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9201  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Battlefield 2 - Server up - June 11, 2005 - 6:00pm PST on: June 11, 2005, 12:19:09 PM
That's really cool and all, but can we get an IP?  slywink
9202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Demo on: June 10, 2005, 10:21:23 PM
I subscribed to fileshack since their service has been great to me.  I'm already at 41% downloading at my max 80kb/s.

That said, this demo goes true public tomorrow.

Oh, and there's word that there's a 12 minute limit for game rounds on demo servers.  If that's true, I hope someone cracks the servers.

Although, the full game comes out in about two weeks.
9203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Demo on: June 10, 2005, 09:10:29 PM
Actually, it's basically a ploy to get people to pay for their subscriber service.

Deliberately cap the downloads for non subscribers to ludicrously low levels.
9204  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / USS Liberty survivors file war crimes report against Israel on: June 10, 2005, 04:58:08 PM
They would attack for more power.  Remember that they had figured that the jamming signal would prevent the crew from telling the US they were under attack, and they were set to kill every crew member on board.

It was after the liberty that they had to reign in their counter offensive.  The Isrealis got greedy.
9205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Demo on: June 10, 2005, 04:51:31 PM
Next you guys will want me to fetch your slippers for you too.  Tongue

Keep it up and the next crate will just happen to drop directly on top of you.  slywink
9206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Demo on: June 10, 2005, 12:22:55 AM
Actually, gamespot has said that registered members, non-paying, can download the demo too.

However, it's most likely that the non paying servers will be overloaded.
9207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Demo on: June 09, 2005, 08:02:23 PM
I'll be there as well.

Oh, and I call commander, medic, or engineer.
9208  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Han Shot First- the smoking gun on: June 09, 2005, 08:23:55 AM
At least we won't have to deal with Mal shooting second.
9209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best SRPGs? on: June 09, 2005, 07:36:58 AM
Gala, any idea when Berwick Saga and Metal Saga will be released in the US, or will they be released here at all?

If not, I suppose I'll just have to learn Japanese sooner than I'd planned.
9210  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The End Times on: June 06, 2005, 07:06:16 PM
Cross the beams.
9211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Revolution downloads free? on: June 06, 2005, 09:19:26 AM
Oh rats, no non first party games?

I hope they can make some sort of deal to allow those older games to be bought.
9212  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / pentium vs. amd on: June 06, 2005, 06:05:37 AM
You might want to ask this in the Hardware and Software Hell forum.

That said, last I heard AMD still had a slight advantage in terms of cost to performance ratio, but that intel was catching up quickly.  That was a few months ago and things change quickly.

Some more hardware oriented people can clue you in on the latest news in the battle between Intel and AMD.
9213  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comic Con in San Diego, CA? on: June 06, 2005, 05:28:36 AM
It's July 14-17.

Unless the PA guys have other plans, I think they're usually at Comic Con.  By now, they'll have something on their site saying whether or not they'll go.
9214  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comic Con in San Diego, CA? on: June 06, 2005, 05:16:04 AM
I'm debating heading to Comic Con this year, it'll be my first year going if I do. I'm also an animation/illustration major, so it's really my thing.

But, there's the cost (starving artist here), the travel (1.5 hour drive), and the lack of anyone else to go with.

I'm a pretty shy guy, so these cons are a mixed blessing, lot's of things to do and lots of people to meet, but I generally crawl into my shell and wander around like a zombie at cons without someone else with me to show me around. That and introduce me to some intelligent (and single) art girl there. Razz

So is anyone here heading to Comic Con? And, can I tag along?

If anyone has a booth there and would like a volunteer, I could do that too.

The last day for the preregistration discount is Jun. 8th, so I need to decide soon and make travel arrangements.
9215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Quick Q for you Battlefield Fans on: June 05, 2005, 11:05:33 PM
Seconded, wait for Battlefield 2.  Supposedly, they put a lot of work into the new bots for that game.

The bots for BF1942 and BFVN are some of the worst bots in the industry.
9216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Revolution downloads free? on: June 05, 2005, 09:11:34 AM
I still think it's a good idea.  I don't mind paying for older games so long as it's not too much.
9217  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Mom arranges for daughter to be raped on: June 04, 2005, 09:16:39 PM
Yes, but you also have to think what sort of strange ideas that mom put into her daughter's head before presenting them with this situation.

If the girls had gone out and grabbed some boys around their age, then sure, it's their choice and a private matter.

But the mom grabbing some 18 year old boys to have sex with 13-14 yo girls is just plain wrong.
9218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Good War simulations on: June 04, 2005, 07:40:12 AM
There's the Total War series, each one also has realism mods for them that increase the realism.

No doubt others here can let you know about some of the better hex-based and sim-oriented games.
9219  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Gaming in schools on: June 03, 2005, 07:16:24 PM
Not just video games too.  My friend's younger brother (in an arts high school) has a monthly Friday games night at class run by some of his teachers (namely the history teacher).

They play all sorts of board games ranging from Diplomacy to Carcassone.
9220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / UMD movies for the PSP worth it? on: June 03, 2005, 07:13:17 PM
Yeah, I don't see UMD movies being popular in the long run.  I suspect they'll stop putting out movies in a year or so.  That is, unless they come out with some other uses for the UMD that turns it into a more general disc format.
9221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 - What do we know? on: June 03, 2005, 04:45:11 PM
Lockdown, that was the whole point of the squad system.  Players who know each other could easily band together, and get certain benefits from it and not have to deal with all the kids running around.

Squad benefits include the squad leader spawn point, and automatic voice chat within the squad.  The squad leader can also issue orders that show up as colored smoke markers and waypoints on screen.

So, if you're looking to start a weekly Battlefield group, count me in as one of the support classes, either medic or engineer or anything you need.  Heck, I wouldn't mind playing commander.
9222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Revolution downloads free? on: June 03, 2005, 04:40:45 PM
Holy Crap.  I can finally finish FF3, or perhaps do some coop of Secret of Mana and finish these games through.
9223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox360] Perfect Dark Zero info... on: June 02, 2005, 06:28:38 PM
Sounds good so far, one of the best things about PD and the goldeneye games was it's simply controls and auto aim system.

Any word on the auto aim system this time around?

The coop and counter modes alone will make me buy the game, assuming the core gameplay doesn't stink.

Do you know how the counter op mode works?  Do your friends simply jump between any AI bad guys that show up?
9224  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wow! Not liking Babylon 5 so far... on: June 02, 2005, 08:21:25 AM
It gets really better, although I haven't watched a lot of the series, episodes in later seasons are simply phenominal, very worthy of the awards they've gotten.

Right now, in season 1, I suspect the writers are just getting used to the characters and haven't put in all their nuance and subtlety.
9225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 - What do we know? on: June 02, 2005, 08:17:09 AM
The main difference will probably be in the infantry game.  If you notice in the previews and videos, the whole infantry playing experience is a lot smoother.

This time around there's not of that weird sliding/bouncing movement that comes from shoehorning infantry into a vehicle based physics system.

Consider it more of an evolution of the series, something that BFV should have been.  Taking on a lot of the player feedback and other features, along with a modern setting.

There's also the teamwork options.  I know many people say they won't use them, and often dismiss the commander mode.  But they're overlooking the squad system that can allow a group of friends to more easily coordinate their actions.  There's also a lot more class interdependancy and things are simply geared more towards teamwork, without actually forcing it.

Yep, I got burned by BFV, it was fun, but after a while I saw its flaws.  Never played BF1942, but I will be buying this one.
9226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA Recommendation on: June 02, 2005, 08:09:21 AM
I'm going to buy an original GBA (hopefully with an afterburner backlight) just for Rebelstar Raiders and its multiplayer.
9227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Samurai Western -- has anyone played it? on: June 02, 2005, 08:07:42 AM
This game is basically Way of the Samurai 3.

They way the series is set up is that you have a certain short timeframe of events, and a decent area in which to explore and interact with events happening all over this area.

By interacting with these events and making choices as to what to do, who to kill, what factions to join, etc... you alter the course of the storyline and that determines which ending you get out of the hundreds of endings possible.  Although, some endings are just small variations.

To go through one game from start to finish usually takes less than one night of play.  Possibly as low as a few hours (this is from playing the first game).

Thus the game also has a big collection and levelling up theme, going around killing people for their items, checking to see if those dropped items are better, leveling up in skill with any weapons you get.

When you finish a game, you are scored, and new stuff is unlocked for the next time you run through a game.  You also get to keep a certain amount of items and levels between games.

So the biggest draws of these games are trying to see all the endings and trying to collect everything and become the strongest in the game.

Don't buy it for a long linear story, this series eschews that for an extremely short story with a lot of branching paths.

However, I heard this one has a longer story arc than previous titles.
9228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 2 player RPG on: May 31, 2005, 11:16:20 PM
Shining Tears is an action RPG with a focus on two player coop.  It's gotten a bit poor reviews, but it's worth a rental on the PS2.
9229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Unreal Tournament 2007 on: May 29, 2005, 03:55:00 PM
If it wasn't for the mods, I found UT2003/04 a disapointment.  But then again, I'm not really into the basic FPS gametypes and the regular DM flavors.

Red Orchesta and Airbuccaneers made my purchase worth it.

Now, for this time around, they've slowed down the game much closer to UT1, so I'll be a bit more interested.  However, I suspect the mods will just be amazing with all the new tech in the engine.

However, they really, REALLY, need a good single player game to keep people playing long enough to develop a community that will play any mods that are released later.  Considering the higher quality content, it'll take longer to make mods.
9230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Videogame voice actors to go on strike - not paid enough? on: May 27, 2005, 10:18:47 PM
If you look at sales, anime sales have only recently begun to take off, althougn not caused, but it does coincide with the introduction of Pioneer's great dubbing work on animes like Trigun and Cowboy Bebop.  The main sales back there were fans, nowadays there's casual buys.

In fact, a lot of anime now has very good voicework, although they're still rather limited by the language difference, culture, character issues.

Anyone remember Evil Islands?  A pretty good game marred by absolutely horrible voice acting.  It would have done well if not for everyone saying how bad the voicework was.
9231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Videogame voice actors to go on strike - not paid enough? on: May 27, 2005, 08:44:18 PM
In the animation business, good voice work can carry bad animation, but good animation can't carry bad voicework.
9232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FALLOUT 3 on: May 23, 2005, 01:28:30 AM
Yep, Xcom Apoc was one of the best examples of how to do real-time strategy at the squad level.

You could pause to issue orders, there were three (or four) speeds to cycle through.

Your soldiers would use any nearby cover (most of the time), move in and out of cover to shoot, run away from grenades, etc...  You didn't have to babysit and constantly pause to manage everything because of the great AI.

And all this was done back then, when computer systems weren't any where near the power we have now.
9233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FALLOUT 3 on: May 22, 2005, 08:13:20 PM
Big jake, you certainly aren't helping your argument by getting so worked up over a game change.  You're making this a bit personal by sounding like Bethesda and the people who are okay with real-time mode went over and killed your family and your dog too.

I would really recommend trying some of the better paced RTS games.  Kohan 1 was an excellent example of well paced RTS.  X-Com Apocalypse had one of the greatest real time small group modes out there.

Even though I say this, I do have to reiterate that I am a huge fan of turn based games, I play them all the time.  Heck, my biggest favorite was X-Com and Fallout.  I'm probably as a big a fan of fallout as you.  I hated Fallout BOS probably as much as you, but the big difference is that I hated the game because it was designed poorly, not because it included real-time.  

From my experiences I know real-time games can be done quite well and can be just as strategic or tactical as turn based games, but in different ways, of course.

Likewise, turn based games have their own strangeness to them that I find odd, especially apparent in RPGs like Fallout.
9234  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Twi'lek females: Would you hit it? on: May 22, 2005, 07:37:45 AM
This is Red 5, I'm going in.  Tongue
9235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FALLOUT 3 on: May 22, 2005, 06:31:00 AM
I agree with Sarkus.  I really don't get the whole madness over turn based vs. real time.

I'm a huge fan of turn based games, but I also loved X-Com apocalypse's real time mode and the Kohan games.

The key to a good real time mode is to keep the pacing manageable and give the player plenty of options in directing his soldiers and the pace.

As such, include a multiple speeds, pause to give orders, if characters can be automated then give them many options to set their behavior, etc...

Heck Fallout 3, by the original team, was going to be real-time.
9236  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars - Episode III Impressions (OMG SPOILERS) on: May 21, 2005, 08:27:18 AM
They really should have kept some of these villians all the way through the main prequels, but we've heard that before.

I mean, it's like the original batman movies where they kill off the joker in the first movie.  Not a good idea.

Then they replaced him with Count Dooku, and don't even bother to build him up as a really nasty villian.  Sure, he does the usual maiming and killing, but that's just normal villian stuff.

Anyway, back the movie at hand.  These movies have been really inconsistant in terms of Jedi abilities.

Right off the bat I was annoyed by the fact that you have those little scrapper droids attaching themselves to Obiwan's fighter, then you have that complex sequence of them removing the droids.  What I thought at that point was why didn't the two jedi simply use the force to throw those droids off their hull?  I mean, they can fling people and big droids 20-30 yards away and lift X-Wing fighters out of bogs, but for some reason they can't fling some annoying little droids off their fighters.

Of course, this is what happens when you work in a vacuum as Lucas has lately.

I do like the movie, but I just wanted to chime in that I can certainly see why many would not.
9237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX 360 more powerful than the PS3? on: May 21, 2005, 08:19:41 AM
Frankly, I won't bother comparing the two systems until I see some videos of game in action without any touching up.
9238  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Any mmorpg news? on: May 20, 2005, 06:28:08 AM
I see it's using the Bigworld Technology.

I was really looking forward to Bigworld's flagship title, Citizen Zero before MS bought it out and the game turned into an instance heavy game like CoH (not that it's a bad thing, but the original design lived up to the bigworld name).

It's good to see someone's still going to make a massive online game with the engine.
9239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars - Episode III Impressions (OMG SPOILERS) on: May 20, 2005, 06:21:03 AM
I'm just pissed they killed Ayan Secura (or whatever that petite twileck jedi's name was).  Tongue

Certainly no where near perfect, acting is still a problem, but I think Lucas has redeemed himself with this one.

I certainly agree with all of Farley's points, but I'm still wowed by the ending duel between

Although, I thought it rather corny how they introduced the whole force ghost deal.  They should have had Obiwan meeting with Qui-gon.
9240  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Any mmorpg news? on: May 20, 2005, 12:30:11 AM
Tabula just had a big announcement about a big shift in its design.

Less Galactic Hippies, and more Galactic Rebellion with humans filling the gap.

It still looks interesting.
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