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8521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Garry's mod to be commercial on: April 23, 2006, 08:21:46 AM

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.
8522  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
8523  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.
8524  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?
8525  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".
8526  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.
8527  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.
8528  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.
8529  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.
8530  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.
8531  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.
8532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamer love song. on: April 10, 2006, 06:23:10 AM
Old, it's been posted for a while.  slywink
8533  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: April 10, 2006, 01:10:05 AM
They're working on it right now and it's advanced quite a bit since then.
8534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Kameo coop patch, new content released! on: April 09, 2006, 07:18:38 AM
I just tried it with the patch, co-op is still limited to those few short levels.  So if you're looking for a lot of co-op gameplay, look elsewhere.

Also the levels don't really make use of the co-op mode.  You simple go through the levels with a few more monsters than before.
8535  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / I spy with my little eye... on: April 07, 2006, 07:24:41 AM
It's also a bit creepy if you think about it, how much information about your gaming habits it has gathered.
8536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dumped Gamerang for Gamefly and could not be happier! on: April 07, 2006, 07:21:01 AM
I think gamefly also gets slower and slower the longer you stay with them.

Of course, you can always switch back when gamefly gets slow, then switch again when gamerang gets slow again.
8537  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bethesda charge for mods?!? on: April 07, 2006, 07:04:39 AM
It was confirmed that the horse armor content was already on the CD, the update you buy in Live and on that site really just unlocks it.

Also, this Horse armor stuff that they're touting as new was something they had already said was in the game in earlier interviews.

So that basically means they held it back just to release it online.  No thanks.

Now, the other mods they have on that site, the Wizards tower and the astrolab things they have, I might buy those since that's actually new content.

Overall, If I want new content I'll just buy the PC version and use mods.  As I know for sure that once the modeling tools come out someone will make a horse armor mod.  Heck, someone probably already has a horse armor mod out, but with no extra textures.  I know someone has already added saddlebags to horses.
8538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Kameo coop patch, new content released! on: April 07, 2006, 06:59:10 AM
Yeah, they said they would do updates for both Kameo and PDZ over live.

Is Co-op in kameo still limited to those few short levels?

I'd really like to play with my sister the whole way through, but it's a pain to have to play, unlock the level in co-op, then only get to play a small segment of it.

I mean, if it's still the same co-op as before there's not much point to this update.

I'm more waiting for the PDZ update, they said they would add in Counter-Op, where one player is Joanna and everyone else are mooks on single player levels.  Basically, other players take over the AI as they get killed.

Hopefully they also fix the laggy aim.
8539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360/japan] Ninty-Nine Nights (aka N3) on: April 07, 2006, 06:50:51 AM
I hear it's getting a lukewarm reception in Japan.  But, I suppose here if they make is basically a dynasty warriors clone with lots more units on screen, it won't do too bad.
8540  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion: Playable in 3P Mode? on: April 06, 2006, 06:00:50 AM
Not only is there a mod that puts a crosshair in third person mode, but it also gets rid of the delay they put on the third person camera so it feels like a traditional third person camera.
8541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion-Tips , Advice and Help-Spoilerific on: April 05, 2006, 02:53:08 PM
Normally, you don't get any gold at all in random animals.

I've seen it about twice in my play time up to level 13.
8542  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chrono Trigger (formerly: Now You're Talking) on: April 05, 2006, 07:28:17 AM
My suggestion is to make sure you play Final Fantasy 6, widely considered one of the best FF games to date.
8543  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] First Oblivion Mod up on Live on: April 04, 2006, 08:39:56 AM
Just give it a month after the 3D exporter tools are released and there'll be better horse armor.  Heck, maybe even mounted combat.  Tongue
8544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is King Kong 360 worth playing through? on: April 03, 2006, 10:26:50 AM
Not worth it from the demo I played.  Besides, you already know the story, and the gameplay mechanics aren't alll that great.  There's plenty of other great games out now that you can play.
8545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A Bob Ross video game is in the works on: April 02, 2006, 10:46:34 AM
It's like Mario Paint, without the crappiness.

I still remember mario paint, and think this is a very good idea, especially if they use the revolution controller.
8546  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: April 02, 2006, 10:30:16 AM
It's a really interesting situation on the server right now.

There's basically 2 superpowers in Varity and Dandridge, although my Inca just started my big bid for power by sweeping northward to conquer Germany.

Germany has little in the way of a military, so the conquest should go smoothly.  I confirmed this by using an open border agreement to scout his lands.

To my southeast I have EJL, who is fittingly playing the Aztecs.  I guess he's still ticked off about my sneak attack earlier that took one city.  After my initial attack he sued for peace and I accepted, as I only wanted that city to act as a choke point.  He'd been conquering his neighbors in rapid succession so I knew eventually he'd get to me.

He used the ceasefire well, chosing to attack right after I declared war on Germany.  Thankfully I had foresight to keep enough units close to home so his attack, while quite strong, isn't too much of a worry.  I have enough to delay him long enough so that I can shift units from my mid territories to the south.  I also bargained for the nearby AI, The Greeks, to attack him as well, as they shared my religion he didn't need much convincing.  I'll probably lose the city that I had just taken from him, but it'll cost him either way.

I also had an Axeman near his territory watching for an attack, I moved him to a tile with both a hill and a forest, just as a very large stack Aztec of units moved next to him.  In essence, that axeman is now quite a thorn in the Aztec's side.  Attacking the axeman will likely result in the loss of one or more units, it has already delayed the movement of that large unit stack.  If he chooses to bypass the axeman, I can march him into enemy territory and start pillaging.

Unless Germany pulls units out of nowhere, or another opponent attacks me, I'll be fine.  However, things could very well spiral out of control into the first world war of the pre-medieval era as various alliances come into play.

Sorry you guys are having such difficulties connecting.  I'm hoping the next patch will be released soon so the game will be more stable.  I'll probably start a new server and a new game with more balanced settings.

Probably the Balanced map script to make sure everyone starts out on even footing.  Probably segment into various continents too.
8547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tomb Raider Legend demo impressions on: April 02, 2006, 10:27:38 AM
Well the way I see it, I can rent console games, and I'm sure there'll be quite a few people selling their copies after they're done with the game.

I'm more a PC gamer, but some games lend themselves to consoles more.  The primary reason why I have a console is that I can rent games.
8548  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Wasn't planetside supposed to be free? on: April 02, 2006, 10:21:17 AM
I'm in with a new station account.

You can't use an old account, but it's easy enough to make a new one.

I'm in on Markov (US West) as the Terran Republic, only because my other friend was going to play TR.

I think my main guy will be a heavy tanker again.  I hope they've improved the MBTs since I last played, as they were just very large targets that took up two at least infantry to operate.  Not to mention everyone and their mother was toting around anti armor weaponry.
8549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can you play Half-Life 2 [Steam] Offline? on: April 02, 2006, 10:17:02 AM
I've played HL2 while my net connection was down and it ran just fine.  It takes some time for steam to recognize that there's no net connection, but once it does it'll let you run steam offline.

Just make sure you check the status of HL2 in the steam menu by right clicking it and going to properties.  It should clearly state in that menu if it's ready to be played offline.
8550  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is this a man/woman thing or am I truely nuts? on: April 01, 2006, 10:03:06 PM
Heh, I took a history of animation class and you'd be amazed what they had the flintstones characters selling in commercials.  One spot had Fred and Barney smoking cigarettes and talking about how great they are.

Of course, no one will show these anymore.
8551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tomb Raider Legend demo impressions on: April 01, 2006, 10:01:45 PM
Or you can buy the 360 wired controller and use it with your PC. slywink
8552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rise of Legends Demo on: April 01, 2006, 09:31:49 AM
I suspect that their big fort building needs a garrison to fight back.
8553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DEMO Condemed:Criminal Origins on: March 31, 2006, 12:17:19 PM
Yes, teh 4200 is too old for it, that card doesn't have even Shader 2.0 specs on it.  I know, it was my last card before I went to the an ATI 9800.

These latest games, the ones competing with the likes of the Xbox 360, use a lot of shaders to handle their lighting and special effects.

The 4200 is from a time when such shaders were only just beginning to get complicated.
8554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I now officially don't understand Fanboisim on: March 31, 2006, 12:13:52 PM
I just play the games.  Doesn't matter who makes them, if it has good games I'll buy.
8555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 30, 2006, 10:18:23 AM
Warning, and anyone else having trouble with the difficulty.  Turn down the difficulty slider just a few notches.

The game provides a difficulty setting slider that's in the gameplay options screen that you can change at any time.  I have mine set at just a few notches under the default setting, and I'm playing a knight-like character just like you.

At this setting, it's still pretty challenging, but no longer frustrating, and if you find it to be too easy, you can just turn it up again.  The best thing though is that this only affects the combat damage values.  You take less and give more damage with the slider lower, and vice versa.  The rest of the game is unchanged.

When I first played I had the same problem at Kvach, this time around 3 of the city watch survived, albiet at very low health, at the end of the mission and the whole process was still very challenging.

Yes, it may seem like cheating at first, but honestly, why play a character you're not interested in just to play the system?  Why not play the character you want to play and make the game cater to you like it should.
8556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 29, 2006, 04:18:16 PM
Actually, not everything gets what you have.  There's still plenty of monsters that'll spawn at levels lower than your own.  It's just the main bad guys, and bosses that level up with you.
8557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's the verdict on Planetside? on: March 29, 2006, 06:37:11 AM
Just create a new account, you can't use your old account for this.
8558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion: Mods on: March 28, 2006, 05:35:05 AM
Quote from: "MaxSteele"
Have you got the "IWIN" mod yet?  You install it and when you load the same, you solved it.

Have you seen the "play the game how I want to" mod yet?  I hear it makes people stop trying to dictate to others how to play their own single player game instead of wasting their breath trying to get others to conform to their standards.

I like the idea of the bodyguard mod.  It's a bit more realistic that the blades would send a bunch of bodyguards with you.

One of the things I wanted to do for a future game design was make it so that a player who didn't want his actual character to be a fighter, was that he can easily hire bodyguards or find faithful companions to fight for him.

This way, you could make a sort of genious character with all non combat skills, but still be able to make it through the game.

Oh wait, that's what RPGs have been doing since long before Oblivion.  slywink
8559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / AGEIA's PhysX Processor on: March 28, 2006, 05:29:40 AM
Actually Atragon, you can't.  Game netcode is a mishmash of assumptions and predictions of player movement and what he can see currently.  This is then matched up to the actual reality of what the player has done once the server gets the real info and sends it to clients.

Sure, it's certainly possible to tell a client that box A got bounced in so and so direction from a stand still position.  But what you arne't factoring in is that now that the box has moved, clients much update its position every frame from the server, just like another player.

Not only that, what if another rocket detonates nearby, or a bullet impacts the box in mid air?  What if it lands on a player, or maybe even a dynamic wind pushes it a little?

Well, yes, they are currently doing this in games where you have server side physics objects like HL2 Deathmatch.  However, you'll notice that these objects aren't too common since each of these objects is essentially another player's worth of data to transmit.
8560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (3/27) on: March 28, 2006, 05:22:31 AM
Probably Top Spin 2 if the reviews are decent.  I need a casual game that can be played with 4 players.

After getting GRAW and finding that the 4 player mode was unplayable, I'm now left with 4 460 controllers and no games that can really use them.

I'm also getting Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers since I liked the changes in the demo and the new multiplayer modes really intrigue me.  Now it's just a matter of whether I should get it for Xbox 1 or the PC.
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