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1481  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who is hotter: the one on the left or the one on the right? on: August 24, 2005, 05:51:15 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
I just don't find Asian chicks attractive.  Does that make me racist?


I don't find them more or less attractive than chicks of other backgrounds. I'd say that makes you normal.
1482  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Martial Artist List] Declare your style and rank on: August 24, 2005, 01:39:49 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Aikijutsu and Kenjutsu.  I forgot the rank, it was a long time ago; it wasnt Godan (black belt), however.  Which was unfortunate, because then I would have been able to wear the hakama.


Hi there. Do you remember what specific kenjutsu it was? Or was it Aiki-ken, the sword portion of the Aikido curriculum?  And just a little correction - Godan is 5th degree black belt. Go = 5. Shodan equates to black belt.
1483  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Martial Artist List] Declare your style and rank on: August 23, 2005, 09:25:58 PM
If you're looking for atarashii naginata, as in, part of the US Naginata Federation, there's an instructor in Scottsdale, AZ. Head to "naginata.org" and click on "USNF" then "SCNF".  Its in the list of dojos on the SCNF webpage.

If you're looking for koryu, or old school naginata then Tendo Ryu naginata is your best bet. But that's in Northern California. See the same naginata.org webpage for Tendo Ryu. I don't know if Tanaka Sensei lets you learn the koryu without taking up atarashii naginata as well, though.
1484  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Martial Artist List] Declare your style and rank on: August 23, 2005, 04:14:26 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
True that Raydude.  Ever seen this site? : http://www.bullshido.net/
Funny stuff.

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atarashii naginata - 2 dan

My wife wants to learn the Naginata.  Hard weapon to wield from what I'm told...


Yeah, that site is good for laughs. As for the naginata, it really is all about the basics. Basics form the foundation for everything else, from the striking to putting on the armor and sparring. That said, she probably will have an easier time learning and practicing because all the power is derived from hip movements.

One naginata "A-HA" moment is when a senior student was telling me to focus on my footwork and let the hips provide the power. Up until then I was all tense and using mostly armwork to power the strike. Which meant I'd get tired after continuously swinging the thing for like 15 minutes. After I focused on the footwork and hips I felt like I could swing it all day and never get tired. Which was a big bonus for when I put on the armor and sparred - cause then I was able to keep up my attacks and blocks longer.
1485  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Martial Artist List] Declare your style and rank on: August 23, 2005, 03:58:29 PM
Hey, sorry I'm late to the party. I haven't been checking this site in a while.

atarashii naginata - 2 dan
shindo muso ryu jodo - unranked.

weapons: beginner.

I would echo Boudreaux's notes about making sure you're getting legitamate kenjutsu instruction. Its one thing if the instructor says "yeah, its something I made up from a bunch of martial arts I took". At least he's honest.

Its totally another if he says its a 300 year old style taught to the samurai and handed down through teachers to him. Then you should definitely call him on it. I would ask him for his teacher's name and his teacher's teacher's name. Most frauds don't make up something beyond their teacher's name while all legitamate instructors should be able to rattle off at least 3 levels of lineage from them to their teacher's teacher's teacher.
1486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A watershed moment for PC Gamers on: May 23, 2005, 03:45:53 PM
Quote from: "Canuck"
Hopefully with all these USB ports we'll get the option to finally use a mouse or keyboard.  I would love it if the PS3 came with some kind of simple webbrowser interface.  I love the fact that I don't have to upgrade and I love the fact that as the years go on console games keep getting better and better looking even though you're still using the exact same hardware.  That NEVER happens with the PC.  If you want your games to get better looking with the PC then you have to upgrade.
Honestly if I could just use my console to browse the web then my last computer would be my last computer.


Wait, isn't going from an xbox to xbox360 considered "upgrading" ?
1487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Games with Leadership/Cooperative AI? on: February 01, 2005, 03:09:28 PM
Highway to the Reich by Matrix games is a real-time strategy game. Yes, its more properly defined as a wargame BUT it progresses in real-time and it has strategy, hence I think it qualifies as an RTS.

Highway to the Reich is a game where you command divisions, regiments, or companies for either the Allies or the Axis in WW2 Operation Market-Garden.

Each level of headquarters features leadership AI and will be able to interpret your orders and give orders to their subordinates.

For example, you can order the division HQ to take a certain town. It will then formulate orders to tell the regimental HQ's where to go and they in turn formulate orders to their companies.  If you like you could give orders to the regiments directly, or even give orders to the companies directly. Doing so however means they will be under your direct command, so their parent HQ will not be able to offer them support, such as calling artillery fire for them if they come under attack.

That's the other thing, the HQ's will utilitize artillery units under their command to either support an attack or use in defense.

The level of AI leadership is pretty amazing for this kind of game. I know I'm impressed with it.
1488  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire on: January 07, 2005, 01:43:58 PM
Quote from: "Purge"

In this case, JE is already pre-ordered for me. I'm not going to wait for the PC version; frankly I prefer playing on a 51" screen with fully realized Dolby 5.1. <shrug> each to their own, I guess.


Very much in agreement. Which is why I won't be playing it on my 19" TV.
1489  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I've found my Harpoon replacement.... on: December 30, 2004, 02:59:42 PM
Quote from: "Dreamshadow"
Check out the info http://www.consolegold.com/GameInfo/game/2947.html.  This game looks like it may be able to fill the void that Red Storm Rising and Harpoon left in me when I lost my disks. Add on top of that, it looks like it may be a good multiplayer game to boot.  Thought I don't quite know if six people would want to share control of one Frigate.  Might make some stations boring in terms of gameplay.

And would you believe it....I wasn't paying attention and posted this to the wrong forum.  Can a mod fix it for RTG please?


Perhaps not have all in one frigate but I can see having 1 platform per person. There is an AAR here: http://www.subsim.com/ssr/dangerous_waters/dangwater_mp_preview112404.htm

that shows off how cool the multiplayer can get.  Although I can see having 2 ppl in a frigate - one to man the frigate on-board sonar and weapons and the other to handle the helo and its sonar systems.
1490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How Much Would You Pay...? on: December 23, 2004, 01:32:57 PM
I wouldn't want to do it. If the only thing it erased was my memory of playing a favorite game then it would go something like this:

"Yes, I'd like you to erase the memory of me playing Planetfall. That was a great game and I'd like to enjoy it again!"

Several hours later. "Hey, what's this planetfall icon on my computer? Lets try it out."

"HOLY CRAP! Its all text! OMG! Who the hell plays this!??! Who's the joker that put this on my computer?!"

No thanks. I'd rather keep the memories in their current blissful hazy state smile.
1491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA actively seeking to corner the entire sports gaming marke on: December 16, 2004, 06:36:07 PM
Quote from: "jpinard"
Well some of us do care a lot.  Some of us have the time, and some of us love football.  Just because you don't doesn't mean you've got to be an asshole and tell us this situation is irrelevant.

If it's not important enough for you to care about, why'd you even read this thread and respond?

Sorry, but I am passionate about what I spend my time doing.  and I'll, bedamned if someone is going to tell me my passion is NOT important.


The way I see it, since I can't see your face and you can't see mine we can only judge the tone of the argument by words on a screen.

So let's see:

"Really though, it's NOT that important enough to care about. " <-- me
" Just because you don't doesn't mean you've got to be an asshole and tell us this situation is irrelevant." <-- you

Somehow I think you're the one being an asshole by getting all high and mighty on what seemed to be a mild post.  So you're passionate about games. Fine. Just because you are doesn't mean you have the right to call names on people who aren't as "passionate" as you.

And frankly:

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Maybe we should change the capitalist system because there's too many uninformed people out there who don't care enough about what's wrong...


Is not merely passionate, its arrogant. It is arrogant because you assume you know better than many people about a game that many will like as-is. And because you know better you will force your enlightened knowledge of what a good game is down their throats.

No thank you. I prefer my capitalist system the way it is. With my wallet and my brain deciding what games to choose. Not some passionate arrogant person who is quick to take offense at a mild post.
1492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA actively seeking to corner the entire sports gaming marke on: December 16, 2004, 05:17:22 PM
Really though, it's NOT that important enough to care about. So big deal, NFL sports games *MIGHT* suck for a while. The gaming business goes in cycles, so wait until the next cycle when EA crumbles and buy the games then.

Until then I'm pretty sure everyone on this board has a backlog of games or anticipates games other than NFL sports titles.
1493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA actively seeking to corner the entire sports gaming marke on: December 16, 2004, 02:24:20 PM
Wouldn't it be simpler to just *NOT* buy crappy EA sports games?

I mean, who is being hurt here?

The unsuspecting consumer?
Caveat Emptor I say. If Joe Blow can't be bothered to do research and read reviews then he deserves to blow $50 on a bad football game.  If EA is the only game in town then send a message by NOT BUYING THE BAD GAME!

The hardcore gamer?
Is there a hardcore gamer who honestly cannot find another genre to play in his backlog? Maybe this will finally get us to dig into that stack of unplayed games.

The developer?
Anybody who was hoping to wow the world with football AI can take his AI skillz and use them to beef up FPS, RTS, or TBS AI. All types of games can benefit from an AI whiz kid, not just football.  Ditto for graphics programmers, music, etc.

Think about it. EA paid a pretty penny to get exclusive licensing. That money has to be made up in profit from selling games. If the games don't sell well, then the licensing becomes a liability. The key point is:

BAD GAMES MUST NOT BE BOUGHT!

So think about that next time EA puts out a sports game. Spread the word. Tell your friends: IF THE GAME DOESN'T FIT, DROP IT AND QUIT.

It'll fix the situation better than a petition.
1494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LotR: Battle for Middle Earth - First Impressions on: December 08, 2004, 01:49:34 PM
I dunno about this game.
It's kinda sad that the #1 and #2 selling points about it are:

1. Graphics look good
2. Cinematics look good.

I guess I'll never ever read "Gameplay AI and interface are just as good as Total Annihilation. Perhaps even better!"
1495  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Valve/Steam is stupid on: December 07, 2004, 02:17:26 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
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.


Not if the "profit" has to be turned over to Vivendi due to previous contractual obligations. Please think about this. Vivendi bought Sierra. Sierra published HL. Therefore Vivendi may have claims to HL.

Vivendi and Valve are involved in lawsuits regarding royalties owned and the Steam distribution method.

Given that these are the facts, do you think they *MIGHT* be impacting what you see as a no-brainer business decision? (hint, the answer is yes).
1496  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Filthy Horde Invading Elven lands....(Pictures) on: December 06, 2004, 04:37:42 PM
Quote from: "none"
 gorkha, my level 15 orc hunter was out hunting with kukri, his raptor pet.  


I commend you on your inventive character and pet names. Gorkha I take it is from the Ghurka troops (from Nepal) and Kukri from their hunting knives. Also known as Ghurka knives.

Good show! smile

Ray
1497  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Are you interested in an official CG WoW Guild? on: November 23, 2004, 04:47:14 PM
"Official" vs. "Unofficial" its all just a name. Why not just point them to the "Unofficial" one since the logistics and framework for it already exist?
1498  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [HL2] Is Gordon psychic? on: November 17, 2004, 07:51:30 PM
Well,

No one questions why HomeStarRunner (www.homestarrunner.com) doesn't have arms and hands and can mysteriously lift and carry stuff smile
1499  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MoH: Pacifice Assault - directors editioni on: November 01, 2004, 07:56:25 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
Just watched the trailer for this and I couldn't help but think - I don't want this!  I don't want to hear about how it really was.  I want to play a game.  I want to believe that a solider can get shot 50 times - drink a canteen and be fine.  What next, real recovery time in the hospital?


I think its great that you don't want this. That means you're different from me, and that makes the world go round smile.

However, I may be detecting a hint of "why aren't all FPS games the way I like them?" To which I reply, that's because we're all different.

Someone may not like playing a cop, so therefore won't like SWAT 4.  Someone may not like an FPS where you have to hit "W,W,W,W" to get regen healing so therefore won't like UT2K4.

In closing, it's great that you don't like these features. Even better is the fact that games without these features already exist. However, please accept the fact that I (and other gamers) may like these features and thus would like to play a game with them enabled.
1500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 news - does this actuall make people feel better? on: October 14, 2004, 08:09:34 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"

Of course the first thing we heard was "It will be out Sept. 30th 20031"  So from that standpoint it is an incredibly delayed game!  It has slipped past a "firm" release date by over a year.  


I dunno, but it seems they beat their release date by 18,027 years!  :shock:  Go Valve!  :wink:
1501  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 news - does this actuall make people feel better? on: October 13, 2004, 02:26:57 PM
Many times in my career as engineer who happens to write code have I experienced show stoppers. Often right after I give "releaseable" code to a test user.

Often times the said test user finds a couple of show stoppers. Does this make me a bad programmer?  I like to think not, and I challenge other coders to provide anecdotal experience to the contrary.

Now, the code I have written involves a simple window with simple text commands and/or looking for input files. Imagine how much harder it would be to find bugs in an FPS which includes multiplayer, AI, and all the rest.

And what is the rant about anyway? Is it about the fact that they aren't releasing the code because there are 3 show-stoppers?  Or is this from some pre-conceived managerial notion that they've had enough time to catch all the bugs? I've had managers who thought that way only to be shown the error of their thinking.
1502  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / People Tactics on: October 12, 2004, 10:56:43 PM
Seeing as how it supports up to 8 people, I think we can do group A vs. Group B.  And seeing as how the game is relatively new I see no reason to sort people other than randomly.

That said, I'll be in Group A.

Thanks,
Ray
1503  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / People Tactics on: October 12, 2004, 07:38:11 PM
On a whim I downloaded the game. I'm impressed! The supply and command/control implementation adds to the "wargame" feel without being too complex.

And I guess I'm a sucker for auditory cues, cause I like the boots stomping when moving and the gunfire during the battle sequence. The text output during the battles can also be cut/pasted and used as a basis for some battle descriptions in an AAR.

Count me in. Someone send a turn soon. I'll learn as I go smile
1504  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Non-gamers don't get gamers. on: October 12, 2004, 05:37:20 PM
Once, while my wife and I were dating, I managed to get as far as getting her to play Diablo co-op with me. Unfortunately I only had one disk, so she had to play a spawned copy, which meant she and I were both fighters.

So first thing she does when we're in town is go up to the barmaid.

Guin :  Hey baby, can I have a drink?
Me    : Um, what are you doing?
Guin : Isn't this what you guys do? Look at her boobs!
Me    : Um, let's just go to the dungeon and fight some monsters
Guin  : Okay!

(sometime later, in the dungeon)

*Guin stands outside a door while monters are hitting her*

Me   : Honey, move away from the door so I can fight some.
Guin : Okay (still stands there)
Me   : Honey, you have to move away from the door. I can't fight them while you're blocking.
Guin : Oh, THAT'S ME! Sorry.

*Still later, while fighting*

Guin: Did you just hit me with an arrow?
Me   : Sorry, you stepped in front of the monster!
Guin : Did you just hit me again?
Me   : Sorry.
*Guin picks up all the loot*
Me  : Hey wait, what about me?
Guin : What about you?! You shot me!

And that was the closest I came to getting her to play with me smile.
1505  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 09, 2004, 01:20:41 AM
Oh, so THIS is where everyone went!

Well, at least I don't have to be the 29th raydude signing in. I can just be raydude smile.
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