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News Comments > Gold - Half-Life 2: Episode One
142. How BIG is the download? Jun 3, 2006, 06:33 vajbern
 

Actually, I should be asking: how BIG is the DOWNload? Because preloading must be over.

Thanks.

 
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News Comments > Gold - Half-Life 2: Episode One
141. How BIG is the preload? Jun 3, 2006, 06:31 vajbern
 
Can someone tell me how big this preload is? I'm very close to my cap and don't want to risk being charged by the MB above that limit.

Cheers.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
118. Re: Time for a hiatus... Nov 2, 2004, 17:08 vajbern
 
Bush got the CIA to lie to the American public

Or maybe the CIA had no clue. Even Russia believed there were WMDs in Iraq. All the debate in the U.N. at the time was centered around how to enforce their Iraq's lack of compliance. I'm sure the inspectors would still be looking for them today. But no, that's the idea of a stupid American, right?


Where do you think the KGB gets alot of its intelligence? The CIA for Godssake (spies or conveniently leaked false information, most likely, to try drum up some international support).

Saddam refused to let the inspectors into Iraq UNTIL war looked inevitable. But Bush wanted the oil and so wouldn't hear of sending in the inspectors, even though the UN thought they should go in to prevent (this illegitimate) war.

You Bush supporters should practice some empathy. How would you feel if another country (the US), or even the UN forced you to let inspectors come into your country for 10 years to search for weapons/technology originally given to you by the now-aggressor country (the US) because they had wanted you to purchase their manufactured weapons to allow you to fight your neighbor (Iran)?
We saw the same scenario in Afghanistan: US government selling weapons to the Taliban to allow them to fight the Russians. After the war there was nothing left to justify the fight, and the US government withheld the aide that they promised to give when the fighting was over.

It's funny. One of the debates: Bush accused Kerry of flip-flopping over the Iraq invasion, but he had only supported the invasion because of the lies Bush had the CIA tell about the existence of WMD.

What a fucked-up country the US is? Good to see some people are smart enough to ask why the terrorism of 911 occurred in the first place. Getting the answers might make your country safer and prevent further attacks in the future... but finding the answers would be unpatriotic, right? You stupid Bush supporters!!!

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
84. Re: Time for a hiatus... Nov 2, 2004, 15:48 vajbern
 

Don't cloud the issues with propaganda.
The UN did not do their job. PERIOD.


You fool, Batman. If the UN hadn't done their job then the US army would have found those WMD when they invaded Iraq? Bush got the CIA to lie to the American public about everything so he could get at that Iraqi oil and make himself, his Dad, and puppet-master Cheney even richer than they already were. Also, the war created a smoke-screen that would distract the US public away from the fact that he LET OBL escape (and don't that wasn't done on purpose, the Bush's and Bin Laden being very close friends and all).

OBL has been portrayed as a psycopath in the past, but reading the transcript reveals him to be an extremely intelligent man. Wish we could say the same for the Cheney's puppet, Bush.

Praise be to Halliburton, for they will make Cheney even more wealthy when he is forced to give up the presidency and resume the position they have held for him until this Iraq invasion (conflict of interest) ceases.

It always amazes me how fear can make people act irrationally. Bush has the public thinking they have been in grave danger since 911. He would have you believe that terrorist attacks could happen any time, and many attacks have been thwarted. They could happen at any time, but they haven't because OBL hasn't ordered them to happen: 911 the attacks were calculated and subsequent attacks have not been thwarted because they were never planned. One moronic British muslim waring a shoe-bomb doesn't sound like a calculated attack to me.

The WTC was chosen because the images of those skyscrapers collapsing would resonate throughtout the world for a very long time (as they have). Timothy McVeigh proved that it doesn't take much planning/effort to drive an explosive-laden vehicle up to a building and cause catastrophe. This would have happened again since 911 but al Quaeda didn't want to terrorise indiscriminately. Don't you think al Quaeda would have tried this again (early 90's attack on WTC)? The US is just as insecure as before 911 and you can't watch every truck (or other potential drivable explosive).

911 took 4 years of planning and training. OBL wanted to shake the American public up and it worked. He isn't the indiscriminate, psychotic killer that the Bush government would have us believe. All the US government has to do to return the US to its former level of security is to change its foreign policy and stop interferring in the Middle East. But there is too much money to be made selling arms to Israel and manipulating the whole oil industry with this interference.

I look at the US from the outside and can't believe anyone would vote for Bush. He has played the patriotism card extremely well and Americans seem too stupid to realise this. Is it patriotic to not serve in the military yourself, and then send 1000+ soldiers to their deaths for an illegitimate war because of fictitious WMD that you had NO evidence even existed?

Kerry has stated that the war was not legitimate. He has also stated in the debates that he would build bridges and regain alliances. That gives me some comfort that he will put the US back on the right path. Bush seems only to want to escalate things. And he won't be able to kill the terrorists without polarising currently, US-allied muslims, perpetuating the terrorists. Eventually they will see it as a religious war, if they haven't already.

I just hope that y'all do the right thing and get Bu(ll)sh(it) out of the Whitehouse. It will make the whole world a much safer place.


An outside's opinion.

 
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News Comments > Half-Life 2 Release Dates?
178. Re: Gabe&MSFT Oct 4, 2004, 21:20 vajbern
 


They actually HAD a singleplayer only package; and everyone bitched at them say it's just another moneymaking scheme and ways to trick morons into having to pay extra for the full version.. Then they had to get rid of the SP only package when Sierra died. Funny how people are bitching about THAT too.

EDIT: And did you really have to spam that into this thread after double-posting it into the other Source thread that's STILL on the popular threads list? Yeesh..

Sincerely,
Jeremy Dunn


I don't know much about anything but dolls and dresses so I wanted to know what other people thought about it.

Anyway, better get back to the kitchen and the sewing.

No wonder you're single, Jeremy.


 
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News Comments > Half-Life 2 Release Dates?
168. Re: Gabe&MSFT Oct 3, 2004, 16:28 vajbern
 

That fat f**k Gabe learned well from the evil Bastard "Satan" Gates: trying to get the biggest piece of the pie possible... and Gabe obviously loves his pie.

I don't want that shite Counterstrike. I just want HL2 and HL1: Source. Why don't they have a single-player option? Having Counterstrike bundled with any HL2 option is like having to install Internet Explorer with Windows... purely Gates-ian.

I think I'll hold off a few months after release and then pick the game up in the bargain bins, but that could be in 2010 with all the smokescreens Valve are ushering up. (theft and now the latest problems with Vivendi: don't be surprised if this leads to yet another long delay)

Let's see if it beats Quake 4 out the door.

One girl's opinion. PEACE!!!

 
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News Comments > C-S: Source Next Week
136. Re: Gabe&MSFT Oct 3, 2004, 00:12 vajbern
 

That fat f**k Gabe learned well from the evil Bastard "Satan" Gates: trying to get the biggest piece of the pie possible... and Gabe obviously loves his pie.

I don't want that shite Counterstrike. I just want HL2 and HL1: Source. Why don't they have a single-player option? Having Counterstrike bundled with any HL2 option is like having to install Internet Explorer with Windows... purely Gates-ian.

I think I'll hold off a few months after release and then pick the game up in the bargain bins, but that could be in 2010 with all the smokescreens Valve are ushering up.
Let's see if it beats Quake 4 out the door.

One girl's opinion. PEACE!!!

 
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News Comments > C-S: Source Next Week
135. Re: Gabe@MSFT Oct 3, 2004, 00:12 vajbern
 

That fat f**k Gabe learned well from the evil Bastard "Satan" Gates: trying to get the biggest piece of the pie possible... and Gabe obviously loves his pie.

I don't want that shite Counterstrike. I just want HL2 and HL1: Source. Why don't they have a single-player option? Having Counterstrike bundled with any HL2 option is like having to install Internet Explorer with Windows... purely Gates-ian.

I think I'll hold off a few months after release and then pick the game up in the bargain bins, but that could be in 2010 with all the smokescreens Valve are ushering up.
Let's see if it beats Quake 4 out the door.

One girl's opinion. PEACE!!!

 
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News Comments > Carmack Working Ahead
40. Re: Engines Jul 21, 2004, 03:13 vajbern
 

I bet the first time John Carmack saw the Unreal 3 tech demo he went straight to work; figuring out what he could do to improve beyond it.

It will be interesting to see what his next engine looks like, and how much better again it is.

I think striving for close to photo-realism is a good thing. I think that a point will come, very soon, where developers (and players) will be content with the graphics standard and just concentrate on improving the non-engine , fun parts of their games.

If you are capable of creating great graphics engines then why not do it? The shadows in DOOM 3 are supposed to add another dimension to multiplayer because your shadow can give you away. We'll have to wait a fortnight to see if that is the case.


Bring it on... in 13 days.

 
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News Comments > Game Movies - DOOM 3
62. Re: DOOM 3 pewter figurine Jul 18, 2004, 05:01 vajbern
 

I'm just dying to get hold of the pewter mancubus that we get with the game in my region. Then I'll be able to play mock doom army games using my soldier figurines as doom marines. The fun me and the lads will have.

I can't wait...

Seriously now: all that new footage has made me a strong believer once again, that Doom 3 will scream, if only very slowly on my system. I thought JC had sent his skills up into space.

One question: When the hell is id going to release an updated, official PC trailer for this?
All this new footage makes the trailer from last year look pretty ordinary, if only because you actually get enough time to get a feel for the game.

Bring it on...


 
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News Comments > Xbox 2 & PC Hybrid?
29. Re: no way May 27, 2004, 15:57 vajbern
 


The beauty of a PC is the ability to customize and upgrade. If you don't have those two abilities, even a "hybrid PC" is just a console with a few extra bells and whistles


Is the ability to upgrade even relevant?? How long has it been between necessary PC hardware upgrades? It wasn't necessary between Quake 3 Arena and Far Cry: That's FOUR+ years.

Remember all those fools who, a full year ago, upgraded to ATI 9800 and GeForce FX cards, all in anticipation of games that STILL don't have release dates: D3 and HL2. Funny how they deny it, or how they justify their stupidity by saying they have enjoyed this game (or that game) more because of it, but they have still lost a few hundred bucks. They just couldn't wait.

(I know HL2 DID have a release date, but it was always foolish to buy before the game went GOLD.)

I'm strictly a PC player, but with the increasing development time of next generation games we could be waiting FIVE years for games that definitely require an upgrade of hardware. If a console emerges that can play contemporary games at decent resolutions (and FPS), with the same feel as the PC version of the same game, and with less setup hassle than setting up some PC games the usefulness of the console could be long enough to sustain me until games requiring more grunt come along.

For far too long we have been caught up in this upgrade hype. Some people are upgrading their video cards to the latest/best every 6 months and for no other reason than to have the best. Some people are even upgrading their whole systems as frequently.

The rest of us are turning down a few features, and the resolution, and still enjoying the same games, upgrading every few years, and only when it is absolutely necessary.

So if the next X-BOX is fairly high-end and has a decent usefulness duration, it might be a good alternative to a PC twice the price.

If it is a hybrid maybe it can be upgraded.

 
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News Comments > id's Next Game
113. Re: DOOM3 in 2003??? May 21, 2004, 08:21 vajbern
 

The problems between 3dRealms and Take Two shows us that there can be communication issues between developers and distributors.

That poster is the only indication of 2003 being the release year for DOOM3. Remember that John Carmack has never stated any release schedule for this game.

Dagok: Why don't you work for Electronic Arts anymore? Did they finally realise that you didn't know what the f**k you were doing? Or did they reach their demise, all thanks to you? (troll ends)

Why does Dagok want to argue this point so much when noone else took 2003 as a serious release "date"?

Unless the developers say it is going to be released at a particaular time then don't believe the hype, unless of course the developers are VALVE... then believe nobody.

 
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News Comments > id's Next Game
103. Re: Dagok May 19, 2004, 16:37 vajbern
 
id may not have released a specific release date...

That is the important thing here, Dagok.

... but both id and Activision said for a long time that it would be out by the end of 2003.

That is irrelevent. An actual release date has some relevance. Every company has a goal release period (Xmas/summer/whenever), but I can't remember another company denying delays up to less than a week from their scheduled release date (VALVE).

Even though I have looked for any mention of a release date for DOOM3 I can't say I have seen every mention of a release information from id software. That banner is the only mention I can remember seeing regarding the release status of DOOM3. And it is so vague that it is irrelevent... as are you Dagok (see how I added that pathetic troll ending?).

Enough!! Not everyone is going to enjoy each or both of these games so everyone should STFU and wait and see how good each game is.

"GOOD DAY!!!... GOOD DAY!!!" (in my best "70's Show" FES accent)

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News Comments > id's Next Game
86. Re: Dagok May 17, 2004, 17:28 vajbern
 

As far as the developers history, I'm more inclined to say at least id will release this game, where as Half-Life 2 might not see the light of day this year.

Hate to burst the idiot bubble that you live in, but Doom 3 was also originally scheduled for last year and was also delayed, without reason, for another year.

"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

Who's the idiot, Dagok??

id have never announced a release date for DOOM 3, so how can you say it was supposed to be released last year? John Carmack has said "the game is very close now" and we have no reason to doubt him.

Valve, however, did announce their release date for Half-Life 2 (Sept 30 2003) and denied a delay right up until a week before that "deadline". Can we believe anything Valve say?

Gabe Newell just wanted ATI to sell as many video cards before the announcement of the delay as they could because of the $8Mil ATI gave them.

Regardless of all this BS, I will purchase and enjoy both of these games. I trust that DOOM 3 will be out soon, but hold no trust that Half-Life 2 will too. I hope to be pleasantly surprised.

Enjoy both!!

 
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News Comments > id's Next Game
84. Re: Romero's contribution to Quake May 17, 2004, 17:00 vajbern
 

I don't feel as if Romero screwed Quake up, and I don't see how you can say that, but you're entitled to your opinion.
If by screwed up, you mean by id's public image with his superstardom and arrogance, then perhaps you're right.
I think his levels were of great contribution to Quake.
He made the first episode of Quake, including the boss stage, and the last boss in the end map. He added some level of interaction to the game, like how you had to use the environment to kill the bosses rather than just blowing the crap out of them with a rocket launcher. I know this is nothing big now, but there were few fps games then that did this.


Romero made one episode 1 level and all of Episode 2, IIRC.

Didn't he want Quake to be a Dungeons and Dragons type game, devoid of all the "modern" weaponry the player ended up carrying?

 
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News Comments > Still More Game Movies
37. Re: F.Y.I.!!! May 13, 2004, 05:23 vajbern
 

Exactly how big IS the new Half Life 2 E3 movie??

 
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News Comments > More on the H-L2 Date
88. Re: 6800 vs X800 May 5, 2004, 20:06 vajbern
 

I've only looked at a couple of comparing reviews and it looks like the 6800 Ultra is outperforming the X800 in fps. However the difference is not hugely significant, and the X800 uses HALF the power (&slots) the 6800 uses, plus produces much less heat.

Does anyone know how the actual visual qualities of the cards compare? I've read that Radeon have always displayed significantly better quality images, but I'm wondering if this is still true, even for the later generation cards.
To me playable (30 fps) visual quality is more important than pure high fps: I'd rather look at a rose at 30 fps than a shit at 60fps.

Although I have owned two GF cards (2 MX and 3 Ti200) I found the visual quality of both to be very washed out. Neither displayed the last two Quake games even nearly as crisply as my old i740 card.

Anybody have any comments regarding how effectively Radeons and GFs handle AA and AF? Anybody at different times own both cards and are capable of comparing them?

THANX

 
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News Comments > It Came from E3, Part 0
64. Re: Why D3&HL2 are delayed... again!!! May 3, 2004, 23:48 vajbern
 

Zeph: very, very funny.

ID: Hi Gabe, I see you've delayed HL2 again. Still having problems with the AI? I could help.

Valve: No John, you know the rules of business. I don't want to be sued by you for royalties when our game kicks your ass.


I'm not 100% sure but I think John Carmack only works on the games (rendering) engine and not the character AI. But your post is still hilarious, and mine is neither definitely correct nor important.

 
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News Comments > It Came from E3, Part 0
63. Re: F.Y.I.!!! May 3, 2004, 23:33 vajbern
 

I'm getting sick of these idiots complaining about havng to wait months to get copies of the HalfLife movies.

The 600+meg shakycam movie was of fairly good quality: good enough to be indicative of the quality of the game itself, and I still have it on my computer. It took me a few days to download with my 56 k dial-up, but the date I unzipped it was 2003/05/22.

The HQ-Bink movies were a little disappointing because, although they were significantly clearer than the massive shakycam video, they revealed every single visual artifact problem with the game: no anti-aliasing to clean up the "jaggies".

The shakycam movie left me completely awe-struck, and I would hate for Valve to not release another (or two) this time round. F**K the bink videos. I don't want to wait weeks for them to be slowly bled onto the net. I don't mind taking a few days to download a couple of large HL2 movies immediately after E3, like I did last year (if you're reading, Valve).

So please stop complaining about having to wait for the media to be released to everyone. Or we probably won't see anything till the damned game is released.


"If we wait long enough, IT will come!!!"

 
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News Comments > Half-Life 2 in Summer at Soonest
269. Re: Why D3&HL2 are delayed... again!!! Feb 10, 2004, 14:43 vajbern
 
So what's the minimum spec for each game?
I read somewhere that the minimum spec for DOOM for example was a 1GHz Pentium 4 with 512Mb RAM and a GeForce 3.
That's not so astronomical anymore is it?


That's what they said, but you wouldn't want to play it at the fps and video quality possible with those specs.

Also, when the deathmatch was demonstrated at Quakecon to still be playable the resolution was turned down to 640x480, and that was while using the latest Geforce cards at the time (GF FX 5900, I think).

I'm probably wrong but I think both games are DX9, so you might need a DX9 vid card to play them PROPERLY (decent graphics/resolution at a playable FPS).

PEACE!! OUT!!

 
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