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8841  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.
8842  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?
8843  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.
8844  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.
8845  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.
8846  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.
8847  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.
8848  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.
8849  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.
8850  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.
8851  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.
8852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Sweet Science on: February 14, 2006, 05:24:23 AM
In as well.
8853  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.
8854  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
8855  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.
8856  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.
8857  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.
8858  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  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.
8859  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.
8860  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.
8861  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:

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.
8862  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.
8863  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.
8864  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.
8865  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: February 08, 2006, 08:45:17 AM

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.
8866  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.
8867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 on an All-in-Wonder? on: February 06, 2006, 05:57:36 AM
Interestingly enough, 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?
8868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Farcry Instincts, anyone? on: February 05, 2006, 10:10:03 AM
Say, does this one have co-op?
8869  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.
8870  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.
8871  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.
8872  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.
8873  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.
8874  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.
8875  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.
8876  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
8877  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Book Of Daniel... on: February 01, 2006, 09:18:25 AM
When entertainment and religion meet, only bloodshed follows.  Tongue
8878  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.
8879  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.
8880  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?
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