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  1. Let's all try to keep in mind that this is a slippery slope. The people who take issue with gibs today will be taking issue with paper cuts in video games tomorrow. That means the cute cartoon violence of "The Sims" and "Super Smash Bros. Melee" or whatever the hell it's called is up next. And what then?
  2. Ahem. First, I'm the guy who wrote the CNET.com article. In the two years since I've heard it all. Second, Marc Saltzman wrote a much more in-depth article for Gamespot.com a few months ago - here's a link: http://gamespot.com/gamespot/features/pc/abandonware/ When reading the CNET article, please keep in mind that it was one of the first of its kind - I interviewed people at software associations who had never heard the term before I came along. Now things are different. Cheers!
  3. Reviewers should never have to buy games. Besides the ethical concerns surrounding it (don't ask, I only know its bad) it would quickly put most reviewers out of business. Jamont, feel free to get in touch with questions - I'll do my best to answer or point you in the right direction: [email protected] Cheers!
  4. Hey all, The wife and I have been looking into Raleigh, North Carolina for the purposes of living/working there. I was wondering what people here thought of it in terms of weather, people, things to see/do, the prescence of electronic boutiques, etc. Also, we'll be going to visit in a few weeks - anyone recommend someplace to go? Thanks! Erik
  5. I'm still waiting for the intruders to try and load a shuttle into a shuttle...now THAT's something...
  6. Oh man, I can see the "2001: A space odyssey" mod now "Derek...what are you doing Derek..."
  7. You'll be pleased to know LoTR 2 will be out next x-mas, and LoTR 3 will be out x-mas after that.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. Hm, better get your drones nice and full before upgrading to the latest RC boyz
  11. Might I recommend the HP CD/DVD combo drive, the 9900ci? You can check out a review at CNET: http://computers.cnet.com/hardware/0-1095-...095-404-5603093 I've been using it for some time and I don't have any problems with it at all, and I get great performance.
  12. Just keep in mind price point, $ilk. DVD-ROM drives are fairly affordable, particularly if you buy a combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive and you don't already have a burner. TV DVD players start at $400 and, trust me, you don't want anything that costs less than that. All DVD players are NOT created equal However, wait until the start of 2002 - I know for a fact companies are making a big move to DVD-R/RW drives. If you hang on till mid-end 2002 they'll be affordable, faster, still be able to burn CD-RW's and be able to of course watch DVD-Videos. Heck, maybe they'll be able to decode DVD-Audio
  13. Hi $ilk, I haven't had one for too long, but maybe I can give you a good idea how they work. Basically you pop a DVD movie in there and load up your DVD viewing software - the most common, and one that ships with almost all DVD drives, is Cyberlink's PowerDVD. It's great software, let's you choose a ton of output options (for Dolby Digital surround and all that crap) and also has all the options you'd have on a traditional DVD remote control - Zoom, angle, pause, play etc. Also, do you have a fast computer? Cyberlink PowerDVD is software based so you need a good processor to ensure your movie doesn't pause awkwardly, ruining disbelief There are no pros or cons for gaming yet - PC games just don't come on DVDs yet, but I know special editions of MS Encarta do - five CDs on one disc means you don't have any disc swapping to do. Regarding movies on your computer - it depends entirely on two things. Is your monitor 17" or larger? If so, the movie quality should be great, but I wouldn't bother watching a DVD on anything less - its just a waste of time. Second, what sort of sound system is hooked up to your computer? I ask because if you are using $20 radio shack speakers with a $10 KOSS subwoofer, you're going to get turned off pretty fast, so you might as well buy a TV DVD player. If, however, you have a respectable sound system (respectable starts at 4.1 with Klipsch ProMedia's folks!) you WILL enjoy the movies Hope I've answered your questions!
  14. 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 ]
  15. quote:Originally posted by Supreme Cmdr: Wait for the DVD otherwise Heh. VHS is dead. All hail DVD.
  16. quote:Originally posted by Supreme Cmdr: [QB] I have tried BCM with the 7189, 7191 and Beta 7199 drivers with NO success. Want to see what it looks like? Maybe if you change all the .EXE references in BCM to say "Quake3.exe" it will work just fine? heheh [ 10-25-2001: Message edited by: Gryphon ]
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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 ]
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    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.
  21. 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 ]
  22. 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.
  23. quote:Originally posted by Steve Schacher: Sorry I quoted so much. The fact that it is about Derek doesn't let him or anyone else distribute it at will - the copyright belongs to the magazine or author. To the best of my knowledge, excerpting a whole article is infringement. I'm not getting on your case or anything - god knows I do it to my own articles - just giving you the facts.
  24. While I support the concept of Abandonware, it is illegal. There is no "debate" about this. If there is it is between gamers, not gamers and the industry. The companies who develop/release games own copyright for the next 70+ years. Until then, they are free to do as they please with the software, but putting it up on websites and giving it to whoever comes along is piracy, plain and simple. When BC3K becomes five years old, how will you feel when you see it on an Abandonware site? I'm not sure how Derek would feel - flattered or threatened - but I personally would be revolted. As a copyright holder myself, seeing someone stealing your intellectual property is just as good as someone telling you your work is great and taking it from you without giving you a single penny. Just had to vent a little. I'm not directing this at anyone and am just posting it for the benefit of those who might not realise that Abandonware is illegal. I also recognise some developers have allowed their games to enter the public domain. Just hoping to clarify things.
  25. quote:Originally posted by Hector Socas Navarro: Errrr... that's what the shuttles and the transporter are for. What seems to be the problem? Simple. Escape pods are just plain cool Who wouldn't be thrilled at seeing twenty small pieces of the ship suddenly break off and fly away, all veering off to rendezvous at one spot? I know the shuttles and stuff work just fine...escape pods just sound more dramatic, that's all
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