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9281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Expansion: Short, cheap, and Steam only on: August 04, 2005, 05:55:01 AM
If you elect to display the little network connection/status icon in the system tray, all you have to do is right click on it and disable too.
9282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: August 04, 2005, 05:54:00 AM
I wouldn't put too much stock in previews, we've seen lots of conflicting information from people here who have played the game, let alone what some random web writier throws up on his site.

Frankly, I doubt GPG would make such a foolish decision.
9283  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Random Thoughts... on: July 31, 2005, 06:49:05 AM
He should use the Crane Stance.

If do right, no can defense!
9284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some Vampire: Bloodlines questions on: July 30, 2005, 09:52:22 AM
Actually Doomboy.  Your blood boil spell killed him, what his masters would have done to him, well, he'd still be alive for months at least.  slywink

The 1.5 patch still doesn't fix some showstoppers.  Of the big bugs still in is the scripting error at The Asylum confrontation (you know the one) just as you enter the door.  There were others too, like getting stuck in doors and whatnot.

I figured Troika could have become the next Bioware if only they had hired their own internal QA division.  I hope the ex Troika guys who formed their own company realize that mistake.
9285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Background Image from Endless Saga [56k] on: July 29, 2005, 10:40:08 AM
Yeah, but look at how pointy her--er--shoulder pads are.

Bah, I never liked bikini armor being worn in the practical sense, even on game characters.  Now, if they're running around trying to impress nobility or their hubby, sure.
9286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: July 26, 2005, 05:51:18 PM
Sorry, the september issue won't be out until early August.  When it does, that demo will be mine!
9287  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Everquest II Patch Question on: July 26, 2005, 12:17:07 PM
Yes, there's a lot of work put in the game.

However, you have to wonder how much work would have been put in if not for the massive competition between many MMOs including WoW.  Then it becomes obvious that the work is just as much a sign of competition being a good thing, as it is developers putting more effort into the game.
9288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New BF2 Trend on: July 26, 2005, 02:35:54 AM
They should make it so that the more TKs you have the easier it is to kick you.  Likewise, the less TKs and the more team points you have the harder it is to kick you.
9289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hrothgar's Talk Strategy scores a cool interview! on: July 25, 2005, 12:18:54 AM
Interesting, this may be a replacement for Soldiers: HOWW2 for our group.  What with the direct control.
9290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: July 24, 2005, 07:14:04 AM
I'd suggest you wait.  There's really no story to DS1 so you don't need to play it to get into DS2.

That said, I'm most looking forward to the coop play in DS2.  My friends and I finally have some time for a little lan party action and a game like DS2 would be perfect for us.
9291  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Need "GeekCon" suggestions on: July 23, 2005, 09:11:30 PM
Your first stop should be:

It's a site that catalogues board, card, and some miniature games.  Each entry holds player reviews of the game and every game is rated.  They also list player count and other things.  Very useful.

I would recommend Shadows over Camelot.  You can read about the game in another recent thread in this forum.

It's basically a cooperative game, players fight against time and the board game itself to complete quests as the knights of the round.  However, there is a chance that one of the players is a traitor to the group and the knights are tasked with unmasking him as well as completing quests.

It's very easy to learn since doing quests is very straightforward in placing cards.  No pages of rules to read just to learn to do one thing.

Since it's coop, it's perfect if your group doesn't feel like backstabbing each other tonight.
9292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / V for Vendetta Trailer on: July 23, 2005, 09:07:50 PM
If the movie ends up good despite Moore's protests, I can still understand his protests what with League being so butchered.
9293  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Flak wins. :) on: July 23, 2005, 09:05:53 PM
Idiot insurgent, never shoot the medics.
9294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Games You'd Like to See as Movies on: July 23, 2005, 07:30:56 AM
Actually, for Metal Gear, Hideo is way too wordy and the whole thing is a melodrama.  They'd have to tone down the massive monologues, although they can keep the paranormal elements.
9295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: July 23, 2005, 07:28:22 AM
I think it would be foolish to require someone to hold the button down since they're dealing with a party.  Stopping an attack to switch character to use a power or something would really detract from gameplay.

Are you guys sure you have to hold the button down to keep attacking?  Is this just an interface option?
9296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I don't get it. Why no Aliens game with Doom 3 engine? on: July 23, 2005, 07:19:26 AM
I'd rather have them use the Unreal 3 engine, it looks like it'll handle a bit more than the Doom 3 engine at a better framerate.

One of the reasons why Irrational is making Bioshock instead of SS3 is that the SS license is held by a publisher.  I think this time around they'll try to keep the IP as their own.

Another engine to look at is the one for FEAR.  Monolith already made one really good AVP game.  However wasn't AvP3 being made by someone else?
9297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 5 confirmed for Xbox 360 on: July 22, 2005, 08:12:14 AM
Any RE fans out there recognize who the new main character is?

I haven't really followed the series, I just know some general names.  He doesn't look like Leon, but that may be darker hair and more polygons.
9298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lord of the Rings Tactics on: July 22, 2005, 08:00:50 AM
It's about damn time that the PSP had a good strategy or tactical RPG come out for it.  I'm holding out for those types of games.
9299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Games You'd Like to See as Movies on: July 22, 2005, 07:57:44 AM
Grim Fandango as a 3D animated feature.  Hell, I've already sworn to myself that when I form my own studio, one of the projects I'll try to option is Grim Fandango and get Tim Schaefer on with me.
9300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: July 22, 2005, 07:56:09 AM
I'm not sure where you got the whole "added clicking" idea from.  From the many videos I've seen of the gameplay, it still has the DS1 style of one click to do a task until done.

In general, there's more clicking, but that's because you're interacting with the game more by having to use the skills and powers that the characters now have.  Also, it seems like the AI is smarter so if you've got the difficulty a bit higher, you'll have to be on the ball about prioritizing enemies.

This is no where near Diablo's break a mouse once a month gameplay.  I used to help out at a cybercafe when the Diablo expansion came out.  I swear we went through mice like crazy during those times.
9301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 3, What are you're expectations on: July 20, 2005, 10:29:29 PM
Coop for more than two people.

I don't care if the other three players are all vanilla marines with no shields and low health to balance things out.
9302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 expansion pack details! on: July 15, 2005, 06:22:51 AM
They could make infantry focused maps already without an expansion.

What's the status on the mod tools?  Eventually someone will make a really focused infantry map.
9303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hot Coffee Opinion Piece on: July 14, 2005, 08:35:58 PM
Yeah, god forbid we actually participate in a sex act.  Tongue
9304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Small claims court worth it? Need advice. on: July 13, 2005, 10:46:16 PM
Mr. Fed?

How far up the chain did you talk to?

Legal methods, or at least the threat of it may be enough to get them to refund the money.  They may be stiffing you for the cost, then filing a warranty claim from the manufacturer anyway to get more money.

Definitely need to talk to a lawyer, you might be able to get more than the $650 back for the ruining of plans and such.

I mean, it is all clearly spelled out in the warranty.
9305  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NASA Presses the "Cancel" button on: July 13, 2005, 10:41:41 PM
Microsoft's Aerospace program?

Shuttles would crash on a daily basis and people would accept it as the norm.

Any idiot with a script could reprogram a shuttle to take him to Ganymead instead of Ios.

Bill would would a moon base shaped like the MS logo that was clearly visible from Earth.


Not to be negative with the commercialization of space, just being stupid.
9306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movie] Stealth on: July 13, 2005, 10:38:16 PM
Macross Plus looks better.

Of course, Jessica Beil beats any anime woman.
9307  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Americanization of France? on: July 12, 2005, 11:05:24 PM
I wouldn't worry too much.  Lots of really good lawyers would be lining up for pro bono work on that case.  Counter sue for damages and whatever that charge is for legal harassment.

Frankly, the only thing I see happening is the bus company getting thrashed, unless they pull out some more underhanded legal shenanigans or bribe the jury/judge.
9308  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman Begins? on: July 09, 2005, 09:52:53 AM
Don't put much faith in internet rumors.

However, Mark Hamill is probably the best joker voice.  He tops Jack Nicholsen's joker voice, however Nicholson obviously out acts Hamill on the screen.

Also, the new joker may be considerably darker than the Joker we knew before, so Mark Hamill's cartoonish Joker voice probably won't work.

The thing I'm wondering is, how are they going to handle the giant rivalry between the Joker and Batman this time?  Originally, the Joker killed Batman's parents, but then Batman also created the Joker.
9309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warhammer: Dawn of War on: July 08, 2005, 04:54:40 AM
Hey, I'm up for some Dawn of War, lemme know.

xfire: Vanigan
9310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warhammer: Dawn of War on: July 07, 2005, 06:14:56 AM
One thing that really disapoints me about DoW is that infantry and vehicles don't mix.  At least, not for most races.

First no one really uses the lighter vehicles, the reason being as soon as you get the light vehicles the heavy vehicles are just one step away.  it's always better to get the heavy vehicles like walkers and other tanks.

The transports are hardly used at all, nor are the scout vehicles.  They need to make the light vehicles available earlier in the game, so that there's a period where infantry and light vehicles are put to use in combined assaults, instead of the late game heavy vehicle mob.

Then there's trying to fight vehicles with infantry, which unless you're space marines with missiles, it's impossible.
9311  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movies You'd Walked Out On on: July 07, 2005, 05:58:22 AM
The only movie I have ever walked out on was Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
9312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sin 2 to be released via steam on: July 06, 2005, 02:24:33 AM
I think the big thing to note here is that this'll be the first game to use the fully updated and tested Source engine, along with all its features like character animation and AI features.

Troika was working with a shoddy unfinished version of the engine that kept changing as valve moved closer to release.

I suppose all they really need to do is beef up the AI a lot more so that they'll survive longer than the combine fools did.
9313  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Doom: the boardgame on: July 04, 2005, 10:09:53 PM
These days, I'm more looking forward to new releases from Days of Wonder.
9314  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / July 3rd, 1976 on: July 04, 2005, 08:58:58 AM
My bday was horrible.  Lunch with family plans fell apart so I was left at home playing games alone.
9315  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What do these games have in common? on: July 04, 2005, 08:57:08 AM
Have you tried changing the audio hardware setting to "emulation only" to see if it's your sound card that's doing it?  Some of the older audigies had trouble with VIA chipsets.  The setting is somewhere in the audio control panel under advanced.

What watt rating is your power supply?

How's the cooling system in your computer?

Have you disabled the onboard sound?
9316  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Anyone have City of Heroes collecting dust? on: July 04, 2005, 08:52:12 AM
I also have a copy for trade, not looking to sell, just trade.  Can you send me a list of what you're willing to part with?
9317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warhammer: Dawn of War on: July 04, 2005, 08:50:33 AM
I haven't figured out morale either, but I've seen a few times where morale won me a complete and utter victory when enemy units started breaking away and I was able to sweep in behind them.

I would not suggest playing any random pickup games on lobby service.  It'll ruin your view of the game as everyone there, literally everyone, uses only rush tactics.
9318  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Doom: the boardgame on: July 04, 2005, 08:44:23 AM
If you check the boardgamegeek reviews for the game, many people say the same thing.

The real problem is that the game is actually balanced so that the marine player should keep running away.  That goes against the game its based on, where you would normally just blow up anything that got in your way.  So if the marines stand and fight, they get killed, but if they run away, it's not a satisfying victory.

Luckily, there's a few updates and variants they've released online at

They have difficulty level modifiers and a faq that should help clarify things.  It still doesn't change the way they skewed the game, but it helps a little.

Oh, and a different designer has taken the Doom boardgame mechanics and made a fastasy version called Descent.  It's a massive $80 big box game (like Twilight Imperium 3) that makes quite a few improvements to the formula, such as making the Overlord's cards cost a certain amount of "threat", basically points that the overlord gets as the players move forward in the game or as he discards cards.  There's also a way for players to get more "lives" as it were, by completing certain tasks or reaching certain points in the game.  Thus, you don't end up in situations where its clearly impossible for the players to win.

Oh, and there's no ammo.  slywink
9319  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Arkham Horror boardgame released, a cooperative Cthulu game on: July 03, 2005, 03:11:08 AM
Fantasy Flight just released the Arkam Horror boardgame.  It pits the players as investigators running around Arkham trying to stave off one of the old ones from coming into our world.  Yes, it's part of the Cthulu Mythos.

Anyway, I figured since people were talking about Shadows Over Camelot, I figured I'd let you guys know about this one.

It's considerably more advanced than SoC, but good for groups that don't have the energy or time to start an RPG campaign.
9320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MegaMek on: July 03, 2005, 03:10:12 AM
I used to play the original battletech, complete with minis and everything.

I found the rules took a little too long to work out and hex based terrain was hard to make, but with computer automation it should be nice.

Now all we need is a 3D version with spiffy graphics.
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