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2801  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Half-Life 2 Midnight Sale/X800 xt Platinum Giveaway... on: November 11, 2004, 07:00:16 AM
Hey Sloan, can you call up the clueless idiots at the Houston MicroCenter and tell them to get with the program?  Pretty please?
2802  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / HALO 2 CLAN on: November 11, 2004, 05:57:07 AM

we could specialize in CTF and call ourselves the 'Golden Retrievers'
2803  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / HALO 2 CLAN on: November 11, 2004, 05:53:01 AM
How about 'Fool's Gold'  unibrow  unibrow
2804  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Anybody for Halo2? on: November 11, 2004, 04:17:32 AM
It's 10:15 this fine tuesday night, and a few of us are trying out Halo2 mp for the first time- care to join us?

and GrahamGB

C'mon!  biggrin  biggrin  biggrin
2805  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / slow forum on: November 08, 2004, 01:05:50 AM
I've actually notice a general sluggishness with various sites- this one included.  I don't think it's isolated.
2806  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Incredibles is... well incredible! Duh! on: November 06, 2004, 11:06:30 PM
My 6 yr old declared it his favorite movie today.  I asked him to rate it on a scale of 1 to 10 and without hesitation he declared it to be a one hundred!

Mind you, this morning he also refused to go outside and play because they were showing Godzilla vs Space Godzilla on Encore....

My wife claims I am brainwashing him, but I am convinced it's genetic  :twisted:
2807  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Incredibles is... well incredible! Duh! on: November 06, 2004, 03:53:24 AM

Took my wife and son to it this evening- WE LOVED IT!!!!!!

Easily in my top 10 of all time- yes, it was that good!

Oh, a little bit of trivia for you guys- Edna Mode, the costumer?  None other than Brad Bird, the director/ writer himself  unibrow
2808  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LOTR: Third Age Review!! on: November 05, 2004, 04:00:47 AM
:shock:  Dooood....!  :shock:
2809  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars Episode 3 Trailer - November 4th! on: November 05, 2004, 02:38:38 AM
Try this guys:
2810  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bah a Pox on you AT&T on: October 27, 2004, 10:57:09 PM
T-Mobile used to cut me off for not paying my bill

....before they even sent me one....

AT&T has been smooth sailing for the last year for me.  they all suck, really...
2811  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GC] X-Men Legends and other GameCube Questions on: October 27, 2004, 10:03:44 PM
I have a review of X-Men Legends for the GC that I'm finishing up now.  I thought it was pretty good but the control scheme was a bit frustrating.  Look for the review in the coming days.
2812  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Looking for a GBA game recommendation on: October 27, 2004, 06:36:08 AM
Quote from: "depward"
Superstar Saga.  A great RPG if you're into the whole Mario-Luigi thing.

I second that.  who knew it would be so addicting? WHO KNEW?!?!
2813  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thinking of buying an Apple computer on: October 27, 2004, 12:53:49 AM
Quote from: "Montag"
Foolish mortals!  You would have been better off playing with Linux.  It would have been cheaper and there is all the open source software out there.   :twisted:

What, and be forced to use Gimp?  I think not!

Linux is about as far on the other end of the spectrum of user-friendliness as it gets puke

Next time I want to build a mail server, I'll get back to you...
2814  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thinking of buying an Apple computer on: October 27, 2004, 12:10:42 AM
Actually, the model I got comes with 512.  That should tide me over for a little while at least
2815  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thinking of buying an Apple computer on: October 26, 2004, 08:29:06 PM
Well, I just placed my order:

Got it through my brother's employee discount (he's tech support) and a special promotion they are giving them.  Naturally, I got the high-end 15 incher biggrin

man, I have NEVER made that big of a purchase online.... :shock:
2816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First CG PC Review! - Kohan II on: October 25, 2004, 10:43:03 PM
Yes, and very soon.  We have a few surprises for you guys in the works!
2817  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Music] Jem! on: October 24, 2004, 01:56:43 AM
but is she truly outrageous?

seriously, I'm flashing back to a bad 80's cartoon my sister used to watch....
2818  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Friday...The Home Stretch on: October 22, 2004, 04:39:59 PM
Quote from: "So, whats in the package of goodies?  Can you share?  On my plate tonight I got Fable and Second Sight.  I can't wait to get into second sight, I think it is really going to keep me interested.[/quote

Let's just say that we all will be doing a LOT of writing in the coming weeks.
2819  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Farscape - it's coming! on: October 16, 2004, 02:56:01 PM
ok, you guys are gonna think I'm crazy, but see, they've been airing the series 7 episodes at a time  in order from the beginning since the first of the month, and I just got this nifty DVR from my cable company.  I've been recording them on my dvr, and then transfering the episodes to dvd through a dvd recorder I borrowed from work.  been getting about 5-6 episodes per disc, admittedly at a lower quality (slightly above VHS), but I have the whole series now!

2820  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thanks admins ! Board Style: BlackGold! on: October 14, 2004, 08:50:05 PM
I have another default theme in the works.  there will probably be a few of them when all is said and done.
2821  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fantastic Four movie cast pics with Jessica Alba on: October 14, 2004, 08:14:13 PM
Quote from: "Sith Lord"
Chiklis is the Thing?? That rocks!

2822  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My son is 6 today! here's what we got him.... on: October 14, 2004, 07:31:19 PM
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"
Quote from: "JSHAW"
Those MicroMan figures look very similar to the MICRONAUT's of the late 1970's.

I know there was a GG'er who was a big collector of Micronaut toys...he has a website with the pic's...pretty cool old school toys.

That would be me. And yes I have those figures above as well. They even have a MicroMan scalled batman which is cool.

Here is pics of my collection from about 4 years ago.

Damn.  that's sweet!  I'll have to show your site to Griffin when I get home today, he loves the old-school stuff.
2823  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My son is 6 today! here's what we got him.... on: October 14, 2004, 07:30:22 PM
Would you believe....WalMart?

I was looking for a good SpongeBob poster, which they were out of, and found that.  it was a no-brainer.
2824  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My son is 6 today! here's what we got him.... on: October 14, 2004, 06:42:42 PM
Quote from: "JSHAW"
Those MicroMan figures look very similar to the MICRONAUT's of the late 1970's.

I know there was a GG'er who was a big collector of Micronaut toys...he has a website with the pic's...pretty cool old school toys.

In Japan they were called MicroMen originally.  I used to have Biotron but that's it- they were insanely hard to find and my parents just didn't get it.

You know what's really cool?  Takara has a Godzilla line of Micromen coming out in December.  Not exactly sure how they're going to work that, but you better believe I'm going to be anxiously awaiting pics.
2825  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My son is 6 today! here's what we got him.... on: October 14, 2004, 06:13:27 PM
Man, this doesn't even scratch the surface of what he's going to have by saturday.  My wife's family not only likes to give a lot of gifts, they like to give you exactly what you want.

I always pick out the odd/ hard to find/ imported japanese stuff that he digs and no other kid in the world has even heard of (hence the microman figures- which he actually asked for btw)  He's just lucky he's got a game/toy geek dad who- doesn't buy for himself yet lives vicariously through him. Heck, we actually spent LESS on him this year than the last few.  He doesn't actually get too much throughout the year either- the occasional action figure or movie, but we usually save it up for the b-day and xmas.

We are throwing a party for him saturday as well.  the SpongeBob Moonwalk will be arriving by mid-morning....
2826  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My son is 6 today! here's what we got him.... on: October 14, 2004, 06:02:55 PM
Man, I wish I had me as a dad when I was a kid- I NEVER got stuff this cool:

Shockblast Transformer

Microman MasterForce (yes, all 4 of them)

first Spiderwick Chronicles book

a dragon poster


and finally, tomorrow night after I get paid, we are going to a local comic shop and let him pick out something (he wants some Godzilla toys)

2827  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P]KERRY/EDWARDS ELECTION DIRECTIVE on: October 14, 2004, 03:17:44 PM
I was always under the impression that Drudge's track record was pretty good.  Sure, he doesn't get it right all the time, but  who does (cough, CBS)?
2828  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Getting them hooked young on: October 14, 2004, 02:15:13 AM
Say hello to my 1.5 yr old, Oriana Skye:

She also kicked my son's ass at Godzilla:Destroy all monsters melee on the GC the other week, and I mean just decimated him. :shock:
2829  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First CG PC Review! - Kohan II on: October 13, 2004, 09:01:21 PM
Uh, we haven't figured out how to do that with this board yet smirk

By the time we do, chances are the PC reviews will be integrated into the rest of the site.
2830  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Any other Godzilla fans here? on: October 13, 2004, 08:48:30 PM
Not sure when it's coming out, but I read that there was going to be a simultaneous release in Japan and the US
2831  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Any other Godzilla fans here? on: October 13, 2004, 08:39:52 PM
btw, have you heard of Godzilla: Final Wars?  It's like a modern Destroy All Monsters.  Something like 25 monsters are supposed to appear in it.  Godzilla even takes down the American Godzilla.  I can only imagine how satisfying watching that will be....
2832  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Any other Godzilla fans here? on: October 13, 2004, 08:37:58 PM
YESS!!!! Godzilla, Gamera, you name it.

My son is too!  (I swear, this is the last time I post this)

He has requested Godzilla on his birthday cake this year
2833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / No Kohan II posts? on: October 13, 2004, 08:24:19 PM
didja see my review stickied to the topof the page?
2834  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / R&P Decision on: October 13, 2004, 05:49:36 PM
yeah, but not as much as I played Black Knight, due to availability more than anything.

Black Knight was AWESOME.
2835  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / R&P Decision on: October 13, 2004, 04:52:49 PM
The Classic :

2836  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / The Propriety of Advertising Pimps Lord on: October 13, 2004, 04:03:40 PM
I'm still trying to figure out why he didn't call it PimpLords....

Personally, I went through a moral check when I evaluated working on his site.  I eventually came to the decision that it was actually much tamer than many of the popular games out there such as GTA:Vice City, Manhunt, etc.  I guarantee that if those companies were seeking to put ads on our site we would in a heartbeat.

I'm just glad it isn't furry porn   drool
2837  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Day 4 without Pepsi... on: October 13, 2004, 03:39:25 PM
You could have picked a better week.... unibrow  smoke  paranoid
2838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First CG PC Review! - Kohan II on: October 13, 2004, 05:22:32 AM
This review was actually in the works before the forced migration.  I hope you all enjoy it, it's a sign of things to come!

There is one matter I would like to unburden myself of, and that is the fact that I actually used to work for TimeGate at the time the original Kohan came out.  At first I was uncertain that I should write the review, but in the end I felt that I could give it a fair shake.  I hope you agree.

I am still friends with the artists there (hence the shout out  unibrow ), and I'd pimp their individual websites if they all had one.  As it is, you can check out some more work of Tom Woods at  It's good stuff!

edit: I almost forgot- thanks to everybody who submitted screenshots for me.  Feel free to post any additional screenshots or even links to game films here.

edit again:  Zach Forcher's site can be found here: [url][/img]
2839  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First CG PC Review! - Kohan II on: October 13, 2004, 05:14:17 AM
Kohan II: Kings of War

When Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns came out in 2001, it brought with it a breath of fresh air to a stagnant RTS genre.  With its emphasis on strategy over micromanagement, it pretty much spoiled all other RTS games for me. Now, the long awaited Kohan II: Kings of War is finally out and Khaldunites everywhere are wondering how it stacks up to the originals. Two generations of men have passed since Darius Javidan awoke and led his people in the fight against the Shadow, since the Dark Saadya Ahriman was defeated, and his Ceyah forces broken and scattered to the four corners of the world. Little do the inhabitants of Khaldun realize that a greater evil is stirring...

screenshot 1

Graphics - 88/100
At first K2’s graphics looked like a pretty good mix of Age of Mythology and Warcraft 3, but after a little gametime I realized that this assumption just didn’t do the graphics justice.  The environment in K2 is actually surprisingly immersive.  Little touches like the shadows of clouds floating overhead and a herd of native beasties cruising on the periphery of the fog of war really make the land of Khaldun a living world.  Unit models are much more distinct than in Immortal Sovereigns and the animations are very polished.  Spell effects are downright magnificent.  Kudos go out to Zach Forcher, Ricky Pina, Tom Woods, Phillip Morales, Jessie Rolan and the rest of the TimeGate art team for giving us plenty of reasons to not mind the necessary low poly count of the models.

Sound/Music - 80/100
While many of the sound effects are carry-overs from the last game (definitely lends some of the old-school Kohan flavor), an area of vast improvement over the original lies in the voice-acting and soundtrack.  Sure, a few of the actors ham it up a bit, but overall it’s pretty good quality.  The orchestral soundtrack provides a nice aural backdrop that nicely enhances the fantasy aspect of the game.

screenshot 2

Controls - 88/100
As a web designer and usability nut, I’m really pleased with the controls and interface of the game.  The UI is a little bit larger than I would like – covering roughly a third of the screen- however, it is very streamlined and intuitive, with multiple ways to accomplish the same tasks depending on your playing style.  I particularly like the way the Kohan and regiment interfaces are now perpetually on the screen in the top left corner.

Gameplay - 180/200
Can I just mention how nice it is to not have to worry about whether Johnny Peon is harvesting enough berries?  K2, like it’s predecessor, exchanges excessive micromanagement with –gasp!- strategy.  Economy is once again very hands-off, and cities have been expanded to include actual buildings within your city walls.  I was concerned about settlement spots being fixed in place rather than strategically placed by settler companies, but was delighted to find an autoplacement toggle in the map set-up screen. Kings of War uses the company system again, adding two flanking slots and a wider range of units.  I find that this system makes me value my units a bit more, and the company limit which is influenced by the amount and size of your cities requires you to choose your company structure wisely.
The 25 mission single player is moderately enjoyable.  The plot is definitely more compelling than K:IS was, switching perspectives among the 6 races and 5 factions every few missions, and focusing on the disenfranchised Ceyah and their transformation into the Fallen.  It serves as a nice primer to the various unit types and game elements.  For the most part, The missions weren’t too difficult, and I started to wonder where the famously difficult Kohan AI had gotten off to.  After roughly 2/3 into the campaign, I caught my first glimpse in the form of a Fallen Kohan who thought it was neat to teleport out of battle a mere sword stroke away from death. After two and a half hours of touch-and-go, it was very satisfying to finally hear the piercing shriek accompanied by his demise.
Even so, the campaign may as well be a long tutorial compared to the majesty of the multiplayer and vs. AI skirmish modes.  The several AIs to choose from are just plain nasty .  The only time I have been able to beat one so far was in an unfair 2 humans vs. AI  match the other night.  Multiplayer is just as fun and addictive as it was on the first Kohan games, and is sure to engage veterans of the previous games as well as first-time players.  If you find yourself online, keep your eyes peeled for members of the dev team, as they have been known in the past to get addicted to their own game!

screenshot 3

Value / Replay Value - 85/100
While I don’t see myself playing through the single player campaign again, I have no doubt that multiplayer and single player skirmish maps vs. the AI will ensure this game stays on my hard drive for quite some time.  Players can also make their own custom maps and AIs (in a rare move, the manual actually has detailed instructions on how to use these tools), and the ability to watch and save films of previous games can give the devoted player a way to study other’s weaknesses and observe how tactics play out without the fog of war present.  Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns had a fiercely addictive multiplayer, and Kings of War retains much of that same feel.

screenshot 4

Concluding Thoughts
This is a very fun game.  While it doesn’t have the hype and sex appeal of those other two RTS games that just came out, it more than makes up for it with a very solid gaming experience.  RTS fans beware though, once you get spoiled by the leisurely pace of the game, absence of micromanagement, and the emphasis on actual strategy, you may never want to go back!

521 out of 600

2840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GameBoy Advance recommendations for my son on: October 12, 2004, 08:45:36 PM
Thanks guys- a lot of great suggestions here.

as for the Godzilla game, will definitely have to get that:

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