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9081  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.
9082  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.
9083  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.
9084  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.
9085  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.
9086  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.
9087  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
9088  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.
9089  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.
9090  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.
9091  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.
9092  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?
9093  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.
9094  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.
9095  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
9096  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.
9097  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.
9098  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.
9099  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.
9100  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
9101  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
9102  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.
9103  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.
9104  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.
9105  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?
9106  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.
9107  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.
9108  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.
9109  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.
9110  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
9111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone play DW4 with XL added? on: March 19, 2005, 09:02:12 PM
For those who are wondering, this is about Dynasty Warriors 4 and Extreme Legends.

You guys should know better than to post only acronymes.  Always include the full name of the game you are discussing in the first post.
9112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 2? on: March 19, 2005, 09:45:58 AM
Not to mention it has even more cutscenes than the original, and the original had more cutscene time than gameplay time.
9113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG] Vision of Intent for PC Gaming Coverage on: March 19, 2005, 05:31:02 AM
I'd also agree that you should stay away from hardware and accessories.  You can make quick blurbs on them, but there are a lot of other sites that do this better and it most likely won't draw much in the way of viewers.
9114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 3 year old playing GT4 on: March 19, 2005, 05:28:42 AM
It's most likely the parent playing, and having setup the steering wheel for the child so that he doesn't bug him as he's playing.

In walks the mom who sees this, then video tapes it because it's just too damn cute.
9115  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / So The Matrix Online is out next week... anyone? on: March 18, 2005, 10:25:19 PM
Oops, I mean Monolith.  Mongoose is a different company I like that's currently making the Starship Troopers tabletop miniatures game.
9116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Devil May Cry 3 on: March 18, 2005, 10:00:08 PM
The way I play the game is that I don't orb farm intentially, but I do a data save the game before every boss encounter, since you usually die quite a few times from bosses before figuring out their patterns, I end up with quite a few extra orbs at the end of each run.  By the time I kill the boss I've amassed a decent sized collection.

Since in game data saves are quick, you can even save after every major encounter if you'd like.
9117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Next Oddworld game revealed on: March 18, 2005, 09:56:06 PM
Yeah, but even Pimps at Sea has its own website.  slywink

But yes, that would be an interesting game regardless of april fools.  It'd be interesting to see how his flock works.
9118  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Anyone want to participate in an online pen and paper RPG? on: March 18, 2005, 10:30:35 AM
Looks like Tuesday evening would be the best bet for now.  It's still somewhat iffy for me as I have an evening class split between Monday and Wednesday, usually it has an assignment to do for Wed.  Tuesday nights and Wednesday mornings are the only times I can work on these.

Thursday evenings around 7pm would be best for me, that or Friday or Saturday.  However, many people like to go out on these days.  I can still do Tuesdays, but I may have to cancel some session on short notice.

Also, I've had a good look through of the Deadlands rules again after retrieving my player and GM guide.  I've realized that Deadlands Classic simply isn't a good game to play online.  It's complex enough that everyone will need a rulebook (more costs) to play, although once you learn the rules it's easy enough.  But it does need several mechanics that are difficult to replicate online, things such as poker cards and chips, along with an dice rolling mechanic that uses multiple dice of many kinds which are then read in a special way.

I guess it's those rose colored glasses.  Everything would be easy enough if we were at a normal table, but online is a problem.  I will still run it though, I'll just handle all those bits on my end and just let you know when your status changes.

There is good news, however.  Deadlands is being rewritten and rereleased for the Savage Worlds system this summer.  The SW system has basic rules available online for free here.   It's simple enough that I can fill you in on any missing bits, and several other downloads have all the other info you need.  It's a lot easier and can be run online simply.

My idea is that in the meantime we can play one of the other four settings, Necessary Evil, Tour of Darkness, 50 Fathoms, or Evernight.  Or I can just wing the Deadlands to SW conversion and then move to the official rules once they're released.  It'd be a lot easier on you guys to make characters and start playing with the rules so easily accessable.
9119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR II Darkside ending wtf(spoiler) on: March 18, 2005, 08:39:26 AM
Particularly interesting was that originally, it was planned that you could redeem Kreia, and have Atris as the main villian at the end.  It also seemed like Atris could be a party member at one point.

I also like the conversation between Mandalore/Canderous on the Ravager.  That small dialogue, barely a few paragraphs, would have gone a long way towards establishing Mandalore's character and the events that made Canderous into the broken but still defiant man he is now.
9120  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / So The Matrix Online is out next week... anyone? on: March 18, 2005, 08:35:01 AM
Must be a glitch in the matrix.

My Beta experience was longer, but not that much better.  No crashes or lag outs.  By the time I joined it wasn't a problem, so you don't have to worry about that too much.  They still needed lot of optimizing, but it was beta.  Everything was just so funky, as like above, I couldn't get the tutorial to work again.

I have no idea what mongoose was thinking when making this game, they simply aren't an MMO studio.

Luckily, they'll have FEAR to redeem themselves with.
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