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2081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Star Wars] I no longer loathe Episodes 1-3 on: January 26, 2010, 04:04:10 PM
I hate you for making me watch that.
2082  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason) on: January 26, 2010, 04:02:26 PM
Starbuck is the new Kim. Her storyline is ridiculous and completely unnecessary. I think I may impose the KB rule of fast forwarding through all of her scenes.
2083  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Lor of the Rings Online Welcome Back this weekend on: January 22, 2010, 11:56:26 PM

Quote from: Asharak on January 22, 2010, 11:06:16 PM

I haven't played in a couple months but I've been getting the itch again. I was playing in...gradually dwindling... Kinship on Landroval last time I logged in; if I was thinking of rolling a new character, is there a recommended server/Kin with at least a few active GTers these days?

- Ash

Elendilmir server. Look up Hanton, or Stucco or Annabell (but tell them Hanton sent you). My play will be sparse this weekend. The parents are in town.
2084  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Knocks Down Corporate Campaign Spending Limits on: January 21, 2010, 09:25:44 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 21, 2010, 09:05:22 PM

GamingTrend poster Moliere claims to support freedom of speech.  But in a study published by the non-partisan Heritage Foundation, Moliere's college thesis found a disturbing streak of anti-American sentiment that one senior fellow described as "...seditious...." and "lacking in...basic...respect for our constitutional values."

It's time to send a strong message to posters like Moliere.  When you visit the forum on Tuesday, November 2nd, PM Moliere and tell him, "If you believe speech is free, why is your post count so stingy."

Moliere.  Wrong for GamingTrend.  Wrong for America.

-Tempero Pharmaceuticals
-A Subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline

Huh, Who knew!
2085  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: $300 Rebate* on SIG556 Rifles! on: January 21, 2010, 05:25:21 PM
That thing looks like the ideal weapon against zombies in a swamp.
2086  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Simple physics question on: January 21, 2010, 05:21:40 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 20, 2010, 06:53:49 PM

Quote from: Canuck on January 20, 2010, 12:22:16 PM

Im pretty sure mass is invovled-a feather doesnt accelerate the same as a bowling ball surely.

Watch an astronaut drop a feather and a hammer on the moon.

Why does the dust from their boots gut pulled down by gravity but not the flag? I know they are in a vacuum, but shouldn't the flag still be pulled toward the moon?
2087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Persona 3 PSP on: January 20, 2010, 07:17:12 PM
Atlus just announced a Persona 3 port for the PSP. Check out the first batch of info here.
2088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lunar : Harmony of The Silver Star on: January 19, 2010, 04:35:41 PM

Quote from: depward on January 19, 2010, 04:22:00 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 19, 2010, 05:47:44 AM

Quote from: Ridah on January 19, 2010, 03:16:40 AM

Quote from: depward on January 19, 2010, 02:52:49 AM

Alright, chatted with Mr. Dragon, went to the left, went up, up again and... dead end with crystals blocking a treasure chest and some on the top right. Still confused. Where the heck do I go?!

Assuming the dungeon design is the same, have you tried a faq?

Didn't even think of that. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
FAQs say "tease the monkey!" or "the baboon" or I guess Sasquatch now. They break the ice crystals for you if you manage it right. icon_wink

Ahh thanks. And Ridah - I didn't try a FAQ because I didn't think I was seriously this dumb to not know how to advance through the beginning of an RPG after playing them for many, many, many years  icon_biggrin

I was thinking the same thing, but I didn't want to insult you.  icon_wink
2089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lunar : Harmony of The Silver Star on: January 18, 2010, 08:43:08 PM

Quote from: depward on January 18, 2010, 08:17:33 PM

Quote from: Scraper on January 18, 2010, 07:01:44 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 18, 2010, 06:27:15 PM

Quote from: farley2k on January 18, 2010, 05:40:45 PM

Quote from: depward on January 18, 2010, 04:41:34 PM

Anyway, played the demo and it was alright; it seemed incredibly easy, though, which I guess 9 times out of 10 RPGs are fairly easy in the beginning. But they have an automatic battle option and I used that the whole time. The game looks pretty good... but the FMV sequences are done in a smaller box and not widescreen.

I played this on the DS and it was way, way, way, way easy.  Unless they modified it a lot you will be able to shut your eyes and just hit buttons and win every fight.

So, where does the demo end? I went into the White Dragon's cave and eventually got tired of fighting pretty much the same Sasquatch / five Slimes over and over and over with everyone on auto-pilot. Does it end somewhere in the cave or are there other places to visit?

It ends in the cave, you could run through the entire thing in less than 5 mins.

I talked to the dragon and he told me something about a trial... I walked around, couldn't find anything else in the cave. What am I missing?!

You should take an immediate left after you leave the Dragon's room. So exit Dragon Room, then go to your left and the diamond isn't far from there.
2090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lunar : Harmony of The Silver Star on: January 18, 2010, 07:35:29 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 18, 2010, 07:02:20 PM

Quote from: farley2k on January 18, 2010, 05:40:45 PM

Quote from: depward on January 18, 2010, 04:41:34 PM

Anyway, played the demo and it was alright; it seemed incredibly easy, though, which I guess 9 times out of 10 RPGs are fairly easy in the beginning. But they have an automatic battle option and I used that the whole time. The game looks pretty good... but the FMV sequences are done in a smaller box and not widescreen.

I played this on the DS and it was way, way, way, way easy.  Unless they modified it a lot you will be able to shut your eyes and just hit buttons and win every fight.


Ouch. Then I'm definitely out. Unless someone posts about how the story simply cannot be missed, my desire dropped to -1. There have been several RPGs that I've played where I would be cruising the Internet while simply hitting the auto-combat button throughout most of the game. In Suikoden 3, for example, I invested about 40 hours into the game but only looked at the screen for about 10 hours of that time. Why even bother having combat?

The DS version was way easy, but this isn't the DS version so I'm hoping that the combat does get more challenging.The Demo is certainly easy, but most opening levels in RPGs are, I just hope the difficulty ramps up at some point.
2091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lunar : Harmony of The Silver Star on: January 18, 2010, 07:01:44 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 18, 2010, 06:27:15 PM

Quote from: farley2k on January 18, 2010, 05:40:45 PM

Quote from: depward on January 18, 2010, 04:41:34 PM

Anyway, played the demo and it was alright; it seemed incredibly easy, though, which I guess 9 times out of 10 RPGs are fairly easy in the beginning. But they have an automatic battle option and I used that the whole time. The game looks pretty good... but the FMV sequences are done in a smaller box and not widescreen.

I played this on the DS and it was way, way, way, way easy.  Unless they modified it a lot you will be able to shut your eyes and just hit buttons and win every fight.

So, where does the demo end? I went into the White Dragon's cave and eventually got tired of fighting pretty much the same Sasquatch / five Slimes over and over and over with everyone on auto-pilot. Does it end somewhere in the cave or are there other places to visit?

It ends in the cave, you could run through the entire thing in less than 5 mins.
2092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8: 4pm-6pm (there are spoiler tags for a reason) on: January 18, 2010, 03:38:21 PM

Quote from: lex on January 18, 2010, 02:35:41 PM

They really need a motto at CTU to go with the new decor - "Jack Bauer is always right".

Pretty fun start to the new season.  Seems like they're going to pull the same 24 plot devices, but I'm not complaining.



How about "Jack Bauer is always right, and any new director needs to shut the F up and just listen to him! DAMN IT CHLOE!".
2093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ffviii now up on psn! on: January 18, 2010, 03:30:38 PM
I'm playing through 8 right now and while it's not the best FF, it certainly isn't as bad as some people seem to think it is. With that said I can't wait for 9 to pop up on PSN, I like that one almost as much as 7.
2094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lunar : Harmony of The Silver Star on: January 18, 2010, 03:28:28 PM

Quote from: Destructor on January 18, 2010, 01:49:34 PM

Quote from: Ridah on January 18, 2010, 10:18:19 AM

Is every new game available digitally now that the PSP Go is out?

Don't buy the PSP Go. Trust me. Get the older model for cheaper and then if you do buy a PSP especially for this game, you'll at least be able to buy used games (and new ones) for far cheaper than what Sony offers for them via their store.

That said - you should be able to find all new games digitally now. The older catalog, not as much (and as I said, usually for far more than what they're going for at stores).

Quote from: EddieA on January 18, 2010, 05:55:48 AM

Quote from: Ridah on January 18, 2010, 05:26:13 AM

I keep going to the website and being mesmerized by the song.
The original is even better.

Oh yeah? This is the Lunar I grew up with, and dang it, I thought it was fantastic! Get off my lawn! biggrin

This game came out when I was 15 and I used to love that opening song and video. I used to watch the entire thing every time before I played the game. The new opening is good, but nothing tops the nostalgia of the original. 
2095  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Windows 7 deals? or sites? on: January 17, 2010, 09:06:18 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on January 17, 2010, 08:54:30 PM

Whats the draw of 64 bit over 32 bit other than accessing more ram?

My experience with Windows 7 is that you need more than 4 gigs to run it well. So that would be the draw of 64bit for me.
2096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Not even Nintendo can sell games on their own console on: January 16, 2010, 10:51:03 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on January 16, 2010, 09:34:29 PM

Quote from: Shkspr on January 14, 2010, 05:40:44 AM

They can stop selling Wii Fit because the content, IIRC, is in Wii Fit Plus.

This has me concerned. I got a Wii for Christmas based on the fact that I could get Wii Fit for it. In fact, my sister's original idea was to get me Wii Fit while my brother got me the Wii, but Wii Fit was sold out everywhere, even Wii Fit Plus. Still to this day, I look up Wii Fit Plus online and everywhere is sold out. So, I hope they're not stopping production of Wii Fit as a whole.

Of course they stopped making Wii Fit. Wii Fit Plus has everything in Wii Fit plus more, so it only makes sense. Also I bought Wii Fit Plus 2 weeks ago from Amazon no problem. I've also seen it in several stores since then, so I wouldn't worry about it.
2097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lunar : Harmony of The Silver Star on: January 16, 2010, 05:44:52 PM
After playing through the demo my excitement for this game went up. It's a definite buy for me now. It isn't simply a retread, instead they have an entirely new game engine updated for the PSP and if the demo is any indication a ton of the story is played out through short cut scenes. The game actually looks and plays a lot like Crimson Gem Saga, which is a good thing for me.
2098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A cop, a secret agent, and a stripper...house of the Dead - Wii on: January 16, 2010, 05:42:26 PM
The game was definitely entertaining while it lasted. I found it to be a bit too easy and short, but it's definitely worth a rental if you like light gun games. The storyline is so over the top and campy that it is actually good.
2099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Not even Nintendo can sell games on their own console on: January 12, 2010, 06:48:21 PM
I want to buy the compilation, but I already have all three games and $50 for motion controls is a tough sell for me.
2100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: should I swap my 360 out on: January 12, 2010, 06:46:20 PM
I would replace it. All you have to do is tell them the CD drive is malfunctioning and wont read sometimes. There's no way for them to disprove that.
2101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8: 12 days! on: January 12, 2010, 05:19:59 PM
FYI Target has seasons 1-6 on sale right now for $16.99. I just picked up seasons 5 and 6 to complete my collection.
2102  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: What was your top MMO in 2009? on: January 06, 2010, 03:37:25 PM
LoTRO for me. Moria is a brilliant expansion and Mirkwood is pretty good too.
2103  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF:Gameboy SP Cheap? on: January 06, 2010, 03:06:44 PM
I have that exact model and color in working shape. Do you have any games for trade or are you just looking to buy? If you have games I have a Wii, DS, PS3 and PC, that I would entertain game trades for.
2104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Frank Herberts Dune being re-made again on: January 05, 2010, 09:11:28 PM
I  remember liking the 1st book a lot as a teenager, but I haven't seen any of the movies. Are any of them actually good? I don't remember much about the book, just that it was good.
2105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Howard Stern - Artie has quit (rumor) on: January 05, 2010, 05:47:35 PM
My favorite thing about Robin is all of the Robin Songs. I love Little Mikey. I get pissed if I miss the beginning of her news because then I wont hear a new Robin song.

My personal favorite is "Welcome to Robin's Bunghole" a take off of Guns and Roses "Welcome to the the Jungle". It's a classic.
2106  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: January 05, 2010, 05:13:46 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 04, 2010, 09:40:47 PM

At higher levels you'll pile up plenty of cash just in the course of playing (I don't craft or gather resources), but I do recall struggling a bit on the cash end in the 20s/30s. I do recommend at least gathering materials of some sort (minerals, wood, hides, whatever), and then trying to keep advancing that so that you're able to gather in the areas that you play at your level. You get decent money even just cashing that stuff at a vendor, and sometimes decent returns at the AH, and the supplemental income is very handy.

I think eventually by the 40s or so I just stopped gathering resources enough to keep it advanced (at this point I'd have to spend a lot of time gathering in "grey areas" to catch up), but felt like I was making enough cash through general playing not to worry about it anymore.

I've found the tougher skirmishes very expensive in terms of equipment repairs, and it nixes any profit I might've made from them. So I really wouldn't see them as some magical solution to not having enough money or uber equipment.

If you're on Elendilmir server, I'm sure I could get one of my kinmates to make some good things for your level; and I'm sure Hanton or someone in his kin could help with that.

In my kin, one is a high end tailor who can make just about any recipe available in the game (his alts probably are pretty high up in other crafting areas too). Heck, if I knew someone who actually could use some stuff I could make (my L61 Captain's a metalsmith but I just haven't worked at it), it would give me a reason to get back into crafting.  icon_smile

My kin has every profession maxed, so if you need anything just ask, I may need the mats, but it shouldnt cost anything so long as there isn't a waiting list for a particular recipe.
2107  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Windows 7 pre-order on: January 05, 2010, 05:05:12 PM
So uh anyone here with a student email that doesn't need another copy of Windows 7? I could use one at that price.
2108  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mirkwood review on: December 31, 2009, 05:41:29 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on December 31, 2009, 05:11:58 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 30, 2009, 08:53:31 PM

I just wanted to let you all know that my Mirkwood review is now live. In case you can't tell from the review I am a LotRO junkie. I've played a lot of different MMO's and that one resonates with me. Anyway if you play the game look me up in game sometime. My main is Hanton on the Elendilmir server.

Scraper,

I appreciate your time in writing up this review and I respect your enthusiasm for a game you obviously love (and one that I also play as well).  The review does come off as a bit fanboyish, though.  It would have been worthy to mention that the new area - as compared to Moria - is quite a bit smaller.  It's remarkable how little of Mirkwood they actually coded in the game.  In addition, problems with Legendary weapons remain, bag space is still an issue and PvP is still abysmal.  While these are small blemishes on an otherwise great game, they could have been mentioned.

By the way, I also disagree with your assessment of the Lone Lands.  I'm currently running a RK through that area and the new questing is fantastic.  There are a couple of problems (not enough wargs for the feat, fellowship quests marked as solo quests), but overall it's some of the best questing outside the shire and dovetails nicely with the increased leveling speed.  The changes to Book 2 are pretty good, too.

I've found the new player experience to be vastly improved over the last few months.  You can get close to level 20 in the Elf/Dwarf area and through 20 in the Hobbit/Human areas.  This allows you to skip places you don't like (for example, I hate Barrow-Downs and the Old Forest).  Pretty soon you're picking up the new quests in the Lone Lands and you can get to 30+ just in that area.  After that you're stuck with some of the older and duller questing areas like the Trollshaws or North Downs, but you can now level an alt and never do any of the same quest that your main did until level 30+.  That's really a neat incentive to level an alt, since you know there is still a lot of low-level content that you've never seen.  When I played LOTRO on release, your toons were doing the same quests by level 15.  Not anymore.

I'll have to level up a human to take through North Downs once they've revamped that area.

Really, the main problem for new players is coming up with gold, since low level stuff doesn't sell worth a damn.  Farming the shit out of raw materials is really the only way to start to build up a bankroll now.

A couple of thoughts:

1. I mention that only 1 new zone may not seem like a lot, but when you look at the amount of content in that zone it's impressive. It's certainly not Moria, but then again this isn't a full priced expansion either.

2. The problems with the Legendary Weapons are minor at best.

3. Bag space is what it is, if you don't have enough buy more storage chests.

4. PvP is abysmal, but it wasn't the point of the expansion, so I didn't mention it.

5. I completely agree with you on the new player experience, which is why I mentioned it in passing, but it's not really part of the expansion, people will get the new player experience even if all they have is the base game, so again it's not really worth going deeply into if someone is trying to decide if they should buy Mirkwood or not.

6. I left a lot of stuff out of the review that maybe deserve mentioning (like the new combat auto interrupts) but I try to keep my reviews under 4 pages single spaced in Word, and this one approached 4 1/2 so some stuff didn't make it.

7. I may be a fan of LotRO, but if the expansion sucked I wouldn't be afraid to say it.
2109  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Mirkwood review on: December 30, 2009, 08:53:31 PM
I just wanted to let you all know that my Mirkwood review is now live. In case you can't tell from the review I am a LotRO junkie. I've played a lot of different MMO's and that one resonates with me. Anyway if you play the game look me up in game sometime. My main is Hanton on the Elendilmir server.
2110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Saw,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, ad nauseum on: December 28, 2009, 03:59:16 PM
 The first one was good because it was original. After that it's all the same with torture porn at the center of it. I can only see so many steal traps ripping people apart before I get disinterested.
2111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mel Brooks movies on: December 15, 2009, 12:59:34 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 14, 2009, 10:32:08 PM

HotW has some good lines and scenes (the Inquisition is probably the top), but it's not great overall.  As we get further into the 80s, that becomes more and more true and the lameness starts creeping in.  I mean, "ludicrous speed."  That's funny?

If you don't think SpaceBalls is funny then you may not have the ability to laugh. 
2112  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Texas is So Gay on: December 14, 2009, 02:12:44 PM
Cincinnati's Mayor Qualls was gay in the 90s. Cincinnati is also very conservative so it fits in with a Texas city also having a gay mayor.
2113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mel Brooks movies on: December 13, 2009, 02:30:52 PM
Just prior to going plad:

Colonel Sanders "Sir shouldn't you buckle your seat belt"
Dark Helmet "Ah BUCKLE THIS, Ludicrous speed GO!"

I used to drive my mom nuts with"Ah  BUCKLE THIS". I love it.
2114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mel Brooks movies on: December 12, 2009, 11:48:25 PM
"The Inquisition what a show, the Inquisition here we go". Classic. 
2115  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 11, 2009, 03:14:37 AM

Quote from: Alefroth on December 11, 2009, 02:07:54 AM

Not misplaced at all. I wanted to pick up a few more Moria medallions still for a chest piece, and the place is pretty empty. I think your best bet is to be in a kin who will help you out.

The skirmish rewards are pretty good for my alts that have been mostly soloing. The xp is really good too. I took a burglar from 33 to 36 in just a few skirmishes.

Ale

I think it depends on your server. I have run the Grand Stairs at least 6 times since the expansion came out and we never had a problem filling the group, there were even other groups waiting outside to run it too.

I agree that the skirmish rewards are good. Not only do you get regular XP but you get a bunch of skirmish marks upon completion which can be used to buy all sorts of things from upgrading your soldier, to buying housing items, to weapons and armour and even relics. So the skirmish system is definately worth while.
2116  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 09, 2009, 05:08:39 PM
Also, I forgot to mention that we have a full time ventrillo server that I actually find enjoyable. Even if you're not in a fellowship with the kin it's still fun to listen in and talk while playing. It adds to the community feeling. It's also an easy way to ask a question and have it answered relatively quickly.
2117  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 09, 2009, 05:06:28 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on December 09, 2009, 04:53:32 PM

I have a couple alts in Harkonis's guild, but I've been playing an L60 hunter I have that's in a mostly Aussie guild. I love the idea of guilds/kinships, but I'm really not into raids, and that's pretty much what all guilds seem to end up focusing on (at least the ones I've joined up with). After a while, i just end up feeling guilty that I keep saying "no" when someone asks me to join one.

We have a couple of upper level guys who don't like the raids either. It's still nice to have an active kin for them whenever they do need the help. Especially when it comes to getting good crafted gear. Everyone in the kin will make stuff for you for free, so long as you supply the materials that are rare and costly. The only downside with that is that sometimes there is a waiting list for the timed recipe items.
2118  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 09, 2009, 04:23:25 PM

Quote from: Vindel on December 09, 2009, 03:57:04 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 09, 2009, 03:24:33 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on December 09, 2009, 02:05:20 PM

I don't really know why, but the game just doesn't run very smoothly for me anymore. It's sluggish, and sometimes you can see the game painfully rendering in the distance, or there is this almost staccato hiccup as my character walks in the game.

I defragged Sunday, hoping it would help. I've tried different resolutions, details, texture settings, AA settings, ATI control panel settings, turning off or disabling anti-virus, anti-spyware etc., w/ no real improvement. It's like, I think the game ran better on my rotten old AMD 64 (albeit I used to play at 1024X768 then instead of 1280X1024 now), with an old ATI card than it does on my by-comparison tricked out quad core with 4GB RAM and a fairly decent, current ATI card. I just don't get it sometimes. I'm no Vista 64-bit aficionado, but I don't think I can blame it on the OS cause some other games run smooth as glass.

Some of my shooters (the L4D games, Borderlands, both of which I bought on Steam) run great, others like COD:MW1 (which I have on disc) don't. I am really stumped sometimes. Oh well, some time I'll post about it in the software/hardware section.

Yesterday some guy kept kill-stealing from me on the repeatable quests (on purpose-not accidentally afik). I kept thinking -- how the heck does someone get to L60 and still do that sort of garbage?  disgust

I don't have any good advice for the performance issue. I do know that I had to install the latest Nvidia drivers after the expansion in order to get good performance on one of my comps. But you have an ATi card so not sure about those drivers.

As for the kill stealing issue I usually just invite those players to a fellowship. I know it sucks teaming up with an asshat, but at least you guys both get credit for the kills he steals, plus it makes the daily Kill X quests go really quick.

Also weren't you in my kin on Elendilmir at one time? If not you should think about joining, we have an active base of players and they are all willing to help out if you ask for it. At this point in the game we have beaten all of the 6 man skirmishes and we're working our way through tier 2 and 3 difficulties with them.

Hello, I am on the Elendilmir server and a part of the StormHaven guild but they are not very active anymore. Would it be ok to join up with your kin? What is your kin named? How would I apply? Thanks

You can definitely join. We have an open door policy for GT forum members. All you have to do to join is send me a tell in game, my main is named Hanton. You could also try Stucco or Annabell and just tell them that Hanton referred you. The kin name is Watchers of Middle Earth. I would say it's a medium sized kin, there are no required events or anything like that but we do schedule regular kin runs and events. It's really a play at your own pace type of kin, but we do have a good sized group of regular players. Anyway check out the website at www.watchersome.com . Also I should be in game today from 3pm eastern until about 5:30 pm and then again later in the night.
2119  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 09, 2009, 03:24:33 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on December 09, 2009, 02:05:20 PM

I don't really know why, but the game just doesn't run very smoothly for me anymore. It's sluggish, and sometimes you can see the game painfully rendering in the distance, or there is this almost staccato hiccup as my character walks in the game.

I defragged Sunday, hoping it would help. I've tried different resolutions, details, texture settings, AA settings, ATI control panel settings, turning off or disabling anti-virus, anti-spyware etc., w/ no real improvement. It's like, I think the game ran better on my rotten old AMD 64 (albeit I used to play at 1024X768 then instead of 1280X1024 now), with an old ATI card than it does on my by-comparison tricked out quad core with 4GB RAM and a fairly decent, current ATI card. I just don't get it sometimes. I'm no Vista 64-bit aficionado, but I don't think I can blame it on the OS cause some other games run smooth as glass.

Some of my shooters (the L4D games, Borderlands, both of which I bought on Steam) run great, others like COD:MW1 (which I have on disc) don't. I am really stumped sometimes. Oh well, some time I'll post about it in the software/hardware section.

Yesterday some guy kept kill-stealing from me on the repeatable quests (on purpose-not accidentally afik). I kept thinking -- how the heck does someone get to L60 and still do that sort of garbage?  disgust

I don't have any good advice for the performance issue. I do know that I had to install the latest Nvidia drivers after the expansion in order to get good performance on one of my comps. But you have an ATi card so not sure about those drivers.

As for the kill stealing issue I usually just invite those players to a fellowship. I know it sucks teaming up with an asshat, but at least you guys both get credit for the kills he steals, plus it makes the daily Kill X quests go really quick.

Also weren't you in my kin on Elendilmir at one time? If not you should think about joining, we have an active base of players and they are all willing to help out if you ask for it. At this point in the game we have beaten all of the 6 man skirmishes and we're working our way through tier 2 and 3 difficulties with them.
2120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 07, 2009, 07:18:29 PM

Quote from: Moliere on December 07, 2009, 07:10:44 PM



Canada takes their gun laws seriously.

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a Toronto man who happens to be a big LEGO fan, was working in a downtown office on Friday when the replica gun made from LEGO that he’d ordered from online retailer BrickGun arrived. He assembled the model and later closed his office door for a conference call and that’s when someone who could see in his window from a neighboring building called police to report lone man sitting in an office with a gun.

The SWAT team was dispatched and the incident ended with the man cuffed against a wall while six officers armed with assault rifles and shotguns secured the LEGO.

That's nuts. Thank you founding fathers for the 2nd amendment.
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