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  1. quote:

    Originally posted by Steele:


    I use a Creative Labs Soundblaster LIVE! 1024

    together with the according Cambridge Soundworks 4-Point Surround system (+ Subwoofer). Great sound, better than many

    1.000++ US$-Stereo-system I've seen (heard),


    Best regards

    Hi hombre!

    Yeah, cambridge makes some amazing sounding stuff - I tried out their FPS2000 at a local hardware store and was floored. However, I like to watch the occaisional DVD video on my computer and the ProMedia's THX capabilities make everything sound that much better. Good to see people are taking their audio seriously though smile.gif


  2. Hey folks,

    In the past month I've upgraded to a Turtle Beach Santa Cruz (support for up to six speakers with EAX and A3D support) and Klipsch ProMedia v.2-400 speakers. I have to admit that the difference between these and my old SB16 w/$10 radio shack speakers is equivalent to the feeling I got when I upgraded to a Riva TNT from a 1MB Trident SVGA card.

    It was...astounding. wink.gif

    So I'm just curious - what sound card/speaker combo do you guys make use of? Does four speaker surround turn your crank at all? Any plans on upgrading for BCM? smile.gif

  3. Anyone else get to try this puppy yet? If you're a lefty, don't bloody bother...there's a learning curve associated with this thing even for right-handed gamers. Lefties will have to face the problem of learning to mouse with their right hand and use this with their left.

    HOWEVER, as a gaming device...wow. It's nothing terribly new, granted - you could bind macros to a joystick at any time in the past, for god's sake - but the ability to bind 72 commands on there and shift game profiles at will is great. I definetly see a lot of whining and complaining in the future for strategy gamers who are beaten by someone using this.

  4. Hm...how about a "Tour de France" meets a scavenger hunt?

    For example. All players start at Earth and must travel to some system in the middle of nowhere. From there, they are given supplies and some clues that help them find where to go next. The clues would be unique to each player, so you don't get everyone following the only bright guy in the place.

    Once they reach their first destination, they find a scavenger hunt item along with a clue for the next point...

    In the end, everyone ends up back at Earth and whoever is first with all their prescribed items gets a cookie smile.gif

    I imagine that would be a scripting nightmare though smile.gif

  5. Hi Pyros,

    Sorry to hear about your troubles. frown.gif

    I deal weekly with situations like this, as does my fiancee. We essentially make telephone calls *expecting* this to happen, in fact. Whenever it does, we place a follow-up call a week later to see if anything has been done. If nothing is, we take the issue right to the top. We've spoken to CEO's and members of boards of directors and let me tell you, these people deal with your problem within 48 hours or you get a cookie.

    Some tips:

    1) Keep a thorough record of every time you come in contact with said organization. Keep time/date of every phone call you make and what happened.

    2) Every time you talk to a real live person get their phone number, extension and name.

    3) Whenever you talk to a higher up, get their name and number as well.

    4) The best way to get to a higher up? Contact a receptionist. Ask to speak to the CEO (refer to the person by their full name first - "can I speak to john smith please?") or the board of directors. Both are powerful enough to make any middle-managerial type piss his pants. If the receptionist won't budge, have them transfer you to A) Human resources B) Public/Media relations. They'll take care of it.

    Hope that was of help man.

  6. quote:

    Originally posted by Gallion:

    Game Commander w/ a decent headset/mic setup is much better than MS product. Aside from mices I tend to stear clear from MS hardware products. I refuse to add to
    oats portfolio value.

    Heh. Gallion, I believe it is in fact Battlecom that MS purchased and rewrote for use in the game voice smile.gif

    The product, to me, is okay. I'm happy MS released the puck, however, and I think its a damn good innovation. I hope developers can start making use of it somehow... I get a real kick out of telling my ships in Homeworld what formation I want them in, for example. Being able to tell my marines in BCM to kick some ass would be damn cool smile.gif

  7. Sooooooooooo...anyone tried this yet?

    The headphones seem to be fairly high quality, ditto the microphone. The control-puck thing is a wonderful idea, and it seems able to broadcast clearly enough that I can make out what people are saying - so long as I choose to broadcast at the highest quality setting.

    My problem is the sheer amount of bandwidth it sucks up. If you have a 56K and tend to play bandwidth hogs like Everquest or UT, kiss your ping goodbye - even at the lowest quality setting. I'm a little miffed at MS for advertising something to the masses when it should be strictly for high-speed access users.

    Still, damn good idea. smile.gif

  8. quote:

    Originally posted by Cmdr Hidama:

    force feedback mice???

    *eyes glaze over as he pictures a mouse bouncing around on the pad during an air battle*frankly...I'm not frank, but if MY mouse started jumping around in my hand...

    Hey there Hidama,

    Yep, check out www.logitech.com, go to their gaming devices section and check out the mice. it's a great device, particularly for showing off to your friends smile.gif

    Soon, though, I'll be using MS' Strategic Commander for everything RTS related smile.gif


  9. quote:

    Originally posted by Parias:

    ..The fact that half the companies I annoy (although Interplay was damn quick with Baldur's Gate 2... took 'em only a couple of days!) take at least a week or two to send crap up here.. BAH!

    Hey, Parias...the only way to get in touch with Sierra's PR is to call them. They've replied to my emails all of once. smile.gif

    And, err, Interplay - you're talking pre-release BG2 right? As I understand it, its not gold yet so the press, she gets nuffin.


  10. Every once in a while I catch a news item that seems like one of those things that should throw society off its rocker...a while back it was the discovery of a 10th planet in our solar system...the news talked about it for all of a minute and suddenly no more is said.

    Here's something else I think falls into the same vein:


    Amazing, isn't it? Unfortunetly, we'll probably never hear about this again until 18 years from now, when IBM announces plans to build servers with Quantum technology.

    Aw well. C'est la vie smile.gif


    (AFTER POST EDIT: Err, want to clear something up here: I have no idea whether or not there's a 10th planet in SOL...since I'm not seeing it in Encarta 2001, I'm going to blindly believe it doesn't exist smile.gif)

    [This message has been edited by Gryphon (edited 08-17-2000).]

  11. quote:

    Originally posted by Vorpal:

    Gryphon: Cool!
    In case my wording is bad in my previous post
    I wasn't trying to diss the game btw, I have a personal preference (bandwidth issue) against arcade types (yet I do still play a kick ass Vega on one of the local Golf Land Street Fighter's =)

    This would have to be the first MP
    game I've heard of though (not counting Dreamcast or other consoles).

    I knew you weren't dissing it, and you're not alone in the bandwidth category. Sigh. What keeps me coming back to Bang is the speed...I have a Crappy Computer, but the game runs smoothly. I think the developers achieved this by seriously cutting corners in some places and REALLY simplfying mechanics...I mean, you can rain unholy fire upon an enemy fighter, but unless you actually have him targetted, you can't really hit him...jeez wink.gif

    I dunno. I'm going to be reviewing this puppy and I have no idea what to say about it. Guess I'll just tell the truth smile.gif


  12. Hi all,

    Just got my hands on Red Storm's new space sim, "Bang! Gunship Elite" and I've got some quick commentary.

    If you've seen screenshots, you'll know this is a pretty title. It is, and it runs smoothly on my P-233 RivaTNT at 800x600 with the details turned up. Shocking.

    Whats interesting about this particular sim is its simplification. You've got targetting controls, a rocket booster, a shield option and your fire button. That's it. You can switch between weapons by hitting buttons 1-9, like an FPS.

    It's so hideously easy to learn it makes me twitch. After mastering all of Freespace's various targetting options and energy management controls, not to mention learning to run a Battlecruiser efficiently, Bang! seemed to almost mock everything in the genre that has come before it.

    Basically, if you like an arcade space shooter where little to no thought is required, pick up the demo. The eye candy is nice and multiplayer should be a romp.

    I'd love to hear what everyone else thinks of this title.


  13. Dude, I think you're referring to "Dark Skies" a short lived TV series that included everyone's favorite busty borg babe, Jeri Ryan. The group that was trying to cover up this alien stuff was called "Majestic". The document above is probably fanfic or something smile.gif



    Originally posted by Canuck:

    I believe Majestic was the name of the Organization in the Sci/fi show about alien invaders (can't remember the name of it).

  14. Hey folks,

    I'm a freelance journalist, much like Parias. I cover the technology industry from top to bottom, but of course focus on games - I've been playing them since my father purchased a used Vic 20 for me when I was barely old enough to add. I basically choose a publication (online or offline...online is better, they need more material since they publisher frequently) and come up with ideas I think the editor can't possibly say no to and, hopefully, earn enough to meet the next mortgage payment. > IErik

  15. quote:

    Originally posted by Parias:

    So, uh, conclusion to this quick and possibly slightly pointless first look: Klingon Academy kicks ass, while Terminus just gets stomped all over, literally.

    Hm, I don't think it starts at the postal level Parias...I actually think PR people, in their eternal frustration at having to deal with journalists, like to throw in a few dents to remind us how much we love them. wink.gif


    [This message has been edited by Gryphon (edited 06-30-2000).]

  16. quote:

    Originally posted by GREG MILLER:

    The game is out already, it was at my local, neighborhood Electroics Boutique store, a
    bunch of them.

    Heh, Greg, sometimes EBX puts up dummy boxes that are completely empty and have a big "Coming soon" sticker on 'em. Do you think that maybe you saw those? smile.gif