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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Darkstar One Impressions? on: August 27, 2006, 11:59:12 PM
Finished it.  Fun for $40.  My wife had a good laugh at one point with one exchange in the game.  You pick up a female copilot at one point.  During a space battle this was the exchange:

Leader of Pirates attacking you:  "We are not afraid to die!"
Copilot:  "Well that's convenient."

I killed 1204 pirates by time I was done with the game, but it was a lot of fun.

2  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Video Card Pricing Site on: August 21, 2006, 02:18:47 AM

Quote from: Destructor on August 20, 2006, 01:17:42 PM

It's not exactly fancy (as it's just a raw listing of prices of all kinds of video cards), but here you go. And it's updated daily, I think:

http://www.pricewatch.com/video%5Fcards/

There is another site I have run across which runs down the best card for the value and also talks about movement in pricing, its a tech website, but darned if I can remember it.
3  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Video Card Pricing Site on: August 20, 2006, 12:36:00 PM
I remember seeing a website where they do a weekly comparison of Video Card pricing.  Darned if I can think of the name though.  I'm hoping one of you will know it.
4  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Please help me design my next computer on: August 18, 2006, 11:44:30 PM
Okay, this is what I am thinking of now:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe
CPU Fan: Retail
Motherboard:  ASUS P5W DH DELUXE/WIFI-AP Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail 
Memory: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model TWIN2X2048-8500C5 - Retail 
Video Card:  SAPPHIRE 100150SR Radeon X1900XTX 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail 
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM  &  Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST380811AS 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM 
DVD:  NEC 16X DVDħR DVD Burner Black IDE/ATAPI Model ND-3550A - OEM & SAMSUNG 16X DVDħR DVD Burner With 5X DVD-RAM Write and LightScribe Black ATA/ATAPI Model SH-S162L - OEM 
Case: Antec P180
Powersupply: Antec Truepower 550w

That will run about $1800 with shipping.  Thoughts?
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Darkstar One Impressions? on: August 18, 2006, 09:48:32 PM

Quote from: Haplo on August 17, 2006, 09:34:04 PM

The one on gogamer is an import and I assume it has starforce on it.

On the Ascaron website Darkstar One FAQ it says that the game does not use Starforce at all.  I guess I'm in.
6  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Please help me design my next computer on: August 18, 2006, 09:23:56 PM

Quote from: Kobra on August 18, 2006, 08:42:55 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on August 18, 2006, 06:41:35 PM

I third the recommendation for Corsair memory, if you're gaming.  2GB, no question.

Some questions/suggestions:

-Why not AMD?  Their Dual-Core chips have been on the market longer than Intel's and are proven performers.

-Why ATI?  Last I heard their SLI sucked.  Again, why bother with a company new to a certain technology when there's one out there who's already experienced and ironed out alot of the problems their initial designs ran into?

-You really don't need two hard drives, and you really don't need 150GB for games, unless you keep a massive collection installed at all times (which I would simply ask... why?).  Save your money and drop it to one, ~100GB drive and just partition it.  C = System (10% of the drive) E = Apps and Games (80% of the drive) F = Documents and Media (10% of the drive) is how I generally do it, but you can adjust those proportions to taste if you have a huge music collection or really meaty documents.

-Why not just one combo all-in-one DVD/CD-RW drive instead of two?  Burners definitely can read discs, and the miniscule loss of disc read speed (like 50x to 40x or something) is totally insignificiant.

-Buy a retail CPU so you get the retail heat sink and warranty.  Retail heat sinks are absolutely fine if you don't plan on overclocking.

-A 550W PSU is like the bare minimum you'd want for SLI.  If you intend to do an SLI setup in the future, get 600W to be safe, or 650W to be golden.

I agree on all accounts..  Intels new CORE2's are amazing, no question, but bang for the buck, AMD MAY be the way to go as they are clearly down pricing due to the CORE2's performance jump.  X2's are dirt cheap, or you can get a San Diego for $100 OR LESS...

I've thought about all of this actually, over the last 24 hours even more.  I'll try to respond point by point.
-Mushkin or Corsair both seem good, Mushkin has some nice reviews on it, but they are extremely close - 2 gigs now definitely.
-I think I'm going to go Intel because it still appears to be a better performer at the price point of the 6400 (~$250) versus a AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (~$260) according to this chart http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2795&p=16 and the Intel would seem to have better overclocking ability (if I decide to use it).  Plus if prices continue to drop, I may drop in a faster chip in the future.
-Because from price to price if you use this chart: http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.aspx?i=2746&p=4then basically 7900GTX and X1900XTX are close performance-wise in single and SLI/Xfire mode.  However the 7900GTX (~$470) is much more expensive than the X1900XTX (~$370).  Plus finding an Intel m/b that supports SLI right now seems impossible, if I were to use AMD, then it wouldn't be an issue.
-Ah the two hard drive issue.  My office is an actual business so I'm really picky on hard drive life on that drive.  Given that I game a lot and that can wear on a hardrive, I really want to have my gaming on a different drive, plus it will make backing up easier too.
-Yeah, actually the two DVD's is just me blowing a few extra bucks for a backup drive in case one pukes or I ever need 2 for any reason.
-Yep, I'm feeling like that actually.  I keep reading reviews on different fans and everyone says that basically they are only slightly better than the standard fan.  It's always cool to get a nifty fan, but it probably is an unnecessary expense.
7  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Please help me design my next computer on: August 18, 2006, 05:38:00 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 18, 2006, 01:20:07 PM

I know a lot of people like Corsair memory, but I'm a Mushkin man myself.  In the computers I've built, I've never had a problem with Mushkin, and I have had issues with Corsair.  Everyone's mileage will vary, of course, but I think Mushkin is a step above.

I had never heard of mushkin before but I went out and read some reviews, good stuff.  I'll definitely consider it.
8  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Please help me design my next computer on: August 18, 2006, 05:32:46 PM

Quote from: Scott on August 18, 2006, 01:03:54 PM

I'd make a few changes:

If you want to overclock it, consider getting the E6400 (the next chip down from the E6600).  It has a smaller cache on the chip (2 vs 4megs), but apparently has better luck overclocking, and can get higher on average then the E6600.

Drop the ATI card, and invest in an nVidia SLI board.  You'll have better luck down the road if you buy one 7900GT now, and invest in another when they drop further in price.  That'll give you better performance then the X1900XTX I believe, and considering how loud the XTX is, you'll still have a quieter box.  It'll probably save you money as well.  I don't think the Crossfire boards are as good now, and you'll be paying a premium for two ATI 1900XTXs.  I doubt, unless you run super high resoultions, you'll ever find a game its worth it.

Also, dual ATI 1900XTXs probably need a much bigger power supply.

Actually I'm not much of an overclocker (okay, I've never done it nor know how  :icon_confused:) but I have considered the 6400 to save $100.

I'm kind of basing my card selections on this:
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2746&p=4
I was actually going to go with a 7900GTX then SLI them later, but then the problem became finding a Conroe/SLI compatable m/b.
Also, the rapidly falling price of the x1900 really made a difference.  In the past week or two they have fallen from $550 to around $380 and word is they will probably sink another $50 soon.  Plus I can get a m/b that works right now.
The last thing that sticks in my head is with the new copy protection schemes coming out requiring a compatable m/b, video card and monitor I'm holding back a bit because some of these components might have to get swapped out anyway.
And yes, I'm buying this as an Oblivion Contender (I'd say killer, but the hardware isn't out yet to kill Oblivion maxxed out)
9  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Please help me design my next computer on: August 18, 2006, 12:33:49 PM

Quote from: Kobra on August 18, 2006, 03:54:01 AM

If you are going LGA775, you might want to buy this from me:

http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,14388.0.html

Its probably the best HSF available for it.  VERY quiet, strong.. $40 is average price for it, + shipping. Mine is basically brand new, in retail box.. I just switched to AMD.  (Stupid me, I ordered this 4 days before switching to AMD and the vendor doesn't accept returns on it)

I'm currently looking at that one and this one:
ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink - Retail

Most of the complaints I've seen about the Thermaltake have to do with noise.

10  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Please help me design my next computer on: August 18, 2006, 01:11:35 AM

Quote from: Kobra on August 18, 2006, 01:06:59 AM

I don't care for Asus, Intel, PCChips, ASROCK, EpoX boards myself. Generally I stick to DFI, MSI and Abit, but Gigabyte work in a pinch.

After doing a little research I'm thinking of the:
   
ASUS P5W DH DELUXE/WIFI-AP Socket T (LGA 775)

Any thoughts?
11  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Please help me design my next computer on: August 18, 2006, 12:48:23 AM

Quote from: Kobra on August 18, 2006, 12:30:19 AM

Whether you go 1gb or 2gb I second the notion of Corsair.  The only brand I use. I would go 2GB building a brand new system these days though, we're finally seeing stuff that will use more than 1GB.

Okay, so I see I could get DDR or DDR2 for what I'll call a reasonable price.  I'm really hung up on a motherboard since I have to say I'm completely unfamiliar with what is available.
12  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Please help me design my next computer on: August 18, 2006, 12:09:16 AM
Okay, this is what I am thinking:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 1066MHz
CPU Fan: ???
Motherboard: ???
Memory: 1 or 2 gig, what kind ???
Video Card: ATI X1900XTX but no idea on manufacturer
Hard Drive: 1 40 gig for work, 1 150 gig for games
DVD: One DVD-R/W w/Lightscribe for work, one DVD for games
Case: Antec P180
Powersupply: Antec Truepower 550w

I'm putting this together myself so any suggestions on which brand or where to buy online would be extremely helpful.


13  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Lineage players be nice to your girlfriends! on: January 24, 2005, 03:05:15 AM
Quote from: "Butterknife"


Repeat after me: It's just a game, it's just a game, it's just a game, it's just a game slywink

Sorry, but I couldn't disagree with you more.  This is all make-believe, it's made up.  It's not real -- the only thing you "lost" is your time, which I have a hard time believing makes for a true legal case.  Legally you don't own anything that you "lost" anyway, the game company does.  So you lost your time?  Who cares?  Don't get me wrong, I'd be mad, but I'd get over it quickly enough.  As far as the whole breaching someone else's security thing or whatever they were tried on, OK, that might be a valid legal case.  But the fact is he's upset that his character is gone, and in my mind he's seriously overreacting because of the personal nature of the entire situation (which, of course, is the same thing that his girlfriend did).


Lets work with this.
If I play a game, and my ex decides to destroy my account it's okay.
Lets suppose I spent time writing up a biography of my character and that was deleted?  Still okay?
What if I wrote some stories and did some sketches of my characters in the game and she deleted those too?  Probably still okay since its just a game, nothing serious.
What if I got tired of playing the game and I spent my time just writing stories about it and drawing sketches.  Still okay because there really is nothing valuable about my time and silly thoughts right?
Now imagine if my name was Tolkien.  Your right, all that time he spent writing about that silly bullshit was ridiculous, no value to that at all.
I can guarantee that there are people who have as much time into Lineage as Tolkien put into the writing of the Hobbit.
BTW, I also think that the guy who collects my garbage out of my office everynight has just as important job as I do, and the way he spends his free time whether he is researching the meaning of life or watching porn, the fact is that it's time he will never be able to get back whether he wants to or not.  
That's why she should spend time in jail, because she took assets from him, his investment of time.
The older I get, the more I understand the value of time.
14  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW -- Suggestions for Improvement on: January 21, 2005, 12:02:21 PM
It sounds like whining I know but add categories to the recipe category like there are for the armor and weapon categories.  I'm a hunter so I keep up on cooking (although alchemists have the same problem) every time I search for cooking recipes I have to type in "recipe" for the search function then I have to search through both alchemy and cooking recipes.  That's stupid.  Plus if I want to search for a thorium rifle schematic in engineering, using thorium returns all the blacksmithing stuff too.  Just allow me to click on engineering recipes and use "thorium".  It's really annoyinig.
15  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Getting to Gadgetzan on: January 20, 2005, 05:35:11 PM
I've never tried this and I've only heard of it as a rumor...but...
Couldn't you just die right off the bat somewhere in Kalimdor, run while dead to Gadgetzan, speak with the spirit healer in the cemetary right outside the city and just rez there (Do you really care about sickness and equipment damage at level 1 anyway?)
16  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / What if WoW was not made by Blizzard? on: January 19, 2005, 12:37:18 PM
Of course Blizzard could have prevented a lot of these problems by just putting an absolute pop cap on servers that was much lower than they have currently set.  You think 4 hour waits was bad, how about if had to wait for 12?  The fact is that I think Blizzard was too nice.  
Yeah, I realize you want to play on the same server as your friends, tough @#$%.  Blizzards job is to make sure the game runs as smoothly as possible, not to make sure you have a ready-made online support group.  Move to a lower pop server and start again.  Sure people would have been mad, but the fact is that it would have blown over and people wouldn't be complaining now about how they have so much time invested in the characters and they want their characters moved.  I assume that Blizzard actually didn't do this to save money on servers and they thought things would get better through some optimizations.
I think the server migration is probably the best way to go.  FFXI has done this for awhile and the system seems to be working well.  People complaining about moving their whole guilds is kind of BS.  Really strong guildies will move, others will decide they have better friends elsewhere.  I find its rare for people to leave a guild, most will just stick around unless they get a much better offer, this forces the issue.
I'm on a medium crappy server and to be honest, I might consider moving.  I'll see how they handle it.
17  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Square-Enix's new MMORPG- Fantasy Earth:The Ring of Dominion on: January 14, 2005, 05:24:32 PM
Quote from: "Bob"


On a side note, apparently they don't make upper leg armor for chicks.


Actually, if you take a look at the screenies, they don't make upper leg armor for guys either.  They just don't make pants for "chicks" smile
18  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Should I bother? on: January 07, 2005, 05:47:17 PM
Quote from: "DCW"
The other day, I died twice because of server problems. It pissed me off, sure. I petitioned to get the money I had to spend on repairs back (one death came because I got dropped off the boat  and I drowned in a place I could not possibly get back to), and they turned me down. Aggravated me, but I still love to play the game.


That is one thing I have to say about WOW that it gets right, especially compared to FFXI which I also loved.  FFXI keeps you POOR.  Not just a little broke, POOR.  Granted there was an auction house and other ways to make money, but you just never had that much actual cash on you.  In other games, the money is either completely worthless or too hard to get.  In WOW you always seem to have an appropriate amount for equipment and other stuff for your level.  Even though you lost some money on repairs I'm sure you were able to replace it quickly.  I think that this is one thing that WOW does right.
19  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: The Death Penalty on: January 03, 2005, 04:52:37 PM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Quote from: "Lee"
I disagree wholeheartedly. Dying should have very bad consequences such as experience loss and chance of losing your body. It stops people from doing stupid things like wandering into places they shouldn't be. If the cost is high it makes the game that much more exciting. I will never forget my first journey across Norrath at level 10 in EQ1. It was scary as hell and it gave me a real sense of accomplishment when I was done.

The people bitching about the death penalties in EQ1 were usually the players who couldn't level to save their lives.


The first time  took the boat to Auberdein from Darnassus, and walked to ironforge, you better believe  it gave me a real sense of accomplishment as well.


Actually I wouldn't have a problem with death costing more when the game gets cleaned up a little more. After all, you would have been pretty ticked if during that trip the boat disappeared in the middle of the ocean and you died and couldn't retrieve your corpse.  I've had boat disappear on me probably 5 times so far...and I don't use them often.
20  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / (WoW) New patch today, 12/21 on: December 22, 2004, 11:51:21 AM
Quote from: "leo8877"
Quote from: "RPGHero"
You know, one thing that I found odd.  They state that if you have excellent relations with another race, that you can buy their mount instead.  Was this always in the game and just announced, because a couple days I could have swore that I saw a dwarf ride by on a warhorse.  I thought I must have been mistaken...but now I'm not so sure.


Must have been a Paladin, which has it's own class specific mount (warhorse).


Ah, you are correct, I hadn't thought about that.
21  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / (WoW) New patch today, 12/21 on: December 21, 2004, 11:32:00 PM
You know, one thing that I found odd.  They state that if you have excellent relations with another race, that you can buy their mount instead.  Was this always in the game and just announced, because a couple days I could have swore that I saw a dwarf ride by on a warhorse.  I thought I must have been mistaken...but now I'm not so sure.
22  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / (WoW) New patch today, 12/21 on: December 21, 2004, 11:24:00 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
THANK YOU for that list of alts....stupid ass BitTornado. :/


Be careful...the first one I d/l came in at 56mb.  Blizzard says patch is 39.31 mb.  

(Note to hackers: Try to just put one instance of your spyware shit in a file, not all of them.  I realize I was stupid enough to d/l it from god knows where, but that doesn't mean I'm actually going to open it)
23  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / (WoW) New patch today, 12/21 on: December 21, 2004, 11:09:39 PM
Quote from: "morlac"


For fucks sakes you mean I need to dlaod this from some unsecure place and make sure I scan it for virusus/spyware and hope they dont exceed they're bandwidth before im done just to get a decent dlaod speed for a game I pay a monthly fee to play? :roll:


Hmmm, so somebody else sees a problem with the current system too....
24  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / (WoW) New patch today, 12/21 on: December 21, 2004, 10:50:10 PM
Quote from: "ericb"
I disabled the P2P part and I'm now getting 8-10k download speeds.  I wouldn't have turned it off (even at the slow 2-4k speeds) except it kept saying it couldn't connect to any trackers.  Oh well.


I tried that but I got 0 bytes during a 5 minutes period...It really sucks when your uploading at 28k/sec and your downloading for all intents and purposes zero.  I'm really starting to get pissed.  This has completely changed my attitude about Blizzard.  I'm writing a nasty-gram when I get on.  I don't pay $15 a month to be a service provider for them.

Plus I'm not a big downloader so I'm not familiar with any "sites" that might have the patches out to snag at higher speeds.  Hey next time how about a smaller damn patch!
25  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / (WoW) New patch today, 12/21 on: December 21, 2004, 10:35:03 PM
I'm surprise nobody is bitching about the download/upload process.  So far in the last hour I have downloaded 14.22mb and upload 58.40mb.  Now lets see...I appear to be 2 more hours from being able to play, but I've uploaded roughly 2 full installs to people.  I know this is how bit torrent works, but I'm feeling a little pissed that I seem to be providing basically a download server for blizzard and I'm not getting a whole lot in return.  I personally don't like the whole bit torrent concept as I consider it unsecure as hell.  This is really the first thing that Blizzard has done to piss me off....but in my opinion it is a pretty biggy.
26  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW - Can you get there from here??? on: December 10, 2004, 05:43:07 PM
Quote from: "Aliasbuck"
Yeah, but you cheat, tiny smile


I heard he is still using a speedhack smile
27  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW - Can you get there from here??? on: December 10, 2004, 11:49:01 AM
Quote from: "tiny ogre"
I can get there.

I don't know if you can smile


Aw c'mon Tiny...I spent 2 hours last night working on a path to the little cliffside town.  Everytime it looked close I was handed a setback.
I really want to get there if I can, but I hate to waste my time on something impossible.
28  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW - Can you get there from here??? on: December 10, 2004, 03:40:50 AM
When you fly from IronForge to Menethil Harbor you pass two things high up in the mountains...what seems to be a military base...and then closer to the harbor...some buildings high up in the mountains.  
I can't figure out how to get to either one...I never see anyone at either one either.
Are these areas not used, are they only for very high players...or do you really have to work to get there.  An official work from TinyOgre wouldn't hurt my feelings smile
29  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / haha @ WOW on: November 25, 2004, 02:10:55 AM
I'm sorry, I'm very unimpressed.
First of all I got on tonight (yes I realize it's a holiday night)
I picked a low usage "normal" server that had low usage.  It took awhile for it to get me to create a character but soon I was finished.  Tried to log in...says the world server is down...okay.  I go back and it says it is up, try again, says it is down.
I move to another server.  I create another character, it takes about 4 minutes for it to come up after I log into the game.  I kill my first wolf, 5 minutes later I still can't get my loot.  What a mess.  I can see lag on logging in, but this loot lag...I've never seen that before in any MMORPG like in this game.
Don't get me wrong, the game looks really good, but it has to be playable first.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines Impressions on: November 25, 2004, 02:05:26 AM
Quote from: "olaf"
The graphics are good for an RPG, oh yeah.  But, compare them to HL2?  They are not as good.  Then take a closer look at the animation and stuff like that, also not nearly as good.  Finally, the performance...its not even close.  HL2 I can run 1600x1200 4xaa 16xaf and everything full tilt, no problems.  Bloodlines at 1280x1024, shadows off, no aa, no af is not as smooth.

olaf

edit: I wouldnt expect the game to look and perform as well as HL2, but I do think it is fair to compare the two games.  And based on that comparison, Bloodlines does not fare as well as I think it should.


I'm sorry, I just can't agree with you at all on this.  HL2 is a pure shooter that railroads you into an EXACT path.  Replayability is zero and basically there is "one" story.  Also, there is one type of character to play, "Gordon Freeman with a gun".  Play balance is easy...do we give Gordon more ammo and armor here or not?
Bloodlines on the other hand seems to have several different games inside of it depending on style of play and clan you join.  Also you have to make it so theoretically any combination can complete a mission.
If Bloodlines had they exact same performance as HL2 then HL2 fans should gather in the streets, take a leak on the box, then light them on fire to show their distaste to Valve.  
If you compare Valve's resources and budget to Troika, I gotta say that VTM:B probably deserves game of the year more than HL2.  Especially considering that its Valve's engine.  If Troika could trick it out as well as Valve could then somebody isn't doing their job at Valve.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines Impressions on: November 24, 2004, 04:52:00 PM
Quote from: "belfong"
Due to Console Gold effect, I have finally obtained and have played the game for the past, 30 minutes.. yeah I know, but I was just too tired after work.

My very brief impressions:
1. I am disappointed with the graphic. I would NEVER belief that this game is powered by Source. Comparing to HL2, it's worlds of difference! I guess it must be the quality of the textures (how did Console Gold give it a 95/100 is beyond me)
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Edit to add: while graphics is not the be-all for me (hey, I still like the Dark Engine today.. hehe) but I must admit that the reason I even heard about Bloodlines was because it uses Source. I wish I didn't hear it that way but instead hear it as a great RPG. Anyway, I sure hope the gameplay is worth it.


Well, I'm sure gameplay WILL be worth it, but I'm amazed on the graphics thing.  It's not quite as good as HL2, but I thought the game looked great.  Are you sure you have all the textures and shading effects on???
32  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / EQ2 hints and tips on: November 18, 2004, 05:34:57 PM
Quote from: "ericb"


Crafting...there is no ability increase with higher quality spells or skills.  It doesn't matter if it's crude or pristine.  The potential is there to change that in the future but right now as long as it's finished and scribed it's good to go.  The only benefit to creating a pristine rune/spell is the increase in artisan experience while making it.


Actually I can show you one point where prisine and crude make a HUGE difference - bags, packs and boxes.  A pristine rawhide backpack will hold 7 slots, a normal 6, and so on.  Actually I think this is more important as a harvester than even armor and weapon bonuses smile
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Everquest 2 - first impressions on: November 16, 2004, 12:07:29 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
What exactly is broken with the brokers?  I use it all the time.

I have never had ANYTHING returned after a search at the broker.  If I go to my market board, I get returns, if I go back to the broker, not returns.  It frustrates the **** out of me, but I can't get anyone to tell me why it doesn't work.
Quote from: "Arkon"

In addition to what has been said...there are predetermined outcomes which include... -10,50 (default outcome), -50,0 (bad failure), -100,0 (critical failure very rare), 0, 50 (good success), 0,100 critical success.  Now the first number is durability, second number is progress.  Each round can come up one of these results.  Your hotkeys modify these results.  While you can play the wait and respond game you can also use your "spells" to affect the progress.  What you should do is start to craft.  Use one of your skills even if there is no icon being shown.  Make note of what the skill does.  For example I have a skill for alchemy that gives me a bonus of +10, -20.  What this does is on a default round give me 0, 30.  So I gain progress with no loss in durability.  If you look at your skill in your "k"nowledge book it will give  you a description of what it does.  Basically each round of crafting I am using at least one skill.  I will often use more than one.. they do stack.  So if I get a bit low on durability I will use a combination of skills that give me +10, 0 and +25, +15 to give me a round result of +25, +45.  Experiment with your abilities but use them all the time, not just to react.  Also  Your durability can go over 100% so lets say my first three rounds I gain 75 total durability, but the next round I lose 50 I would see no change as I am over 100%.

I've never tried that, I'll have to try it again and see if it helps.  Right now my biggest problem is getting pelts, people expect you to pay as much for a low quality badger pelt as a finished piece of armor...ridiculous.  Of course once you reach a certain level you can't get drops any more is what I have heard...I wonder how this will be resolved.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Everquest 2 - first impressions on: November 15, 2004, 05:05:58 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
Thank you!

I think even I can do that.

Will it cast a little "spell" or something to let me know I got it in time?



Yes, although some spell effects are (alot) less notable than others

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Will I notice the integrity, or whatever its called, of my object not break down so fast if I do this simon says thing in time?



Absolutely on medium items and especially on easy items, hard items still seem...hard, but still a lot better than they would have been without doing anything, also, you will stop taking damage with mistakes (the forge almost killed me once, CALL OSHA) smile
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I am assuming I have a few seconds to hit the correct icon, then I lose my chance, is that correct?

Exactly, you get good at it after a little bit, I use the number keys to speed up my time.
35  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Marvel sues NCSoft on: November 15, 2004, 04:58:53 PM
Quote from: "Misguided"
I'm no IP attorney, but the opposite side of this is that Marvel has an obligation to vigorously defend its IP assets. Again, I think it's kind of hard to make an argument for the Hulk, because no one single aspect of the character, in isolaton, is that distinctive. If CoH let you have a power ring that emitted a green beam, they'd never get away with it  IMO because it would be obvious that the power set was created to emulate a particular character. Are there other characters with pop out claws in comics? The more there are, the less unique they are to wolverine they are, and the weaker I think the argument gets, but I base that on thinking that criticizing the ability to make a character that kind of looks like a known hero won't hold up.


Actually, I think you'd be in okay shape if you just allowed the player to pick the color of the beam.  The fact is that this is easy to put ina broader context.  Guns by themselves don't kill people, so stores are allowed to sell them.  If someone goes out and shoots someone with one, then you have to pursue them for wrongful use.  The gun and the possession of it is not illegal though.  Same way with allowing people to create any superhero they want and cracking down on the "copiers".
Personally I think that the Comic companies blew it on this with COH.   Fast way to recover now - Ask COH to set up a MARVEL server, then create GM accounts for the superheroes and allow people to fight in special events next to their favorite superheroes or at least see them moving around.  Would people pay an extra $20 a month to get missions from Spiderman or Wolverine instead of the Statesman?  I don't know, but I sure would like to see! smile
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Everquest 2 - first impressions on: November 15, 2004, 04:46:33 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
Speaking of crafting:

I would love for someone to either write up (here on CG) or link me to a site that can explain "Crafting for Morons"  - which I obviously am.

I have heard numerous times you can use knowledge to help you craft, but I don't get it.  I am 8th level right now.  Is it too early to use knowledge to craft, or am I just a complete retard?  

Any really basic help would be great.  I am fine right up until the point when I hit "create", and my little Wood Elf starts her crafting.  Then, all hell breaks loose as these little icons pop up on the bottom of the screen saying stuff like, "mismeasurement, knot, imbalance, etc..."  and I sit there at my computer helpless, cause I don't know what to do.   :cry:

Much Thanks,

LD


hehe, yeah, I know, the system is not intuitive because it is SO different.  The object was to turn crafting from passive to at least somewhat active.  Let me give the rundown:

Bring up the EQ2 Menu (bottom left button) and pick knowledge.  There you will probably see your combat and spell knowledge.  Skip those, pick the tradeskills button that is right next to them.
Now your thinking "Whoa, what are these?"  This is the part they goofed up, they all have long names and descriptions...not intuitive at all.  Concentrate on the picture.  Yeah, sounds goofy doesn't it.  Okay, lets put it into practice.  I'm going to tell you how I do it.
I open up the "quickbar" to one that is mostly empty (I use 9&0) then I start crafting.  You'll notice that little pictures spring up along the way.  Now refer to your tradeskill knowledge.  Hey, the pictures match up (careful, though, some of them look a little similar).  Pull the matching picture into the quickbar.  There may be several you have to pull down and the type of crafting your doing will affect which ones you get.  The common theme is that there are about 4 common, 2 uncommon and 1 rare picture per crafting station.  After you get them down to your quickbar, whenever one of those pictures pops up...push the icon.  The picture in the crafting box will disappear.  Basically its saying that you used that knowledge to counter the problem.   You'll be amazed how much better you are at crafting now.
The whole system is supposed to be a spell/counter-spell combat-type representation.  Literally crafting is combatting imperfections in the material and construction to make pristine items.  I like the system in the fact that its going to KILL crafting bots.  I also like that even at low levels you can make expensive stuff (selling it is another issue) out of relatively easy to get materials with some practice and being attentive.  
Good luck, I am by no means an expert, but I am having a ball crafting stuff.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Everquest 2 - first impressions on: November 15, 2004, 12:47:21 PM
I have been playing EQ2 since the 2nd day of release.  I'm going to do the Cons first even though I really like the game since they aren't killers, except that the first one has to be fixed...NOW.

Cons:
The brokers (aka auction house) isn't working.
The graphics are nice, but still seem a little drab.
Yeah, there is some type of memory leak thing right now causing some significant slowdown (especially since it seems to be caused by zoning, which the early quests cause you to do maddingly often)
There are a lot of things that just don't seem intuitive at first.

Pros:
I'm at level 13 and still having a lot of fun fighting 95% solo
The world does seem very alive.  A lot of NPCs move, the special houses for players can actually be "toured", pretty sweet.
The crafting system rocks.  I was a terrible crafter the first couple days until I realized you could use "knowledge" to improve crafting.  Basically they have turned crafting from a very passive activity to a somewhat active one.  There are things I don't like about the crafting system, but fixing the brokers would probably fix a bunch of them.  I think  that crating is one of my favorite parts of the game right now.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ban on Gay Marriage a winner in 11 states. on: November 06, 2004, 02:49:09 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
Fair warning: if you think the idea of a higher power is for fools and weaklings, you might as well skip this post.  This assumes that the reader - at the very least - believes we're not the result of some cosmic accident.

Quote from: "RPGHero"

1.  Jesus said whoever hasn't sinned throw the first stone.


Immediately afterward he said to the woman "I don't condemn you.  Now  go and sin no more."

Notice what he said... Jesus didn't say "I don't condemn you - now go and sin all you like - it's no biggie."  You can't embrace the first part and ignore the second.  Homosexuality is a sin - both the old and new testaments support this.

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I have never met a Christian who has never sinned, and quite frankly we all sin in little ways, some in big ways.


Absolutely.  But there's a huge difference between A) screwing up in a moment of weakness, admitting you made a mistake, then moving forward and B) Living a lifestyle that is sinful, claiming it's OK simply because the world says so.  

I have messed up in some huge, collosal ways.  But I don't try to justify it and twist God's word to make it OK so I can continue along that course - I do my best to "go and sin no more".


I have some gay friends and after talking with them and watching several members of my family struggle with alcoholism it has tempered my viewpoint of homosexual activity.  Personally I *do* think its a sin, but then gay people say "If God hates us, then why did he make us this way?"  That is a far tougher question.  
I find it curious how we will embrace alcoholics and do everything we want to help them reform, but we don't embrace gays that way.  Its much tougher when you think about it, an alcoholic can avoid bars and other places that sell alcohol, what does a gay person do?  I suppose a man could join a convent or a woman a monastery, but I don't think I have ever heard of that.  
I can easily throw out the sin that I am most susceptible to - almost every day I'll see a young lady walking down the street and feel a bit of lust, some people even joke its "healthy" for a male.  If a gay person does this though, some people would say that is a worse sin than murder.  I don't think so.  When Jesus said "go sin no more", he knew she would sin again, we all do, but its the pursuit of faith which is important.  
Many of us have a much harder go of it than others.  Many members of society seem to have desires that make them do very sinful things, yet many also are good contributors to society in many other ways.  In some cases like pedophiles we need to protect others from their sin.  In the case of gays in consensual relationships, I'm not sure where I can point out the harm other than pointing out it helps people sin.  
Theoretically alcohol and pain pill makers could be helping sinners too, but am I willing to say that I'm smarter than the average Christian and ban everything that might lead them to unholy behavior.  No.  That makes me the worse tyrant of all because faith is like exercising.  A faith that is never tested is as weak as someone who never exercises.  If I let you exercise your faith and help you grow stronger, your faith will stand any tests.  Some will fail, that is why the new testament said that when you fall, ask for forgiveness and rise again.  As I said, discriminating against gays will not bring them any closer to us, and if we are driving them away from joining us in faith, I fear we will be the ones that will face a harsher judgement than them.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ban on Gay Marriage a winner in 11 states. on: November 05, 2004, 10:37:08 PM
Quote from: "scubabbl"
The thing I don't like about morals and religion is religious people are allowing their morals to be dictated to them instead of forming their own opinions. i.e. the bible says it's wrong, so it must be.  A will of the majority in religious instances is the will of an individual, who through influence and propaganda, influance others.


The sad thing for me is that people who say their taking their beliefs from the bible because of their Christian beliefs aren't really being Christians.  Hypocrisy has always been part of EVERY culture and Christians are not immune either unfortunately.  I'm a Christian and it hurts me when I see people discriminate against anyone, even if they are perceived to be sinners.  I see three problems with discriminating against anyone who isn't considered part of "God's people" as a Christian.

1.  Jesus said whoever hasn't sinned throw the first stone.  I have never met a Christian who has never sinned, and quite frankly we all sin in little ways, some in big ways.
2.  Jesus' main message:  Treat all others as you would like to be treated.
3.  Last message, everyone is one of God's children, the prodigal son was an example of this.

What does this mean to me?  Rather than rejecting Gay people or couples we need to embrace them.  People aren't going to turn from sin because you tell them to, but because they choose to.  You can't oppress someone and as them to take on your beliefs.  You can make it SEEM they are taking on your beliefs, but they don't actually do it.
It worries me that the number of Christians who attend church regularly is slipping and yet most of us can't seem to see why.  We need need to start reaching out and pulling our brothers and sisters in and not staring out through our home and church windows and cursing those who won't join us just because we feel we are chosen.  
I live in Michigan and we also approved a marriage ban, I voted against it.  Not one new Christian will be created by that law, but a lot of people will hate the church because of it.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / GG Staff: Thank-you on: October 14, 2004, 04:30:05 PM
I was writing to Bill Harris the other night and said that it was too bad about the site and he left at a "perfect time" (if you could call it that).  People were able to acknowledge his contribution and see where he was going.  The rest of the staff really didn't get this, and so I thought I would post here some thoughts of mine and hope that others would join.  I also encourage these folks to let us know what they are doing so that perhaps we can follow their work.

Andy:  Wow, I don't know what else to say, thanks for all your really hard work.  I personally don't remember you were not a part of the site.  Thanks for sticking with us.

Stephen:  Thank you very much for all your very hard work behind the scenes.  You got the crummy job of everybody expecting what you did to work perfectly, and when it didn't work getting some of our scorn.  You did a great job keeping up the forums and so that we actually had a place to have a community at all.  Thanks so much.

Mods and others:  I'm not going to name anyone or everyone else because I'll miss some good people who were really instrumental to keeping their area of the site running well.  Thank you for all your hard work.  Many of you had to put up with people and expectations that were totally unreasonable.  Thank you for your hard work as well.

If anyone feels slighted that I didn't recognize them by name I'm sorry.  I never visited the R&P forums which were apparently the best part according to some people, I'm sure I missed other outstanding things as well.  I wished Rich and Bill all the best earlier and now I'm wishing you as well.  I hope I see you around.
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