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Signed On Nov 5, 2001, 00:47
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News Comments > Consolidation
1. Damn... $3.3 Billion Lost Jun 28, 2008, 13:15 Paranoid Jack
And if that doesn't teach them a lesson nothing will.

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News Comments > Diablo III Announced
47. No Need... Jun 28, 2008, 12:53 Paranoid Jack
No need to convince you Overon. Like so many other things in life you have the freedom to like or dislike in your case. I'll agree with you slightly because I wasn't head over heels. I liked both games but both had pitfalls that wore me down over-time.

One bonus has been their great co-op support. I remember the weekend after release of Diablo II. A good gaming buddy and me played the game for hours (long enough to get into Act III) only to find that if we disconnected we would have to restart Act III and do it all again. This was before any patches.

That kind of slowed us down a bit but we had huge fun playing up to that point.

My take on Blizzard just rehashing old games is... stick to what you're good at. They are good at these three type of games now. So they remake them with new graphics, add a few features, axe a few features, and polish it like there is no tomorrow.

If they were to make a deep RPG would it sell? As long as they apply the same values... oh hell, yeah. But that is more of a risk. And the only risk they have taken in years was pouring millions into the development of WoW.

Look how that paid off. So I am waiting to see what their new IP will bring. My hopes hinge on it not being a console exclusive. And maybe if we are lucky they will finally do a deep RPG.

Edit: If they suddenly announced that Blizzard had acquired Piranha Bytes then I would go ape shit.

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News Comments > Diablo III Announced
29. Sign Me Up For The CE Jun 28, 2008, 12:08 Paranoid Jack
Going to break out the old DII CE and watch bonus content before installing the game. One thing everyone should agree on is that Blizzard never go wrong with their CE content. Watching those CGI movies made me want to see the old ones again.

And I agree Vince. The little touches are very nice. But then attention to detail is their core. I'm hoping we see it sooner rather than later. But they won't release three products back to back for fear of competing against themselves for retail dollars.

Eight years and we'll just have to wait longer and try to be patient.

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News Comments > Diablo III Announced
23. Looks sweet Jun 28, 2008, 11:44 Paranoid Jack
They know what made the first two great and what they lacked... and now they have taken it a few steps beyond. Can't wait!

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: AMD bests Nvidia Jun 27, 2008, 13:38 Paranoid Jack
I had the old ATI 9500 and the drivers were horrid. I had just bought Thief 3 (Thief: Deadly Shadows) and the shadows in the game would flash from darkest night to mid-day like a strobe. I could fix it by rolling back my drivers but that would cause issues with several other games I was playing at the time. So I constantly had to un-install and load drivers for each game. I've never had that issue with any other card. I've mostly bought Nvidia for the past six or eight years. The last four I have avoided ATI like the plaque.

I currently have an aging 8800 GTS 640 and that new 4850 will go toe to toe with everything out there from what I've seen... even beating the 280 out. The 4870 as well holds it's own. Price to performance they have a couple winners. Why pay three times as much for a 280 when a sub two hundred card can run most games as well or better at 1900x1200 (which is my native res)?

Watch for the OC editions to hit. They are running at higher FPS than the standard 4870 boards. I'm excited even if I have bad blood with ATI.

Edit: Disclaimer: All video cards run certain games better than brand X. So some games run best on one brand or the other. You got to take the entire spectrum into account. Buy for the price to performance ratio and what the card can do with the games you're currently playing. Peace.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. AMD bests Nvidia Jun 27, 2008, 12:12 Paranoid Jack
I am seriously considering a purchase. The only thing holding me back is the memory of their (ATI's) poor driver support from years back.

This new single card holds it's own with the top of the line cards for a lot less money. And it would simply smoke my older GTS 640.

Either way I like where this is going. A shake-up or coup would be great for the consumers... us.

Has anyone bought one of these yet? They are as low as $169 with a mail-in rebate and they just came out.

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News Comments > S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky Details
17. Re: Not Perfect But Still Great Jun 27, 2008, 11:45 Paranoid Jack
"Did you actually play those games or did you just assume they were bad..?"

I played the demos and multi-player beta tested two of them. I was just tired of the same old. I figured I could always pick them up cheap after the hype wore off. I just haven't had any desire to play any of them. That's another reason STALKER hit the mark. Yes, it was a FPS but with a lot of spin to the old formula. Prez said it best...

"Call me unscrupulous, but concerning a game with such incredible atmosphere, I'm willing to forgive a lot."
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News Comments > S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky Details
11. Not Perfect But Still Great Jun 27, 2008, 01:33 Paranoid Jack
I know STALKER wasn't the perfect game. Because there will never be a perfect game. But it was a great game none the less. I had the same issues others had but the game-play and atmosphere over shadowed the few pitfalls. For me it was one of the best games I have ever played. I enjoyed it as much or more than most AAA titles like HL, HL2, etc.

But then I won't buy just any shooter these days. I skipped Crysis, Prey, FEAR, and a few others. Just too many good games not enough time.

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News Comments > Dungeon Lords Follow-up Details
8. I never got past the demo... Jun 26, 2008, 00:23 Paranoid Jack
I remember just learning the controls and while talking to the NPC at the camp fire... the game would randomly spawn one to four creatures nearly on-top of you while you're trying to read the dialog tree. I never even considered buying the game (even at bargain bin prices) after that.

As far as Blue's bloopers go today... I think the scotch (in remembrance of George) may still be flowing. Even Blue needs to be cut some slack now and then...

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. The 'Naked Cowboy' Jun 25, 2008, 12:51 Paranoid Jack
If he wins even a fraction of that do you think he will continue his crusade to become famous by standing around playing a guitar in his briefs?

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. RIP George Jun 23, 2008, 11:34 Paranoid Jack
Hope you have the Gods all laughing out loud.


Damn, we are getting older...

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News Comments > Battlefield 2 Patch & Map Announcement Tomorrow
5. Re: What's the point? Jun 22, 2008, 14:38 Paranoid Jack
I agree Surf. For me it was ruined early on. I loved it while it lasted though. Not as much fun as competitive gaming with my old RvS Clan but still pretty damned fun. Sad thing is nothing is bullet proof and there are idiots out there lining up to find exploits and create hacks. Even worse are the scum who download their skillz or buy them.

Only sure way (and even then you have hackers masquerading) is to play with friends or a tight Clan that has high enough moral standards to ban cheaters.

PB is a joke. Not sure how secure VAC is but I've never seen anything in game that proves it's a broken system like PB. Either way people who play games by the set rules purely for the fun of it are a minority.

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News Comments > Game Guidance
8. Re: No subject Jun 5, 2008, 03:01 Paranoid Jack
Running it at 1900x1200 with mostly high settings on a 8800 GTS 640. Not smooth as butter but I'm not expecting that.

Looks fantastic and runs good enough for a MMO. Not expecting FPS frame rates... but then the last few FPS games didn't give anyone great frame rates either.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Bus Driver
28. D'oh! Jun 4, 2008, 14:48 Paranoid Jack
If they have a level where you are required to keep the bus above fifty or it blows up... then they better have an unfinished highway where you are required to jump across. I thought that movie moment was the tops in cheesy until I saw Live Free or Die Hard's with eighteen wheeler vs the fighter.

My friend is going to laugh at this one. He drives in the NY city area for the TA. And he refers to most of his passengers as animals. He's been doing it a while... so yes, he's jaded. Most of us are that deal with the public day in and day out.

Even so I can't see a reason to buy this game. Not one. Well maybe driving relaxes you and gas prices are on the rise so this is a cheaper alternative?

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. They are tough... Jun 4, 2008, 11:45 Paranoid Jack
The first model I used was about six or eight years ago. They have a slot on the side for different devices from a floppy to a test pack that we use to run line testing with. Its great since it would test for so much more than a regular Sidekick meter.

Anyway I say it's pretty tough because I would put all my climbing gear on and then sling it over my neck & shoulder before climbing up poles. The back cover which had serial numbers and such got so scratched up most of the paint and info was gone by the end of the contract when it was time to turn them back into Panasonic.

Only word of warning they say if you get rain or water on the keyboard just turn it on it's side and let it dry out. Well, give it a try but don't hold your breath.

We don't get much rain here in Cali (were I live) and even when it rains it's not a hard rain like other states I've lived in. Nine times out of ten it's just a sprinkle.

So one day I was on my last ticket and had very little time to get it done before shift ends. It started
sprinkling so I kept working in the rain for the couple of minutes it was going to take to finish up. I dried off the tough book with a paper towel figuring the keys and screen just got a sprinkling. Next day the keyboard had numerous dead keys.

The ironic thing is they lent me a co-workers Toughbook while mine was sent in for repairs. And he apparently thinks washing his hands occasionally isn't necessary. His keys looked as if they had a thin layer of greasy mud all over them. So I got a damp paper towel to wipe them off. Yeah, you guessed it. Some of his keys stopped working also.

We've upgraded the Toughbooks since then and are again due for the newer model any day now. I rarely take them up a pole these days. And the battery becomes a problem at times since they are charged two different ways. Via a docking station in the vehicle and via a wall locker over night.

I've learned to only use the docking station for charging. But on the occasion when it doesn't get enough of a charge I plug it into the wall locker power outlet. Since doing that I have far less issues with the battery not holding a proper charge.

Not sure what the Evil Empire is paying for these units since they are rentals along with a tech support package.

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News Comments > Crysis: No More Patches, Linux Server on Hold
12. .... %) Jun 1, 2008, 18:56 Paranoid Jack
"Actually, that's a load of bollocks, most of the world stopped playing the game because it's crap or they are waiting for next years hardware before they can play it well. With that in mind, they don't really have any reason to continue support... "

If you believe that next years hardware will play this game better I have a couple old games I'd like to sell you cheap. Care to buy my copy of Ultima Ascension (Ultima IX)... or maybe Trespasser is more up your alley?

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News Comments > Tech Bits
17. Re: No subject May 25, 2008, 13:20 Paranoid Jack
nin, is correct. I've had all those little annoyances myself. But I've also had a lot of annoyances using XP for years in all it's different forms. My work lap-top a Panasonic Tough Book has a couple dozen irritating things happening under XP. Sometimes all in one day. But every-time I start to get irate I calm myself down by remembering this one little fact: I get paid by the hour. So if the Evil Empire wants to pay me (and pay me well) to reboot my lap-top half a dozen times a day then more power to them.

As far as home apps go I have given Vista a 2nd go and am happy with it. I was an early adopter and suffered greatly for several months before going back to XP Sp2. That was Vista Ultimate 32. Now I am on hardware that was all built in 2007 or later. And I'm running Ultimate 64 and loving it for the most part.

I was an AoC beta tester for six months before launch and thought both XP Sp2 and Vista Ultimate 64 handled it nicely. Not enough beta crashes or drops to distinguish it from any other beta I've been in (mostly under Win 98, XP , XP Sp1 ,& XP Sp2).

One thing I agree with is the speed of XP over Vista during normal use (not gaming). For the added security you loose the speed. Sucks I know.

Also that drive indexing takes some getting use to but I'm not as paranoid as my name implies. I use to wonder WTF is going on who is accessing my drive. I don't use any virus protection and rarely have for more then ten years. My virus protection is staying away from the popular sites... like porn, MySpace, etc.

Don't get me wrong gaming on Vista (or any other OS) can be annoying but that is the state of PC Gaming in the IBM Clone world. Just too many variants. Hell, even consoles have issues and their variations are so limited compared to PCs.

One finally positive about Vista. It's here to stay. For how long is any one's guess at this point. And the hardware and software manufactures are finally treating it as they should. At release everyone was acting as if they didn't need to support it. Even those claiming to support it were only half-ass supporting it. Thank you Nvidia (and the rest) for all those head aches...

EDIT: Still having a blast in AoC. Best PvP of any MMO I've played. Love both PvP & PvE. Torn between the two since I have a friend who doesn't like PvP...

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News Comments > LOTRO Book 13 & Lifetime Subscriptions
5. Re: No subject Apr 24, 2008, 22:07 Paranoid Jack
As long as you don't let a MMO take over your life it's a great way to keep yourself entertained at a reasonable rate or fee.

If you get to the point where you are hating it (or life) you have to ask yourself what am I doing wrong? Or am I over this?

If so just quit. Move on. Or get your head on straight. Simple.... really.

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News Comments > Evening Q&As
1. Iron Tower Studio Rocks! Apr 23, 2008, 23:32 Paranoid Jack
These guys are great. Down to earth and very community friendly. And this game is going to bring back old school in a big way. Can't wait.

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News Comments > Age of Conan System Requirements
43. Da Beta Apr 22, 2008, 01:33 Paranoid Jack
I found my Q6600, 4GB of Gskill, and my "slower" 8800 GTS 640 to run it quite well. But at times it will bog down. But hey it's a MMO.

Derek is right. I haven't played a multi-player game on dial-up since the late 90's. Expecting anything else from a current MMO is asking too much.

Now as far as the graphics go you better have a beast of a machine if you expect to see the quality they are showing in the HD videos. The other side of the coin is that if you're not a complete graphics whore you can live without and just adjust the game to run for your system.

Anything built in the last two or three years should run it fairly well. I also beta tested on an AMD 4200+, 2GB of OCZ, and a 7900 GT and it ran fine. That doesn't mean you guys expecting to see 60 FPS are going to be happy. This is not a FPS. Again the game is made to scale fairly well. But the graphics are not WoW. Nor are they as grand as LotR in my opinion.

Both systems were running RAID 0 and don't start telling me it doesn't matter because it does. Games with long loads or constant loading of areas benefit from it. Makes them far more enjoyable in my opinion. But hey if you like to twiddle your thumbs go ahead and wait longer.

Pardon my little RAID rant: I'll offer for comparison my system and my Bro's are almost the same but he has a E8400 and I have the older Q6600. Same mobo, same 4GB of the same Gskill. Same DVD ROM even. We both installed LotR from DVD since he just bought it after he built the system. I finished my install almost ten minutes before him. He has one 750GB SATA2 32mb Cache HD and I have two 500GB SATA2 16mb Cache HDs in RAID 0.

RAID 0 ftw!

Edit: I'll admit his Core 2 to my Quad may have been a deciding factor in this little test but I still stand by the reduced load times and performance gains.

And where the hell did you buy a Q9450 for $199? Did you render other services or was this simply currency for Quad?

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