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2601  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Will you buy the Doom 3 Expansion? on: February 27, 2005, 03:24:11 PM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
Actually ken, IIRC the base concept of the Grabber was featured in the earlier promos for Doom3 (a year and a half before HL2 came out).  They decided not to put it in the final release.  Just an Fyi - as much as I bitch, I know full well it's not like iD just decided to throw one in there because HL2 had it.  (And of course, HL 2 is not the first game to even have the gravity gun, anyway)



Well they may have.  They may have had it in early Doom 3 concepts and dropped it because they thought it was dumb.  Then HL2 came out and showed how cool it could be so they picked it back off the cutting room floor.
2602  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need advice on Restless Legs Syndrome on: February 27, 2005, 03:21:11 PM
My neighbor swears that magnets helped her.  I know that is sort of new age weird stuff but she was desprite and tried them.  They seem to help.

I bet their is on-line info about it.
2603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Troika is no more. :( on: February 25, 2005, 10:58:17 PM
Quote from: "Jafisob"


I don't think there were any idiots at Troika.  A good project manager who enforces quality control and processes may be all that was needed.  Troika obviously had some talent but had trouble in the final execution.

I played Arcanum and Bloodlines and was very impressed with both games despite some of the bugs.

I would be curious on how some of the T. workers viewed this from an insider perspective.



In some sense though they are idiots if they can't see that they needed a good project manager!  They knew after Arcanum that they had a blind spot for bugs, this was hammered home with TOEE - to not have addressed this by the time Vampire came out shows they had some problems - serious managment problems.
2604  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tekken 5? on: February 25, 2005, 05:21:07 PM
I bet it will be very good, but I wonder if there is a big enough market anymore for fighters.
2605  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I got a job offer! How do I negotiate salary? on: February 25, 2005, 01:32:00 AM
I just wonder if my relationship with my boss would be hurt much by that type of negotiation.

Now end users - a gun to their head might be appropriate, but I should probably use a knife for the boss - it is more personal and shows that I want to be close.....
2606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / For the love of god: Help me find an RPG on: February 25, 2005, 12:07:06 AM
Well you probably  won't like  Vagrant Story or Vallkyrie Profile because they are more action RPGs

And you really are ruling out most of the rest of what is out there....this is tough.

I would give Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne a try I guess
2607  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I got a job offer! How do I negotiate salary? on: February 25, 2005, 12:03:38 AM
I have been looking for a job for a few months and have finally gotten an offer. - which is great.  However the salary is a tad low.  Well actually it isn't that it is low but that the offer was at the bottom of the range.  The range listed was $40,000 to $60,000 and the guy basically offered me $40,000

So is it expected that I will ask for more?  I mean I have 7 years experience doing this type of work so while I don't think I should get the top of the range I should get the something more than the bottom.

So my questions to you fine folks,

How do I go about asking for more money?  

What should I do if they refuse to budge?

And (since this is a Internet forum)


Thanks
Any good web sites with tips for salary negotiations?
2608  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Troika is no more. :( on: February 24, 2005, 09:56:20 PM
Quote from: "Sepiche"

I have mixed feelings on the whole thing since those guys clearly had talent, but there was something completely messed up in the design process that kept their games from being as amazing as they should have been.

Hopefully they will go on to good companies and put some of that talent to better use.

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Yes!  Exactly.  Some of their programers obviously had talent but they couldn't get a decent product out the door!  Hopefully the good ones will be snatched up by other companies and the idiots that allowed all their releases to be buggy messes will not be in charge!
2609  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox RPG's - the future just got **much** brighter.... on: February 24, 2005, 09:53:18 PM
Great!  

I am excited but I think we need to remember that one man isn't going to remake MS.  Lots of dorky suits can get in the way before this guy gets a game out.
2610  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Recomendations for good Star Trek novels on: February 23, 2005, 03:38:21 PM
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There the title is right for Paul
smile

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They are a guilty pleasure but sometimes they are fun to read as sci-fi light.

Since there are hundreds of titles though there are a lot of both crap and good stuff so I am turning to other geeks for recommendations of good Star Trek novels.

I am not that partial to Voyager or Enterprise but books from any of the other series would be great!

Thanks,
2611  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars Ep 3 Spoilers on: February 23, 2005, 02:24:51 PM
Well someone put together a great series of pics pretty much story boarding the 3rd installment of George Lucas's mental masturbation....errr Star Wars.

Don't look unless you want big, huge, pretty much total spoilers.  But if you can't resist (I couldn't) then head here.

http://www.tpu.fi/~t4jlaaks/ep3/



Got to say it looks a hell of a lot better than then other two, but I will wait for reviews.
2612  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 2 is wireless on: February 23, 2005, 03:16:08 AM
Quote from: "Chrisoc13"
I would love the ability to turn my console on and off by remote. Why do we have power button on tv remotes? At least on the remote control for the unit it would be nice to have a power button. Especially on the remote unit. I could pass on the controller, but on the remote it is essential I think.


Yes!  I wouldn't call it "essential" but it is certainly overdue and would be nice.

I can turn off my Xbox through my hacked Dashboard so why can't MS offer the same thing?
2613  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / BSG...for those who like the mechanic girl on: February 22, 2005, 12:27:36 AM
Should be in the "For men who like boys but don't want to admit it." catagory.

Not that there is anything wrong with that.....
2614  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 100 Funniest Jokes of all time on: February 16, 2005, 06:29:15 PM
Well at least according to this list compiled by GQ

So far the only one to make me laugh was

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A guy joins a monastery and takes a vow of silence: he’s allowed to say two words every seven years. After the first seven years, the elders bring him in and ask for his two words. "Cold floors," he says. They nod and send him away. Seven more years pass. They bring him back in and ask for his two words. He clears his throats and says, "Bad food." They nod and send him away. Seven more years pass. They bring him in for his two words. "I quit," he says. "That’s not surprising," the elders say. "You’ve done nothing but complain since you got here."
2615  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP pics ... holy *@#$%^&*!!! (56K warning) on: February 16, 2005, 04:44:03 PM
The Wind Waker thing ruins it for me becuase now I don't know which of the other shots are fake.  So I have no idea how good or bad it really looks.
2616  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 2 Impressions? on: February 15, 2005, 09:36:36 PM
I have to say after reading several reviews I am perfectly happy to wait.  It seems to have done more of what I disliked abou the first one (rambling sub plots with little explanation)  and less of the things I liked (specilized combat skills)

I will admit though that I love the fact that it is short.
2617  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What TV show do you want to see on DVD? on: February 14, 2005, 10:19:03 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Tales of the Gold Monkey
Dungeons & Dragons cartoon
The A-team



The A- Team is already out on DVD so you should get to the store!
2618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced on: February 11, 2005, 04:50:10 PM
Two more things that bugged me.

1. getting abilities from weapons.  It was teadious because each time you got a new weapon you needed to check for what abilities each job could learn then switch to that job, learn ability, switch back to other job etc.   So rather than worrying about your job you had to always track the equipment as well.     That was a lot of micro managment for little reward.

2. The rediculous amount of points needed for some skills.  I know they were powerful skills but come on!  Basically it required playing a lot of extra battles just to pick up a skill.
2619  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / BiTTorrent TV shows on: February 11, 2005, 03:19:57 PM
LOL!  What a great topic in light of the fact that  one of the largest BT sites was just shut down by the MPAA


They are about movies but hey TV is probably not legal to download either.  Although it is much more of a gray area.
2620  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced on: February 11, 2005, 02:03:14 PM
Quote from: "Draco"
Anyone played both FFTA and Tactics Ogre for the GBA?  Which did you like better?  I understand that Tactics Ogre factors in things like terrain height and the direction you attack from (eg. from behind); does FFTA?


I found Tactics Ogre to be much, much better.  I liked only having humans for the characters so any character could (with by meeting the right conditions) become any class.  

With FFTA you are forced to have members of each race because they become specific classes.  However most of the classes do suck and often I only stayed in a class to get one specific skill then reverted back to the best class.  


I will say that the story in TO was harder to understand but the combat was much more rewarding.


The judgements really ruined it for me with FFTA.   They were only binding on the player, they were easily avoided by simply waiting a few days to go to a location, and they ultimately meant nothing.  



All in all I felt TO had much more depth and better combat, but a weaker story.
2621  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Five things that irritate me about console gaming on: February 04, 2005, 04:00:38 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
Quote


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5. Bonuses if you finish the game. Why would I want extra costumes or characters if I finish a game. I already finished it, what good is it to me?


I love the bonuses.  It's like getting a dvd with extra content.  The added features are a reward of sorts and the more the better.  I haven't completed Ninja Gaiden the second time through, but it was pretty awesome to start over with a new sword.



I don't feel like it is.  

I remember finishing both Onimusha 2, and Zelda: The Wind Waker and for special content I got a whopping new outfit!  Same dialogue, same monsters, same everything except I looked diffferent.   That is just pointless.  

Most other "unlockable" content has seemed similarly pointless.  Like Zelda: The Minish Cap.  If you do all this stuff right and finish the game twice you get a mirror shield!  So what!  I have already beat the game two times.  Am I really going to play again to see how cool the mirror shield is?  Yeah right!  Give me a freaking unlockable where I don't have to see the silly messages each time get a small key!  That would be something.  smile
2622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Survey] What do you do for a living? on: February 04, 2005, 02:39:15 AM
I work for a small private college as their "go to the office to show them how to start Outlook for the 10th time" person!

Seriously what is wrong with PhDs that they are incapable of understanding that all computers need electricity to work?  Is there something about the focus on one field that forces other stuff out of their brains?

On the plus side there are a lot of fairly attractive women to look at.  So I guess there are perks.
2623  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 1 on: February 02, 2005, 09:16:04 PM
It blew!  I didn't mind the cut scenes but the story was slop.  Really what is the story?  Does anyone care about the characters?  They were thrown at players with little or no development.   Everything is suposed to be mysterious but it is mysterious to the point where nothing means anything or makes any sense.
2624  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why is it so hard for them to honor our rebate requests? on: February 01, 2005, 04:24:57 AM
I pretty much expect never to see a rebate.  When a rebate comes I often have no idea what it was for!  I got  rebate once for something I had bought over two years ago!

They are slow because they don't care.  They have your money!  What is the incentive to rush?  They are actually giving up profit to give you some money.   Every day they keep your money is a little more interest in the bank.
2625  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Red vs. Blue - intro to the internet (NSFW) on: January 31, 2005, 07:00:22 PM
I love these guys.  Here is a nice intro to how the internet is different then the real world

http://files.redvsblue.com/NYC2/RvB_NYC2.mov


Very funny....probably NSFW
2626  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Elektra bows before the awfulness of Alone in the Dark!! on: January 31, 2005, 04:50:16 PM
What is really, really, really sad is this isn't Christian Slater's worst reviewed movie!

According to Rottentomatoes, Mobsters and Hard Cash both got 0%.   So maybe this is a good career move for him....
2627  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What movie should i see this Friday? on: January 27, 2005, 01:38:17 PM
I thought National Treasure was about the perfect matinee movie.  It was entertaining, fun, light hearted, and yet interesting enough that you wanted to see the end.

My next pick would be In Good Company.  Also sounds like a good matinee movie.
2628  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Releases (1/25) on: January 26, 2005, 03:59:12 AM
I got Sky Captin and I am disappointed.  I haven't watched the DVD but I opened is and there is no insert listing the chapters!

Come on!  How cheap are they getting?
2629  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR II: Changed for the Experience (spoilrs in l8r posts ) on: January 25, 2005, 02:18:14 PM
I think that is my fault about spoilers but I couldn't see a way to discuss the concepts of good story, pacing, etc. without specifics.


Sorry.
2630  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire worth getting? on: January 24, 2005, 07:42:21 PM
I think the game was very good.  I encountered a couple of big bugs - including one game killer but overall the game was worth the trouble (until the last 3rd or so where it went downhill)

Overall I would say for $20 the game is a must buy, for $30 it is alright, and for full price....well not really worth it.
2631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR II: Changed for the Experience (spoilrs in l8r posts ) on: January 24, 2005, 04:34:01 PM
I am squarely in the camp of where is the rest of the game.

Some thoughts

"The story in KOTOR II is not a tidy thing. But are the stories of life nice and neat? Who’s evil? Who’s not? Who is beyond redemption? Who can be saved? Who would choose the dark side and who would be corrupted by the charisma of the truest of all Sith Lords? "

Yeah life isn't tidy, but that is because of shades of gray, not because the credits just start rolling.  

For example - the story with Mira - in my game (as a light character) she defeated the wookie on Malichor 5 and then started running the same direction my character had gone......and that was it.  I never saw her again.  As far as I know she is still on the planet.

Or the droids - the remote setup the bomb things...then Go To came around the corner...and said "we'll wait".....well the bombs never went off, and again I never saw those characters again....

This isn't just messy "life" it is crappy work on the part of the game developers.


"The pacing was flawless. The character development the most complete of any game I can remember. The writing, finer than most of the most highly acclaimed ‘cinematic events’ I’ve ever sat through. "


I would agree until Malichor 5.  Suddenly Keira who was beaten by that evil guy twice, just waltzes in and runs the show.  

Suddenly all my friends are gone, except Mira and the remote....but they are left nowhere.

The pacing of the last planet was rushed and very unsteady compared to the rest of the game.


"But there’s something beyond- I think the game may have…changed me. In some small way, I’m wiser and more thoughtful as a result of playing it. I found myself so enamored and so deeply held by the master craft of this story, that at times I forgot that it was a game- it seemed…almost spiritual. "


I am happy you got so much out of the game but really what is so great about the story?  You do good things people's lives are better, you do bad things and their lives are worse......I don't think that idea is all that amazing....in fact I would call it common sense.


At one point in the game there was a glimmer of something more.  I gave a begger 5 credits on Nar Shaddar and he got mugged right away.  Kiera lectured me about how helping him only hurt in in the long run.  However that was the only time such a thing happened for me and I didn't buy her crap by that point in the game anyway.


Also all my good actions, in the end meant nothing.  Kiera, the ugly guy, the weird guy with the mask - all dead.  The good guys all alive......

That isn't revolutionary it is practically sterotypical.
2632  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you ever wish you could change the outcome of a movie? on: January 21, 2005, 08:29:39 PM
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
Star Wars:

Luke's final tordepo shot misses.  The Death Star blows Yavin to smithereens taking Leia, C3PO, R2D2, and the Rebellion right along with it.

No other movies are made, thus ensuring that the world never has the pleasure of meeting Jar Jar Binks.


Except Episode 1 is a prequel  so Jar Jar still exists!  So the movies could still be made.
2633  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you ever wish you could change the outcome of a movie? on: January 21, 2005, 05:07:20 PM
Quote from: "Toe"
Thelma and Louise.

They should have shown the crumpled, burning car at the bottom of the ravine with their bloodied, broken corpses being picked on by buzzards.



I was thinking they should have also shot the worthless a-hole husband.
2634  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Please sign this Metallica Petition on: January 19, 2005, 02:33:29 PM
The problem with the petition is that is implies that somehow none of the members of Metallica like the music htey are writing.  It seems to be saying the somehow Bob Rock has tricked them or perhaps used hypnotism to make these guys write crap, put out crap, etc.


I don't particularly like their new stuff but I don't think the band is stupid, or out of control.  It seems like the height of disrespect to assume they are too stupid to know what music they are making.
2635  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Great movie of 2005 preview on IGN on: January 18, 2005, 03:28:09 PM
Today's IGN Film has this great preview of films coming out in 2005.

I was suprised at the number of movies that look interesting.  

The best thing to do is to have the preview open in one tab, and then open www.movie-list.com in another.  Then every movie that appears interesting you can quickly hop over and check out the trailer.
2636  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Elektra - ouch.... on: January 17, 2005, 02:16:31 PM
Has anyone actually gone and seen the movie?  

Just wondered if we has some actual impressions.  I won't go - I still have a bitter taste from Blade 3: Crapfest.
2637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console Game Sales numbers for Dec '04 on: January 14, 2005, 05:24:03 PM
But Nintendo still has its GBA to bring in the $$$.  

Also Kathode's hardware numbers didn't list the Nitendo DS or the GBA for that matter.

I wonder how those sales are helping Nintendo.
2638  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden IV Review... on: January 14, 2005, 03:21:41 PM
Yes put in the hours!  I wouldn't actually mind if you finished it before putting out a review.

After what happened to me with KoToR2 especially.  A great, great game until the last 2 hours or so.  So it is fresh in my mind how a game can be totally ruined by the wrap up of the story.
2639  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Elektra - ouch.... on: January 13, 2005, 03:03:12 PM
I knew it would be bad but wow.


Usually there are at leat one or two positive reviews
2640  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB Games Price gouging ?? on: January 13, 2005, 02:32:16 PM
I wish people would stop confusuing terms.

It isn't "price gouging" since that can only be done for necessary items and while I know WOW is important to some people it is hardly food.  



This is what capitalism is all about really.  Supply and demand.  The supply is limited and the demand is high - therefore anyone in a high school economics class will tell you - price goes up.

That is what allowed us to defeat the USSR, it is why we are the only superpower, etc., etc.


EB is being agood American! by selling that collectors edition for huge profit!  We should be looking at them as an example of the fufillment of the American way of life!
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