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1161  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: So, I've unsubscribed AION and re-subscribed to... on: October 06, 2009, 10:10:48 PM

Quote from: skystride on October 06, 2009, 09:52:05 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on October 06, 2009, 09:33:35 PM

Funny. This is exactly one of my peeves about Aion, that it felt like it was on rails with almost no extra land to explore. Except for key areas, there's almost nothing to explore, unlike a game like LoTR where it felt like you had a whole world to explore. And what I mean by that is that there's hardly anything beyond the paths.

It opens up once you hit the PvPvE areas after level 20.  I'm not saying Aion is the the best open exploration game, I'm just saying it's a heck of a lot better than AoC in that regard.


Well yeah, I was around level 25 and just hit the ability to get into the Abyss, and even then I found the areas quite small.
1162  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: So, I've unsubscribed AION and re-subscribed to... on: October 06, 2009, 09:33:35 PM

Quote from: skystride on October 06, 2009, 08:23:16 PM

There are several reasons why but one of the big ones is that the zones in AoC felt on rails and were too small.  There is basically no exploration in AoC once you've gone over the tracks once.  In comparison, zones in Aion are large and contiguous.

Funny. This is exactly one of my peeves about Aion, that it felt like it was on rails with almost no extra land to explore. Except for key areas, there's almost nothing to explore, unlike a game like LoTR where it felt like you had a whole world to explore. And what I mean by that is that there's hardly anything beyond the paths.
1163  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online closed beta apps being accepted on: October 06, 2009, 08:50:50 PM
You know, I'm trying to spend as little time in their forums as possible. When Startrek-online.net was around during the Perpetual days, I was a member of their forums and it was the biggest community dedicated to the game at the time, with developers regularly hanging out. What I couldn't stand however was the amount of nitpicking of technical details, and it turned me off from participating in the forums and so I spent less and less time there the more nitpicking there was. If anything, it's the community that will make or break the game, not the game itself. The game could be good, but the fans will nitpick it to death and annoy the developers. Star Trek fans are in general, a lot more nitpickier than Star Wars fans, I think. If anything is even remotely off in terms of technical specs, the fans won't rest.

So, I hope it's taken in consideration that some people simply don't want to interact with their forum community and still play.
1164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bloggers Must Disclose Payments for Reviews on: October 06, 2009, 07:57:03 PM
Sounds to me it's professional bloggers. People who blog for money. Because it would just be stupid if they were to target casual bloggers just because they decide to review something due to their experiences.

On the other hand, an example of where this would work is if a casual blogger is signed up with LibraryThing's advance copy system where they're given advance copies for review purposes. And that's the thing, they sign a contract.

To be able to make a policy with this, they would have to have everyone sign a contract. They might only be able to do this using a ring or association of bloggers, where a person signs up with consent and then they're part of a group of bloggers. Otherwise, it's like swatting at flies.

This raises several issues however. What if they don't like your review and you're being fair about it? What if they don't want to see any negatives? What if they start throwing money at you for you to give them a positive review?
1165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stargate Universe on: October 05, 2009, 06:01:05 PM

Quote from: kronovan on October 05, 2009, 03:31:42 PM

Quote from: warning on October 05, 2009, 11:31:50 AM

Quote from: kronovan on October 05, 2009, 07:56:08 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 04, 2009, 11:40:06 PM

Quote from: kronovan on October 04, 2009, 10:28:36 PM

Need I remind everyone that it's being written and filmed in Vancouver, Canada. Thefore it will be nothing short of awesome. And it's not that I'm being biased or anything, as I personally didn't care for SG1 or SGA.

the first 2 series were also filmed up there.

I know, I know. I didn't say the other 2 weren't worth watching and not quality, just that they weren't my cup of team. There's obviously something to the series as it's about to enter it's 3rd iteration. I mean, other than Star Trek, what SciFi series has ever done that?

Doctor Who has had two or three spin-off series.

Yup, that would be the other one. But did the spin-offs get shown in a prime time slot and run for 5+ seasons like the SG and ST series did? I personally don't know, as I only ever watched the original eons ago and at the time it aired Saturday morning.

Well, the only one I can think of that does that is Torchwood. It has run for 2 seasons so far, but not sure about a 3rd. And then there's a Dr Who cartoon series and a Sarah Jane spinoff.
1166  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Level-R, a MMOG racer on: October 05, 2009, 01:41:05 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 04, 2009, 08:23:08 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on October 04, 2009, 07:51:47 PM

It is the same as Project Torque. Level-R is the European/Asian version. Project Torque was pretty decent, but it relied too much on buying points in order to buy cars. Once you upgraded everything on your starter car, there wasn't really much you could do aside from race for fun, unless you spent money towards points to buy a new car in a new class. That said though, it was pretty decent. It had good physics, and even had a sim mode.

Yeah, that was my biggest issue with Project Torque as well.  There are a lot of cars and fun upgrades that you can only get by spending real money on points.  The core game and driving mechanics were fun, but being so limited I lost my interest after a while.

Yeah, exactly. I stopped playing once I had maxed out my car because I didn't really see the point in continuing. Oh, and the big issue I had with the game was the "no ramming" policy that was being enforced by the community. Of course, it wasn't easily visible unless you went to their forum and looked at their rules, but you'd have people pointing fingers and cursing at people for ramming, which frankly took the fun away. It was a bit much, to the point that people would get angry even if it were a simple accident, and so you'd pretty much have to drive very carefully.
1167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stargate Universe on: October 05, 2009, 01:02:05 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on October 04, 2009, 01:05:18 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on October 04, 2009, 05:36:35 AM

Also, maybe I missed something, but if they're on a ship and the Stargate is broken and they can't use it to bring them home, then isn't the point of this being a Stargate show moot if they can't use it? When will they ever get to use it?

It's not broken and in fact the ship is establishing wormholes for them automagically now, some sort of pre-programmed hunt for resources with a 12 hour window that looks like a plot element they'll rely heavily on, if I had to guess. We've gone from 7 symbol addresses to 8 symbols and now to 9 with this show and I think the only 'brokenness' is in their understanding of exactly how to use all 9 symbols to get home and getting the power required to do so... without killing themselves in the process.

Ok, but I could of sworn that the Stargate that they went through that got them onto the ship in the first place was on Icarus. Not only that, but the ship... Eli mentioned in the second half that this was his second ship he's been on since "yesterday". Second? I thought they only had one ship; one ancient ship.

 It was a confusing mess with the back and forth all the time, that I don't really know where things were.


Quote from: Azhag on October 04, 2009, 09:53:52 PM

Anyone else think the potentially crazy/self-absorbed lead scientist with long hair was awfully similar to BSG?

Yeah, reminds me of Baltar. Right down to the same accent Baltar had.
1168  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Level-R, a MMOG racer on: October 04, 2009, 07:51:47 PM
It is the same as Project Torque. Level-R is the European/Asian version. Project Torque was pretty decent, but it relied too much on buying points in order to buy cars. Once you upgraded everything on your starter car, there wasn't really much you could do aside from race for fun, unless you spent money towards points to buy a new car in a new class. That said though, it was pretty decent. It had good physics, and even had a sim mode.
1169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stargate Universe on: October 04, 2009, 05:36:35 AM
I thought it was interesting, but they seriously need to work on the characters, because currently, nobody really stands out aside from Eli. The change in tone of the series is a little odd too. I mean, the tone of the first two really worked well for what it was, so why change it? Yeah, so gritty and serious is in now, but come on,  it kind of changes the nature of the whole franchise. Also, maybe I missed something, but if they're on a ship and the Stargate is broken and they can't use it to bring them home, then isn't the point of this being a Stargate show moot if they can't use it? When will they ever get to use it?

I call it Stargate: BSG-1
1170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend me some shoes on: October 01, 2009, 11:50:48 PM
I love my Dr Scholls that I bought about 2 months ago. Great pair of shoes with a gel insole. Went hiking with them the week after I got them and, while I usually have feet that hurt due to flat feet, my feet didn't hurt after hiking. The plus being that the grip on them is more like a boot grip than running shoe grip.
1171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One, Two, Rorschach's coming for you (Nightmare on Elm Street remake) on: October 01, 2009, 09:18:09 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 01, 2009, 01:26:39 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on September 30, 2009, 09:20:00 PM

Quote from: dmd on September 30, 2009, 08:01:48 PM

Or Gone With the Wind.

Nooo, they better not dare. There are some movies that are such a staple of an era that they shouldn't be redone, that remaking them removes the context they were originally made in. This, I feel, is one of them. It would be like remaking Dr Strangelove without the context of the Cold War.

they could turn Gone With the Wind into a TV series for the CW  icon_twisted

They'll turn the famous line into: "Frankly, asshole, I don't give a shit!"  icon_lol

Or the HBO version: "Frankly, asshole, I don't give a flying fuck!"
1172  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion - Graphics and Performance on: October 01, 2009, 07:56:52 PM
When I was testing it, I was able to max it everywhere without any lag. But that may have been more due to how little a population there was. I can only imagine it being pretty bad in the big cities like Sanctum.
1173  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic BETA SIGNUP on: October 01, 2009, 03:31:19 AM
Woot, finally made it! Helps if you enable Java when it gets to the scanning part.

Hmm, well, so I thought. I had to redo the process with the trick listed above, using a different email address. Hope this doesn't invalidate me because it would look like I have two accounts, but it's part of their shoddy system for not sending invites in the first place.

Edit Today: Btw, I did finally get the activation email for the first account. Seems like it's much slower if you don't use the trick, so keep that in mind if you give all the info in one go. Might seem like you're not getting anything, but it's just delayed.
1174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Anyone recommend any of this season's new series? on: October 01, 2009, 02:04:29 AM
I like Kelsey Grammer, so I tried watching his new show, Hank, but I couldn't bear the 1 minute I watched and turned it off when an annoying kid came onto the scene. I watched the show after it called The Middle and loved it. I think it's a solid show with solid writing, and could be a hit.
1175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One, Two, Rorschach's coming for you (Nightmare on Elm Street remake) on: September 30, 2009, 09:20:00 PM

Quote from: dmd on September 30, 2009, 08:01:48 PM

Or Gone With the Wind.

Nooo, they better not dare. There are some movies that are such a staple of an era that they shouldn't be redone, that remaking them removes the context they were originally made in. This, I feel, is one of them. It would be like remaking Dr Strangelove without the context of the Cold War.
1176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [reading]So...Star Wars books? on: September 28, 2009, 08:42:59 PM
The only ones I've ever felt were worth reading were the Thrawn trilogy by Timothy Zahn. I've never been beyond that.
1177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I HATE Christmas on: September 28, 2009, 06:51:25 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 28, 2009, 06:43:05 PM

Limbaugh's right, there is a War On Christmas, and you Scrooges are the footsoldiers!

There's a time and place for Christmas, and it isn't October.
1178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I HATE Christmas on: September 28, 2009, 06:37:41 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on September 28, 2009, 05:18:12 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on September 28, 2009, 05:05:40 PM

I dont do X-mas much but what I do do it after Thanksgiving. I refuse to buy anything at stores that start X-mas before Thanksgiving.
By Tgiving the season is effectively over from a merchandising perspective -- it is too late to test what will and what won't sell, and load up on the winners. I have to make my bets a week or two after Halloween.

See, that's the thing. In Canada, our Thanksgiving is in October, so the reason for that sounds even more ridiculous.

And believe it or not, I've seen the movie channels here show Christmas movies in June, and the kicker was that we were having a pretty cold June, to the point that there were reports of snowfall. Felt like a kick in the nuts.
1179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Junk Battles on: September 25, 2009, 09:14:30 PM
Ohhh, this is pretty cool.
1180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite Podcasts on: September 23, 2009, 01:24:11 AM
www.coverville.com

I'm even a paid subscriber.
1181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Farming Simulator on: September 19, 2009, 06:37:22 PM
Great, because farming is just the kind of fun I need...   icon_lol

Yeah, who wants to have fun picking up manure...   eek
1182  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online closed beta apps being accepted on: September 15, 2009, 06:33:16 PM
It's not your fault. The timeline they have on their site is very confusing to read. Not very clear what's what.
1183  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Pictures! [Serious 58k Warning] on: September 14, 2009, 09:39:15 PM
Thanks, Blackhawk.  Not sure what the usual process is for beta testing, but it would of been nice to have been notified by email by them on it being lifted.

















The story here is that at the end of the event, we coordinated a meeting between both sides. Elysians came to Asmodae through a rift, so we had to all be at least a certain level for it to work. As players know, there's no way for each side to talk to each other, though we devised a system where we would use our market stalls and changed the description each time we had something new to say.





1184  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Pictures! [Serious 58k Warning] on: September 14, 2009, 06:19:18 PM
Since there's no more NDA, here are some of my pictures from the Family & Friends/Alpha event from awhile back.

Edit: Or not. Are we still under NDA? Won't post them until I'm sure.
1185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pirates of the Caribbean 4 w/o Verbinski on: September 14, 2009, 01:58:27 AM

Quote from: disarm on September 13, 2009, 07:56:41 PM

i'd love to see how Michael Bay works aircraft carriers and fighter jets into PotC.  you know he couldn't make any movie without the military being involved...

Canons are all he needs for explosions in this universe. The Military? Yeah, get the British navy from the first movie involved somehow. Maybe the British military should hire him to lead a crusade against Captain Kidd who was one of the most successful pirates of the time.
1186  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: AVG threat while installing Neighbors from Hell 2??? on: September 10, 2009, 08:34:05 PM
Could it maybe be copy protection? The packer used during mastering? Some copy protection like older versions of Starforce are considered rootkits and cause problems when installed, and some Anti-virus programs dislike packers that they can't penetrate.  Also, are you absolutely sure that it's a legit copy and not some conterfeit copy?
1187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MUSIC] The Beatles on: September 10, 2009, 07:51:12 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on September 10, 2009, 06:09:18 PM

In the olden days of yore radio stations had more freedom to play music. Thus almost every song from a Beatles album would get some airplay. I can't think of any other band where this might be true.

Their later stuff truly was album rock, music that flowed from one song into the next.

True. And I think that, in terms of the Beatles, most people didn't think of them in a singles mentality, but rather the bigger picture, if that makes any sense, and that comes with people knowing what to expect out of the band.
1188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Org Behavior on: September 10, 2009, 07:44:15 PM
Dot.com? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0400380/
1189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prey trademark bought by Bethesda and Id on: September 09, 2009, 08:05:03 PM
I guess this means Prey 2 will be distributed by Bethesda, or more precisely, Zenimax. Or maybe it means Zenimax thinks that iD can do something with the Prey license.
1190  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online closed beta apps being accepted on: September 07, 2009, 03:22:51 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on September 06, 2009, 10:47:00 PM

Picard rams Shinzon


Kelvin rams Nero


Well, yeah, there's that, but this seemed more like a fault with the engine where the ships just bounced off, and in a preview?
1191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Want to know when your favorite TV show starts up again this fall? on: September 06, 2009, 08:58:39 PM
I'm perhaps looking forward to Curb Your Enthusiasm being back the most.
1192  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online closed beta apps being accepted on: September 06, 2009, 07:38:56 PM
Maybe it's a technicality, but the ship battles look a little off in the preview. Not once, but two times, it looks like a ship collides into another one.
1193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Control your games with the Peregrine on: September 03, 2009, 06:49:26 AM
Behold, the Nintendo Power Glove!

1194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google patents home page on: September 02, 2009, 08:55:50 PM
I don't see how it can do that. Every search engine that ever started up in the early days of the net has had a simple homepage. They've only evolved to complexity while Google hasn't changed much since it started.
1195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol on: September 02, 2009, 08:47:21 PM

Quote from: Jeff on September 02, 2009, 06:59:50 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 02, 2009, 06:37:06 PM

Anyone else excited for this book?

I think Jeff Bezos is. He plastered it on the entire front page of Amazon today. Talk about some powerful free advertising.

I doubt it was free Tongue
1196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is your favorite hard cider? on: September 02, 2009, 06:58:55 PM
We used to like Growers, but it's hard to find these days. We like to get Stowford Press English Export Cider now.



1197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol on: September 02, 2009, 06:50:24 PM
Yeah, looking forward to it, though I won't be reading it right away. I'll get it eventually. I haven't even read the last Harry Potter book yet.

I actually liked Angels & Demons better than The Da Vinci Code. Felt it had a better story.
1198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fantastic Four to return to the big screen on: September 02, 2009, 06:43:37 PM
Be aware that the writer for Batman & Robin is the producer in this one. This won't end well. It's game over before it's even begun.
1199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Band names... on: September 01, 2009, 09:20:16 PM
Plastic Army Men, Plastic Army Patrol or simply Plastic Army.
Squirrel Nut Chaos
Bomb Diggity
Moon Ministry
Ministry of Horses
Upchuck Chuck
Strangehorse
Horse Bucket
Stoned Horses
1200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lego my V8! on: September 01, 2009, 05:13:11 PM
That's awesome smile
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