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8681  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: February 21, 2006, 01:11:09 AM
Can anyone else confirm two Dandridges and where they were located?  If they were right next to eachother then I suspect he was playing both and simply consolidated, that's cheating.

Otherwise, if he was eradicated early in the game and took over a vacant slot, that's okay.
8682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Do Xbox live accounts work for both Xbox 1 and 360? on: February 20, 2006, 10:06:31 PM
I was just wondering if Xbox live accounts work on both Xbox 1 and the 360.  Since I finally got a live account for the 360, there's a few games for the original xbox I've been interested in playing online.
8683  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: February 19, 2006, 07:42:29 PM
I've actually got two spaces open so if you finally lose washington Hroth you can always fill one of them.  Lemme look and see which those are...
8684  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / SUV + Phone + Crash - Arm = Waaaaa. on: February 19, 2006, 10:04:53 AM
Quote from: "gameoverman"
Is that what they mean by rollover minutes?


+1
8685  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is Uwe Boll really that bad? on: February 19, 2006, 10:04:22 AM
The thing is, isn't the point of reviews and word of mouth supposed to help you avoid bad movies in theaters and rental?

You can try to be objective about this, but it boils down to your money.  Why waste several hours of your time and a $10 movie ticket to see a crap movie when there are so many indicators that it's bad.  Let the people who are paid to see these things take the initial cost for you.  Let Uwe Boll's track record speak for himself.
8686  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So, The Cave is bad on: February 19, 2006, 10:01:00 AM
If I recall, this was an Americanized version of another British movie of the same name.  The british one had an entire female cast and relied on real scares instead of being just another monster movie.
8687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Question about Xbox 360 HD resolutions on: February 19, 2006, 09:58:45 AM
I'm not entirely sure.  "i" (interlacing) mode uses less power than "p" (progressive scan) mode, but how much more?  1080i technically is rendering only 530 pixels a refresh (I think).

Someone more familiar with HDTV tech will have to answer that question.  I know some here swear that 720p is way better than 1080i, but I haven't heard the reasons why.  Then there are those that say that 1080i is every bit as good as 720p.

I know that developers are avoiding 1080p mode since it's very processor consuming to render at that, which suggests that 1080i mode really isn't that much better than 720p.
8688  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Anyone have unreal tournament 2004 for sale/trade? on: February 19, 2006, 07:59:51 AM
Strangely enough, I have an extra dvd collector's version that I don't play anymore.  Still have the DVD case with the bonus disc and manual.

I'm not interested in any of those games, but do you have any books or comics you want to get rid of?

I'm especially interested in production art stuff, you know, those "The Art of..." books for various movies and games.

Should mention that I'd send this to you for free, but if you have any of the above that don't want it'd be much appreciated.
8689  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is Uwe Boll really that bad? on: February 19, 2006, 07:56:59 AM
Stiffler, read this: http://www.somethingawful.com/articles.php?a=2649

Then try to defend him again with that argument.  slywink

In short, he does write his own scripts.  He ignores what good writers have written for him and writes his own stuff.
8690  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What the heck is with women these days? on: February 19, 2006, 07:54:28 AM
Who is that girl?  The second one, not the first image which has now been removed.
8691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Commandos Strike Force Demo on: February 19, 2006, 07:52:57 AM
Er, I should clarify.  By not that bad, I mean it's actually pretty good for a MoH/CoD clone when you just have to shoot things.  But it's also a bad thing in that I didn't see what makes this a Commandos game just yet.

I'll try the stealth mission and let you know how that goes, assuming I can fix the weird freezing problem.
8692  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / SUV + Phone + Crash - Arm = Waaaaa. on: February 19, 2006, 07:50:20 AM
Would this classify as irony or poetic justice?
8693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Question about Xbox 360 HD resolutions on: February 19, 2006, 07:48:45 AM
You have to pick one and the xbox will scale the game to that resolution, just like a PC.
8694  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A Scanner Darkly- new trailer - HOLY CRAP!!! on: February 18, 2006, 07:12:03 PM
I suspect they do both.  Let a program handle some of the basic shading, then let real animators/artists handle detail work or entire scenes if the automation doesn't provide what they need.
8695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Commandos Strike Force Demo on: February 18, 2006, 07:09:41 PM
I tried it.  It's alright, the FPS portion actually isn't that bad.  It's remarkably similar in feel to a Call of Duty game with the ability to switch between one of three soldiers.

Unfortunately, the game had frequent temporary freeze ups that would seem like a complete computer lock up until it just suddenly started working again 10 seconds later.

The first mission they show is a straight up kill everything mission, so not a good example since it played basically like MoH or CoD.  I haven't tried the second mission, which is supposed to be a lot more stealthy.

I'd have to say the demo is worth a try.
8696  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is Uwe Boll really that bad? on: February 18, 2006, 08:26:20 AM
Technically, we've seen Dungeon Siege's crappy trailer, and its director and whole production line is well known for the crap it produces.
8697  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is Uwe Boll really that bad? on: February 17, 2006, 07:06:38 AM
Whoah, after reading that I don't feel bad for him at all.  Well maybe a little.  

Anyone see "The Producers"?

I get the feeling like he's a completely deluded guy that some producers picked to make bad movies that would completely bomb, thus allowing them to use the tax loophole to make money.

However, with the way he deliberately chose sets based on how cheap they were instead of based on the story makes me think he knew what was going on.

The funny thing is, those scripts the writers game him would probably have been cheaper in to film in the first place.
8698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Outfit Trailer/Demo News on: February 16, 2006, 06:38:38 PM
I suspect that's what these next gen games will be, older gameplay with a few tweaks and better graphics/bigger scale.

That is, until they figure out how to use the system and turn its power to gameplay features like AI.
8699  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is Uwe Boll really that bad? on: February 16, 2006, 04:38:48 AM
The key here is that he doesn't respect his source material.

Alone in the Dark could have been a much better movie, and a much cheaper movie, if they set it in it's more appropriate locale of a haunted mansion, and with the ghosts and creeps of the game.

Admittedly, a lot of the material he uses there isn't much to respect in the first place, I mean Dungeon Siege?  There was a story to the game?  You have to ask why he's even making a movie for this game.  Considering all the crap titles he's gotten his hands on, I really do think he's making movies just to exploit that tax loophole, which is now closed.  Now that he can't get funding to make more movies, he's trying to fix his image.

You could say he's just making films, but just making something isn't enough.
8700  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / BF 2 question on: February 14, 2006, 09:52:47 PM
Don't click the "Play Now" button, that'll load your profile and use the quick match feature to find a game and connect you to it.

Just load your profile, then search for a game normally.
8701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Playing RF Online Beta on: February 14, 2006, 07:42:15 PM
Say what you will about the gameplay, but I love the artwork for this game.
8702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Sweet Science on: February 14, 2006, 05:24:23 AM
In as well.
8703  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: February 14, 2006, 01:25:22 AM
Yes, puny mortals.  Weaken yourselves so that when the time is right, my Incan hordes shall crush your pathetic armies.
8704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon Advanced Warrior Demo on Live soon on: February 13, 2006, 02:33:35 AM
Let's not forget that four player split screen co-op mode on the 360.  Brings a new meaning to inviting your friends over for a trip to Mexico.  slywink
8705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I HATE KAMEO!!! on: February 12, 2006, 07:43:18 PM
I wonder if it was the dev team or publisher that made that stupid choice.  The Xbox needs kids games, not all of them need be mature titles.
8706  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: February 12, 2006, 07:40:21 PM
I made sure to set it so that it never goes into power save mode, and never turns the hard drives off.
8707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I HATE KAMEO!!! on: February 12, 2006, 07:15:14 AM
I think the biggest problem with the game is that they couldn't decide what they wanted it to be.

First you have a kinda childish fairtale land and some children's book looking characters.

The plot is also pretty simple.

However, then there's bloody fighting, puzzles and controls that are often too difficult for children.  You've got combat awards for killing in a game that seems more about adventuring, along with a bullet time for killing enemies quickly.
8708  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.
8709  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.
8710  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.
8711  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.
8712  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.
8713  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.
8714  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.
8715  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.
8716  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.
8717  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?
8718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Farcry Instincts, anyone? on: February 05, 2006, 10:10:03 AM
Say, does this one have co-op?
8719  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.
8720  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.
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