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961  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Our perception of Christianity influenced by Hollywood? on: April 14, 2008, 06:22:04 AM
Movies make fun of BAC because it is a lot safer than make fun of muslims.slywink

962  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Business lessons learned from WoW on: April 12, 2008, 11:15:11 AM

Quote from: StriderGG on April 09, 2008, 01:54:38 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on April 09, 2008, 08:07:07 AM


LOTRO is available in Asia. Most of the current MMORPG are available in Asia.


I am not so sure about that. They do have some presence in Australia/Oceania and they did sign an agreement to start distributing it in Korea (they issued a press release about it in Dec 2007). However, to this date I still haven't seen any news about the game being available in Korea and China.

I know because I can buy it.smile I'm one of those Asia players that play on US servers.
963  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Business lessons learned from WoW on: April 09, 2008, 08:09:15 AM

Quote from: Jag on April 08, 2008, 09:29:20 PM

I don't know about reported numbers, but this is a list of all US servers all participating in an event that launched with the new patch (note this is NOT asia or europe).

http://us.gorgonnash.info/index.html

That's 225 active realms with probably any where from a few hundred to a few thousand people on each. (woo, my server is #16) That's ALOT of people in the US actively playing this game.  eek

US servers aren't exclusive for US players. A lot of Asia/Australia players play on US servers.
964  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Business lessons learned from WoW on: April 09, 2008, 08:07:07 AM

Quote from: StriderGG on April 08, 2008, 07:53:36 PM

Quote
They really did bring a LOT of improvements to the genre

Improving other people's inventions does not make them pioneers by definition - "one who is first or among the earliest in any field of inquiry, enterprise, or progress". They were more like 15th smile

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...subscribership for World of Warcraft®, its award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), has continued to climb, recently passing 10 million worldwide...

...The Burning Crusade holds the record for fastest-selling PC game of all time, with nearly 2.4 million copies sold in its first 24 hours of availability and approximately 3.5 million in its first month.

I still haven't seen the words "active subscribers" anywhere. The number of expansion sales (6M) probably shows the number of their active subscribers back in Feb 2007 pretty accurately. I really doubt it grew by about 60% in 10 months. So I am still not convinced they don't count all those people who cancelled back in 2005.

BTW, it's interesting to see that only 25% of their customer base is in North America. I often see LOTRO (for example) numbers compared to WoW, which is really not fair, since LOTRO is not being sold in Asia AFAIK. So it's not 400K vs. 10M, it's 400K vs. 2M (not sure if 400K is the correct number). And as per above, I am not even sure it's 2M of active subscribers.

LOTRO is available in Asia. Most of the current MMORPG are available in Asia.
965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Astro Empires - Web Based Space MOG on: December 12, 2007, 08:26:31 PM
I recommended people to join OO guild at alpha because OO has been well established there and most other strong guilds are relatively friendly with OO. The smaller and newer guilds which tend to be more aggressive to new players are no real danger to OO.

I play at alpha, ceti, and delta. Compare to alpha, both ceti and delta are chaotic. You can't fully depend on the 7 days protection because once that is up, you are unlikely to have adequate defense to stop the more experienced players from attacking your bases for profit if you're new player and still learning. You can join a guild, but most of the strong guilds at ceti and delta are aggressive guild and not a good place for newbies to learn the rope. OO at alpha is a pacifist guild and most of the other guilds know it, so they left us alone because while we're pacifists, we know how to fight in war.

BTW, OO guild is only at alpha server. Also only a few of the members are from OO forum, only a few of us from OO who started the guild are left but we met a lot of new friends in game who joined the guild. I hope to see GamingTrend guild at alpha so maybe we can arrange a 'friendly' war once the GT guild has been more established.smile
966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Astro Empires - Web Based Space MOG on: December 12, 2007, 09:08:33 AM
I played and joined Octopus Overlords guild at the alpha server since over a year ago. Delta server just opened so if you want to start playing, that can be a good choice. But alpha server is also a good server to start playing. The main guilds are well established at alpha so it is less chaotic than newer server like ceti or delta.

If you want to learn how to play then joining alpha and OO guild there will keep you safe from being attacked by random bullies who like to farm newbies. Learn to play at alpha and use what you learn from alpha to play at delta where the other players are not much ahead of you.


967  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HEROES] - Season Two. Anyone IN? [spoilers inevitable] on: December 11, 2007, 09:46:05 AM

Quote from: madpeon on November 27, 2007, 05:44:23 PM

When I break into a house, remind me *never* to go further into the house when its owners come home, considering THE WINDOW I JUST USED TO BREAK IN IS A FOOT BEHIND ME.

Arg.. stupid writers.

You're not a copycat.smile Unlike you, the cousin need to watch someone else do something before she can copy it. So she watched how to climb up and break into the house, but she didn't watch how to climb out of the window. So she can climb and break in through the window, but can't use the window to leave.slywink

968  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Toshiba and Microsoft set to bring HD DVD integrated 360 to market on: October 22, 2007, 11:31:26 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 22, 2007, 11:28:55 PM

There is no way in Hell ANY version of the Xbox 360 would be sold under the Toshiba name.



Why not? What if it'll get Japanese to start buying XBOX 360?
969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone playing Overlord for the PC? I'm stumped, need help? on: July 23, 2007, 08:11:51 AM
You can guide your minions by assigning them to a guard market then you target the marker and hold the button then you can move the marker and the minion will move with it.

Now that you know how to move the marker, then you just need to time it to move it through the geysers.

Using XBOX 360 Controller, it is not hard to move the minion through the geysers.

As for the egg thing, that is for other place with water snake. You need to lure some of the birds to the water snake so that the snake is busy and not attacking your minions who need to turn a wheel.

970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Did I miss some XBOX 360 controversy? on: May 18, 2007, 05:58:52 PM
Unlike the original XBOX modding, the 360's firmware hack has nothing to do with cheating. It won't let you run unsigned code which mean homebrew or any other kind of software modding isn't possible.

The only thing the firmware hack do is to trick the XBOX 360 when it checks for the copy protection code of the disc which is not at a location that is writable using regular dvd writer so the firmware hack redirect the read to other location of the disc.
971  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Friend Codes on: May 18, 2007, 04:13:13 AM
My code:

Diamond 2449 1306 4488
Pearl 4768 3978 1213  (temporary, will restart later)
972  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 16, 2007, 03:44:13 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 14, 2007, 01:02:22 PM

I can get you a Palkia from the GTS.  It'll likely be Japanese with a Japanese name, but other than that it'll work just fine.

Just to warn you, you'll also only have one chance to capture the three legendary psychic guys that live in the lakes.

I decide to replay the game, but I'm going to play Pokemon Diamond first and transfer some of my better pokemon from the Pearl then later replay Pokemon Pearl. Also ordered Pokemon Fire Red, Leaf Green and Emerald. Couldn't find Ruby or Sapphire anywhere so I guess I'm not going to be able to complete the collection of the Pokemon games of GBA and DS era.
973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 14, 2007, 08:45:13 AM
Arrgh. I didn't know that I have only one chance to catch Palkia.frown I didn't capture it and then I saved the game after defeating it.

Does that mean I have to replay the game from the start to get another chance to get Palkia?
974  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spiderman III- This Friday! on: May 04, 2007, 05:49:45 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 03, 2007, 03:37:46 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 03, 2007, 03:32:59 PM

The question is - if you had the opportunity to see this tonight at midnight, but you have to work at 6:00am the next morning...would you go?  Add in the fact that it'll be just you, your wife, and your mom in the theater at the time.  (mmm....film-building pre-screening)

I haven't seen it yet, but I hear the film is 2 and a half hours long, so that would give you at most 3- 3 1/2  hours of sleep (not counting travel time).  I don't think any movie is worth having to deal with work on no sleep.

Watched it last night (May 3rd, it opened at May 2nd here). The movie is about 2 hours long.

It is not that bad. A good mix of comedy, drama, and action.
975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Neverwinter Nights 2 patch 1.03 released on: December 08, 2006, 05:54:44 AM

Quote from: ANZAC on December 07, 2006, 09:40:13 PM

So is there//or will there be a version of this patch that can be downloaded with out using the auto updater??
My games rig is not attached to the net.

I posted about how to do that at OO forum. My home pc doesn't have a stable internet connection, so I had to download it manually using download manager that support resuming.

http://www.octopusoverlords.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=842979#842979

After downloading the right file, put it in your nwn2 directory and run the in-game auto-patcher, it'll find the file and use it to patch instead of trying to download it from the net.
976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it gay for a straight, white male to own a pink DS? on: September 29, 2006, 04:17:28 AM
I love pink color and I'm a man that use female nickname online.smile
977  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS 9/11-9/12 releases. on: September 11, 2006, 03:59:09 AM
Harvest Moon.
978  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Consumer Reports just makes me mad. on: August 11, 2006, 06:09:58 PM
Quote from: "ChrisGwinn"
Quote from: "Victoria Raverna"
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
It may help to write to Consumer Reports about your complaints, asking about their methodology as well as explaining your point of view and the reports of those other industry tests and the standards they use.  I wouldn't expect them to change their printed opinion or anything, but you can try to inform them for future product testing.  At the very least it might make you feel better about the situation.


It would be a lot simpler to just buy ads space at the magazine in exchange of getting a second article that praise tebunker's product. I'm sure the competitor did the same thing and that was how they got the magazine to praise theri product.smile

Consumer Reports doesn't run ads.


Then they make money from what? Is the magazine very expensive and highly circulated that they can survive without ads? Or maybe instead of ads, they accept payment for a good review/report (Unofficially).
979  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kobra on: August 11, 2006, 10:25:13 AM
That is the strength of a troll. GT is in serious need of trolls to encourage activities of the forum.

Without Kobra and Dirt, the OO forum activity was slower for the last few days. But OO has advantage in that the admin of the site is also one of the trolls and they also have me a wannabe troll posting there more often than here.smile
980  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Consumer Reports just makes me mad. on: August 11, 2006, 09:52:23 AM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
It may help to write to Consumer Reports about your complaints, asking about their methodology as well as explaining your point of view and the reports of those other industry tests and the standards they use.  I wouldn't expect them to change their printed opinion or anything, but you can try to inform them for future product testing.  At the very least it might make you feel better about the situation.


It would be a lot simpler to just buy ads space at the magazine in exchange of getting a second article that praise tebunker's product. I'm sure the competitor did the same thing and that was how they got the magazine to praise theri product.smile
981  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Chinese county massacres 50,000 dogs on: August 09, 2006, 07:09:28 AM
In the other news, thousands of chicken has been slaughtered at a village in Indonesia. Wow, Indonesians are evil.smile
982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Would you Buy the Wii for $229? on: August 08, 2006, 07:39:53 AM
Yes. Yes. Yes!!!
983  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How many consoles (same kind) have you been through? on: August 02, 2006, 07:57:10 AM
2 XBOX.
984  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS3] Entitlements? WTF? on: August 01, 2006, 04:43:58 AM
Maybe a better and simpler name is to call it Playstation points.
985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS3] Entitlements? WTF? on: August 01, 2006, 03:35:54 AM
Quote from: "Turtle"
Why don't they just call them awards or trophies?


They need to call it with some lesser used name so that it won't confuse the players with in-game stuffs.

It is more likely for games to have in-game stuffs called awards or trophies, but it is unlikely for games to call it Entitlement.
986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the...Ninety-Nine Nights demo up in the marketplace! on: July 31, 2006, 02:53:35 AM
Quote from: "Eduardo X"
I love the DW series, but I couldn't take N3. It bored me really quickly, though I don't think I could explain it well.


+1. I think N3 character moves too fast compare to DW.
987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the...Ninety-Nine Nights demo up in the marketplace! on: July 29, 2006, 02:53:57 AM
I have the Asian version (Japanese voice with English subtitle) and this is one XBOX 360 game that I regret buying. The gameplay is just not fun for me. The graphic is great, but you control this one character that spin around slaughtering army which get boring after a while. Maybe the other characters are more interesting, but I stop playing it before I unlock any other characters.
988  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else noticing the lessening of fanboy bitch fights? on: July 28, 2006, 03:25:27 AM
When I posted my message, I was trying to lure the fanboys out. Seem like I was successful.smile
989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA 4 Demo on XBL on: July 27, 2006, 04:42:10 AM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
The thing I don't get is how are there no gamer pictures nor themes for this one?  You think if they'd release a "HAWT DOA GIRLS" theme it would make mad money...or people would purchase a gamerpic of their favorite fighters...

Talk about a missed opportunity.



I am using Lei Fang gamer pic and DOA 4 theme on my XBOX 360. I don't know if it was included with the Japanese XBOX 360 or something that I got from playing DOA 4 game disc.
990  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone else noticing the lessening of fanboy bitch fights? on: July 27, 2006, 03:22:00 AM
PSP lost to DS. PS3 is looking real bad compare to XBOX 360. So fanboys of those two products are now in hiding.smile
991  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Has Portable Gaming Changed Your Gaming Habits? on: July 26, 2006, 07:42:33 AM
Quote from: "gellar"
I can't portably game at all.  I've had a PSP (lost it somewhere when I moved) and currently have a DS.  They only get playtime when I'm on a plane or in an airport.  Otherwise, if I have time to game, I fire up the PC or 360.

gellar


+1. I still have both PSP and DS, but I rarely play them.

But that didn't stop me from purchasing DS Lite which I have only played with for about 10 minutes since I got it about 2 weeks ago.
992  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So who here is running the 360 with a VGA cable? on: July 26, 2006, 03:50:38 AM
Anybody tried playing on widescreen LCD? The LCD at my game pc have 1280x1024 native resolution so playing at 1024x768 is unacceptable to me.smile So maybe I should replace the LCD with some widescreen LCD that have native resolution that is supported by XBOX 360.
993  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some Interesting EGM rumors - Square Enix Specific on: July 18, 2006, 11:50:57 AM
Quote from: "Turtle"
By the way, they're making a FFVIII-2.  That's right, Squall, Rinoa, and the gang from one of the worst FF games are back.

And yes, just like FFX-2 they made some dumbass fanservice changes to characters.  Rinoa, in particular, now looks like a slut.

Not that her looking like a slut in an outfit is a bad thing, but all the time in game?  Come on.

FF must stand for fading funds or something.


FF8 is my second favorite in FF series. I think maybe most people were hoping for something like FF7 and FF8 failed in that. FF8 is more of a love story/romance between the two main characters and their parents.
994  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3's good points? on: July 07, 2006, 10:51:14 AM
IMO, PS3's strength is that of the fact that XBOX 360 totally failed in Japan. Unless PS3 also fail in Japanese market, we'll likely to see more Japanese console RPG titles on PS3 than XBOX 360. As a fan of JRPG, that is a strong motivation to get PS3 (in addition of XBOX 360 that I have now).

If XBOX 360 was a great success in Japan market then there is no strong reason to get PS3 until the price have come down a lot.
995  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox360 RPGs on: July 07, 2006, 10:43:33 AM
That is good news, but still a lot of Japanese RPG makers choose PS3 over 360. Or they are going to release for both platform but choose to release their number one franchise on PS3 and the second tier stuff on 360.
996  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Where is your console? on: July 01, 2006, 01:01:23 AM
Everything in my bedroom except the XBOX 360 which I still leave at my office(not home office but another location where I work 5 days a week).

I'll eventually take the XBOX 360 home once my co-workers are bored of the few games that I have for the 360.
997  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dragonlance Movie being made. Take cover. on: June 30, 2006, 08:53:30 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
Chalk me up as another that credits Dragonlance for my love of fantasy.

I don't know the guy that's playing Tas, but he and the guy playing Flint better be stupendous, or I'm writing letters!

And Raistlin.... I don't even want to think how bad they could potentially botch that one up...

 frown


Dragonlance books were my first novel that I read in English. Dragonlance also introduced me to fantasy and I didn't know anything about PnP RPG back then.
998  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dragonlance Movie being made. Take cover. on: June 30, 2006, 08:45:34 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
I was always wondering why that stupid D&D movie didn't go with Dragonlance (or at least some D&D world setting).

It would have been cool to see a live action DL, but animated works too.


Me too. Dragonlance books are my favorite, I think they can make a good trilogy movies using the story from the books. It'll be like Lords of the Rings plus the good guy become villain twist of Star Wars with Raistlin character.

I couldn't find any Forgotten Realms setting books that can come close of the Dragonlance one. Even the famous Dark Elf story is boring to read.
999  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Seriously, what's up with the A.I. in DoA4? on: June 30, 2006, 07:06:26 PM
I'm not that good at the game, but I played a lot against other players which have average skills (nothing close to level of high rating players on Live)  and so far seem like the best way to win is to adapt to each player's style and predict what they're going to do based on what they have been doing before.
1000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Seriously, what's up with the A.I. in DoA4? on: June 30, 2006, 08:06:48 AM
Quote from: "Fellow"
I hate Alpha-152.

A LOT.


For a bad player like me, Alpha-152 is all about luck. Sometime she keep using the long and deadly combo which mean defeat to me, but sometime she doesn't use those "cheating" combo and I can manage a win.

Some characters also have easier time against Alpha-152 than the others or maybe I'm just better with some characters.
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