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17201  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.
17202  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
17203  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.
17204  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)
17205  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).
17206  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.
17207  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
17208  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.
17209  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.
17210  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.
17211  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)
17212  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
17213  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?
17214  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
17215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MechAssault 2? on: December 29, 2004, 11:56:40 PM
Quote from: "Devil"

IN!  :twisted:
17216  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.
17217  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.
17218  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).
17219  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)
17220  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 ]
17221  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).
17222  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>
17223  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.
17224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Level Help Thread on: December 22, 2004, 04:21:03 PM
Quote from: "jonsauce"
Look for the sprint key, I believe its the same.

Yes, it's the Sprint key.
17225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone have doubts of EA's intent to corner/destroy pcgaming on: December 21, 2004, 07:07:25 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
EA is not destroying gaming. It is changing it from niche to mass market. Exactly what niche gamers thought they wanted a few years ago.

Same as killing it.

I dunno. IIRC, the video game industry has made 5+ Billion / year for more than 3 years; I think what's happening is that its starting to emulate itself too much. It *has* been mass market for a long time, it's just that everything coming out is a military shooter, platformer with quirky characters, or anime "inspired" RPGs.

It's like my video games all became the same effen game. Everything is the same lyrics, same beat, same song. Artistic diversity has given way to stockholder profit margins.

Hold on tight boys, piano ties and 60hr work-weeks are coming back with the 80s all over again. Age of aquarius; my *A*S*S*.
17226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Woop - San Andreas rolls onto the Box on: December 21, 2004, 04:19:13 PM
Quote from: "Freezer-TPF-"
I should buy and play this "Vice City" sometime.

And if you play it for PC or Xbox, they have these neat things on the characters... fingers, I think I've heard them called. slywink

I held off on playing GTA:SA until I could play it on XB or PC; I'm not sure I'm goingto buy it or just rent it and see how it plays. I tried the biking thing right at the beginning; it works well enough I think.
17227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC Gaming version: Shut up! It IS time to reveal your GOTY on: December 17, 2004, 07:30:56 PM
HL2 for me.

I've been pretty heavy into the consoles, so I've not played a ton of PC games.

LOTR:BFME deserves mention; it's what I play right now when I'm in front of the PC. I haven't decided to play WoW yet; I think I'll hold off until January. I think I might give DoW a spin too; I was in the multiplayer beta and it looked pretty promising.
17228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire on: December 16, 2004, 07:15:00 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
I will buy it the day it comes out but I can't see pre-ordering it.  There will be tons of copies at EB, Gamestop, Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart etc.  Considering how often I see threads about how pre-ordered games don't ship on time or they ship at the same time as stores so stores have it the same day I just can't see the value in pre-ordering.

Pre-order from the store itself. That's what I do. biggrin
I preorder to get the goodies; sometimes it's worth it.

In this case, JE is already pre-ordered for me. I'm not going to wait for the PC version; frankly I prefer playing on a 51" screen with fully realized Dolby 5.1. <shrug> each to their own, I guess.
17229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Far Cry for those who have finished HL2 on: December 15, 2004, 08:24:48 PM
Quote from: "Khelavaster"

My 0.2,

Your 20 cents? Nice. Tongue

I enjoyed HL2 and the story was very compelling. I noticed the guy in the suit several times in the game, leading me on (the one I remember clearly is at the end of the skimmer level).

Far Cry AI detecting me was far too stupid, in my experience. I mean, they'd notice me even though I was being stealthy, and they had their backs turned. Oh, and they'd all run through the same door for me to slaughter them. Mind you, I only played the demo; that being said it *is* the product released to showcase the game.

I dunno, FPS genre has lost it's lustre, but I *really* want HL3. slywink
17230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What next? Paralyzed by indecision... on: December 15, 2004, 08:09:37 PM
Baten Kaitos is very good, although the first 45 minutes is waiting for them to take the training wheels off the game.

KOTOR2 is an excellent choice, but it *will* give you that deja vu feeling.

I hear Mechassault 2 has a pretty damned good story to it, and it's out the week between christmas and new years. Since the design has changed I don't think you're going to get deja vu.

Mario Party 6 is effen huge. One game lasts like, 6 hours. That could easily kill your time and it is a blast to play... as long as you have someone to play with. A buddy of mine and I played it for 7+ hours, and we had 2 cpu's set on easy AI.... should have been "retarded AI"... it was a 3 on 1 minigame where I had to hit A as fast as possible to inflate my balloon, and they had to work together to (which his AI "helpers" stood there) ... I almost peed laughing so hard... he was freakin' out pounding on the controller; he went from 0 to bitch in like, 3 seconds... I almost lost.

In retrospect, stay away from mario party (with easy AI), unless you have a stockpile of "Depends" you need to get through.

A Bard's Tale was pretty engaging too; I'd recommend it for a 3 day rental, or a bargain bin purchase.
17231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Has everyone else given up on Halo 2 and Multiplayer? on: December 14, 2004, 01:26:39 PM
I'll be back on in a few weeks... I'm in LOTR:BFME right now, KOTOR2 is also in play, and a bit of Metroid Prime 2. <shrug>
17232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My 2004 pc gaming year in review on: December 13, 2004, 04:35:50 PM
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
LE, I love how you tell people that they are "wrong", as if you were the defining voice in computer gaming. :roll:

Those 4 points illustrated why "I" didn't like it.  Sorry, but someone's opinion can't be wrong.

 :shock: I can't believe I'm about to say this.... -LE- is right on.

1) As to linear paths and plotlines, I don't know if that's really a valid complaint, considering the game is telling a story. The first game was just as linear, so to expect the sequel to be any different without clear indication from Valve advertising is unreasonable. <shrug>

The Combine AI WAS boring, uninspired, and predictable. A true step down from HL1's Marines.

That statement begs the question. (basically, you are including an "unproven" as a "fact" within your conclusion).

2) If the AI is exactly the same, then it's not a step down at all. IIRC, it has been improved (and considering this is the next version of the product it would require quite the burden of proof to convince otherwise), your "step down" point is then invalid. The first part of your statement still stands, but would need to be revised with something like "I felt" to even be considered an opinion rather than fact.

More likely is that the gaming industry has learned from the AI in Half-Life and now you've become desensitized to the behaviours. Basically, *you* have gotten better/jaded/wiser. That isn't a limitation in software.

As to the combine forces in the square (where you're defending Alex) I found them to be plenty intelligent.  :evil:

3) The Lord Ebonstone granted you point 3 for your own tastes; you are entitled to your opinions with no dispute.

4) "Steam sucked" ?? You use the term "A LOT" and then never extrapolate. "A LOT" is a context sensitive term. 850 people is not "A LOT" in contrast to a million people (0.00085 %). If all 850 people showed up to occupy a 500 square foot living room, they would certainly qualify the term "A LOT".

I guess people in your generalization should have read the system requirements, including the requirement for internet activation.

There was a press release over a month before release detailing the internet requirement for installation. I guess they missed that too?

As far as I'm concerned, point 4 should read: "Ignorant People Suck... They buy a product they can't use and then complain about it". Valve is in no way required to release an offline-only game. I had no problems with steam. I will not be drawn into generalizations or absolutes; I don't know how many people made a mistake in their purchase. Windows XP has been on this activation thing since it's inception; this isn't a new experience, except maybe for pirates. Hell, most downloadable software has some sort of activation process, including your anti-virus software.

The online-requirement complaint is really thin. If you check with Valve they list ways in which to get around this activation as well.

[edited for spelling]
17233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Riddick PC gets 9.3 @ Gamespot! Higher than HL2 oh my.... on: December 13, 2004, 04:43:59 AM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
It's a great game, I played and finished it on the xbox. It doesn't touch HL2, though, IMO.

I concur. To update the "greater than" game listing above:

HL2>Riddick>RTCW>Duck Hunt(nes)>C:\>Doom3
17234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 a second time and with more gravity! **spoilers** on: December 13, 2004, 04:43:05 AM
:shock:  flying antlions.... anyone test that yet?? ninja
17235  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Filthy Horde Invading Elven lands....(Pictures) on: December 12, 2004, 02:48:50 PM
Damn you all. ><; I sooo want to play WoW now.

I have the collectors ed. sitting on my desk, but I don't wanna blow my free month yet as I've still got KOTOR2, KUF and a few other titles to work on.
17236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden 4 ... seeing screenshots, thinking : on: December 12, 2004, 06:59:23 AM
Quote from: "EddieA"
We don't have lightsabers.  We have swords that are 3 times as big as were are slywink

...and can wield the 140lb sword as long as you are tall, and still be able (with one hand) to effectively use the trigger... sheesh. slywink
17237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR 2 : The Sith Lords Impressions on: December 10, 2004, 03:33:43 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
Quote from: "vagabond"
At 42 hours in.  

I am not disputing your numbers but I just find it amazing (and odd) that someone would spend that much time simply playing a video game.

I've got 112 hours logged... I'm playing it on four consoles simultaneously with two tvs with twinview....

god bless my opposable toes. biggrin
17238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR 2 : The Sith Lords Impressions on: December 10, 2004, 03:21:05 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Of course, it seems to me that bullets would have been a better alternative but...

We're not employing logic here, Kevin. slywink This is a Star Wars discussion. Get with the program. :lol:
17239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / i want my game music!... on: December 10, 2004, 03:15:36 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Welcome semiconscious!  I'm with you - I want soundtracks.  Some of the games through the years have had some great soundtracks and I would have enjoyed having them at my fingertips rather than some shiny metal box to toss in the box of boxes. smile

Speaking of boxes, I'd prefer a lifesized Kasumi Pillow. err... Pillows. Heh. slywink

I do enjoy some music from games, but for the most part I think I'd want only the "good" tracks (IE no filler music).

I hope they release another Super Mario with a soundtrack... do-doodoo do0doo. do-doo-doot dootdooot. (SMB 1-2)
17240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR 2 : The Sith Lords Impressions on: December 10, 2004, 05:53:43 AM
Quote from: "vagabond"
Yeah, but wasn't there like a thousand years of peace at one time? What about all those jedi that died of natural causes.  Nobody is gonna walk around with a lightsaber who isn't trained to use it because they would die of stupidity soon thereafter and then somebody else would pick the saber up offa their corpse.  :lol:  I am just saying, lightsabers should be very common. Hell some refugee guy in the game gives you one. Where did he get it?

I think Jedi get buried with their sabres; since they have a strict discipline I'd think they don't go hockin' dead jedi blades.

That being said; is it possible for a non-jedi to wield a lightsabre? (I'm not familiar with the books; I always assumed there was force involved with them).

Not that that has ANYTHING to do with this topic.

Oh, my impressions of this game is as follows:

The story and the multiple branching threads that no one could follow the first run through is worth bearing the sometimes jittery performance.

I'm really taken in by the game.
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