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[#] Fri Dec 03 2004 12:29:10 EST from doublethink @ Uncensored

Subject: Halo2

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[#] Sun Dec 05 2004 22:37:59 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Just installed Civilization Complete and started a new game.. That's going to be it for tonight. I was pretty darn good at CIV III.. But this.. Oh my.. Quite a bit added. Methinks I have some learning to do.

[#] Mon Dec 06 2004 05:30:05 EST from doublethink @ Uncensored

Subject: Chronicles of Riddick

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I really enjoyed Civ, back in the day. Was great fun to crush the world beneath your despotic boot.

Last night I finished Chronicles of Riddick. Overall, an excellent game, maybe 3.75/5 on some arbitrary scale.

The main criticism I have was that the design of the xenoforms were in no way scary, they almost looked cute. I was thinking they could have used the alien design from Pitch Black to have a closer movie tie-in. I dunno, maybe that's like having C3-PO made by Anakin Skywalker or something... *shrugs*

Just ordered Thief3 via amazon, so should be here in a day or 2. Am looking forward to sinking my teeth into something with a good atmosphere... at present all I have is Fable, which is far too kiddy-like at present for me to actually enjoy! Time to pick up a book instead. Hrm or maybe Halo2 via Kai...



[#] Mon Dec 06 2004 11:26:52 EST from Chickenhead @ Uncensored

Subject: Re: Halo2

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[#] Tue Dec 07 2004 08:37:02 EST from doublethink @ Uncensored

Subject: Steam

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strangely, I've never had a single problem with steam. I preloaded HL2, so when it was time to 'unlock', I went and had a shower, came back and it was ready.

back in the early days, I used to have a few authentication problems (steam ticket expiry), but within the last say, 9 months or so I haven't had a single solitary problem with steam.... and that includes re-installing winxp pro on my box. Maybe it's got SP2 issues. I dunno.

Maybe I'm in the majority, maybe I'm in the minority. All I know is, I read a lot of stuff online by people saying steam sucks, and I honestly do not understand how/why. Resource hog? I've noticed nothing. Buggy? Never crashes for me, I used to play CS for weeks without rebooting my machine.

*shrugs*


[#] Tue Dec 07 2004 12:21:22 EST from Chickenhead @ Uncensored

Subject: Re: Steam

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I've seen Steam sitting in my process list doing NOTHING, chewing up over 60
megs of ram.

Sometimes when I shut my machine down (Win2K), Steam doesn't shut down
properly (Win2k complains that the process isn't responding, and promptly
kills it). This triggers the "revalidate every damned file for 5-10
minutes" "feature" next time I try to play.

And god help you if you try to use the dev tools...the Hammer editor combined
with Steam running in the background eats up a very large amount of RAM.

I'd personally be a lot happier without Steam. My friend did the HL2 install
the other night and it took him almost 3 hours to get into the game as well,
thanks to Steam. That's just inexcusable! It should not take 3 hours from
opening the box just to get the damn game started!

[#] Tue Dec 07 2004 12:33:03 EST from doublethink @ Uncensored

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disregarding all your woes (perhaps it's win2k? time to upgrade?), what do you think of the concept of steam, or perhaps more generically put: digital delivery.

personally, I love the ease at which they can roll out patches, just like an MMORPG. Plus, when you have an issue-free experience with steam (as I do), it seems fine!


[#] Tue Dec 07 2004 13:01:39 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Steam?

[#] Tue Dec 07 2004 13:39:38 EST from Chickenhead @ Uncensored

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Dec 7 2004 12:33pm from doublethink @uncnsrd
disregarding all your woes (perhaps it's win2k? time to upgrade?),
what do you think of the concept of steam, or perhaps more
generically put: digital delivery.

My friend did it on WinXP and had the exact same issues so it's not OS-
specific.


personally, I love the ease at which they can roll out patches,
just like an MMORPG. Plus, when you have an issue-free experience
with steam (as I do), it seems fine!


Concept-wise I think its a good idea. Steam is just too intrusive for my
liking though. I imagine that the whole concept will be refined as time
goes on--the best part about Steam is it circumvents the publishers.
I would like nothing more than to see monsters like EA fade away.

And the other problem: if this catches on, what will happen? I doubt other
game developers will just use Steam for their distros...they'll roll their
own system, further clogging up my machine.

[#] Tue Dec 07 2004 13:42:48 EST from Chickenhead @ Uncensored

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Dec 7 2004 1:01pm from fleeb @uncnsrd

Steam?


Yeah, it's Valve's distribution-cum-security-checker system. Think "Windows
Update", but for Valve game products. That's probably being a bit simplistic
though. Basically you can download Steam, say "I want Half-Life 2" and
it will download the whole thing for you--no middleman. It keeps you up
to date with all patches automatically. It also acts as a "big brother"
of sorts, watching for cheats and making sure your CD key is kosher.

Interesting concept, but it's a bit flawed in my opinion. The slowness and
memory hogging really drive me up the wall.

[#] Tue Dec 07 2004 13:52:54 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Hrm... yeah, I don't know if I'd like something like that.

I tend to think that software should check for upgrades only if they've been run on your system. After all, if you've stopped using something, maybe it's time to uninstall it or something, rather than be reminded of updates.

[#] Wed Dec 08 2004 10:24:07 EST from doublethink @ Uncensored

Subject: steam is not the devil

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It's not as pervasive as that, you can set steam not to run on startup, then when you want to play a "steam powered" game you start it up and double-click on the icon the 'my games' window. that's it.

If you haven't run it for a few weeks, you normally have to download a steam update, and perhaps a game update (patch or new content), and that's basically all there is to steam.

I'm by no means a steam fanboy or anything: hell I don't even own a PC anymore! But it seems like different people have different experiences with it, some good (me), some bad (CH).

As an aside, amazon is taking their bloody time sending off my order, so I am without Thief3 and instead have to curse my TV while playing Halo2 online via Kai (team xlink). Damn you, amazon!




[#] Thu Dec 09 2004 03:59:16 EST from doublethink @ Uncensored

Subject: Halo2 Epilogue, Reader Feedback *SP*

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http://xbox.ign.com/articles/571/571919p1.html

This is a spoiler filled article discussing Halo2 without the blinding lights of wowness strapped on, that rendered everyone giving it a 9.x/10 score.

Personally, I think they ran out of time and had to cut short the game in order to publish it according to some hard date. More's the pity, because I thought the game had a really lame ending and definately did not focus enough on Earth, as many people online have discussed.

The game is still good fun, but nothing like what people were expecting.

And dammnit, amazon still has not dispatched my order! Am going to have to cancel it and go buy my goods the old fashioned way.


[#] Thu Dec 09 2004 04:06:06 EST from doublethink @ Uncensored

Subject: Re: Halo2 Epilogue, Reader Feedback *SP*

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by the way, my conspiracy theory about halo2's hard date for delivery (as discussed in the 'making of' documentary you get in the limited edition box) is that that is when they had to start working on a halo launch title for the xbox2, which I believe is set for a 2005 release. Kinda makes sense to me.

[#] Fri Dec 10 2004 08:19:07 EST from Chickenhead @ Uncensored

Subject: Re: Halo2 Epilogue, Reader Feedback *SP*

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Is it just me, or does the lead character from Halo look exactly like the
"Doom" player model in Quake 3?

[#] Fri Dec 10 2004 08:30:07 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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What, you expected something original in a Microsoft product?

[#] Fri Dec 10 2004 09:15:22 EST from Chickenhead @ Uncensored

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Heh...no, although I guess it was originally a Bungie project before they
were borgified.

[#] Fri Dec 10 2004 11:34:05 EST from doublethink @ Uncensored

Subject: Re: Halo2 Epilogue, Reader Feedback *SP*

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You mean, both wear green armor, including helmets? I bet they both have 2 arms as well :) Maybe it's an homage?

I was trying to decide if  'Master Chief' is a good name or not. I've kinda lost respect for Bungie a little in terms of story after the shite they plonked into H2 (Brutes, Gravemind are two such examples... I didn't really mind the Arbiter aspect).


[#] Fri Dec 10 2004 11:45:22 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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If I wanted Doom, I'd BUY Doom... which I did.

[#] Fri Dec 10 2004 14:37:53 EST from Chickenhead @ Uncensored

Subject: Re: Halo2 Epilogue, Reader Feedback *SP*

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No, it's just the "armour" they both wear looks very similar.

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