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News Comments > WoW Bans
36. Normal Thread to Shitsville in 30 Posts Dec 22, 2006, 17:41 Paranoid Jack
Is this yet another example of the average Joe's Holiday depression? Or another ride on The BiPolar Express?

As far as WoW goes... I respect the way they are running their servers but I ended my subscription because of the addiction factor. I doubt I will buy the expansion or ever go back to WoW for that reason alone.

And that is why I slowly turn myself off/away from all other good MMOGs. I just don't want to feel like a crack whore.

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News Comments > WoW Bans
7. Re: Ow Dec 22, 2006, 12:49 Paranoid Jack
I would imagine since there is now a hack that plays your toon as you're AFK that the accounts they closed had the gold linked to them in some way. Stored in the banks or on characters. And all those people are employed by the owners of these farming businesses.

If they are smart and I am sure they are already doing this... they are opening more accounts and just running them ten to twelve hours a day instead of 24/7 which sends up the red-flag to Blizzard.

The strangest part is how this game has changed so much in the PC and On-line realm. Not to mention single-handedly saving the owners of Blizzard. Going from a loss of over 240 million to a gain of over 40 million in one year... amazing.

This game is "gold farming" but in real-life!

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News Comments > Rainbow Six: Vegas Patch
15. Like it so far... like it a lot. Dec 22, 2006, 00:09 Paranoid Jack
I bought this on a whim the other day. I need another game like I need an extra hole in my head. But I'm an addict what can I say? I had read a few good posts and was happy to see they were spot-on. This game may not be the RainbowSix of old but it's still fun as hell.

The cover system is right out of Gears of War and since they both are using Unreal I wonder if the two studios were talking while these games were in development. I rented Gears and Vegas for the 360 but I am a die-hard PC gamer and just can't get into the controller. Getting older doesn't help either.

I have yet to try the multiplayer but this game is worth the single player fun alone so if the multiplayer is good that makes it all the better. Just don't expect a lot of realism in the single-player even when you select it as the difficulty level. I guess it only means you can die if hit in the head a time or two by the enemy lead.

I have shot tangos and got them on a single head shot. Yet on the other hand I have also hit them two or three times in the neck and head before they finally go down. But that usually doesn't take away from the game-play. Not for me at least.

If you didn't like the way GRAW PC looked then don't buy this game because it has the same blurring or HDR effects. One thing I really love in R6V is the incendiary grenades nothing like seeing (and hearing) a tango burn to death. Damn good fun. But those crazy Canadians making these last two games (GRAW & R6V) are going to piss off the Mexican and the Mexican-American community since we are killing beaners again.

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News Comments > Armed Assault PAL Content
9. Multi-player Dec 20, 2006, 21:31 Paranoid Jack
Well I have repeatedly tried to play some multi-player and even had success getting into a dozen servers but depending on the way the admin has set up the server there is no re-spawn... so no joining in after the game has started. You just fly around as a seagull. And since the time limit can be set to as much as the admin wants there is no reason to wait around. With the size of the maps you could die of old age before the match ends... again depending on the game type and server settings.

I need to host a game or talk to our clan admin because it appears the server is very customizable but this may be an issue with players joining depending on those settings.

I saw a few customer maps/missions that download very fast but the one time I was able to get into a server and get into a vehicle some idiot TK'd me. So you may want to avoid Marine-Squad's server. (Thanks jackass)

I was also crashed to desktop numerous times while in game and advancing to the objective which can take a long time, again due to map size. Bugs may be an issue also since the Win XP bug reporting window popped up each time I dropped to desktop.

The longest I stayed in game was five or ten minutes during a CTF game (hosted someplace in Germany judging from the chat going on in game). The map was not impressive but I had a bit of fun.

I think zones or invisible barriers can be set-up that instantly kill you if you go past a certain point to keep you from spawn camping. The map was small so I was trying to explore it and I continuously died after passing a certain alleyway which was close to their spawn from my estimation. So if that is possible it will stop spawn campers from killing people as they pop in game. I hope that is the case.

Looks like the game has promise but their is a steep learning curve for somebody who hates reading manuals.

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News Comments > Morning Screenshots
1. The Witcher Dec 20, 2006, 11:54 Paranoid Jack
This game is becoming the Duke Nukem Forever of the RGPs world. It still looks fantastic since it is using a tricked out version of the Aurora Engine from NWN. But what has me worried is the adult content. We may have to download this one since a lot of publishers won't want to touch it with all the bloody sword fights that can end in the enemy being beheaded... blood spurting and all.

Either way I am still very much looking forward to this and hope to see more game-play videos or a demo to help me get over my anxiety.

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News Comments > Armed Assault PAL Content
4. Re: U.S. Release? Dec 20, 2006, 02:02 Paranoid Jack
505 Games doesn't distribute to NA from what I read on their site. I guess US and Canada are not countries they do business in. No biggie somebody else will pick it up here in NA I'm sure.

And I'd bet on the added content being in the next patch or two. Why piss off your existing "fan community" which you're try to "reward"?

Anyway, I am on mission four and having a hell of a time piloting this Gunship with a keyboard.

I think I will look for some on-line action tomorrow. There are hundreds of servers up and running but when I checked during the day not many had players. Of course most people were probably working. Or sleeping if in Europe.

I'm thinking this game will be too much of a sim for most. The one shot can kill game-play makes most people unhappy. Not to mention the slower movement of the player character. You can switch from first to third person which helps while driving since the keyboard controls are a bit jerky while in behind the wheel view.

Also the fatigue from running extended periods of time causes your character to be short of breath... which can be noisy and make you less likely to hear whats happening around you.

It's very hard even on regular (easiest setting). You have to play it smart. That being said the AI doesn't always... play it smart. Your team mates while not under your direct control will get killed more times than not. While under your control they sometimes won't follow your orders and you have to issue the orders again until they finally comply.

This is all single-player of course. I didn't get into the multi-player game I joined. I was on hold waiting for restart or something. I'm not sure. I was a sea-gull flying above the battle field as the guys in game fought it out... until the server crashed or I got kicked, not sure what happened.

So if you enjoyed Operation Flashpoint this is the exact same kind of game... warts and all.

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News Comments > 2006 Games of the Year, Part 1
6. Re: No subject Dec 19, 2006, 15:39 Paranoid Jack
Props to Relic for so many Awards. Great game no doubt I have yet to try Dark Crusade. I used a free game coupon to get Dawn of War. Liked it but not as much as I had hoped. Of course something else had pulled my attention away so maybe I should try it again or look into the Dark Crusade expansion.

I also agree that Gothic 3 was (is) a buggy mess. But come on! I was more let down by NWN2 and played less of it than G3. I have yet to finish either. G3 because of the huge game-world but I got my $50 worth believe me. And it was damned fun.

NWN2 was good but after about twenty hours or so I got tired of the AI bugs and it turned me off.

Bought Nightfall because a friend wanted me to try it with him. We played maybe a half dozen hours before I got my invite to a beta. It has nothing that makes me want to go back to it. It felt just like the beta of the original with new content.

I love reading these lists because they are entertaining... but usually not much more.

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News Comments > Armed Assault Patches and Server
18. Re: No subject Dec 18, 2006, 23:34 Paranoid Jack
The FilePlanet Demo due the 21st...

Most likely a subscriber only demo for the first few weeks but who knows.

I downloaded the Czech version in under two and a half hours, patched it to 1.04, ran the self-installing Czech to English hack, and BAMB! I'm in game.

So far it seems almost exactly how I remember OpF to be. Just more modernized graphics compared to OpF at the time. Looks good and runs well on my system.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
2GB of OCZ Ram
7900 GT CO
SB X-Fi Platinum
ASUS A8N-SLI Premium

There are a lot of options for graphics but even on their default setting the game looks good. Not awesome but good enough. If you turn things all up to max and push the view distance to max it looks far better but you may get a little chop. Of course there is no real reason to see for more than a few miles either way.

You have to qualify as an above average marksmen to even get the sniper training as you go through a little boot-camp target shoot, just like a few other games. It's all just basic tutorial stuff. The squad-leader tutorial is rough and pretty much requires you read the info on movement orders and controls. So far that part looks complicated but I'm sure after a few hours of dishing out orders it will become second nature. To start off you have several missions you have to complete before opening up more.

First one is solo mission very similar to OpF's stop the convoy mission. Plus there is a built in "my mission" generator with some very basic stuff. Not to mention the editor.

I'll bet you a hundred dollars the only difference with the NA release will be a pre-hacked English version (no user activated stuff required) with a NA box... nothing more besides the latest patch already installed.

So far it is well worth the 33.5 Euros (about $43 USD) I paid for it. At the link listed below. Thanks for the tip.

Edit: After playing through most the ground-pounder part of the tutorial and completing the first mission (after about a dozen attempts) I came away feeling like I was playing OpF... not the exact game since the graphics are better. It's hard core. The vehicle and character movements still feel kind of quirky. But it's one shot one kill and playing smart is the only way (short of a God-Mode hack) to win.

Though the game plays out differently each time (except the scripted parts of course) I finally took out the convoy of trucks, most of their escorts, and then used one of their vehicles to get to the extraction zone. As the helo hovered to land a damn patrol in the woods nearby shot and killed the pilot but I was able to use the turret mounted gun to take them out so that the co-pilot could bring her back in and pick me up. Damn good time.

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News Comments > Armed Assault Patches and Server
11. Re: Very Tempting Dec 18, 2006, 15:59 Paranoid Jack
It's going to take a few (edit: I meant a couple) hours since the server seems to be capped at 330Kb/s though we are talking about a Czech server so the distance may be a factor.

Looking forward to some large as life maps.

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News Comments > Armed Assault Patches and Server
9. Very Tempting Dec 18, 2006, 15:33 Paranoid Jack
I heard it is very "hard-core" you have to qualify for weapons and the like (just like AA). And some say the weapons are almost to accurate. I have the week off and I am getting bored of the beta (too many hours logged already) so I may just take the risk. It's only $43 USD at the current exchange rate not to shabby.

The biggest draw-back for most will be the steep learning curve after play BF games.

Hell at this point there is nothing else I really want game-wise... and I still have a few hundred left on the old company debt card. I'll let you know later today or tomorrow.

I just hope this game has as big a mod community as the previous version had. Hell, the OpF demo itself had huge amounts of mods.

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News Comments > Desert Diner Announced
4. Re: No subject Dec 17, 2006, 19:40 Paranoid Jack
"Sounds like little mroe than an ad for PhysX" LoL, could be because that is all is?

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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Did somebody say Storm Trooper? Dec 16, 2006, 14:05 Paranoid Jack
Jesus... (that's pronounced HeyZeus here in Cali)

I guess the police state is alive and well in most of the world except those areas where insurgents, cartel, and warlords rule the day.

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News Comments > Evening Screenshots
1. Vanguard Saga of Heroes Dec 16, 2006, 12:41 Paranoid Jack
Holy Shit! Did you see the price on their collector's edition?


And if you read the bonus items list it doesn't look any different than any other game.

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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Skinny
15. Re: Now its coming all together! Dec 15, 2006, 00:40 Paranoid Jack
If you freeze it it says Memories, it's a menu screen.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Rainbow Six: Vegas
2. Re: Is this a port? Dec 14, 2006, 15:39 Paranoid Jack
"lockdown was not too bad"

That is the first time I have heard that from anyone who like the originals. Sometimes people say, "Lockdown was not too good" but usually it's far more descriptive with colourful language to show how much they thought it sucked.

After hearing it from an old Clan-mate or three I avoided Lockdown like the plague. Even so I have a pre-order in for this one and I hope to be pleasantly surprised like I was with GRAW.

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News Comments > Alien RPG Announced
37. Re: No subject Dec 13, 2006, 20:44 Paranoid Jack
"I felt the same way. While certainly not Bioware's best work, I did enjoy KOTOR 1... and I couldn't stand the sequel. Everybody talks about how great it was up until the end... I probably played an hour of it before never touching my friend's xbox again. Booooring."

That sounds like me except describing my experience with KotoR(1). I'm not a huge Star Wars fan but I just could not get into it. I tried twice. First at launch and then a year or so later... both times I felt the world was just to shallow and sterile.

I meant to give it another (third) try but I gave it to my brothers son because he is a huge Star Wars fan and needed another game.

I'm thinking of trying Jade Empire (PC) but not sure I want to if it's in the same mold as KotoR.

As afar as Aliens the RPG it could be good and I hope the setting is on a future Earth (or another planet) after the population uses WMD to kill off living hosts for the face-huggers.

So it could be a PA world like Fallout but much farther in the future. With the few survivors of the human race fighting the few surviving Aliens hunting them for use as hosts to breed.

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News Comments > Jagged Alliance 3
8. Re: Finger crossed Dec 12, 2006, 20:18 Paranoid Jack
Steroid, what game is that you are reviewing? S2 or BE5?

I have seen mostly positive reviews at the retail sites but have not visited the official forums. Every positive reviewer has stated how it is the best turn-based tactical game or compared it to JA and/or S2. If the AI in Brigade E5 is what you are talking about please let me know. I have stopped playing NWN2 because of the AI, hoping to see a patch soon.

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News Comments > Rainbow Six: Vegas Patch
9. Re: No subject Dec 12, 2006, 16:11 Paranoid Jack
EB told me it would be in stores tomorrow the 13th as well. So somebody pick it up and let us know what you think...

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News Comments > Gearbox & Obsidian on Aliens?
21. Re: Hmmm Dec 12, 2006, 09:58 Paranoid Jack
Just think of the possibilities of an Aliens RPG? If they do it justice it will be huge...

If one of your troops gets a face-hugger attached to his cranium you have to kill'em right? Since there was no way to remove them due to the acid blood.


"As a direct result of Fox's efforts over the past 27 years, Alien has become one of the most recognized franchises in the motion picture industry"

If this doesn't make you feel old... but has it been 27 years since the first? Double checked and it was '79 for the first and '86 for the second movie. Damn!

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News Comments > Jagged Alliance 3
6. Re: No subject Dec 12, 2006, 09:46 Paranoid Jack
Did anyone buy (or play) Brigade E5? I had it in my hands at EB the other day. But since I have yet to finished (or even get the feeling I am done with) Gothic 3, NWN2, and Nightfall I didn't think it was a wise purchase. Not to mention the MMO Beta I'm in (which is taking up all my gaming time) so I figured it would just sit there collecting dust. I hope to try it out another time. Customer ratings are fairly good but critics are slamming it.

On a side note there are at least two (or three) other games that are in development that are playing off the whole JA's "spiritual successor" angle. I think two actually had the JA name at one point until the rug got pulled out from under them.

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