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Posted on: Nov 7 2009, 06:12 AM





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13224636 still technically in use because I've used multi-IM clients like trillian and digsby over last 5+ years.





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Posted on: Oct 14 2008, 05:56 PM





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sure as hell not wasting my time with another Mythic Entertainment product (but hey if you like to do that...go so Wolfie there)..... will be fighting the Lion King on Azgalor.
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Posted on: Aug 15 2008, 09:54 AM





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I picked this game up out of the bargain bin last month just for something different to play (haven't done a single player RPG in years). Not as enamored with it as others (actually the Zero Punctuation review was fairly on target) but have had some fun with the flexible nature of the game. Something enjoyable about having an NPC hire you to follow other people and instead breaking into his house and robbing him blind....then lying to him to collect quest reward (more money)...and then reporting him to the guards so they kill him and you get to loot his corpse.


Main complaint with it is stability. Only way it remotely behaves is if I turn down settings so far that I might as well be playing a 10 year old game. At first I was worried I had discovered something wrong with my quad core machine (which had flawlessly run everything else to date) but after testing on a couple of other machines (and talking to a friend who was an Elder Scrolls series addict)...its just the software. smile.gif So I turns the settings back up to decent quality, save often...sometimes it runs fine for 30-45 mins...others I'm lucky to go 2 minutes without a crash.
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Posted on: Aug 15 2008, 06:12 AM





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Heh this place never dies!!!

BTW the Old TD Boardhost forum is still there and on rare occasion people come out of the woodwork to make a post. Haven't heard from War and Sooter in ages though...last I heard from Soot was a month or so before his scheduled wedding date and it took weeks of harassment to get War to admit he was becoming scarce due to a woman(he'd never clarify if she was real, inflatable or Real Doll).

Wolfie still pings me on IM and I see Orc in IM as well.
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Posted on: Oct 12 2007, 03:51 AM





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QUOTE (ReBeL @ Oct 11 2007, 08:04 PM) *
It's Friday.......where's the demo?


Apparently its out there just waiting for them to say "release the hounds!".

700MB according to the story.
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Posted on: Oct 11 2007, 03:27 PM





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VoodooExtreme is saying Friday
UT3 Demo story
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Posted on: Apr 21 2006, 12:18 PM





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*waves at Porsche*
Good sir...you are a whore.
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Posted on: Oct 25 2005, 09:36 AM





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Kubrick seemed to be one of those artists that tried to concertrate on what was unique about his chosen medium to convey the story. In this case (movies), he would focus on visuals and let the audio become minimalistic (especially killing dialog). Hardly an approach for a 'mainstream' movie but still can be compelling cinema.

2001 can be a hard movie to get unless you know the story/read the book/have someone who knows the story helping you out a little. Sometimes studios wont let that go... for example Blade Runner got the Harrison Ford voice over to explain things.

I do think Kubrick and Arthur Clarke succeeded at the stated goal (as Clarke often quotes Kubrick's proposition for the film) of making the proverbial good science fiction film. Interesting how the novel and movie were written at the same time.

Yes, the trip into the monolith and through the tunnel gets a little long but thats Kubrick exploring the medium... letting you know Dave's not in Kansas anymore.


and yes... I've read 2001, 2010, 2061, 3001, the Rama series, Childhoods End and a truckload of other Clarke material. Definitely one of the giants in sci fi... an area that is starving for creativity these days.

Wikipedia link for Arthur C Clarke
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Posted on: Sep 26 2005, 09:27 AM





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I was no fan of guild wars after a few beta weekends just because the PvE side was lacking. But all the PvP obsessed people I know seem to like it. If you care nothing for PvE, its probably a decent bet. Dont know if they have any free trials.
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Posted on: Sep 26 2005, 06:45 AM





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If you want PvP and are tired of WoW, then try GW first... if you decide to try DAoC, make sure you do a free trial before wasting any money on it.

The PvE side of DAoC has been pretty much gutted to facilitate faster leveling to 50 so people can get to the PvP. The one exception is if you play on a 'normal' server and have to deal with the ToA Master Level (and artifacts) grind which rivaled any nightmare grind from EQ. If you play on normal server and want to really compete in PvP...you'll end up having to do the ToA related grinds (which drove a lot of people away). The combat system is still excruciatingly slow compared to games like CoH and WoW.

The recent shortlived revival in DAoC was caused by the release of the 'classic' rule servers which had all the ToA bits stripped out. All these seemed to do was suck population from the other servers forcing them to be grouped into bigger clusters (servers that use to have 2.5-3K population online at peak now are clustered with 4 other servers to try and hope for 2K total). The overall population #'s of the game never seemed to rise much.

Perhaps the strongest point of DAoC in the early days was the community, most of which was helpful and tended to be more mature. If you play on one of the older servers (where the only people left are the most dedicated), you may find some remnants of this. From what I saw (and heard from several others) during the recent 'Come back to Camelot' promotion, the game had a large influx of the l337 'I pwn j00' PvP juveniles. This was particularly true on the PvP and classic servers and was highly annoying. Groups and even some guilds bragging about conning other players or swiping loot on dungeon runs.

The free 2 week trial reminded me a little of some fun old times but also the many reasons why I quit that game...and even added a couple more to not play.
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Posted on: Jul 19 2005, 10:21 AM





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One explanation.
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Posted on: Jul 8 2005, 10:21 AM





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I tend to despise most of the 'managed' language crap but I do agree with lax that if you're looking to learn the more serious compiled languages as a spare time thing...start with Java or C#. It will be a much easier start with and moving on to C/C++ will not be _too_ hard after that. Also agree that you should not bother with the platform specific C++ libraries like ATL/MFC. If you want to be Windows friendly, just do .NET. Otherwise learn cross platform tools like QT or perhaps GTK.

In the general purpose scripting area, the big one to go with would be Python. It is a pretty clean language that encourages good coding practices. It can be used in all types of app development. One up and comer that I know a lot of OO people like is Ruby. In particular the Ruby on Rails stuff is getting a lot of techie hype for web application development. I'm starting to look at a C# version of the Ruby on Rails stuff just to see whats so great about it.

PHP is good if you want to focus on web apps and in particular if the Java area interests you. Latest version of PHP (v5) has added more OO like features and seems to be working more with the Java community (Oracle is turning on to PHP).
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Posted on: Jul 8 2005, 10:00 AM





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Grew up in the panhandle of Florida (several family members still up there) and live in Tampa now so I know the hurricane pain all to well. At least you get a long warning.... you could live in Cali and just wake up to your house shaking apart.
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Posted on: Jun 1 2005, 01:34 PM





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I'm impressed with how long Woodward and Bernstein kept this secret. And even when the release looked imminent they were concerned about the guy being badgered into it by his family. Unfortunately in journalism today, it is no longer common to see reporters pay such attention to detail in researching a story. To much of the "lets just get something out there first and if it sticks we'll run ads taking credit for 3 months" *cough* Newsweek.

Got a kick out of good old Pat Buchanan calling him a traitor.... which wasnt a shock... PB is the same genious that even now advocates that journalists that reported negatively about the Vietnam war (in the 60s) undermined the US government and were responsible for the US losing the war.
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Posted on: Jun 1 2005, 08:26 AM





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couple of good lines but overall nothing too original. Mocking subpar Star Wars movies is about as challenging as scoring a DVDA session with Wargazm's mom... all you need are a few friends and a few nickels.
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Posted on: May 31 2005, 06:43 AM





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Be careful in touting Team America.... last thing we need are leaders from the Film Actors Guild showing up.


Matt Damon!
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Posted on: May 18 2005, 07:40 AM





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There have been lots claims that the Killzone stuff is pre-rendered but I'm seeing more articles about Sony people that are swearing its from the actual game play. Will suck to be them if that game fails to live up to the promises.

Anyhooo, I was impressed before I saw the Killzone stuff. Sony did a better job of creating an initial "wow factor" than MS (although some of the stuff MS started putting out after the Sony announcement was more competitive). If I decide to ever try consoles again, Sony has the early lead.
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Posted on: May 13 2005, 07:55 AM





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QUOTE (Uranium @ May 12 2005, 07:54 PM)
and kingb is right, the lesbians bump scores

now thats a metric we can all endorse
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Posted on: May 13 2005, 07:47 AM





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What assinine, liberal "trying is good enough...lets not count actual results" fool came up with this metric? Ranking them by how many students take the tests? Probably someone that believes in the "we shouldnt keep score in sports because losing hurts people's feelings".

The county I lived in when I went to high school (Bay County Florida... basically Panama City and some woods), tried an experiment my senior year. The county decided to pay ($50+ per test) for the AP exams for every student who wanted to take them. I discovered too late in the year from the AP coordinator at my school that this meant I could take _any_ exam... not just the ones I was taking courses for. Missed a free chance at the Physics and Calc BC exams (only AP science course was Chem and Calc was geared for AB exam). At least I got Comp Sci, Calc, and Chem for free. This silly metric would have probably put us in the top 10 (which would have been the second biggest joke ever... next to Intelligent Design being proposed for teaching in science classes).

BTW, I've lived in Tampa area since fall of 88 and while the schools are not the complete festering piles of dogcrap that some make them out to be, they have no place on the top of such a list. Known too many people with kids going through the system (and a couple of teachers).
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Posted on: May 6 2005, 12:08 PM





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QUOTE (wh0a @ May 6 2005, 11:06 AM)
oh well. christians dont believe in gravity.

LOL Family Guy 4 teh win
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Posted on: May 6 2005, 05:23 AM





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Involved discussion of this topic took place over on K5 recently (and spilled over to slashdot of all places).

The Pseudoscience of Intelligent Design
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Posted on: May 3 2005, 11:55 AM





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The dynamic ranking system definitely makes things more interesting. I have over 200HK's with like 3-4 thousand points and I was ranked a grunt (rank 2) after the first week... didn't do much PvP last week so will probably suffer. Seen people with a lot more on other servers with same ranking.

Finally hit 60 on Sunday (only 2 days behind War who had a 3 month head start). After a couple more raids to gear up (get more funky looking shaman gear), I'll start seeing what he can do in PvP.
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Posted on: Apr 29 2005, 10:48 AM





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Banning people is something I think should usually be reserved for the most troublesome of posters. Not just people that make unpopular or ignorant statements (joys of freedom of speech... we _must_ allow even the opinions of dipsh*ts)... but those that do seem to go out of their way to anatagonize, attention whore, etc... to bring down the quality of life of the community.

Has anyone cross that line recently? Haven't read enough threads to be sure myself. However, when you start seeing the silly "who hates me more than X?" type polls (after a long line of other drama), they're dancing mighty close to it.

And ignoring people (although I don't think using the ignore feature is the right way) is a valid way to deal with it. In the past I have often skipped right over certain people's posts when I know they're in a "stupid post" mode. That's you the reader exercising your freedom of choice. You do that every day in life. That is what I always tell the radical right wingers who go on about "obscene material" on TV or the radio (or the damn left wingers obsessing over political correctness). Don't like it? Change the channel (in this case, skip the post... not the forum wink.gif ).
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Posted on: Apr 29 2005, 10:25 AM





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Can anyone who played in beta (starting last year) comment on amount of content or other changes added in last couple of months?

Played several of the beta weekend events up until Jan. Was initially interested in game but after a couple of weekends, the lack of depth started to bug me as did other stuff like the anti-social "instance everything" model and the henchmen AI & controls (or lack thereof). It wasn't near as shallow in content as Diablo 2 (but hey...that set a new standard for over over-hyped, overpriced, lack of content).
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Posted on: Apr 29 2005, 10:12 AM





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QUOTE (tonus @ Apr 28 2005, 09:38 PM)
QUOTE (ReBeL @ Apr 28 2005, 08:52 PM)
comments and flames welcome......

What's the point when you've put anyone who will challenge you on "ignore", you ignorant pussy?

To have others quote your posts? tongue.gif
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