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8721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 problem scratched disc on: December 04, 2005, 01:17:26 AM
Do you have your 360 on the side?

Many systems have problems when the system os placed up on its side.  My friend's PS2 would literally eat CDs when placed on its side.  The things cane out with deep gashes and what looked like claw marks.  Tongue

Anyway, the best bet is to find some local shop that has a CD resurfacer.  I have a local console game shop that has one in the back, they charge about $3.00 for each resurface.
8722  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on: December 02, 2005, 08:38:07 AM
One thing I love about the series is the art design in general.  Say what you will about the gameplay, they hired some great artists to make the artwork.

One of my favorite artists, Sparth, did concept and I think texture work for the game.  He has many beautiful concept images on his site, and I'm probably going to pickup the art of warrior within book.

I'm not sure if they hired him back for Two Thrones, but it's possible.
8723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Holding the PS3 Controller on: December 02, 2005, 08:28:13 AM
Yep, need to hold it in my hand to see how it really is.  Besides, you know somone will make a classic dual shock 2 that's compatable with the system.

What were the changes to this controller besides the shape?

Wasn't there some sort of trigger for the right index finger?
8724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rule of Rose [ps2] - *very* twisted (please come to USA) on: December 01, 2005, 01:35:54 AM
And as we all know, twisted little girls are always the scariest monsters around.

I don't need to play a game to experience that. slywink
8725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on: November 28, 2005, 09:46:55 AM
WW had a very nice premise, where the Prince is running from his own fate.  But they focused too much on the fighting and not enough on the running, at least that's my impression from the demo.

What's this new speed kill system?
8726  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any 4 player coop games for the 360 yet? on: November 27, 2005, 11:16:39 AM
*sigh* Guess I'll wait.

*dreams of Halo 3 four player COOP*
8727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on: November 27, 2005, 11:13:18 AM
It's been low key up until now, just a few screenshots, but about a month of two ago they unleashed the real PR to pave way to its release.

It's a blending of the original's puzzle gameplay and WW's combat oriented gameplay.  Basically the prince has been split into two beings, the normal prince from the first game and the Dark Prince from the second.

The normal one has a new set of puzzle solving, evasive, and stealth moves.  The Dark Prince has more combat and assassination moves.  You can switch between the two at certain points, I'm not sure if you can choose which path you take.  It would seem they're trying to appeal to both types of players, so allowing you to choose to stay as either type of Prince would be a good idea, having seperate sections that each Prince could access.

The story has The Prince returning from the isle of time (or something, I didn't play the second one) with his new bride Kayleena (or similar name).  Upon returning to Babylon, there's some sort of uproar regarding The Dark Prince wreaking havoc in the prince's abscence.  The Prince is captured by angry mobs and to save his life Kayleena sacrifices herself and unleashes the sands of time yet again on Babylon.  Somehow the prince and the dark prince meld into eachother or something.

Farah is back, and it looks like she's got a beef with the dark prince, and vice versa.  The Prince obviously still has a thing for her though.

Oh and this time, no rock music, no obscenely clad female warriors (metal thong? ugh!) and more story.
8728  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comics I've been reading on: November 26, 2005, 08:40:22 PM
Later issues do have nudity and sex, and quite a bit of violence, so I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under 17.  She could add it to her shelves, just make sure it's limited to mature readers.  I'd actually like to see comics on library shelves, at least the trade paperbacks.

If your wife liked all those old tales, she'd get a kick out of the characters in Fables.  There's a lot of interaction between them and it's really interesting, and often funny, to hear about past interactions or how personality quirks from their fable existance affect their lives in the mundane world.

One funny instance in the first comic is how one of the three little pigs crashes at Bigby Wolf's apartment to avoid going back to the farm, Bigby wants him out, but the pig goes on about how Bigby will let him stay since there's no better sign that Bigy has been reformed than that fact that a pig he'd tried to eat before is how staying in his apartment unscathed.

Oh yeah, they arrived in the 1800s, but it's now modern New York, forgot to mention that.

I'm also reading The Walking Dead, which is your classic zombie tale.  It's nice, but the writing is starting to get a bit stale right around the third trade paperback with the constant use of, "It's good! No, it's bad!" changes.

I also picked up the first paperback of 100 Bullets, a crime and revenge series of shorts.  Based around the idea that a mysterious man is giving people a briefcase with a gun, 100 bullets, and undenyable proof of someone's involvement in that character's past downfall.  Those 100 bullets are untraceable, any investigations that turn up the bullets are stopped and the records erased.
8729  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comics I've been reading on: November 26, 2005, 08:44:55 AM
I would recommend Fables.  Look for the trade paperback titled "Fables: Legends in Exile".  They're up to volume 5 of trade paperbacks now.

It's centered around the idea that the fables, characters from all those classic fairy tales, some fantasy novels, and nursury rhymes, have had their homelands invaded by an army led a powerful entity known as The Adversary.  Forced to flee, they've fled to the mundane world, although many didn't make it.  Arriving sometime in the 1800s they've managed to stake out a small section of new york which they call Fabletown.

Those fables that can pass as human reside in New York City proper, while the other fables live in a distant closed off area known as The Farm.

The series opens up with the murder of Rose Red.  With Snow White as the uptight leader of Fabletown (don't mention the dwarves) and Bigby Wolf (aka Big Bad Wolf) as Fabletown's sheriff investigating the murder.

You meet many known characters, like Jack from the beanstalk, the frog prince (who has a penchant for eating flies in public), Beaty and Beast, Cinderella, Blue Beard, and even Pinnochio.
8730  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any 4 player coop games for the 360 yet? on: November 26, 2005, 08:22:40 AM
My friends and I can't really justify the cost of a 360, even next year, unless there are some good four player coop games coming out.  Er, no sports games, honestly I can't think of any sports games that are really fun with 4 player coop.

Right now our xbox1 is dedicated to four player coop games like the conflict series.  We even rent games that aren't all that good, but the inclusion of COOP somehow makes them a bit better.

Even some good fun 4 player vs modes would be nice.

So anyone here know of some current or upcoming 4 player coop games?
8731  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Do you think MS will ever phase out the Core unit? on: November 25, 2005, 08:51:20 PM
So I guess games like Blinx and Timeshift won't be making an appearance on the 360?

Some other really good games needed the hard drive as well, I can't quite remember them, though.
8732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anybody else's Perfect Dark Zero buggy as crap? on: November 25, 2005, 08:49:17 PM
The reason why the power block heating up would cause a crash is as it heats up it can't produce clean electricity.

Someone with more electrical knowledge can help me here, but I think as an object heats up it has more and more electrical resistance.

So, the xbox becomes starved with electricity and eventually has a hard lock or reset.

Same as with PCs if you get a poor power supply.
8733  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Civilization 4 GT PBEM on: November 24, 2005, 08:03:29 PM
Basically, one person creates a PBEM game, fills in all the data from everyone, then passes it on to the next guy.  That player opens up that savegame, does his turn and then passes it on to the next guy.

They tend to get bogged down by players who don't check e-mail or have slow e-mail servers, though.  So it's best to keep the numbers small.

Setting the game setting to make one turn mean more also helps.
8734  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Looking for Suggestions on: November 22, 2005, 09:26:27 PM
Think of runebound more of an RPG lite, for when either people don't want to play a whole detailed RPG session that night, or when you have players that aren't role players.

Then all those little expansions make sense.  They're equipment supplements, class supplements, premade adventures, etc...

I wasn't too keen on Runebound due to lack of player interaction.  It didn't feel as though the players are really competing, nor did it feel like the players were cooperating to defeat an enemy.
8735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Phantom 'console' -1 on: November 21, 2005, 11:52:33 PM
The sad thing is, Infinium already got what it wanted.  Some poor stupid investors got creamed from this.
8736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Perfect Dark Zero - Huge Hit or Colossal Failure? on: November 19, 2005, 08:06:09 AM
What other MP modes are included?

I heard something about a counter-op mode, where one player plays Joanna Dark and the others play the nameless mooks on the map.
8737  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Looking for Suggestions on: November 17, 2005, 12:54:40 AM
If you want a more cutthroat game, try "A Game of Thrones" based on the same series of novels by George R. R. Martin.

A lot of diplomacy and backstabbing along with military conquest.

There's many layers to its gameplay, as not only do you have to manage your military conquest and make deals with other players, you vy for control of certain meta aspects of the game, which give you abilities such as resolving ties, deciding who goes first, the ability to see what your opponent has planned, etc...  These are represented by secret bidding wars.

It's like Fantasy Diplomacy with a lot more layers.
8738  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Looking for Suggestions on: November 15, 2005, 07:25:43 PM
Sounds like you're looking for more cooperative games.

Runebound 2nd edition from Fantasy Flight.  Basically RPG-lite

Arkham Horror is also good, running around Arkham, defeating various lovecraftian horrors.

Betrayal at the house on the hill (or something similar) is also a good game, however halfway through the game one of the players will become the monster player who will work against the players as they try to defeat him.

Shadows Over camelot is pure COOP using a card deck to determine what the bad guys do.  However, there is a chance of one player being a "Traitor" and having to work against the group secretly.  Rules variants allow you to remove this option.

Return of Heroes is a recent european in a similar vien to runebound.

Look up all these on boardgamegeek.com to read reviews and the like.  Most fantasy flight games will have the rules for download on their site so you can get an even better idea of how the game plays.
8739  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Got my first Xbox 360 game today! on: November 12, 2005, 07:02:31 PM
That's why they invented plastic coating spraypaint.  slywink

I hear duplicolor is a good brand.
8740  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Command & Conquer The First Decade announced on: November 11, 2005, 04:19:06 AM
I remember coming home with C&C Red Alert with my friend.

We fired up a skirmish.

I saw you could build some sort of flamethrower trooper, and I promptly did that.  Then we both sat there amazed as it torched an infantry and watched the poor fellow run about on fire.

Ah the birth of gaming violence.
8741  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Descent: Journeys in the Dark boardgame in stores on: November 10, 2005, 07:27:40 AM
How's the gameplay, and has it actually improved over the Doom mechanics, or are there still balance issues?
8742  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Movies - Release Day! Now with REAL Impressions! on: November 10, 2005, 05:30:24 AM
The real question is, when do we start seeing complete movie remakes in The Movies?

I'd like to see a remake of The Matrix, Eternal Sunshine, and Serenity. Tongue
8743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I may not get a PS3 - if this is true on: November 09, 2005, 09:57:29 PM
Honestly guys, how many big rumors did you hear about the Xbox 1, PS2, and Gamecube that ended in no way true?

Yep, thought so.
8744  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Search on: November 09, 2005, 02:16:49 AM
I could use some luck too, been applying everywhere and a few interviews.  No jobs.
8745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [xbox 360] Finally got to play with one today! on: November 09, 2005, 12:42:33 AM
Then in the next few months after the console is released the PC will come out with something better that'll eventually become the norm for PCs.

Honestly guys, this argument has been done to death.  Let's all agree here and now that comparing consoles to PCs and that whole stupid argument is just pointless.

If you like the system, like the games on it, then play it.
8746  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [SC] Does anyone else... on: November 09, 2005, 12:36:56 AM
Wait what?  Oh, it's a starcraft picture?  I was too busy examining her a--er I mean the alien landscape.  Yeah...
8747  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Civilization 4 GT PBEM on: November 08, 2005, 07:54:27 AM
We have four players, including myself.  Want to wait for more?
8748  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Jack Thompson on CNN video on: November 08, 2005, 02:25:25 AM
Actually, I think JT is more like Senator Mcarthy, albiet, with a topic that won't get people hung for no reason.

He doesn't really believe, he's just playing up the scares to further his career.  Unfortunately, now that he's built his entire career around this one thing, he has nowhere else to go.
8749  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SONY PS3 to LAUNCH IN 2007 on: November 06, 2005, 11:34:06 PM
I wonder, if it's delayed that long, perhaps they'll be able to one up MS with more games for release and better hardware?

I mean there's a lot of discussion about 360 hardware issues, including the lack of hard drive.  If Sony takes the time to build up its manufacturing capabilities and somehow makes the system cheaper.  Perhaps they could fit in a small hard drive.
8750  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Civilization 4 GT PBEM on: November 06, 2005, 08:46:28 AM
Semaj, we're establishing that list right now.

So far it's just:

Persians - Lord Ebonstone
Greeks - Lockdown
8751  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Xfire Username List on: November 06, 2005, 08:40:41 AM
I'm also on Xfire under the name Vanigan
8752  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I hate little kitty cats on: November 06, 2005, 06:37:25 AM
Reminds me of the Mythbusters episode on removing skunk spray.
8753  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Civilization 4 GT PBEM on: November 06, 2005, 04:26:43 AM
Okay, so LE and Lockdown are both confirmed as the Persians and Greeks respectively.

I'll go ahead and claim the Americans as Roosevelt, although if someone else wants the Americans I'll go with one of the Asian civs.

We'll be playing on a standard size Terra map.
8754  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Civilization 4 GT PBEM on: November 05, 2005, 08:27:14 PM
Just tried it out.

Seems I'll need everyone to confirm whether they want to play, then select a civ and leader, then your PM all that info along with your email address to me.

I have to enter in everything at the start of the PBEM game.  Luckily, the game does include some methods of automation during play.  Namely the game includes its own mail client so you can send the next turn from within the game, and just double click to open any recieved turn files.

There's enough players interested to have 8 players, including me.  We need to decide which map settings to use.  I'm thinking either pangea or terra.  Pangea is self explanitory, but Terra starts everyone off together on a large continent, with a second continent (the new world as it were) located somewhere on the map which no one is on.  By the time people get there barbarians have usually overrun the continent with plenty of barb cities.

Continents has the very real chance of someone getting an entire continent to himself.
8755  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Civilization 4 GT PBEM on: November 05, 2005, 08:00:49 PM
I'll start one as soon as I get back from lunch.  PM me your e-mails, decide which civ you're going to play in the forum.

Interestingly enough, if you turn on the "AI take over" option in regular MP games, if a new player joins he can take over an AI.  We discovered this when I crashed out of the game and had to rejoin.

I wonder if something similar can be done for PBEM, where if someone drops out, the AI can take over or if someone wants to join he can take over AI.
8756  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Descent: Journeys in the Dark boardgame in stores on: November 02, 2005, 02:12:58 AM
I like to support my local store, so $80, while expensive, is basically paying for my right to play at the store I bought it.
8757  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Descent: Journeys in the Dark boardgame in stores on: November 01, 2005, 09:40:07 PM
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/17226

Well, this boardgame just hit my local game store.  Unfortunately, I haven't the cash to buy it.   (See my trade forum posts Tongue)

Basically, it's an $80 boardgame, similar to Doom the boardgame (based on the same rules) but set in a fantasy setting with much updated rules.  Yes, it's really worth $80 considering the high quality materials you get.

Basically, the game comes with a large number of thick cardboard pieces that are rooms and corridors in a dungeon, these all interconnect to form a dungeon map.  You layout this dungeon as per a scenario that comes with the game (or player made scenarios).

One player plays as the Overlord and basically runs the scenario/adventure and plays the monster.  He also has special cards he can play that represent traps and whatnot.  Unlike a true pen and paper RPG, the Overlord's task really is to defeat the players.

Up to (I think) 4 other players join in, each getting a character (out of 9 possible) with various strengths and weaknesses.  They use a starting amount of gold to buy equipment from "town", these equipment pieces are cards that let the player know their effects.

With that setup done, the players place their miniatures at the start of the dungeon and make their way through.  Anytime they open a new door the overlord player places any monsters or objects they see in the new room.

It's like an RPG-lite pretty much.  In fact, an enterprising RPG GM can buy the game and use it for dungeon diving.
8758  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civ4 AI difficulty selector and "Over Crowding" qu on: October 31, 2005, 08:08:59 PM
Just so you know, the "it's too crowded" unhappiness point is the generic unhappiness you get for each point of population in a city.

You don't have to worry about unhappiness until it goes over a city's happiness points.

So ignore those unhappy few until they're about to cause problems.  Then it's just a matter of making sure excess food is used up via specialists.

Just make sure you monitor your cities every now and then to see if they're reaching their happiness limit, then adjust accordingly.

The best way to stop unhappiness is to secure resources that grant happiness.  Each resource boosts the happiness for all your cities by 1.
8759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / STALKER delayed...again on: October 30, 2005, 08:06:39 AM
Yeah sure, you can know that without ever having played or seen the game in person.
8760  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / crap!!!! Fear Help on: October 29, 2005, 11:04:37 PM
The saves for the game is located in the My Documents->My Games folder.  So, if you lose your game directory the saves and profiles still exist in that folder.
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