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8481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / In Soviet Russia Starforce sues YOU! on: February 01, 2006, 09:15:09 AM
I'm just upset at how they try to hide everything.

I would be perfectly fine with starforce if it wasn't hidden from the user like it is now.  It installs without warning along with the program, and there's no simple way to remove it unless you download their special starforce remover.  How are we to be sure that that remover gets rid of it?

Have the installer clearly state that it's installing starforce on installation of a game.  Then have an entry for the drivers in "Add or Remove Programs" so the user can uninstall the drivers as soon as they're done.

Companies have a right to protect their properties, but users also have a right to decide what gets installed and removed from their computer.
8482  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / John Romero's MMO on: February 01, 2006, 09:11:26 AM
Wasn't that Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows?

Yes, I actually recall Romero working on that recent game.

And if I also recall it did poorly.
8483  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Book Of Daniel... on: February 01, 2006, 07:01:12 AM



Birth Control Clinic Bombings.

The list goes on.

Frankly, I think the Devil is often portrayed in a strange and darkly humorous role in any shows he's in.  Unless he's the main villian, he's usually very humanized and often with funny lines to offset the fact that he is quite evil.

My favorite portrayal of the devil on TV was an old show called Brimstone.  It starred the actor who is currently Luthor Sr on Smallville as the devil, kinda fitting eh?
8484  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The truck that would not die! on: February 01, 2006, 06:53:55 AM
They do a lot of stuff, but after looking at things closely, they really didn't do all that they could have.  They definitely pulled a few punches, but either way that car did take quite a beating, more than any normal car would.
8485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / John Romero's MMO on: February 01, 2006, 06:47:37 AM
Perhaps banging that 18 year old Romanian girl he has brought back some sense into him?  Okay, okay, that was bad, he does treat his women well.

But as for making games, well he's probably learned his lesson with the way everyone has been hounding him for Daikatana.  Has anyone played anything from him in the years following?  I recall he went into cheaper and smaller games for handhelds, how did that go?

I'll still wait for reviews either way.
8486  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: January 31, 2006, 10:27:33 PM
Doh, need to reboot my system, try again in a few minutes after this post.  Seems I need to restart the server after a router crash to get it to reopen the ports.
8487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Info on Oblivions Acheivements on: January 31, 2006, 12:27:41 AM
Why the fuss over achievements?  I never really got the big deal over them.
8488  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: new instance- a necropolis on: January 29, 2006, 08:48:18 PM
So what happened to more casual content?
8489  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / SWG on: January 29, 2006, 08:46:47 PM
That is, until you realize the changes are just that, changes, with no thought about the game as a whole.

At first it seems interesting and new, but you quickly see how dumb the game it once you get deeper into the station or the asteroid mining colony near the station.  Or if you go down onto a planet you very quickly see that nothing else has changed.

So you have this new gameplay in an engine that was never designed to support this kind of gameplay, with network code that wasn't designed to support this gameplay, an interface that wasn't designed for it, and items abilities, etc...

Not to mention my starting medic pistol is every bit as good as the highest rifle.  There's no point to combat than to just click click click like diablo, but even diablo had various strengths and weaknesses to its abilities.
8490  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Saddam walks out on trial... on: January 29, 2006, 12:15:25 PM
Actually, it's more like Saddamn is trying to upstage the court.  It's perfectly legal and with precident to remove the suspect and try him without his presence if he acts in such a way.

They should have done the same thing with Milosevich, it prevents these guys from prolonging the trials, and thus extending their lives.

After all, these men know that, in all honesty, their crimes would give them the death sentence.
8491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Live 360 games, what are you playing? on: January 29, 2006, 05:46:25 AM
Kameo's coop was done rather stupidly.  You have to unlock levels by playing them in single player, and you don't get all of the levels to unlock, just a select few.

I wanted to play Kameo through coop with my little sister but had to unlock the missions instead of just sitting down and having fun.
8492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 ingame saving questions... on: January 29, 2006, 05:44:25 AM
Oops, PC version, forgot which forum I was in.
8493  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Smallville 1-26-2006 (Spoilers) on: January 28, 2006, 11:13:14 PM
Wow, I'm glad I stopped watching.

I do miss Alysson Mack though and of course Kristen.
8494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need some RTS mp strategy help on: January 28, 2006, 11:08:55 PM
Most RTS games are actually building simulators.  It's not a game of strategy and tactics, it's who can get their economy running the quickest to pump out enough units to rush early.

That or who can exploit the unit movement and targetting early in the game to rush with fewer units yet get the most effect.

People who play RTS online and are serious about it don't play for the fun battles, they play to ruthlessly obliterate their opponents as soon as possible.

I like RTS games that have no base building and everyone starts out with some kind of preset army.  This way the focus is on the actual battle and not building as fast and as much as you can before you attack.

So, if you like actual battles, but not build rushes, I'd suggest sticking to playing with friends who agree not to rush.  Otherwise, to get good enough to beat these people, you'll have to give up those fun battles and use the same early build rush tactics where you spend more time managing resources and commanding battles.
8495  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 ingame saving questions... on: January 28, 2006, 11:03:43 PM
They have quick saves, auto saves, and manual saves.

The auto saves are actually lighting fast in this game, and have only gotten faster with later patches.  Sometimes you don't even realize it autosaves.

In the full game, I never had to replay a large stretch of game due to bad checkpoints.
8496  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Superman Returns Pictures on: January 27, 2006, 09:40:44 PM
That girl playing Lous Lane looks about 16 in that picture, way too young.  Cute though.
8497  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: BIA: Hill 30 on: January 27, 2006, 09:37:51 PM
You should have gotten Earned in Blood instead of Hill 30.  EiB still have very heavily scripted single player missions, but fortunately they include quite a few skirmish maps that can be played single or coop.  These maps a much more open than the SP campaign and you can even tweak 5 seperate AI settings to your liking (accuracy, movement, etc...)

Gearbox really got stupid in this game, trying to make it too much like Call of Duty instead of focusing on its strategy and realism.
8498  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / (360) What's up with Call of Duty 2's live multiplayer? on: January 27, 2006, 02:56:53 PM
mikeg, did you play deathmatch or team deathmatch?  This'll happen, those modes are way too chaotic for CoD2's style of gameplay.

The objective based modes are where it's at.  They start the teams off on their own sides of the map, so you aren't constantly getting one shot killed by people spawning all over the place.
8499  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Introducing the DS Lite!! on: January 27, 2006, 01:39:17 AM
I'm glad I held off on buying one for me and my little sister.
8500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / (360) What's up with Call of Duty 2's live multiplayer? on: January 27, 2006, 01:36:21 AM
I find the online multiplayer for call of duty 2 to be very fun.  However, finding a game on there is difficult at best.

The only options you have are to be matched with other players/servers.  There's no option to create or choose the server you wish to join.

So, often you put on servers with horrible pings.  Or ones that suddenly develop network problems because the host doesn't have the bandwidth to support this many players.  Then there's no way to set these options in game to prevent this from happening.

Has anyone heard anything about a patch or something that'll help with this?
8501  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Quake 4 (XB 360) - Final Impressions! on: January 26, 2006, 06:09:08 AM
The only thing missing was a cooperative mode.
8502  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Marble Blast Ultra on Live Arcade on: January 26, 2006, 06:05:01 AM
It's like the old marble madness game from Sega.  Basically you are a marble controlled in third person chase cam view.  You navigate courses trying to get the best score possible on courses, or just plain solve the puzzle.
8503  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Infinium gets MORE funding on: January 26, 2006, 01:18:01 AM
The Producers comes to mind.
8504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chibi Robo on: January 25, 2006, 07:32:18 AM
Well, game informer is owned by Gamestop Inc.  It's their store's officially unofficial magazine.
8505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How is the XBox 360 on a Non-HD TV? on: January 25, 2006, 07:31:19 AM
The difference is actually pretty subtle corrupt, at least right now where most games aren't using the Xbox to its full potential.  I actually think that the fight night 3 demo is the best showoff of the 360.
8506  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else have the Core system? on: January 25, 2006, 07:28:08 AM
Hard drives are listed by total space, but the actual file system takes up quite a bit of space too.
8507  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / "Best" prices for XB Live Points on: January 25, 2006, 12:37:45 AM
Considering that these points are equal to money, as they are used for microtransactions within live, I don't think you'll find any deals on them.

The best place to buy is online from MS for a rate of 1 point for about 0.0125.

That makes a 400 point game worth $5 USD.  That's geometry wars, joust, etc...

Honestly, I'll really only be buying the live arcade games using points.  Anything else is just a waste, even the really small stuff like the icons that are 30 points, that's about 38 cents for something I could just as easily whip up in my PC and upload.  That is, if they allowed such things.
8508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's the verdict on Planetside? on: January 24, 2006, 11:07:39 PM
Core combat included the caves expansion, which no one really bought or played.

I'm not sure what aftershock included, I think it added the mechs, but that may have been afterwards.
8509  Gaming / Analog Gaming / PnP vs. Board Games vs. Cards on: January 24, 2006, 11:03:42 PM
First, go to this page and download the Test Drive Rules 4.0, basically a free PDF that is pretty much the entire ruleset right there, including character creation.  The main things that are missing are more special case rules.

Savage Worlds is basically 1 book with just rules.  As a warning, they're based off miniature wargame rules, which is partially why they're so fast, so some things it does will seem odd to a pure role player.  They're also somewhat geared for more heroic action adventure games right out of the book, but tweaking is not only encouraged in the rules it's also the norm for the setting books.

The publisher has gone on record saying that they won't be printing fifty books for the same setting and making their settings too unweildy to use.  You'll need just the main rulebook, a setting book (or a setting of your own) and maybe an optional side book or pdf adventure.

The key reason why it's so fast, at least for the GM, is that everything's rated the same way.  Just 5 attributes and a set of skills that are rated in about 5 steps.  It's really easy to think up an entire stat line, and the stat lines take up about a paragraph instead of an entire page that D&D does.

As for the topic, the reasons why things are more popular are pretty simple and we've already covered most of them.  It's just a sign of the times too, with everything being so fast paced nowadays.  It's just easier to fire of a cooperative video game than to setup an RPG session.  That said, who knows what the future will bring.  Maybe a full VR system and thinking computers will help role playing come back big time with fully interactive GMed VR campaigns.  But it's somewhat doubtful it'll still be called role playing.
8510  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How is the XBox 360 on a Non-HD TV? on: January 24, 2006, 10:42:18 PM
Anyone using a VGA adapter and know some affordable ones?  $40 for just a VGA adapter is a bit high for me.
8511  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: January 24, 2006, 10:33:22 PM
I guess we need to beware the India-Japan allliance!
8512  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: January 24, 2006, 07:10:28 AM
Aahzmandius, care to explain how you're playing both India and Japan on my server?
8513  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The End of Booth Babes? on: January 24, 2006, 02:36:52 AM
That means no more virtual voyeur at the Singles 2 booth.  I still remember the crowd taking photos of the models just sitting around in really thin outfits for that booth.

I'm okay with this decision, the con was getting a bit too garish anyway, and who knows maybe it'll attract more female gamers/developers now.
8514  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How is the XBox 360 on a Non-HD TV? on: January 24, 2006, 02:33:08 AM
Looks good to me, however I've seen it on my Dad's 40+ inch HDTV at 1080i and now I'm looking to upgrade.

It'll definitely look better than previous systems, however on a normal TV it's more subtle, perhaps better color quality and more objects on screen and stuff.
8515  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Live 360 games, what are you playing? on: January 23, 2006, 10:42:38 PM
I should also ask, what are your favorite Live Arcade games?  How's Zuma?

I'm having fun with the Geometry Wars trial.

Oh, and do we have some general Live game day/night?
8516  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag List on: January 23, 2006, 07:09:45 PM
Add PicTurtle to the list please.

Not much there yet, but I'd like to see what and when everyone's playing.
8517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Live 360 games, what are you playing? on: January 23, 2006, 06:48:26 PM
Just wondering what's everyone's gamertags and what games are you playing on the 360 and Live?

I have the 1 month free trial on live, and plenty of games to rent in my area.  I'd like to see if I can get some games with fellow GT members here.
8518  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why must I turn on my XBox 360 twice every time? on: January 23, 2006, 05:08:41 PM
If you send it back, keep your hard drive.
8519  Gaming / Analog Gaming / PnP vs. Board Games vs. Cards on: January 23, 2006, 05:05:38 PM
This is one of the primary reason I switched to the Savage Worlds generic RPG rules.  The lead designer says right inside the book that the system is designed for working dads who don't have time to do all the homework before a game.

With it, I can just whip up stats and abilities on the fly without having to come up with massive stat blocks.

Still, our gaming group has shifted towards board and card games anyway, which isn't a bad thing considering how high quality these games are nowadays.
8520  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XB360 BC - What's Up? on: January 23, 2006, 04:21:05 PM
Backwards compatability is actually pretty complicated for them to do.  Remember that there is almost nothing the same between Xbox 1 and the 360.  The single PC processor has turned into an IBM made cell processor, heck, even the video chip brand has changed.

When they make a game BC, they have to write code that'll translate every hardware request that the software makes into something useable by the new system, and to make sure that the speed remains constant, they have to do it in low level code.  That means sometimes looking and plugging away at binary or assembly code.
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