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Signed On Nov 5, 2001, 00:47
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
9. Re: Backwards Compatability Nov 17, 2006, 20:30 Paranoid Jack
"Sure thing ma'am, we got like 200 in stock! They lasted for about ten minutes after the doors opened."

There I fixed it.

Mass Effect is looking bad-ass. Too bad no PC version...

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News Comments > Neverwinter Nights Q&A
1. Patch? Nov 16, 2006, 09:52 Paranoid Jack
I was hoping they were going to ask them about the patch. When we would see it? Though the Q&A was probably done some time ago and they held onto it until now.

I tried getting back into the game again last night and after telling all my party members to stand their ground I lead the way in search mode looking for traps.

Funny thing was I had control over the main character but when he spotted a trap he disarmed it on his own. Not one trap but the next four. It was almost like a Dungeon Siege flash-back... the game was almost playing itself.

I can deal with the camera. There are enough different modes of use that at least one or two are appropriate for the situation. But this buggy AI is starting to turn me off from the game. That is my biggest complaint... pretty much my only complaint.

The game is pretty good and by far better than the original. Does anyone have any idea about the patch? I went to the official forums but there's a damned spoiler of some type in every post there.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - NA Gothic 3
31. Re: No subject Nov 14, 2006, 20:42 Paranoid Jack
As far as the lame ass NWN2 camera... there are five different modes of use. At least one of them should be to your liking. I usually use two or three depending on what the environment is and the scope of the battle.

I am enjoying both games but after having some frustration with party & path-finding AI and the occasional camera taking on a life of it's own I went back to playing G3.

Level 27 now. Even with the bugs there is still more pleasure than frustration to be had. Of course I am not experiencing many crashes and very few quests with bugs. I think part of the trouble with the quests is how they tie in to other events in the game world. At least from what I have noticed. If you do certain things you auto complete a quest that you may not even have had. And that may have eliminated some possible dialog options for other quests.

Slight Spoiler!!!

Hard to give an example but when I first came across the Nordmar clan which had lost their forge inside the mountain... the Orks had taken it over. I didn't know that because the direction I was traveling I found the south-western entrance first. I started clearing Orks. I fought Orks for hours and at some point I became an Ork Killing God. I could take any Ork out with one swipe of my sword. I mowed down about a hundred or more before reaching that forge inside by the flowing lava. When I finally killed the last Ork beside the forge I leveled up and XP started scrolling past at a crazy rate. Due to the huge numbers of Orks I had killed. As I explored the clan arrived and depending on who I spoke with I got more XP for doing some quest or another I hadn't even taken via dialog option.

Not sure how many quests I missed out on but since the game is so large I don't think it will matter much if any. My advise to anyone wanting to buy G3 is to first decide if you are an easily frustrated person if so hold off until the game is properly patched. If minor or possibly some major issues don't make you mad or angry then get the game regardless. Because like G2 this game has something that most other RPGs can't touch.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - NA Gothic 3
21. Re: hahah #20 Nov 14, 2006, 17:12 Paranoid Jack
Thanks, I had to laugh when I read your quote and I had typed found any twice in a row. Talk about a skipping record. That sounded like Tommy Two Times.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - NA Gothic 3
17. Re: hahah Nov 14, 2006, 16:08 Paranoid Jack
"Hmm I bought a lifetime subscription to that but I'm getting a bit bored with the constant grinding - would kinda like new dungeons to explore"

When playing it I would always recommend you try your sword out in the moaning cavern before grinding away in the dungeon.

As far as G3 has anyone found any found any Nordmar Nogginfog? Or even know what the hell it is? I need some to craft a sword...

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: PS3 Preorders Nov 14, 2006, 12:51 Paranoid Jack
What makes me laugh is (and I almost feel badly about laughing) that Sony pointed their stubby Japanese fingers at MS the entire 360 launch and chuckled and made numerous media statements as to how their release would not have these issues and that anyone wanting a PS3 on release day would have one. LOL

Yeah, they finally got a grip with reality about six months or so back and started admitting there would be shortages. Yet they still claimed the reason they didn't start mass producing the units until just a few months ago... well it was all part of their plan. There was nothing wrong we planned it this way. Bahaha

And after the shortages with the 360 GameStop/EBGames held off taking pre-orders of PS3. Waited until they had the best estimates they could get from Sony. But it was all for nothing. Sony still dropped the ball and has made even more errors in their launch than MS.

Not that I care or want one just feel bad for all those that do. Plus I love to hate Sony like most people love to hate MS.

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News Comments > Gothic 3 Demo
15. Re: Well.... Nov 10, 2006, 20:47 Paranoid Jack
Going by what people have said, strip away all the bugs and the game is pretty plain.

I guess you could say that. Just opposite of Oblivion... strip away all the shiny graphics and the game is very plain. But to choose between the two I would pick Gothic anytime. Hard to put it into words. Gothic just feels more fleshed out (bugs and all). The world looks more real less Disneyland. The tension never leaves you as you're exploring. Though Oblivion was good at using sound effects and music to set the mood the easily killed creatures always riped that away.

As far as the voice acting... yeah, somethings get lost in the translations. The voice acting isn't Patrick Stewart and it may be a bit low budget at times but at least they aren't all the same half a dozen psychos with multiple personality disorder.

Oblivion had/has tons of issues... it is just easier to overlook for some since the graphics are shiny and the polish is on in a lot of places.

So basically it comes down to taste and what you find acceptable. Both games are great at times and good at the very least though for different reasons to different people.

Gothic 3 will take it place as another undersold classic in the years to come no doubt. And yeah the blame lies squarely with PB and the publishers for not taking more time to polish it for the masses.

One of the biggest selling points about G3 (and your mileage may vary)... for me it gets better the more I play. Exact opposite of Oblivion which got more shallow the longer I played. And again I know the big O has some mods that changed it for the better I just haven't gotten over the felling it left me with after playing it. So I am looking forward to the replaying of the big O in a year or two when Vista has totally screwed the gaming industry and everyone is replaying old games on XP instead of upgrading to Vista.

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News Comments > Knights of the Nine Clarified
8. Re: No subject Nov 10, 2006, 10:13 Paranoid Jack
They should call it Knights of the 9.99!

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News Comments > Neverwinter Nights 2 Hotfix
9. Re: No subject Nov 10, 2006, 10:09 Paranoid Jack
Killing or Culling... Just get'er done!

I'm happy so far... 80% of the time at least. Just that 20% with the crap AI, crap path-finding, and crap camera getting stuck or jerking around walls and buildings that tarnishes this other-wise very good game.

I haven't tried playing the evil side but I hear it pretty much doesn't exist. Basically the goodie-toe-shoes response to everything is up top and at the bottom of each dialog tree is the evil or chaotic response. Strange because mostly the evil side just seems like playing a smart-ass sarcastic character... not a pure evil character. Or are they the same? Not to me... at least not 100% of the time.

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News Comments > Gothic 3 Demo Friday
28. Re: No subject Nov 8, 2006, 21:44 Paranoid Jack
Well, I am Paranoia! And I love G3 and NWN2. Not perfect but damned fun games. Anyone who claims either is a POS is a can or two short of a six-pack. G3 has ten times the atmosphere that Oblivion had. Not to mention a hundred times more tension due to the great environment and huge ass game-world.

I'm Paranoid Jack and I endorse this ad.

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News Comments > Evening Q&As
14. Re: No subject Nov 8, 2006, 10:18 Paranoid Jack
I agree on avoiding the official forums. Unless you're having major issues which I am not. Just minor ones here.

I hate reading even the smallest of spoilers which can be found everywhere when you have thousands of posters hitting the boards.

Over-all its a great game from the party member story and/or plot aspect. And the combat side can be good fun until the bugs or AI issues pop up. Funny how they aren't persistent... just appear now and then. Usually while you are fighting a mob.

Thanks for the camera tip I will try it out as soon as I return from work.

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News Comments > Gothic 3 Euro Patch
9. Re: HUGE Nov 8, 2006, 09:55 Paranoid Jack
This game is definitely a "grower" for me. The more you play it the more you like it.

I agree. And I second what Venomhed stated. I'll also agree that this game would have been so much better with a few months of hard-core polishing (Quality Assurance). The deeper I go the more I like it. And even though I have spent most of my points on Hunting skills I can still handle some of the tougher creatures in melee. Only thing I hate about combat is the constant step forward with every action. Other than that its pretty damned fun.

The over-all game atmosphere is way beyond most cRPGs and I can't remember any action cRPGs being this tension filled. I'm not sure if its a character development thing or play-style but I can actually take on a pack of five or six wolves and have a good chance at survival. I switch to a pole-arm do a spin attack scoring hits on several at once. Then as each wolf moves in closer for his lung I change directions and swing at him. Usually scoring a hit on him plus a couple others in the arc. Attacking targets to your rear is very important. If you don't and only attack your front opponents you will most likely die.

As far as the AI, it is a bit of bitter-sweet. Like with the roaming packs of wolves. They halt and then attack as an aggressive group. But once you score a few hits they hold back surrounding you and taking turns lunging in for a hit. Other times the AI path-finding can cause issues, nothing new here seems 75% of all games have this issue.

But exploring the realistic looking environments just pulls me into the game-world. And being surprised by a boar at night (or other bigger creatures) actually makes you jump.

I picked up NWN2 and it took me three days playing it before I stopped wanting to go back to G3. But now that I have reached NW and am having more annoying party AI issues fighting in tomes and dungeons I am thinking about switching back to G3.

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News Comments > Evening Q&As
5. Is it just me or is... Nov 8, 2006, 01:09 Paranoid Jack
... the party AI all hit and miss? Click a behavior tab for all party members not to pick locks/disable traps auto yet the rogue still does it. Right click to tell all party members to stand their ground then select another character for something and watch the member you just had control over go running at the enemy (though you just told ALL to stand their ground).

That is the most annoying part of the game so far. Telling the party to attack nearest and two of the three just stand there? Not to mention getting stuck on placed objects... so yeah, the path-finding also needs some work.

It can be totally frustrating when these small bugs and the camera all go wacko in the middle of a battle down a tight corridor.

Not that I am not enjoying the game for the most part... it's just that (like Gothic 3) this game should have been held back for another month or two of polishing.

Both are good games but could have been great.

EDIT: As far as Puppet mode goes... same things happen to me when I have puppet mode selected. When you go puppet the AI should be totally off yet when changing from one member to another some of the AI options are still kicking in and causing the previously controlled member to run AI even though the AI should be off.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Neverwinter Nights 2
78. Re: EB Games...suck Nov 1, 2006, 21:17 Paranoid Jack
Down load it unless you absolutely have to have the crap Limited Edition version or just want to have it on disc.

Oh, try to get the huge 82.7mb patch while you are waiting for the arrival. I went the pre-order route but had it over-nighted and thanks to God they used UPS not Fed-Ex(those asshole won't leave anything without a signature, even after signing the authorization for them to do just that).

Anyway downloading the patch now and read most of the manual off the net last night.... Sad, I know.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Phone Line Sep 3, 2006, 22:06 Paranoid Jack
I hope Blue read my last few posts about this subject... if he has the new demarcation with a test port he can just unplug it there before bed and when the cop shows up at 3:30 am tonight he can take him to the side of the house and show him that his shit is unplugged which isolated his house from the circuit. Meaning the trouble is outside on Verizon's network. And then he can redirect the cop to Verizon's local offices.

Crossed lines can cause many issues from incorrect billing (charges on the wrong account) to an old school party line effect (with two or more groups having two or more conversations at the same time and able to hear and talk to each other).

Never heard of one calling 911 repeatedly. Though it may be an alarm on the circuit doing it. Or the MTU I mentioned before.

I am still baffled that it has taken this long. If Blue has not called to speak with a supervisor he really is shooting himself in the foot here. Though its possible a section of cable is wet and they are fixing it only to get wet again but if the cable is in such a poor condition they should replace the section to end this madness. Damned squirrels are hell on those cables.

Here in Cali if a residential customer requests a new demarcation (with a test port) as long as the previous demarcation is the out-dated type and not just a vandalized one (due to the tenant being a complete idiot) we put one on free of charge. Should be the same everywhere else but who knows?

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News Comments > Company of Heroes Demo Next Week
8. Re: No subject Sep 1, 2006, 23:15 Paranoid Jack
Demo was available here ( ) before the magazine was in most of the subscribers hands.

It's Omaha Beach and Carentan. Pretty fun but it seems not to be as optimised... as I am hoping the final version will be.

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News Comments > Jagged Alliance Alliance Dissolved
9. Damn... Sep 1, 2006, 23:11 Paranoid Jack
I was looking forward to this one. But I guess a cancellation is better than a shit product any-day. Did anyone have any hands on time with this (either version)?

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News Comments > Dark Messiah Steam & LE Plans
12. No subject #4 Aug 31, 2006, 19:37 Paranoid Jack
The game uses the Source Engine right? ... so it is FREE for them to distribute over Steam. That info was released in an interview or two over the past few months. Unless they (Valve) have some kind of clause to prevent large blood-sucking publishers from getting even richer from their developers.

So I would hope Arkane at the very least gets a larger percentage of the units sold via Steam.

Has anyone played more than the short demo? I was left sitting on the fence since the game didn't thrill me. Just wondering if it gets better than the demo?

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News Comments > Into the Black
7. D' oH! Aug 31, 2006, 02:54 Paranoid Jack
If that is all that was causing the trouble why the hell did it take so many techs and visits? If that is our competition I am not worried.

If it was just a wet terminal on the pole the first guy should have found it. I realize the lines dry out on occasion and your meter won't show any trouble but that is rare. If metered properly from both ends they should have seen an unbalance at the very least if not swinging trouble (short, ground, and/or cross battery). Not to mention there are other ways to test for it besides a regular SideKick.

I guess it is the quality of the training and the attitude of the employee that is most likely the cause for this kind of poor service.

Either way glad to hear things are better now.

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News Comments > Battlefield 2142 Demo Plans
24. Re: poe2 is more fun Aug 31, 2006, 02:38 Paranoid Jack
"Although I agree with many of the negative comments toward BF2 anything, the fact is, when the shiny new boxes appear on the shelf for 2142 a lot of you naysayers will plunk down the cash and buy it."

"i suspect bf2142 will end up just like battlefield vietnam did in my collection. played for a couple weeks before i went back to a good mod for the mainstay (bf2+poe2 in this case, bf1942+dc back then)

i may pass on 2142 altogether, depending on some more full reviews once it's out."

I say fuck them. I say lets boycott their sorry ass rehash BF version 4.0, I say let anyone who claims they will not buy BF2142 put their name to this list... rise up Blue's Members, UNITE!

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