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10041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phil Harrison the next Krazy Ken? [Negative PS3 post] on: February 27, 2007, 12:27:10 PM
I think the PS3 will do just fine as long as Sony doesn't do something crazy like lower the price of a stand-alone blu-ray player for the same price as a PS3.
10042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C3 Demo Today on: February 27, 2007, 04:17:29 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 27, 2007, 03:49:45 AM

Quote from: Calvin on February 27, 2007, 03:41:57 AM

Ron, very grateful for the demo hosting, but from outside DC I am pulling in only around 38 kbs. Thanks!

Sweet Jebus!  Try this for me -

1.) Download downthemall extension for Firefox or some download manager that can pull multiple threads
2.) Pull 5-10 open connections and see what speed you get
3.) Post in here please.

I need to figure out why some folks are getting decent speeds and some are not.

I was getting 70kb/s on the first link, the new private link was initially 250kb/s with some 500kb/s bursts, but then after a few minutes it settled down to 60-70kb/s.  I've now started again after installing downthemall, and I'm getting a steady 250-300kb/s.  I'd love to pull 5-10 open connections and see what I get, but I don't know what that means.  All I know is that it'll now be here in a couple hours instead of four, and in any case I'll be content to be able to put in a little time trying the game before work.  Oh wait, is this "add chunk" button what meant by pulling connections?  HOLY SHIT 1MB/s?!  Ok, settling down to 500kb/s now, final resting point bouncing between 300-400kb/s with 10 "chunks" downloading via cable modem to Boston.

I guess it's time to revisit some of those "must have Firefox extensions" threads, I didn't know what I was missing!
10043  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is it worthwhile purchasing a TV that doesn't support 1080p? on: February 27, 2007, 03:37:35 AM
I don't know, for me a $2000 is a long term investment, I'd hold out for 1080p to help the TV stay more viable in the long run.  And with the rate prices are dropping, if you can't find a 50" 1080p you like for $2000 now, you will in the very near future.
10044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Mass Effect] I'm a sucker for books based on games on: February 27, 2007, 02:17:33 AM
Ok, I'll give it a try.  Someone please resurrect this thread come May 1, because there's no way I'm going to remember I wanted to read it.
10045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C3 Demo Today on: February 26, 2007, 11:07:33 PM
Ron, I think your link might be spreading a bit faster than you expected.  I'm getting a lot of broken links on your front page.  I wanted to check out some screenshots, but all the links are giving me:

Quote from: intartubes
Warning: mysql_connect() [function.mysql-connect]: User knight_tigg3rpig has already more than 'max_user_connections' active connections in /home/knight/public_html/Connections/SQL2.php on line 5
User knight_tigg3rpig has already more than 'max_user_connections' active connections

edit: Never mind, working again.
10046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C3 Demo Today on: February 26, 2007, 10:59:23 PM
I'm in Boston getting 70-80kb/s, although a little while ago it was up at 200-250 for a few minutes.  (This is with a Comcast cable modem.)
10047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phil Harrison the next Krazy Ken? [Negative PS3 post] on: February 26, 2007, 10:43:58 PM

Quote from: kathode on February 26, 2007, 10:35:42 PM

Rumble is definitely a last-generation feature.  Just like polygons.

Just cause she's old don't mean she's broke.

Voxels are totally the future.
10048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C3 Demo Today on: February 26, 2007, 09:24:48 PM
Screw it, I'm leaving work early.  Keep that link fast for another hour please! smile
10049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phil Harrison the next Krazy Ken? [Negative PS3 post] on: February 26, 2007, 09:16:07 PM
If it was me, I'd spin it something like this:

"Despite the production complications that inevitably arise when producing a device with so many different leading edge technologies, we've had tremendous success in making sure consumers can buy their Playstation 3 as soon as they're ready to buy one.  Our goal now is to ensure that stores around the country are sufficiently stocked with enough PS3 units to meet the next wave of demand, when the groundbreaking blockbuster titles such as Motorstorm, F1, and Armored Core 4 hit retailers everywhere in the next few weeks."

This would be acceptable and expected BS in my book, sounds good without too much of it coming out your ass.
10050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander Impressions/Availability on: February 26, 2007, 09:07:52 PM
Is there a good one stop shop or a wiki or something for all of the less than obvious commands and functions?  I just recently learned about the diffence between moving your units with a click, a ctrl-click, an alt-click, a ctrl+shift-click...  Is this stuff in the manual (don't have the game yet) or spelled out in the readme or something?
10051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C3 Demo Today on: February 26, 2007, 09:05:30 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 26, 2007, 08:56:33 PM

GameSpot has a video interview up with producer Amer Ajami where he discusses the alien race in the game.  According to him, the aliens get more cash per tiberium shard, can reseed tiberium fields so they never run out, have no hard cap on the amount of money they can earn (Nod and GDI both have to build silos), and construct units which are faster, more versatile, and have shorter build times than the other sides.

Does anyone know what sort of disadvantages might offset all those things to help keep the game balanced?

-Autistic Angel

I'm not sure, but I think their units are generally more fragile than GDI and Nod units, but with the extra cash they're more able to swarm the enemy.
10052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander Impressions/Availability on: February 26, 2007, 08:27:44 PM
Alt-up arrow to cycle through the UI looks.
10053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [WII] WII-KLY UPDATE 02/26/2006 on: February 26, 2007, 08:13:01 PM
The Egg Roll Dynasty?  I must've repressed a lot of video game memories from my youth.
10054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C3 Demo Today on: February 26, 2007, 07:35:08 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on February 26, 2007, 06:53:40 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 26, 2007, 06:52:49 PM

Quote from: Luke on February 26, 2007, 06:43:20 PM

Great!  It's the anti-SupCom.

In so many ways.  I'm actually kind of looking forward to having both these titles at the same time.  SupCom when I'm in the mood for a big long epic battle, C&C3 when I'm in the mood for a quick and dirty up close skirmish.

I definitely agree with that.  It is such a great time to be a RTS gamer this year. 

It's too bad Blizzard isn't releasing a new Starcraft this year, or it'd be like stepping into a time machine.  We already got a new Age of Empires a little over a year ago, so with TA2 and C&C3 we're well on our way to a 1997-98 RTS reunion.
10055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Drops a 7.8 on Crackdown on: February 26, 2007, 07:24:44 PM

Quote from: Louis Cypher on February 26, 2007, 07:01:43 PM

I must not be good because I find it kinda tough on default  crybaby

How far into it are you?  When I started out it was a lot more difficult than it should've been because I hadn't yet realized the importance of taking cover, and the way that your armor recharges if you lay low for a few seconds.  Once I got that concept down, the boss assaults became much more strategic (and doable).
10056  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Top Five Albums on: February 26, 2007, 07:22:59 PM
If greatest hits compilations are fair game, for me the top two are easily:

Changesbowie - David Bowie
Staring at the Sea: The Singles - The Cure

Every single song in those two compilations is a beauty.

At the moment I can't think of any other albums I'd consider a "must" if I were going to be stranded on a desert island. 
10057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Mass Effect] I'm a sucker for books based on games on: February 26, 2007, 06:54:24 PM
So the novel takes place before the game's story?  I'm looking forward to the game so much, I'd love to go an extra mile to deepen the experience, but I don't want to risk having any spoilers on the plot.
10058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C3 Demo Today on: February 26, 2007, 06:52:49 PM

Quote from: Luke on February 26, 2007, 06:43:20 PM

Great!  It's the anti-SupCom.

In so many ways.  I'm actually kind of looking forward to having both these titles at the same time.  SupCom when I'm in the mood for a big long epic battle, C&C3 when I'm in the mood for a quick and dirty up close skirmish.
10059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which 360 game has the most rewarding achivements? on: February 26, 2007, 05:58:51 PM
Crackdown's definitely a good example, but I think I'd give the crown to Dead Rising.
10060  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I think I'm done with the fantasy genre for now on: February 26, 2007, 04:17:08 PM

Quote from: warning on February 26, 2007, 04:01:13 PM

I have the first two of Erikson's books but I didn't want to start them until the series was finished.  I got burned by Wheel of Time and Song of Ice & Fire and just have a hard time getting back into a series with one book every year or two.  The Malazan stuff isn't concluded is it?
No, I'm afraid not.  I believe it's expected to end up at ten novels or so, so I'm definitely wary of it becoming another endless story.  The first five novels are supposed to be fairly well self contained as a story arc, otherwise I'd be holding off on the series until it was finished.

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Gormenghast?  Wow there's one I've heard of but never read.  I think I'll have to check it out.  It's one of those I've been meaning to read along with LeGuin's Earthsea books.
I really can't recommend Gormenghast enough.  I'm actually still in the process of chipping away at it.  The writing is incredible, but I generally have a hard time reading such descriptive novels very quickly.  I have to be in the right mood and have the right setting to be able to really relax and let myself absorb the story.  It's a bit too dense for me to read on the subway.
10061  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I think I'm done with the fantasy genre for now on: February 26, 2007, 03:56:05 PM
I thought I was getting tired of the genre, but I've recently started into the Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen series and am enjoying it very much.  I bought the first book several years ago on a strong recommendation, but I found myself getting too confused after the first 100 pages and putting it aside--again and again.  I must have read those first 100 pages three or four times over the past several years.  Erikson's built a very complex world, and he kind of throws you in expecting you to know all these newly invented races, place names, and Gods.

Last month I finally put my foot down and plowed through the whole book.  Fantastic novel.  It's great to see a fresh take on how magic works that's more than just incantations and scrolls.

But besides that, I highly highly recommend the Gormenghast Novels by Mervyn Peake.  If you're sick of recycled generic fantasy plotlines and characters, dive into Gormenghast to see fantasy as true literature.  Just about every character is a fascinating grotesque, and he describes the characters and scenes in such a rich poetic narrative you'll find his self-drawn illustrations to be an exact replica of what you had already conjured up in your mind's eye.  This series has often been justifiably compared to Tolkien and Dickens.  If you're about to give up on fantasy, make sure you don't quit before giving this masterpiece a try.

(And best of all, unlike the Wheel of Time and Songs of Fire & Ice, Gormenghast has an ending!)
10062  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: MASSIVE Best Buy Clearance - $1.99 games! on: February 26, 2007, 03:04:33 PM
I count about 12 titles I want to try and grab, as well as as many $2 Xbox 360 games I can carry to take advantage of futuer trade-in offers.
10063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown - need help? on: February 26, 2007, 02:58:32 PM
As a diversion, I've had a lot of fun making my own game of how to attack a base.  It's fun to enter empty handed, taking down your first guard by hand to get your first gun and then scavenging as you go like some kind of action movie.

I've also found it to be very fun to play around with the Shai Gen pistol.  Even at 3 star firearm skill, it locks on to headshots very very quickly as long as the distance isn't huge, and a single shot to the head downs a Volk--and this is with the difficulty raised a level.  Gives you a very secret agent kind of feel to take down a half dozen guards in a few seconds with silenced single shot pistol rounds.  (Probably not actually silenced, but it sounds that way when you're used to firing the deafening machine guns.)
10064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1701 A.D. for the Nintendo DS! on: February 26, 2007, 02:25:42 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on February 26, 2007, 02:20:11 PM

WHERE THE HELL IS DISCIPLES (DS)?????

smile

<drinks a shot>
10065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/26) on: February 26, 2007, 01:55:44 PM
Very tempted by SSX Blur, but I've got way too much on my plate right now.  Unless the impressions are off the charts, I'll be waiting a bit to get it.
10066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Splatterhouse all but confirmed for March Virtual Console release. on: February 26, 2007, 01:54:20 PM
I'm afraid I've never heard of this, what's it about?
10067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1701 A.D. for the Nintendo DS! on: February 26, 2007, 01:51:55 PM
Now that's nice news.  I've always been interested in the PC version but never bit.  I'll be keeping my eye on this one.
10068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C3 is slated for a March release on: February 26, 2007, 09:42:50 AM
Very much looking forward to firing up a skirmish in which I will fight, hopefully win, and in doing so, prevail.
10069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Drops a 7.8 on Crackdown on: February 26, 2007, 09:34:44 AM

Quote from: Lee on February 26, 2007, 07:06:47 AM

Quote from: Calvin on February 26, 2007, 03:45:25 AM

Well it does unfortunately sound like a rental for me since you guys are saying 8-10 hours playtime.

It depends on how driven you are. I have probably 5-6 hours in, and I only cleared out the first gang so far. I have been driving around, exploring, and working on stats. Been having fun just doing that myself.

Yeah, I'd say it'd be 8-10 hours if you just want to beat it.  At the rate I'm playing I'll probably be at at least 14-15 hours before I want to put it on the shelf.
10070  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander Impressions/Availability on: February 26, 2007, 09:32:03 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 26, 2007, 03:56:14 AM

I bought SC and played through a couple of single player missions today.  The game is enormous.  From what I have seen it might be the deepest and most complex RTS I have played. Unfortunately I think I am going to put it away until I can build a computer that will do it justice.  Playing on medium at 18 frames per second doesn't work for me.

Did you turn shadows off?  Trying the demo, I thought I had no chance of running the game, but eliminating shadows made a world of difference.
10071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Wing Commander Arena Screenshots on: February 25, 2007, 10:48:50 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 25, 2007, 09:35:55 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 25, 2007, 04:49:57 PM

Even as a Subspace clone it fails, as it only has 16 players at a time.  I was a huge Subspace addict, and a zone with 16 players typically meant you were going to spend the next few minutes trying to switch to a populated zone.

That said, I was a huge Subspace addict, so if this game gets at least mediocre reviews I'll probably end up buying it.

Quick question:  Were you a huge Subspace addict?

Nuts to you!   icon_wink The repetition was for effect, my love for Subspace means I will both be overly critical of this game, but at the same time I will likely not be able to resist buying it.
10072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C3 is slated for a March release on: February 25, 2007, 09:03:41 PM
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- With the game's fast pace, the top of the tech tree can be reached usually in around 10 minutes.

I know this series plays fast, but 10 minutes?!

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- A powerful "walker" unit is available at the top of the tech tree for all 3 factions.
*Once this unit is destroyed, the hull is left behind and can be captured by an engineer to be used against its own faction!
* Nod's Avatar war mech can rip parts off other vehicles to gain their abilities.

Sounds very cool.

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- Each faction has a ton of unique units that set it apart from the others, making each faction a unique experience of its own
* GDI, for example, has an APC that can be garrisoned with troops that shoot out of it (think the Humvee on Generals).
* Nod, for example, has light defensive structures with 3 turrets on one central hub; when a turret is destroyed, it will rebuild itself unless the entire hub is destroyed (think in terms of how GLA structures would rebuild if they weren't totally destroyed).
* Scrin, for example, has melee infantry (unlike the other 2 factions) called "Buzzers" that can link themselves to vehicles and slash any infantry that come close.
* These examples are "just scratching the surface" of the unit differences for each side.

The Nod and Scrin examples almost sold the game for me on their own.

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when zoomed out, there's still a sense of being zoomed in a bit too close.

Gah!

Overall I'm a lot more excited about this than I expected to be.  I think this might be a day 1 buy for me.
10073  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Drops a 7.8 on Crackdown on: February 25, 2007, 08:50:46 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 25, 2007, 08:41:49 PM

....and now, GamingTrend drops a more accurate 84% on Crackdown.  smile  Front page folks.

Spot on review!
10074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Wing Commander Arena Screenshots on: February 25, 2007, 04:49:57 PM

Quote from: Kobra on February 25, 2007, 04:04:04 PM

Quote from: kathode on February 24, 2007, 05:44:29 PM

Quote from: Kobra on February 24, 2007, 01:57:53 AM

thumbsup  Who the hell cares it is 2D or doesn't have cockpit views

Anyone who ever played and enjoyed any game at all in the Wing Commander series?  I'm all for formula changes but apparently the only thing this has in common with Wing Commander is that you're flying spaceships around in something that appears to be a failed impersonation of "space".  I've got my original boxed copies of WC1 + both Secret Missions and WC2, so I am a little biased smile 

Well it clearly looks like a Subspace ripoff, which is great because Subspace is fantastic, and even today, incredibly addictive.  But I do agree slapping "Wing Commander" on it simply because they own the name, and want addition units sold is pathetic beyond fucking pathetic. This I agree with, and yes, I have played virtually every WC game, and played the first one religiously for years.  Tongue

Even as a Subspace clone it fails, as it only has 16 players at a time.  I was a huge Subspace addict, and a zone with 16 players typically meant you were going to spend the next few minutes trying to switch to a populated zone.

That said, I was a huge Subspace addict, so if this game gets at least mediocre reviews I'll probably end up buying it.
10075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Drops a 7.8 on Crackdown on: February 25, 2007, 02:20:33 PM

Quote from: Destructor on February 25, 2007, 01:51:29 PM

Quote from: juniordan on February 25, 2007, 08:48:20 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 24, 2007, 03:00:44 AM

Another small detail that is a huge improvement over GTA for me is the fact that the cars you leave around stay there for a long time.  I jumped a car into the pond near the carnival area and then went around grabbing all the Agility orbs at the carnival and beach and just screwing around for a while.  When I was done with that I jacked a new car and started driving by that pond and my old car was still in there, like 20 minutes later! 

I always detested how just turning around would make cars disappear in GTA, even in the PC versions.
I said that samething just today. but then I quickly remembered GTA had a very active AI. You left a car alone and it would get jacked, hell they will even pull you out of the car and jack you in GTA. I cant remember have a car disappear like that in GTA: SA, which I am assuming you are talking about.

Huh? While I never played the GTA games all that much, I never remember somebody taking your car back after you've stolen it. I do remember constantly though of simply turning around and all the cars behind me outright vanishing when I turned the other way.

Oh yeah, I don't know if it was just in the recent ones, but sometimes after you pulled someone out of their car and closed the door, if you didn't drive away they'd open the door again and pull you out.
10076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Drops a 7.8 on Crackdown on: February 25, 2007, 01:47:13 PM
My narrator is starting to lose it.  I climbed the Agency tower, and he said "Look at that, Agent!  Finest view in the city!"  With a 360 degree panorama of all the islands, I couldn't agree more, what a nice little sound bite they programmed in!

And then a few minutes later, I jumped on top of a small gas station that I've repeatedly stood on since the start of the game.  ""Look at that, Agent!  Finest view in the city!"  Well, I guess it's a nice view of that strip club across the street?

A bit later when I was trying to grab an agility orb on a pipe, I accidentally fell into the water in some industrial area.  "Look at that, Agent!  Finest view in the city!"  Err...

The last straw was when I was attacking a boss and I needed to find some cover to recharge.  I duck into this small windowless room, and sure enough:  "Look at that, Agent!  Finest view in the city!"

This guy needs a vacation!
10077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Absolutely Hilarious Video mocking Sony on: February 25, 2007, 06:33:22 AM
Is there some kind of forum module that makes it so users don't have to click links or threads they don't want to see?
10078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Drops a 7.8 on Crackdown on: February 23, 2007, 05:41:04 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 23, 2007, 05:17:37 PM

I didn't know about the area specific targeting and wondered about those little icons that appear next to health bars meant.  of course if I had bothered to read the manual before hand I'd probably have known....

Even in the manual it's not stated very boldly for as important as it is.  You'd think Mr. Disembodied Tutorial Voice would mention it at some point, since he seems so desperate for a friend.

I know the Gamespot review knocked the game for having the driving mechanics be a bit rough until you gain the skillpoints, but I'm really liking it as a feature.  With 5 skills each broken down into 5 advancement levels (from zero to 4 stars) it would be easy for some of the skill gains to seem hard to notice.  Even in the beginning, though, you can instantly notice a difference with each upgrade.  In the case of the driving, it's great to have a noticeable increase in control & speed--and I didn't find the zero star skill level to be too clumsy, it's just rough enough to give you an incentive to improve.
10079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Drops a 7.8 on Crackdown on: February 23, 2007, 05:05:46 PM
Also keep in mind you can use that area-specific targetting for vehicles as well.  Lock on with the left trigger, then use the right stick to choose the tires or gas cap.  Whee!
10080  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2: PS3, PS2, 360 and PC! on: February 23, 2007, 01:21:11 PM
I still think you achievement lovers are crazy, but for me the 360 version would win just for the controller.  When I eventually get a PS3, it'll be for the exclusives.
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