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2561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Man.. so many FPSes.. Which ones make it home? on: March 02, 2005, 03:46:02 AM
Quote from: "Rage"
Quote from: "Sarkus"
Check the reviews on Republic Commando : 6-7 hours single player campaign.  So, unless you see it being a big online mutliplayer game . . .

I didnt see 6-7 hours anywhere-I heard around 10 hours from every review I read. If you specifically have read that, please provide the links so I can rent instead of spending 50 smackers-I do not see it as a big multiplayer draw, not with BIA coming out as well. I really would appreciate it if you could back up the length comment, because 6-7 hours will likely take an experienced FPSer like me more like 5, and thats ridiculous.

I'm going off of the Gamespy review (sorry, can't get the link to work).

The reviewer specifically mentions 7 hours.
2562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Man.. so many FPSes.. Which ones make it home? on: March 01, 2005, 06:35:28 AM
Check the reviews on Republic Commando : 6-7 hours single player campaign.  So, unless you see it being a big online mutliplayer game . . .

Brothers in Arms is my only must buy on that list.  Already got Doom 3 on PC last summer, not a fan of TimeSplitters, wait and see on Area 51.
2563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / @#$%&@#$% Freaking ATI! I want my HL2 as promised! on: February 22, 2005, 06:21:13 AM
Quote from: "lokiju"
It would have to be spectacular to overcome my prejudice due to the feedback I've read about Steam.  Thanks for the heads up though.

It took me a month, tons of hours, and eventually a complete hard drive reformat (on a system that was just 3 months old) to get Half-Life 2 to work after I pre-downloaded it from Steam.  BTW, Valve's tech support never once responded to my requests for help, and I was diligent about keeping them up to date on everything I tried.  I ultimately downloaded the game five times (at about 20 hours per with my connection speed).

I still consider it the best FPS I played last year.
2564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / @#$%&@#$% Freaking ATI! I want my HL2 as promised! on: February 13, 2005, 08:57:20 PM
Quote from: "bobclay54"
I am very unhappy with ATI for the misleading information on their website to the point that I will probably not buy another ATI card.

I think the lesson here is never buy a video card because of a free game unless the game is in the box.  :roll:
2565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB Games Trade 3 Get 1, what a rip! on: February 11, 2005, 04:06:53 PM
I can't comment on EB's practices, but I know that GameStop tosses pennied out guides.  If one makes it to the register accidently, we usually just give it to the customer for free.  Any store that is selling it for full value is doing it on their own, not as part of a company policy.
2566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Brother in arms is almost done! 1 item left. That`s it! on: February 10, 2005, 06:57:51 AM
I was pretty excited about BiA at one time, but I'm also burned out on WW2.  I wouldn't be suprised if it does well on PC, but the less than great results for Call of Duty on consoles tells me the interest there is low for WW2 shooters right now.
2567  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ever heard of FullSail? on: February 01, 2005, 08:52:24 PM
Right now there aren't that many schools that offer degrees specifically aimed at computer animation, etc., so those that do all are pretty expensive.  FullSail and Digipen (located in the Seattle area) are probably the best known. Both are really more like technical schools than regular colleges. In fact, I believe FullSail has students out with a degree in less than the normal 2 years.  While there are other schools beginning to offer similar degrees (check out art institute type schools for example), you won't save much by going that route, and the name factor for FullSail or Digipen might be worth what little more it would cost.
2568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Simple KOTOR 2 Question on: February 01, 2005, 08:41:12 PM
I completed the game with only minor bugs and no crashes on the XBox.  While it's possible (but not confirmed) that these issues will be cleaned up for the PC release, recent comments indicate the balance and difficulty issues others feel exist have not been addressed in the PC version, so I wouldn't base my decision on that.  

I honestly believe that many of the issues people have had with KOTOR I and KOTOR II on the XBox were really hardware issues rather than software issues.  First, later versions of the XBox use a different hard drive and DVD drive manufacturer - the early models seem to have more problems in general.  Second, the XBox is very heat sensitive and seems to have been engineered with a barely adequate cooling system.  It doesn't take much for them to fry their internal electronics due to repeated overheating, which brings the generic "dirty disk" error in increasing frequency until you get that on all disks all the time.  The only time I had any real glitches in KOTOR I, for example, was when I had been playing for about 5 hours straight.  All other KOTOR I and KOTOR II sessions I kept to four hours or less and encountered no issues.
2569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Wars Has Impressed Me (not KOTOR) on: February 01, 2005, 06:30:59 AM
I agree.  Republic Commando looks pretty good.  With some of the delays on other titles, it's really come down now to either Republic Commando, Project Snowblind, or Brothers in Arms as far as my spring FPS choice goes.  I'm leaning towards Repub Commando right now, based on that demo, mainly because I can't justify another WW2 FPS (Brothers).
2570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Craft: Ghost on: January 27, 2005, 06:57:42 PM
Blizzard never was developing it internally.  It was shown at E3 last year and the response was luke-warm so they ended up taking it from the developer that had it and not much has been said since.
2571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA games on gamecube? on: January 26, 2005, 10:49:27 PM
You want the GBA player accessory, which plugs into the bottom of the Gamecube, has a game boy cartridge slot, and comes with a disk that you put into the Gamecube when you play gameboy games.  It works pretty well, but it does run about $50 so it's no small investment.
2572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire worth getting? on: January 24, 2005, 07:55:55 PM
I got about half way through Bloodlines and that's where it sits.  I'll echo the other sentiments about disappointing use of the Source engine and bugs and add a few of my own.  

1) While I found some of the quests addictive, I never felt drawn in by the overall plot.

2) Too much hints and innuendo, not enough action.  This game is clearly taking the "Interview with the Vampire" style of combining vampires and eroticism, but it never delivers anything.  

3) Too much of a focus on combat.  Troika keeps trying to recreate the brilliant aspect of Fallout where you could beat the game from many different angles, including non-combat.  I don't think you can play Bloodlines as anything other than a largely combat focused character.

I think I've given up on Troika.  Every game they've released is flawed and incomplete.  Every game they blame the publisher for forcing them to push it out the door before it was ready.  And every game it turns out they were given significant extensions by that same publisher, extensions beyond dates that Troika originally promised.  I wonder how many more opportunities they will get.
2573  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Anyone getting bored with WOW? on: January 22, 2005, 07:25:17 AM
After about 3 intense weeks of gaming, my interest in WOW has dropped way off.  It may be only temporariy, but this is similar to what has happened to me on other MMORPG's.  Strangely, I can't really say why I'm bored with it, just that I'm feeling like playing other games.

Anyone else?
2574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 ending...NO SPOILERS plz on: January 22, 2005, 07:21:31 AM
I like the ending too.  Sure, it leaves some things unanswered, but the main story is complete.  The rest is the kind of thing they might deal with in an expansion or something like that.
2575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thinking of getting Halflife 2, but... on: January 18, 2005, 06:15:28 AM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
Sarkus - if what you say is what the future is, that would put stores like EB and Gamestop out of business. I do agree with you that in the future we may see more "steam" types of games, but I mean WAY into the future - 10+ years from now. Probably by the time we are grandpas and are too old to use computers anymore. When our grandkids are buying PC games, it'll be online.

I'm not bullish on the future of EB or GameStop, that's for sure (and I work for one of them as a manager).  It's pretty common knowledge that Sony and Microsoft both are already talking seriously about delivering games via the internet, so I don't think it's as far off as you think.  The transition from floppies to CD's happened pretty quickly, for example, so this is a a business that moves very fast.

I honestly believe that within 5 years more PC games will be sold electronically than will be sold on a disk.

Quote from: "corruptrelic"

However taking into account that a HUGE number of computer users are still without internet or on 56k modems, having games like half-life 2 that are 4GB+ in size just isn't reasonable for the time we are in now.
Even on my DSL connection I woudn't want to waste all tha time downloading half-life 2. It shoudn't be your job paying full price for a game and then having to burn it to your own cd's.

The XBox's entire online service, XBox Live, requires a broadband connection.  Most of the games for the PS2 that have online content require broadband connecitons.  Do you think that two of the biggest players on the console side of gaming would make this move without really believing that broadband will be adopted very fast?  I don't.  Yes, that's console and we're talking PC, but console dwarfs PC at this point and I think we can assume that broadband adoption on the PC side is higher than on the console side.   As for the cost of CD's, well they're suprisingly cheap at this point.  Even a DVD only costs a buck or two.  The only issue I see is that in much of the world you pay for your internet on a minute by minute connection, not the unlimited access that is pretty universal in the US.

From a consumer standpoint, I think the ideal would be for there to be no more than four or five direct download providers.  But, I can forsee a chaotic transition to that point as every major publisher, developer, and opportunist jumps in hoping they'll become the Amazon of direct download standards.
2576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thinking of getting Halflife 2, but... on: January 15, 2005, 07:22:41 PM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
I highly doubt that Steam is the way PC games are going. There are so many people against Steam (take a look at the official forums) that I don't think the PC gaming community would put up with another steam from another company.

When I say Steam is the future I'm referring to the idea of downloadable delivery.  That is the future, perhaps even for console games as well.  It just makes too much sense.  Despite all the complaining, do you think Valve is unhappy they went this route?  I doubt it, not with a million plus copies sold via Steam for $50 or more directly going to them.  They probably got less than $20 a copy from the retail versions and that's with much more leverage than most developers have.  I don't think we'll see each company with it's own delivery system like Valve has, but it will be an increasingly used option.  There are already services that can be hired to provide this option and Valve has stated it's desire to be a provider for other developers as well.  As for the concern about not having a hard copy, almost every downloadable game out there (including Half-Life 2) allows you to burn it to a disk.  Given the increasingly common CD/DVD burners, that's no issue for many gamers.
2577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thinking of getting Halflife 2, but... on: January 15, 2005, 08:59:51 AM
You'd think that after it took me two weeks of trying and a reformat of my hard drive to get it to work that I would not be a fan of Half-Life 2.  But I am, and that should tell you all you need to know.

Steam (or something like it) are the future of PC gaming so you might as well get on the bus now.
2578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB Games Price gouging ?? on: January 15, 2005, 05:17:49 AM
I have a hard time believing that EB found these copies from a recall from stores that had copies sitting around.  WOW is not like your average game, and the CE version was in short supply from day one.  I don't know what EB's situation was, but at GameStop (I manage one) we only got enough CE's to cover the reservations.  

From what I've read, it sounds like EB ended up with copies in the warehouse that they lost track of.  That being said, what should EB have done?  The CE is going for $180 plus on Ebay - should EB just ignore that or should they price what is a limited supply item accordingly?  If there are reservation customers who still have a reservation, then yes, EB should honor the price they quoted at the time of reservation.   If people are mad because they cancelled their pre-orders due to EB not being able to fill those orders back in November, that's not EB's problem.  I only see EB being at fault if they intentionally held product, somehow knowing that they could sell it later for more.  I seriously doubt that's the case.
2579  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Any Art Bell fans? Remember Mel's Hole? (SFW ;)) on: January 15, 2005, 05:03:20 AM
I used to listen to a lot of Art Bell, but after awhile I realized that he never called anyone on their statements.  He just let them talk, usually without challenging their claims.  How many predictions has that Ed Dames guy, the remote viewer, made that were wrong?  I've lost track.  And yet he comes on every few months.

George Noory is fine, but his interests are pushing the show away from some interesting topics in favor of more "casual" ideas like ghosts, etc.  Art seemed to have a broader view of what he could cover.
2580  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 1/12/05 on: January 13, 2005, 09:06:38 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Only thing about this show that's wearing on me is the "almost" deaths.  First the Hobbit was dead but was magically brought back to life by Jack punching him multiple times on his chest.  Then the cute sister was dead.  Except.... gotcha!  It wasn't really her!

That's getting old.  Kill someone off ok?

My thought exactly.

To be honest, my interest in the show is dropping, mainly because of the extremely slow pace at which they are revealing what is going on.  In theory, they could spend the entire season doing these background episodes.
2581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB Games Price gouging ?? on: January 13, 2005, 06:07:53 AM
Well, in defense of Ebay over valuing the WOW collector's edition:

1) It will not be made anymore.

2) You get an in game pet that is unique

3) WOW has sold 600,000 copies since it's release and is the biggest PC game in some time.

4) While there may be pockets of the world where copies of WOW are easy to find, in most of the country it is very hard to find.  I work for a GameStop in the Seattle area and we get about 10 people a day looking for it.  We've received 3 copies since Christmas.

So this is not your average game.
2582  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WISH gets canceled after 8 days of beta on: January 10, 2005, 04:05:52 PM
In my area of the world (Seattle) you cannot find WOW.  Where I work we see less than 10 copies a week come in and they sell out immediately. Compare that to 5-10 requests a day for the game.
2583  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Should I bother? on: December 30, 2004, 06:55:09 PM
I think it all depends on what kind of MMORPG player you are.  I'm the type that has picked them up in the past, played for a few weeks, then gotten bored.  For me, WOW is great.  I can hop on for a short time, accomplish some goals as a solo character, all without having to commit to a group to get anything done.  The quest system is the key, IMHO, as it provides a framework for what you are doing that other MMORPG's don't have.  While you are killing a bunch of low level baddies, you are also getting extra exp or items on top of that.  And, again, you can do it solo if that's what you want.  The no penalty death system also reduces frustration.

On the other hand, if you are the type that immerses themselves in an MMO and plays it religiously, then I think you will ultimately be disappointed.  The game's been out only a month and some people are already pushing the level 60 cap.  Those who play that way will probably get bored well before any expansions show up.
2584  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Interview Today: update [GOT THE JOB] - QUICK! New Dev. on: December 18, 2004, 02:55:30 AM
The downside would be shafting the other company involved since Eco apparently accepted their offer.  It depends on how he views that situation.  From a career standpoint, moving on might make more sense and his existing employer can't fault him for turning them down on this latest proposal when he already accepted another offer.  On the other hand, if he backs out of the first offer that could bite him in the ass down the road in terms of his reputation in the industry if he wants to change employers later on.

It's a tough situation, that's for sure.  I guess it would depend on what committments Eco has made to the company that gave him the offer to begin with.
2585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Far Cry for those who have finished HL2 on: December 15, 2004, 07:13:57 PM
Having finished both, I'm still debating the HL2 vs Far Cry issue.  Each has strengths and each has weaknesses.  I do keep coming back to the idea that if HL2 had come out first, before Doom 3 and Far Cry, we'd probably all think it was as significant as HL1 was.  Instead, it's only somewhat better than D3 and FC.

The other problem I'm having is that there's no doubt in my mind that one of HL2's strengths is it's story.   However, my enjoyment of that story was undoubtedly enhanced by my reading of the "Raising the Bar" book.  That book has details that I didn't see in the game and I wonder if I would be one of those people who wasn't drawn in by the story if I hadn't read that book.

Right now I'm giving HL2 a slight edge, but Far Cry has several advantages, most of which have already been mentioned.  The ones that stand out for me are:

1) the distances you can see and how good that looks (compared to only a few areas like that in HL2 and there the distant features look featureless).

2) support for different forms of gameplay.  You can create ambushes, snipe, go run and gun, or be silent and stealthy and it all works in Far Cry.  

3) Large areas that you can approach in different ways and from different angles.

That all said, I'd like to see the original poster update us as he goes, as Far Cry was pretty unbelievable to me early on but the story has some really disappointing elements that really take away from the overall experience as you get further along.
2586  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Interview Today: update [GOT THE JOB] - QUICK! New Dev. on: December 14, 2004, 09:30:58 PM
Her reaction to your notice is interesting.   I bet she realized the whole memo issue, etc., had gone to far and worried that she had alienated you to the degree that you might try to find another job.  That might explain the recent promotion offer.  

At any rate, congratulations on what looks like a better situation.
2587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 vs Vampire on: December 06, 2004, 03:26:00 AM
I wonder what Troika's excuse this time will be for releasing another buggy title?  Not that their lame reasons for the problems with TOEE were all that convincing.
2588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civilization franchise sold! on: December 04, 2004, 07:00:25 AM
Quote from: "malichai11"
I'm confused, why did it matter who had the franchise rights when you had Firaxis making the game?

This whole thread has me baffled. I really don't understand how the gaming industry works. Sid Meier's Civilization... ??

It is pretty confusing how it works, but in this case it's somewhat straightforward.  Sid Meier was the co-founder and primary creative force behind a company called Microprose.  They made and published a bunch of games, including the original Civilization.  However, at a certain point they overextended themselves and allowed themselves to be bought by another game company in order to stay afloat.  Eventually Atari bought that company.  Thus, Atari had the legal rights to past Civ games and the name. In the meantime, Sid left and formed a new company, Firaxis.  Later, Firaxis made a deal to develop Civ 3 to be published by Atari.
2589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 - the reviews are in on: November 16, 2004, 03:31:37 AM
Bloodlines ships tomorrow, but I doubt too many will see it in stores until Wednesday.
2590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 early release legal question on: November 13, 2004, 07:04:49 PM
Although I am not a legal expert, it would seem to me that since the retailer sold the game before they were supposed to, they are responsible if the game will not work yet, not Valve or Vivendi.
2591  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 11/10/04 on: November 13, 2004, 06:53:09 PM
I came away feeling disappointed by this episode.  I hope the next one is much better.  Anyway, three things bothered me this week:

1) I really don't trust Sawyer, nor do I necessarily believe the story.  On the one hand I assume that the flashbacks are telling the truth, but on the other hand it all seems like a really twisted confidence scam to "reveal" to Kate that he was the victim to begin with.  

2) I would have felt a lot better if they had shown them digging through Sawyer's stash rather than just taking what he told Kate as the truth.

3) I'm suprised no one is talking about the Kate/Sawyer kiss.  There was more there than a forced smooch on her part.  One can only assume that at some level she is attracted to Sawyer.
2592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Official Half-Life 2 Time of Release!!! on: November 12, 2004, 12:02:41 AM
Quote from: "farley2k"
So that means stores (at least on the East Coast, and Central) can't do midnight sales like they are for Halo 2

That is dumb.  I wonder what marketing genius came up with that idea?  "huge release...lets make it hard to build hype and get people buying..."

I'd be shocked to see anyone even want to do midnight openings for Half-Life 2.  It may be the biggest PC game of the year, but it doesn't compare to Halo 2's pre-order numbers.  I manage a game store - we had over 600 Halo 2 pre-order's and have about 30 Half-Life 2 pre-orders.  A midnight opening doesn't make sense.
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