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8441  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/28) on: April 28, 2008, 02:43:29 PM
GTA 4 for 360 to play on my new economy stimulating tv  icon_biggrin
8442  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 28, 2008, 02:29:29 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 28, 2008, 01:29:41 PM

Quote from: Frogstar on April 28, 2008, 01:09:24 PM

I continue to struggle.  But using some or your tips, I finally managed to have a match where I got more kills than deaths.  Barely (7 kills, 2 assists, 6 deaths).  I was using the AK47 with the red-dot scope.

Any tips for the Creek map?  I can only scrape out a kill or two on that map (with double-digit deaths every time  retard). 

Anyway, I'm having fun.  And I appreciate the insights.   

At the start of the map, run to the cave and kill them.  Then stay in the cave killing them.  If they are in the cave, don't go there.   If they are not in the cave, go there and kill them when they try to go in the cave.  Once you've mastered the cave, think about killing people outside of the cave. smile

Yup, this is pretty much my MO on Creek.  I've had a few 20+ kills, single digit deaths on Creek mostly working the cave and the houses. A lot of people are just not very careful going into the cave for some reason.  However, you can run into trouble if you run into a team with some sense.  I had a bad round last night where I would often get a grenade kill at the cave entrance, flash it, and still get killed because there was an enemy who was staying a safe distance back.  It also helps to have a buddy hold one end of the cave while you hold the other.  The problem then comes when it gets too quiet and your teammate doesn't mention he's leaving.

I'd say Pipeline, District, Chinatown, Ambush and Bloc are the maps I still feel uncomfortable on. Broadcast I am getting better with.  That's a pretty big chunk of maps, but there are at least a significant group where I have good places to get kills.

By the way, overhead maps like these can be pretty helpful.  I don't think there are any for the new maps, though, because they haven't come out on pc.  You'll see different names for the buildings in different places.  I saw a map that called the buildings on Bog McDonald's, Burger King and KFC, but I've never heard anyone refer to them that way online.
8443  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 27, 2008, 11:30:54 PM
This weekend's lessons:

1. I am very glad to be done with the Skorpion.
2. I wish I had known the G36c shot really well from the hip when I started using it, not after quite a few rounds struggling with it and just a few kills short of the red dot.
3. The P90 is AWESOME.
4. I used Juggernaut when I first started playing but have replaced it with other perks along the way (most often Stopping Power or Sleight of Hand). I heard other people complaining about people using it, but I didn't have a problem with it.  Now I can kind of see their point.  Seeing someone you've unloaded on get away (or kill you) is pretty frustrating.  However, it is very satisfying to take a SAW to them, especially if their tag is HaloGamer(something), like the guy I took quite a bit of revenge on this afternoon.
8444  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Do I even NEED a router? on: April 27, 2008, 02:46:11 PM
The other thing the router does in a lot of cases is clone one of the MAC addresses on your network.  A lot of cable companies will only allow you to have one IP address, so they register one MAC address and will only assign an IP to that MAC address.  To get around this, you clone the MAC address on the router and it distributes it's own IP addresses on the local network. It may be that the one PC that you have working is the one with the MAC address the ISP has registered.

If your ISP allowed you to take multiple IPs, the switch would be sufficient.
8445  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: COD4 Friday Night: Roll Call on: April 26, 2008, 02:33:29 AM
Doesn't look like I'll be making it on tonight.
8446  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tax Relief/Rebates start rolling in next week for direct deposit folks! on: April 25, 2008, 07:57:41 PM
Same info in case you don't want to get caught going to a site for chicks. slywink
8447  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: COD4 Friday Night: Roll Call on: April 25, 2008, 07:52:11 PM
I'll probably be on a little bit after work.  After that, depends what the wife is up to.
8448  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GamingTrend goes to Feedburner [RSS] on: April 25, 2008, 03:12:41 PM
Hm. Sage can't find a feed on either of those pages.
8449  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 25, 2008, 03:30:36 AM
Played a bit more tonight with strangers (after the late afternoon session with GT folks).  After maxing out my AK-74u, I once again became useless trying to find a new gun I could do anything with.  My return to the G3 lasted 2 deaths or so, as I simply can't pull the trigger fast enough on that thing unless I'm shooting someone in the back.  So I moved on to the Skorpion.  I did ok with that one, but it is just plain the wrong gun for certain maps (well, at least in these hands) and I was getting destroyed if I wasn't in the cave on Creek or in the construction site on that map with the construction site. Luckily my teammates didn't pay notice while I was getting mowed down.  I didn't take it on Countdown, though - that would have been a little ridiculous.
8450  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GTA IV deals....? on: April 24, 2008, 06:28:20 PM
If you have games lying around that you aren't going to play again and haven't gotten around to eBaying, Gamestop has 20% extra on trade-ins put towards GTA4.
8451  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 24, 2008, 04:31:06 AM
Good fun tonight, although I was pretty inconsistent due to trying to level up some new guns.  I had no luck at all with the M60, but did pretty well with AK-74u, at least on the close quarters maps. Would have rather had an assault rifle on some of the more spacious maps, but I was trying for XP (made Captain).

I swear on that last round on Wetwork I was every one of Mikigami's kills and 90% of those were me catching a grenade he tossed 50 yards. He's amazing with those things.
8452  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 24, 2008, 12:33:36 AM
Maxed out my AK so I moved on the the G3.  I have NO idea how to use that thing. It's basically a "watch Teggy get shot" gun.
8453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: General Grand Theft Auto IV Thread .... ONE WEEK LEFT! on: April 23, 2008, 10:00:36 PM
Due to my newfound appreciation for multiplayer gaming and the very interesting previews I went ahead and took advantage of the Gamestop trade-in deal and preordered for a reasonable $30.  So I am...IN!
8454  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 23, 2008, 06:45:36 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on April 23, 2008, 06:42:14 PM

Haha!  My uav jammer works on xbox.com as well!

No, your friends list is full so I don't have you on mine smile
8455  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 23, 2008, 06:17:18 PM
According to my xbox.com page, Harkonis, Kato and Mikigami are all playing COD4 right now.  I am at work. Boooooooooooooo.
8456  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 23, 2008, 03:36:01 PM
Always interesting what you can find out on the Internet: http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=zzirGrizz

Guy is 26 and is married with a full time job, so he's no no-life loser. He just has skillz.
8457  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 23, 2008, 01:47:46 PM
There's another video where the guy is on Bloc, and while moving to his left, pulls up his sight and shoots right as one guy moves in front of another, killing them both. I imagine that part of it was dumb luck, but this guy has got some amazing eye-hand coordination.
8458  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Burger King Marketing on: April 23, 2008, 12:27:53 PM
I assume he's talking about the new ones with "robot King".
8459  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 23, 2008, 04:23:46 AM
Sorry couldn't join up tonight, although were you guys even able to play without getting kicked off Live?
I did find my last billboard in Burnout though smile

I managed to get on for a few rounds after work and made it up to 1st Lieutenant.  Still loving the AK. It's funny, since I had that great round on Creek I've been getting my ass handed to me on that map, especially if I start at the lower level.  Too many snipers.
8460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's up with XBL? on: April 23, 2008, 03:42:43 AM
I was fine this afternoon, but kept getting kicked off tonight and at one point couldn't log on.  Sure enough, says this on the support page:

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Users may experience difficulties when matchmaking and using client voice communication within Xbox LIVE.

Users may not be able to connect or log into Xbox LIVE. We are aware of the problem and working to resolve the issue.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.

And yes, the downtime was yesterday.  If you visited xbox.com yesterday morning you didn't have access to gamercards.
8461  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami Wii on: April 22, 2008, 06:24:23 PM

Quote from: Xmann on April 22, 2008, 02:32:20 PM

#1.   Leveling up involves praise, correct?   You get praise by feeding animals, killing beasts, reviving plants, etc.   Am i right?   Should i always have food to feed animals to increase praise?   Whats the best way to get praise?
#2.   What should i be buying from merchants?   Do you ever get equipment or weapons?   Should i just buy those scrolls that do damage or increase my defense or power?   Not sure what i should be buying or should i be saving up money for better items to come.   Just wondering what i should be spending money on.
#3.  Do battles basically stay the way they are or do i get more attack styles?  Just wondering what to expect for fighting....other than different enemies.

I haven't played in a while so I'm just going by memory (I have the PS2 version).

1. Yes. Also you can feed all of the animals of each type if you are a completionist.  I don't think there is a best way - do everything.

2. You will have the option to buy both new weapons and get new abilities along the way.  I think you get these at training dojos.  The combat isn't really all that hard, so just get what looks fun.  If you save up enough you can get
Spoiler for Hiden:
poop bombs that come out of your butt
biggrin

3. See 2.

Regarding the limited attacks - are you running out of ink?  After you use the brush a number of times you run out of ink and have to wait for it to recharge.  You can earn more ink wells along the way.
8462  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gaming backlog of ATB proportion. on: April 22, 2008, 03:58:53 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 22, 2008, 03:27:20 PM

Quote from: iloveplywood on April 22, 2008, 03:23:20 PM

It brings a tear to my eye to see COD4 on so many lists -- it's a five hour game! (okay, it took me about 15, but it always takes me three times as long to beat games).

I found a lot of hate for the fact that the AI can take cover but you can't. I then gave it up, and got suckered into a few MP games and now find myself wanting to trudge through and complete it.


The more I play COD4 multi and enjoy it, the lower my opinion of the single player gets. I understand that needing to push forward replicates actual war tactics, but I think it could be done without endlessly spawning  enemies. I played through on hardened, and there were points where it became a real chore to move forward in the game.  I don't know if I will every play the single player again, and if I do, it won't be on anything harder than "regular" difficulty.  I do think the game is worth it for the multiplayer.  I bought the GOTY version in a moment of weakness for $60 (I generally will not spend more than $40 for games and try to target $20 - my backlog allows for this) and I think I am going to put a ton of hours on multiplayer, so I don't feel bad about it.
8463  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 22, 2008, 01:07:06 AM

Quote from: godhugh on April 22, 2008, 12:52:11 AM

Quote from: Teggy on April 22, 2008, 12:40:39 AM

Now, to stay on topic, the reason I asked if the AK was a noob weapon was that I heard a couple of guys complaining that the other team was all using AKs.  But I believe someone wrote previously that every weapon is called a noob weapon if people are getting killed by it.

Heh, that happens with every weapon in the game. Probably one of my favorite MP moments ever was with Hark, Kato, and a couple other folks. I was using an RPD and our team barely won a match, with the last kill coming from my RPD. Well, the guy I killed proceeded to bitch in the lobby about how we were all noobs and that we suck and that we have to use RPD's. The next match our entire team equipped RPD's and we won by a ridiculously large margin. The yelling that followed was sheer greatness.

I've heard the noob weapon comment so many times, but I've never heard anyone say what isn't a noob weapon. Are you a noob unless you run around with a pistol?
8464  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 22, 2008, 12:40:39 AM

Quote from: godhugh on April 22, 2008, 12:18:45 AM

BTW, not to derail, but I saw you mention wireless adaptors. I just moved and I need to switch the 360 to wireless so I'm curious what people are using. The official MS is ridiculously expensive brand new, but it looks like I can find it fairly cheap on e-bay. Just wondering if that's my best option though.

This is the one I got:
http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=10351886&listingid=21201106&dcaid=17902
It got it for $45 shipped on eBay and it was shrinkwrapped new, but that was a bit of a deal.  If you are willing to go used you can certainly do better than that, and there are deals to be had to get it close to that price new.

The MS one is certainly sexier in the way it clips on to the machine, but I had nothing but trouble with it.  In addition to having constant signal problems, I had to pull it out of the USB port and reseat it every other time I turned on the 360 on, and that's a problem others on the board have had.  It also takes up the rear USB port that you might want to use for the camera.

You may do fine with the MS model, but there are practical and financial reasons for doing otherwise.

Now, to stay on topic, the reason I asked if the AK was a noob weapon was that I heard a couple of guys complaining that the other team was all using AKs.  But I believe someone wrote previously that every weapon is called a noob weapon if people are getting killed by it.
8465  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 22, 2008, 12:09:42 AM
Rock. And. Roll.  My new wireless gaming adapter came today and I tested it out with a few rounds. Worked flawlessly, full green bars the whole time.  And shipped it cost half the price of the MS adapter. Now I need to figure some way to salvage the MS adapter.  Maybe I will have a friend try it on his machine to see if he also has problems with it or if it is just something odd about the interaction with my network.

And why didn't anyone tell me that an AK-47 with stopping power is AWESOME? Am I a noob for liking it?
8466  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I Had My First Whopper this past week on: April 21, 2008, 09:46:58 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 21, 2008, 09:38:57 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 21, 2008, 09:12:50 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on April 17, 2008, 04:37:14 PM

I quit going to Burger King years ago when they changed their french fries. They are absolutely hideous now.

Blasphemy.

No, the truth.  BK's fries suck balls.

EDIT: OK, I had to erase that because it could be read in a really wrong way.  BK fries are yummy.
8467  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I Had My First Whopper this past week on: April 21, 2008, 09:12:50 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on April 17, 2008, 04:37:14 PM

I quit going to Burger King years ago when they changed their french fries. They are absolutely hideous now.

Blasphemy.
8468  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 21, 2008, 07:46:21 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 21, 2008, 07:22:19 PM


Our little Teggy is all grown up  crybaby

Growing smile  When I can get my k/d up to 1, then the apprentice must kill his master. That's what Star Wars taught me. Something like that.  Either way, there's time, because I'm only at .6.

8469  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 21, 2008, 06:37:04 PM
With the exception of a select few titles (Half Life, Rainbow Six, Jedi Knight), almost all of my FPS experience is on console, so I'm not bothered by it.  Playing the single player campaign was certainly enough for me to get familiar with the controls.

It sounds like maybe you are being too aggressive?  I'm far from great at the game, but I'm able to at least contribute positively to most matches by using my chicke... er... "conservative" strategy:

1. always stay in cover, and if you need to move across an open space, run.
2. don't move ahead of your teammates' front line, and see if you can support them if they draw fire
3. work the edges of the map to minimize the directions you can get hit from and find flanking opportunities
4. only fire when necessary - as soon as you fire an unsilenced round, you're on radar.  After you fire, get moving or expect that you'll have someone on your position very shortly. Often, you can just fall back and you'll catch a guy who's coming to look for you.

By doing this, a lot of my kills are on unsuspecting victims. I'm still improving my aim, so if I get in a close firefight, I'm ofter a goner, so I play to avoid them. This tactic might work well for you too starting out.
8470  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 21, 2008, 05:35:32 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on April 21, 2008, 05:26:24 PM

At what point do you get martydom?

Martyrdom comes at 17.  Here's a quick reference for that stuff.

Funny, I have that chart bookmarked from another site but I hadn't posted it because I figured you guys would have already seen it.

I also saw this on digg - the art of throwing C4.

I don't know if I have the patience to learn how to run around flinging c4, but I am going to have to try that booby trapped car bit.
8471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] VC becomes completely useless thanks to hackers on: April 21, 2008, 02:41:02 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 21, 2008, 01:19:26 PM

I'm missing how this makes the VC completely useless.  People have been able to emulate all those systems since long before the Wii came out.

The title should really be something like "[Wii] VC becomes unnecessary for people with the skill or motivation to hack their console."  It's certainly not useless.  Plenty of people are either unwilling or unable to hack their Wii, and for them, VC is still going to be attractive.  It will likely cause Nintendo to lose some transactional income, but certainly not all of it.
8472  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 21, 2008, 03:39:01 AM
I hopped on for a couple of hours tonight. I really wasn't playing too great - had some decent success with Broadcast, pretty average on the other maps, and downright awful on Wetwork (I still have no idea how to play that map). Then, right before 11pm, my hard stop for the night, Creek comes up.  We start on the high side of the map, and I move out to the left side to wait for someone trying to make their way up.  Pop a guy there,  then moved around the left of the patio house.  Wait for someone to try to come up and pop them.  Go down in the gorge and drop a guy trying to make his way up. UAV shows me that no one is in the cave.  Move in and park before the entrance.  Drop 2 or 3 guys trying to get in. I think I also got a guy off the airstrike, and helicopter comes up.

Oh, helicopter, how I love you.

I had never gotten one before, and here we go.  I fell back to the buildings while the helicopter started searching.  Once it found some enemies, the dominoes started falling.  I think I got another helicopter just on helicopter kills.  When the round was over I was something like 24 and 5. That felt gooood. I also maxed out my M4 that round, so I wound up with a ton of XP.

Still struggling a bit with my accuracy.  If I come into a room looking straight at a guy, too often the guy pops me before I can even get off a shot, or I'll shoot wildly and he'll have time to get me.

Also, Hark, got your message about joining when called, and will do in the future.  Was trying to level up tonight so I was being stingy with points, but I guess there's lots of time to get points and its not as fun playing when everyone is being quiet. And it must have taken a lot of patience to write that long a note with the stupid MS onscreen abc keyboard.



8473  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cell Phone Encyclopedia: EVDO? on: April 20, 2008, 05:24:07 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 20, 2008, 05:04:16 PM

So I read on Howardforums (HI2U BIYOBI! The Weghted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you.) that EVDO capabilities on some phones cause the battery to drain more quickly if you're on the fringe of the network.

Well, I'm not on the fringe, but when I walk into my house both the EVDO signal and the 1x signal drop to zippy.  I've also noticed that my battery life is pretty short, so I assume that my phone is expending a lot of juice trying to acquire a signal...

So what is EVDO?  Is it a better signal of some sort?  There's a hack to turn the capability off, but I'm not able to ascertain what the impact of that would be other than I couldn't use get it now or dl verizon music.

Thoughts?

EVDO is the next generation technology that CDMA phones use for faster data speeds.  GSM phones will have UMTS as a sort of equivalent.  Although EVDO is technically 2.5G (2nd and half generation technology) while UMTS is considered 3G.  There's quite an alphabet soup of these technologies and you can spend quite a lot of time sorting through them. Short story is that EVDO will get you faster download speeds on your phone than Cingular's EDGE network or other comparable technology.

After EVDO/UMTS, the next faster technology is HSDPA (for GSM phones, that is).
8474  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 20, 2008, 12:32:04 AM
I think i am going it wind up playing again tonight.  Even though neither of those are my name.
8475  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: I Think I Need A Break From COD 4 on: April 19, 2008, 05:30:35 AM
I got my first airstrike. I'm so proud  crybaby.

8476  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Films I Love: RoboCop on: April 16, 2008, 06:35:55 PM
You know, the only problem with Robocop is that the sequel was total crap and the third one was hardly good enough for direct to video.  I kind of wish those sequels were never made.  The tv show wasn't too bad for what it was.
8477  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Films I Love: RoboCop on: April 16, 2008, 01:07:22 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 16, 2008, 01:06:24 PM

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An aside:
In the uncut version - didn't the ED-209 blast that guy for like a minuite or two? 

Yea, the Criterion cut has a bunch more violence.  He pops the guy in the front for a while, then you see it from the back, then he is bounced onto the Delta city model and then pummeled some more.  Same with Murphy getting shot up - you see the hand explode, the shooting goes on for a while longer at the end, and overall it is just damned gory. 

Although they also make the point that the shorter version is actually more brutal because the longer version just becomes comical.
8478  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Films I Love: RoboCop on: April 16, 2008, 04:17:31 AM
Oh man, there are some days when I cite this as my favorite movie ever, and I say that seriously.

"Bitches leave."

"Dick, you're fired!"
"Thank you"

"Nice shooting son, what's your name?"
"Murphy."

Plus, how can you not get pumped up listening to the theme? I'm going to have watch this again soon.

8479  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [COD4] XBOX Live Fire Weekend on: April 15, 2008, 08:24:41 PM
Linky.  Looks like a good excuse to get in some games this weekend, even though the odds of winning something are likely pretty slim. You could even get pwned by a girl on Saturday night slywink
8480  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Help me become 1337 at COD4 multi on: April 15, 2008, 02:40:27 AM
Got my red dot sights for the M4 and the M16 tonight and moved up to level 14 (and got the all-important clan tag ability). Also got through a few rounds over 100 points, but still haven't beaten a kill streak of 4. Arggh!
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