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Anonymous
June 8, 2005 2:06:43 PM

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(It's still okay to talk about games in this group, right?)

The DVD actually comes with a 77 page hardcover book made into a kind of
mock city guide. (also includes map and serves as CD case/holder)

The highest screen resolution is 1024X768X32 + Wide screen.

No First Person POV on foot.

Takes up 4.7GB Space on your HD.

So far on my 1.83 Ghz Athlon, 9800 pro with 512 RAM mem, I've had no trouble
running with almost everything maxed out (but frame limiter on).

Autotargeting is referred to but it's either not supported or I can't figure
out how to use it. You do have to hold down a key to get the crosshairs to
come up, but I'm used to this because it's like the Iron Sites on MOH.

From what I can tell it takes just one button to get into a car although I
haven't yet met anyone resisiting much.

That's all for now... I was worried it would feel too much like a Vice City
extension mod, but it's done well taking things to a higher level. HWY
chases are cool...


Well, I need to go play now.
June 8, 2005 7:14:04 PM

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On 2005-06-08, JoeSmooth <f@ke.net> wrote:
> (It's still okay to talk about games in this group, right?)
>
> The DVD actually comes with a 77 page hardcover book made into a kind of
> mock city guide. (also includes map and serves as CD case/holder)
>
> The highest screen resolution is 1024X768X32 + Wide screen.
>
> No First Person POV on foot.
>
> Takes up 4.7GB Space on your HD.
>
> So far on my 1.83 Ghz Athlon, 9800 pro with 512 RAM mem, I've had no trouble
> running with almost everything maxed out (but frame limiter on).
>
> Autotargeting is referred to but it's either not supported or I can't figure
> out how to use it. You do have to hold down a key to get the crosshairs to
> come up, but I'm used to this because it's like the Iron Sites on MOH.
>
> From what I can tell it takes just one button to get into a car although I
> haven't yet met anyone resisiting much.
>
> That's all for now... I was worried it would feel too much like a Vice City
> extension mod, but it's done well taking things to a higher level. HWY
> chases are cool...
>
>
> Well, I need to go play now.
>

Saving. Can you save at any point? The stickler for me with GTA3 PC was
that you had to drive across the map to save.


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June 8, 2005 7:14:05 PM

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> Saving. Can you save at any point? The stickler for me with GTA3 PC was
> that you had to drive across the map to save.

I generally only buy games where one can save anywhere.

But I made an exception with Vice City and now San Andreas because the
games are so much fun. There are MANY save/safe houses in San Andreas
(but I guess you have buy them first). From my experience so far,
having to get to the save house is less an issue in San Andreas than it
was in Vice City.

But one thing... saving advances time by 6 hours! I'm not sure what
impact that has on the game/story. I liked going on treasure hunts and
coming home to save over and over again in Vice City. Will doing this
in San Andreas advance time too much and ruin any missions/story?
Related resources
June 8, 2005 8:07:06 PM

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On Wed, 8 Jun 2005 15:57:32 +0100, Toby <google@asktoby.com> wrote:

>That's another reason I gave up on GTA3. The tiny map circle was too
>small to be of any use, so I was always getting lost on Liberty Island.
>When I opened up the bridge to the second area and the play area
>doubled, I spent all my time getting lost and ended up giving up.

I think a lot of the fun in GTA3/VC (my copy of SA is in the post) is
in learning your way around the maps, even if it does take many hours.
Exploring at leisure lets you find the fun bits that are scattered
around, but also helps you learn shortcuts that are invaluable for the
missions or when being chased.
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Anonymous
June 8, 2005 9:21:46 PM

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"JoeSmooth" <f@ke.net> wrote in message
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>
> The highest screen resolution is 1024X768X32 + Wide screen.

erm... I think you mean 2048x1536

[¬_¬]
Anonymous
June 9, 2005 3:55:58 AM

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Walter <waltersibbons@hotmail.com> wrote in
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> But one thing... saving advances time by 6 hours! I'm not sure what
> impact that has on the game/story. I liked going on treasure hunts and
> coming home to save over and over again in Vice City. Will doing this
> in San Andreas advance time too much and ruin any missions/story?

I'm unsure at this point, but I think it influences things like
eating/physical development. You can only work out so much per game day,
and if you don't eat enough or work out enough over time, your physique
suffers.

Geo
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Anonymous
June 9, 2005 5:17:54 AM

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JoeSmooth wrote:

> Autotargeting is referred to but it's either not supported or I can't figure
> out how to use it.

There was auto-targetting in GTA:VC when you were aiming with the keyboard
- ain't no need consolish auto lock-on when aiming with da mouse, homeboy.

Word to your mother. :) 
Anonymous
June 9, 2005 7:12:35 AM

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On Wed, 8 Jun 2005 10:06:43 -0400, "JoeSmooth" <f@ke.net> wrote:

Oh, one more thing:

I can't understand what the characters are saying. I'm sorry, I don't
speak Ebonics. It's hard for me to follow the plot much less
understand the instructions as where to go and what to do to complete
a mission.

Am I the only one?
Anonymous
June 9, 2005 7:12:36 AM

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On Thu, 09 Jun 2005 03:12:35 GMT, Spalls Hurgenson <yoinks@ebalu.com>
wrote:

>On Wed, 8 Jun 2005 10:06:43 -0400, "JoeSmooth" <f@ke.net> wrote:
>
>Oh, one more thing:
>
>I can't understand what the characters are saying. I'm sorry, I don't
>speak Ebonics. It's hard for me to follow the plot much less
>understand the instructions as where to go and what to do to complete
>a mission.
>
>Am I the only one?

Turn on subtitles. I find them mandatory.

Steve

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Anonymous
June 9, 2005 12:52:56 PM

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Sam Jones wrote:
>
> The PC version of Vice City seemed even *worse* than the PS2 for duplicate
> car spawning. I once drove on the main road that circles the big mall at
> the north of the eastern map, and every single car that spawned was of the
> same type. Drove into the multi-storey car park attached to the mall, and
> every car in it was the same. That was unsettling, and 'broke the metaphor'
> a little.

Sounds like GTA: Eastern Europe.

I've got a great photo somewhere of a car park in East Berlin (as it
was then). All the cars are identical Trabants, but in different
bathroom suite colours. All except one, which is still a Trabi, but
it's red and has got spoilers and go faster stripes.
June 9, 2005 2:35:32 PM

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On Wed, 8 Jun 2005 10:06:43 -0400, "JoeSmooth" <f@ke.net> wrote:

>The DVD actually comes with a 77 page hardcover book made into a kind of
>mock city guide. (also includes map and serves as CD case/holder)

Nice glossy totally over produced manual that I will never read. The
pull out map is all I ever want in a GTA game package.

>The highest screen resolution is 1024X768X32 + Wide screen.

Dependent on your monitor, it will go higher.

>No First Person POV on foot.

Well, duh, this is a GTA game.

>Takes up 4.7GB Space on your HD.

Yes, despite the install routine saying it will take 1GB!

>So far on my 1.83 Ghz Athlon, 9800 pro with 512 RAM mem, I've had no trouble
>running with almost everything maxed out (but frame limiter on).

My XP2500+/6600GT/1GB RAM is running everything maxxed, no limiter,
all smooth. The much reduced pop-up graphics over VC is very welcome.

>Autotargeting is referred to but it's either not supported or I can't figure
>out how to use it. You do have to hold down a key to get the crosshairs to
>come up, but I'm used to this because it's like the Iron Sites on MOH.

Autotargetting is to emulate the console weeners - does not apply with
the much superior KB/Mouse.

>From what I can tell it takes just one button to get into a car although I
>haven't yet met anyone resisiting much.

Same as the previous games.

>That's all for now... I was worried it would feel too much like a Vice City
>extension mod, but it's done well taking things to a higher level. HWY
>chases are cool...

I have just had my first hour of playing it and I have taken to it a
lot more than with VC, although I am not sure if that is good or bad.
It took me about a week to get over GTA3 and work out why VC was
better, this one has grabbed me straight off.

I like the setting of it, it seems a lot more real than the artificial
day glow colour's of VC, the dialog is a lot sharper, funnier, and the
cutscenes are more enjoyable for me. From what I have heard of the
soundtrack, it works for me.

I am really enjoying it so far...gotta back to da hood mother
f'ers...erm I think I will play it some more!
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Anonymous
June 9, 2005 2:54:43 PM

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In article <J9Hpe.7377$Nd3.556383@news20.bellglobal.com>,
Walter <waltersibbons@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
>But one thing... saving advances time by 6 hours! I'm not sure what
>impact that has on the game/story. I liked going on treasure hunts and
>coming home to save over and over again in Vice City. Will doing this
>in San Andreas advance time too much and ruin any missions/story?

No. The only lasting effect is to increase the "days passed" counter
in the statistics section. The missions will be patiently waiting for
you :-)

Cheers
Bent D
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Anonymous
June 9, 2005 3:59:14 PM

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In article <J9Hpe.7377$Nd3.556383@news20.bellglobal.com>, Walter wrote:
>> Saving. Can you save at any point? The stickler for me with GTA3 PC was
>> that you had to drive across the map to save.
>
> I generally only buy games where one can save anywhere.
>
> But I made an exception with Vice City and now San Andreas because the
> games are so much fun. There are MANY save/safe houses in San Andreas
> (but I guess you have buy them first). From my experience so far,
> having to get to the save house is less an issue in San Andreas than it
> was in Vice City.

Plenty of Save points in San Andreas, but money tends to limit purchasing
them at first...

> But one thing... saving advances time by 6 hours! I'm not sure what
> impact that has on the game/story. I liked going on treasure hunts and
> coming home to save over and over again in Vice City. Will doing this
> in San Andreas advance time too much and ruin any missions/story?

It does occasionally affect missions... I never noticed time not advancing
a fair bit of time in VC. It advanced 6 hours in GTA3 right?

Smid
Anonymous
June 9, 2005 4:12:04 PM

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On Thu, 9 Jun 2005 08:04:56 +0100, Toby <google@asktoby.com> wrote:

>On 2005-06-09, Spalls Hurgenson <yoinks@ebalu.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, 8 Jun 2005 10:06:43 -0400, "JoeSmooth" <f@ke.net> wrote:

>
>Can you point GTA:SA to a folder of MP3s on a network?
>e.g.
>\\myhousemusicserver\mp3s
>or do you have to copy them all into the GTA:SA install directory?

You don't have to move the files themselves to the profile directory;
you can just drag shortcuts to the MP3s (and OGG and WMA and WAV)
instead. That works for all the GTA3 games.
Anonymous
June 9, 2005 5:46:03 PM

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"Spalls Hurgenson" <yoinks@ebalu.com> wrote in message

> The textures might be higher-res than GTA:VC but they are still pretty
> low compared to other PC games. And they just don't appear as vibrant
> as in VC. But as I said, that may just be because the area I'm in at
> the start of the game is designed to look grungy and unimpressive;
> other parts of the city could look better.

This was definitely the case in the PS2 version, which I played to
completion. Ganton and its surroundings looked very gritty and urban, and
the haze effect contributed to that. When you visit the main strip in Las
Venturas (Vegas) later on in the game, you'll notice at night that it looks
a lot more vibrant, like Vice City.
Anonymous
June 9, 2005 6:08:47 PM

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>>Takes up 4.7GB Space on your HD.
>
> Yes, despite the install routine saying it will take 1GB!

no it doesn't, it says 4.7Gb, I suspect you are looking at the 1.1Gb of
audio files that are optional for the *full* install

;¬)

.pRot3us.
June 9, 2005 6:08:48 PM

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On Thu, 9 Jun 2005 14:08:47 +0100, "pRot3us" <spam@this> wrote:

>> Yes, despite the install routine saying it will take 1GB!
>
>no it doesn't, it says 4.7Gb, I suspect you are looking at the 1.1Gb of
>audio files that are optional for the *full* install

Doh! Thanks for the correction :-)
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Anonymous
June 9, 2005 6:58:50 PM

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"Toby" <google@asktoby.com> wrote in message
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>
> If you turn your back to traffic, does it disappear when you turn back,
> like GTA3?

This was improved in the PS2 version of SA, as was the car spawning
algorithm, so you don't tend to see a procession of the same model car but
with different colours. That's 'improved', BTW, not 'completely fixed'.
Anonymous
June 9, 2005 6:58:51 PM

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In article <1118325531.40892@ernani.logica.co.uk>,
Sam Jones <sam.j.jones@spamnull.logicacmg.com> wrote:
>
>This was improved in the PS2 version of SA, as was the car spawning
>algorithm, so you don't tend to see a procession of the same model car but
>with different colours. That's 'improved', BTW, not 'completely fixed'.

It still is very noticable though. You won't see a tow truck for hours
and hours and then suddenly the national tow truck convention comes to
town and they are _all over the place_ for a few minutes before they
all suddenly disappear again ...

Cheers
Bent D
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Anonymous
June 9, 2005 7:27:30 PM

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"Dennis Schamne" <schamne@despammed.com> wrote in message
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> JoeSmooth wrote:
>
>> Autotargeting is referred to but it's either not supported or I can't
>> figure
>> out how to use it.
>
> There was auto-targetting in GTA:VC when you were aiming with the keyboard
> - ain't no need consolish auto lock-on when aiming with da mouse, homeboy.
>
> Word to your mother. :) 

All true, but I'm having trouble with the first super punch.. sprint while
targeting then hit "action" or something like that. Did you get it to work?
(I think it's the first boxing move you learn)
Anonymous
June 9, 2005 8:27:21 PM

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"Bent C Dalager" <bcd@pvv.ntnu.no> wrote in message
>
> It still is very noticable though. You won't see a tow truck for hours
> and hours and then suddenly the national tow truck convention comes to
> town and they are _all over the place_ for a few minutes before they
> all suddenly disappear again ...

Yeah, I wish they'd spent a bit more time rationalising the way the cars
spawn, given how central they are to the whole GTA concept. It seems to
dynamically generate 'sets' of vehicles that can be spawned, varied by
where you are in the gameworld, what car you're in (or if you're on foot),
and perhaps other elements.

The PC version of Vice City seemed even *worse* than the PS2 for duplicate
car spawning. I once drove on the main road that circles the big mall at
the north of the eastern map, and every single car that spawned was of the
same type. Drove into the multi-storey car park attached to the mall, and
every car in it was the same. That was unsettling, and 'broke the metaphor'
a little.
Anonymous
June 10, 2005 3:32:04 AM

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> Saving. Can you save at any point? The stickler for me with GTA3 PC was
> that you had to drive across the map to save.

Same system as VC. Save points which you can increase by purchasing more
lots. I think it's as much a "game flow" decision as it is an issue of
programming ambition or lack there of.



>
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Anonymous
June 10, 2005 5:30:05 AM

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JoeSmooth wrote:

> All true, but I'm having trouble with the first super punch.. sprint while
> targeting then hit "action" or something like that. Did you get it to work?
> (I think it's the first boxing move you learn)

Nope. The game is meant to be played with a PS2 controller. It seems to be
very hard to setup a good key setting for playing it with a keyboard/mouse
combo. Also I'm not using ma fists when taking a bunch of motherf..kers
down, homie. A 9mm is what ya'll need in da hood, you feel me? :) 

Dennis
Anonymous
June 10, 2005 5:45:08 AM

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Magnulus wrote:
> The worst thing about those games, asides from the gratuitous violence
> posing as "maturity", on the PC, the accelerator/brake buttons are strictly
> digital. They should have taken a page from some of the better racing
> games on the PC and incorporated some gradiation into the effect (in many EA
> racing games, with digital controls, there's the option to adjust how
> "quickly" the controls depress the accelerator). You cannot even remap the
> accelerator to an analog axis.

If that's the worst feature of the game, then I'm going out now to buy
it. In fact I'll buy two (then I'll be l337 super-PC gamer).

Seriously, though, a friend was raving about this game last night. The
sheer sacle of it and the range of things you can do to pass the time
sounds fantastic. Mind you, he's a scum consolist, and was talking
about whatever console he's got (PS2 I think).

But reading this thread has convinced me to put it near the top of my
"next purchase" list.
Anonymous
June 10, 2005 5:57:06 AM

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The worst thing about those games, asides from the gratuitous violence
posing as "maturity", on the PC, the accelerator/brake buttons are strictly
digital. They should have taken a page from some of the better racing
games on the PC and incorporated some gradiation into the effect (in many EA
racing games, with digital controls, there's the option to adjust how
"quickly" the controls depress the accelerator). You cannot even remap the
accelerator to an analog axis.
Anonymous
June 10, 2005 9:07:58 AM

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On Wed, 8 Jun 2005 10:06:43 -0400, "JoeSmooth" <f@ke.net> wrote:

>(It's still okay to talk about games in this group, right?)
>
>The DVD actually comes with a 77 page hardcover book made into a kind of
>mock city guide. (also includes map and serves as CD case/holder)
>
>The highest screen resolution is 1024X768X32 + Wide screen.

I'm running it at 1792x1344x32

>No First Person POV on foot.

Which isn't a bad thing actually, because most first person POVs are
rather limiting when it comes to seeing the situation around you as
you can't look around without turning in place.

>Takes up 4.7GB Space on your HD.

You do have the option to leave 1.1gb of audio on the disc but HD
space is pretty cheap these days.

>Autotargeting is referred to but it's either not supported or I can't figure
>out how to use it. You do have to hold down a key to get the crosshairs to
>come up, but I'm used to this because it's like the Iron Sites on MOH.

Autotargeting is a function of weapon skill, you start with no skill
so the ranges at which autotargeting will activate is rather small.
On the other hand, manual aiming is far superior as you don't have to
shoot someone 8-10 times in the chest when one bullet in the head is
an instant kill.

>From what I can tell it takes just one button to get into a car although I
>haven't yet met anyone resisiting much.

That's the way it's always been.

--
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of the human mind to correlate all its contents." - H.P. Lovecraft
Anonymous
June 10, 2005 9:09:06 AM

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On Wed, 8 Jun 2005 15:14:04 +0100, Toby <google@asktoby.com> wrote:

>> Well, I need to go play now.
>>
>
>Saving. Can you save at any point? The stickler for me with GTA3 PC was
>that you had to drive across the map to save.

No, you don't get to save at any point. You still need to get to a
safehouse to save the game but you can buy various properties around
the game to do so, just like Vice City.

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of the human mind to correlate all its contents." - H.P. Lovecraft
Anonymous
June 10, 2005 9:10:46 AM

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On Thu, 9 Jun 2005 11:59:14 +0000 (UTC), Smid
<smidllllllNichSpammo.removelstoo@blueyonder.co.uk> wrote:

>Plenty of Save points in San Andreas, but money tends to limit purchasing
>them at first...

You can pick up 3-4k per night doing robbery missions.

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of the human mind to correlate all its contents." - H.P. Lovecraft
June 10, 2005 10:35:36 AM

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On Fri, 10 Jun 2005 01:30:05 +0200, Dennis Schamne
<schamne@despammed.com> wrote:

>Nope. The game is meant to be played with a PS2 controller. It seems to be
>very hard to setup a good key setting for playing it with a keyboard/mouse
>combo.

WTF? The default KB/mouse controls work great for me.
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Anonymous
June 10, 2005 11:40:17 AM

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Quoth The Raven "Sam Jones"<sam.j.jones@spamnull.logicacmg.com> in
1118330841.682424@ernani.logica.co.uk
> "Bent C Dalager" <bcd@pvv.ntnu.no> wrote in message
>>
>> It still is very noticable though. You won't see a tow truck for
>> hours and hours and then suddenly the national tow truck convention
>> comes to town and they are _all over the place_ for a few minutes
>> before they all suddenly disappear again ...
>
> Yeah, I wish they'd spent a bit more time rationalising the way the
> cars spawn, given how central they are to the whole GTA concept. It
> seems to dynamically generate 'sets' of vehicles that can be
> spawned, varied by where you are in the gameworld, what car you're in
> (or if you're on foot), and perhaps other elements.
>
> The PC version of Vice City seemed even *worse* than the PS2 for
> duplicate car spawning. I once drove on the main road that circles
> the big mall at the north of the eastern map, and every single car
> that spawned was of the same type. Drove into the multi-storey car
> park attached to the mall, and every car in it was the same. That
> was unsettling, and 'broke the metaphor' a little.

I was more upset when I would steal a ramp truck, return it to the point
where I parked my bike to perform the jump, only to find my stolen bike
spawned out. I went to steal another bike and went back to the truck and it
was gone too. I hope GTASA has fixed this

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June 10, 2005 11:40:18 AM

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> I was more upset when I would steal a ramp truck, return it to the point
> where I parked my bike to perform the jump, only to find my stolen bike
> spawned out. I went to steal another bike and went back to the truck and
> it was gone too. I hope GTASA has fixed this

Maybe it can be argued that somebody stole it?
Anonymous
June 10, 2005 11:42:16 AM

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Quoth The Raven "Chadwick"<chadwick110@hotmail.com> in
1118332376.332997.109310@g44g2000cwa.googlegroups.com
> Sam Jones wrote:
>>
>> The PC version of Vice City seemed even *worse* than the PS2 for
>> duplicate car spawning. I once drove on the main road that circles
>> the big mall at the north of the eastern map, and every single car
>> that spawned was of the same type. Drove into the multi-storey car
>> park attached to the mall, and every car in it was the same. That
>> was unsettling, and 'broke the metaphor' a little.
>
> Sounds like GTA: Eastern Europe.
>
> I've got a great photo somewhere of a car park in East Berlin (as it
> was then). All the cars are identical Trabants, but in different
> bathroom suite colours. All except one, which is still a Trabi, but
> it's red and has got spoilers and go faster stripes.


after watching a German film called Trabbi (I think) I got to love those
cars. the film was similar to the best of the National Lampoon films.
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On 10 Jun 2005 01:45:08 -0700, "Chadwick" <chadwick110@hotmail.com>
wrote:

>If that's the worst feature of the game, then I'm going out now to buy
>it. In fact I'll buy two (then I'll be l337 super-PC gamer).

LOL, that's what I thought too. Mags does have an odd sense of
perspective sometimes.

>Seriously, though, a friend was raving about this game last night. The
>sheer sacle of it and the range of things you can do to pass the time
>sounds fantastic. Mind you, he's a scum consolist, and was talking
>about whatever console he's got (PS2 I think).

I have spent the bulk of my playing time so far just cruising around
on a BMX bike, going round da hood, along the highway, around the
hills, along the beach, getting into mischief as and where I find it.
It really brings out a sense of being a kid having fun again, great
game.
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Anonymous
June 10, 2005 1:10:48 PM

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"Highlandish" <ckreskay_CURSEING@dodo.com.au> writes:

> I was more upset when I would steal a ramp truck, return it to the point
> where I parked my bike to perform the jump, only to find my stolen bike
> spawned out. I went to steal another bike and went back to the truck and it
> was gone too. I hope GTASA has fixed this

On the PS2, SA is much better about this than it was with VC, I think
it remembers vehicles you've used for a longer period now. I'd expect
that change to have made it into the PC versioon as well.

Nick

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Anonymous
June 10, 2005 1:30:05 PM

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In article <42a8fad7$0$3458$4d5ecec7@reader.city-net.com>,
JoeSmooth <f@ke.net> wrote:
>
>That and sometimes rival gang members will spawn just feet from you... fair
>game is anyplace you aren't currently looking at. On the cool side of
>things, you can see others being chased by the cops and even follow behind
>if you want.

They removed the "Good Citizen Bonus" of VC though :-(

Cheers
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Anonymous
June 10, 2005 1:30:06 PM

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bcd@pvv.ntnu.no (Bent C Dalager) writes:

> They removed the "Good Citizen Bonus" of VC though :-(

Yeah, which is annoying the first time you knock a perp down and the
cop decides to chase you instead of the punk. I guess CA isn't as
vigilante friendly as FL. :^)

Nick

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Anonymous
June 10, 2005 1:33:48 PM

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In article <468ia11r73spva6p3qnpdpc1g8obrjlkol@4ax.com>,
Johnny Bravo <baawa_knight@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> You can pick up 3-4k per night doing robbery missions.

I prefer going out into redneck country to do ambulance missions. It's
relatively easy, it makes you more familiar with the countryside and
on the higher mission levels, it generates a fair amount of
money. Additionally, of course, it helps with your Driving skill but
that tends to max out pretty soon anyway.

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Anonymous
June 10, 2005 2:53:06 PM

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Smid wrote:

>
> I thought it was irrelevant. Its not a driving game, so its not very
> important. If you buy GTA: SA as a driving game, you need to return it
> and get Burnout 3/GT4 or whatever...
>

GTA is not *just* a driving game but it's just as realistic and much
more expansive than Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2, for example. I like
just cruising around with the music blasting. Why is it such a big
deal to be able to use wheel/pedals? I think Rockstar is being a
little stubborn on the wheel issue, it would add a lot of realism to
the game for many people that have wheels.
Anonymous
June 10, 2005 3:35:59 PM

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"Andrew" <spamtrap@localhost.> wrote in message
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> On Fri, 10 Jun 2005 01:30:05 +0200, Dennis Schamne
> <schamne@despammed.com> wrote:
>
>>Nope. The game is meant to be played with a PS2 controller. It seems to be
>>very hard to setup a good key setting for playing it with a keyboard/mouse
>>combo.
>
> WTF? The default KB/mouse controls work great for me.

How do you Bunny Hop with the bike? Is there some way to get the game to
show you tips? The tips that come up only last a few seconds and then never
re-appear. I don't remember getting instructions on HOW to bunny hop...
only a pop up telling me that my ability to do it increased.


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Anonymous
June 10, 2005 5:13:52 PM

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In article <mhlia1p5ri89e3ahli6mr7um0p34memfmu@4ax.com>, Andrew wrote:
> On 10 Jun 2005 01:45:08 -0700, "Chadwick" <chadwick110@hotmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>>If that's the worst feature of the game, then I'm going out now to buy
>>it. In fact I'll buy two (then I'll be l337 super-PC gamer).
>
> LOL, that's what I thought too. Mags does have an odd sense of
> perspective sometimes.

I thought it was irrelevant. Its not a driving game, so its not very
important. If you buy GTA: SA as a driving game, you need to return it
and get Burnout 3/GT4 or whatever...

Smid
Anonymous
June 10, 2005 6:15:48 PM

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In article <d8bmps$2tl$2@orkan.itea.ntnu.no>, Bent C Dalager wrote:
> In article <468ia11r73spva6p3qnpdpc1g8obrjlkol@4ax.com>,
> Johnny Bravo <baawa_knight@yahoo.com> wrote:
>>
>> You can pick up 3-4k per night doing robbery missions.
>
> I prefer going out into redneck country to do ambulance missions. It's
> relatively easy, it makes you more familiar with the countryside and
> on the higher mission levels, it generates a fair amount of
> money. Additionally, of course, it helps with your Driving skill but
> that tends to max out pretty soon anyway.

If the Vigilante bug is still there, all you need to do is nick a
police car, turn on vigilante and then go into burger place, and the
suspects die... It worked up till level 9 and got me 30 grand...

I only did that once to get money, it was enough...

Smid
June 10, 2005 8:01:03 PM

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On Fri, 10 Jun 2005 11:35:59 -0400, "JoeSmooth" <f@ke.net> wrote:

>How do you Bunny Hop with the bike? Is there some way to get the game to
>show you tips? The tips that come up only last a few seconds and then never
>re-appear. I don't remember getting instructions on HOW to bunny hop...
>only a pop up telling me that my ability to do it increased.

I got a pop-up about it, you hold down Ctrl to power it up then
release to jump.
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June 10, 2005 8:02:31 PM

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Andrew wrote:

> WTF? The default KB/mouse controls work great for me.

I'm still tweaking my config. BTW, are you steering with the mouse or the
keyboard?
June 10, 2005 8:02:32 PM

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On Fri, 10 Jun 2005 16:02:31 +0200, Dennis Schamne
<schamne@despammed.com> wrote:

>I'm still tweaking my config. BTW, are you steering with the mouse or the
>keyboard?

Keyboard, I like looking around with the mouse occasionally while
driving.
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June 10, 2005 8:29:01 PM

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On Thu, 09 Jun 2005 19:17:43 GMT, i own a yacht <me@privacy.net>
wrote:

>Steve Bartman <sbartman@visi.com> wrote:
>
>> Turn on subtitles. I find them mandatory.
>
>fo'shizzle?

Yeahnizzle.

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Anonymous
June 10, 2005 9:05:57 PM

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> I thought it was irrelevant. Its not a driving game, so its not very
> important. If you buy GTA: SA as a driving game, you need to return it
> and get Burnout 3/GT4 or whatever...

.....neither available on the pc

[o_o]
Anonymous
June 11, 2005 1:12:12 PM

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Quoth The Raven "Mr. Stabby"<control_z@hotmail.com> in
1118425985.937647.320060@f14g2000cwb.googlegroups.com
> Smid wrote:
>
>>
>> I thought it was irrelevant. Its not a driving game, so its not very
>> important. If you buy GTA: SA as a driving game, you need to return
>> it and get Burnout 3/GT4 or whatever...
>>
>
> GTA is not *just* a driving game but it's just as realistic and much
> more expansive than Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2, for example. I like
> just cruising around with the music blasting. Why is it such a big
> deal to be able to use wheel/pedals? I think Rockstar is being a
> little stubborn on the wheel issue, it would add a lot of realism to
> the game for many people that have wheels.

sure I have a wheel, but I'd hate to hook the damn thing up and remove it
everytime I get in or out of a car, what if the car is on fire and about to
explode, I cant change the peripherals over quick enough to survive.

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Anonymous
June 12, 2005 1:11:22 AM

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Dennis Schamne <schamne@despammed.com> once tried to test me with:

> Nope. The game is meant to be played with a PS2 controller. It seems
> to be very hard to setup a good key setting for playing it with a
> keyboard/mouse combo. Also I'm not using ma fists when taking a bunch
> of motherf..kers down, homie. A 9mm is what ya'll need in da hood, you
> feel me? :) 

KB/Mouse works just great for me. I didn't change anything except to invert
Y axis on the mouse (yes, I'm one of those that uses the flight-stick
setup).


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Anonymous
June 12, 2005 5:38:35 AM

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On Fri, 10 Jun 2005 09:33:48 +0000 (UTC), bcd@pvv.ntnu.no (Bent C
Dalager) wrote:

>In article <468ia11r73spva6p3qnpdpc1g8obrjlkol@4ax.com>,
>Johnny Bravo <baawa_knight@yahoo.com> wrote:
>>
>> You can pick up 3-4k per night doing robbery missions.
>
>I prefer going out into redneck country to do ambulance missions. It's
>relatively easy, it makes you more familiar with the countryside and
>on the higher mission levels, it generates a fair amount of
>money. Additionally, of course, it helps with your Driving skill but
>that tends to max out pretty soon anyway.

Or do the Pimp missions, get to level 9 and it nets you a total of
13,500 and once you finish 10 you get paid when you pick up hookers.
It takes about as long as one night of robbery. I'm sure you could
always get to level 9 and then start over just for the extra cash.

I've found that once you start picking up territories you accumulate
money at a pretty good pace back at your house so you don't need
to go out of your way to rack up funds.

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Anonymous
June 12, 2005 5:42:28 AM

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On Fri, 10 Jun 2005 09:05:01 GMT, Andrew <spamtrap@localhost.> wrote:

>I have spent the bulk of my playing time so far just cruising around
>on a BMX bike, going round da hood, along the highway, around the
>hills, along the beach, getting into mischief as and where I find it.
>It really brings out a sense of being a kid having fun again, great
>game.

Not to mention the insane stunts you can pull off once you max
your cycling skill. Nothing like doing a bunny hop over 3 oncoming
cars or just hopping over that 6 foot high highway divider hedge in
downtown Las Santos.

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