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8321  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Xiang Qi (chinese chess) anyone play and where to buy? on: June 02, 2006, 08:59:54 PM
I'm interested in getting into Xiang Qi, or chinese chess.  Anyone else here play?

I'd actually like to get a nice set (preferrably portable) so I can play with friends while out cafe sketching.  Anyone know some good places I can order from?
8322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Preview on: June 02, 2006, 03:01:34 PM
Um, guys, this has been happening in every RTS game since the genre was created.

It's called scale compression.  If you make infantry as small as they're supposed to be, you'd have to zoom in way too far to see any of them in action.  Same goes for tanks.

Just don't worry about it, I mean, if you really look, it happens in almost any game.
8323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Preview on: June 02, 2006, 07:02:00 AM
Ah, well then, C&C3 will have some serious competition.
8324  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / 360 Table Tennis for Condemned (360) or Black for PS2 on: June 02, 2006, 04:49:31 AM
I'm very interested, unfortunately, I need a better idea of what you're looking for.
8325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Preview on: June 02, 2006, 04:47:30 AM
One thing I really hope is that basic infantry is actually useful this time around.

In Generals, ground pounders got the shaft as infantry were just completely useless, even if garrissoned.  I hope they either make them tougher, or find a way that makes infantry more useful in combat without micromanaging them.

I suppose I'll have to wait for Company of Heroes for that.
8326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Preview on: May 30, 2006, 06:42:22 AM
No more word on the meta game?  I recall they did give out a bit more information, like being able to attack certain parts of a territory, building up structures in territories and such.

And that about confirms that the third faction are aliens.  And most likely they seeded the world with tiberium and are here to harvest it.

I wonder if they'll include country specific advantages in multiplayer this time?  Things like sub-factions such as Kane led nod, or splinter nod factions along side various GDI member states.
8327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / MPAA sued...by Torrentspy? on: May 30, 2006, 06:33:19 AM
It all depends on what you have downloaded.

Torrents are actually pretty common with download sites now and can be used to download plenty of legitimate material.

But there's just as much, and probably more illegitimate material out there on torrent networks.

There seriously needs to be more accountability for corporations, other than simply monetary.  These are criminal acts and a few million in fines is just a drop in the bucket.
8328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Picked up PoP: Warrior Within ... on: May 30, 2006, 06:29:54 AM
Actually, The Two Thrones deals with such diverging continuity by assuming you had the good ending, and explaining away the bad one.

They also include both endings from WW as easily unlocked extras.
8329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Preview on: May 29, 2006, 10:50:35 PM
One thing I don't like are those open helmeted infantry walking through a dense tiberium field.  Ouch.

One thing I'm most interested in for C&C3 is the metagame between missions.  It seems they're taking C&C's original pick a nation to attack and RoN's conquer the world mode and kicking it up a notch.

And I suspect the third faction that appears once you finish the two campaigns are aliens who originally seeded Earth with tiberium, and now they've come to harvest it.
8330  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Photoshop question. on: May 29, 2006, 10:49:34 PM
Will this image only be viewed on the web and on computers?  If so, make sure you resolution (DPI) is set to 72.  Most photos you take are at difference resolutions like 180.
8331  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Dark and Light mmo to have account type with no monthly fee on: May 29, 2006, 10:44:01 PM
First go here:
http://www.darkandlight.net/article.php3?id_article=2396

Then click on the link towards the bottom of the page that says "More about the Master Subscription or Freedom Card"

It seems that there are two account types for Dark and Light. The first being a standard MMO monthly subscription.

The second is an account that's more limited, but has no monthly fee. Instead you get something like credits that you use to unlock restricted areas and equip higher level items. When you repair these items you'll have to use a credit to reequip them. You also can't get certain titles and positions in the world with this account. It seems very limiting, but in essence it's a pay as you go system.

In both cases, you still have to pay an initial cost of around $55 for the game.

Seems like a decent enough idea to me. I could buy the game, play it for as long as I like until my credits run out and not feel like I'm wasting my money by playing it every day of the week.  Since my credits stay active for a year since my last login, I can take long breaks.  And when I finally run out of credits, well I can ditch my high end gear and become just another mook to participate in the realm vs realm combat.
8332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Picked up PoP: Warrior Within ... on: May 29, 2006, 10:24:37 PM
In the words of Penny Arcade, "I smoulder with generic rage."

That about sums up the game.

They made the game dark for the sake of goth and punk kids.

Sure, the material they're dealing with is dark, but instead of simply letting the subject matter and characters portray how dark the Prince's world has become, they tried to ham it up.

The two thrones is a much better game in this regard.  But the damage was done in WW, so it still doesn't live up to SoT.

I'm very eager to see what they do for the next Prince of Persia series.
8333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dark Messiah Of Might & Magic - completely awesome video on: May 24, 2006, 07:30:20 AM
In another example they stabbed the cyclops after it bent down to grab the player from inside a hidey hole.  In this case, the swinging log missed the cyclops.
8334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [ps3] Metal Gear Solid 4 - 15 min. full trailer out! on: May 16, 2006, 09:30:25 PM
I think the whole no place to hide thing is that there are less arbitrary hiding places, and Snake will rely on his sneak suit camo to hide himself.

They still need to explain to me why they don't just give Snake one of those predator style stealth suits.

Okay, so new camera, new gameplay, multiplayer, old cast back, and a return to MGS1's storyline?  Count me in.

Er... that's assuming I come into a lot of money and can afford a PS3.
8335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A quick STEAM question... on: May 14, 2006, 02:53:04 AM
Since the common files are so large, you might want to just install HL2, then use the Steam menu to delete all the HL2 specific files, leaving the common files to be used by everyone.
8336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 3 News? on: May 13, 2006, 02:11:13 PM
No.

The outcry is over the poor quality of the endgame, the developer and the publisher are both aware of that.  The outcry only serves to point out to the developer and publisher that the public is aware of it too, and that'll affect their buying decision later.

If that means KOTOR3 is put off because of a unwillingness to dedicate the time and money to make a proper game, then so be it.  Sometimes, it's just not enough to have the game made, it needs to be made well.  I mean, look at all of Uwe Boll's movies.  Sure, those game movies were made, but they're crap not worth watching.

I think all the outcry is justified.  If you really think before you shout, then you'll realize that yes, we got a game that was cut to shreds at the end.  We should be unhappy over it.

Or should we just roll over and take it every time a company sells us broken merchandise?

Kotor1 sold like mad, KOTOR2 I'm unaware of the sales.  I think it sold well initially, but then peterred out at word spread.  There's a lot of things they could do with KOTOR3 in terms of gameplay and story that would combine the market appeal of KOTOR1 and the depth of KOTOR2, and it would probably sell great so long as the game was of quality.
8337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A quick STEAM question... on: May 13, 2006, 02:04:28 PM
If you have a cd key for DoD and HL2, you can try to just register the key on steam, pause the main HL2 download, and download only DoD and CS.  However those games might usually use some of the same assets that HL2 uses, basic things like materials and the like.

I'm not sure if this'll work, but it's worth a shot.
8338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / E3 killed my 360 on: May 12, 2006, 10:16:22 AM
Trust me, make a fuss, but don't be mean about it.  Just make sure the higher ups know about what that store is trying to pull.
8339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So, uh, how bout the PSP? on: May 12, 2006, 10:14:08 AM
Field commander looks like Advanced Wars for the PSP, which isn't a bad thing.  I hope it has a bit more depth to it as I got bored with AW after a while.
8340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [ps3] Metal Gear Solid 4 - 15 min. full trailer out! on: May 11, 2006, 10:34:40 AM
Whoah, I really like that they've done to the MGS series in this one.

The shot of snake with his gun was just heartbreaking, and it really looks like they mean to end the series in a great, but hearbreaking way.

I definitely like what they made Raiden into, but then again, after seeing him with the sword in MGS2, I was pretty much expecting Raiden to return as such.

I definitely like how they include all the old cast this time.  Colonel, Meryl, Naomi, Otacon, etc... Maybe Mei Ling will even make an appearance.

Also, if they're trying new things they might use the new camera from MGS3S.
8341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy XIII and spinoffs? on: May 11, 2006, 10:11:10 AM
Anyone get more info on these?  I'd like to see a video.

I definitely like it how the new main character is a tougher looking female.  Hopefully we won't have to but up with male leads that look like women.

Made by the FF10 crew, I wonder how they plan to top Auran as the most badass character in an FF game.

The Versus game seems like it might be an online FF action game, at least from the title.
8342  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Metal Gear Signature on: May 11, 2006, 02:15:03 AM
Heh, you don't know how difficult animation is when you've had to animate a minute of animation by hand, then film it by hand.

After doing that, these gif animations just don't impress me much anymore.
8343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So Fasa has something Shadowrun related in the works on: May 10, 2006, 02:21:42 PM
Wow.  What a way to waste a license.
8344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Metal Gear Signature on: May 10, 2006, 02:18:15 PM
Too big and gaudy.  I never liked big signature images, especially animated ones.  They always seemed like a form of narcissism.

If you really have to have an image based signature, make it a very small banner.  Remember, if your skills MGSO are really as good as you want your signature to imply, you don't need a big sig to show it, because otherwise that's just compensating.  slywink
8345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty - well that was weird on: May 01, 2006, 10:23:42 AM
I think Raiden was a good idea, but executed very poorly.  It really could have showed Snake from a different perspective, but that's assuming Raiden comes into a character on his own, which he never does.

And of course, they should have had the viewpoint switch between Snake and Raiden at some time to give more playtime as Snake.
8346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / .:/AVATERS\:. on: April 28, 2006, 10:34:06 AM
It's "Avatars".  slywink
8347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Too Human on: April 27, 2006, 02:50:43 AM
I'm most interested in the 2-4 player co-op over system link that they mentioned.  Unfortunately, they say they can only support 1 person per console, but who knows, they may find enough extra power to put another player on screen.
8348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is Dreamfall: TLJ compatable with the 360? on: April 23, 2006, 08:31:04 AM
As per the title, I'm wondering if Dreamfall, just released on Xbox1, can be played on the 360?
8349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Garry's mod to be commercial on: April 23, 2006, 08:21:46 AM
http://gmod.garry.tv/

It's a Half-Life 2 mod that basically turns the game into a physics sandbox game.  Using the source engine physics and built in scripting you can do all sorts of wacky things like post characters, script new gametypes, even create some cool Rube Goldberg type devices using common objects and physics.

Someone's used the mod to pose characters and make a pretty good webcomic with it.
8350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Perfect Dark Zero - Huge Hit or Colossal Failure? on: April 23, 2006, 08:13:21 AM
Quote from: "MerianMoriarty"
heh.  Jarrodhk and i come from the "if i kill them all, they can't tell anyone they saw me" school of stealth, as far as PDZ goes.


Ah, a woman after my own heart.  Tongue




And thankfully, I've got an inch thick strike plate covering it.  slywink
8351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's coming and I can't wait! [Ghost Recon] on: April 18, 2006, 11:31:04 PM
Whoah, wait, 4 player co-op through the SP campaign?

I'm sold already.  Ever since my friends and I got the LAN working over here we often get together to play co-op games.
8352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's coming and I can't wait! [Ghost Recon] on: April 18, 2006, 04:51:38 AM
So, any starforce on this one?  I know H5 was SF free, but what about this game?
8353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tomb Raider: Legends Impressions (all platforms!) on: April 17, 2006, 11:43:33 AM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
But, if anyone wants to post a hint for me in a spoiler tag, that would be cool too.  A really, really small hint though please.  I want to at least fool myself into thinking I got the puzzle mostly on my own.


Spoiler for Hiden:

Think, "circus physics".
8354  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman: The Animated Series on: April 15, 2006, 09:11:37 AM
If you like Batman, you should definitely checkout Gargoyles the animated series if you haven't already.

I'm a big fan of Foster's Home for Imaginary friends for non voilent cartoons.
8355  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: April 15, 2006, 08:59:02 AM
Well the problem is that it's asking me for an admin password to open my 1.52 pitboss saves.  It never requested a save for them before, and it didn't even prompt me for one when I created the game.

It seems this is a confirmed bug/problem, there was a workaround for it, and maybe I can get it to work.
8356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Garry's mod to be commercial on: April 14, 2006, 06:53:55 PM
The key here is that this isn't just another new mod with all its bugs and problems.  Garry's mod has become basically a sandbox game of its own with a lot of quality programming behind it.  Seriously they have some complex systems in game that allows the mod to do all the cool things that it can do now.
8357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Garry's mod to be commercial on: April 14, 2006, 10:37:21 AM
In all honesty, he wouldn't have released a new version at all if it wasn't for the deal they have on now.

If he can get some money for all his hard work then I'm all for it.

The new version is supposed to work with all Source engined games, right out of the box.

In essence, you're not paying for the mod, you're paying for the next version and all future updates.  The current version 9.04 remains free as a kind of demo.
8358  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: April 13, 2006, 09:11:05 PM
The 1.61 patch for Civ 4 was just released.

Unfortunately, in the process of updating, it borked the pitboss saves so now I can't load them.
8359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wal-Mart controls what games you play on: April 11, 2006, 08:18:57 PM
I think quite a few short sighted publishers do this, but I suspect the games made for mature audiences don't bother with this tripe since wal mart doesn't carry.
8360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamer love song. on: April 10, 2006, 06:23:10 AM
Old, it's been posted for a while.  slywink
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