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8601  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: February 12, 2006, 07:14:15 AM
From now on use civturtle.selfip.com.  It's in the e-mails, which unfortunately aren't reaching LE for some reason.

I'm using a service where my router automatically updates that dynamic IP service should its IP change.

I think some non connection issues might be my ISP periodically forcing me to change IPs to prevent me from hosting a server.  Thus making me restart my router to get new DHCP settings.
8602  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Geometry Wars rawks on: February 12, 2006, 05:10:39 AM
The flea swarms, aka all those little blue circle seekers are the spawn of those large red circles.

I'm not sure what triggers them, but if one of the red circles stays on the field too long it'll explode and send out those little blue circles.  Since they're such small targets, move quickly, seek well, and come in such numbers I usually use a bomb to deal with them.
8603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / best hdtv setting on: February 12, 2006, 05:08:02 AM
Answers vary.  I think 1080i is fine, but some people say 720p is better, but honestly I can't tell the difference.  1080i is higher resolution, though.
8604  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / (360) Good news about GR Advanced Warfighter's co-op play. on: February 11, 2006, 10:31:47 AM
I just read a recent interview with some very good news.  We know that co-op is in GRAW, but 16 player online co-op is also confirmed, and you can play with 4 player split screen as part of that larger 16 player co-op game.  This is great I'm the only one with a 360, yet my friends and I are all serious co-op buffs.  I'll be buying more wirelss controllers in preparation for the game's release.

You can you play co-op modes on all the multiplayer maps, complete with in depth options to make even more interesting situations than the standard kill all enemies on map.  One example from the interview:
Quote

if you want a big challenge in Co-Op, set up a five-zone Co-Op Territory mode, with around 10 players. This means you have to split up into teams to each defend the five different zones, as the AI enemies storm and try to capture them. There are a lot more options; you could basically play a different combination every day for the next couple of years.


Unfortunately, you cannot play through the single player campaign in co-op, the scripting just couldn't support it.  However, there is also a second campaign just for co-op play set in Nicaragua.

So unless they really bork the basic gameplay, the feature set of GRAW is looking great.  Ghost Recon 2 for the xbox was fun to play, if a bit clunky in framerate, but the vidoes I've seen of the GRAW gameplay look smooth.  So this'll be a day 1 purchase for me.  The co-op alone sold this game for me and playing 4 players on a widescreen HDTV is going to be very fun.
8605  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Under Fire for 360 on: February 09, 2006, 08:12:04 PM
So long as it has the big battles I'll be happy.
8606  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Blizzard buys 1500 Opteron Servers on: February 09, 2006, 08:03:45 AM
Ya think?  And with Blizzard's next big game coming up (most likely Diablo 3) which should have heavy online use, they'll need those servers and more.
8607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Video] Splinter Cell: Double Agent on: February 09, 2006, 05:59:30 AM
They also had some footage from the multiplayer preview.  Looks like the new MP mode will feature some improvements on the whole spies vs mercs gameplay.  Hopefully they'll crush the agro spy menace once and for all.

I dislike how they showed the female lead's death in the trailer.  Now I know the brunette Sam was kissing before will most likely die out in the snow.
8608  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: February 08, 2006, 08:45:17 AM
71.108.133.144

I don't know what the heck is going on with the server.  It's been up for at least a week now with no problems, yet everyone seems to have connection issues.

This may have something to do with the large number of players.  With only 12 hours a turn, it's likely that 1 of those 18 players will be on any given hour and we're encountering connection issues from that.

Or my ISP may have some weirdness at late nights.  Honestly, I've done all I can so far.  Right now I'm just waiting for the next patch so I can see if some faulty network code is the culprit.
8609  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I picked up ANOTHER great oldie... on: February 06, 2006, 10:47:27 AM
More you against the world, but there's plenty of opportunity to pickup NPC allies to help you.  Mostly they're just cannon fodder.
8610  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 on an All-in-Wonder? on: February 06, 2006, 05:57:36 AM
Interestingly enough, lik-sang.com has a VGA adapter for about $12 USD.  I suspect the price of the MS adapter is more markup than anything.

Perhaps third party VGA cables will be coming out soon?
8611  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Farcry Instincts, anyone? on: February 05, 2006, 10:10:03 AM
Say, does this one have co-op?
8612  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Live a necessity for the 360? on: February 05, 2006, 10:09:44 AM
Andrew, where can you download the updates to burn on CD?  I wasn't aware this was possible.

I suspect MS probably will include such updates on first party game discs in the future.
8613  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Live a necessity for the 360? on: February 05, 2006, 05:44:22 AM
Live gold is only worth it once you have a lot of Live playable games.  Most games right now have live playability (not just achievements), but it's not much of a selection in the first place.  Mainly sports games, racing, and the two big FPS games.

As for enjoying the system without Live Gold, yes you can, but right now there aren't enough games out, and they're quite expensive.  There are no really big or really replayable single player games out.  Sure there's Condemned, but that's short, CoD2 is just more of the same FPS action once you're done with it you're done.  I suppose if you're into sports that'll be really replayable, but there's only so many times you can beat the AI before you start to wonder how those other players online will do against you.  The same goes for racing.

I'd wait for some of the big or replayable games to come out, or games that are good enough to invite friends over to play.

Just so you know, you get a free 30 day trial period of Gold when you first sign up.  That's what I'm playing on now.
8614  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New PS3 information on: February 03, 2006, 08:53:37 PM
People will buy it to heat their household.  slywink

Despite how propaganda-ish this sounds, frankly it's not surprising that Sony would want to top MS in the online department.  Online console gaming, while still small, is taking off and Sony would have to be a fool not to see how much this could improve the console's longetivity.  A longer shelf-life means more games sold for the system in the long run, and that's what equals profits in the console industry.

I also wouldn't be surprised with an Itunes like server, Sony does have its own music and movie labels.  Let's just hope they don't go overboard with the copy protection schemes.
8615  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Now that the shiny, newness has worn off: PD0 on: February 02, 2006, 08:11:41 AM
Have you ever tried to jump with 40-60 pounds of extra combat gear on you? slywink

I actually like games with no jumping, but they must make sure to put those context sensitive movements everywhere possible (and not use low walls to block movement).  Call of Duty 2 kinda does this in a good way.  They have a jump button, but you don't jump all that high and there's no speed boost.  If someone was aiming at your chest he'd still get a killshot on your if you jumped.  So basically it's only useful for jumping over very low obstacles.  However it also has a lot of context sensitive climbing, so most objects you'll be able to climb up and over.
8616  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Pillow talk on: February 02, 2006, 08:08:18 AM
Thank goodness for this topic, I have had a terrible time sleeping and it's probably my pillow that's doing it.  I just can't get my head comfortable enough to relax at night.

I'll look into these pillows next time I go shopping, hopefully this'll help my insomnia.
8617  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's the verdict on Planetside? on: February 02, 2006, 08:04:17 AM
I think at certain BR levels your armor will actually look a little different, however it's been a while since I've played.
8618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God Bless Gamefly!!! on: February 02, 2006, 08:02:07 AM
Yeah, I rented DoA4 and was wondering WTF?  There's no easy mode, and in normal mode the computer is just insane.  If this is the future of fighting games I'll go back to street fighter.

That said, I downloaded the Fight Night 3 demo and that's the way I hope fighting games go.  More tactical and combos are simple affairs that involve player thought instead of rote memorization.
8619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: BIA: Hill 30 on: February 02, 2006, 03:15:13 AM
It also suffers from fantasy rpg syndrome.  Low walls and fences somehow impede your access to otherwise perfect movement corridors.  slywink
8620  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Book Of Daniel... on: February 01, 2006, 09:18:25 AM
When entertainment and religion meet, only bloodshed follows.  Tongue
8621  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.
8622  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.
8623  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Book Of Daniel... on: February 01, 2006, 07:01:12 AM
Crusades.

Conquistadors.

Jonestown.

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?
8624  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.
8625  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.
8626  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.
8627  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.
8628  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?
8629  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.
8630  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.
8631  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.
8632  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.
8633  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.
8634  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.
8635  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.
8636  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.
8637  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.
8638  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.
8639  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.
8640  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?
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