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1241  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 10 game franchises that need to go away on: February 22, 2007, 04:40:38 PM
Can't agree with Tony Hawk's name on the list.  TH8 is a great game that got rid of that THUG gameplay and returned to the style of TH 1-3 which I really like.  I have Downhill Jam for the Wii but can't comment much on it since every time I fire up the Wii, Zelda takes the stage.
1242  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 9/Feb/06 on: February 10, 2007, 11:03:28 PM
WoW for sure and maybe some Zelda on the Wii.
1243  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Adventuring life of Semaj..... (mildly 56k unfriendly) on: February 01, 2007, 06:34:55 AM
I'd suggest Camp Majocia (?) in Feralas but those quests ramped up from lvl 40-42 initially to 45-46 for the second step.  Too high for my lvl 41 priest so I'm looking for another zone to quest in.  I started the SoS crock collection and got one meat from over 10 kills which didn't seem to be an efficient way to level.  I'm going back into the Badlands for a few more quests but most of them seem to lead to Uldaman and I don't have a group to run it with.  Too bad all the Arathi highlands quests turned into group quests into Stormgard as that zone seems to be the correct level for my character.  I enjoy your write up and I wish I took screenies of when I killed a 44 hunter in STV after he jumped me, of course I died too but watching him try to bandage up while my dot's took him out was pretty fun.
1244  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Another "What TV Should I Buy" thread on: January 30, 2007, 09:30:25 AM
Ok not sure if this will help but is your coax cable into the tv coming from the cable box?  If so you may want to try bypassing the box, going from the wall outlet right to the tv.  I'd check it out myself but while I have a Vizio tv I use Directv for my service.
1245  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/29) on: January 30, 2007, 09:09:27 AM

Quote from: pingwrx on January 30, 2007, 03:27:35 AM

Battlestations Midway depending on impressions.

Add a +1 for me as well (360 version)
1246  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Adventuring life of Semaj..... (mildly 56k unfriendly) on: January 30, 2007, 04:25:36 AM
Nice and I guess it is about time for "Druid adventures in Dustwallow Marsh"?  I just hit 40 with my undead priest and was thinking of heading into the hinterlands but it seems the levels may still be a bit high.  I refuse to go back to STV, I hates it, hates it!  Good write up.
1247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlestations: Midway on: January 27, 2007, 09:48:51 AM
I think I'll get this early on, now if I can just get my 360 back online after shuffling the components of my system around.  I guess my wireless hub isn't in a good spot at the moment.
1248  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tag - what's yours mean? on: January 25, 2007, 09:06:50 AM
Mine dates back to the days of Ultima Online when they added the Napa server and I needed a character name, first name Zinfan last name Dale.  Geekey when I write it down but it has lasted me quite a long time.  My XBL name OtterChaos comes from another board where my login is Otter which stands for Over The Top'ER (this was a golf board and over the top described my biggest swing fault and the reason I no longer play that wretched game).
1249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 22/Jan/06 on: January 23, 2007, 07:47:04 AM
Consoles sat idle as I learned the ropes in the WoW battlegrounds.  I need to get the Wii back in action and progress in Zelda as I really like the game.  Damn you WoW the princess isn't going to save herself and she isn't hiding out in the Arathi Basin mines either so release your hold on my time.
1250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/22) on: January 23, 2007, 07:42:27 AM
Nothing for me this week.  I'll be wallowing in the WoW battlegrounds as I just got hooked on them and have lots of equipment to earn.
1251  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW: Burning Crusade Impressions on: January 18, 2007, 09:32:35 PM
My impression is it looks great on my new 47" LCD  ninja

I need to clean up the wires a bit and center the TV under the picture.  It is hard to get a decent picture without reflections, the red bloom in the center of the pic is from the camera flash that I put my hand over to reduce the glare and the windows are letting in quite a bit of light.

Rolled up a Blood Elf warlock and have only run through the starter zone so my impressions are very limited but I do like it so far.  Had no problem getting past the quests as Blizzard really made re-pop's fast and easy.  I remember starting in the newbie dwarf zone and having a heck of a time trying to kill certain named mobs due to the vast crowd in there with the same goal in mind, not so this time.
1252  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The GT Pet Thread (56k) on: January 16, 2007, 10:33:49 AM
Cider (in drawer) and Star

Sadly Cider passed away last summer  icon_evil
1253  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Lost" series coming to an end. on: January 16, 2007, 10:25:28 AM

Quote from: walTer on January 15, 2007, 11:46:09 PM

I agree that this is a good thing...this season has really been bad for the show-- as stated before, it seems like the show is really ....lost...maybe a time limit will help the show- I have been very disappointed in the show so far this season.

Plus, an end date ( like B5 which was great) is IMHO a good thing, much more so than a hastily slapped together finale-- read *ENTERPRISE*--- yuck!

Best ending?  St Elsewhere...anyone remember that?   Just fantastic.

Didn't see St Elsewhere but I liked M*A*S*H's final episode.  I also heard the end of Six Feet Under was pretty good, I never watched the show but may get the entire series on DVD if it shows up on sale.
1254  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Better Film Trilogy on: January 16, 2007, 10:13:37 AM
I went with LoTR as I've read the books many times and the films did a decent job of putting the world of Middle Earth on the big screen.  That being said my one main gripe of the films was the depiction of Shelob, the spider just didn't project the horror that comes across in the book, and Faramir.... Ok my two main gripes are Shelob, Faramir and no scouring of the Shire..... My 3  main gripes (ok we know where this is going so I'm stopping).  I do think the Balrog was my favorite scene across the 3 movies.
1255  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Burning Crusade is Gold on: January 10, 2007, 10:50:13 PM

Quote from: javahead on January 10, 2007, 07:30:11 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on January 10, 2007, 06:29:24 PM

No hurry for me, my priest is only lvl 36 so I have a ways to go to get to new content (I had a few lvl 60's on another server but I don't want to go back to them).  I'll check and see if Walmart has the collectors edition, they usually are 3-4 days behind the release date on putting them out but as I said I'm happy to wait.

Well, to be a Devil's advocate, you can pay $25 to transfer a 60 to another server (within certain restrictions). However, I don't think it is the end of the world if I can't get my hands on a copy till February. My wife is salavating over the CE, but after SWG I've come to realize the CEs aren't that amazing in short term.

The last three games I bought online didn't show up at my door until at least 2 days after release. One I had to wait a whole week (stupid Thursday release made me eat the weekend too).

It's not the server (lightbringer) that they are on, it's just when I restarted I decided to go Horde and to try something I never played (healer).  I'm having a lot of fun on the RP/PVP server (venture company) and trying out the horde side of things.  I never was much into raiding before so my characters (Tiny, note I didNOT call them toons smile ) are pretty low on the equipment side of things.  Will the priest be different?  Don't know but I have gotten invites to run a few instances that I never got with my mage/rogue/warrior.  Anyways I will get TBC, and I hope to run down a CE version of it (I have the original CE).
1256  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Burning Crusade is Gold on: January 10, 2007, 06:29:24 PM
No hurry for me, my priest is only lvl 36 so I have a ways to go to get to new content (I had a few lvl 60's on another server but I don't want to go back to them).  I'll check and see if Walmart has the collectors edition, they usually are 3-4 days behind the release date on putting them out but as I said I'm happy to wait.
1257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 10 years of Diablo and on: December 31, 2006, 10:21:39 AM
Every time Diablo comes up in our conversation, my friend has to remind me he was one of the 1000 beta testers and his name shows up in the final credits  icon_mad
1258  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GamingTrend Best of 360 - Prelim on: December 22, 2006, 09:23:28 PM
Gears of War was fantastic
Saints Row
Tony Hawk 8 - I really like the way the gameplay seems to head back to the days of TH 1,2 and 3 and away from the THUG model.
1259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: The Savior is Born! Long Weekend Edition 22/Dec/06 on: December 22, 2006, 09:20:15 PM
I'd like to say Zelda on the Wii and some more Tony Hawk and CoD3 on the 360 but if I had to bet I'd put my money on leveling my undead priest in WoW.
1260  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: FFXI took my MMO virginity - now I wants me some WoW on: December 21, 2006, 10:41:19 PM

Quote from: Destructor on December 21, 2006, 02:02:44 PM

Quote from: Toe on December 20, 2006, 07:54:08 PM

For my priest it was more mana efficent to wand a mob down when it hit 40-50% health and heal the damage afterwards than it was to use mana to DPS a mob down all the way. Yeah, the mob died faster, but it cut into my mana too much. The amount of mana regened during wanding is substantial if you have decent spirit (this was all the way to 60th also, not just the early years).

One way of doing it, definitely. What did I use to use when I soloed (feels like forever ago)... Fire up PW:S, pull with the shadow DD spell, SW:P, Mind Flay, and then wand the mob down as it pounds uselessly on the shield. Rinse and repeat until you fall asleep.

I like playing my priest after doing Warrior/Rogue/Mage before.  The few instances I've run have been a bit hetic but different enough to make it interesting.  I've started full shadow spec so far and when I solo I like to pull with Mind Blast, Mind Flay till they get close, SW:P and then shield.  Follow that up with some more Flay or Blast depending on how far down their hp's are and finally wand em down.  Probably not the most mana efficient but it works well for me and very little down time.  Many paths to 60 I guess and the one I'm on dosen't have to be the quickest as I'm enjoying taking my time to lvl up and learn the priest class.
1261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tony Hawk Project 8 - Huge combos? on: December 20, 2006, 09:22:31 PM
I still struggle to this day with just tapping the button vice holding it down.  Grinds are a perfect example, I ollie onto the rail and press Y but instead of releasing Y and trying to adjust my tricks I find my self still holding it down for the whole time.  If I could get rid of that instinct then I'd be able to add more tricks to each grind/air/whatever.
1262  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: FFXI took my MMO virginity - now I wants me some WoW on: December 11, 2006, 05:51:19 PM

Quote from: Glycerine on December 11, 2006, 05:26:50 PM

Quote from: Semaj
2) Get wand specialization first.
Wad Specialization is a priest talent.  at level 10 you get talents, and I highly reccomend spending the first 5 levels, no matter how many may argue, getting Wand Specialization to 5.  Sounds stupid, but you do more damage with a good wand (Any enchanter wand for instance) your level than you will do with any spells you get, even shadow specced.  Most priests I know will spell up a mob, and use the wand to finish it off while they regen mana, it cuts down on downtime (Time you dont spend fighting/killing/getting exp) and helps keep you leveling at an apporriate speed.  The damage done by your wand will eventiually change to spells winning out, but not anytime soon, you'll get maybe 30 levels of "man I love my wand" before you start debating switching to a more spell-driven nature.

I have a 60 Undead Shadow Priest on Bloodscalp, and I could not disagree more.  The first 5 talent points you get should all go into Spirit Tap, as it basically doubles your mana regeneration after you kill something, which reduces downtime quite a bit.  After that go with Blackout or Shadow Focus, then Mind Flay and Improved Mind Blast.  I was killing mobs so quick I rarely even had to use the wand, and with Spirit Tap my mana regen'd fast enough that I didn't need to drink after evey fight.

Pesonally I used SW:P, Mind Blast, and Mind Flay, finish off with the wand if necessary.  A 25% bonus to wand damage is nice, but it pales in comparison to the shadow talents you can get.


 I am only lvl 20 on my undead priest but I agree on Spirit Tap over Wands, I hardly ever use the wand, ,mainly just to add some damage to runners while waiting for shadow word: pain dot to kill em.  I would think that Tap is also better if you are in groups as you can replenish your healing mana pool quicker and the +25% dmg from wands shouldn't be crucial to your group's dmg.  Of course the beauty of WoW is that you can certainly spec as you wish and still be effective in the game so try what you find interesting and have fun with it.  If you don't find a crafting skill that you are interested in I'd recommend taking mining and skinning for their money making abilities, that is what I did and I can always sell my  ores or skins in the auction house for profit and it adds up, I'm not rich but at level 20 I have 16 gold after buying all my spells so it does work.  Herbs can also make you cash by selling in the AH.
1263  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nigerian email scams work? on: December 10, 2006, 07:11:52 PM

Quote from: Farscry on December 10, 2006, 05:21:08 PM

Ok. I guess with that logic I can say that since half the nation voted for Bush for re-election, that explains why so many people can be so gullible that they fall for email scams like this.

Maybe that half decided email scams were better than alien anal probing?  paranoid
1264  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Aishwarya Rai....nsfw on: December 10, 2006, 07:09:22 PM
I love the way the photographer composed her pointy elbow opposite her pointy shoe in the second to last shot  icon_biggrin  .  I think she is very pretty with great eyes and cheekbones.
1265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii: What VC games have you downloaded? on: December 10, 2006, 07:06:01 PM
Nothing yet but I'll grab a few once my classic controller shows up.  I got one off of Amazon (thanks to JSL over at OO for the heads up) before they sold out.
1266  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: College and Town Advice on: December 09, 2006, 07:07:00 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on December 09, 2006, 02:06:01 AM

Of course I'm biased toward my hometown, but U of Chicago is probably the best college on that list.

Better than the Banana Slugs of UC Santa Cruz?

1267  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nigerian email scams work? on: December 09, 2006, 07:03:52 AM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on December 08, 2006, 07:24:56 PM

Prosecutors say Mezvinsky fell particularly hard for what is known as the "black money" scam.  Victims are told millions of dollars have been coated with black ink so the money could be smuggled out of Nigeria.

The scammers then offer to sell a special, expensive chemical to remove the black ink so the currency can be used.

Prosecutors say Mezvinsky fell for at least three separate "black money" schemes that he thought would bring him millions.

Emphasis mine.


He must be the dumbest guy IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD!

and yet he had 3 million to lose!  Trust fund baby?  I'm no idiot but dang I ain't got no 3 mil either.
1268  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW Patch 2.0 Coming out on the 5th on: December 09, 2006, 06:57:05 AM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on December 07, 2006, 02:33:38 PM

No Auctioneer until the 19th at the earliest.  crybaby

Patch seems ok so far...bug-ridden of course. Rogue stealth animation isn't all that bad. Extra bank slots is nice. Extra quest tracking is really nice.

Still on track for 60 in March!  icon_lol

I got the alpha of auctioneer from here and it works just fine.
1269  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Your Wii Number! on: December 06, 2006, 04:29:32 AM
Current up to here now.  Why can't there be more than 10 chars in the name?  Knightshad- Who the heck it that? Tongue
1270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duke Nuke'em Foreve on: December 03, 2006, 04:55:29 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on December 03, 2006, 01:48:43 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on December 03, 2006, 02:41:55 AM

Quote from: Graham on December 03, 2006, 02:34:31 AM

The tab of my browser started by saying "Duke Nukem Forver - Wi..."  I was thinking, "They moved it to the Wii?"

Revolutionary game for a revolutionary new system Tongue

"Use the Wiimote to make Duke Wii!"  Yep, I can see it now.

[Ash] "Come get some" [/Ash]
1271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next batch of Wiis? on: December 03, 2006, 04:39:16 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 03, 2006, 03:57:31 PM

I lucked out.  Went to Target at 6:30 and there were only 6 people in line.  They ended up having 30 units and I think people who showed up as late as 7:30 got one which is pretty good considering the store opened at 8. 

Of course now it is being wrapped and put under the tree until Christmas.  frown

Congratulations to you, that pretty much mirrors my experience at Best Buy last Sunday (minus the Wii being wrapped up and under the tree  icon_biggrin)
1272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: my buddy just busted one of my wii-mote straps on: November 30, 2006, 04:01:23 AM
I haven't had a problem yet but I'm going to replace it with a strap off an old digicam I have.  The camera one has a stouter cord where it attaches to the camera/wiimote.
1273  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I crave homicide on: November 29, 2006, 01:27:10 AM
Just arrived in the mail yesterday!  Tongue

And I've only seen  a few episodes ever so it will be all new!
1274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Motorstorm - The Real PS3 Killer App! on: November 27, 2006, 11:05:20 PM
The killer ap on the PS3 for me was it's inability to scale to 1080i.  That "killed" any desire to have one in the near run.  Also I'm not sure you can have a "killer ap" when the console is in such short supply and each one is snapped up as soon as it's available.  Why bother releasing a great game to spur sales of consoles when there are no consoles to sell?  That being said I hope Motorstorm is a good title for those lucky enough to own the PS3 and perhaps if I have an "accident" with my Wii remote and toss it through the screen of my older HDTV I can get a TV that would work well with the PS3.
1275  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Your Wii Number! on: November 27, 2006, 03:22:00 AM
7036 8700 3570 5650

I believe I've added everyone listed above
1276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Search... on: November 26, 2006, 08:32:36 PM
Stopped by my Best Buy at 9:15 and got ticket #30 out of 50 systems.  I think you could have gotten a system by showing up 20 minutes before the store opened.  Pretty mellow vibe in line with everyone just chilling waiting for the store to open.  They took 5 people at a time in numerical order and things went pretty fast.  I was done by 10:30 and had my Wii and Zelda.  This was in San Luis Obispo Ca fwiw, the BB shirt running things said today was far better than last Sunday on release day.
1277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Search... on: November 24, 2006, 10:56:05 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 24, 2006, 08:38:18 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on November 24, 2006, 08:36:06 PM

LOl.  So a google search for say...wii and tracker might have pulled that up?  smile  Thanks.

1278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Search... on: November 24, 2006, 08:36:06 PM

1279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Possible addition to older gen reviews? on: November 24, 2006, 08:32:04 PM
I was just reading the Destroy All Humans 2 review for the xbox and was curious if it was backwards compatible via the 360.  I didn't notice any mention of it in the review and I haven't really look at a xbox game case in awhile to see if it is listed on there.  Would it be useful or possible to add a statement to the game reviews from the ps2 and xbox on their ability to be played on the most current consoles?
1280  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How much credit card debt does your household have? on: November 20, 2006, 10:35:17 PM

Quote from: shaggydoug on November 20, 2006, 07:05:05 PM

I always wondered if those surveys/studies only counted the debt that was carried over each month.  I rack up quite a bit every month.  I pay it off every month.   

- shaggy

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