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  1. I think it is a fabulous idea, as distribution for an indie goes. I just spent ten minutes writing something that turned out to be meaningless drivel, so I erased it all and will leave it at this: online distro = good, but keep an eye on price. I would expect games distributed online only to cost less than a retail game due to savings in national distribution, box & manual printing, national print marketing, etc.
  2. The only things I'd like to see: 1) Tougher capital ships, to allow for longer, perhaps even more strategic fights. This would make assaulting one of those invincible starstations easier. 2) "Auto-generated missions available from stations" - Quantum. If they can be generated in difficulty according to rank, that would own. It would also give mercs/assassins something to do, and might even give explorers something to do. "ie. go explore planet mars, zone xx, leave probe behind, gain 30,000 credits"
  3. So, um, when do we get a nice 1024x768 size copy of that cover so we can make it our wallpaper, hm?
  4. quote:Originally posted by Fox__Trot: quote:Originally posted by Gryphon: *(Confucious say; 'Man trapped in pantry have ass in jam')Mind if I add that to my sig? btw I thought the movie was ... ok to good Heh, the quote isn't mine - read it from someone's tagline back in BBS days.
  5. ********** SPOILER ALERT! ********** quote:Originally posted by Supreme Cmdr: ******* SPOILER ALERT ******* Are you kidding me? Real people? How many people do you know, will go to their next door neighbor, find an alien there, chop his fingers off and go home like it never happened? Plenty of people! No seriously - just how tramatized would you be to discover that, not only does intelligent life exist elsewhere in the universe, not only does it want to harm us, but that in a first for intergalactic race relations you also cut off its bloody fingers with a kitchen knfe? Keep in mind also that Mel was playing an ex-priest - the man could barely swear without wincing. He didn't mean the thing any harm - when those fingers came off it must have traumatised poor Mel quite a bit. Besides - when he got home everybody already knew the aliens were for real - they were on TV by then. (errr, I think) quote: Oh, this part I like : how about the guy in the truck driving off to the Lake and telling Mel, in a matter-of-fact tone, "...oh, don't go in the pantry, I locked one of them in there" How utterly ludicrous!The guy in the truck was the director BTW. As for that part - again, put yourself in his shoes. Go to your next door neighbour and tell him you had a struggle with an alien and you locked him in the pantry*. You're traumatised - something just attacked you! - and you want to get the hell out of dodge. Heheheh. *(Confucious say; 'Man trapped in pantry have ass in jam')
  6. I liked it! I found it to be the first truly terrifying movie I have seen since Aliens - and at the time, I was like, eight. At Signs I gripped my fiancee's hand so hard she yelped However, while I acknowledge the plot had its moments of mediocrity, I don't think the movie was about the aliens. It was more about the people and how they are changed. I think the writer did an excellent job there. These are all very real people, convincingly potrayed (heck, the kids were great too), and they are changed as a result of what's happened - good stuff overall. Finally, I think the director did a great job of building suspense. He took his time, added onto it slowly and carefully throughout the film - the scene at the brazilian birthday party almost had me wanting to leave, I couldn't take it - and then, at the end, when *spoiler* does that thing with the *spoiler* to the *spoiler*, I wanted to cheer. Really loud. Erik
  7. quote:Originally posted by Supreme Cmdr: Trust me, once you see Matt Damon in action, you'll forgot all his other movie characters in a heartbeat. He is definitely believable as a CIA agent. Quite Bond-like if you ask me. Saw it, loved it. Caused me to run out and get the two other Bourne books (are there more?) The lightning fast action sequences were great, I'm so glad they didn't get all Matrix-like.
  8. Sorry hombre, my wallet is still recovering from the $46 I spent on Star wars and spiderman
  9. Malcolm McDowell. If you see a movie at your video store called "Gangster No.1" RENT IT...it's a british organised crime movie and McDowell is only in at the beginning and end, but his acting is incredible. (The whole movie on its own is damn good too)
  10. Hamill has a gift for voice acting and puts it to good use in cartoons, but also makes regular appearances on "The Outer Limits" which is a twilight zone type show with more of a science fiction bent. He also recently did voice acting for Soldier of Fortune II as I understand it. Why he didn't voice his own character in Jedi Knight II is anyone's guess
  11. Well, saw it yesterday with my fiancee - she hated it and sat through it only because it was so important to me and I was loving it. Boy did I have to make up for that later Anyway, there were a ton of kids in the audience and as soon as the limbs started flying off I noticed some parents taking their kids and leaving. Bravo to them - I hadn't seen an amputation* on a movie screen until Starship troopers at age 17, and that had me horrified for the rest of the week. Anyway, good show all around, can't wait to see Episode 3. *Excluding Luke losing his hand in Empire Strikes Back - though horrible, it was made less so because Luke was a fleshed out character you could relate to. So rather than be shocked, I was only somewhat shocked and very sad Luke lost his hand.
  12. I'm still waiting for the intruders to try and load a shuttle into a shuttle...now THAT's something...
  13. Oh man, I can see the "2001: A space odyssey" mod now "Derek...what are you doing Derek..."
  14. You'll be pleased to know LoTR 2 will be out next x-mas, and LoTR 3 will be out x-mas after that.
  15. Heh, I'm going to the theatre two hours early so I can get decent seats. My poor fiancee is gonna hate it - two hours in line, three hours sitting down. Hehehehehe. Aw well.
  16. Um, I realise that the new patch will make it harder for shuttles to tow cruisers and all, but has anyone given any thought to assigning a shuttle to tow a shuttle that is towing a cruiser? If this is possible, it may be one exploit that needs patching up real quick
  17. Hm, better get your drones nice and full before upgrading to the latest RC boyz
  18. Hey all, The demo to the action/adventure version of Frank Herbert's DUNE is out. Check the two URLs below to grab it. What are everyone's thoughts? Does it live up to your expectations? http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0-10034...81.html?tag=new http://www.dreamcatchergames.com/games/dune/dune.html EDIT: Urm, forgot to say what I thought After playing for just a few minutes, I'd say the controls are awkward...controlling the camera with the mouse was a good idea - too bad this isn't an FPS, As a result, moving Paul around is awkward. The guards are pretty dumb, also. Graphically the game looks pretty good, though from what I've seen of the video earlier this month it looks fantastic. The effects and animation of the crysknife look cool - firing Paul's sidearm is awkward. That's my two cents [ 11-14-2001: Message edited by: Gryphon ]
  19. quote:Originally posted by Supreme Cmdr: Wait for the DVD otherwise Heh. VHS is dead. All hail DVD.
  20. I've been using a Radeon 7500 for just over a week now. It replaced my GF2MX, 32MBDDR. I have noticed a great improvement in speed and display quality in all the games I play with the exception of counterstrike - TFC, DOD, etc. don't seem to suffer. The game gets pretty choppy just looking around an area with your mouse. The game itself is fairly smooth if you're just running around, but start looking around and textures don't seem to refresh themselves properly/smoothly/evenly. No amount of driver tweaking seems to help, either. And yes, my GF2MX ran the game very smoothly. My overall impression of the card is that it is a good one overall, Q3 specific code or not, particularly because of the dual monitor/TV-out support. However, the thing to do, IMHO, is to stick with nVIDIA. Everyone is programming their games with them in mind, so you just can't go wrong.
  21. Kush, did you buy your SS2 at the Ex? That's where I got my copy, along with Star Control 3. Boy, not a great game (SC2 was way better) but still neat stuff.
  22. Aw man. A timout caused my reply to die. Okay, here's a quick rehash: You are right. If you, say, photocopy an article with the intent to sell it to someone, you are violating the rights of the owners, be they the paper or the writer. However, if you photocopy an article with the intent to use it in a school essay, it is STILL violating the rights of the owner. Ideally, the owner would be PAID for the use of their work, and nobody in their right mind works for free, right? So by photocopying the article and using it, you are reaching into their pocket and taking a crisp cool twenty. Please visit the following website for further information - I'm sure they can explain it better than I can. When you go there, visit the "What is copyright" section, amongst others. This is a canadian agency, but it has american counterparts with similar goals. http://www.cancopy.com The bottom line as I see it: Abandonware causes developers/publishers to lose out on potential revenue and is thus harmful, regardless of whether it is still supported, regardless of whether the owner cares or not. If jimmy bob decides to go out and buy BC3K, but see's it on Underdogs.org instead and uses that copy, Derek has just lost out on a certain sum of money. You take out your trash once per week and leave it at the side of the road. You don't disavow yourself of it: you still own it and are still responsible for it, whether you care about it or not. Keep in mind that for most writers and programmers their work is their only source of income. There's journalists out there slaving away at .50/word in order to pay the rent and all they see is their final payment, when they should also be seeing revenue from people who photocopy the work. I'd bet you would feel pretty bad if someone walked into your home and said, "Boy, this furniture is covered in dust and hasn't been touched in years. Obviously you don't give a damn, so I'm gonna take it." It's NOT YOUR PROPERTY! Sorry about the rambling tone. I feel strongly about this. [ 07-10-2001: Message edited by: Gryphon ]
  23. Gryphon


    Well, whichever movie you preferred, I heard the director of the mini-series has been granted permission (and has already begun working on) a movie that will encapsulate the next two Dune books into another mini-series. So, two books into a 6 hour (sorta) sitting. Considering the second book was somewhat thin, I don't see this being a problem...but they'll never be able to squeeze Leto Atreides life and symbiosis(sp?) with the sandtrout in that time frame. Aw well.
  24. quote:Originally posted by Tekrebel: Woah, that armor was cool And the Klingons didn't seem to have it on their ships so maybe in the future the Federation has an advantage on the other races? In Deep Space Nine, towards the end of the series, relations between the Federation and the Klingons became very strained. Also, if you'll recall from the ST:TNG finale, the feds and the klingons were not on speaking terms anymore. Since the uniforms from the TNG future and the voyager finale future are the same, we can deduce they take place at the same time and, thus, the feds and the klingons ain't sharing tech anymore quote:But there's something weird with this episode, what about the Borg Queen dying? Isn't she supposed to be in the Star Trek : First Contact movie? First Contact takes place (chronologically) before the Voyager Finale. This means that, although the Queen died, she most likely made a copy of herself and left it at their home base. quote:And if so, why haven't the Federation put the armor technology on all their warships (since the future janeway brought it back from the future)? They probably did, but Kim is such a wimp he didn't use it. Two Klingon battlecruisers firing on a little wee shuttle and all he used were his phasers? Let loose the quantum phasic torpedoes, ensign, and damn those klingons! quote:Anyways, a good last episode though I wished the ending wasn't so rushed. I'm with you on that count bro. I wish they'd made it a 2.5 hour movie, quite frankly...at least let's see some reception at Starfleet HQ. I know we saw it at the beginnning but it didn't satiate me. And I was hoping for a more in-depth Wolf 359ish battle when the Sphere came out of the wormhole thingy. Aw well. [ 05-24-2001: Message edited by: Gryphon ]
  25. Hi Starshadow, The idea appeals to me immensely Since my Privateer days I've preferred hauling cargo to shooting fighters out of the sky as well...though I love the old fleet action or two. I think the idea of a merchants guild sounds darn good. Merchants could work together (In massively multiplayer battlecruiser of course) to report areas of piracy. Maybe share some wealth for the benefit of all. Heheheh.
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