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17201  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.
17202  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
17203  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
17204  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>
17205  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.
17206  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.
17207  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:
17208  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.
17209  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:
17210  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
17211  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.
17212  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)
17213  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.
17214  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.
17215  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
17216  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.
17217  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,

... a nailbiting horror flick, of course. slywink
17218  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 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.
17219  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.
17220  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.
17221  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?
17222  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.
17223  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

17224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LOTR: Third Age Review!! on: November 02, 2004, 01:47:40 PM
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.
17225  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:
17226  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>
17227  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.
17228  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
17229  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
17230  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
17231  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?
17232  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.
17233  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.
17234  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
17235  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
17236  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
17237  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. )
17238  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:
17239  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.
17240  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
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