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
"Yea, that's a harp....and that's a dress."


devil : "Plus, I can do this..." <one-armed hand-stand>
guard : "But I don't see how.."
angel : " No, no. He's got a point".

I ran to the bathroom at that one... almost made it too  :oops:   biggrin
17218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG news discussion] Game Sales Down? on: September 03, 2004, 05:54:12 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Quote from: "Purge"
Oh, Ron, I don't know if I mentioned this to you... there were a couple women who checked out of the same hotel we were in at E3 2003 and they  claimed they were texture artists for valve... working on TF2. Since it's supposed to be using the HL2 engine, it really wouldn't surprise me... I mean hey, Doom3 went gold.

Were they cute? And did they know what they were doing? smile

One of them was definately "programmer" class. (shudder) The texture artist that I was talking to was cute, in a bookworm kinda way.  :lol:
17219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wanna play Dragon Empires? on: September 03, 2004, 05:51:02 PM
Mike and I got to see it in action last year in the Codemasters booth (behind the godawful "American Idol" set.)

The game had some promising features, but the only impressive things we saw in the game was the water effects on the coastline (amazing stuff).

If I were to pine for a lost MMORPG game, it would be TFLO or Warhammer before this one. I wasn't really interested in it.

Edit: I still have videos of it if you want to pine for it.
17220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Burnout 3: Takedown [Xbox/PS2] on: September 03, 2004, 05:47:06 PM
I've not been following this title. Is it Live multiplayer? I just downloaded the IGN videos for it a couple days ago and it looked pretty sweet.. I love the blurring for speed effects.

If it's Live, "IN!"

That trend's not going away any time soon, I think.  :wink:
17221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Delayed to Q1 '05 on: September 03, 2004, 02:21:55 AM
Good. I don't need more games to buy in 2004. Polish it up, Bethesda, and make it SHINE.
I don't just mean bump-mapping; set it as the dark gem of all survival horror games.

For your amusement, I've also opted to use the IMG tags while we wait for 2005.

See for more....
17222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG news discussion] Game Sales Down? on: September 03, 2004, 02:12:58 AM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
You know how in the movies, the little angel and devil appear on the person's shoulder and proceed to argue?  In my case, the angel doesn't even bother to show up.

Have you ever seen Emporer's New Groove? My angel is WAY outclassed by the devil.  :twisted:

I see myself working a lot of overtime.
17223  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fines for using cell phone in library on: September 03, 2004, 02:07:20 AM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
Text messaging is "use".  

Does anyone else see the vibrate function coming up in the news with another "inappropriate" use in a library? (and two very distinctly different fines involved)   :twisted:  
That would rank up there with toilet paper tube and gerbil story.  biggrin
17224  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My morning....ehhh....not so good. on: September 03, 2004, 02:02:42 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Yep, ex  military, but my wife is my Allstate Rep.  

And that is pretty fair assessment.  I'm 5'11" and about 240lbs.  Black jeans yes, but with a dress-casual shirt.  And yes, I did rag-doll his sorry ass around.

And the mullet. Don't forget the mullet. Tongue

 Ron's not a "pretty" man, but he sure as hell would be the first person *I* pick to be on my team in a fight.
17225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG news discussion] Game Sales Down? on: September 02, 2004, 06:48:42 PM
Only PC and XBOX for me... according to the list (and order) of games in the EBGames release list :
* Strong likelyhood; rental or review will swing this
- piqued my curiousity...

XMen Legends*
DOA Ultimate**
Otogi 2*
Bard's Tale**
Prince o' Persia 2*
SC:Chaos Theory*
Ghost Recon 2**
MechAssault 2**

Whenever it comes out (both are slated for this year) ...  :roll:
Half-Life 2**
Team Fortress 2**

Oh, Ron, I don't know if I mentioned this to you... there were a couple women who checked out of the same hotel we were in at E3 2003 and they  claimed they were texture artists for valve... working on TF2. Since it's supposed to be using the HL2 engine, it really wouldn't surprise me... I mean hey, Doom3 went gold.

Maybe there's a duke game coming yet.  

Purge holding breath : :oops:
17226  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / HERO! Whoa...awesome movie on: September 02, 2004, 12:19:41 AM
Quote from: "Jack Burton"
Not really.  The three main characters in Storm Riders are Wind, Cloud and Frost.  The storylines between the two are way different.

Forgive me; it's been a while. smile
17227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Disucssion: Fable [Xbox] on: September 02, 2004, 12:05:46 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
And if you have all kinds of heal potions available, that brings death to mind - from the sound of it, you can't die with one of these potions on you, let alone 15. Where's the challenge in that?

It looks like for some reason the Full Spectrum Warrior syndrome strikes again. First AvP, now this.  If I wanted mickey mouse gloves on my entertainment, I'd go to disney world.

It's $#it like this post (damn you whiteboy) that piss me off. Tongue I don't wanna hear good or bad; I didn't read the review I just looked at the scores.  I wanna be surprised and happy with the game; not disappointed before the product is even available. Fable is SOOO hyped it didn't need these sites reviewing them 3 weeks in advance, DAMMIT.

I'm hoping it's a misinterpretation from IGN(such as the quests being key to the story); they've got their own heads so far up their asses that I doubt it's possible for them to see the screen without the combination of  relaxing their  sphincter, a small hand mirror, and the  liberal use of a 12" anal Speculum.  :evil:

I'll trust it when I see it from a real review site. (CG guys?? any time soon?)

IGN 'Game Review', my ass*.

*sorry, couldn't resist the pun
17228  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: September 01, 2004, 09:02:35 PM
Quote from: "jimmyorr99"
Airplane or Airplane2?


Jimmy, yer up! smile
17229  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: September 01, 2004, 09:00:32 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Purge, your quote of choice strikes me as a reference from "The Abyss." I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and presume you meant the director's cut of it too. slywink

I was going to go with the "It looks like you guys are gonna be out of a job" from the directors cut at the end, when the ship captain (above sea) is talking to the op commander. I couldn't think of what came before it and the quote by itself is WAY to obscure to stand alone.

I try to go for enjoyable rather than difficult. I'm not trying to stump people, just make 'em remember cool scenes from some of my favorite movies. biggrin
17230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon 2 ... Woo Hoo!! on: September 01, 2004, 08:45:15 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
Just edit the first post in the topic, and change the subject when you do.

Problem solved biggrin

Done and Done. slywink

As far as the PS2 release / Shanghai version is concerned; I don't care about it (as I can really only afford so much time for games) ... the Xbox / Red Storm release will do me fine.

The fact that the PS2 will be using the Unreal Engine and the Havok physics  rather than the proprietary GR2 engine doesn't impress me one bit. Once a Tango is down, he's down. I don't need to shoot his body slywink. I'm guessing they're going with the Unreal & Havok engines to circumvent having to develop the game any further than necessary; they have a relatively short timeline 'till market release.

The only thing the Shanghai office has ever released that impressed me was the SC:PT multiplayer game. ( I believe it was them)  The single player was on more obvious rails than the first Splinter Cell .... hell, at least Panzer Dragoon Orta had branching paths (and it was built for rails). The next logical step for SC was a less linear path to reach the mission destination; Ubi Shanghai missed the boat on that one.
17231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon 2 ... Woo Hoo!! on: September 01, 2004, 06:23:59 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Looks like Shanghai is doing the PS2 and Red Storm is handling the Xbox and PC.  

Does this mean I gotta start a new thread called "Ghost Recon 2 ... Woo Hoo!!" ??
17232  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: September 01, 2004, 05:59:11 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
"There is no racial bigotry here. I do not look down on niggers, kikes, wops or greasers. Here, you are all equally worthless."

That's the tamest quote from Full Metal Jacket. slywink Glad you didn't dump the "reach-around" one on us. Tongue

New quote -
"He's showing signs of pressure-induced psychosis, and he's got a nuclear weapon. So as a personal favor to me, will you try to put your tongue in neutral for a while? "
17233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon 2 ... Woo Hoo!! on: August 31, 2004, 11:36:00 PM
Nooooo! I would have preferred having Red Storm do the Xbox version. After seeing the use of ENGRISH in SC:PT I'm leery of the Shanghai studio.
17234  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / HERO! Whoa...awesome movie on: August 31, 2004, 11:30:43 PM
Quote from: "Jack Burton"
cult classic Storm Riders.

Isn't Hero based on some of the same characters as Storm Riders?
17235  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: August 31, 2004, 11:23:40 PM
WBS ... wheres the next quote?
17236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rainbow Six or Ghost Recon on: August 31, 2004, 03:49:33 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
I don't know, regardless I just couldn't sit and read "jimmyorr99" 's post and not say something.

I haven't read a statement on these baords where I got the vibe that the person giving criticism hadn't actually played the game in a long time, if ever. Sort of pushed one of my buttons I suppose.

I've been known to use the phrase : "Cherish your experiences; use silence to respect that which you know nothing about." That's why I'm generally not in the sports section of the forums. slywink

I dunno if jimmy hadn't played it, or just hadn't given it a fair shake. Since both games are Ubi/Clancy, there's really no "knockoff" status as they both cater to firearms conflict; but the scope of each rarely overlap.
17237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rainbow Six or Ghost Recon on: August 31, 2004, 11:01:17 AM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
I'm forced to wonder.. have you even played[/i] any of the Ghost Recon games? Cheap knock-off of Rainbow Six?

I agree. The Rainbow 6 team is an anti-terrorist squad-based combat; usually in urban settings. It's Counterstrike, done with Clancy and way more atmosphere.

The Ghosts are recon for field work, and are the "Silent tip of the arrow" in preventing full scale wars. That's right from the intro, although I'm sure the quote is wrong.

On the PC I'd say R6 : Raven Shield is the better game (as you can still do mission planning, maps are larger, and there's way more weapons). On Xbox, I ultimately prefer GR although RS isn't a bad game by any stretch of the imagination.
17238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Castlevania fans rejoice...Garlic Ice Cream on: August 31, 2004, 02:21:01 AM
Hard Vanilla ice cream smothered in a VERY dark semi-sweet dip.
Place in a cone and sprinkle with walnuts or roasted almond flakes while the chocolate is hardening.... If you premix the ice cream with amaretto, it won't be as hard, but the dip will hold it well enough. The taste is...[salivation]
Sorry, where was I ?
17239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rainbow Six or Ghost Recon on: August 31, 2004, 02:15:03 AM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
Both games are fantastic.
But they are a little different.

There you have it... brief-style.  In case it isn't obvious, I love both games, and could never choose between the two.

If you still aren't sure, figure out if you want more outside long range type missions, or more close quarters type missions.  That may help you decide.

1. "You have a targeting cursor only" - True... which means you see more in GR but don't get to see the cool modelling. It's neither good or bad; it's the smallest factor (for me). I'd say the targetting reticule is the bigger difference; GR is less forgiving than RS3 and RS3:BA as it requires you to AIM. Tongue

2.  Rather than focusing on sniper rifles, focus on shotguns. If you take a shotty in GR (I don't recall if there IS one) you'd die. A lot. The range of the sub, assault and sniper class rifles are (generally) required to get the job done.

3.  "Ghost Recon uses an older engine, and it shows..." VERY MUCH so. Raven Shield looks better. Functionally, it's not as vast as the GR series and the graphics are more immersive in GR than Raven Shield. In RS3; basically you're shooting people around corners, and the triggers are really obvious.

4.  "Ghost Recon has some pretty kick-ass atmosphere."  I agree. GR brings surround sound and shows you how to use it.  I didn't find RS3 to be much help with it, although the voice comm was fantastic. The thing is, GR lets you move your troops via a map which is much nicer (overall)

5.  " Black Arrow has more options for multiplayer " And bullets miss people, and it's just an expansion pack for 40US. I have it; I'm gonna be trading it in for Fable. I've already beat the crap outta RS3 (original), so it's been traded. I don't own any GR right now, Island Thunder was the same thing as RS3:BA (should have had more; added a ton of new weapons and *way* more maps to be truly enjoyable).

I'd recommend getting either RS3 or RS3:BA used (they're practically the same game) or either GR or GR:IT used. Save your "new" title for GR2 this fall. It apparently goes 3rd person; but it does mean you have a better peripheral vision. Plus there's a 1st person mode for the better gamers.

and *that* is my humble opinion.

"Take my advice; I'm not using it anyways" - unknown
17240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Disucssion: Fable [Xbox] on: August 31, 2004, 01:54:58 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
I'm in no way surprised that playing soccer with a person's head will be shown, but having sexual relations with someone else is blacked out all in the same game. It shows where American censors' values and opinions lay, in my opinion.

/rant off

Just like the last election; the american people voted Gore over Bush. slywink

errr... and then got Bush. who then brought gore.  :roll:

[/anything political]
SAFETY DISCLAIMER : As to the note above; it's a play on words, not a political debate. Puns *ARE* allowed. Tongue

I'm hoping I can be a shoe salesman and get married to a busty redhead who lives for spandex. I'm gonna call her "Peg". Too bad they pulled the children thing. <sigh>
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