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2841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Valve/Steam is stupid on: December 06, 2004, 08:27:36 PM
I bet folks are right and they will eventually offer it.  It is just to easy not to.  It already exists as a download so all it would require is taking people's money and then enabling some permissions to download the files and play them.  


For Valve it requires practically no investment.  The work is already done for the most part.  They have the games, they have the delivery method, they have the payment process, etc.  It is pure profit.
2842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Valve/Steam is stupid on: December 06, 2004, 06:47:21 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
I had a very constructive point which also happens to be the obvious answer:  Valve doesn't give a crap about your $10 right now.



Which is stupid.  If Valve's business model is really "we don't care about making money."  then they are stupid.   If there model is "we don't give a crap about customers" they are equally stupid.
2843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [gba] Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories on: December 06, 2004, 04:21:43 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Probably IN!


smile
2844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just beat HL2 *Spoilers* on: December 06, 2004, 04:11:12 PM
By far the best explanation is here.  It is a fun read and very well done.
2845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [gba] Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories on: December 06, 2004, 02:57:40 PM
Well, I hate to repond to my own thread but I noticed in the ads Sunday that is will be $24.99 at Best Buy and they list it as coming on Thursday.
2846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any sales numbers on HL2? on: December 06, 2004, 02:51:20 PM
I saw last week the proud announcements by Blizzard about how well Wow had sold and I realized I hadn't seen squat about HL2.

Since it has a non-standard distribution it probably would be hard to get totally accurate numbers but I am suprised that no press releases have been issued listing any.

Anyone seen anything?
2847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I loved Morrowind, any other suggestions? on: December 06, 2004, 02:20:46 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"


One thing about Gothic and Gothic 2. It would be a great game, if the control system was even halfway decent. It has HORRIBLE controls. I have no idea what they were thinking making that horrible control system.

Gothic is a good game, but be prepared for a monumental struggle with the control system. If you can get past the first few frustrating hours though, you will find a good game lurking below.


I always wondered what the developers were thinking.  I sometimes think they must simply - think in a fundementally different way than I do.  The control scheme made so little sense in a world of mice.
2848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Valve/Steam is stupid on: December 06, 2004, 02:15:08 PM
Quote from: "Demosthenes"
I believe VALVe has previoulsy stated that there will be a $10 upgrade option shortly.  Chill.


A. Creating one topic about a subject is hardly unchilled.

B.  I didn't know they were planning on doing that - thank you for the information.
2849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Valve/Steam is stupid on: December 06, 2004, 02:14:06 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "farley2k"
Quote from: "Yossarian"
if you had wanted that stuff you should have bought it online in the first place.  just because they aren't catering to you doesn't mean they're dumb.



yes actually it does.   They are a company.  Their goal it to make profit.  


I think they're doing just fine in that aspect, whether you like the specifics of it or not.

Please whine more.  Especially about Steam/Valve.  That's not old or anything.  Not at all.


But going into threads just to bitch abou thte topic of the thread - that is really fresh and exciting.  smile


Come on,  you come into a thread to rip on the whole topic rather than provide any constructive points and you think I am being boring and old?
2850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Valve/Steam is stupid on: December 05, 2004, 11:36:23 PM
Quote from: "Yossarian"
if you had wanted that stuff you should have bought it online in the first place.  just because they aren't catering to you doesn't mean they're dumb.



yes actually it does.   They are a company.  Their goal it to make profit.  Things that they do which actively prevents making money is stupid.  

Valve could continue to make money off me.  I bought HL2 retail and I would buy more if they let me, thus making them more money.  To stop that is bad business
2851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Valve/Steam is stupid on: December 05, 2004, 08:17:24 PM
I just finished HL2 which I bought retail and I was feeling a bug to play HL 1 and maybe Opposing Forces so I log into Steam to check out prices.

Valve is nice enough to offer that I can buy those games for only $89, or $50 in the bundles with HL2!  Isn't that great?

No, it isn't (in case you wondered)  It is stupid.  They could have may $10 from me by letting me buy those games but no they are only sold in the bundle.

Since Steam is always running, etc. every game these sell is profit.  They could have made a profit on me but they have decided that would be silly.  They actually would prefer that they never got any more money from me.  

So, so dumb.
2852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [gba] Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories on: December 05, 2004, 04:21:06 PM
Well what is the word on this?  It comes out this week and I have seen a few previews but I am still leery of the gameplay.  A action game, but with cards?  That strikes me as odd to say the least.  I am wondering how it will turn out.

Anyone planning on rushing out to get it so they can post impressions?
2853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Hearts 2 details and trailer on: December 03, 2004, 02:43:25 PM
You are certainly entitled to your opinion but I will always hate the game.

For me the camera made it impossible to enjoy.  You couldn't rotate it completely with the shoulder buttons - it wouldn't go pass solid objects very well.

And even that might have been ok if it had not almost worked against the player.  Best example, early in the game when you go to Tarzan's world.  As you are walking along the beams in the first building the camera perspective switches - without you touching anything! So you are pushing up to walk forward and suddenly pushing up makes you walk off the beam because you had to push left to keep walking forward! That is just stupid.  I didn't change the camera angle, I want to keep moving the same way but suddenly because the game decided to move the camera!  


I am happy you liked it but for me the game had so many aspects which seemed to actually work against the player that I couldn't stand it.
2854  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Help identifying a song in a commercial on: December 03, 2004, 01:49:25 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
Actually, that thing from the Olympus site seems to be from an older commercial.

Perhaps what you're looking for is Here




What a great site!   Thanks.
2855  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Help identifying a song in a commercial on: December 03, 2004, 02:13:20 AM
Just saw this commercial for Olympus Stylus Virve with some woman on a motorcyle - know the one?

Does anyone know the song which is playing in the comercial?  Anyone know?


Thanks
2856  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GBA] Final Fantasy 1 & 2: Dawn of Souls on: December 01, 2004, 04:38:25 PM
I have played about 45 minutes so my impressions are not real deep.

However so far it is wonderful!  I am loving the retro feel but with all the modern touches.  Things like save anywhere and auto equip the best equipment really improve the game play and make the game enjoyable.
2857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GBA] Final Fantasy 1 & 2: Dawn of Souls on: November 30, 2004, 10:36:35 PM
I haven't gotten it yet but it is in the Target ad this week for $24.88
Which is a great price for a new GBA game.

They won't have it until Wednesday but it is worth waiting I think.
2858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your GOAT of the Year so far? (PC edition) on: November 30, 2004, 08:50:43 PM
I have to say Doom3, for the second reason you listed.  I had very high hopes for it and they were dashed.

I really missed one thing which not many people mention - wide open areas.    In the original Dooms I could strafe around and around the enemy but Doom 3 was almost all tight corridors where you couldn't really move around.

I could deal with the dark, with the monsters jumping out of closets - I just want open areas!
2859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest 8 impressions on: November 30, 2004, 03:47:37 PM
I should just learn Japanesse.  It would save me so many months of waiting.


Oh well.
2860  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Valve bans Pirates on: November 24, 2004, 01:30:40 PM
Quote from: "Sparhawk"


What could they sue Valve for?

"Hi, I stole a copy of HL2 and I'd like to sue Valve for blocking my steam account."

Doesn't matter if they bought a legit copy of the game later on. If that was true then they could make a new account with a legit copy of HL2.



I don't think it would work but they could sue for losing all the other games they had purchased.


Imagine that you copied a DVD and 20th Century Fox came to your house and took all your DVDs.  Well you only stole one, so they really don't have much claim to take the rest.


As I said, I doubt it would work but I would bet that is what they would sue over.
2861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What Vampire really needs! (besides patched) on: November 23, 2004, 08:49:43 PM
Yes despite all this I am still drawn to the game.  I just find it so mcuch fun that I can't stop playing, even with all the flaws.
2862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Great Vampires: Bloodlines forum on: November 23, 2004, 12:24:45 AM
I would hope/think so since it can be in HL2, but it is an earlier version so I don't know for sure.
2863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime 2 Echoes? on: November 22, 2004, 09:26:07 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
I really loved the first game. Until I got to the Omega Pirate Boss where I had to abandon the game in frustration.  Word that Prime 2 is even harder makes it very unlikely I will play it.


Well I at least made it to the last boss! smile

I wonder how far I will get in MP2
2864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime 2 Echoes? on: November 22, 2004, 05:12:50 PM
Well more impressions anyone?  I am interested in this game but many of the reviews have pointed out that it is hard - much harder than the first game.  I have to admit I don't really care for really hard games, I simply have to much to play to get hung up on one fustrating game.

Anyway, how are people finding the difficulty?
2865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines Impressions on: November 22, 2004, 04:58:29 PM
Quote from: "Sepiche"
I think I may play through again next as a Nosferatu.  I was never too interested in them, but after seeing the game I think it'd be an interesting switch to have to sneak around the whole game.


I thought about this for awhile but ultimately I couldn't do it -becuse (1) of the loads for going in the sewers.  As a Nosferatu you would constantly be seeing the silly load screens.  (2) sneaking is so slow.  You know you want to walk down the street, but it takes twice as long as it would a normal chracter because sneaking is slowwwww.
2866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What Vampire really needs! (besides patched) on: November 22, 2004, 03:24:29 PM
More stuff!!!! I have ransacked tons of hotel rooms, offices, etc. and found squat.

I have the wopping choice of two outfits, 3 different melee weapons (4 if you cound a severed arm), and 3 fire arms!  

This is a freaking RPG!!   There should be more crap than I could ever use.

Different outfits - even if they have the same AC - allow me to customize my character.  At the end of Vampire I expect that the Venture women will look exactly the same because that is the best armor.  They will all use the same weapon, etc.  

The story is good, the voice acting is very good, the world is cool but without more stuff it feels dull.  There is little incentive to dig around in rooms without people or go exploring.
2867  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Wanted - Tales of Symphonia on: November 22, 2004, 03:12:27 PM
Anyone have this to trade/sell?  I want to pick it up but I figured I would check here first to see if anyone has it before checking the stores for a used copy.

Thanks,
2868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I just played a Nintendo DS on: November 21, 2004, 05:09:39 AM
I played it for a few minutes at Best Buy.  Wow I hated it.  I can't imagine a more useless handheld.  

While playing Metroid Prime the lower screen was really, really helpful by showing me a map...wow I couldn't possibly get that without two screens!

It serves no purpose.
2869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Great Vampires: Bloodlines forum on: November 20, 2004, 03:40:14 PM
Quote from: "Fellow"
Is there a command for enabling the histories into the game too?



I remember a thread about it on the forum I linked too.  I can't remember the specifics.  Sorry.  But it is there
2870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / STEAM stole my money!! >:( on: November 19, 2004, 08:12:13 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote
As a senior store manager I know how important it is to make the customer happy. If I was you I would take the game along with the the proof of purchase and raise hell in the store demanding your money back or a new game.
Ask for the DM # along with the corprate number.
most managers know when it goes that far the customer will come out on top and they the manager will be looked down upon.
you may receive up $25 in gift card or the above a new copy of the game and a free strat guide.
Dont take this sitting down.


And there is the best advice.  Take it to the DM, just know that you'll be dealing with some corporate shill who hasn't a damned clue about your outrage and will use EB's corporate RMS training to try to calm you down.  Be clear with what you want up front and don't take no for an answer.


Yeah that is the best plan.  


Good luck.
2871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Great Vampires: Bloodlines forum on: November 19, 2004, 07:37:24 PM
I love Consolegold but we are a more general games forum so sometimes I find it good to check games specific sites.  

This forum is just about Bloodlines and I am finding a lot of good thread and somce intellegent conversation.
2872  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My Car Accident - 56K Warning on: November 19, 2004, 07:32:02 PM
I think you should buy a lottery ticket....you really should ride this wave of incredible good luch  biggrin

Wow.  I think 99% of people would assume someone died is just show the pictures of the car.
2873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / STEAM stole my money!! >:( on: November 19, 2004, 01:41:27 PM
[sarcasm on]

As with many anti-piracy methods this is a great opprotunity for you to learn more about how to steal games.  Take this time to visit the seedy underside of the Internet.  I am sure there is a way to play HL2 single player without connecting to Steam

[/sarcasm off]


Unfortunatly this is the kind of thing that pushes ligit customers to piracy.  Why risk a purchase when if your pirated copy doesn't work you are out nothing but time?
2874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 18, 2004, 07:43:39 PM
Quote from: "SpaceLord"


Just because a game doesn't have something, doesn't mean it's inferior. When I play HL2, I don't think "Man, if I could only look around corners." The game isn't designed to need it, and it doesn't suffer because it doesn't use it.


Very true but I do think that such a game shouldn't be call "revolutionary".


HL2 is a great FPS but it doesn't expand the genre in any way.   And in some ways (like those I mentioned) it is actually a step back in the genre.

Another way it is really, really a step back is the linearity.  I am up to the point with the boat and so far it has been virutually impossible to get lost or confused becuase there is only one way to go anywhere.  Sure you can kill things in different ways but there is only one path through each of the levels.  

I find that kind of gameplay alright but again it doesn't make the game "revolutionary"
2875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 18, 2004, 05:22:24 PM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
I think HL 2 is an evolution for the genre.  I know I sure as hell haven't played anything like it before.  It's already in my top 3 favorite games of all time and I just got past the air boat section.  The game is a freaking masterpiece.  I've had so many memorable moments already, and jumped out of my seat a couple times as well, and I'm not even to the creepy part yet.  

The graphics are better than anything else, the gameplay is better tha anything else, the environment is better than anything else, the game is on a whole new level and has raised the bar, again.


I just don't see it.  I like the game and all but I don't see what evolution it has.

Things that most FPS have by now and if HL2 does:

Limited inventory more representaive of real life? - no
Ability of lean around corners? - no  
Abiltity to drive vechicles? - yes
Abiltity to manipulate object? -yes


Really HL2 fails to have what are pretty much standard things in FPS anymore.
2876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime 2 Echoes? on: November 18, 2004, 03:19:15 AM
Quote from: "Torfish"
Metriod Prime is meant to be played slowly.  You get MUCH more out of the game by scanning all the objects and allow yourself to absorb the atmosphere the game creates.  

If you try to hurry through it.  You not only miss all the cool details but you will miss secrets and hidden areas.   Thus, the puzzles will become frustrating and the bosses will be difficult.  You won't have the top-notch powerups from the hidden areas.

I'm a slow gamer in general.  I love detail.  So, the first MP cube game was perfect for me.  And it wasn't difficult.  I will be picking up the second one soon.



I think this is what I liked best about the first one.  I really felt like a bounty hunter alone on a dead world.  When you think about it who would Samus talk to?  She is alone...the game did a great job of making me feel that.
2877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [HL2] Is Gordon psychic? on: November 17, 2004, 05:17:33 PM
I don't think you people are taking my question with the seriousness it deserves.....or maybe you are......


I am going back to watching boxes mysteriously float in front of me.
2878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [HL2] Is Gordon psychic? on: November 17, 2004, 01:34:59 PM
Because when he lifts up bottles he doesn't need to use his hands, but he does use them when holding a gun or a crowbar, etc.
2879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [hl2]New complaint - why do I need the cd in the drive?! on: November 17, 2004, 01:26:24 PM
Quote from: "disarm"


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...


I have concerns to but think about it for a minute.  Those who bought HL2 via steam don't have to have a cd in and they auto-update, so it should be possible to remove the cd check while keeping the auto update (after all Valve has done so!)

Of course I intend to back up my old .exe before trying anything out. smile
2880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / real simple: How do I play Half-life 2 w/o steam??? on: November 17, 2004, 02:36:59 AM
Quote from: "Turtle"
I just checked my network activity.

I find it a bit insidious how they don't show you how up upstream bandwidth you're using, just the download.  I checked my network status and since I installed steam, there's been a constant upload of data from it.

Just as I'm okay with file sharing and the gathering of anonymous usage info, I'm okay with steam.  However, I'd really like the option to adjust my upstream data rate as my upstream is really limited.  A few kilbytes a second loss can drop my bandwidth to a trickle.


No, you don't and don't let them hear that.....

They modeled City 17 after Gabe's idea of a true internet distribution.
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