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Signed On Nov 5, 2001, 00:47
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News Comments > WoW Patches
13. D' oH! Mar 7, 2007, 22:06 Paranoid Jack
Any other Vista users having issues with the auto patches not installing properly?

Ah, well I was about to suspend my account again anyway.

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News Comments > UFO: Afterlight Q&A
6. Re: Well.... Mar 5, 2007, 09:52 Paranoid Jack

I ordered it from CD-NOW and got it in 7 or 8 days. The price was great with free shipping to boot. Via Hong Kong no-less. Had never heard or used them until now but I can honestly recommend their services now.

Great game so far and by far the best in the series. And to me far better than X-Com. Of course my nostalgia for the game may not be as great as yours.

Even more shocking is that me and Cheese are in agreement again.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bit
28. My Daughter would say... "Like Whatever" Feb 19, 2007, 23:44 Paranoid Jack
"If MS really cared about PC gaming they would have offered a version of Vista that turned off most of the junk services to improve performance and free up RAM. Something funny I had heard recently was that the Vista business version was actually better performing out of the box than ultimate because it doesn't eat up as much in resources."

I guess you got a different version of Vista than I did. But then there are numerous version anyway, hehe.

I have an upgrade version of Ultimate on my system and it runs just as well if not better than my XP installed on the same hardware but in a Raid 0 array. It's fast and I have yet to see the RAM indicator go above 40% usage.

I installed this upgrade as if it was a full version by wiping the hard drives after swapping the SATA cable from Raid to normal SATA connectors inside the box. I would recommend everyone install it on a clean HD.

I had installed it previously as an upgrade on my XP Raid 0 set-up and it took two hours to install and had several issues. Since then I've only had a video glitch if the monitor goes into sleep mode.

I'm very happy with it. It's a nice improvement over XP. But if you don't need to update don't. Just like buying a car. If your happy with your old one don't go purchasing a newer model.

"BTW: Golem, stop being such a MS shill. Change purely for changes sake is not a good thing. Had WinFS and all the other significant changes promised actualy been included in Vista, then maybe you'd have a point. Right now, Vista is merely XP+DRM+aero."

MacD, I take it you haven't seen or used the OS yet? There is quite a bit more to it than XP + DRM + Aero = Vista. I have a friend with a huge music library of downloaded oldies and they all play just fine on his Vista Home Premium edition with no down-grade in sound quality.

But hey, believe what you will. Nobody, to include MS is forcing you to upgrade or purchase anything. Even if you trying playing the DirectX 10 card it won't float since there are no exclusive DirectX 10 PC titles out as far as I know. Hell I have yet to hear of any even in pipeline yet.

Again it all comes down to what you want or like.

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News Comments > Jade Empire: Special Edition Preloads
16. Re: No subject Feb 17, 2007, 11:37 Paranoid Jack
Damn Staunch, I would rarely buy a game if they went for $80 regularly. I've bought a couple CE's higher than $60 but usually I buy games here in California from $50 to $5 depending on their shelf date.

I guess if games were higher priced I would have to be much more selective. I just bought Brigade E5 which has some good round-based combat in it but the over-all game couldn't really justify a $40 price point. I bought it at $20 and feel less ripped-off since I've had numerous hours of semi-fun game-play already.

As far as Jade (PC) I'm just not sure I will be able to get into it. Would anyone say it (Jade X-Box) was better than KotoR? And why?

Not much of a Star Wars fan and KotoR just felt too shallow. I never got more than ten or so hours into it both times I tried. So I gave it to my brothers son.

I think if I am going to roll the dice and gamble on another game soon I would go with Stalker. At least it will be something fairly different for me. I haven't bought a regular FPS in years. Though I was temped to buy Prey for $20 the other day.
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News Comments > Brigade E5: New Jagged Union Sequel
3. Re: NOOOO Feb 16, 2007, 20:09 Paranoid Jack
I picked it up for $19.95 since I love turn-based/round-based games and I am almost ready to set it aside. It really has a lot of frustrating features (for lack of a better word).

Who knows maybe the sequel will be much better.

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News Comments > Jade Empire: Special Edition Preloads
4. Re: Release Date Feb 16, 2007, 20:06 Paranoid Jack
$40? You mean $4? Or is there some CE version going for$75.95? After seeing the price of that Vanguard CE I nothing would surprise me...

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News Comments > Gears of War PC... Eventually
8. Re: Pass Feb 15, 2007, 00:37 Paranoid Jack
"Halo was a big seller on PC"

Huh? It was? What are we calling a big seller now?

I also agree and would bet big money on the fact M$ paid them for a specific 360 exclusive time frame. Then they will announce it is being ported over to PC and how close to done they are. But since Halo was a two year exclusive by the time Gears hits PC everybody will be yawning while reading that news flash.

Besides we already have R6V that has as good or better game-play minus the monsters. Plus GRAW 2 is coming soon which will most likely inherit a lot of R6V's game-play style but in the Ghost Recon setting.

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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
6. Re: No subject Feb 11, 2007, 10:46 Paranoid Jack
What the hell? Did Tweakboy change his name or has fredrickson joined the hammiestudio club?

I think they are all one in the same.

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News Comments > Evening Q&As
1. STALKER Feb 10, 2007, 13:03 Paranoid Jack
I was hoping the beta coming soon to Fileplanet was actually the single-player but it makes more sense that it is the multi-player component.

After reading their emphasis on reality in physics I am looking forward to this beta. Though I doubt they will capture the feeling of team based games like RvS I am still hopefully.

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News Comments > Sunday Previews
20. Re: Well... Touched A Nerve? Feb 5, 2007, 10:47 Paranoid Jack
I guess we... the poor idiot regular people... will never understand or know the sheer brilliance of the writers covering the games industry today.

you could always just cry yourself to sleep.. that may work for you

either that or grab an uzi and go postal - i mean, its about fucking time someone stood up to those goddamn games industry writers!!

Huh? I'm sorry didn't know you write (review/preview) games for the industry. Didn't mean to offend or hit a nerve. Or are you saying you disagreeing? Because from where I sit 80% or so of games reviews/previews are not very well done. But don't fret there will be no crying here.

Hope you can say the same after buying S.T.A.L.K.E.R.. And I would have been right there with you. Not going to beta test until I sample it via a demo. Then maybe. But still not going to be any crying. Just my normal sarcasm.

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News Comments > Sunday Previews
14. Well... Feb 5, 2007, 02:11 Paranoid Jack
It's not just the media whores on the net either. CGM or what is now call Games for Windows spent a whole preview article about Stalker reviewing their trip to the real-life Chernobyl and about a paragraph of that was rehashed info about the game that we have all know about for more than five years now. I kid you not...

I guess we... the poor idiot regular people... will never understand or know the sheer brilliance of the writers covering the games industry today.

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News Comments > BF2142 Beta
1. BF2142 Beta? Feb 2, 2007, 20:48 Paranoid Jack
Oh, I thought they were announcing that it had finally reached the beta stage. My, bad!

Well hopefully it will soon...

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News Comments > White Council in Gray Area
7. Fred is Dead? Sweet! Feb 2, 2007, 09:49 Paranoid Jack
I was going to right down his address and ask if we had regulars visiting the site who could go by his address and beat the snot out of him for the years of retarded trolling & spamming he has bestowed upon us all.

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News Comments > Neverwinter Nights 2 Patch
12. AI the Achilles' Heel Jan 31, 2007, 10:14 Paranoid Jack
"Finally, the AI is still horribly stupid."

Everything you said was spot on. The AI was the killer for me. I put the game aside a week or so after release in the hopes that one of the patches will address the AI issues.

It's a D&D game so it is actually a turn-based game run in real-time with pause. I think they could have avoided the single-player AI issues if they would have allowed players to go full turn-based as soon as combat begins. Or have settings which allowed the player to determine when they wish the game to switch into TB.

As it is when switching between AI to puppet like control it seems you always lose a turn or two as your party members just sit there and the game adjusts to the changes in control scheme. Or at times they just sit there even after repeatedly issuing orders for them to attack or cast.

Most definitely some broken AI that should have allowed a better transition between the AI controlling and player control the party members.

Other than that the game was good. I enjoyed what time I spent playing but I still feel negative due to the fact I don't wish to continue on with the AI in it's current state.

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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Vista wow. Jan 30, 2007, 10:12 Paranoid Jack
After seeing the price tag and reading so many negatives I think we got another PS3 on our hands.

No seriously. I read the upgrade version will not install on a wiped hard-drive so you have to put it over the top of XP. Not a good idea for those who can manage anything else.

Also the word is still out but some say M$ is attempting to keep you from migrating your Vista copy from an old machine onto a newly built one. If that is true they are nailing their own coffin shut as we speak.

Did you see that the Korean government has advised their citizens to avoid Vista for at least a year? Funny shit...

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News Comments > Site Seeing
10. A Shill or a Shithead? Jan 30, 2007, 09:55 Paranoid Jack
"I think tweakboy is a shill"

His comments are all short, mostly stupid, and usually off topic. Besides his link there isn't much of an advertisement. But maybe he is growing into his roll?

I did notice Awesome Spume never posted a response after I pointed out tweak & him both used the same sig. So like fred-zeph I think there are a few people with multiple personality posting disorder. I have grown accustomed to just skipping their posts...

As far as STALKER my dying flame of hope has rekindled though ever-so slightly. I wish they'd drop the dots too, lets start a petition.

The previews sound just like I imagined the game four years ago minus the vehicles and other axed features. They mentioned it doesn't feel like your typical FPS and that is my biggest worry. Not that I want it to play like your typical FPS. I just don't want the character movement to feel awkward which is what I gathered from watching the videos for all these years.

I have to assume a demo will be put out before or slightly after the release. Either way I think I am most likely going to take a wait and see approach. Unless there just isn't anything exciting on my hard-drive at the time and then I may jump off the pier before reading some user reviews and message boards.

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News Comments > Age of Conan Movie
2. Nice Jan 23, 2007, 21:52 Paranoid Jack
I was thinking LotR Online was the best looking (as far as over-all graphics) MMOG so far but after seeing that tease in 720 I am thinking Conan is looking even better. Hoping the game play is tight.

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News Comments > WoW: Burning Crusade on Fire
35. Re: No subject Jan 23, 2007, 21:28 Paranoid Jack
"heh... My Rogue, Priest, Lock and Warrior are all Undead... Cannabilize is great, as is Will of the Forsaken (in PVP), and the Undead starting area beats all, but I wish I'd made some of those classes Orcs instead.

However, I don't like the Orc/Troll starting area that much..."

I agree the Undead starting area is one of the best. The Orc/Troll area is the worst. The Draenei start is the best so far if you ask me. Problem is they are now the second Alliance race to have shaman as a class and it seems 75% of people are creating a Draenei Shaman due to the racial healing ability. I made a shammy because I never have before. I wanted to try something new. It's very well rounded. I created a Blood Elf Priest also, never had a priest either.

I am loving the add-on but the only thing that has me scratching my head is a normal expansion from any other developer adds a month to your subscription just by purchasing the add-on. But Burning Crusade didn't. Is it just my account or is Blizzard getting greedy as hell?

Edit: Didn't they release some unconfirmed info that Blizzard has a yearly add-on planned?

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News Comments > Gold - Vanguard: Saga of Heroes
27. Another Coincidence? Jan 19, 2007, 23:12 Paranoid Jack
Awesome Spume wrote:

Good catch Razerious.

I had this game pre-ordered then I had to cancel my CC cos it got pwned somehow (a $30 charge appeared for 2 months from out of nowhere. Kinda glad to change it since I've had the same CC number for about 12 years online.) probably won't bother getting it now. Beta testers are there for a reason and it's not all about the company making the game.
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Everyone needs to say Asta La Vista ,, to uncle billy and his vista os, soo many bugs,
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Anyone else seeing the resemblance?

Edit: To say every MMOG has had launch problems is like saying the sky is up or the earth is round. WoW's launch problems were on a whole new level. They were selling so many copies they actually stopped the sales briefly so that they could try to catch up with the server demand/overload and get more servers up and running before putting more games on the shelf.

Vanguard may be a good or even a great game but in it's current state nobody but the masochistic will ever know. I had more bugs in thirty minutes of trying to play than I could ever forgive.

I've beta tested dozens of games since starting with the Ultima Online beta. I have seen rough starts and rough launches. Most of us have. This is way beyond that.

When you have a 7900 GT CO and the game looks like the original EQ that is a problem. But even more so is the overwhelming number of bugs, the stiff and ugly as hell animations... oh, forget it. The game is in a sad state if you think buying it and paying to beta will make it a better game someday knock yourself out. It may even be rewarding in someway, who knows.

I'm sorry. I wanted to like this game. But it's like taking that cute girl you like out on a date only to have her get violently drunk and puke all over you as you're taking her sorry sick ass home.

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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Buzz/Barry/Devil Combo Shopper Jan 19, 2007, 22:55 Paranoid Jack
I bet they got me listed as the Buzz, Barry, & Devil Shopper. I always ask questions about games they don't have on the shelf a week or two after release day then leave because they are too stupid to stock them.

Though I don't have anything as good as your forklift driving moron story... I did buy a wireless router and three wireless cards. Get them home and installed only to find I couldn't get access to the router. I was wondering why the shrink wrap on the router looked a bit off and one corner of the box was torn inside the wrap. The fucking thing had some other buyers password on it so I couldn't set it up until I wiped it clean and started from scratch.

I used the crap for about three (close to four) weeks. And would have kept it but my daughters kept having issues with the wireless card not seeing the router even though it had a 50% signal strength. I got tired of the complaints so I return all the crap to BestBuy and told them it worked like shit and I didn't appreciate them selling me a used item at new prices.

I reinstalled my old router converted the phone jacks to ethernet ports and have never looked back.

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