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News Comments > Age of Conan Buddy Keys
20. Thx Wallshadows Jul 24, 2008, 02:12 Paranoid Jack
I think I read that thread before, months ago when I first bought a Tuner. I had a problem setting up the card with the supposed Vista certified software that came with the TV Wonder. So I went through hell getting it to work. I returned one version only to buy another. Same thing for my video capture device from Pinnacle. Seems many an item are sold with Vista's seal on the retail box only for the customer to find out via tech support or more likely a user forum that the device will not work with Vista 64.

Don't feel like cracking the case again tonight. I've done a ton of things to fix it and I've completely lost track. I'll try to remove all ATI software to include drivers, shutdown then remove the Tuner, reboot installing video card drivers, only to reinstall this Tuner card with drivers again. Hopefully it will work.

Either way this is the last straw. I don't want to go through this again... let alone every time I update my HD 4850 drivers. So I plan on returning the card this weekend if BB let's me. My guess is the ATI software is removing the drivers for the TV Wonder or confusing Vista somehow making it not want to acknowledge the existing Tuner. It may be a MAC address issue since both cards are ATI chipsets and both from VisionTek. Also Vista shows no IRQ/Resource Conflicts. So it's not much help trouble shooting this issue.

"This game is literally worse than Hellgate."

Ok, now you've gone too far! You have got to be joking?

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News Comments > Age of Conan Buddy Keys
16. Yo Ant Jul 24, 2008, 01:04 Paranoid Jack
Your buddy keys are linked to your DVD key. Use somebody else's buddy key first then activating the free month from your DVD key should work.

I almost feel like posting the ATI tech support e-mails but I won't torture you guys. I can't believe the tech is trying to walk me through a driver install and troubleshooting process with tips from Windows XP. I'm using Vista 64 and if he doesn't know that or can't figure it out from my initial report and the three other posts... well then he should be fired. Or given a managers position.

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News Comments > Age of Conan Buddy Keys
11. Re: No subject Jul 23, 2008, 23:44 Paranoid Jack
Hope you get your issues straightened out either by FunCom or on your end (or both). I can relate because who hasn't bought a PC game to find that it won't run well on their system? There are 101 reasons this happens on PCs. But then it's also happening more frequently on the lastest generation of consoles. I lmao when Sony released that update to their PS3 firmware which bricked a lot of systems and required a hard drive wipe to fix. Yeah, it was mean to laugh but being a long time PC gamer you have to laugh at shit like this/that.

The point is there will always be issues with games and consoles for a limited number of users. Best thing you can do is look at it as a learning experience and work your way through it... or just find another game to occupy your time until they patch it to run on your system.

Maybe try out another MMO with a free trail?

I'm currently attempting to figure out an issue with my system. My new HD4850 (which I had meant to return to BestBuy) is working great but causing my TV Tuner to go MIA every-time I install ATI's new drivers.

It took me two weeks to get the system back up and running with no issue on either card. Then ATI releases the new driver and the installer kills my TV Tuner card... again. So, yeah, I know where you're coming from.

I only have a few days to return this card if BB hasn't changed their policy. So I'm leaning toward Nvidia. I think I said that in a post a week ago when I was mad as hell at their crappy tech support. A week later and I am again not very happy with ATI.

Funny as hell that others never have any issue with ATI cards and experience the opposite as me. They hate Nvidia cards because all the issues they have had in the past.

Lately I am wondering if it's all part of some bigger conspiracy?

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News Comments > Age of Conan Buddy Keys
8. Not WoW thank the Gods... Jul 23, 2008, 22:56 Paranoid Jack
Tortage takes about six hours, more if you're not in a hurry and/or just enjoying the game. It's a good game and just getting better. They now have a Testlive server where your help is encourage. New features and fixes are rolling out weekly... if not daily.

If you have a decent machine and a good sized hard drive this game is well worth your time and the space required. Especially if you're getting a free seven day trial. I have to assume the trail doesn't start until you first log in since slower broadband could take you a couple days to grab it all.

I'm betting the open access free trails will begin later this year, maybe Fall. Either way try it soon or later just to get a taste of something different.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. It was damned good... Jul 20, 2008, 19:33 Paranoid Jack
My wife and I saw The Dark Knight today. It was extremely well done. And after picking up some lunch and getting a hair cut. I set myself to do the weekly yard work. Later I popped into the house to get a drink and guess what was playing on the TV? The Batman movie with Keaton. It was even worse than I remember it.

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News Comments > New ATI Radeon Drivers - Updated
8. Seems like I went through this before... Jul 18, 2008, 22:31 Paranoid Jack

I think they have a great card 4850/4870 but they seem to have their older long standing issue of not providing proper support. Needless to say the card is going back to BestBuy and I'm going back to Nvidia.

Oh, for those of you waiting on the drivers release... "The Catalyst 8.7 drivers released in the next week or 2 are the first offical relase of the drivers supporting the X4K series cards, they may resolve the issue if it is driver related."

Straight from ATI tech support.

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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Wii surprasses XBox 360... Jul 18, 2008, 00:47 Paranoid Jack
Yeah, Wii caught up console wise but will it ever catch up to game sales?

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News Comments > Dead Space Trailer
2. Antony Johnston Jul 15, 2008, 22:10 Paranoid Jack
I recently was turned onto a Post Apocalyptic Comic called Wasteland. And after reading the Book One collection (Issues 1 to 6, I think) I read the stand alone comic issue 7. Inside was a back story called Walking the Dust. I was a bit let down that WtD was not in the collection. So I read the version available on their website. Then sent an e-mail to inquirer about their cycle and when I would be able to catch up on the back story.

To my surprised the author himself, a very nice British gentleman, named Antony Johnston responded to my inquiry. We corresponded a few times and I asked him if he had done anything else in a PA setting. He turned me onto Dead Space a Sci-Fi Horror story (which is the next best thing). The comic is a prequel story to the video game of the same name which he also wrote for EA earlier this year.

If the story in Dead Space the game is as great as Wasteland & Dead Space the comic I'm thinking the game should do fairly well. I have yet to see the game-play but for him I hope the studio held up their side of it all. Screens looked promising.

If you're at all interested in Wasteland the comic or Dead Space the comic they are both widely available in NA and the UK. Plus Oni has a nice site for Wasteland: where you can read/download the first issue and also read Walking the Dust stories that were published in issues 1 through 8.

Here's Antony's site if you're interested. He's a great person and a great talent. One of his books should be appearing in film version soon. I'll leave it at that.

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News Comments > Dragon Age: Origins Trailer
12. Re: CD Projekt Red=New RPG King Jul 13, 2008, 16:46 Paranoid Jack
You just reminded me. I waited on The Witcher for damned near five years also. But they delivered and then some.

And I have to agree those guys made one hell of a great game. Not only a great cRPG but the way the game scaled to your abilities via the difficulty setting was a great touch.

Depending on the their next release... you may be correct.

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News Comments > Carmack on PC Gaming
19. Re: No subject Jul 13, 2008, 16:07 Paranoid Jack
"You people really should read the article. As when you put his answer in the context of the question it is quite different...... "


Shack: "Do you see the future of PC game development becoming focused on that challenge of streamlining the user experience?" ie:dumbing down the game?

Yeah, he does mean something different. It's worse than I imagined...

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News Comments > Carmack on PC Gaming
14. Re: No subject Jul 13, 2008, 15:32 Paranoid Jack
"This isn't the 90's anymore, any gaming company that sticks to doing things the old way wont be in business long."

"The difference between now and the 90's is that in the 90's, it was more about the games than the money. Now it's all about the money."

You're both right. And that is why most games don't sell as well as they used to IMO. Studios continue to regurgitate the old formulas in a half-ass manor. Look at Hellgate. If they had done a much better job of it they wouldn't be cleaning out their desks and stealing shit from around the office to sell on E-Bay later this week. Oh, and good luck getting rid of it. Best try the pawn shop.

That doesn't mean the old game styles and old formulas can't or won't work today. Look at some of the soon to be released games. DoWII, SC2, D3, etc.. They all look fairly close to the older versions just better in a lot of little ways.

The PC market like the console market is saturated with mediocre content. The few that stand out sell damned well. Nothing is a given in either case. Ok, I'll admit mediocre content is the norm on consoles and usually sells quite well. That may be considered a given today.

I'm sick of hearing PIRACY is the cause for low PC sales figures. In the old C64 days I only paid for a few of the dozens of games I played. And let's not forget one of id's first major successes was a shareware title. The whole damned game was there on the disc if you wanted to cheat them out of the price of admission it wasn't very hard.

But just like now... people will pay for a product they enjoy and feel is worth the cost. I'm not saying piracy is right. And I refuse to pirate or sample games before buying them. I've been clean now for almost seven years.

There are still game companies out there that make great PC games and make huge profits. And when they push one out unfinished or half-ass they know why they didn't make a good profit. At least some of the developers aren't jumping on "the PC is dead" & "Piracy is ruining the industry". They swallow their pride and admit they put out a mediocre product.

edit: Damn theyarecomingforyou, beat me to it. We're saying the same thing just a bit different...

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News Comments > Dragon Age: Origins Trailer
6. Hope we get to see in-game footage SOON! Jul 13, 2008, 14:47 Paranoid Jack
I can't believe they waited five years to release that. If it's actual in-game footage of a scripted scene then... ok. I guess.

But I think most (if not all) of us can agree it's got that whole been there and done that feel. Not only from LotR but about a dozen other games.

This game is supposed to be a return to the BG games with a cross between NWN and ME thrown in. I'm not feeling the love. In fact I haven't felt the love since BGII. Though I did feel a little bit of something during one of the NWN add-ons (can't remember which, the good one)...

I felt it for MotB but that was all Obsidian. I'm starting to think the Golden Age of good and/or great Bioware games is over.

I hope I am wrong... because I've been waiting on this damned game for three or four years. The only other game which turned out good after that long a wait was STALKER.

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News Comments > Flagship Loses IPs, Closes
27. Collector's Item? Jul 12, 2008, 19:17 Paranoid Jack
You shouldn't have opened it.

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News Comments > Flagship Shake-up - Hellgate Takeover Attempt?
19. Not Just 3 Guys... Jul 11, 2008, 20:05 Paranoid Jack
I beta tested and found out within hours just how bad this POS was. Bore-fest for me.

Didn't these guys retain anything from their time making games that were addictive?

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News Comments > Dragon Age Name Change, Tease Continues - Updated
6. Sweet, did you see that... Jul 10, 2008, 00:35 Paranoid Jack
...DoWII snippet? I hope to Gawd! They have made it more like CoH than the original DoW. I hate the stand in the open and take turns shooting each other game-style. It's beyond dead. That's one reason SC2 has nothing I see that makes me what to buy it.

Anyway, the screens from Dragon Age are years old. I bet it looks much more impressive now. At least we can hope... after five years in development.

And it appears to come with a World Builder (kit) of some kind? Great news since the mods and such kept NWN going for years.

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News Comments > Fallout 3 in AU Follow-up
12. Re: No subject Jul 10, 2008, 00:07 Paranoid Jack
Did they ban AoC?

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News Comments > Fallout 3 AU Fallout
34. Re: No subject Jul 9, 2008, 15:26 Paranoid Jack
I feel sad for all those poor Aussie children who won't be able to launch mini-nukes with there Fatman. They'll never get to enjoy it killing Super Mutants or see it cause the children in game to run away in terror. Not to mention they won't be able to create their own bombs with old lunch boxes filled with Barbie heads and other debris found lying around the wastelands of F3.

Oh, the tragedy!

edit: I am extremely curious to see if Bethesda caves and alters the game or leave it as is. Because the countries that ban it can not stop Imports can they?

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News Comments > id: Rage "On a Whole New Level"
8. What you saying? Jul 8, 2008, 15:28 Paranoid Jack
"So what should a publisher be using to determine a quality title? Reviews? Criticism? Sales? There are issues with all of these... Hell, metacritic shows Doom 3 in the high 80's, and the expansion in the high 70's... That's not too bad in my book. Fallout and Fallout 2 don't score as high and they were insanely great games.."


Fallout :

Fallout 2 :

Nice try though...

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News Comments > Frontlines: Fuel of War Beta Demo
9. Re: Huh? Jul 8, 2008, 14:34 Paranoid Jack
The retail release was a "leaked" "beta" that's been out for months now....

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News Comments > Evening Q&As
8. Wait and See.. Jul 8, 2008, 00:37 Paranoid Jack
Some of what he said totally disappointed me. Yet other things sounded like wise decisions. Strange that there is little middle ground.

I'm over the majority of my negativity toward the game. I just hope it still feels like a Fallout game when they are done.

One other thing... did anyone find it strange that after they chose to drop the old game-play style and go with their new approach that they also chose to drop so many things that should be a given in a FPS with 3rd & 1st person perspectives? Like jumping, kneeling, and going prone...

Edit: This poster at their forums brought up a great point.

I counted 4 times Todd directly references Oblivion in the answers. 4 times. For a game that should have nothing to do with Oblivion at all.

"It's most like the Oblivion compass"

"It works like Oblivion, it's a system we got great feedback on from that game and while we tossed other ideas around, it works best for us."

"In regards to essential NPCs, it works like Oblivion"

"Like Oblivion, we use our Radiant AI system"

Just sayin...

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