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9761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google TiSP (BETA), FREE in-home wireless broadband service on: April 01, 2007, 02:18:57 PM
Quote
Why is TiSP in beta?
When things go wrong with TiSP, they go very, very wrong. Let's leave it at that.
9762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA IV Countdown on: March 31, 2007, 01:01:18 PM
Liberty City is, and always has been, New York.
9763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA IV Countdown on: March 30, 2007, 07:49:27 PM
Where's the countdown to the list of cars and radio station.  Since the very first GTA, 90% of the time I put into these games is just driving around listening to the radio, grabbing better cars as I see them, and occasionally trying to evade the police that have a problem with my joyriding.
9764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 30, 2007, 05:52:12 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on March 30, 2007, 05:45:28 PM

Ok.  Why the hell is this game so darn addictive?  I started playing on lunch time here at work.  Lunch was over.  I wanted to keep playing.  So I took two 3-ring binders and placed them on my desk, effectively making a wall.  Put the DS next to it and continued playing.  Anyone walking in will see my back and think I'm hunched over some reports/papers.  If they come close I close the lid on the DS and slip a paper over it!   ninja

Am I creative or what?  Back to playing...

I know you think they don't notice, but it's kind of a giveaway how you always stand up with both hands in the air and yell, "JENGA!" when you get 4-in-a-row.
9765  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Repartition your HDD on the fly? Yep. [Vista] on: March 30, 2007, 05:50:47 PM
Partition Magic has already been able to do this on XP machines, no?
9766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 30, 2007, 05:30:43 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on March 30, 2007, 05:24:01 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 30, 2007, 05:23:03 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on March 30, 2007, 05:14:45 PM

I used the forge to create an item.  Do I need to do anything special afterward?  I expected to have an item in my inventory or something.

Well, you need to equip the item after you create it. smile  And yes, it should be in your inventory.

Is there any way to know what kind of item (head, armor, weapon, accessory) you're forging before you start making it?  I need a new piece of armor but everything I try to forge comes out as headpieces or accessories.

Hmm... I'll look again.  It said it created an item, but I didn't see anything, and the runes are still in my inventory.

You don't use up the runes.  Also, the name of the item (at least the first few words) should appear in the top left corner when you're crafting it, at least on the DS version.
9767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 30, 2007, 05:23:03 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on March 30, 2007, 05:14:45 PM

I used the forge to create an item.  Do I need to do anything special afterward?  I expected to have an item in my inventory or something.

Well, you need to equip the item after you create it. smile  And yes, it should be in your inventory.

Is there any way to know what kind of item (head, armor, weapon, accessory) you're forging before you start making it?  I need a new piece of armor but everything I try to forge comes out as headpieces or accessories.
9768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 30, 2007, 05:06:03 PM
I've actually migrated to using skulls -more- as my build has evolved.  I've got several items that increase my damage based on my red mana stores, and with 50+ mana stored up (easy to do with my spells) I do about 20 damage when I match 3 skulls.  Plus, I get even more opportunities for skull damage since I have an item that spawns a skull at the start of my turn 50% of the time, as well as the spell that turns greens into skulls.
9769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for some opinions on: March 30, 2007, 03:41:40 PM



9770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA IV Countdown on: March 30, 2007, 12:57:35 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on March 30, 2007, 12:53:15 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on March 30, 2007, 12:01:54 PM

The Brooklyn Bridge shots looked nice.

That's wasn't the Brooklyn Bridge, it was the Liberty Bridge.

 ninja

And it's not the Statue of Liberty, it's the...damn! 
9771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA IV Countdown on: March 29, 2007, 10:33:28 PM
Still haven't gotten to see the trailer, but found a few stills:



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9772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA IV Countdown on: March 29, 2007, 10:24:07 PM
Mirror:

http://www.eurogamer.net/tv_video.php?playlist_id=2512&s=l
9773  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: PASTE!!! on: March 29, 2007, 09:43:14 PM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on March 29, 2007, 08:59:50 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 29, 2007, 08:03:16 PM

"RAWR"


 icon_eek


Dare I hope that you were just quoting someone?

Hey, yeah, some angry American Idol fan lashing out on the dialfortheworst forums.
9774  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: PASTE!!! on: March 29, 2007, 08:03:16 PM
OKAY IM BACK AND I DONT CARE WHAT YOU SAY ABOUT ME. I HAD ALREADY IMAGINED THIS IMMORAL WEBSITE WAS SHUTDOWN ALREADY BUT APPARENTLY I AM MISTAKEN. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS??!??!! HAVE YOU NO SHAME AT ALL? Chris did not deserve to go but I am more deeply offeneded that once again, Phil is in the bottom three and that boy is still there???

I am infuritated by last night's results show and I am sick and tired of seeing and hearing htis cruel and shameful website in the media and I have reached ot the ppoiint that I must do something about it. I can no longer tolerate the departure of very talented singers week after week because of you keeping that boy in the competition. he does not deserve to be in the top 12. once again, yo have ruined my night and my daughters' as well. do you think thiss is funny? I DONT FIND THIS HILARIOUS AT ALL!!!! I KNOW DEEP IN MY NMIND THAT THIS DISGUSTING WEBSITE THAT IS OBIVOUSLY OPERATED BY HIGHSCHOOL DROPOUTS LIVING PURPOSELESS AND JOBLESS LIVES, IS RESPONSIBLEFOR KEEPING THAT BOY IN THE COMPETITION. HE DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE THERE. HE IS NOT THE AMERICAN IDOL AND HE DOESNT EVEN LOOK AMERICAN. ARE YOU THAT DENSE THAT HE IS CLEARLY THROWING THE COMPETETITION????? He does not want to be there anymore but you fools are prolonging his stay. I do not see the humor in this at all. dont you realize that American Idol is being broadcast in other countries? do you want us to be the laughing stock of the world? And more importantly, you are abusing the system. What you are doing is undemocratic and Unamerican. we are the pioneers of freedom and democracy and to manipulate the voting system to serve your own selfish interests is clearly wrong and immoral. This is a serious matter so think about it.

edit: (not my rant!)
9775  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A prayer to the Lord my God--PLEASE get rid of Sanjaya Malakar on: March 29, 2007, 07:23:33 PM
I thought the concept of votefortheworst.com and Howard Stern trying to keep Sanjaya going was funny enough on its own, but I think I might have found an even better diversion:

Reading furious posts on the votefortheworst message board.

Here's the one that won my heart, entitled, "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH"

Quote from: Jeanne
OKAY IM BACK AND I DONT CARE WHAT YOU SAY ABOUT ME. I HAD ALREADY IMAGINED THIS IMMORAL WEBSITE WAS SHUTDOWN ALREADY BUT APPARENTLY I AM MISTAKEN. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS??!??!! HAVE YOU NO SHAME AT ALL? Chris did not deserve to go but I am more deeply offeneded that once again, Phil is in the bottom three and that boy is still there???

I am infuritated by last night's results show and I am sick and tired of seeing and hearing htis cruel and shameful website in the media and I have reached ot the ppoiint that I must do something about it. I can no longer tolerate the departure of very talented singers week after week because of you keeping that boy in the competition. he does not deserve to be in the top 12. once again, yo have ruined my night and my daughters' as well. do you think thiss is funny? I DONT FIND THIS HILARIOUS AT ALL!!!! I KNOW DEEP IN MY NMIND THAT THIS DISGUSTING WEBSITE THAT IS OBIVOUSLY OPERATED BY HIGHSCHOOL DROPOUTS LIVING PURPOSELESS AND JOBLESS LIVES, IS RESPONSIBLEFOR KEEPING THAT BOY IN THE COMPETITION. HE DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE THERE. HE IS NOT THE AMERICAN IDOL AND HE DOESNT EVEN LOOK AMERICAN. ARE YOU THAT DENSE THAT HE IS CLEARLY THROWING THE COMPETETITION????? He does not want to be there anymore but you fools are prolonging his stay. I do not see the humor in this at all. dont you realize that American Idol is being broadcast in other countries? do you want us to be the laughing stock of the world? And more importantly, you are abusing the system. What you are doing is undemocratic and Unamerican. we are the pioneers of freedom and democracy and to manipulate the voting system to serve your own selfish interests is clearly wrong and immoral. This is a serious matter so think about it.

It's just...it's just beautiful.  Poetry even. 

So you see, it's not just the credibility in America you should be worried about, Sanjaya is going to make us the laughing stock of the world, not to mention ruining Jeanne and her daughters' night.  As the pioneers of freedom and democracy, we really need to set a better example when we vote in reality TV shows.  This is a serious matter so think about it.
9776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eidos Delays Release Of All Major PS3 Titles Until 2008 on: March 29, 2007, 06:56:05 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 29, 2007, 06:52:51 PM

Ugh, game reporting sucks.  This isn't new- this is confirmation of six month old news that GI.biz itself reported back in September. 

Unless I'm reading it wrong, it looks like the difference is that the new announcment refers specifically to the 2nd half of FY08.
9777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why Insomniac thinks the PS3 is best on: March 29, 2007, 06:35:55 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 29, 2007, 06:30:45 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on March 29, 2007, 04:16:44 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 29, 2007, 03:26:10 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 29, 2007, 02:46:21 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 29, 2007, 02:27:50 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 29, 2007, 02:10:29 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 29, 2007, 02:07:13 PM

Quote from: Hetz on March 29, 2007, 02:02:09 PM

You, my friend, read WAY too much into my posts.  icon_lol
I am also really sorry that Sony has not earned your purchase yet either. Really, I am.

Loo-see, 'choo so krah-zee.

Darmok at Tanagra, when the walls fell?

Darmok, with arms wide!


taH pagh taHbe'. DaH mu'tlheghvam vIqelnIS.
quv'a', yabDaq San vaQ cha, pu' je SIQDI'?
pagh, Seng bIQ'a'Hey SuvmeH nuHmey SuqDI',
'ej, Suvmo', rInmoHDI'? Hegh. Qong --- Qong neH ---
'ej QongDI', tIq 'oy', wa'SanID Daw''e' je
cho'nISbogh porghDaj rInmoHlaH net Har.




To be, or not to be. That is the question. Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against...

Are you impressed CK? How nerdy is that smile

You think that's nerdy? How about this:

Armo virumque cano
Troiae qui primus aboris...

or

O terque quaterque beati
quis anteorum o patris munibus....

I do it old school, baby.  icon_cool

Being able to recognize and translate from a FAKE tv show language is infinitely more impressive than regurgitating 10th grade latin assignments Ralphie smile

All I know is that this thread is making me wish I went for Universal Translator right away instead of going for New Propulsion Techniques.
9778  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hetz, it's time for us to come together for a cause on: March 29, 2007, 05:52:55 PM
Is there some licensing issue or something that stops them from packaging ordinary DVDs (which cost, what, 50 cents to manufacture?) along with Blu-ray discs?  Along with people worrying about jumping on the wrong HD horse, I think some buyers are going to hold back on regular DVD purchases that they know they'd want to replace in a few years.

If I had a choice of spending $20 on DVD Casino Royale or $30 on DVD+Blu-ray Casino Royale, I could see myself getting tempted by the latter knowing that I'll someday buy a PS3 for Final Fantasy or whatever.
9779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA IV Countdown on: March 29, 2007, 05:15:31 PM
Grand Theft Auto was on the Gameboy Color as well.

I would be the first in line for a top down DS version.  If they tried to make a 3d DS version, I'd be pretty skeptical.
9780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, it's official now (360 elite) on: March 29, 2007, 03:53:00 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 29, 2007, 03:47:44 PM

I listened to Major Nelson's Spin Session.....err podcast about the Elite version on the way to work today.

I am more convinced then ever that Microsoft blew it with this move.  I just don't think making a more expensive version of the 360 was the way to go at this time. 

If it was a limited edition release I think it wouldn't be that big a deal, you'd appeal to the same crowd that's planning to buy the Halo helmet edition.  But it sounds like it's really going to be a permanent addition to the lineup? 
9781  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Need Moderator Action ASAP Re: Reefer Madness-Do not view posts NSFW on: March 29, 2007, 03:01:03 PM
He always makes me think of Philip Seymour Hoffman's character in Happiness.
9782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why Insomniac thinks the PS3 is best on: March 29, 2007, 02:10:29 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 29, 2007, 02:07:13 PM

Quote from: Hetz on March 29, 2007, 02:02:09 PM

You, my friend, read WAY too much into my posts.  icon_lol
I am also really sorry that Sony has not earned your purchase yet either. Really, I am.

Loo-see, 'choo so krah-zee.

Darmok at Tanagra, when the walls fell?
9783  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I begin my new amp build... Update: Finished! on: March 29, 2007, 01:32:52 PM
If I've been looking at the right kit from the website, it's $950.
9784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, it's official now (360 elite) on: March 28, 2007, 11:25:35 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 28, 2007, 10:38:00 PM

Whatever buddy.....whatever. Lets just move on back to the actual console discussion.

There was something offensive to be found in my last post?  I really don't understand your world.

edit: Just to clarify, since I really am confused, in my previous post all I was saying is that the thing that bothers IkeVandergraaf does not seem like an issue to you because it only involves a small amount of money.  Because most people, like you, are a lot looser with their money when it involves small amounts, microtransactions are a very successful business model.

Is this not accurate to say?
9785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, it's official now (360 elite) on: March 28, 2007, 10:36:07 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 28, 2007, 09:29:39 PM

Quote from: gilgamex on March 28, 2007, 09:12:47 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 28, 2007, 08:24:53 PM

I understand him fine, I just think its much a'do about nothing, to the point where it's not even worth discussing........but anyway.

Come on now, this isn't as big a deal as you think. Most people end up using the points in the end, so really, why is this an issue? I always buy blocks in 2000 pt allotments (is that the second most amount) and just go from there. I don't buy points for one thing, I buy them to replenish and use and its entirely optional. Again, if this is make or break, don't buy the points. If quibbling over what did you say, a $1.45 is a big deal, then this definitely is something you should think twice about supporting.

What else can I say? icon_neutral

To quote Wonderpug:

"Somewhere, just now, the guy who invented microtransactions let out a small maniacal giggle and twiddled his fingers with glee."

This guy must be giggling a lot today.



Why, because I don't mind paying a couple of bucks to enjoy their products?   icon_neutral  icon_confused No offense but that's one of the strangest posts of the day. You guys act like spending $6.00 for 500 points is taking money out of your retirement or something. Sheesh. Roll Eyes

Again, we're not talking about the couple of bucks you're paying to enjoy their products.  That's what the price of the product is for.  We're talking about the couple of bucks you're giving them as a loan because they set up their point increments to force people to have leftover points.

Let's assume you know for a fact that over the next few years you're going to spend $100 on Live.  Microsoft changes the system so that you must buy a minimum of $100 of points.  To buy a $5 game, you have to spend $100 and have $95 sitting in point limbo for Microsoft to make interest on.

Would you be grumpy about having to have so much money in their hands for no real reason, even if you knew you'd eventually spend those $95 of points?  I think most people would be grumpy.

But it's not $95 sitting in limbo.  It's just a few bucks, around $10 in your case.  You don't care because it's a minor amount of money.  You're not alone.

And that's why Marvin Microtransaction is giggling with glee.
9786  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I begin my new amp build... Update: Finished! on: March 28, 2007, 10:06:51 PM

Quote from: Kratz on March 28, 2007, 08:38:17 PM

Heh, it does? SWEET.

I heard one of those amps once... dunno if it was the one you have or not.

Heh, yeah.  The Valvetronix amps put a tube after most of the digital modelling is done to give it a more authentic sound.  It obviously won't hold a candle to a real tube amp, but it's a great value for a first amp.

And for trademark reasons, your amp is not a JTM45, it's a UK '70s. smile
9787  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I begin my new amp build... Update: Finished! on: March 28, 2007, 08:33:23 PM
Hey! Mine's got one tube!
9788  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Yesterday was a busy day at Gaming Trend... on: March 28, 2007, 08:14:22 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 28, 2007, 07:54:37 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on March 28, 2007, 05:56:07 PM

Our main site averages about 7.8 million hits, 360,000 impressions, and 126,000 unique
monthly readers.

I had NO idea GT was that big.  Wowzers.  You guys must all be fabulously rich now.

"As long as I've got my health, and my millions of dollars and my gold house and my rocket car, I don't need anything else."
-Ron Burke
9789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, it's official now (360 elite) on: March 28, 2007, 08:12:21 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 28, 2007, 07:46:48 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 28, 2007, 06:05:21 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 28, 2007, 05:40:03 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on March 28, 2007, 05:35:30 PM

Well, obviously it's small potatoes jblank, but that's why they call it "nickel and diming".  Even if it's not a big deal $-wise, it's sleazy and shows a general disrespect for the customer.

Again though, how is this "disrespectful"? Sleazy? Somebody used to say that if you look hard enough, you can find fault with anything, but it seems to me that maybe in this instance, the folks with a problem on the points thing, are looking too hard.

Just my opinion, take it with a grain of salt, but calling it disrespectful? I don't know guys.

I don't know about disrespectful, but it is an intentional decision that gives them millions of dollars (assuming just a third of Live subscribers have just $1 sitting in point form) of interest free loans.

I'm curious why you think they don't offer point purchases in the same denominations as common purchase prices.  Too confusing for the user?  Too hard to implement?

Honestly, I don't think about it. It is what it is, it's fair in my mind, and I support it. If I felt otherwise, I wouldn't support it. They gotta make a buck somewhere so if they recoup some money off of purely optional purchases, it's ok to me.

But the "gotta make a buck somewhere" is in the purchase price itself.  You're paying them $5 or whatever for your game widget.  You're also giving them a $1 interest free loan because they set up the system to force you to have extra points laying around.  This is what Ike has a problem with, not the charge itself.  And I don't think he's looking for your sympathy, I think that, like in any conversation, he's just looking for some sign that you understand his point.

It's not like this is a new business practice, gift certificates do the same thing.  There's no reason they can't give you that last $1.45 on the card back in cash, but they don't so that you'll either throw away the card and give them the $1.45 for free, or buy something that costs more than $1.45 so you end up spending more than was on the card.

Whether or not it's an issue to you is one thing, but it's another to turn a blind eye to the idea that it's an intentional business practice.
9790  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Outdoor Fencing on: March 28, 2007, 07:26:04 PM
C'mon, someone do a bad joke about outdoor swordplay, I got way too little sleep last night to think of one myself.

Oh yeah, and I love Malamutes.
9791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why Insomniac thinks the PS3 is best on: March 28, 2007, 07:20:30 PM

Quote from: gilgamex on March 28, 2007, 07:10:20 PM

Quote from: Arkon on March 28, 2007, 06:45:53 PM

Quote from: Hetz on March 28, 2007, 06:35:57 PM

Quote
By the way, I am not too thrilled about paying for XBL either, but then again... I can afford $50 a freaking year.

That is not the point. The point is that we have to pay $50 a year for something that should be free.

All the other stuff (achievements, gamerpoints, friends list etc...) those are all available with a Silver Membership, so you are not paying for that anyway. You are paying for multiplayer and getting demos/content a week earlier than people on the Silver membership. That is it and that is a ripoff, IMO.

Sony has free online, great for them, lets see what happens when they have 6 million people online instead of 600,000.  Hopefully it holds up... if it doesn't there will be more outrage if they have to charge for it then there would be if they had charged for it to begin with.


This is exactly what I was trying to say except Arkon accomplished it much more quickly and eloquently.

I don't think Sony can sustain an online infrastructure that can compete with XBL for free. Hell, I hope they can and directly force MS to make theirs free. This could very well happen, but I am sure MS is waiting to see if they NEED to. Which at this point, they don't.

Exactly.  It's not that Microsoft should offer us multiplayer matchmaking for free, but that they can offer it to us for free like every other gaming platform does.  This is capitalism.  It's the corporation's job to try and milk every penny they can out of the consumers, it's the consumers' job to try and get everything they can for as cheaply as possible.  We're not supposed to defend paying $4/month for Live Gold, we're supposed to want Sony and Microsoft to fight for our multiplayer affection Netflix/Blocbuster style, so they end up paying us microtransactions for using their online service!
9792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, it's official now (360 elite) on: March 28, 2007, 06:52:55 PM

Quote from: Arkon on March 28, 2007, 06:40:35 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on March 28, 2007, 06:33:14 PM

Quote from: Arkon on March 28, 2007, 06:31:24 PM

I know my bank card dings me for purchases under something like $7.00.  So I personally don't mind points.

Seriously? Switch to a different bank.

I never make purchases under $10 with my bank card unless it is as a debit transaction which doesn't ding me, it is credit transactions which do (which is what the MS transaction is).  I have a wonderful bank, this isn't something worth switching over.  Was just trying to point out that for me at least.. buying points is easier.

I've never heard of dinging you for that.  If anything, the bank should encourage you to make tiny CC transactions since they typically charge the vendor a flat rate plus a percentage--ten $1 transactions is going to bring them more than one $10 transaction.  That's why small convenience stores and restaurants have a $10 minimum, they don't want all the profit from the sale going directly to the running the CC terminal.
9793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why Insomniac thinks the PS3 is best on: March 28, 2007, 06:41:20 PM

Quote from: gilgamex on March 28, 2007, 06:29:54 PM

By the way, I am not too thrilled about paying for XBL either, but then again... I can afford $50 a freaking year.

"I don't like having to pay for it, but it's not really that much money."

Somewhere, just now, the guy who invented microtransactions let out a small maniacal giggle and twiddled his fingers with glee.
9794  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS 360 games, RB6 Vegas, and NHL 07 on: March 28, 2007, 06:28:58 PM
Damn tempting, I'd be jumping on Vegas if my backlog wasn't so embarrasingly huge.
9795  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I begin my new amp build... Update: Finished! on: March 28, 2007, 06:21:18 PM
What kind of guitars are you plugging into it?  And how much does it matter what kind of speaker you use for an amp head?  I'm new to electric, so it's all still very Greek to me.

You've got to post a sound bite, I'm curious how different it sounds from my Vox Valvetronix's model of a JTM45.

edit: oh, and what're the issues you're running into?
9796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 28, 2007, 06:12:11 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 28, 2007, 05:46:37 PM

And as far as the AI 'cheating' - I've gotten 2 Heroic Efforts (get a 5 chain or more in a single turn), which netted me an instant 100exp. Makes leveling just a bit easier. Gotta hit 10 with my Wizard for Fireball pronto.

Here's Steve Fawkner's (who apparently did the AI) response to the cheating worries:

Quote
Hi All,

I can definitely state that the AI in NO way cheats, nor does it know what gems are going to fall. I wrote the AI code myself, so I am 100% certain of this.

Look at it another way...
a) I am a programmer, so I'm basically lazy
b) Writing a cheating AI with look-ahead & multiple board evaluations is a LOT more work than writing a non-cheating AI that merely evaluates a single board
c) If I wanted to make the game harder, I actually would have done the LAZY thing and just given the monsters more Life Points

Cheers

-Steve

Laziness wins again!
9797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, it's official now (360 elite) on: March 28, 2007, 06:05:21 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 28, 2007, 05:40:03 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on March 28, 2007, 05:35:30 PM

Well, obviously it's small potatoes jblank, but that's why they call it "nickel and diming".  Even if it's not a big deal $-wise, it's sleazy and shows a general disrespect for the customer.

Again though, how is this "disrespectful"? Sleazy? Somebody used to say that if you look hard enough, you can find fault with anything, but it seems to me that maybe in this instance, the folks with a problem on the points thing, are looking too hard.

Just my opinion, take it with a grain of salt, but calling it disrespectful? I don't know guys.

I don't know about disrespectful, but it is an intentional decision that gives them millions of dollars (assuming just a third of Live subscribers have just $1 sitting in point form) of interest free loans.

I'm curious why you think they don't offer point purchases in the same denominations as common purchase prices.  Too confusing for the user?  Too hard to implement?
9798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Second 'Civ 4' Expansion Announced on: March 28, 2007, 05:18:25 PM
Espionage and events both sound really neat, particularly the latter if it's done well.  The corporations, while they sound like they might be a very good game mechanic, are a huge turn off.  I don't want my end game to involve trying to spread iPods around the world while defending myself from the Mongolian's McDonalds franchise.
9799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, it's official now (360 elite) on: March 28, 2007, 04:04:21 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 28, 2007, 03:55:18 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on March 28, 2007, 03:49:56 PM

Bill Gates can kiss my balls before I'll pay $180 for a 120 GB hard drive.  I just bought a 320 GB hard drive for my PC for $80.  If it means I can't download HD movies, so be it.

Listen, I bought my 360 as a game machine.  Not a movie machine.  Not a multimedia machine.  A game machine.

+1 LOL in real life

Well, not that I'm going to claim that Microsoft is offering us a good deal here, but your 320GB drive wasn't 2.5". 
9800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 28, 2007, 03:36:16 PM

Quote from: depward on March 28, 2007, 03:30:04 PM

yone know how high of a level you can train a mount?  Is it 50, like the level cap for your adventurer?

I wonder what that would entail, "Defeat this level 49 rat in .5 seconds a turn!"

I'm a bit disappointed in the mount selection so far.  I got my griffon pretty early in the game, but now at level 31 I don't think I've seen anything else rideable since then.  I'm impressed with the variety of enemies, though, with such a limited framework they continue to bring new enemy types that don't seem cookie-cutter in the way they fight.

The storyline also continues to be interesting, with some very entertaining side quests and characters.  Make sure you don't skip any quests with a character who's hungry!
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