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6761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 is getting close.... on: July 22, 2004, 08:14:42 PM
Sept. 30.

6762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XB Live Content for those of us without Live? on: July 22, 2004, 02:58:03 PM
Reading through the Ninja Gaiden story (and the bug stories about Madden and other sports games) got my blood boiling, and here's my issue: I don't have XB Live, hence I'm effectively screwed if I play a game that's buggy or if I want new content. For example, KOTOR. I think everyone's either experienced or heard about the random bug where you go into debug mode in your ship, as well as heard about the new content (Yavin station) for the PC version. Suppose for a second I didn't have a PC, and couldn't afford Live. Should the companies put out these updates onto CDs/DVDs so the public can obtain them without having to own the XBL service? What would the viability of this be, and would there be enough interest among gamers w/o XBL to justify this? What's everyone's thoughts on this as I'm genuinely curious.
6763  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone Else Playing City of Heroes on: July 22, 2004, 12:01:27 AM
I really want to get into this, but the money right now ain't there. Which blows. frown Maybe once City of Villains hits I'll be able to afford it. smile
6764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The best games you aren't playing: Simpsons Hit & Run on: July 20, 2004, 03:05:18 PM
That last mission was insanely tough. You have to be perfect and know exactly where every shortcut is to get through it at all. I hate missions like that, and it's the only knock I have against an otherwise stellar game. smile
6765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Scary games... on: July 20, 2004, 03:02:48 PM
To all the mockery hurled my way re: SS2, to thee I say: "BAH!"

"System Shock 2" was not, to me, either scary or worthwhile. Sadly, I'm having to knock "Far Cry" too, but there are concessions to that: I'm not playing on the higher difficulty levels, I've not gotten to the Tri Gens, and the game looks like crap on my machine just to run. Were any of these changed, I'd likely sing its hosannahs like everyone else.

System Shock 2, on the other hand, was ass pure and simple. biggrin

"Planescape: Torment" is my favorite game of all time, and the more emotional experience I've ever had in a game. Period. Well, if you can exclude the blinding hatred from playing TMNT. smile

So what do I consider "scary"? The fact that my life is shut down unti lthe wedding next month, for one thing. But for another? I'd say the way a good psychological horror flick like "Ringu" works: It takes you down one path then yanks the rug out from under you without insulting your intelligence (see the possible ending to The Village for an example of a twist ending done badly). The moment early on in "Fatal Frame 2" that was referenced early on was a perfect example of how to relax then freak you out in one breath.

I dislike horror overall because I have a hard time with the setups and the executions. Mainly I have trouble with the typical "ultimate undead killer hunts down only teenagers" crap that we were all raised on in the 70's and 80's, with the exception being the original Halloween. And the killer there was a normal human being, just one that was a bit physically stronger than most. I have less trouble getting into electronic horror though because of the "you are there" intimacy of gaming in your living room, but it still needs to grab me by the heart and mind both. The first Silent Hill was a freakish game, but it scared the ever loving crap out of my roommate. When the nurse starts bleeding out and runs after the hero, my roommate and I just about went through the roof. Great moment, that.
6766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Scary games... on: July 19, 2004, 07:10:40 PM
Why is it that everyone who brings up "The Scary Game"(tm) mentions "System Shock 2"? For the record, the game was truly scary in just how damn boring it was. The revelation of SHODAN being the lone exception to that sentiment. There was nothing there, just a bunch of data pads that lent nothing to the game, and at the end of it you have everything yanked out from under you. That's spelled S-T-U-P-I-D. biggrin

Undying was way scarier, until the ending boss monster which was just dumb. Here's hoping "Call of Cthulu" is just as scary as the demos and screens we've all seen. What I saw at E3 last year freaked me out with its potential, so I've got my fingers crossed.
6767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Scary games... on: July 19, 2004, 06:45:21 PM
My Review of it clearly stated that I was nine kinds of freaked out by this one. It's a strong horror game, in that it's not excessively gory (see The Suffering) and instead works to mess with your head. That's the best kind of horror game, IMO.
6768  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Zombie greatness cometh on: July 19, 2004, 06:42:44 PM
Raptorman is hands-down some of the best and most compelling storytelling I've read in a while. Imagine "I Am Legend" told from journal accounts, and involving a growing (and shrinking) cast of characters stuck in the middle of BFE, Texas. I've loved every second of it, and though it's currently ended, the way the writer works is he's writing it all out as it happens. So he might skip a few days between journal entries. This is brilliant, fascinating stuff, guys. Absolutely something I could not stop reading. Not extremely gory either, which is usually a turn-off for me.
6769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy... on: July 19, 2004, 06:39:16 PM
I can translate l337 sp34K, thus I can translate anything. smile
6770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOOOOOM 3 Gold! on: July 15, 2004, 06:09:33 PM
The choke point for me is on my 64MB Geforce 3, but if Stiffler is still up for the trade we discussed a ways back, I might be upgrading that a wee bit soon. smile My 1GB DDR RAM and 2GHz Athlon should be sufficient, but it's that damn graphics card. man, I wish I had the $$ to get a 256MB brand new beauty. frown
6771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Other computer game forums? on: July 15, 2004, 06:03:03 PM
What, no links to Battlecruiser Forums? :twisted:
6772  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Manhole on: July 15, 2004, 06:02:19 PM
So how's the view from Left Field, KD? Is it breezy out there? Need some Off?
6773  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD's here and overseas on: July 15, 2004, 05:59:49 PM
If Manimal were to hit DVD in R4 only, then talk to me. smile

Actually I think Home Theater Forum and The Digital Bits (the two best DVD sources online, IMO) have talked about this and I think the consensus is they don't get it either. For example, Japan recently got some of the most killer packaging ever for the Alien saga - the case was literally an Alien head with a clear skull so you can see all the discs inside. There's also the R2-only Borg cube for the Star Trek series which was also gorgeous. smile

Why the bloody hell we don't get the cool packaging is beyond me. and don't point to the foamy Evil Dead SE packaging - that doesn't count at all.
6774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bethesda Softworks to publish Fallout 3!!! on: July 12, 2004, 09:14:01 PM
Well, the flip-side to it is that Bethesda isn't exactly swimming in a sea of red ink and bottom lines, so they can take their time and get it right. From what I recall from GG, kathode who posts over there was a huge Fallout fan and he's one of the Bethesda guys. I can see these guys really fleshing out the world, and the thought of Fallout in the Morrowind engine (or something better than that) makes me just all kinds of Warm & Fuzzy(tm). The Fallout universe in that kind of mod-able universe alone should get people excited.
6775  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Worlds of Warcraft - An Introspective on: July 12, 2004, 09:09:06 PM
What makes it so much fun? CoH looks like an absolute blast, which is why I'm interested, but SWG just killed me in the long run. Great concept, horrible execution with the most over-developed interface and grinding system I've ever seen. But I never did play EQ. So what sets WoW so far apart, and I'll admit to not being the biggest WC fan around, that it's worth playing?
6776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bethesda Softworks to publish Fallout 3!!! on: July 12, 2004, 09:00:26 PM
Good night nurse. I think I just got hit with a mega-dose of happy. I have to go read the DNF forums just to cool down again. :twisted:
6777  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spam Spam Spam! on: July 12, 2004, 08:11:05 PM

But I don't like spam!
6778  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Worlds of Warcraft - An Introspective on: July 12, 2004, 08:10:09 PM
/curses impending wedding killing the free time required for CoH and rpg's in general
6779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rent it? Buy it? Wait? on: July 12, 2004, 07:11:01 PM
I'm all for more data, and seldom fall victim to the Forum Effect so prevalent on GG and seeping ever so slowly into CG. smile Right now, the price tag on things has me most concerned so I wait until it either drops, or until everyone is practically foaming at the mouth on how good it is.
6780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Loving the heck out of Spider-Man 2 on: July 12, 2004, 07:09:17 PM
I found the arcade by accident (though I thought it was from an early mission) and you go in and do Spidey moves in the form of an '80's arcade game. You get so far in one, you unlock another. I got to one point that I couldn't beat and went off on something else.
6781  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / King Arthur? on: July 12, 2004, 03:14:43 PM
6782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Loving the heck out of Spider-Man 2 on: July 12, 2004, 03:12:35 PM
Don't get me wrong, I'm still having a lot of fun with it, but there are just a slew of things I'm noticing with it that take away from the polish. Were it more of a "complete" game, then it would be my GOTY candidate right now. I guess the allusion would be the issues some people had with KOTOR on Xbox last year and why it was undeserving of all of the GOTY praise it got. Just a thought.

Those buoy tokens are tough buggers to come by though. I've picked up over a dozen of them and those took a while. I've completed the Hint token collecting (some of which are brutally funny), but I've not found any of the Hideout tokens. I guess 'cause they're hidden and all that, right? smile Any thoughts on where to start grabbing those? If they're story-related, bear in mind that Dr. Octavious still hasn't become Doc Ock for me yet.
6783  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spam Spam Spam! on: July 12, 2004, 01:43:11 PM
So long as they have night-vision, HK-equipped seeker-killer units hunting down spammers, I think they might have a chance. slywink Short of that I don't know. I'm just glad I don't have a Hotmail account anymore.
6784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Loving the heck out of Spider-Man 2 on: July 12, 2004, 01:41:37 PM
I'm in Chapter 7 right now (finished the arena maze with the dork on the jetpack last night) and I'm really starting to see the flaws. The controls are good, but the responsiveness to the controls is lacking. I'll swing into the side of a building and just float there, sticking a jump is kinda tough when you catch on the side of a building, and it's amazing how quickly you can swing into a building, go into a wall run, and be heading straight down instead of up. That's to mention the draw rate problems, or other random bugs and glitches that are showing a game that needed at least another couple of weeks of polish. And the less said about the water missions the better. :twisted:

I'm glad I didn't pay full price, and for $20 I'm still having fun despite the dozens of problems. Am I alone in thinking this?
6785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Riddick reminds me of Fallout... on: July 12, 2004, 01:34:57 PM
Very true. Sadly, you can't pimp your cell mates out, but maybe they're saving that for the sequel. slywink

Man, I love "Escape From Butcher Bay." The more I'm playing Spider-Man 2, the more I'm realizing just how much polish is missing from that compared to "Riddick."
6786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 Confirmed for E3 2005 on: July 12, 2004, 01:33:46 PM
Quite true. I'm hoping to God I can make E3 this year. smile This will be the big one, methinks. Plus, we might even get to see more Half-Life 2 again! :twisted:
6787  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What would you do if there were no video games? on: July 11, 2004, 04:56:39 PM
I'd find refuge in porn. :twisted:
6788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 2 Shots on: July 09, 2004, 06:03:01 PM
HK-47 rules all. Plain and simple. Keep him with you at all times and you'll never stop laughing. biggrin

"There's a 10% chance the little creature is lying to you, Master. Would you like me to blast him now?"
6789  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / V! on: July 09, 2004, 06:00:04 PM
Marc Singer you complete me. biggrin

I watched this also as a kid and loved it. I didn't get freaked out by the effects all that much until Diana showed that's she's the queen of deep throat action. slywink

I also second Michael Ironside as being a great character. Just a really bad guy who figured out that aliens were much worse. I love it. smile
6790  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spider-Man 2 Dork discussion - Spoilers about movie on: July 08, 2004, 07:26:24 PM
Actually, you could wind up with Dr. Connors turning into the Lizard at the same time that Kraven has come to town to hunt Spider-Man. Then he winds up hunting them both, while Spider-Man tries to save Connors' life/restore him, while avoiding Kraven. smile
6791  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spider-Man 2 Dork discussion - Spoilers about movie on: July 08, 2004, 03:03:03 PM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
Was that Stan Lee during the first fight who almost got hit by rubble?  It happened so fast I wasn't sure if that was him.

Yup. It was a "blink and you miss him" moment, but that was him. biggrin

Personally, I love the world and villains of the X-Men but I like Spider-Man as a character overall. The villains of Spider-Man just suck when it's not Doc Ock, though. Rhino? WTF is this? "My First Super-Villain", and the best they come up with is someone in Titanium armor that's a little slow in the head? Boy, that's threatening. :roll:
6792  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spider-Man 2 Dork discussion - Spoilers about movie on: July 08, 2004, 01:23:49 AM
The Bruce.

The "Doc Ock wakes up" sequence which had me and my two friends in hysterics laughing, while everyone else was terrified.

The zoom on the chainsaw

"How about Dr. Strange?"
"Nah, it's taken!"

Jonah's regret about Spider-Man and his immediate about-face. biggrin

Quick eyes will spy the Ashmobile

The gag referencing Tobey's recent back troubles

The fact that the movie set-up Spider-Man 3, 4 and 5 in about 5 seconds a piece.

The next to final shot in the movie, which was about as joyous a moment as I've ever seen, and then the final shot of the movie, which said that Mary Jane knows exactly what she's signed up for

Aunt May's speech about heros, which just grabbed me emotionally. Something, I should add, I didn't think possible anymore.

I cannot begin to say how much I loved this movie. biggrin
6793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Loving the heck out of Spider-Man 2 on: July 07, 2004, 08:34:04 PM
To this end, I've enjoyed seeing first-hand New York geography. I know whenever I go there I'm going to want to leap from building to building. smile
6794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia - Please Explain on: July 07, 2004, 08:33:01 PM
Ninja Gaiden could do with far less jumping puzzles, mainly because those are the spawn of SATAN!!!! :evil:

PoP simply pwns NG at every corner in my book, but I still enjoy it. I haven't played it in a while though, which means when I go back to it I'm probably going to have my ass handed to me time and again while I get back up to speed on the moves and such.
6795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Spiderman Sells 2 million on: July 07, 2004, 08:26:32 PM
It's kinda like the n-Gage "selling" so many units, only not half as funny. biggrin
6796  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Resident Evil movie trailer on: July 07, 2004, 06:44:42 PM
Eh. There were parts of the first one that I really dug - the commando invasion of the house for instance - but overall I thought it was stupid. Since this movie deals more with the game plot, I'm more interested in seeing this one. Here's hoping Paul "Weak Sauce" Anderson doesn't hose all over it. smile
6797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia - Please Explain on: July 07, 2004, 06:41:40 PM
The atmosphere is what did it for me. I love the fantasy of Perisa in "Arabian Nights," I love the culture of "Lawrence of Arabia," and I kick myself for missing "Hidalgo" in the theater. For me, "Prince of Persia" just swallowed me up in the glorious atmosphere I've been in for a long time. The music, the dust, the sand, the arcitecture, the great dialogue, the prince's arrogance gradually giving way to respect and devotion. This was some of the most entertaining gaming I've ever done, and I loved every second of it.

Games are supposed to be entertaining, there's no question of that. But we all tend to play titles that appeal to something we're interested in. I can't stand football, hence I never play any of the "Madden" series. Does that make them bad games? Nope, just something I'm not interested in. Personally, PoP was some of the best bang for the buck I've played on the consoles, and the thought of the sequel improving on everything later this year has me drooling. biggrin

If you didn't appreciate it, then don't sweat it. I loved it from the bottom of my heart and that's that. It's similar to "Star Wars: Rebellion." Some got it and loved it (like me), others got it and hated it. Each to their own.
6798  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Anyone got Wild Arms 3 for PS2? on: July 07, 2004, 01:29:00 PM
I was curious about this for a while but I traded it for something else. Now I'm curious again. smile Anyone up for a trade?
6799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Loving the heck out of Spider-Man 2 on: July 07, 2004, 01:55:02 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Hey, you earned it!

Tell me about it. After playing that game for a bit, you start to realize you really are living in Hell.  :twisted:
6800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Loving the heck out of Spider-Man 2 on: July 06, 2004, 11:09:38 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
I traded in four of the worst games I've had the displeasure to review. smile

But you kept all that filthy Spawn money! :twisted:

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