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9081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Funny Pic (sfw) on: April 10, 2005, 07:25:49 AM
That's been around for near forever.

But at least it's good to see that you've kept up with the times, what with the guy being recently dead.
9082  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Anyone want to participate in an online pen and paper RPG? on: April 05, 2005, 08:41:54 AM
It's still happening, albiet slowly.

I'm having trouble keeping track of messages across all these forums and mediums.  So, could everyone please e-mail me at: turtle (at) pex.net

Include in the subject the tag: [deadlands]

I'd like everyone to e-mail me their availability again, along with character info if you haven't sent me it already.  I'd like to get everyone's e-mail on file so I can keep you informed, not to mention send role playing stuff when we're not together.

Right now, the date and time is Thursday evening 8:15pm PST.  Sorry if anyone can't make it, but my class schedule limits me to Thursday through Sunday as my off time and even then I'm working on art projects.

I'm still figuring out a good place to run the thing, IRC is a good bet right now.  So, download mIRC when you can.  I'd also like to get a tally of those who are willing to pay the $20 for the player's version of the Fantasy Grounds software.

Finally, I'll be e-mailing everyone with a short RP session going into what your character sees and experiences as he sets foot in Julestown, Kansas Territory.
9083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sin City Impressions on: April 05, 2005, 05:32:19 AM
but Thin_j, you already knew the plot and the ending.  The ship sinks.  slywink

Titanic was way overrated in my book, it's not even romantic.  Girls will go all googly eyed over how she leaps from the lifeboat to be with Jack.  But frankly, she got him killed by making him look after her.

I mean, Jack's a survivor, he would have found that floating debris and stayed on it while everyone else drowned, but no, she goes and jumps back on the sinking boat, making him give her the debris and freeze to death in the process.

Back to Sin City.  The movie left out some small sections that help to establish characters even more, although not needed, they were some pretty nice scenes left out of Marv's story.
9084  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sin City Impressions on: April 03, 2005, 06:35:37 AM
"Now that is one fine coat you're wearing there."

or

"I love hitmen, no matter what you do to them, you don't feel bad."

I think Marv really stole the movie, followed by Hartigan.  Dwight was okay.

I can certainly see how some wouldn't like it.  It's definitely not a movie for everyone, or for a squeemish.  Simply put, this movie does not dance around the nastier elements of the underworld, however, what's there does fit in to the movie and leaving it out would have been just wrong.

The acting could have been better, but it was still very much in the style of the comics.  Almost all the lines are from the comics, so I can see why the actors didn't have much room for error.
9085  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / So The Matrix Online is out next week... anyone? on: April 03, 2005, 06:29:44 AM
Polish is key, as we've seen with WoW.  We know Monolith can do polish, but since this is their first MMO, and a massive one at that, we'll have to wait and see.
9086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Day of Defeat & Natural Selection source? on: April 03, 2005, 06:17:44 AM
Better lighting would be the key feature of NS Source.

NS maps rely on lighting, and Half-Life's lighting engine, while great for its time, is lacking now.

There's also many features they wanted in NS before, but couldn't do due to the limits of the HL1 engine, in Source, I'm sure there's things.  In effect, they could drastically alter the game just be implementing a feature how they originally intended it.  Things like Fades blinking through walls, cloaking aliens having a predator effect instead of being transparent.

One major problem they had in HL1 was that there were only like 2 types of hitboxes (the invisible boxes around a model that determines when it collides with the world and where he is hit by weapon fire), so everything was either a large human sized box, or a half human box (skulks).  The Onos was just a human hitbox, which brought about all sorts of problems.

They can also do more interesting things to maps, like having the marines take a dropship in instead of the base being partially setup.
9087  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sin City Impressions on: April 02, 2005, 11:02:16 AM
It's too bad she didn't go all the way into character.  In the comics, Nancy (Alba's character) is topless in that scene.  slywink

But, I'm glad the movie didn't shy away from nudity.  I mean it already has a lot of violence and utterly mature themes, what's a bit of nudity?
9088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SC:CT(XBOX) tonight I should have it, anyone else? on: April 01, 2005, 11:34:32 PM
So far, I have 100% on the first two maps.  But that's only because I'm not killing people.  Not to mention I have a lot of SvM spy experience.

If you can sneak away from human guards, it's a piece of cake to sneak by AI guards.  slywink
9089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Splinter Cell Chaos Theory impressions on: April 01, 2005, 11:32:21 PM
Have you tried downloading the starforce detection and removal tool from the starforce website?

Not to make this into another starforce debate, but performance issues is a known problem with starforce on certain PCs.
9090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sin City Impressions on: April 01, 2005, 10:56:02 AM
I just saw a biography on Frank Miller and it seems that Miller really did take an active role in directing, and not just sitting on the sidelines like others have said.  He would be on set all the time, direction some scenes, changing some directions, and all the actors could come to him directly for character advice.

I, for one, want to see a Legendary Dark Knight Returns movie.  I mean, we already have a Batman Begins movie, why not is late life exploits?  slywink

Hell, I bet if they'd let him codirect on the Daredevil movie it would have turned out a helluva lot better.  Let's just hope these movie execs realize this.
9091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / terry shiavo has passed away on: March 31, 2005, 10:44:22 PM
It's a mess on both sides.  The family turned the whole thing into a massive political and media circus.  They were known for saying and releasing press info with all this evidence that wasn't really supported by anything.

Sure, the husband could very well have done something to her, but the family could have found a better way.
9092  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Splinter Cell Chaos Theory MP, friendly games and training. on: March 31, 2005, 10:39:50 PM
Bah, now this makes me want to get the Xbox version and live.
9093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rebelstar Tactical Command coming to GBA on: March 31, 2005, 07:36:53 AM
Wow, thanks for the news!  Codo is currently working on Laser Squad Nemesis, but it had been a while since the last update.  It seems that this is what they were working on.

Looks like since they don't have the X-com license anymore, they're reviving all their old games.
9094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Splinter Cell Chaos Theory impressions on: March 31, 2005, 04:54:10 AM
Here's a different warning.  Installing the 1.01 patch invalidates any saved games and profiles that you may had before it.

Do not install the patch if you have a game in progress.
9095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Splinter Cell Chaos Theory impressions on: March 31, 2005, 12:48:56 AM
Played through the first mission, which was the demo mission.  They've opened up one of the closed off paths to the lighthouse, otherwise it's mostly the same.

I just got to the second mission, and just had to post this.  They'll make a very funny in-joke about Pandora Tomorrow's alarm mechanic.  Just letting those who hated it.  Tongue

Oh and whatever the copy protection is, my computer is fine so far.  I'm pleased to see that they had a screen making it a little more obvious that such protection software was installed, but it wasn't much.  As much as I like sneaking, I hate it when software sneaks onto my system.
9096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Splinter Cell Chaos Theory impressions on: March 30, 2005, 11:11:50 PM
I just picked this up from the game store, PC version.  It's on a DVD.

I noticed on the box that it has that blurb about containing protection software that will interfere with cdrw and dvdr drives.  So, I'm assuming this has Starforce on it.

I'll let you guys know how things go, although I suspect it won't do anything since my PC is pretty stable and it's the latest version, I already have the cleaning tool on my PC just in case.

I'll post my impressions of the SP, COOP, and VS modes soon.
9097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Splinter Cell - PC or XBox? on: March 30, 2005, 04:38:54 AM
Yes, and now I will school--er train--you in the ways of the spy. Tongue
9098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF 7 on PSP? on: March 29, 2005, 11:12:41 PM
Oh yeah, E3.  I imagine the PSP is going to get a lot of new games announced there.  No wonder we haven't seen many announcements of new games since the launch.

I would not be surprised at all if Square rereleased some old PS1 rpgs on the PSP.  I wouldn't mind trying FF7-9 on the PSP.
9099  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Splinter Cell Chaos Theory MP, friendly games and training. on: March 29, 2005, 10:09:15 PM
Any time for me on the PC.  I'm on Spring break, so I'm free all night.
9100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Splinter Cell - PC or XBox? on: March 29, 2005, 10:02:10 PM
They're both similar, with a few differences.

The PC version has a bit more control over Sam's movement, because to set his movement speed, you scroll the mousewheel up or down.  Whereas on the Xbox how far you hold the thumbstick is his speed.

The multiplayer Spies vs Mercs mode has the mercs playing in FPS mode, so there's another reason for me.  Otherwise, just choose the system you like best, it'll look better on the PC guaranteed.  But, some people don't have the system for it, and they can optimize the Xbox version so much that it may look just as good in some areas.
9101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF 7 on PSP? on: March 29, 2005, 09:57:53 PM
Sorry, it's a CGI movie, not a game.  That said, I wouldn't be surprised if we saw some Square Enix games on the PSP.
9102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 29, 2005, 04:08:31 AM
Good grief, did that pediatric center's director not let anyone else help him choose the logo?
9103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SC:CT(XBOX) tonight I should have it, anyone else? on: March 29, 2005, 04:00:59 AM
Um, I think it does.  Tongue

The reason I'm getting it for the PC is that the VS. mode has you playing the mercs in an FPS perspective.

You also have a lot more control of Sam's movement speed on the PC version.  Instead of holding the thumbstick a a few degrees forward, I simply scroll the mousewheel to decide what speed I want to move at.
9104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sin City- The Movie on: March 29, 2005, 12:08:40 AM
I recently purchased the first sin city graphic novel, the one featuring Hartigan.

Man, if they're adhering to the book, then I really have to see this movie, of course I was already planning to.

I'm so ashamed, I'm studying to be an illustrator/animator and I haven't seen much of Miller's work until now.
9105  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Splinter Cell Chaos Theory MP, friendly games and training. on: March 28, 2005, 11:50:05 PM
If anyone wants to play friendly training games of both COOP and VS modes on the PC, drop me a PM or e-mail.  I'll be picking up my PC copy tomorrow and am available to play at any time.

I've played the VS mode a lot and having someone train you in that mode can mean the difference between it being a frustrating experience, or a fun one.  I could also use some people to help me take screenshots for a guide to playing for new players.

My ubi.com name is Vertrucio.

Xfire: Vanigan
AIM: Rocketturtle
ICQ: 4643622
9106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SC:CT(XBOX) tonight I should have it, anyone else? on: March 28, 2005, 11:38:46 PM
I'm going to post a topic in the multiplayer forum on this.

If anyone wants to play friendly training games of both COOP and VS modes on the PC, drop me a PM or e-mail.  I'm on spring break, so I can play almost any time.

I've played the VS mode a lot and having someone train you in that mode can mean the difference between it being a frustrating experience, or a fun one.  I could also use some people to help me take screenshots for a guide to playing for new players.
9107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sony gets hit with a huge patent infringement judgement on: March 28, 2005, 11:31:25 PM
Anyone know anything about Immersion?  What kind of company is it?

It just seems there's been a plethora of shady companies patenting stuff, then waiting until someone big uses a similar idea and jumps on them with some rabid lawyers.

If Sony and MS did really steal their idea, then yes, Immersion should get paid for it.  But, if they're just blanketing the whole market with tech patents, it's just a bit shady.

The US patent office is something of a big sham these days.
9108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SC:CT(XBOX) tonight I should have it, anyone else? on: March 28, 2005, 09:48:59 PM
They've also improved the multiplayer for those who play.  Not only is there a COOP mode, they've drastically updated and rebalanced the Spies vs. Merc game.

It's still tough on newbies, but now there's less of those frustrating super spies.  There are still some really nasty spy players, but it's really obvious that they're much more experienced, as their nastier moves require teamwork.  So, nothing that I can't train into new players.
9109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Messed up PS2 disc - Any suggestions? on: March 28, 2005, 10:15:12 AM
If the problem comes from scratches on the surface of your disc, then you can easily fix that.  Quite a few DVD places have disc resurfacing machines in back, they can literally bring the surface back to new condition, even with deep scratches.

My friend's PS2 broke and ate up 3 of his games, these were seriously deep scratches all over the place.  We took it to a local game shop and they ran the machine on it, it came out in pristine condition.
9110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Faces of CG on: March 27, 2005, 08:40:12 PM
TML, you look like a serial killer.  Tongue

We should make a test, CG Member, or Serial Killer.  Tongue
9111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So Firefly's not doing anything for me... on: March 27, 2005, 09:12:27 AM
Heh, both Battlestar and Firefly have cute engineer girls.

The actress that plays Kaylee had to gain weight for the role since Joss Whedon didn't want just another skinny actor girl to fill the role.  I'd say it was a good move, she looks a lot more likeable with some meat on her.  Tongue
9112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Good List of the Big Upcoming PSP Releases? on: March 26, 2005, 08:10:28 AM
I'm curious too.  I checked Eb and gamestop's upcoming lists and they don't have much listed.  I'm sure there's been plenty of announcements from various companies that aren't listed.

Anyone have some future recommendations?

I don't have a PSP yet, but it's only a matter of time and games.
9113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SC: Chaos Theory Demo Question on: March 24, 2005, 03:14:01 AM
There's a doorway leading out of the cell area.  Take that, and it should lead you to an outdoor area with some tends and patrolling guards.
9114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Wanda and the Colossus Trailer on: March 23, 2005, 05:07:25 AM
Heheh, a good an answer as any at this point.

The artistic and musical style look similar enough.  That girl looks a lot like Yorba and that guy could be the horned boy all grown up.  Since he lost both horns on the island.

There was something about Yorba not being able to live anywhere but the island, so he could be looking for some way to save her.

Their animations are just wonderful.
9115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Wanda and the Colossus Trailer on: March 23, 2005, 02:33:51 AM
Does this game have any connection to Ico other than the developer?  I'd heard there was going to be some sort of sequel to Ico.  So, does this game take place in the same setting as Ico?
9116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hell has frozen over - I like Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory! on: March 22, 2005, 09:17:28 PM
The devs have stated that their dynamic patrols will also make things more difficult in general, and more realistic.  Take out guards in one area, people come to investigate, even after you've left.  So instead of the checkpoint simply checking if you've left any bodies in the light in the previous area, a guard will come by and check over all the strange things that you did in the previous area and might raise the alarm that way.

Although, it wasn't apparent in the demo, the level was pretty linear.
9117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So Firefly's not doing anything for me... on: March 21, 2005, 07:46:44 PM
Actually, the movie is in post production, they're doing all the special effects.  They might actually be done right now, but the publisher (Universal) decided to delay it until September that it doesn't have as much competition from all the other big name movies that were releasing near its original show date.

Joss has said that all the corporate people he's shown this to like it a lot, so that's a good sign.
9118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ok this is freaking me out on: March 21, 2005, 05:23:50 AM
See a doctor.

Also try searching online for such symptoms at a medical search site.
9119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR 2 character building on: March 21, 2005, 04:35:23 AM
You're a jedi from the start of the game.

You can turn some ally characters into jedi later in the game, so it could be useful to save up levels for them at some point.
9120  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Anyone want to participate in an online pen and paper RPG? on: March 19, 2005, 11:07:36 PM
After talking it through with Ascendant, I've decided that we'll still be playing Deadlands, but we'll be using the Savage Worlds rules.

You can get the SW rules for free here:
http://www.peginc.com/Downloads/SavageWorlds/TestDrive4.pdf

This is the free trial version, it's missing a few things, but you can find all the other info in other downloads.

This is a generic weapons list.
http://www.peginc.com/Downloads/SavageWorlds/WeaponNotes.pdf

These are GM screen inserts that list the edges and hinderances, along with other combat maneuvers you can make.
http://www.peginc.com/Downloads/SavageWorlds/SWRevScreenF.pdf

From these documents you can make a character for the setting very easily.  If you want to be a magic user, take the arcane background edge and let me know which type.

Deadlands characters are basically anything you can think of from almost any western movie you can think of.

If you need help making a character or have a finished one that you want to show me, e-mail me here:  turtle (at) pex.net
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