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9281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bloodlines Video Question on: December 21, 2004, 10:52:03 PM
Nope, that's all you get.

It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that Bloodlines runs piss poorly compared to HL2, which has twice the detail.

However, Troika is using an older less optimized version of the source engine.
9282  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Board Games] Betrayal at House on the Hill on: December 17, 2004, 09:47:04 PM
I picked up the Doom 3 boardgame at Gencon, it's a really neat boardgame.  It's actually better than the PC game.
9283  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I told my son about sex tonight on: December 16, 2004, 08:12:10 AM
I never had the talk, in fact my mom went so far as to try to repress it well into high school.

So now I'm mildly messed up in the head because of it, depression I think.  Probably going to see a doctor about it soon because I've finally realized that it's just destroyed my college performance, not to mention my social life.

Seriously, talk to your kids, make them feel human.  There is no safety in ignorance.
9284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rome: Total War how to play Carthage on: December 16, 2004, 08:03:55 AM
No don't lose Sicily!

In fact, try to ally with the Greeks to keep Sicily.  They're far enough away that they won't be bothering you for a while, that's if they survive the Macedonians and the Romans coming after them.  The second priority is to keep your island city just Northwest of Sicily.  Keeping those islands is important not only for trade, but it keeps the romans off your doorstep.

The goal with Carthage is to get your economy running, pump out units on sicily if you have the population, or transfer units there, but the priority is to get as much trade, preferably sea trade, going so that you can outspend your opponents early on.  Sea trade is crucial to Carthage.

Yes, that means building a lot of crappy units for a long time while building up your economy, but you'll have to win on tactics and numbers.

Try to ally with the numidians, do not expect this alliance to last long, as the only place the numidians can expand is into your territory.  Hopefully, you'll have enough cash to fight off the Numidians by the time they attack.

Send out some diplomats early on to get as many trade agreements with various factions as you can.  Build better ports in your cities so that trade goods will flow into your ports and not other nations.

As for combat, yes, your men suck, against the romans they suck hard.  However, early on the romans don't have much cavalry beyond their general's heavy cavalry.  Use superior numbers and terrain to your advantage.  Never fight on his terms or you will lose.  Thus, make sure your armies are always on a hill, forest or some terrain feature when attacking or being attacked.

If you aren't already doing so, build watchtowers everywhere.  Watchtower network was so good, I could spot aggressive maneuvers, even at sea, long before they threatened me.

Oh, and rarely use auto resolve with Carthage, you'll have to fight a lot of your battles.

You'll also need a lot of good diplomats, they can use all that trade money to good effect.

As for the city in Spain, they're somewhat isolated, and will be for most of the game.  I don't know the consequences of losing that city as I haven't lost it in my game.  I would suggest trying, if you can, to ally with the gauls early on to prevent the Julii from adding to your roman problems, this way the gauls won't ally with Spain against you, pulling much needed forces away from their fight with the romans.
9285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone try the Republic Commando demo? on: December 11, 2004, 02:21:23 AM
I liked both the Area 51 demo and Republic Commando.

However, the AI needs work, especially opponent AI.  The game suffers from that syndrome where since the opponents lack decent enough AI to stay alive, they artificially inflate the lifespan of certain opponents.  In this case, remember that flying insect just before the tank?  It took way too many hits to kill it.
9286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR 2 : The Sith Lords Impressions on: December 10, 2004, 08:29:13 PM
Actually the key difference to any sword there is today is the lack of any blade edge.

So if you touch yourself anywhere you'll get cut, not just when you're swinging.
9287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR 2 : The Sith Lords Impressions on: December 10, 2004, 08:28:21 AM
Anyone can use a lightsaber, but only a Jedi can weild them properly (aka, not chopping off thier own limbs and such).

The explanation is that lightsabers are very simple weapons with little or no weight.  Basically, if anything touches the blade, it gets burnt/cut/deflected, etc...  The only weight is the handle, which isn't much.  These two factors combined means it's really easy to swing it in the wrong way and cut your own head off.

Oh and then there's all that deflecting blaster stuff.  If a normal person used a lightsaber, he'd just get shot.

Of course, this doesn't explain why everyone is still using swords in KotOR.  slywink
9288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any bots out there for Doom 3 or Half Life 2 yet? on: December 09, 2004, 10:29:36 PM
The bots are in there, the main problem is that they're stupid and haven't been "humanized."

Basically, they have some pathing issues so they'll get stuck in places or wander aimlessly on certain maps.  Also they'll shoot with either ungodly accuracy, or like they're deliberately missing.

I figure the current bot code is whatever was left in at release, it's still playable, but sometimes you have to use the round restart command.
9289  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Developing a work ethic AKA getting my pathetic self in gear on: December 09, 2004, 10:23:00 AM
Once again I'm calling on the CG and OO communities, you've been there for me before, and now I need you guys again.

I have a problem, and sadly I'm being serious about this.  I have no work ethic, or any sort of willpower to work towards my greater good.

Finals week for this semester has made me realize how pathetic I am.  As of right now, I have 1 3D animation and 2 paintings due on Wednesday next week, 1 3 page report due on Monday.

All I got done the last two days I had completely free was to sketch in the lines for one of my paintings, and that alone took a lot of willpower on my part.  What's worse is that I was already on academic probation, if I mess this up even a little I'll get booted out of college.  It's been this way for much of my life.

Not only that, my entire life is kinda of failure.  Still at home at 23 and looking to stay that way for another year at least.  My art career has gone no where because despite being able to animate, my drawing skill is below mediocre (not practicing at all).  Did I also mention I'm in debt?

I have been working, so I'm not all bad, but the store I last worked at closed due to rent increase right after everyone had hired for the holidays.  I've also got one good semester's worth of animation and several good drawings and stories from my life, but overall it's not much and none of it is more recent than a semester ago.

Sometimes I just sit in my chair not doing anything, even when I know there's something I need to do.  It's like I'm afraid to do it and I just can't will myself to even start.  I think I'm depressed, and I've always said to myself that I could work through it, but now I'm considering asking for meds if it'll help.  Anyway, I don't know what kind of deep rooted (or shallow) psychological problems I have, but I just don't have the time for it.

So I'm throwing my pathetic ass to the masses for whatever help or abuse I need to get myself in gear.  I still want to reach my goal of becoming an animator/illustrator, and I definitely don't want to become one of those people that never do something with their lives.
9290  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spiderman 2 (major spoilers) on: December 09, 2004, 10:12:06 AM
Spiderman 3 should be interesting if they stick to the comic storylines.


In the comics, The Green Goblin returns, this time it's his son in the outfit trying to clear his father's name.

I don't know much beyond that, but it should make for an interesting duo on screen next time around.
9291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Turn-based Football on: December 09, 2004, 09:44:53 AM
There's that fantasy bloodsport football game that was recently released.  Chaos League or something.

It has both a real time and turn based mode, but it's not quite football.

Oh, and it has starforce.
9292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR 2 : The Sith Lords Impressions on: December 08, 2004, 10:19:09 PM
Or could it be that the sith are hunting down anyone with a lightsaber, Jedi or not?
9293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any bots out there for Doom 3 or Half Life 2 yet? on: December 08, 2004, 10:06:58 PM
CS Source does have bots.

Create a server, then type bot_add in the console.

9294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / anyone getting Prince of Persia - Warrior Within? on: December 07, 2004, 09:06:40 PM
You get sand from enemies simply by killing them and being near their remains when they turn into a cloud of sand that hovers over their body.
9295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Help! Major HL2 performance issues (56K warning). on: December 06, 2004, 05:00:32 AM
Don't bother with reinstalling unless validation doesn't work.

Basically, some people when they install or download from steam get corrupted files during the transfer process.  Steam has a command line process that'll force steam to go in and check each and every file for a game and make sure they're correct.  Files that are corrupt are downloaded again through steam.

If you have all the latest updates and whatnot, then this is most likely the culprit, especially since you said you had just gotten the game through steam.
9296  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT/S - Half-Life 2 on: December 02, 2004, 06:39:52 AM
TO let any potential traders know, Valve does plan to allow users to transfer CD keys to other accounts, it's listed in their FAQs but it's pretty low on the feature list.
9297  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Selling my PS2 on: December 02, 2004, 06:35:29 AM
I've had this PS2 for a while now, but besides a few high profile games, it's sat as a DVD player for the home.

I took a look at the upcoming games list for the PS2 and I'm not interested in any of them.  Since I need the cash to help pay for school, I'm selling my PS2 and everything with it.

The system is in very good condition despite it being one of the first model.  Mainly, it's just sat on my shelf playing DVDs.  I've had no troubles with it since I bought it.

I have one sony controller (clear green), and one non-sony from Japan that's painted in black and white urban camo.  The green one has a problem with vibration on some games, not sure why, but everything else works fine.

I have two old jampacks (Demo disks) to go with it, and maybe "Way of the Samurai 2" if my friend can just find the disc.

I'll probably ebay this if no one wants it.  I noticed even used PS2s are going for high prices with the holiday shortage.
9298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Deathmatch just released via steam on: December 01, 2004, 11:22:28 PM
The server lag problem is definitely not in the code.  I think it's the same old problem every online game faces where people start running servers without knowing the game's upstream bandwidth requirement, then don't configure their server properly.

For a game with all those physics interactions happening, it'll require a lot more than the normal DM style games.
9299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Deathmatch just released via steam on: December 01, 2004, 08:22:21 PM
They released a small patch around 2am last night that fixed the problem, looks like some programmers were raked over the coals for this.
9300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Deathmatch just released via steam on: December 01, 2004, 06:00:38 AM
Yep, it seems there's a bug in the release.  I'm getting the same bug there none of my HL2 based games will start.  HL2/CSS is kaput.

Which just plain stinks.
9301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Steam (and Half-Life 2, I guess) question on: December 01, 2004, 05:41:59 AM
Right-click on the game's name and choose Properties.

You can also use the Steam monitor, right click on the taskbar tray icon and choose Monitor.

It'll give you a breakdown of how much bandwidth it's using and what it's downloading.
9302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Deathmatch just released via steam on: December 01, 2004, 05:17:14 AM
Just so you know, HL2 was just released on steam.

I was playing CS and someone types in that HL2DM was just released, then quit, followed by the rest of the server quitting.  Tongue

Edit:  It also appears that some more of the Source SDK has been released, along with some patches for Counter Strike source and Half-Life 2.

As usual, the servers are being pounded.
9303  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / "Alternate" guild or server or whatever on: November 30, 2004, 12:29:25 PM
I live in Pacific Time, so I'd prefer a pacific server.  Unfortunately, I dont' have WoW yet, and won't for some time.  But I'm interested in setting up some sort of guild make for Pacific CG and OO players.  The Wanderers seems mostly made out of east coast players, at least from my experience with Planetside.

No, this isn't a whole east side/west side thing, it's just easier to play with people in the same time zone or closer.
9304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just beat HL2 *Spoilers* on: November 29, 2004, 01:06:21 AM
For those that are seeking some insight into what's going on in the HL2 universe, here's an excellent site that has a good breakdown of everything that's happened.

A dev at Valve also confirmed that most of it is accurate.

I'm can't remember where I got this link, it might be from another poster here or at OO.  So don't kill me if someone else mentioned this before.
9305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ground Control II on: November 28, 2004, 11:57:01 PM
Actually, this time around your factories don't actually build the units, they just transport them in from offworld.  The method they do this depends on what faction you play.  It's still basically producing them, but it's a nice touch.  Just like in GC2, the marine players have drop ships and drop pods come down to deliver their troops.

40k is still like the production games, but simplified in that there's less micromanagement.  You build squads instead of individual units, then you reinforce these squads with more troops on the fly.  It's still pretty fast paced, but you can lower the speeds of the game so it plays at a similar pace to GC1/2.
9306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom 3 's Gravity Gun... on: November 28, 2004, 09:06:13 PM
Quote from: "maggie-chow"
Seems to me that the Gravity Gun would be protected intellectual property?  I mean, let's be honest, this Gravity Gun concept was introduced with Half Life 2.  That's brash, to rip it off this soon.

It's like with all these modern shooters these days.  You know the ones that use real guns with different names, but they're basically the same thing?  (Counter-Strike)

Doom 3 can pull off the same thing, except this time around they're just taking an idea from another game, which, in a way, is even worse.  Since we all already knew Id is severely lacking in innovation beyond graphics engines.
9307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Vampire: Bloodlines (Spoilers!) on: November 28, 2004, 07:30:33 AM
Anyone know what other endings there are?

The one I got was the same as above.  I sided with the Anarchs, gave LaCroix the key, then he proceeded to blow himself up.

Then I get a small cutscene with Jack sitting with the mummified Messerach and the cab driver/Cain figure showing up slightly on screen and saying that everything is the will of Cain.

Oh, and Nines kicking that werewolf's ass was just classic.  I really thought he was dead, and next thing I know I'm talking to a worse for wear Nines with a werewolf head next to him.  Man that'll make a nice trophy.
9308  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Counter strike source? on: November 28, 2004, 04:09:11 AM
What server browser are you using?

If you want to play CS Source, fire up CS source and use the in-game browser.  Don't bother with the steam browser, I think it's mainly for older games.
9309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Halo 2? Discuss here. *SPOILER WARNING!* on: November 28, 2004, 02:32:43 AM
Quote from: "Driver"
Just finished.  That was awesome.

Did you all notice that Laura Prepon voiced one of the marines?

That would explain why I was trying so hard to keep the female marines alive.  Tongue
9310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 28, 2004, 02:31:52 AM
Quote from: "Toe"
Wow, that sounds like it was ripped directly from Unreal. Cheap.

Really?  Because Unreal ripped that sequence off from practically every horro/monster movie in existance.

Not to bash, but I really think few games are all that original anymore, these days' we're mainly borrowing from classics.  But, in a good way.
9311  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Blizzard Reimbursing Users For Downtime on: November 26, 2004, 07:20:32 AM
Nah, these days, for MMOs it's standard procedure.  Anarchy Online, one of the most botched releases ever had to give people several months of free time, and even then the game wasn't ready.

A few other games have done this too, I don't remember which, though.
9312  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is America going down the religous path to much on: November 25, 2004, 09:04:36 PM
I think the most of us here are more liberal.  But somehow the people currently in control for the last few presidencies are conservative, and they're looking to reverse the changes lately.

Can you believe they're actually trying to put creationism back in non religious schools?

I think I can complain about this since I voted in the election, and I really don't know how the heck Bush won this time around.
9313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Level Help Thread on: November 25, 2004, 08:06:51 AM
Specifically, target the metal plates that are rotating around his sphere.
9314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can't beat Halo 2 end-boss HELP! (spoilers) on: November 25, 2004, 03:23:38 AM
Actually, the proper way to kill him is to wait for the Sarge to shoot him three times in a row with his beam rifle, this will lower his shields allowing you a second or so to hit him with whatever weapons you have ready.

Otherwise, you can kill him by sheer firepower, but he takes little or no damage while his shield is up, and it takes a ton of damage at one time to knock down his shield without the sarge's help.

It's possible to get Tartarus to fall off the side of the platform, however he doesn't stay dead.  Instead the game respawns him at the bottom of the lift in the middle.

I've beaten him on legendary difficulty, and let's just say he was easier than the Brutes that would spawn after you damaged him enough.

My recommendation for anyone doing this on legendary is to lead him around making sure the sarge has a clear shot to Tartarus, then throw a plasma grenade on him as soon as the sarge starts shooting him.  The grenade will detonate while his shields are down, doing a lot of damage on top of you shooting him.  If he gets too close, go invisible and jump away.  You can also camp on the upper level and shoot Tartarus from there.  Staying on the upper level also has the advantage of avoiding the brutes that spawn.

After you get a good solid hit the first time his shields drop, go invisible and make a beeline to the lift to get to the top level.  Brutes armed with ranged weapons spawn, and those are more of a threat in Legendary.  Just stay on the top level, using your carbine and invisibility to get perfect headshots on them, don't hesitate to retreat if they even look your way, especially if they have that grenade launcher.  One hit from that will knock out your shields and the other will kill you; they can, and will, rapidly fire two at you.

There's two, maybe three waves of brutes that are spawned when you do enough damage to Tartarus, so always check to see if brutes are incoming from the other passage (the one the sarge isn't on) after you hurt Tartarus.

After that, all you really need to do is make sure Tartarus doesn't get close to you, and don't get caught on the level geometry.
9315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So, what is this I hear about Half Life 2 mods? on: November 24, 2004, 09:20:45 AM
9316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire Quest Help Thread-Spoilers!!!! on: November 23, 2004, 09:47:26 AM
It's no coincidence that her third outfit is a skimpy tight tank top and a thong.

9317  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / The Monstrous Regiment (WoW Guild) New Home-Please Read! on: November 21, 2004, 09:17:49 PM
Why do I get the feeling that if we hadn't mentioned where the name came from, it would've been okay to everyone?

We could always be another generic sounding, "Swords of Azeroth!" or something equally dull.
9318  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / STEAM Tags on: November 21, 2004, 09:11:15 PM
My steam tag is Vanigan, I use the same name in game.
9319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2: G-Man Sightings? (100% SPOILER) on: November 21, 2004, 09:06:35 PM
Cameltoe, you probably ran into a bug with his script.

Basically, he's there on that balcony for you to see through a combine spy telescope at a house 1 or 2 stops back from the base.  Obviously you didn't look through the scope, and somehow didn't trigger him to disapear.

Then, the gunship probably shot him up with enough damage to kill him.
9320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Natural Selection mod..what the hell?? on: November 21, 2004, 07:24:14 AM
The Ready Room is down too, it's the official NS news/fan site.

This probably means they're in the middle of a big site update, probably to announce their work on a HL2 mod.  Either NS2 or something else equally ambitious.

It could be anything, but I suspect it may be a retail or steam based game using the source engine, following in the footsteps of NS.
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