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  1. There is a new release out for Privateer Remake quote: Privateer Remake 1.1 Released by Jason Winzenried (MamiyaOtaru) We are pleased to announce the 1.1 release of the Wing Commander Privateer Remake. Created with feedback and observations from the 1.0 release, this version includes many improvements and balance tweaks. Targeting and navigation are more like the original. The HUD images for enemy ships are now 2d wireframes, and show damage levels for the ships' four quadrants. Asteroids are destructible, and mining them is possible. The repair droid actually works. The ship dealer makes a return, streamlining the process of selling an old ship and buying a new one. Cut off your enemies communications by reducing their ship to dust! See the README for a more throrough look at the changes. This release is available as a full download for Windos, Linux and Mac OSX, or as a much smaller patch for Windows and Linux. For discussion and support, visit our forum. Get it here.
  2. I will get it soon, when money isn't so tight. I am looking forward to shooting down those pesky helicopters with the shoulder launched SAM from the Kilo.
  3. quote: For example, say you saw a transport ship in our game and it was bearing the UPS or FEDEX logo on the side, how would you react? If you poke around in the Rebalance mod for Freelancer, there is a FEDEX Ship. Basically a very crudely done tractor trailer with engine pods bolted onto it, you can buy it as a freighter on a couple of the planets. I laughed my a$$ off when I first saw it.
  4. I am having an odd sense of deja vu about this post, but nothing came up on the search.
  5. As far as game technology goes, this one is pretty low tech. Pirates is a highly addictive, collectable, constructible miniatures game (i.e. you assemble cool little sailing ships out of die cut plastic, no glue required). It is quite a fun game. Your main goal is getting gold from the islands, but you can prevent other people from getting gold by blowing up their ships (or stealing them). You can play a game out of a single pack of cards but it tends to be a bit unbalanced that way.
  6. Ah, I can see it now... advertisements for Star Wars merchandise within Star Wars Galaxies. Maybe even new professions for players within the game, like selling little plastic replicas of stormtroopers or making and selling T-Shirts with Revenge of The Sith release related artwork on them.
  7. Of course on the other side of the spectrum, there is always Startopia.
  8. Lately I have been listening to Heart, Pink Floyd, Rush, and Jethro Tull. I was evidently born a decade too late.
  9. The OEM VIA driver that comes with XP Service Pack 2 is identical to the current release on VIA's site.
  10. FYI The current Nvidia drivers are 66.93, I have a GeForce 4 Ti 4400 and the only problems I have had are the jumpgate flicker and the sky/ocean shader quirkiness. I wonder if it could be an issue with the AGP chipset drivers, according to your profile you have a VIA mobo so go here. They just release a new set of 4in1 drivers back in November.
  11. Merry Christmas everybody! We could not find a tree so we trimmed Resnig instead. Mind you, he still manages to short out the lights from time to time, but the screams of agony make it all worth while.
  12. I have actually played the game now. I enjoy it quite a bit. I have been alternating between playing the two campaigns. The good side has been alternating between Eomer clearing out the Rohan countryside and moving the Fellowship along their journey. The evil side gets to really shift from the story. So far I have been playing Isengard, among the first things I did was to kill Treebeard and destroy the Entmoot. At Amon Hen I killed all of the Fellowship except for Frodo and Sam who somehow managed to make it across the river. There is a strategic "living" map, a 3D map of Middle-Earth with lots of neat animated bits, like the eye of Sauron roaming the map being cast from Barad-dur, and Nazgul flying around over the mountains, and if you hover the cursor over certain locations or armies/people, it will show you a clip from the movies. You pick which territory you will attack next in a manner similar to C&C. You can do some off the wall stuff in the skirmish mode like playing Gondor against Rohan. This leads to the unusual situation of Merry fighting Pippin or Gandalf fighting himself. Merry is a Rohan hero character and Pippin is a Gondor hero character. As you defeat enemies in the game, you build up points to use to purchase "Evenstar" powers or "One Ring" powers. These are spells that you can cast on the ground to do various things, like blighting the land, which gives evil side forces armor bonuses, and to summon the uber units. The good side gets the Army of the Dead and the evil side can summon the Balrog. Gondor versus Rohan leads to the situation of the Army of the Dead fighting itself. While I do really enjoy playing this game, I can't ignore some of its shortcomings. If you are looking for something similar to Rome:TW, this is not it. It is a conventional RTS in the tradition of C&C and Warcraft. Warhammer 40K DoW, which is much closer to being a direct rival than Rome:TW, is really much more fun to play in my opinion (the skirmishes at least, the campaign is really quite short), it has a lot more tactical depth with cover and morale effects, not to mention the blood and gore and sheer carnage (specifically the melee weapon death animations, particularly ones involving the robotic walker units).
  13. I use Diskeeper before and after installing all of my games, especially gargantuan installs like Kotor or UT2004. The more often you defrag, the less time it takes to defrag the next time. Of course I am also a big proponent for formating the HD and reinstalling Windows once or twice a year, like changing the oil in a car. Windows tends to accumulate crap over time.
  14. Yeah, I am also still having huge amounts of fun slaughtering barbarians in Rome:TW. I have also been playing a lot of Warhammer 40K DoW, which is quite violent and entertaining. Even though the campaign is pretty short (only about ten missions and linear), the skirmish mode is quite fun. LOTR:TBFME won't hold a candle to Rome:TW from what I have seen about it. Gamespot calls it a "conventional RTS" (It is based on the C&C Generals engine after all) It should still be an entertaining game though, of course this is an opinion a LOTR nut, (I even paint the wargame miniatures on occasion). There are really four sides in this one evidently, Gondor, Rohan, Isengard, and Mordor and thay can all be played against each other in the skirmish mode, which can lead to the strange occurance of playing Rohan against Gondor. And the more likely and entertaining Isengard against Mordor. Evidently during the campaign you can muck about with the storyline, which may appeal to some. You can keep Boromir alive, and Gandalf can defeat the Balrog and walk out of Moria with the rest of the fellowship.
  15. We wants it, we needs it, the precioussss. I will probably get mine in a day or two, anybody have any thoughts on this one? Gamespot gave it an 8.4
  16. From what I have read (PC Gamer and a few other publications), Half-Life 3 was in the works before HL2 hit the shelves. Knowing this, I did not mind the ending too much. On a side note, I thought that Dog bore a striking resemblance to some of the robotic critters from Gunman Chronicles. I rather enjoyed that game, quirky in some ways, but the tank was cool. It is too bad that it is no longer supported.
  17. KOTOR Was "Game of The Year" 2003 in PC Gamer. KOTOR 2 does not come out until February so it will not be in the running for this year.
  18. I just finished reformating my HD and reinstalling XP, and with the stock Audigy 2 drivers I am getting a nearly 3000 point increase in my 3DMark2001SE(patched) score from what it was before.
  19. I was planning on wiping the hard drive and reinstalling XP after it screwed up anyway, I was in denial, and I just wanted to see whether or not system restore would help or not. I can now say that my curiosity is definitly satisfied.
  20. Sleep, *yawn* Sleeeeeeeeeep........zzzzzzZZZZZZZ.
  21. I managed to get most of everything up and running again from a system restore point, and reinstalling everything, but I think that I just managed to screw up my system more. All of the sound card programs work and I am getting sound, but the creative diagnostic program still does not detect the card, nor do any of the driver updates. I did try reinserting the card, but that had no effect. To add insult to injury, I have not seen any change at all in game performance after doing all of this.
  22. SC, I followed your procedure to the letter and my installation CD will not detect my Audigy 2 Platinum card anymore.
  23. After having played the game for a while, I now think that the expansion will be summed up with two words: "The Huns". And that it will be late period and involve defending the fully outstretched Roman empire against Goths, Visigoths, Vandals, and such.
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