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4081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ANNOYED on: November 17, 2004, 07:36:10 AM
Quote from: "PaulBot"
I've got people urging me to get to the roof ASAP, and when it gets REALLY INTENSE, up pops "LOADING" in the middle of my screen for 30+ seconds.

Sheesh, what a mood spoiler....

i had that same reaction there, but it hasn't happened again yet.  every load i've come across since has occurred in a pretty benign area...usually right in front of a door, or as you're walking down an empty hallway.

and a neat little trick i found...
did you guys try playing with the little teleporter in dr kleiner's lab at the beginning (one that teleports a plant)?  i went to hit the button once and accidentally picked up the plant.  that gave me an idea...will it teleport other objects?  sure enough...i started putting other objects from around lab on the teleporter and it beamed them back and forth just like the plant.  pretty cool Cool
4082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 performance thread on: November 17, 2004, 07:23:42 AM
P4-3.0gHz
1GB DDR400-Dual channel
9800 Pro-128mb

i'm running at 1280x1024 with all the settings maxed, no AA, and trilinear AF...looks great and runs smooth as silk.  i tried bumping up the AA/AF settings and can get by with a little before it starts to slow down, but the difference in the image isn't significant (unless you slow down and stand still long enough to look for the jaggies), so i just turned it back down and enjoy a nice FPS.  very impressive performance for such a great looking game.

only "complaint" is that i do get that sound stuttering occassionally...usually pretty soon after loading an area, then it goes away.  it's really minor and doesn't detract from such a great game though Cool
4083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [hl2]New complaint - why do I need the cd in the drive?! on: November 17, 2004, 03:41:36 AM
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
Did anyone try just pre-loading the files from Steam and then entering your retail CD key?  In other words, do not install off of the CD's.

that's an interesting idea...i might try it at some point, but for now HL2 is all i'll be playing so i can just leave the disc in my drive.  that would be a great solution if it works though.

as for a no-CD crack...i have my concerns over how well that will work.  with the auto-update features of Steam, i wonder if it would ever cause a problem.  i'd hate to get an auto-update then be unable to play because noone has released a new no-CD yet...
4084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 16, 2004, 09:21:39 AM
Quote from: "Scoop20906"
For cripes sakes, what was the point of unlocking it if it has to check for the CD?
my thoughts exactly...i was a little surprised when the message to insert my CD came up.  unfortunately, given the nature of Steam and updates, i'm guessing that keeping a working no-CD crack may prove to be a real pain.  the game does use Securom for the disc check though, so it should be possible...

as for the game, i've played up to the point where getting shot matters and i'm pretty impressed so far.  the graphics and animations are very impressive, and i had a good time trying out the physics on a playground...pretty neat stuff.  it's 4:25am right now though...will have to pick it up again tomorrow...
4085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 16, 2004, 08:20:12 AM
Quote from: "Xmann"
ok i cant get the dl to start, anyone else?
try shutting down Steam and restarting...did the trick for me, and my d/l just finished!

i'm going in...have fun guys!
4086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 16, 2004, 06:32:49 AM
i was going to catch a quick nap before 3am...it's not panning out though.  i was flipping through tv channels before i dozed off on the couch and came across Long Way Around, ewan mcgregor's motorcycle trip around the world, on Bravo...very interesting show.  so now it's 1:30am and i'm still awake.  only 90 minutes to go though Cool

has anyone else checked the Steam Network Status recently?  i think it's pretty interesting that the available bandwidth took a significant jump a little while ago...guess they're gearing up for the big moment...
4087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 16, 2004, 05:49:52 AM
Quote from: "warning"
Actually I'm doing you a favor.  The more we pad this baby to page 2 the faster time accelerates and the faster The Great Unlocking happens.

we'd better hurry then...still about 20 posts away from the 2nd page...
4088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: Countdown to November 16 on: November 16, 2004, 04:35:10 AM
Quote from: "Sparhawk"
IS it midnight in each timezone?

it's midnight PST...everyone else has to adjust accordingly (3am EST, 8am GMT, 10pm Wednesday if you live in Fiji).  it's a simultaneous worldwide release...everyone gets to play the game at exactly the same time Cool
4089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: Countdown to November 16 on: November 16, 2004, 01:56:47 AM
i was looking through the Steam forums the other day and came across a little Flash movie that someone made about people posting there...got a few laughs from me.  check it out...

Posting and You...

i think it sums up the attitude over there pretty well.
4090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss - Anyone else? (Guilty Pleasure) on: November 16, 2004, 01:46:21 AM
i'll admit to watching parts of both episodes.  i thought one of the best parts of the first episode was the little reception they had after introducing the boss.   the boss claimed to be serving expensive hors d'oeuvres and champagne, and the contestants were all talking about how good it was and obviously very expensive...little did they know that champagne was the cheapest stuff available, and the patte was made from Spam and bologna biggrin

the second episode had the teams trying to sell hot soup from street carts on a sunny july afternoon in chicago.  when the teams started doing better than expected, the producers sent in guys with Italian Ice carts to follow them around and steal their business.  
they also had a pretty funny moment between the last two contestants in the board room.  the boss asked the first girl to give 3 reasons the other should be hired...then he turned the tables on them.  the first girl was expecting a turn at being complemented, but instead the boss asked for 3 reasons she should be fired.  the look of astonishment the girl's face was priceless.  his little "on the one had *blah, blah*...on the other hand, get the hell out!" was pretty funny too.

personally, i think the 'secret boss' gimmick is pretty lame.  it's probably going to be some kind of animal sitting in the chair...my money's on a monkey.
4091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Neat on: November 16, 2004, 01:31:57 AM
that's definitely cool...some neat artwork in there Cool
4092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 - the reviews are in on: November 15, 2004, 09:00:31 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Story and AI are disappointing?!?!?!


that's according to Gamespot...read the IGN review and you get a totally different opinion.  yet another example of how you reviews should always be taken with a grain of salt...
4093  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is there anyone who still needs/wants a Gmail invite? on: November 15, 2004, 08:41:44 PM
i still have 11 Gmail invites available for anyone that's interested.  you have to send me an e-mail if you want one though (in my profile) Cool
4094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2: Steam vs Retail on: November 15, 2004, 06:59:34 PM
i bought mine Retail on saturday.  while i have no issues with using Steam (i think it's a great idea) and believe in supporting the developers instead of a publisher,  i was able to save a few bucks by going to BestBuy.  i had some coupons around and walked out with my copy of HL2 for $46...couldn't do that on Steam.  i also had no interest in the extras included with the silver/gold packages, so getting only HL2 and CS:S in the Retail package is fine with me...and fit my budget better.
4095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GameSpot: The Final Hours of Half-Life 2 on: November 15, 2004, 06:55:36 PM
Quote from: "Raintitan"
As a Steam user,  I would be annoyed if the retail customers could play it and I couldn't.

But, it doesn't look like anyone can play it right now. I don't see any reviews, nothing.....which leads me to believe that there may be some sort of surprise in store for us (which could be good...or bad).

I can't think of a game where no real reviews or other people posted impressions right before it came out. I consider the PC Gamer UK article to be a fluke at the moment.

Interesting times...

there's a good reason why you don't see many reviews yet.  in order to protect their property, Valve refused to give review copies to anyone.  if you wanted to play the game and review it early, you had to travel to Valve and play it on their systems.  the few places that have reviews (PCGamer UK/US) agreed to play at Valve HQ.  the rest of the reviewer world waits for the official release like everyone else.
4096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WHERE R TEH PIRAETD COPEIS OF HALF-LIEF 2?????!? OMG WTF on: November 15, 2004, 05:02:22 PM
Quote from: "Punisher"
Really? I wasn't aware that the retail version didn't have an exe, I thought it was just a locked exe or something, since the game can actually be installed...

i have the retail version and installed it last night to check out CS:S and the stress test.  as far as i can tell, once the installation is finished, what you have on your HD is exactly like the people that got it from Steam.  when you try to run the game, this is what you get...a message that you can't play yet, but there's no unlock date mentioned.
4097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I have Half-Life 2 in my hand on: November 13, 2004, 10:42:43 PM
for what it's worth, i was just in BB for other reasons and picked up a copy of HL2...they had a display full of them in the front of the store, along with the CE and Prima guide, so i grabbed mine a little early.

so what's in the box? you get the 5 discs in paper sleeves, a 6x4.5" reference card with install instructions on one side and controls on the other, and a mail-in rebate card good for $20 off an ATI video purchased by March 1, 2005. that's it...unless you consider the box art to be something special (i got the G-man).  although there's not much to see, i've thrown up a picture here if anyone is curious.

in the end, having it now does me absolutely no good because it isn't playable yet...but it does save me another trip to BB later. the other upside is that i should be able to unlock it early on Tuesday morning at the same time as all the Steam buyers and get some play time in right away. in any case, i have my copy now and it only cost me $46 thanks to a handful of those BB Bucks from McDonalds Cool
4098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GameSpot: The Final Hours of Half-Life 2 on: November 13, 2004, 10:37:44 PM
for what it's worth, i was just in BB for other reasons and picked up a copy of HL2...they had a display full of them in the front of the store, along with the CE and Prima guide, so i grabbed mine a little early.

so what's in the box?  you get the 5 discs in paper sleeves, a 6x4.5" reference card with install instructions on one side and controls on the other, and a mail-in rebate card good for $20 off an ATI video purchased by March 1, 2005.  that's it...unless you consider the box art to be something special (i got the G-man).  although there's not much to see, i've thrown up a picture here if anyone is curious.


in the end, having it now does me absolutely no good because it isn't playable yet...but it does save me another trip to BB later.  the other upside is that i should be able to unlock it early on Tuesday morning at the same time as all the Steam buyers and get some play time in right away.  in any case, i have my copy now and it only cost me $46 thanks to a handful of those BB Bucks from McDonalds Cool
4099  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: November 13, 2004, 08:27:50 AM
thanks to everyone who played tonight...had a great time as always.  see you next time! Cool
4100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 early release legal question on: November 12, 2004, 09:42:47 PM
Quote from: "Punisher"
It is in this case that I am referring to the EULA not being enforceable, since there is no EULA when purchasing the game, only during install or after you open it. Also, since most stores nowadays do not allow opened returns of software in general, Person A has spent their money on a game they cannot use nor return. Person A is out of their money. It is gone. Regardless of the amount of Inetnet knowledge that the game won't be released until the 16th, you cannot prove that someone who went to the B&M knew this. he game box only has the Internet connection as a requirement. It does not say an Internet Connection after the 16th.
If anything Valve or  VU can sue the B&M store, but they should not make a legitimate customer suffer by not unlocking the game for them.


suffer?  god forbid someone has to wait 4 more days to play a game...especially one that has been in development for six years :roll:
these people haven't lost their money on anything...they'll get to play the game on the 16th just like everyone else.  Valve/VU set the release date for the 16th, and they have every right to enforce that date.
4101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ever go to a concert by yourself? on: November 12, 2004, 07:37:44 PM
i kind of went to a concert by myself once...
a group of friends bought tickets to a concert that i wasn't expecting i'd be able to go to at the time.  i later found out that i could make the show, so i bought a single ticket for myself and planned on meeting up with them there during the time between bands.  it worked out great in the end...their group of 5 wound up with seats near the back, while my single tickets got me an awesome spot in the 12th row.  i got to hang out with them between bands, and enjoyed the concert up close.  i'm pretty focused on the band/music during a concert, so standing between two strangers didn't bother me at all Cool
4102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game of All Time Round 4 on: November 12, 2004, 06:44:32 PM
[Round 4 Matchups:

Left:

*pass*
Half-Life
Civilization
Planescape: Torment

Right:

Unreal Tournament 2004 vs. Baldur's Gate 2
*pass*
Knights of the Old Republic
Deus Ex

i can't believe i had to pick between BG2 and UT2K4...both are about the best in their genre in my opinion...
4103  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: November 12, 2004, 05:14:57 AM
Quote from: "crumsteel"
Lets fill the server Friday (tomorrow) at about 9 EST.
I am up for some ONS. But majority vote wins...

count me in for friday night...been way too empty this week and we need to get things hoppin' again Cool
4104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 released in Savannah Georgia on: November 12, 2004, 12:49:40 AM
Quote from: "farley2k"
So what is the point in having a "launch" day when stores can sell the game?  Just sell the game but don't let people play! smile  Bet that wouldn't piss off consumers very much.....

they've been doing this for a while already with Steam purchases...
4105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: What will you do to play it on the 16th? on: November 11, 2004, 03:48:53 AM
i got lucky and have the day off...but i haven't gotten it off steam, and don't have a pre-order in for the game.  i'm taking a chance at waiting to see if someone is selling it a little cheaper...the local Wal-Mart is good about knocking the prices down (got Doom3 for $42 on release day).  my plan is to head over to whatever B&M store in the area has a good price and pick it up in the morning.  fortunately, i live in an area where people won't be going so nuts over the release that all the copies will be taken if i hit the store early.  once i have the game in hand, i'll come home and play all day Cool
4106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / should I get KOTOR on: November 10, 2004, 11:56:31 PM
if you will have the time to play it eventually, KOTOR is an excellent game...one of the best i've played in the past year.  i'm not sure how important it will be before playing KOTOR-2, but it's a great game on its own.
4107  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Which hard drive to buy on: November 09, 2004, 06:07:27 PM
i've had a WD 160GB SATA for about a year now and have been very pleased...it's fast and extremely quiet (never hear it spin up).  one of the big reasons i chose it over another brand at the time is that it was one of the few drives to come with a 3-year warranty.  it seems like the warranty periods on HDs can vary even within a brand...some WD's have 3 years, while others are 1 year...probably the same with other brands as well.  in the end, i'd say they're all about the same...just have to hope you get a good drive (which most are).
4108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 3 Tie-breaker on: November 09, 2004, 12:16:45 AM
Baldur's Gate 2
4109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How are the Ipods? on: November 09, 2004, 12:10:50 AM
i'm on the verge of buying an mp3 player as well, and it looks like i'll probably be going with a 40GB iPod.  the Creative Zen-Xtra looks like a great player as well, but i don't like the interface as much as the iPod and it's a brick compared to the compact, sleek design of an iPod...sound quality of the Zen is supposed to be great though.  in the end, i don't think you can really go wrong with any of them.  they all play music well, so i think the best way to decide is just go to a store and check them out...pick the one with a form-factor/interface that you like the most and that fits your budget.
4110  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / I need a DVD RW drive on: November 08, 2004, 06:26:17 PM
i'll second DB's recommendation for that NEC ND-3500A...which is also available in black, or with a copy of Roxio's burning software for only $2 more.  both Anandtech.com and TomsHardware.com have called it the best DVD burner available in their recent comparisons (published last week)...not only is it the fastest, but they both say it has the best burn quality/compatibility.  the only weakness is that it doesn't seem to have DVD-RAM support.  if DVD-RAM support is a must, then i would recommend the Pioneer DVR-108...comparable to the NEC, but its max CD burning speed is a little slower (32x vs 48x).  they're both quality burners, but the NEC comes out on top in my opinion because DVD-RAM isn't useful to me...i'm on the the verge of buying the same burner for myself Cool
4111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars Episode 3 Trailer - November 4th! on: November 08, 2004, 07:06:30 AM
Quote from: "PaulBot"
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"


no workie  :cry:

there are several mirrors available over at movie-list.com...click over to the Episode 3 page and enjoy!  they even have a version at 640x270 res that looks great...bigger than a lot of the links i've seen around Cool
4112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Incredibles demo on: November 08, 2004, 03:52:33 AM
i was in a store today and saw both versions of the game sitting right next to each other on the shelf.  believe it or not, the 'grown-up' version was the cheaper of the two thanks to a sale price...$23.72 at my local Wal-Mart.  pretty nice price for a brand new game.
4113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Smart Games help needed on: November 08, 2004, 03:47:59 AM
my next guess at the blackjack answer would be "freeze"...if that's not right, then i give up slywink
4114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Smart Games help needed on: November 07, 2004, 06:30:12 PM
Quote from: "EddieA"
I've been playing the old Smart Games PC games lately, and am stuck on a couple word puzzles.  Hopefully, someone can help.

1. The clue is "Blackjack decision".  The only thing I know is that it ends with "E".  I've tried double and insurance, and it's not either of those.

does it have to be one word?  if not, then "Hit Me" could be the answer...
4115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA3 package - Pharmaceutical roof how to on: November 07, 2004, 05:41:20 AM
actually, jumping off the train tracks is the way to do it...at least that's the trick i used.  they key is jumping from the right spot so that you can actually make the distance easily.  if you walk down the tracks until you're right above the taxi building, you'll see one of the support beams from the tracks that sticks out the side.  jump from that beam (with a running start) instead of the track itself, and it gets you that little bit closer that you need in order to land on the roof of the pharmaceutical building.

give it a shot...i'll bet you can make it from there Cool
4116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Return of the Sith videogame trailer up now on: November 07, 2004, 05:11:39 AM
Quote from: "EddieA"
Presuming I know what everyone's talking about slywink, it's also hinted at (although the final act itself is not shown) in the teaser trailer for Episode 3.

i've watched the Episode 3 trailer several times now, and i'm fairly certain that the spoiler we're talking about here isn't suggested in any way.  like others have said though, it's something that's not all that surprising.
4117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Incredibles is... well incredible! Duh! on: November 07, 2004, 05:04:08 AM
just got back from the theater...absolutely great movie!  it definitely has a different tone than anything Pixar has done in the past and targets an older audience, but they've done it perfectly yet again.  i'll continue to stand by my opinion that the geniuses at Pixar can do no wrong.

even if you're not a fan of animation or Pixar's earlier films, i still recommend going to see The Incredibles...you won't be disappointed Cool
4118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vice City Help on: November 06, 2004, 08:25:56 PM
i finished that mission using the mouse and keyboard without too much trouble...it is very possible.  i just ignored the guys for the most part and focused on getting the targets as quickly as possible.  if a guy got too close, i just bumped him with the chopper and didn't have to worry about him anymore.  it did take a few tries, but it's not bad once you get the hang of controlling the helicopter.
4119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Return of the Sith videogame trailer up now on: November 06, 2004, 08:22:34 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Holy crap...  :shock:

If you do not want a pretty heavy spoiler, do NOT watch that trailer. It gave away something I suspected, but to have it confirmed was both cool and a slight bummer. But that game looks monumentally kick ass, and if The Collective are the ones behind it then I'm there.

i noticed that pretty significant scene too...although i figured it was coming anyway.  looks like a game with the potential to be pretty cool though.
4120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Demo for FlatOut is out now! on: November 06, 2004, 05:25:17 AM
i gave the demo a try this afternoon and have to admit that i'm pretty impressed.  the graphics and physics are extremely well done, and the racing is a lot of fun.  although it's far from a realistic racer, the physics do add a different feel to the game that works pretty well.  there were a few times where i hit small bumps that sent my car flipping through the air, but those were rare.  i'll be keeping an eye on the final game once it hits the shelves Cool
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