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17201  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PRESS RELEASE - Bill Gates CES Keynote address. on: January 06, 2005, 06:25:08 PM
PRESS RELEASE
Gates Showcases Technology Breakthroughs, Alliances and Market Momentum That Bring Microsoft's Digital Lifestyle Vision to Life


CES Keynote Features Consumer-Focused Innovations in Music, Photos, Movies, Television, Gaming and Communications; and New Alliances With Industry Leaders Including MTV Networks, TiVo and BellSouth

LAS VEGAS - Jan. 5, 2005 - In his keynote address at 2005 International CES, Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates outlined his vision for the digital lifestyle and demonstrated a broad range of innovations that will enhance the lives of millions of people worldwide. Underscoring the importance of choice and flexibility in bringing the digital lifestyle into the mainstream, Gates showcased innovations in digital music, photos, television and movies, gaming, and communications, and showed how Microsoft and its partners are leading the industry in bringing to life the experiences consumers want.

"We are at the forefront in making broad technology investments and delivering breakthroughs that bring the digital lifestyle into the mainstream," Gates said. "Our strategy is to deliver great software and a platform for partner innovation, so consumers can choose from a vast array of devices and services that work together seamlessly and suit the way they live."

Gates unveiled groundbreaking new alliances that utilize the power and flexibility of Windows® to make consumers' digital experiences richer and more personal. Among his announcements were these:


An agreement with MTV Networks (MTVN) that will create new ways for consumers to access MTV content through a variety of digital entertainment products. As part of this agreement, MTV intends to launch a new PlaysForSure TM -compliant MTVN digital music service with portable subscription capabilities.


New digital music and video devices that expand Microsoft's PlaysForSure logo program to more than 50 currently verified devices and seven online services, ranging from small, low-cost, flash-based players to full-featured hard-disk-based units and forthcoming network-connected high-definition televisions (HDTVs) and DVD players. Gates also announced that 90 million copies of Windows Media® Player 10 have been downloaded since its launch in October.


Continued momentum around interactive entertainment, with Media Center PC sales doubling year over year, surpassing 1.4 million units globally and growing by 40 percent in just three months


An agreement with BellSouth Corp. to test next-generation TV services using Microsoft® TV IPTV Edition


Strong momentum for the Xbox® system, with industry-leading sales for the 2004 holiday season, and expected sales of more than 20 million consoles by July 2005. The "Halo® 2" game generated $125 million in revenue in its first weekend of availability, surpassing the biggest opening weekend in box-office history, for "Spiderman," which generated just under $115 million.


A new collaboration with TiVo Inc. that will enable TiVo subscribers to easily transfer their recorded TV content from a standalone TiVo Series 2 standalone digital video recorder to their Windows XP-based and Media Center PCs, Windows Mobile TM -based Portable Media Centers, Pocket PCs or Smartphones using new TiVoToGo software

Gates also demonstrated the Nikon D2X digital camera with integrated 802.11 wireless networking capabilities, and two devices that use Windows Media Connect to extend the reach of digital content: a new connected HDTV from Digitrex for access to digital media in the home, and a DVD player-recorder and digital video recorder (DVR) from LG Electronics Inc. that can access music, photos and video from Windows XP-based PCs.

Capitalizing on the theme of entertainment experiences, this year's opening address was hosted by late-night talk-show personality Conan O'Brien and webcast live to millions of viewers on Microsoft.com.

Extending the Reach of Digital Media

Gates underscored Microsoft's differentiated approach to delivering the digital lifestyle: "Great software can bring consumers a vast array of devices and services that all work together seamlessly." He showcased how new digital music players from Archos Inc., iRiver, Samsung Electronics America and Gateway Inc. expand the company's PlaysForSure logo program to more than 50 currently verified devices, ranging from small, low-cost, flash-based players to full-featured, hard-disk-based units, network-connected HDTVs and DVD players. Gates also announced that consumers have downloaded 90 million copies of Windows Media Player 10 - the equivalent of eight downloads per second since its launch in October.

Devices and services that bear the PlaysForSure logo help take the complexity and uncertainty out of digital media, effortlessly playing the digital audio and video consumers want, including more than 1 million tracks available on the MSN® Music service, as well as other online stores currently available in the Windows Media Player 10 Digital Media Mall.

In the area of digital memories, Gates and O'Brien showed how the Windows platform is enabling seamless experiences by unveiling Nikon's new D2X digital camera. In a demonstration, O'Brien took photos and wirelessly transferred them to a Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005-based PC and then to a Windows Mobile-based Smartphone.

The Digital Lifestyle, Built on Windows Innovation

In his keynote address, Gates showed how the power and versatility of the Windows platform is making it possible to create PCs and consumer electronics devices that seamlessly bring together all aspects of the digital lifestyle. Noting the increased convergence of PC and TV technologies, Gates unveiled new Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005-based PCs from Alienware Corp., HP, Niveus Media Inc., Stack 9 Systems Corp. and Ricavision International Inc. that provide access to consumers' favorite TV shows as well as their photos, music and video, and advanced functionality such as Imaging Science Foundation-certified HDTV. He announced a forthcoming DVD recorder and DVR from LG Electronics, built on Windows CE, that enables consumers to record and burn DVDs of their favorite shows and share content with their Windows XP-based and Windows XP Media Center Edition-based PCs. Gates then demonstrated advanced universal remote controls from Royal Philips Electronics, Niveus and Logitech International SA that control Media Center PCs as well as consumers' existing home theater equipment.

To further show how the capabilities of Windows can enhance the devices people use today, Gates demonstrated the first network-connected television designed to support playback of music and video from online stores with the PlaysForSure logo. The new 46-inch LCD HDTV from Digitrex uses Windows Media Connect and Windows Media Digital Rights Management 10 to stream digital photos and personal media from any Windows XP-based PC, as well as download and subscription music and video from PlaysForSure online stores. He noted that this new type of TV design also is being evaluated by Pioneer for its HD plasma displays, and that these kinds of innovations are creating new opportunities for consumer electronics companies and extending the reach and choice of digital media for consumers.

The Future of Television, Rolling Out Today

Gates then focused on the tremendous potential of Internet protocol-based TV (IPTV) services, and noted how Microsoft TV IPTV Edition software is providing a platform for network operators worldwide to deliver next-generation pay-TV services. This powerful software provides the video platform for operators to offer their subscribers integrated video, voice, data and mobile services that are not available on today's TV distribution platforms.

Gates announced that BellSouth has joined the growing list of customers, including SBC Communications Inc., Bell Canada and several leading telecommunications operators worldwide, that will trial IPTV services powered by Microsoft TV software.

In addition, SBC Services recently announced an agreement with Microsoft, valued at more than $400 million over 10 years, to license and deploy Microsoft TV IPTV Edition to millions of its subscribers. Lea Ann Champion, executive vice president, SBC IP Operations & Services, took the stage to demonstrate a number of the features this software will make possible, including HD programming, DVR features, video on demand and multiple picture-in-picture capabilities.

New Content, More Choices - at Home and on the Go

The tremendous growth in devices has been matched by an expanding range of audio and video content, as Gates demonstrated through a number of announcements and alliances. He highlighted the new collaboration between Microsoft and TiVo that will enable customers using a TiVo Series 2 standalone digital video recorder and new TiVoToGo software to easily transfer recorded TV content to their Windows XP-based PCs. TiVo expects that within 60 days, consumers also will be able to transfer the same content from the PC to Windows Mobile devices, including Portable Media Centers, Smartphones and Pocket PCs. TiVo announced that it expects its standalone TiVo Series 2 subscribers to have access to the software within 60 days.

"We share Microsoft's excitement about the possibilities for digital entertainment," said Mike Ramsay, chief executive officer of TiVo. "When we launched TiVo, it changed the way people enjoyed their favorite shows - from prime time to anytime. When Microsoft launched Portable Media Centers, it gave people the ability to take them on the go. This gives our customers the best of both worlds - to have their favorite programming available wherever and whenever they want it."

Gates then announced a groundbreaking agreement with MTV Networks to collaborate on long-term digital media initiatives that will create new ways for consumers to access content - including from MTV, VH1, CMT and Comedy Central - through a variety of digital entertainment products and scenarios. As part of the agreement, MTV will target its content offerings to Media Center PCs and Portable Media Centers and intends to launch a new PlaysForSure-compliant MTVN digital music service with portable subscription capabilities, available in the Windows Media 10 Digital Media Mall.

"MTV Networks shares Microsoft's vision for making it easier for consumers to get the entertainment and information they want, and this agreement is a major step toward that goal," said Judy McGrath, chairman and CEO of MTV Networks. "Using Microsoft's technology, we'll be able to give our consumers a deeper, more connected experience by providing them with the ability to enjoy MTV, VH1, CMT and Comedy Central content whenever and wherever they choose."

Gates then highlighted the new MSN Video Downloads service, which provides a single source for sports, news and entertainment content for Portable Media Centers and other Windows Mobile-based devices, including daily video downloads from a wide range of leading content providers including MSNBC, CNBC, FOX Sports, HGTV, Cookie Jar Entertainment and IFILM Corp. MSN Video Downloads (http://video.msn.com/downloads ) has launched a preview of the service offering both free and premium memberships, and the site is expected to launch in final form within a few months.

Xbox Leading the Way in Interactive Entertainment

Gates noted the continued momentum around Xbox and the Xbox Live TM service, announcing the industry-leading sales of the Xbox console for the critical 2004 holiday season in the United States, garnering a projected 40 percent market share for the months of November and December. The much-anticipated "Halo 2" title, launched Nov. 9, has sold more than 6.3 million copies to date, surpassing the sales to date of the first "Halo" title. "Halo 2"'s opening-day revenue of $125 million in the United States and Canada surpassed the biggest opening weekend in box-office history, for "Spiderman," which generated just under $115 million. The hot Xbox role-playing game title "Fable" also broke the 1 million sales mark in only two months.

Xbox Live experienced the highest activity levels ever, with more than 1 million unique users playing on the service and "Halo 2" gamers spending a record-breaking 69 million hours on the service to date - more than any other Xbox Live game.

Gates outlined three major trends driving the gaming phenomenon today: HDTV, ubiquitous broadband and wireless connectivity, and rich personalization. To demonstrate the latter point, he joined O'Brien to play "Forza Motorsport TM ," an auto racing game from Microsoft Game Studios scheduled to launch in April 2005. Gates and O'Brien raced through Manhattan in customized cars, showing off the title's immersive, engaging gaming experiences - and their lack of online driving skills.

Communication and Content on More Devices Every Day

Turning to communications and mobility, Gates highlighted that Microsoft Windows Mobile-based Smartphones are now available from 61 mobile operators in 28 countries and that 37 partners are shipping more than 25 Windows Mobile-based phone designs.

Gates demonstrated how the Windows Mobile-based Audiovox SMT5600 Smartphone can synchronize audio and video content using Windows Media Player 10, enabling users to play audio from subscription services and access video content from their PC. He also announced that Microsoft, Cingular Wireless LLC and Garmin International Inc. will deliver new consumer devices running Windows Mobile software this year, and that Ecast Inc., Universal Electronics Inc. and Akimbo Systems are shipping new consumer devices using Windows Embedded technology. Gates demonstrated prototype technology from Microsoft Research that enables users of Windows Mobile-based Smartphones to remotely browse and display photos stored on their home or office PC.

Gates then highlighted the momentum behind Microsoft's Smart Personal Objects Technology and Smart Watches for MSN Direct by introducing three new wristwatches from Fossil Inc. and Suunto, and alliances with Oregon Scientific Inc. and M.Z. Berger and Co. to develop alarm clocks featuring MSN Direct weather content. Gates also announced that the amount of content available to consumers has doubled since last year's launch, and noted expanded network coverage in metropolitan areas throughout the United States and Canada.

Gates concluded his keynote address by looking back at the year's amazing progress in consumer technologies and outlining a number of key trends that will shape the future of the consumer electronics industry. Noting the continued growth in storage capacity and network bandwidth, he predicted that individual devices will soon be able to store as much data as today's largest music services, and how ultrawideband networking will make it possible to create even more diverse and innovative smart devices.

"This holiday season was a milestone for Microsoft and its partners - we've seen how the power of software can enhance consumers' digital experiences, help ensure that they work together seamlessly, and offer people more choices than ever," Gates said. "The digital lifestyle is here to stay."

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no xbox2.. not much on gaming, in general. Ah well. It's what was expected.
17202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What should I play next? on: January 06, 2005, 07:25:06 AM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
I would finish Chronicles of Riddick, and then play Ninja Gaiden, but that's apparantly just me...


I'm with you on that. Once Chronicle is done, it's DONE.
As to NJ, you actually get a sense of accomplishment with it... and it's so purdy.
17203  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Elektra on: January 05, 2005, 05:38:33 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Yep, and they did suck.  For instance, Aliens Vs. Predator.  I was there opening day, and man...it did suck.


I found AvP to be better than any SNL movie, and frankly I was expecting crap, so when I got somthing slightly-better-than-crap I enjoyed it.

Oh god I hope this works for Electra.

As to Daehawks picture post...  retard drool
17204  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Help urgently needed-- how to uninstall a hosed RealPlay on: January 05, 2005, 05:33:15 PM
Quote from: "Papageno"
The install went wrong somehow, so I can't uninstall it the "official way" in Add/Remove Programs.   Is it enough to delete the directories and the files in them, then the registry keys for RealNetworks under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE ?  Will that exorcise this abomination from my computer?  Should I also uninstall and reinstall Firefox (the browser I was using at the time)?

Thanks in advance for any help.


Don't force it, get a bigger hammer. Time to reinstall windows. slywink
17205  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / *NOT* Sir Moleneux, Peter Moleneux, OBE on: January 04, 2005, 03:11:36 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
And how am I wrong for pointing at a lot of suck and laughing? biggrin


Allow me to point out "teh suck" in your news posting slywink (from firing squad/gamers.com)

Quote
Peter Molyneux, OBE  
Tuesday - January 4, 2005 05:18:00  
According to GI.biz, British game designer Peter Molyneux has been named Officer of the British Empire.

He isn't the first British game developer to be granted an OBE, however - Argonaut founder and keen entrepreneur Jez San is a previous recipient of the honour, which was instituted by King George V in 1917.
The New Year Honours are granted by the Queen on advice from the Prime Minister, who receives nominations from ministers or from members of the public, and are awarded for exceptional merit or service.

It's a common misconception, particularly outside the UK, that the OBE, which stands for Officer of the British Empire, allows the recipient to be referred to as "Sir" - in fact, this distinction refers to the award of Knights Bachelor.



Check out the GamesIndustry.biz article. Tongue
17206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MechAssault2 Game impressions (WARNING - Spoilers) on: January 04, 2005, 04:58:58 AM
yeah, and send an invite to purge. biggrin

Multiplayer is the reason to own, not rent, this game.
17207  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Online Gaming and Taxation - your rights under assault on: January 03, 2005, 09:09:01 PM
If they have a blanket "Goods and Services" tax then it would apply. In Canada we have a nationwide Goods and Services Tax (GST) at 7%. <shrug> We have healthcare and Employment Insurance and Welfare and yadayadayada... it has always applied to any services that originate from inside canada. If the goods/services aren't available within the country then we don't pay tax on it.

If we have something shipped here they will charge us tax on it. We can put a claim in to get reimbursed if that product is not available here.

About a 15 years ago they introduced the GST, and the way they did it is WAY shadier than this little snafu. ninja

What to call a beach full of politicians buried upto their necks in sand?
Not enough sand.
17208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mechassault 2 - Conquest mode problem on: January 03, 2005, 09:03:20 PM
I still love the game man. I wouldn't say it's untested or unfinished, it's just not as polished as Ninja Gaiden (for example).
17209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why ConsoleGold is bad for my marriage... on: January 03, 2005, 09:01:46 PM
Kung Fu Chaos was fun... play it to unlock the multiplayer levels... this game is a fun party game.

uh, Ninja Gaiden, Otogi. I really liked Oddworld as a platformer... I dunno.  PoP ?

good luck deciding, buddy. You've got your work cut out for you. smile
17210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MechAssault2 Game impressions (WARNING - Spoilers) on: January 03, 2005, 09:35:41 AM
Man, I hate this game.
But I love it. Grr.

The multiplayer is a blast, but the single player is like a talented singer missing every key by one note. You just wanna yell "Dammit, try harder, it's almost perfect!!"

The sad thing is, it's not. The character interactions in this game are about as wooden as Dolph Lundgrens acting; no wait... worse. It's like Brute Force. The people are beautifully rendered to look exactly like people, and then the similarities end there. You remember the old puppet-animated Pinoccio show? You know, the one where he's jumping around saying he's got no strings... ah, good times. MA2 hopes to grow up and perform as well as that annoying effeminate puppet. :/

Onto gameplay : Well done, with 2 VERY frustrating levels.
[spoilahs coming!!]
There's one where you have to defend a communication tower from mechs and all you have is one VTOL and a stationary turret. I stepped down the difficulty to easy on this level, based on blood pressure. I was inventing new words to describe the act of shoving a fully decorated christmas tree up a designers rectum. Most of them contained a few 4letter words, and I won't repeat them. Oww Hole-y Night was probably the cleanest.  I digress.

Yeah, so you're supposed to first take out a bridge with the missiles on the turret (think redeemer rocket with less oomph). 2-3 does it, but then you have to kill 3-4 mechs that rush your position (Lackmans or something like that) and a couple tanks.  Since the missiles can be unwieldly to land the hit, you end up with at least one mech blowing up near you. Or your VTOL. Or the tower. Or the turret. It was worse than the Library in Halo.

Then there's the boss fight (in an armored suit).
Step 1 - crack his armored skull with normal plasma blasts to the face while picking up powerups that the VTOL drops. Dodge a slow seeking bolt and avoid raining shots and the obligatory stomp attack that makes you fall.

Step 2 - Now try to jack him to defeat force field over exposed brainpan.
Once jacked, try to launch a mortar shell (not 1, but 3) into his brain. While jumping. And avoiding unavoidable eye laser beams. And firebreath. And doublestomp. (he's tall enough that you almost exceed your jets to fly over him).And he chases you. And you can't get the goddamned mortar shot in. But you think you did. Over, and over and over... oh, and then he hits you with a stomp and laserbeams your ass before you get up and you die.

Step 3 - Finish pulling hair, and then head back to Step 1, my adventurous fellow. We'll be seeing you at step 3 in a minute or five.

I'd have more luck trying to breed a monkey with a chicken to produce natural "Chicken Fingers".

So I beat the bastard. Apparently the secret to getting a steady enough shot off is to boost as high as possible and then get hit with the laser beams which seem to hold you in one place. I had 3 direct hits for that jerk to fall. Oh, and them lasers don't tickle either. Make sure you've got some health nearby first.

I am never playing the single player campaign again. Ever.
17211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Crimson Skies endgame question (possible spoilers) on: January 03, 2005, 09:08:41 AM
I used the wide german-looking plane (you get it from the cavern area). As to ignoring everything else and just hit the boss, repair station, wash-rinse-repeat.

Man, that was a long time ago... I got there right when it came out. (2003)  Haven't played it since.
17212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mechassault 2 - Conquest mode problem on: January 03, 2005, 09:07:18 AM
Quote from: "CeeKay"
You know it's so hard to guage what will go wrong with a game when it's released.. oh wait, this is an X-Box game Tongue

Seriously, you have to wonder how some of this stuff makes it through, especially with a stanardized platform like the X-Box.


Networking bugs are harder to predict and troubleshoot, although I have to say that we played it tonight for 4 hours and there was only one problem (teamplay count bug on host, he restarted and it's ok and never came back).

By teamplay I mean that on TDom (team domination) we had 12 people, 6 blue 6 red, and EVERYONEs said the same thing, but on the hosts machine it said 3 red 9 blue.

When we started the game, 3 blues would spawn in our base, and if we killed them it told us we were teamkillers. We ended the game twice, and it started up the same every time. He powercycled his Xbox, and after that no wierd stuff.
17213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lightsaber in Kotor 2 on: January 02, 2005, 07:02:27 AM
Quote from: "Dimmona"
So does the Xbox version really have the horrible framerate/crashing problems that so many people are complaining about on other message boards?  I loved the Xbox version of KOTOR last year, but I'm wondering if I should hold off for the PC version on this one...


Yup. Korriban (in the cave section) hung on me 3 times, and I had it happen once in Enclave on Dantooine. Save often in these locations. smile

As to game time, I managed to take 80 hours on KOTOR1 light side, and 40 hrs on dark (I spent less time doing the nook-n-cranny search the second time around).

I'm about 45 hours into KOTOR2, (playing a model light Jedi Sentinel) and I can imagine having to play this game a few more times to get the different flavors.

You can't get your lightsaber on Telos; I got mine right after leaving (went to Korriban first). <shrug> I'll be heading to a different planet next time around, we'll see if that's why people complain about having to wait. biggrin I suspect the parts are going to be avail regardless of where you go though; as rebuilding HK-47 yielded duplicate parts I accumulated from different planets.
17214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Crimson Skies endgame question (possible spoilers) on: January 02, 2005, 06:54:06 AM
I loved/hated that level.

The design was amazing, but I could never beat it.

I'd take out all the generators, fly in both sides and take out the fans, swoop down and take out one of the targets, and then I'd run out of time.

After 6 straight attempts (no timewasting either) I still kept losing based on it knocking over buildings.
17215  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / How many of you play opposite gender characters in MMORGS? on: January 01, 2005, 12:02:49 AM
1) Generally female characters are saddled with the "finesse" fighting style, which I often prefer over brute strength. (Mithra, for instance)

2) If I'm going to sink 5-20 hours per week looking at a digital butt, it ain't gonna be a Tauren male (or Galka) in a thong.

3) I dig chicks. I put posters up of well-done artwork and enjoy the female form. having a female character in a game isn't a representation of me to the rest of the world, it's a preference for my side of the screen. I don't give a flying rats ass what other people think. biggrin

4) Mithra NIN/THF named Stabbetty are cool. ninja In WoW, I shall too be named that and play a rogue... I'm hoping to find some old FFXI buddies that way.
17216  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / *NOT* Sir Moleneux, Peter Moleneux, OBE on: December 31, 2004, 06:57:06 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
So I was feeling mouthy this morning. biggrin Congratulations to him for the award, and it must feel pretty good to know everyone has to address you as Sir henceforth. smile


*this* morning??? Right, and Mr. Skunk says "Ooo, I seem to be a bit stinky this morning; how unusual."
17217  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / *NOT* Sir Moleneux, Peter Moleneux, OBE on: December 31, 2004, 04:34:52 PM
Quote
I'm going out on a limb here and guessing the Queen never played Black and White or Fable.


Despite WBS's little commentary there, I'm happy for the guy. He's brought a lot of innovation and "gone out" on limbs to try to bring new stuff to the world of gaming. We don't have any me-too FPS games coming out, and I for one enjoy the games he's put out. Not every song by Sir Elton John has been a chart-topper, but as to B&W and Fable, they've made more money than *I'll* ever see.

I'm guessing that he's received knighthood as he represents an ideal, and is an outstanding british game developer who has put his heart and soul into the work he does.  

Kudos to him.
17218  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / NT on: December 31, 2004, 12:27:05 AM
If I install my WoW monday, I can provide you a key. PM me if you still need one.
17219  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Should I bother? on: December 31, 2004, 12:14:58 AM
Quote from: "Butterknife"
Aww, just play it.  You know you want to.  Heck, all of us are playing it, else we wouldn't be here talking about it.

Search your feelings, you know it to be true!


ninja searching.... searching...  :shock: Dammit.  :evil:

I will install it.... later. I guess. I don't wanna waste my free month on time I won't be able to play. next week (early) is most likely as I'm off all next week.

As to my playing style, I really did enjoy the level of escape that FFXI offered, and since you were forced to party it only made sense that linkshell people got to know each other. I wish I could still get in contact with some of my old FFXI buddies and link up with em on WoW
17220  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW - Should I bother? on: December 31, 2004, 12:08:18 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Only because 75% of the time with it was spent looking for a group, and the other 25% of the time was a sheer cliff of an exp grind worse than any MMORPG to date, barring the infamous Lineage 2.

World of Warcraft is approximately 200,000,000 times more enjoyable than the fetid trash FFXI was.


I think attitude played a role in getting into parties... I used to build 'em, and DAMN was I good at that. I didn't piss people off (and could be tolerant of annoying people). I left that game of 10 months with 2 people on my /blist.

The only place I had problems getting decent parties going was in Valkurm and Kazham; and that was only when the glut of PS2 people joined. I made some friends, had fun, and payed through the nose for it.

The level grind was, however, my reason for leaving.
17221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Live renewal cards on: December 30, 2004, 10:30:50 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
As far as I know there is no expiration date on them.  I used mine months after I got it.  You can also check when your Xbox Live expires via the Xbox Live section of the menu.


you can use them anytime, it just extends the time (adds credit to your live account)

I did this when I got a second live kit (v3) for 30CAD (~25US)
17222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX Online COOP? on: December 30, 2004, 06:59:13 PM
you can also go through the single player missions coop in Rainbow Six 3, although it's not really the same full co-op experience (no cutscenes, etc).
17223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Holy ****, does Max Payne ROCK or what?! on: December 30, 2004, 03:46:58 PM
Quote from: "GungHo"
Quote from: "Purge"
Haven't played 2, played 1 through once and enjoyed it. The mods went untouched for me (as they came out after I sold the game).

The "New York Minute" held no interest for me.


No, wbs is talking about community developed mods, not just the stuff included with the game.


Yeah, I was referring to the fact that after I beat it once, I didn't feel like playing it again, and the only thing they give you is the New York Minute mode... I got rid of the game before the community mods came out.
17224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pinball Hall of Fame on: December 30, 2004, 03:43:13 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
I would get it but I haven't seen it for XBox yet. Is it only out for PS2 now?


It's out for Xbox.. look for the scantily clad women on the front of the box. They're totally unrelated to the game, just like a *real* pinball machine. biggrin
17225  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW - Should I bother? on: December 30, 2004, 03:39:05 PM
Quote from: "Toe"
It seems like to me that you really do not want to play the game and are trying to find excuses to dump the CE you got.

Go ahead and sell the CE since it looks like you want to dislike the game (like your buddy does apparently).


The thing is, I was in the final beta and stress test, and I did enjoy it. I played the hell out of FFXI, and that game had longevity. It's not that my buddy hates his game, but he's finding it hard to go back to it. I dunno. I'm not looking to dump the game... I'm still on the fence as to whether it's worth it to play the damned thing or get rid of it.

The only knock against the game that I have is that it could chew up a LOT of time... how easy is the final retail to play for a while and then put it down? Also, I've heard the PK'ing is rampant on all servers... how does it work? I'm not against killing (or being killed should I be careless enough) but I really don't want to get smoked over and over again...

I'm not looking for an excuse to sell it; that's the easy way out. I'm looking for reasons to keep it.
17226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries on: December 30, 2004, 02:16:28 PM
Quote from: "DiamondDecision"
By the way, did you notice at the end of the demo it said available, "Winter 2005"???!!! :shock: Uhhhhhhhhh,,,,,,, we're kinda getting the hype machine going a bit early?


They're referring to Winter of 2004-2005.. not 2005-2006.
17227  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Home Networking Question on: December 30, 2004, 05:22:12 AM
Quote from: "leo8877"
 I didn't see anything in the release notes for the firmware about it, but oh well.


That's a pretty common practice; they'd rather not reveal flaws unless they have to.
17228  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Please help me get onto XBox Live on: December 30, 2004, 05:19:23 AM
WBS, whatever happened with this? (read:bump)
17229  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / I feel gross and dirty. on: December 30, 2004, 05:08:19 AM
Quote from: "Clanwolfer"
News flash: you're on the Internet.  In a community exceeding 250 people, you cannot stop asshattery.


or phrases such as "Asshat". slywink
17230  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Should I bother? on: December 30, 2004, 05:05:45 AM
Quote from: "ericb"
It sucks.  You need to drop it now while the collector's edition is hot.  Please contact me to arrange a trade for it  :twisted:

BTW, if you decide to part it out I've been searching for the 10 day buddy key that comes in the collector's edition for weeks.  I would be willing to trade for it if necessary (I don't have any friends who bought the collector's edition).


Yeah, I know the value is dropped (about 60US rather than 110US) at least according to ebay.

As to the 10 day buddy thing, why would you need it? Does it also give you a pet?
17231  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Should I bother? on: December 30, 2004, 12:01:20 AM
Now, I know it seems like a goofy question to ask this, but I have the collectors edition sitting beside my PC and I'm not sure I want to install it. Maybe I should just sell it. <sigh> I've heard that it gets old quick, and that it's just more of the same.

I've held off on installing based on the fact that I didn't want to waste my first month over the holidays, but the more I think about it, the less I think it's a good idea to play it at all.

If the game was still sealed I would have likely sold the game online... (I got it for ~35US based on trading in 3 crappy games that cost me 25US, and paying the $10US to upgrade from standard to collectors ed. with the art and the pet thing). I guess I'm looking for someone to dissuade me from selling it; I really did want to play WoW a month ago. All the negative comments from my buddy and some of the stuff I've seen on the boards has thrown water on the fire.

Also, what does the pet do for you? (zergling/diablo/panda)

Any comments welcome.  crybaby
17232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MechAssault 2? on: December 29, 2004, 11:56:40 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Anyone?


IN!  :twisted:
17233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / BFME - Difficulty? on: December 29, 2004, 11:55:34 PM
Quote from: "leo8877"
That's what I was afraid of.  If  a mission from level 2 is that hard, I was wondering about later missions just being ridiculous.  I'll have to play with those settings.  I don't want to buff at all, just need to gimp the amount of enemy units that come at me!


"tweak" it so you get the Balrog. That'll add a significant bend in the dark forces... I don't know that you can do this, but I'd find it absolutely hilarious to have the Balrog sitting in your main camp having tea with Gandalf.
17234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Holy ****, does Max Payne ROCK or what?! on: December 29, 2004, 11:50:13 PM
Haven't played 2, played 1 through once and enjoyed it. The mods went untouched for me (as they came out after I sold the game).

The "New York Minute" held no interest for me.
17235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2.5 on xbox 2...confirmed?!?!? on: December 27, 2004, 07:49:01 AM
Quote from: "yeyeman9"
Doopri Halo 1.5 was started by the fan. Teamxbox is saying this from a believable source.


TeamXbox = IGN ... Reliable? Hmm...

They refer to the new OXM (insider rumors)... I'll check the mag tomorrow. Those insider articles are still hit-n-miss, so I'm not sold on this. I dunno. <shrug> My next system may just be a PS3 if the only stuff they have to sell is stuff I've been playing for a year (assuming it comes out in november 2005).
17236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DEMO] HL2 on: December 25, 2004, 02:18:24 PM
Quote from: "gameoverman"
As it is now, I'm even less inclined to buy the game than before, because they want to make me jump hoops even to play the DEMO!  It's a frickin' DEMO. they should be doing whatever they can to get everyone possible(like me) to play the demo, it could only help their cause(making money).


I agree that the demo should be as accessible to the public as possible; the only reason I can think that they didn't want to go that way is this :

Product A_RETAIL has set system requirements (internet connectivity being one)
Product A_DEMO should have the same requirements, as to not create a false perception of product A_RETAIL.

I know from my past few posts people may think I'm a steam supporter; I'm not. I'm indifferent to it, and if we're going to get online software distribution it's the next logical step. Hell, apps have been doing this for years (online registration to unlock full versions).

There is one other option: Half-Life 2 is supposed to be coming out for the next console system(s) ?

As to the 3 people here who haven't purchased HL2 yet: do you think if HL2 was released in a season not so glutted with A+ titles that you would have already purchased Half-Life2? I dunno, something to think about.

I'm finding it easy to ignore titles I would have normally purchased based on the fact that I already have more games than I can reasonably play.

PS - Using Windows XP as an example is pretty bad; Windows XP is likely the current most-pirated-software. I'm sure the percentages are less than the previous iterations due in no small part to activation and registration schemes, however it's not hard to find copies of XP. For reference, I own my Windows XP Pro (got it through the MS corp. partner deal for ~69US, full version, non-upgrade)
17237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DEMO] HL2 on: December 25, 2004, 02:06:11 PM
Quote from: "Zekester"
It's their bat, ball and diamond?
That's a totally ridiculous statement.
No offense, Purge, but last I checked they were a company trying to make money.

...and they still haven't got mine, even though i want to give it to them.
All they need to do is eliminate the Steam requirement.


Who OWNS the rights in the AUP & EULA? The company.
Who OWNS the licensed software? The company.
Who OWNS the authentication server that allows you to play? The company.

Bat. Ball. Diamond. This is how I see it: you can either play, or go home.

They have one of the most anticipated games from the past 3 years. They could have smeared crap all over each disk; the game would have made money regardless. I respect the fact that they are producing a quality product and taking steps to ensure both the experience, and their IP, is protected. Since they've done this (successfully, if not with a few bumps on the way) it's going to pave the way for new games. They also routed the retailers attempts to sell the game early; a sticking point with most software developers.

Remember, they already suffered once with theft of HL2 IP. Did you expect any less? The whining (internet generalization, not targeting you smile ) about online authentication is a waste of one's time. They decide the product they're going to release; our input on it is NOT taken into consideration.

If the fear of internet connectivity or registering your game is your concern, then I guess you're not going to play the game; or you're going to ask a friend to let you play theirs, or you're going to commit an act of theft and obtain the software illegally. <shrug>

I've accepted this change; I've voted with my remote, as it were. So have you, and I respect your decision to do so. I just don't understand the expectation that the demo of the retail would be any different.

[edited to remove the abrasive tones, and some speeling. Err, spelling slywink ]
17238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How Much Would You Pay...? on: December 23, 2004, 07:38:18 PM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
I'd pay at least a few hundred, more if I could afford it. Could forget about "The Ex" once and for all, too.  :wink:


Uhm, that would be bad. It means you've unlearned the lesson that she taught you. (never share a bed with anyone crazier than you are).
17239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR 2 : The Sith Lords Impressions on: December 23, 2004, 06:39:36 AM
Quote from: "JayG"
The greatest improvement no-ones mentioned is the removal of the awful space game everytime you hoped from world to world. Fun the first time, it got tedious awfully quick.


I've run into it once already. When going to Onderon, you have the option to flee or fight (and flee). <shrug>
17240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DEMO] HL2 on: December 22, 2004, 04:24:08 PM
Why is it unbelievable? Since the game requires an internet connection, and the demo is only available online, there's no reason for them to spend the time/resources disconnecting the demo version from their online deployment. Plus, if there are any patches it can be applied to all clients. <shrug>

It's their bat, their ball, and their diamond. You don't have to play; complaining about it isn't going to change the game.
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