See, it doesn't take much to make me happy...|
A simple forum title is all. (No thanks to you, Tuncer! Grr...) At least, there are mods that actually care. ;-)
Bah, to hell with trying WoW...it's a nice day today and I feel like going outside. (No mad killing sprees though. I know...darn.)
Posted on September 4, 2004 at 10:19 am
It's the end of the world as I know it... and while I don't feel like shit, I do feel like going on a mad killing spree instead!|
August was fantastic, and then comes god-awful September... bloody freakin' September! It's quite amazing how you can go from feeling on top of world, and then Murphy's Law suddenly tackles you like a 300 pound football player.
So like anyone today, instead of throwing yourself off a cliff or wallowing in one's own self pity, you write a blog about it! Sure, no one will care and probably not read it anyway. But even if God alone reads this, He's probably put me on hold for the next available heavenly representative to take my plea. Stupid elevator music anyways...
I'm sure if I haven't made my story crystal clear in the forums, this lousy September starts off with the World of Warcraft stress test beta. And like any person wallowing in self pity with nothing else better to do, I'm proceeding to repeat it here. I suppose it started back during the 1st actual beta signups. I signed up of course, only to find out that 10.3 was required. I bested every system requirement except for the fact I didn't have 10.3 then, while rest of you lucky little goons got excepted.
So while I did play alot of Unreal Tournament '04, I still wished I had gotten into the beta. WoW looked like something extraordinary and terrific that I really wanted to try. But with no chance in the world, I thought, I just let it go and forgot about it. Later, I guess I must've made some witty comment in some thread one day concerning WoW, and lo and behold Rob Barris @ Blizzard sends me email saying he could probably get me into the beta. I literally almost peed my pants, for I was being ASKED to participate. ASKED!Unfortunately, I still didn't have 10.3. I told him that and he replyed with a bummer message saying it probably wouldn't be doable then. Argh...if only I could turn back the clock now...
And so life went on. Until the stress test came along. I have 10.3 now, and so I entered right away. A day later I got my FilePlanet confirmation I'd been accepted. I thought things were looking up. I proceeded to download the 2.21 GB installer and got my key number shortly thereafter. Having left the Mac on all night to download the ginormous stress test, I went to install it the next morning and got some "Assertion error" not even 10% through the install. I tried several times and re-unpacked the zip file, same thing happened each time. Now if this doesn't make a grown man break down into tears considering everything that's happened, I did some research and felt I had no choice but to redownload the entire friggin' thing again. So having left the Mac pull another all-nighter it downloaded AGAIN, and I went to install it AGAIN. And this time everything was fine. YES! I thought. I was finally ready to go!
The test started yesterday. And like everyone else I never got an email. Why Blizzard ever coordinated with the internet gaming cesspool that is FilePlanet is beyond me? However, a kind gentleman in the forum shared the account setup link. And for a brief second I was overjoyed. Really brief. Then suddenly the whole world faded to blackness. "Authorization failed. Invalid key." I tried it again and again, I tried changing browsers, and even desperately turned on the PC trying IE 6. Nothing. It's been more than 24 hours now, and still nothing. Blizzard's site only points to Gamespy support and Gamespy support (which doesn't work with Safari) only points back to Blizzard. Such terrific help I tell you.
I have given up all hope now. In fact my entire interest in WoW has waned to but a small crescent. Considering the ladder, I started thinking about Blizzard's waning reputation as well. I'm starting to believe they are not so much the company they once were. In fact, it hardly seems they develop their own games much anymore. I read about them handing their projects off to affiliate companies. E3 reports about Ghost don't sound too promising stating the game has been watered down significantly, lacking the sparkle it once had. Warcraft III, while I still play it on occasion, wasn't the most appealing in terms of gameplay either (it still lags on my machine even for what I've put into it). And in my opinion it doesn't hold a candle to the success Starcraft had. Then along comes this WoW mess... do MMORPGs really pay off anyway? I thought Blizzard could hold its ground here, but when the beta is over and the game is released will the number of paying subscribers actually add up profitably?
I don't know why I felt somewhat "hyped" for WoW. I never try to get hyped over games anymore. There are few exceptions though. I guess I felt that if I tried WoW in beta form I might've actually ended up being a paying customer for the final release shortly after it was released having never had to wait for a demo. I wasn't impressed with Everquest, but having an interest to play online with lots of people and doing something besides shooters, I thought WoW might satisfy some inner craving being one of few MMORPGs for Mac. But that isn't much so now, not after all the wasted time and having been irritated by someone's bad planning. Blizzard should've stayed 2D, because frankly I've been (or probably will be) unimpressed with anything 3D they've done thus far. Blizzard is becoming bogus. There, I said it, and in some miniscule way it makes me feel better. I know that's just ignorance on my part, but honestly look what hoops I've jumped through... wouldn't you feel the least bit angry at Blizzard even though it's possibly FilePlanet that's to blame? *sigh* I don't know...
But what of the rest of life you ask? Since this a gaming blog I typically stick to gaming, but what the hell.... we'll the whole Russian situation is depressing; my website database has been on the fritz; my car stereo has a mind of its own, coming on when I'm not in the mood for music, going out when I'm actually in desperate need of it; work has been long and tiresome with problemtic co-workers again; the Mac G4 at work has been giving me more problems then my Windows machine; this one friend of mine is behaving like a total ass right now; I had a little run in with the police (don't ask); I haven't slept in at all this week; the next hurricane is on its way; I've spilled coffee on myself twice; iTunes radio streams I listen to have been rebuffering far too often than not; the forum has been pretty lame for the last few months; and to top it off... all I, AS AN IMG PRO USER, am asking for... Is For SOMEONE TO GET OFF HIS OR HER ASS AND JUST GIVE ME A SIMPLE... FUCKING... FORUM TITLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mac users supporting the Mac community here, and just a friggin' title is all I ask. Maybe longer sigs too! It's very frustrating when I see other people like myself being ignored for this long.
................... *twitch*................. *twitch*
I conclude with my favorite quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald which really seems to have some meaning right now.
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
So, if I've bored you in any way I deeply apologize.
...Not. Apoligize? Pfft... MY ASS. It's time to go on strike!
Posted on September 3, 2004 at 6:45 pm
Call for a collective IMG online|
I realized something playing UT2004 online yesterday with some friends. You all remember the demo, right? Ah yes, when it was still new and everyone had to have it. I remember those 2-3 times everyone from #IMG chat played the demo together. Sure it was only like 10 people, and it lagged for some, but hey I had fun and my machine wasn't exactly top notch either.
That doesn't happen too often. And it's a good feeling playing with or against people you sort of know as distant friends. Alas, I miss those times. One of those great things you sometimes wish IMG had was 1 or 2 high bandwidth servers dedicated specifically to running Mac games. Doesn't always have to be the most popular either.
MacAddict did something similar years ago. Rotating between Quake III Arena and the original UT. I made a plea in the magazine about two years ago asking them kindly if they could possibly work Elite Force or a few others into the rotation. They replied that they'd look into it, but couldn't say for certain they'd accomodate lesser than popular games, that being the best two shooters on the Mac were Quake III and original UT, and that everyone was expected to have them back then. Unfortunately, they never did support Elite Force. Quake III was eventually dropped. And then shortly after they redesigned their site no longer having a games page at all. Probably ditching everything all together or everything other than UT.
If you're big on multiplayer games and occasionally wish you could play some familiar faces online at times or just anyone who reads IMG, doesn't this sound like a good idea? Forget for a moment the cost of buying or maintaining the servers, and simply think that they just exist now. Imagine a page on IMG here that lists all the popular and slightly less popular games in a schedule. UT2004-Monday, Battlefield 1942-Tuesday, Call of Duty-Wednesday, and so forth...
Of course, the schedule would most likely change from time to time. Rearranging certain games for different days, so maybe if you couldn't catch a UT2004 game this Monday, perhaps you can make the next on the following Wednesday, etc.
Others might argue at the probable lack of people. However, remember this is publically advertised and there are lots of IMG readers who would take interest in something that is trusted and open to the public for Mac users.
I certainly wouldn't mind dishing out maybe $10/month to play on high speed servers running games that other Mac users would love to play on (together) from time to time, if cost becomes an issue.
I know, it's not entirely thought out. But a guy can dream, can't he? I guess the point of this small rant was to question why I seldom see any IMG people playing UT2004 online. I have some of your names on my buddy list, but unfortunately have never seen you either because you seldom play online or changed your name? There will probably never come a time again like those few when the demo was new. Has UT2004 outgrown most of you IMG veterans already? Because without another game like it due for sometime, how can it possibly grow old so soon.
Posted on August 8, 2004 at 6:18 pm
Happy Birthday to me! Best UT2004 match ever!|
After reading his blog, I'm sorry to hear about Johan's (Whaleman) loss, but I've tried to keep positive today. Yes, folks it's that day, the one and only. The day I never go to work and sit on my ass all...day...long. Happy Birthday to me.
Regrettably, I had to wake at 6:45 this morning for my only 8:00 class. Afterward, I treated myself to a bacon and eggs lunch (brunch?) and came home. Flopped on the couch and proceeded to enjoy my afternoon of complete, uninterrupted laziness.
My younger friend Justin, a high school senior, came by today. Together he and I had the most wicked UT2004 day ever. I swear, ChaosUT2 is arguably the best mod available. Between him and myself, we downloaded approximately 50 maps today. The highlight came as we joined (I on my Mac, he on my PC) into this solitary ChaosUT KOTH match. Much to our surprise it was populated with nothing more than smak-talking 13-year-olds, who apparantly had a thing for talking, swearing, and scheming over the in game voice chat. The funny thing was, virtually NONE of them understood Chaos at all!
I must tell you, I have never NEVER had more head shots (courtesy of the Chaos sniper rifle) in a single game. I'm talking at least 30 or more. That's insane! None of these little brats knew about the turrets, the vortex, or even how to handle the grappling hook! And I had near perfect melee combat as I persisted to execute them at one at a time when the modes changed. Talk about luck. A server full of genuine, seriously clueless n00bs. What more can guy ask for on his birthday, eh? And Choas weapons at that!
I don't have a microphone, so I wasn't able to do anything but type gestures while they commenced to scream and whine "Damn it!" or "G4Jedi is camping out! What a loser!". Funny, the server's welcome message said, "Campers welcome, please don't abuse the voice chat." I was merely following the rules, wasn't I? ;-)
So this blog is dedicated to you "sith" and ".DS.The_killer", Justin and I enjoyed the head shots, trip mine mayhem, and napalm parades, with a pinch of vortexs now and then. It's been fun. I pulled the best Batman maneuver to date as well. Pulled up my trusty Chaos flamethrower, and grappled over to the top of a giant statue upon which ".DS.The_killer" was firing upon me from. And as the hook was pulling me across horizontally, I shot out a huge burst of flames, speeding into and incinerating him before ever making contact with the statue. I don't think I'll ever top that. Muhahahaha...
Favorite quote of the day by "sith": "OH MY GOD WHAT IS THAAAAAAAAAA" proceeded by the bone crushing noise of a gravity vortex. Well, sith, this Jedi triumphs over the Dark Side today.
Posted on August 2, 2004 at 7:14 pm
My new cat came today!|
As in finally having made the transition to OS X 10.3. I held out for a while, patiently awaited until Apple had some time to refine it some. I've heard mostly good things about 10.3.4 and I don't appear to have any games that are effected or broken in anyway running under the latest OS. In fact, UT2004 is faster.
My kitty came from eBay for $50 (retail copy), so I'm legal! Even came with the Proofs of Purchase. Yea!
Having only played around with 10.3 on my machine for a few hours, it makes me wonder why I didn't upgrade sometime ago. Indeed, the speed and features of the OS are reminiscent to OS 9. Only far better than OS 9. Everything is suddenly more snappier than ever and I like snappy.
Installation was smooth and fast. Not annoying in the least. Now, if only installing Windows could be like that. But wait, it just wouldn't be Windows then, would it?
Only complaints...I HATE the Finder icon in 10.3. It appears old and tarnished, whereas the 10.2 icon was much sleeker. I never could understand why they changed it. Network browsing could still be better. And 10.3 boots just a tad slower than 10.2, not very noticable, but now I can actually read some of the things it's loading on the boot panel as they fly by, whereas before in 10.2 it was... boot panel appears...ZIP!-->desktop loading.
Well, ladies, gents, and peanut gallery, I'm sorry if I bored you with my impressions of what most of you have probably well known for almost a year now.
Posted on July 23, 2004 at 9:47 pm
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If I missed anyone, please say so!
CPU Speed: 1.26 - 1.5 GHz
Memory: 1 GB
Video: NVIDIA GeForce3
Display: Generic Flat Panel
HD Space: 81 - 120 GB
CD: Generic 32x
DVD: Generic 12x
Details: - Originally a 400Mhz Sawtooth, but currently has a GigaDesigns CPU upgrade running at 1.3Ghz.
- 64MB GeForce3 is actually a flashed PC card with a Mac ROM.
- 2 speakers and 1 sub.
- FireWire CD burner 16x10x40x.
- Internal Zip 100 drive.
Also own a 12" Powerbook (Rev. A) 867Mhz, 32MB nVidia, 384MB RAM. Not really a gaming machine to me though.
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