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Homepage http://www.speedmatters.org/cwatest
Signed On Nov 5, 2001, 00:47
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
45. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 5, 2009, 23:18 Paranoid Jack
 
My two cents?

I have all three platforms. The 360 is an original day one model never have/had any issues with it. The PC is one I built (pieced together)about a year ago. And the PS3 I bought a couple months back. All three are great at what they do. For gaming I prefer the PC and the 360. PSN just sucks compared to the Internet and Live. But the PS3 is well worth the money spent. BluRay is far superior to anything else. If you have the right set-up. And if you have the extra cash why not buy a PS3 over a stand alone BluRay player? Made perfect sense to me.

One other thing nobody has mentioned yet... the PS3 plays other DVDs (your burned DVDs) with no issues. Can't say that about the others. Hell, some PC DVD ROMs and DVD Players won't play home movies I've burned to Disc but the PS3 plays them like they are all store bought DVDs. You got to love that if you're converting old family films to DVD for family and friends.

Will digital distribution kill off rentals? Nope, never. Not going to happen in this generation and probably not the next either. It will take a bigger piece of the pie but not the whole enchilada (sorry I couldn't resist). So if you want the best quality for now BluRay is it. And before you start pointing your stubby little finger and yelling "fanboi" at your computer screen know this... I was a none believer myself. For years I always thought the display in BestBuy was more Sony BS. You know the one showing that half standard and half BluRay on the HDTV screen? I just couldn't believe the standard would look like shit like it does in that display. It does though... on an HDTV... depending on the format your watching it on. BluRay will always blow away HD programing and Standard Def up-scaled. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy the older formats. Just remember (like I told my wife) once you go HD/BluRay you can never go back. Well, you could but who would want to? It would be like losing your broadband and going back to 56k dial-up. Hell, I'd rather give up the Internet than do that.

I hope this added some more fuel to the fire or not. I will argue with anyone who wants to or needs to argue though.

On second thought screw that. I'm going to play a game...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Car shot by paintballs Jan 2, 2009, 14:11 Paranoid Jack
 
I've long thought Gallagher's (http://www.gallaghersmash.com/) idea was a great one. He proposed that everyone drives around with a paintball gun and when you see an idiot driver running a lite... or cutting you off... you shoot their car with paint-balls. Any Cop seeing a vehicle covered in paint splatters then pulls it over and gives them a ticket.

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News Comments > Unofficial Arcanum Patch
19. Re: Unofficial Arcanum Patch Dec 31, 2008, 20:21 Paranoid Jack
 
Well, actually, it is a bit different. For one, the dev cycles for Bethesda's games were considerably longer than those of Black Isle/Troika's. Secondly, Bethesda's games have huge budgets, many times that of Black Isle/Troika's combined. Thirdly, both Black Isle and Troika died a long time ago so they can't exactly patch their games anymore. Finally, Black Isle/Troika's games may have been buggy and unpolished but they were fundamentally great RPGs. The same can't really be said for Bethesda's games.

But hey, feel free to continue complaining about the hypocrisy and injustice of it all.


That last line made me laugh. Bad news? I had just taken a swig of beer and it shot out my nose. Good news? I only got it on myself... not my keyboard and thank the Gods, not my LCD.

Thanks for the funny follow up, space captain. I chuckled but had no beer in mouth to worry about.

Dagok, what show stoppers... do you remember? I think Jerykk hit the nail on the head. "Finally, Black Isle/Troika's games may have been buggy and unpolished but they were fundamentally great RPGs."

My New Years resolution is to finish BG then restart and finish another classic cRPG. Most likely Torment but maybe Arcanum we'll see.

Happy New Year to all! If you're out having drinks, please, don't drink and drive. Got to run... going out for drinks and dinner with the wife and daughters. Thanks again for the laughs. I needed them after thinking back over this past year. Peace.

Edit Again: Thanks for the info on those BG mods and patches.

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News Comments > Fallout 3 Postmortem
63. Re: Fallout 3 Postmortem Dec 31, 2008, 20:10 Paranoid Jack
 
I found that picnic area on a hill. But don't remember the number of Death Claws. I do remember that I was on top of a rock formation almost the same height and they couldn't path-find to me. Only one made it to the base of the rocks. The others kept taking hits and after a few seconds would go back to their routines of prowling the picnic area. I was crouched in sneak mode but mainly it was the buggy AI. That was one area I didn't bother to replay. Plus, I already had the schematic and found the item to be useless since I focusing in ranged stealth combat.

Happy New Years to all. Please, don't drink and then drive.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Postmortem
60. Re: Fallout 3 GOTY? Dec 31, 2008, 14:23 Paranoid Jack
 
Yeah, but if not abused it also made for the best moments of the game for me. I would sneak in lay a few mines in key locations. Toss a few grenades or head-shot somebody to get the entire crowd running and gunning for me. Then I'd fall back and kite them onto my mines or into lunch boxes. At least in that way I could play a sneaky bastard like I originally had intended for my character.

Speaking of which... the lunch box mine is how I took out the behemoth. I gimped him and then just ran around shooting him from just beyond his reach. Worse part about that area was they made it so confined. And the behemoth had ADD so if you got too far from his swing he would turn away and focus on some nearby NPC.
 
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News Comments > Unofficial Arcanum Patch
8. Re: Unofficial Arcanum Patch Dec 31, 2008, 14:14 Paranoid Jack
 
Yeah. and not to rub salt in any-one's wounds but... what if Bethesda bought the rights?

LoL, that would be too funny. At least Oblivion with Guns would fit better with the Arcanum canon.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Postmortem
58. Re: Fallout 3 GOTY? Dec 31, 2008, 14:05 Paranoid Jack
 
Like killing a Death Claw at level two just minutes after leaving the vault.

Really? That's pretty impressive seeing as how the Geck seems to indicate that zone 8 (the starting zone) can't start spawning those until you're level ... 12 IIRC. At least in the double digits. Did you just run straight northeast to zone 1? Quite a sprint to make in 2 minutes.


Ok, Creston. Come on down from your soapbox.

I replayed that segment outside of Vault 101 about ten different times to see how things would change. Several times I went right (along the roadway) after exiting the Vault and walked toward the billboard. Then over the canyon edge. Of those reloads... two times a Death Claw was there to greet me. The other times there were a pack of dogs. There's a body down there with a schematic. Can't remember which. And yes it was minutes (though not two) after exiting the Vault... and does it really matter what zone I'm in? If you're saying it's not possible try it yourself. Or I can Fraps you a video?

peteham,

I only used VATS a couple times. And disliked it so much I mainly focused on playing the game like a FPS. In that it was fairly entertaining when it wasn't crashing or locking up. But it became the norm to sneak near a target, head-shot it, and score an instant kill. I'd guess more than fifty percent of the time. And that was with that shitty hunting rifle. I went from not using it at all (early levels) to using it exclusively as my level went up. I only picked one perk as I leveled the rest I bought upgrades to my SPECIAL skills with. Spending most on strength since my character build wouldn't allow me to carry much.

I knew about the sound issues so I never listed to the PipBoy radio since it seems to cause a lot of issues for numerous players. Once I stopped using it I had far less issues but still far too many lock-ups and crashes. I may try to play on now that this thread has brought the game back to the forefront for me. I'd really like to finish it at least once and have a better understanding of the animosity the end brings for some players.

I went in not expecting much and that is what I got. So I enjoyed it more than if I had expected Fallout 3 to be more Fallout and less Oblivion.
 
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News Comments > Unofficial Arcanum Patch
6. Re: Unofficial Arcanum Patch Dec 31, 2008, 13:34 Paranoid Jack
 
This is one of the few games I am overly proud to have beta tested. And the only one which the developers had enough class to provide testers with a free retail copy.

Of course a lot was different back then. It was still several years before broadband was the norm. They didn't have hundreds of thousands of testers via the Internet. They actually sent you the beta portion of the game on disc. Hell, I can't even remember if there was a built in bug reporting system. I vaguely remember having to write up e-mails with all the details and such.

I really enjoyed the true cRPG elements (real character customization that mattered), the world, and story. I just wish they would have slowed down the combat speeds. On a newer system it seems even faster.

Still a great game over-all. A classic no doubt. And a true cRPG. Before the days when graphics ruled over everything else. When engaging story-lines, memorable characters, and great quests were the goal. Not the shiny...
 
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Postmortem
39. Fallout 3 GOTY? Dec 30, 2008, 23:34 Paranoid Jack
 
No, sorry. It's a good adventure game at times with rare moments of good exploration but falls flat in so many other ways. I'll admit the NPCs aren't as annoying as in Oblivion but not by much. None of them stand out as real characters. Just flat, all of them. So yes, I wholeheartedly agree with that comment about them hiring a professional writer or three. I think that was the biggest failing of it all compared to the originals.

I gave F3 a fair shot and was having a reasonable amount of fun but the random crashes and lock-ups wore me down. I stopped playing it a few weeks after release. After the novelty wore off there was no reason left to reboot it again and again. I've been hoping ever since that a real patch would be released. Though now I'm not surprised to read about DLC before the game is properly patched. Happy for you if you're running it just fine. But look around... between the three versions there are issues with them all.

I will never buy another Bethesda game at full price. If anyone here ever reads a post of mine about a pre-order or buying another Bethesda game before or shortly after release please, please... hurl verbal abuse at me and quote this post to remind me of the "you've been fucked" feeling that I have right now.

The graphics did a lot but it still doesn't hold a candle to the originals when it comes to atmosphere, story (writing), or depth. So even with some of the best 3D graphics available it still falls on it's face in the character department. A great wasteland but not a Fallout wasteland.

So many things were just off. While playing the game I would pick up on them taking me out of the moment... constantly ruining that little bit of the old Fallout I was starting to feel. Like killing a Death Claw at level two just minutes after leaving the vault. I thought the start (character creation process) of Oblivion was horrible then Fallout 3 took it to new lows. I never ever want to replay that tutorial section before leaving the "safety" of Vault 101. What a lame way to start out an epic adventure. It all felt half baked to me. Again no charm or character. At least Oblivion had a bit of it the first time through the escape (the games beginning).

I think the best moments of F3 where all combat related. I played it in FPS mode because the horrid third person character animations were just hell to watch. And taking on a group of enemies was fun at times. I would reload and replay some areas a few times.

Will I look back and have as fond memories of F3 as the originals? Hell no! There will be far more negative than positive for me to remember. And I'm not one of those rose colored glasses types. I remember a lot of the warts from the originals too. But their charm and character by far over shadowed their negatives. I can't say that with F3. Not sure I could say that even if I could finish playing the game...

I'm not knocking anyone who is enjoying the game or loves it. Just stating my opinion and the way it played out here. It had a lot of potential but there were clearly a lot of corners cut. And not one above average quest during the hours that I play it. The poor writing is what made it an action adventure game depending highly on exploration. At least in Oblivion you had The Dark Brotherhood quest line.

 
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News Comments > Baldur's Gate Retrospective
5. Re: Baldur's Gate Retrospective Dec 24, 2008, 00:58 Paranoid Jack
 
I loved both BG games but never finished either. I've always had a limited amount of game-time and even worse a limited attention span. I got side tracked on both games somewhere between thirty and fifty hours into them. I'd move on and go back to the games but couldn't pick up where I left off so I'd restart them and the vicious cycle would begin anew.

So the only complaint for me was that they were far too long. I realize some people prefer that type of game. One that can go on for hundreds of hours. For me that was their only down-fall. If they could have packaged that story into a fifty hour game I may have finished it. Oh, well. There have always been too many good games and not enough free time to play them all. Or finish most of them.

Still I am looking forward to Dragon Age. Very much so...
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Hired Guns: The Jagged Edge
14. Brigade E5 Dec 7, 2008, 11:12 Paranoid Jack
 
The worst thing about Brigade E5 was the line of site bugs at times targets near you were clearly in your line of fire yet the game wouldn't allow you to shoot them directly.

The best thing about Brigade E5 was I picked it up cheap as a clearance item. I think it was $10 or $20. I got my money's worth though I have never finished it I've restarted it three times and played a couple dozen hours. Getting a small squad together is difficult due to the high price of everything and little rewards but after assembling a group of four or five taking out an entire town is a blast.

I wouldn't recommend paying more than $10 for Brigade E5 and maybe $20 for the newer version, I'll retry the demo to Hired Guns before I pick this up as clearance someday. I have high hopes but expect them to be dashed.

No rush either way. Although I am in need of a good cRPG or TBS game at the moment I just have too many unopened PC games since buying a PS3.
 
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News Comments > Activision: CoD6 "Speculative"
7. Re: Activision: CoD6 Dec 5, 2008, 01:03 Paranoid Jack
 
Because Activision bought Blizzard not the other way around?  
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed 2 Talk
27. Assassin's Creed PC $10 at BestBuy Nov 28, 2008, 14:16 Paranoid Jack
 
Not sure if anyone pointed that out and I'm too lazy to read 25 posts to find out.  
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News Comments > Thanksgiving Consolidation
1. PSN Home-less Nov 28, 2008, 14:07 Paranoid Jack
 
The console is great (better than a 360) but the online gaming feature set is so lacking it's laughable. If you compare the two... the 360 would be gaming on today's Internet and the PS3 would be gaming on the Internet of the late '90s. X-Box Live just makes things ten times easier and has far better features. So I hope they get it right and soon. I know I'll be looking for the open beta every time I log on.

One final word of advise for those who plan on buying LBP for online play... asking around. I tried to play with my friend West Coast to East Coast and the game is completely unplayable. LBP gives you a warning about my type of Internet connection advising you in advance the online game-play is going to suck. I have 6MB DSL fiber is about two miles from my house. And it plays stable on more games than not.

It may be the PSN which is highly possible. Maybe somebody with more experience can fill us in on that. For online play I have both CoD World at War and SoCom Confrontation both play fine though I notice a bit of a sync problem with targeting in CoD on occasion.

Again somebody who knows more about the PSN... can you fill us in?
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir
14. That bunch of amateurs? Nov 24, 2008, 01:27 Paranoid Jack
 
I find it hard to believe of the multiple camera positions available in the games you were unable to find one that you could work with... or even switch between two while playing?

"This is definitely an issue of incompetence."

I agree...
 
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News Comments > Free WoW Pet & Achievement Today
7. For Sale:CE WotLK unopened Nov 23, 2008, 20:44 Paranoid Jack
 
If you want the full account with level 59 Warlock and assorted other characters plus the Burning Crusade the whole package goes for $200 and free shipping within the US.

Otherwise CE WotLK for $150 free shipping anywhere in the US.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Patch Plans
4. I've stopped playing... Nov 21, 2008, 22:08 Paranoid Jack
 
The main reason... the crashes/lock ups plus the corrupt save games that do the same. I was having fun until it became extremely frustrating to play due to the frequent random lock ups and other weird interface bugs that would minimize the game after the right mouse button goes MIA.

Besides the stability issues this game is ten times better than Oblivion. Amazing what a few choices and consequences can do.
 
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News Comments > Left 4 Dead 4U
3. Re: Left 4 Dead 4U Nov 18, 2008, 00:32 Paranoid Jack
 
I played the demo and wasn't impressed. It wasn't horrible just not as fun as TF2.  
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Windows DLC
57. Re: Fallout 3 Windows DLC Nov 15, 2008, 22:59 Paranoid Jack
 
I was wrong my Small Guns skill was at 45 not 54. And I rarely use VATS unless outnumbered... more than usual that is. I've skipped the VATS related perks since I rarely use it. I mostly raised my SPECIALs with that Intense Training perk. Maxed Strength, 9 Perception, 9 Charisma... Luck has been at 1 the entire game.

I killed the old crazy for his sniper rifle but then decided to reload. I wasn't sure if he had more missions for me down the line and I figure if the ammo was plentiful like other ammo types the game would get even easier.

So is the sniper ammo plentiful?
 
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Windows DLC
50. Re: Fallout 3 Windows DLC Nov 15, 2008, 01:46 Paranoid Jack
 
I think my small guns skill is 54 and I instant kill with head-shots about 75% of the time while in hiding using that horrible hunting rifle.  
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