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9201  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Intelligent Design = Creationism on: October 04, 2005, 10:28:48 PM
I will only allow intelligent design to be taught in schools if it covers all myths--er theories--relating to intelligent design.  Thus, not only would it cover abrahamic beliefs, it'd cover Hindi, Bhuddist, etc...  Oh and part of the theory would be that Aliens are the intelligent designers of the human race.
9202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Quake 4 gold on: October 04, 2005, 06:21:40 PM
Skewing  the list a little there Jake?

*ahem* You neglected to mention Monolith's track record of titles:
Blood 1 & 2
No One Lives Forever 1 & 2
Aliens Vs. Predator 2

Oh and didn't Raven make that Star Trek Voyager shooter?  That was actually decent.

Anyway, they're both very good FPS companies.  Contract JACK was forced on the company by the publisher who wanted a quick cash in action title.  Now they've made FEAR to make up it, and we've actually played the demo of it.

That's not to say I won't get both of them if they're both good.  So far I know I'm buying FEAR, but I also have a soft spot for squad based action like in Quake 4.

The only problem is I need a series upgrade for these latest games.
9203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX 360 official launch list on: October 04, 2005, 06:15:07 PM
Mass Effect from Bioware seems interesting.

Another Wolfenstein game though?  Bleh.
9204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bioware 2005-10-04 on: October 04, 2005, 06:11:58 PM
If you look at the X05 official game list, it mention's Bioware's new scifi game called Mass Effect.  Looks like a squad based shooter, probably with some RPG elements.
9205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civ IV: A bit concerned on: October 03, 2005, 06:15:09 PM
Frys usually has it for about $10 cheaper than the release price on day one, sort of makes of for how late they get the game.

I plan to buy the game then.
9206  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / S E R E N I T Y on: October 03, 2005, 03:58:02 AM
Yep, the studios definitely factor in foriegn and dvd sales.  I'd dare say that they're more important than ticket sales here in the states, at least DVD sales are.

Just from the sale of the series DVDs, Universal picked up the show.  So, I expect that what they're banking on is the sale of the Serenity DVD.

I also suspect that they already have plans to make Serenity a staple of the Scifi channel (which they own), and will push for DVD sales from the new series.

They've poured quite a lot into Serenity and it looks like they're trying to position it to become the next big series for them.  The money will eventually tell whether it happens or not,
9207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civ IV: A bit concerned on: October 03, 2005, 03:44:30 AM
Um, what's wrong with mass market boardgames?  They've improved the artwork on a lot of boardgames with the recent boom.  slywink

I think it looks fine, yes, they're a bit large and blocky.  I think the problem is that they should have stylized the unit models more, making things look both good and realistic with such a compressed scale in 3D is very difficult if you don't have a concise art design.
9208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.E.A.R its gold, so who's gettin it? on: October 01, 2005, 07:49:23 AM
The team, or players, without the slomo device get slowed around 40%-60% I think, then the team with the device only get slowed around 20%.  I think they also cap how quickly you can turn, the weapon ROF, and enemy bullet speed.

Essentially, the enemy slows to a snail's pace, and you can continue as normal.  You can still die quite easily in slomo, especially if the enemy already has his gun pointed in your direction, but it really helps if you're setup for it.  Activating it from behind cover, then running out guns blazing is the best way to use it.

I think FEAR would make a nice Goldeneye style one shot one kill style mod.  Don't include a crosshair unless aiming, slow everyone by a teeny bit so that peeking around cover is more useful.  Make weapons fired in non aiming mode a lot less accurate.  With all the gunfire that'll happen in this mode, each area will be chock full of dust an debris.  I just wish the wall decals stayed around longer.

You can also do something like Perfect Dark with counter op.  One player (or group of players) is the hero complete with full slomo, acrobatic moves, the health regen.  The rest are just mooks, can't pickup map items, spawn with a random weapon every time they're killed.  Play moves from one area to the next with each area having only a certain number of mook lives.
9209  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / While walking down a dark alley you suddenly see a ninja... on: October 01, 2005, 05:28:08 AM
Ask him if he's killed a pirate before.
9210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Put this XBox 360 title on your radar! on: October 01, 2005, 05:25:40 AM
People used to scoff at the idea of a fantasy FPS, then we saw what they were doing with Dark Messiah.
9211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Somebody sold Gamestop some good s**t on: October 01, 2005, 05:24:42 AM
Actually, if I was rich, and the bundle was a good deal, then I'd buy it.

But then again, if I was rich I could just shop around and buy a better TV.

Sadly, I'm not rich.  slywink
9212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.E.A.R its gold, so who's gettin it? on: October 01, 2005, 05:22:44 AM
Actually, if you're in a jam killing someone with a melee attack is quite efficient.  Most melee attacks will kill in one hit.

There was one guy on my server that was going Jet Li on everyone, it was the CTF map so there were some pretty tight rooms that he could jump kick around.  I've gotten quite a few kills by smacking them with my rifle butt while they were reloading, or going for the jump/slide kick down a hall.  In one instance, I was stuck next to a doorway where half of both teams were having a huge firefight through.  There was so much dust in the air that no one could see through so they were all spraying.  I waited until they ran out of ammo, went in spraying, then jump kicked one guy and bashed another before someone got me with a shotgun.  Then a grenade took everyone else out.

Strangely enough, I'm reminded of how Halo 2 would feel without shields and only ballistic weapons.  Grenades being thrown about, only a few shots to kill, etc...  Very intense gameplay.

The slomo is VERY useful in MP, a nice touch.  When using it in CTF the best use for the device is to bring it back to your flag and use it for defense.  The instant people attack the flag, hit the slomo and start shooting.  I was able to gun down groups of 2-3 players all by myself on flag defense that way.
9213  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you watch Anime? on: September 29, 2005, 04:27:27 AM
I'm very much into animation, but I'm not an anime fan.

There are some animes I like, such as Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, anything from Ghibli, etc... these tend to be high quality works that transcend the style they were made in, whereas a lot of it tends to be stuff pushed out the door to fill a gap.
9214  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Doom Expansion Rules.. on: September 29, 2005, 01:19:08 AM
One problem is that they changed the way the tiles interconnect a little with descent, so there's no guarantee they'll match up.

Doesn't mean your adventurers couldn't be transported into a strange dark place with steel walls.  slywink
9215  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A History of Violence! Serenity! Both are out! [Spoilers!] on: September 28, 2005, 06:30:40 AM
Just loan them the DVDs.
9216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Indigo Prophecy on: September 28, 2005, 06:23:57 AM
Like everyone else thinks, way too rushed at the end.  They most definitely had to cut a lot of near end material to make the release date.

You'll know it when you see it, but there's a chunk of time missing in the game that should have been put in.
9217  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone ever played Twilight Imperium? on: September 26, 2005, 09:42:26 PM
The third edition is still a big, long game, but they've built in a time limit in the form of the Imperial card and score track.

You're also speding a lot more time doing things instead of waiting for someone to finish a turn, as each player takes one action, then the next, then the next, until no one wants to perform actions so they can refresh their command points (what allows you to make actions in the first place).
9218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood Demo! on: September 24, 2005, 08:24:43 AM
Yup, they did improve the AI overall.  I noticed in the mission they were a lot more aggressive.

However, that AI can't do anything if they're boxed in.

The problem lies in the fact that you're just one squad of guys usually sent to kill two to four times your number.  So they have to narrow the encounter areas and lead you through the map.

I'm hoping that if the series makes it to the next gen consoles, they start including an entire platoon, with you still only controlling a squad, but with other AI squads helping along a much larger front.

They also need to stop trying to script things in mid game.
9219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood Demo! on: September 23, 2005, 09:29:11 PM
I hear this demo has multiplayer, has anyone tried it yet?

I also heard they would include COOP in this one, a feature sorely lacking from the original.
9220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Indigo Prophecy on: September 23, 2005, 09:27:16 PM
On easy mode, it disregards extra button presses do you can basically mash the buttons in all directions in case you miss one.
9221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battalion Wars (Gamecube) impressions on: September 22, 2005, 04:05:56 AM
Any word on COOP play?
9222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warhammer DOW: Winter Assault Review [IGN] on: September 21, 2005, 05:14:07 AM
Wait a second...

They're working on Company of Heroes, which is very similar to DoW with the squad/unit structure combined with vehicle action.

If they could get the license again, which they could with their good track record from DoW, why not use the new tech from CoH to make another WH40k game?

I suspect we'll be seeing such an announcement sometime next year.
9223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warhammer DOW: Winter Assault Review [IGN] on: September 21, 2005, 01:51:03 AM
Most likely it'll be Dark Eldar with the way they've been choosing them.

But a sixth race would have to be evil since we already have 3 good ones.
9224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Under Fire - Heroes on: September 21, 2005, 01:48:29 AM
Xmann, I think you're more of a Dynasty warriors player then.  My friend also preferred action combat rather than commanding.  To win at this game you really need to switch around and command your units instead of focusing on the main character all the time.
9225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.E.A.R its gold, so who's gettin it? on: September 21, 2005, 01:47:15 AM
I just like the cinematic nature of this game.  Monolith really knows how to push that aspect of their games.  They even encourage players to play cinematically.

Even the little snippet we got in the demo I was replaying for weeks after I downloaded it.  Always trying new moves and trying to get through parts in the coolest way possible.

FEAR played in kung fu action mode is pretty fun.  Once again, if they release the mod tools I hope someone makes a kung fu mod for the game.
9226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / be the master of some poor fools destiny on: September 21, 2005, 01:43:53 AM
They really need to make something like this for the PC.  Yes, you can mod, but I mean something with a lot of premade resources and simpler scripting for players to fool around with.
9227  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Need help with a two router setup on: September 20, 2005, 07:28:36 PM
I recently upgraded my ancient DSL connection from a 768mbps to a 3mbps line, as part of this upgrade they sent me a new modem that's also a router.

My modem is a Westell 6100 dsl router, and I'm currently using a Netgear WGU624 double wireless router.

As you can see, I now have two routers.

I would just connect everything to the DSL router via a hub, but I need the wireless internet for other computers in my house. Unfortunately, if I try to connect both of them into the same line it doesn't work.

With a bit of searching I found a small fix, which is to disable the DHCP server on my wireless router, then make sure the line from the DSL router to my wireless router is plugged into a normal port on my wireless router (instead of the specific internet port). This allows me to get online.

However, with this configuration I can't help but think I'm losing something. There's bound to be some latency issues with this dual routing, not to mention problems when I try to get programs working like bittorrent.

Ideally, I'd like to have my wireless router handle all the routing, and just have my dsl router act as just a modem.

Can anyone help me?
9228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Under Fire - Heroes on: September 20, 2005, 07:23:37 PM
It's like Dynasty Warriors except you control the entire army instead of just wandering around on the battlefield.

Your main character has his own personal unit that he always stays with, and each unit you have has its own leaders.  You jump between them in the heat of battle giving orders from a thid person view.  Think of something similar to Sacrifice.

From all I heard, the sequel includes a coop mode through missions, but I haven't heard much else and I don't know if the feature was kept.

All I know is that if COOP was kept in game I'm definitely getting a copy.  My friend liked the on foot gameplay, but he didn't like the commanding part (he's more a Dynasty Warriors fan) so I figure when we play COOP, I'll take control of the entire army while his buffed up uber unit goes in hacking.
9229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.E.A.R its gold, so who's gettin it? on: September 19, 2005, 06:00:46 PM
I'm at 2ghz 2gb ram and an ATI 9800 Pro.

I could run it at 1024x768 with low detail at a good framerate.

Then I switched to 800x600 for a massive performance increase that allowed me to run everything on medium.
9230  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / News of the Gross (Fish Tongue Eating Parasite) on: September 18, 2005, 03:34:37 AM
Well, I think we finally captured a deep one.
9231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dystopia demo released thru Steam on: September 12, 2005, 12:55:53 AM
You have a mod for UT2004 in the works?  One that's cyberpunk?

I must know more!
9232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dystopia demo released thru Steam on: September 10, 2005, 08:57:43 PM
It's a bit disapointing.  There's no use of cover at all, a lot of strafing and such, makes it too much like Quake 3 with cyberpunk quirks than a gritty cyberpunk game.  I mean, even in Ghost in the Shell the characters were always taking cover.

This is because the mappers didn't put anything but vertical cover, so no low walls, steel desks, etc...  And no lean keys.

The maps are also too maze-like for actual useable facilities.
9233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF Advent Children... on: September 10, 2005, 08:55:19 PM
Well, that just gives time for some Japanese fansubs to get released on the net.  Thanks Square.

9234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lamest game moment on: September 10, 2005, 12:34:07 AM
Actually, I think the lamest moment is in MGS2 where Jack's talking to his girlfriend, having a long dialogue about their past and future relations... in the middle of a 'ing mission to save the world.
9235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vietcong 2 Multiplayer Demo Tomorow on: September 08, 2005, 02:11:05 AM
I'll be playing as Vanigan.
9236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vietcong 2 Multiplayer Demo Tomorow on: September 06, 2005, 06:56:48 PM
Too bad they don't include a coop mission in the demo, I bet that would seal the deal for many people.
9237  Gaming / Analog Gaming / I'm getting the Serenity RPG! on: September 05, 2005, 10:12:35 PM
Just a small update.  I'm running a play by post game over at the forums.  You'll have to register in the forums to see them, but it should be an interesting read once the entire crew gets together.

Unlike my last botched Deadlands game, this was a lot easier to put together, albiet a little more difficult to run.

Still, if it succeeds I can try starting one here.
9238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Favorite PC Game villain? on: September 03, 2005, 08:37:38 AM
Big spoiler for Planescape:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Your own mortality.

Seriously, best villian ever.

SHODAN is a given, however, Tycho from the Marathon series was just as vicious an AI.
9239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Can you play an instrument? on: September 01, 2005, 11:08:14 PM
I used to play the baritone in marching band.  Did it for 6 years and hated it.

Of course, by way of similar construction, I can basically play all 3 valved wind instruments.
9240  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is your SO very social? on: September 01, 2005, 07:20:22 AM
I would love it if my SO were very social, well, when I find someone.

But the point is she could bring me out to these places I wouldn't normally think to go, and help me meet new people.

Heavens knows I really need the practice.  I'm not antisocial, just so inexperienced at meeting and talking to people that I get too anxious to try.

Thinking about it, I should probably enlist some of you guys in the SoCal area to help me out in that regard.  Any gatherings happening in the Orange County, CA area soon?
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