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Everything Else / Re: My Webcomic! Worm-War 2
« on: October 04, 2006, 08:30:25 am »
Some advice:

*Make your text bubbles more interesting and dynamic (look at real comics)
*Make sure your text inside the bubbles stays away from the edge around 4-6 pts.
*Use pleasing colors

*Try using "Gary's Mod" for HL2 to make comics. Very fun.
*Do a Google search for Comic art (i.e. free thought and chat bubbles, as well as layout and fonts)

Good luck.

Everything Else / Re: My 1000th post!
« on: September 30, 2006, 08:20:54 am »
This is almost as exciting as Bilbo's one-hundred-and-eleventh birthday!

ps. "one-hundred-and-eleventh" must be read in a drunken-slurred hobbit voice.

Everything Else / Re: Let's be honest; who has a Boy/Girlfriend?
« on: September 30, 2006, 08:18:44 am »
1) I'm 30--school dances are not my bag anymore. And for the record, yes, going stag is the best. That is unless you have a super hottie to take.
2) I met my current lady on Myspace. Yes, it's quite possible to find the one you love on Myspace. I don't mean "hook up" either.

Everything Else / Re: I miss you Steve!!!
« on: September 30, 2006, 08:15:31 am »
Thanks for the support guys--I feel *deep breath, and slow release* relieved. Namaste.

Everything Else / Re: Let's be honest; who has a Boy/Girlfriend?
« on: September 28, 2006, 11:07:03 am »
I have a lady. It seems, whether I want to or not...I always do. Don't get me wrong, she's a doll and all...but darnit, she always wants me to go to bed when she does--forget that man, that's when I love play most.

Everything Else / I miss you Steve!!!
« on: September 28, 2006, 11:04:46 am »

Steve, my man...where are you? I've been stuck listening to all the other podcasts--but my favorite one (yes you), hasn't been released in a while. Now, of course I know you're busy as hell with new games, your kid, your wife, your life...but throw us a freak'in bone here...


Oh, and you know I'm still going to bug you about us NYC gamers meeting for a drink in the city. Still want to meet'cha man.

PC Games / Re: Huxley?
« on: April 03, 2006, 11:50:20 am »
Hey guys.

I have to say, I'm super excited about Huxley! This game looks amazing, and is super favorite kind. Not only that but it incorporates my two favorite genres--FPS and MMO.

The only problem is my computer would blow up if I tried to run [Huxely] it. My system specs are fine for a heck of a lot of games, but here is a list of what isn't worth playing due to frame rate:

*CS:S (although HL2 SP ran very playably)
*DOOM 3 (although I played through it)
*Quake 4

Those, basically, are games I wish I could run on my rig, but are too slow to enjoy. I run BF2 at all low settings, because I love the game so much, and still own at 20 FPS. BF2 is like crack to me...I need it on a weekly basis or I get DTs.


My rig:

Dual PIII 1ghz
1 gig Sdram
Geforce FX 5600 256

Anyway. I can't wait for Huxley--STEVE send me one of your older computers...I will be your PA for however long it takes to pay off. :)

PC Games / Re: Ask Your Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Questions
« on: February 07, 2006, 11:20:02 am »
Some great questions already, I'll add a few, and some may overlap:

*How much of the dialog is recorded for both important NPCs and stock NPCs? This of course includes important in-game cinematics used to advance the story.

*How scalable are the visual settings. Will I be able to scale down to make my PIII run a reasonable frame-rate?

*Do they EVER plan on created a game similar to Elders Scrolls or Oblivion with MULTIPLAYER?

*How many hours of play to complete the main storyline?

I suppose that's all. I just want to play the damn thing--I'm a big Morrowind fan.

PC Games / Re: Fun Game Internet Thing Yay
« on: February 07, 2006, 11:09:44 am »
I'm sorry, but this is spam. You know what? Weak.

Podcasts / Re: What do you do while listening?
« on: February 07, 2006, 11:04:47 am »
I understand your viewpoint, and in some cases it would apply to me. However, we differ in what we think is important in a game. I personally like to hear the grunt of Charr, or the clang of swords over a hill not visible to me, or even my own subtle footsteps on grass, dirt, wood, or metal.

I know, I may be wierd and in the minority--but I like ALL my ambient sounds. MP in a no-brainer, you HAVE to hear every little noise. But the crazy thing is, there are people that run around playing CS and BF2 with music on, or even worse, NO SOUND! People are bad enough FPS players, they certainly don't need to drop another 45% efficiency because they are deaf.

I suppose the first step to getting good in a MP game is to have a competetive streak in you. So that when you get owned from behind for the 10th time because you didn't hear homeslice enemy dude open the door behind you, you will get tired of this, stop playing music, and try and become a better, more efficient soldier.

But hey, I'm a FPS how you will, enjoy yourself, but be warned, I am the guy who knifes you from behind because you crank the volume on the chorus to "Hit Me Baby One More Time!"

PC Games / Not just another GW vs. WoW thread:
« on: February 06, 2006, 09:30:07 am »
Hey Earf People,

Ok, so needless to say I started playing WoW, got really into it, reached level 40, and decided I'd had enough. The monthly payments got on my nerve-sack, and it was the deciding factor for cancelling my account.

So, after about 4 months, I began to itch for the MMO genre again. I had been hearing about GW for a long time and always wanted to give it a try, although when I was into WoW there was no need to, and to be honest, I was a bit of a WoW snob. Well after hearing a recent Glicker-cast about GW, I decided it was time for me to give it a day in court.

After loading it up, giving it a nice 9 lvl trial run, I have to say I really like the game. BUT ALAS! I have several major issues:

     *Where the heck is the ability to enchant weapons and armor? I understand that you can "upgrade" items in GW, but nothing compared to WoW. And you can customize a weapon for yourself making it more deadly in your hands...but this seems like a corner-cutter to me. I know this was all purposeful and that they didn't want people hording around a ton of inventory...but the "upgrade" enchant feature could have been made a little more interesting.

     *The statistics on players and weapons. Can someone tell me why they couldn't add a LITTLE more depth to the actual statics on a player or know like DPS or what your strength and armor and dexterity do to your AC...little things.

     *Another thing which I thought was great was the ability to examine other players (their weapons and armor, etc). This is an easy addition to the game. I want to be able to look at what another player is wearing or using. I really miss this.

     *The amount of actual armor and weapons is so much smaller than WoW. There are pretty much no unique items at all. The weapons and armor people are wearing are all similar. Where is the individuality? Weak.

Ok, well there are a few rants I have about GW. It is a beautiful game don't get me wrong...but there are certainly some patches that need to be put out to add a few simple (and not so simple) additions. Perhaps I'm just spoiled to death of WoW...which let's face it is a much better just ain't free.

Podcasts / Re: What do you do while listening?
« on: February 06, 2006, 08:36:26 am »
I don't know how people listen to music or poscasts while they play games. That totally defeats the purpose of playing for me. When I play a game, I want to be IN the game...lost--but if I'm having to focus on what Steve is saying, or am killing Nazis as I listen to Tears for brings me out of the virtual reality I'm purposefully trying to get lost in.

Not to mention, I play a lot of competitive games like CS, BF2, or COD...I NEED to hear every footstep, and the direction from which it came. Listening to music will get you fact, I'd go so far as to say not wearing headphones weakens players...not to mention jamming to music or listening to podcasts.

I want to hear that crow caw in the distance. I want to hear the grunt of a Charr in a nearby camp. I want to hear the enemy player drop down from a box, and make a slight sound alerting me to his presence behind me. Sound engineering and awareness is half the game experience.


Podcasts / Re: What do you do while listening?
« on: February 01, 2006, 10:41:57 am »
99% of the time, I'm on the subway to work, or back home.

Podcasts / Re: Voicemail Guideline.
« on: January 30, 2006, 11:38:16 am »
you didn't sound like you were reading.  you sounded like you were a sentient computer program trying to disguise itself as a human being.  don't get me wrong, i think it's really cool that you were able to come into existence (us humans take sentience for granted - it must have been a struggle) just don't, y'know, do that thing.  that thing where you take over the world.

Wow really? I got the first computer like statement you made, but I honestly didn't think it was me you were talking about. I sound like a robot? I suppose I have to work on that. Funny thing is, I'm an actor. I know it sounded like it was being read, but I try to make my questions as articulate as possible, quick to the point, and with as little stumbling as possible.

That's funny though. I listened to it again, and I don't think I sound like a robot. Don't be intimidated by the am more human than human (wink wink).

Oh and if you plan on winning this war, I wouldn't start with "scorching the sky." We won't need the sun for long.


Podcasts / Re: Voicemail Guideline.
« on: January 27, 2006, 12:20:10 pm »
I definitely practice my question. First thing you want to do is write your question out on paper, so that your grammar and structure is of an intelligent sounding nature. Then practice a few times, so you don't get caught up on any word used. Keep in mind, you don't want it sounding completely like you're reading (which mine did a little), so what you want to do is improve a little through-out the question to give it a more raw random feel.

A good mic helps. Strangely enough, I work at a piano store and used a digital piano to record. They have a standard mid-grade recording mic here, which I plugged into the digital piano and streamed my record. It sounded pretty good.

This topic is so funny..I think I know who you are because I remember one audio question that sounded a bit too sultry in the beginning for a guy. But it's totally cool...don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the question you asked, and you seem like a cool guy.


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