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  1. #1
    Andy Guest

    Halo 2 Activation?!

    Quote from the Halo 2 Privacy Statment regarding activation...

    "What this feature does

    Activation is aimed at reducing product counterfeiting so that Microsoft
    customers can receive the product quality that they expect. Once your
    product is activated, a specific product key becomes associated with the
    computer (the hardware) on which it is installed. After association is
    completed, use of that product key may be prevented on other computers."

    So if I activate my Halo 2 on this PC then later I decide to upgrade my
    video card, then I can never play this game again? I am SO glad I got System
    Shock 2 working, I'm returning this game before I get stuck with it.

    Nice try Microsoft. It's bad enough we have to give you an extra $50/yr to
    play online, but now we can't upgrade our systems without jumping through
    hoops, or worse, we just can't upgrade period? Now on an XBox 360 I can
    understand, but ahhh, i'm loosing it.

    Oh, check this out...
    "For more information

    If you have questions about this privacy statement, contact us by submitting
    your questions online to Privacy Feedback using our Web form. (The link
    doesn't take you to a web form, it takes you

    Or by postal mail:

    Privacy Statement for Halo 2 for Windows Vista Features
    c/o Microsoft Privacy Response Center
    Microsoft Corporation
    One Microsoft Way
    Redmond, Washington 98052"

    Who uses postal mail?!


  2. #2
    Dale White Guest

    Re: Halo 2 Activation?!

    I suspect it will work the same way as Vista, in that if you do a hardware
    change, you will have to re-activate that copy. What totally amazes me, is
    that they are treating Halo 2 for the PC has if it's a Godsend, rather than
    a 3 year old game. I really hope Halo 2 completely tanks in sales. Selling a
    old game at full price is just crazy, Heck I bet System Shock 2 with your
    updates is a better game, with a better Story.

    > Who uses postal mail?! >


    Those conspiracy freaks who don't want to be tracked down by the man.


    "Andy" <Android8675@NOSPAMhotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:E3CF763D-B263-4D73-93A1-44F7D056AF91@microsoft.com...
    > Quote from the Halo 2 Privacy Statment regarding activation...
    >
    > "What this feature does
    >
    > Activation is aimed at reducing product counterfeiting so that Microsoft
    > customers can receive the product quality that they expect. Once your
    > product is activated, a specific product key becomes associated with the
    > computer (the hardware) on which it is installed. After association is
    > completed, use of that product key may be prevented on other computers."
    >
    > So if I activate my Halo 2 on this PC then later I decide to upgrade my
    > video card, then I can never play this game again? I am SO glad I got
    > System Shock 2 working, I'm returning this game before I get stuck with
    > it.
    >
    > Nice try Microsoft. It's bad enough we have to give you an extra $50/yr to
    > play online, but now we can't upgrade our systems without jumping through
    > hoops, or worse, we just can't upgrade period? Now on an XBox 360 I can
    > understand, but ahhh, i'm loosing it.
    >
    > Oh, check this out...
    > "For more information
    >
    > If you have questions about this privacy statement, contact us by
    > submitting your questions online to Privacy Feedback using our Web form.
    > (The link doesn't take you to a web form, it takes you
    >
    > Or by postal mail:
    >
    > Privacy Statement for Halo 2 for Windows Vista Features
    > c/o Microsoft Privacy Response Center
    > Microsoft Corporation
    > One Microsoft Way
    > Redmond, Washington 98052"
    >





  3. #3
    Andy Guest

    Re: Halo 2 Activation?!

    Haha, conspiracy freaks... true true.

    Just played the first level, OMG, 3 years and they can't even get MOUSE
    control fine tuned.

    4 mouse look speeds, 3, too slow, 4 just weird stuff. Since I didn't
    activate the game it said I had to quit til I activated it. When you start
    the game it all but forces you to create a Windows Live account, and if you
    have an existing account you can't use it until you put in your halo 2 key.

    TOO MANY HOOPS Microsoft!

    Game is designed around the 360 controller too, everything is press A to
    Select and B to go back. I really want to play through Halo 2, maybe now's a
    good excuse to pick up a used copy of halo 2 xbox.

    I'd give it a 2 out of 5, if I GAVE A RATS ASS!

    -A.

    "Dale White" <dale.white@NOinsightbb.NOcom> wrote in message
    news:%230PRciloHHA.1240@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >I suspect it will work the same way as Vista, in that if you do a hardware
    >change, you will have to re-activate that copy. What totally amazes me, is
    >that they are treating Halo 2 for the PC has if it's a Godsend, rather than
    >a 3 year old game. I really hope Halo 2 completely tanks in sales. Selling
    >a old game at full price is just crazy, Heck I bet System Shock 2 with your
    >updates is a better game, with a better Story.
    >
    >> Who uses postal mail?! >

    >
    > Those conspiracy freaks who don't want to be tracked down by the man.
    >
    >
    > "Andy" <Android8675@NOSPAMhotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:E3CF763D-B263-4D73-93A1-44F7D056AF91@microsoft.com...
    >> Quote from the Halo 2 Privacy Statment regarding activation...
    >>
    >> "What this feature does
    >>
    >> Activation is aimed at reducing product counterfeiting so that Microsoft
    >> customers can receive the product quality that they expect. Once your
    >> product is activated, a specific product key becomes associated with the
    >> computer (the hardware) on which it is installed. After association is
    >> completed, use of that product key may be prevented on other computers."
    >>
    >> So if I activate my Halo 2 on this PC then later I decide to upgrade my
    >> video card, then I can never play this game again? I am SO glad I got
    >> System Shock 2 working, I'm returning this game before I get stuck with
    >> it.
    >>
    >> Nice try Microsoft. It's bad enough we have to give you an extra $50/yr
    >> to play online, but now we can't upgrade our systems without jumping
    >> through hoops, or worse, we just can't upgrade period? Now on an XBox 360
    >> I can understand, but ahhh, i'm loosing it.
    >>
    >> Oh, check this out...
    >> "For more information
    >>
    >> If you have questions about this privacy statement, contact us by
    >> submitting your questions online to Privacy Feedback using our Web form.
    >> (The link doesn't take you to a web form, it takes you
    >>
    >> Or by postal mail:
    >>
    >> Privacy Statement for Halo 2 for Windows Vista Features
    >> c/o Microsoft Privacy Response Center
    >> Microsoft Corporation
    >> One Microsoft Way
    >> Redmond, Washington 98052"
    >>

    >
    >
    >



  4. #4
    Dale White Guest

    Re: Halo 2 Activation?!


    Unfortunately, the Lost Planet Demo was the same. Though the mouse controls
    where fine. But all the buttons had A B X...etc..etc.

    I'm afraid, I can't suppose any game that they only half way port over. They
    have to make me feel like they love me as a PC gamer, not a button masher.

    "Andy" <Android8675@NOSPAMhotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:B3EC2FD2-527D-4F2E-926E-CBCA8D439567@microsoft.com...
    > Haha, conspiracy freaks... true true.
    >
    > Just played the first level, OMG, 3 years and they can't even get MOUSE
    > control fine tuned.
    >
    > 4 mouse look speeds, 3, too slow, 4 just weird stuff. Since I didn't
    > activate the game it said I had to quit til I activated it. When you start
    > the game it all but forces you to create a Windows Live account, and if
    > you have an existing account you can't use it until you put in your halo 2
    > key.
    >
    > TOO MANY HOOPS Microsoft!
    >
    > Game is designed around the 360 controller too, everything is press A to
    > Select and B to go back. I really want to play through Halo 2, maybe now's
    > a good excuse to pick up a used copy of halo 2 xbox.
    >
    > I'd give it a 2 out of 5, if I GAVE A RATS ASS!
    >
    > -A.
    >
    > "Dale White" <dale.white@NOinsightbb.NOcom> wrote in message
    > news:%230PRciloHHA.1240@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>I suspect it will work the same way as Vista, in that if you do a hardware
    >>change, you will have to re-activate that copy. What totally amazes me, is
    >>that they are treating Halo 2 for the PC has if it's a Godsend, rather
    >>than a 3 year old game. I really hope Halo 2 completely tanks in sales.
    >>Selling a old game at full price is just crazy, Heck I bet System Shock 2
    >>with your updates is a better game, with a better Story.
    >>
    >>> Who uses postal mail?! >

    >>
    >> Those conspiracy freaks who don't want to be tracked down by the man.
    >>
    >>
    >> "Andy" <Android8675@NOSPAMhotmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:E3CF763D-B263-4D73-93A1-44F7D056AF91@microsoft.com...
    >>> Quote from the Halo 2 Privacy Statment regarding activation...
    >>>
    >>> "What this feature does
    >>>
    >>> Activation is aimed at reducing product counterfeiting so that Microsoft
    >>> customers can receive the product quality that they expect. Once your
    >>> product is activated, a specific product key becomes associated with the
    >>> computer (the hardware) on which it is installed. After association is
    >>> completed, use of that product key may be prevented on other computers."
    >>>
    >>> So if I activate my Halo 2 on this PC then later I decide to upgrade my
    >>> video card, then I can never play this game again? I am SO glad I got
    >>> System Shock 2 working, I'm returning this game before I get stuck with
    >>> it.
    >>>
    >>> Nice try Microsoft. It's bad enough we have to give you an extra $50/yr
    >>> to play online, but now we can't upgrade our systems without jumping
    >>> through hoops, or worse, we just can't upgrade period? Now on an XBox
    >>> 360 I can understand, but ahhh, i'm loosing it.
    >>>
    >>> Oh, check this out...
    >>> "For more information
    >>>
    >>> If you have questions about this privacy statement, contact us by
    >>> submitting your questions online to Privacy Feedback using our Web form.
    >>> (The link doesn't take you to a web form, it takes you
    >>>
    >>> Or by postal mail:
    >>>
    >>> Privacy Statement for Halo 2 for Windows Vista Features
    >>> c/o Microsoft Privacy Response Center
    >>> Microsoft Corporation
    >>> One Microsoft Way
    >>> Redmond, Washington 98052"
    >>>

    >>
    >>
    >>

    >




  5. #5
    BigJim Guest

    Re: Halo 2 Activation?!

    what the hell is MS worried about no one will pay retail price for a 3 year
    old game.
    with all the xbox sales of the game they should charge 19.99 for it. Come to
    think of it
    49.99 is about a tank of gas for me. Someone should clue them in on what's
    going on
    outside of MS.
    "Andy" <Android8675@NOSPAMhotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:E3CF763D-B263-4D73-93A1-44F7D056AF91@microsoft.com...
    > Quote from the Halo 2 Privacy Statment regarding activation...
    >
    > "What this feature does
    >
    > Activation is aimed at reducing product counterfeiting so that Microsoft
    > customers can receive the product quality that they expect. Once your
    > product is activated, a specific product key becomes associated with the
    > computer (the hardware) on which it is installed. After association is
    > completed, use of that product key may be prevented on other computers."
    >
    > So if I activate my Halo 2 on this PC then later I decide to upgrade my
    > video card, then I can never play this game again? I am SO glad I got
    > System Shock 2 working, I'm returning this game before I get stuck with
    > it.
    >
    > Nice try Microsoft. It's bad enough we have to give you an extra $50/yr to
    > play online, but now we can't upgrade our systems without jumping through
    > hoops, or worse, we just can't upgrade period? Now on an XBox 360 I can
    > understand, but ahhh, i'm loosing it.
    >
    > Oh, check this out...
    > "For more information
    >
    > If you have questions about this privacy statement, contact us by
    > submitting your questions online to Privacy Feedback using our Web form.
    > (The link doesn't take you to a web form, it takes you
    >
    > Or by postal mail:
    >
    > Privacy Statement for Halo 2 for Windows Vista Features
    > c/o Microsoft Privacy Response Center
    > Microsoft Corporation
    > One Microsoft Way
    > Redmond, Washington 98052"
    >
    > Who uses postal mail?!



  6. #6
    Andy Guest

    Re: Halo 2 Activation?!

    I'm pretty sure I know why this is, Did you ever download the Visual Studio
    Express version? (basically a free version of C++) They have this new XNE
    game development platform, and it's kindda nice. You can make x360 games,
    and it also makes a Windows version with little modification. It came with a
    sample game (space war, love it) and the interface is straight out of that
    XNE system. The game plays on PC, but it looks like a x360 game.

    You know what Microsoft could of done to make the Halo 2 PC package easier
    to stomach? throw in a 360 gamepad (wireless preferred).

    Console games have their place, but there are some Genres you don't mess
    with, namely FPSs and RTSs.

    I will say one thing though, LOTR: BFME 2 on 360 was well done. sigh, is
    nothing sacred anymore?

    -A.

    "Dale White" <dale.white@NOinsightbb.NOcom> wrote in message
    news:OgTE$OmoHHA.5032@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >
    > Unfortunately, the Lost Planet Demo was the same. Though the mouse
    > controls where fine. But all the buttons had A B X...etc..etc.
    >
    > I'm afraid, I can't suppose any game that they only half way port over.
    > They have to make me feel like they love me as a PC gamer, not a button
    > masher.
    >
    > "Andy" <Android8675@NOSPAMhotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:B3EC2FD2-527D-4F2E-926E-CBCA8D439567@microsoft.com...
    >> Haha, conspiracy freaks... true true.
    >>
    >> Just played the first level, OMG, 3 years and they can't even get MOUSE
    >> control fine tuned.
    >>
    >> 4 mouse look speeds, 3, too slow, 4 just weird stuff. Since I didn't
    >> activate the game it said I had to quit til I activated it. When you
    >> start the game it all but forces you to create a Windows Live account,
    >> and if you have an existing account you can't use it until you put in
    >> your halo 2 key.
    >>
    >> TOO MANY HOOPS Microsoft!
    >>
    >> Game is designed around the 360 controller too, everything is press A to
    >> Select and B to go back. I really want to play through Halo 2, maybe
    >> now's a good excuse to pick up a used copy of halo 2 xbox.
    >>
    >> I'd give it a 2 out of 5, if I GAVE A RATS ASS!
    >>
    >> -A.
    >>
    >> "Dale White" <dale.white@NOinsightbb.NOcom> wrote in message
    >> news:%230PRciloHHA.1240@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>>I suspect it will work the same way as Vista, in that if you do a
    >>>hardware change, you will have to re-activate that copy. What totally
    >>>amazes me, is that they are treating Halo 2 for the PC has if it's a
    >>>Godsend, rather than a 3 year old game. I really hope Halo 2 completely
    >>>tanks in sales. Selling a old game at full price is just crazy, Heck I
    >>>bet System Shock 2 with your updates is a better game, with a better
    >>>Story.
    >>>
    >>>> Who uses postal mail?! >
    >>>
    >>> Those conspiracy freaks who don't want to be tracked down by the man.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Andy" <Android8675@NOSPAMhotmail.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:E3CF763D-B263-4D73-93A1-44F7D056AF91@microsoft.com...
    >>>> Quote from the Halo 2 Privacy Statment regarding activation...
    >>>>
    >>>> "What this feature does
    >>>>
    >>>> Activation is aimed at reducing product counterfeiting so that
    >>>> Microsoft customers can receive the product quality that they expect.
    >>>> Once your product is activated, a specific product key becomes
    >>>> associated with the computer (the hardware) on which it is installed.
    >>>> After association is completed, use of that product key may be
    >>>> prevented on other computers."
    >>>>
    >>>> So if I activate my Halo 2 on this PC then later I decide to upgrade my
    >>>> video card, then I can never play this game again? I am SO glad I got
    >>>> System Shock 2 working, I'm returning this game before I get stuck with
    >>>> it.
    >>>>
    >>>> Nice try Microsoft. It's bad enough we have to give you an extra $50/yr
    >>>> to play online, but now we can't upgrade our systems without jumping
    >>>> through hoops, or worse, we just can't upgrade period? Now on an XBox
    >>>> 360 I can understand, but ahhh, i'm loosing it.
    >>>>
    >>>> Oh, check this out...
    >>>> "For more information
    >>>>
    >>>> If you have questions about this privacy statement, contact us by
    >>>> submitting your questions online to Privacy Feedback using our Web
    >>>> form. (The link doesn't take you to a web form, it takes you
    >>>>
    >>>> Or by postal mail:
    >>>>
    >>>> Privacy Statement for Halo 2 for Windows Vista Features
    >>>> c/o Microsoft Privacy Response Center
    >>>> Microsoft Corporation
    >>>> One Microsoft Way
    >>>> Redmond, Washington 98052"
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>

    >>

    >
    >



  7. #7
    Andrew Guest

    Re: Halo 2 Activation?!

    On Wed, 30 May 2007 08:13:32 -0700, "Andy" <android8675@hotmail.com>
    wrote:

    >You know what Microsoft could of done to make the Halo 2 PC package easier
    >to stomach? throw in a 360 gamepad (wireless preferred).


    What on earth for? The whole point of playing it on the PC is so you
    can use a proper control system, not a god forsaken (for FPS games)
    gamepad.
    --
    Andrew, contact via http://interpleb.googlepages.com
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  8. #8
    IceHockeyJason Guest

    Re: Halo 2 Activation?!

    Activation helps keep people legit. You can blame it on file sharing programs
    like Kazaa and Limewire.

    "BigJim" wrote:

    > what the hell is MS worried about no one will pay retail price for a 3 year
    > old game.
    > with all the xbox sales of the game they should charge 19.99 for it. Come to
    > think of it
    > 49.99 is about a tank of gas for me. Someone should clue them in on what's
    > going on
    > outside of MS.
    > "Andy" <Android8675@NOSPAMhotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:E3CF763D-B263-4D73-93A1-44F7D056AF91@microsoft.com...
    > > Quote from the Halo 2 Privacy Statment regarding activation...
    > >
    > > "What this feature does
    > >
    > > Activation is aimed at reducing product counterfeiting so that Microsoft
    > > customers can receive the product quality that they expect. Once your
    > > product is activated, a specific product key becomes associated with the
    > > computer (the hardware) on which it is installed. After association is
    > > completed, use of that product key may be prevented on other computers."
    > >
    > > So if I activate my Halo 2 on this PC then later I decide to upgrade my
    > > video card, then I can never play this game again? I am SO glad I got
    > > System Shock 2 working, I'm returning this game before I get stuck with
    > > it.
    > >
    > > Nice try Microsoft. It's bad enough we have to give you an extra $50/yr to
    > > play online, but now we can't upgrade our systems without jumping through
    > > hoops, or worse, we just can't upgrade period? Now on an XBox 360 I can
    > > understand, but ahhh, i'm loosing it.
    > >
    > > Oh, check this out...
    > > "For more information
    > >
    > > If you have questions about this privacy statement, contact us by
    > > submitting your questions online to Privacy Feedback using our Web form.
    > > (The link doesn't take you to a web form, it takes you
    > >
    > > Or by postal mail:
    > >
    > > Privacy Statement for Halo 2 for Windows Vista Features
    > > c/o Microsoft Privacy Response Center
    > > Microsoft Corporation
    > > One Microsoft Way
    > > Redmond, Washington 98052"
    > >
    > > Who uses postal mail?!

    >
    >


  9. #9
    Mark Guest

    Re: Halo 2 Activation?!

    This is very frustrating. I payed full price for it from Amazon after
    watching xboxers play it for years. I loved the first game so much. Now, all
    I read about is poor graphics and poor control. Activation is not that big of
    a deal, Steam has been doing it for years and every other MS product requires
    activation, I just really really really want to like this game and now I am
    afraid my experience will not be what I hoped for.

    Mark

    "Andy" wrote:

    > Haha, conspiracy freaks... true true.
    >
    > Just played the first level, OMG, 3 years and they can't even get MOUSE
    > control fine tuned.
    >
    > 4 mouse look speeds, 3, too slow, 4 just weird stuff. Since I didn't
    > activate the game it said I had to quit til I activated it. When you start
    > the game it all but forces you to create a Windows Live account, and if you
    > have an existing account you can't use it until you put in your halo 2 key.
    >
    > TOO MANY HOOPS Microsoft!
    >
    > Game is designed around the 360 controller too, everything is press A to
    > Select and B to go back. I really want to play through Halo 2, maybe now's a
    > good excuse to pick up a used copy of halo 2 xbox.
    >
    > I'd give it a 2 out of 5, if I GAVE A RATS ASS!
    >
    > -A.



  10. #10
    Andy Guest

    Re: Halo 2 Activation?!


    "Mark" <Mark@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:6BFE3355-0B44-4828-9504-8F1B66671687@microsoft.com...
    > This is very frustrating. I payed full price for it from Amazon after
    > watching xboxers play it for years. I loved the first game so much. Now,
    > all
    > I read about is poor graphics and poor control. Activation is not that big
    > of
    > a deal, Steam has been doing it for years and every other MS product
    > requires
    > activation, I just really really really want to like this game and now I
    > am
    > afraid my experience will not be what I hoped for.
    >
    > Mark


    Game looks great on my system, but I'm not a graphics nut, I play games for
    stories, content and fun. Halo 2, at least the first level, was pretty fun.
    If you liked the first Halo, try to look past the activation stuff and play
    the game. I figure within a couple months Microsoft will fix the issues
    everyone is shouting about and it'll be as good as xbox 360's setup. If not,
    hopefully a refund will be issued.

    Only thing I don't like in Halo 2 is "Hold Q to swap for (weapon name)", or
    the other weird things ya gotta do to get the right weapon in your hand. I'm
    also not used to having 2 fire buttons (left-mouse, fire left weapon,
    right-mouse, fire right weapon when dual weilding).

    A minor quip, but I won't really know because I returned the game, just not
    worth the $$. I loaded up Halo 1 PC for a couple hours then I was satisfied.

    -A.


  11. #11
    Andrew Guest

    Re: Halo 2 Activation?!

    On Tue, 5 Jun 2007 09:33:02 -0700, Mark
    <Mark@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >This is very frustrating. I payed full price for it from Amazon after
    >watching xboxers play it for years. I loved the first game so much. Now, all
    >I read about is poor graphics and poor control. Activation is not that big of
    >a deal, Steam has been doing it for years and every other MS product requires
    >activation, I just really really really want to like this game and now I am
    >afraid my experience will not be what I hoped for.


    Activation tied to a specific PC is a very big deal, which Steam
    certainly does not do.
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  12. #12
    Sandy Guest

    Re: Halo 2 Activation?!

    Hi Andy,

    My son has recenty got the UK Version and within 1-5mins it outright crashes
    everytime, so, he can't even set his character's armour colour.
    His machine's set up doesn't have any problems with e.g. WoW, Fear, Half
    Life 2,
    Darkstar One and Master of Orion 2 there was a missing dplay.dll which he
    placed into the windows system 32 directory and this game worked fine after
    that, but since he doesn't play the game on the Network, just on Single
    Player, he doesn't know if it works in Vista.
    Shock Horror his Halo2 came yesterday 8th june and it just will not work .
    He is quite knowledgeable with the computers and his elder brothers are as
    well
    one being a programmer, but still no joy, frustrating all round.

    Just in case anyone asks, he has a home built Machine with the following
    hardware:

    AMD Athlon64 4800+ X2 (2.4GHz)
    2GB DDR PC3200 (Corsair Platinum Dual Channel)
    Nvidia Geforce 8800GTS 320MB (BFG Brand)
    200gig sata11 & 2 usb seagate 320gig.
    He is seriously thinking of shelving the game indefinately, so lets hope
    there is a patch or work around for the game shortly.
    Any help Folks.

    Thanks in advance,
    Sandy

    "Andy" wrote:

    >
    > "Mark" <Mark@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:6BFE3355-0B44-4828-9504-8F1B66671687@microsoft.com...
    > > This is very frustrating. I payed full price for it from Amazon after
    > > watching xboxers play it for years. I loved the first game so much. Now,
    > > all
    > > I read about is poor graphics and poor control. Activation is not that big
    > > of
    > > a deal, Steam has been doing it for years and every other MS product
    > > requires
    > > activation, I just really really really want to like this game and now I
    > > am
    > > afraid my experience will not be what I hoped for.
    > >
    > > Mark

    >
    > Game looks great on my system, but I'm not a graphics nut, I play games for
    > stories, content and fun. Halo 2, at least the first level, was pretty fun.
    > If you liked the first Halo, try to look past the activation stuff and play
    > the game. I figure within a couple months Microsoft will fix the issues
    > everyone is shouting about and it'll be as good as xbox 360's setup. If not,
    > hopefully a refund will be issued.
    >
    > Only thing I don't like in Halo 2 is "Hold Q to swap for (weapon name)", or
    > the other weird things ya gotta do to get the right weapon in your hand. I'm
    > also not used to having 2 fire buttons (left-mouse, fire left weapon,
    > right-mouse, fire right weapon when dual weilding).
    >
    > A minor quip, but I won't really know because I returned the game, just not
    > worth the $$. I loaded up Halo 1 PC for a couple hours then I was satisfied.
    >
    > -A.
    >


  13. #13
    Alfred Kaufmann Guest

    Re: Halo 2 Activation?!

    On Wed, 30 May 2007 09:40:52 -0700, "Andy" <android8675@hotmail.com>
    wrote:

    >
    >You missed the point, if you check out the game it doesn't play that great
    >with mouse/keyboard, and clearly the UI is designed with the 360 pad in
    >mind. If Microsoft wants us to adopt the pad the least they could do is
    >throw in one. (I like free, sue me)
    >
    >FYI, I like the 360 pad, it one of the things I really like on the 360, I've
    >plugged one into Windows as well, works great. Don't really have any games
    >that utilize it, but it is a well designed controller.
    >
    >-the other Andrew


    Once you are used to using a mouse or a ball for aiming, this
    controller is useless. Maybe Microsoft should make a mouse the
    vibrates? :-)

    Al

  14. #14
    Sandy Guest

    Re: Halo 2 Activation?!



    "Sandy" wrote:

    > Hi Andy,
    >
    > My son has recenty got the UK Version and within 1-5mins it outright crashes
    > everytime, so, he can't even set his character's armour colour.
    > His machine's set up doesn't have any problems with e.g. WoW, Fear, Half
    > Life 2,
    > Darkstar One and Master of Orion 2 there was a missing dplay.dll which he
    > placed into the windows system 32 directory and this game worked fine after
    > that, but since he doesn't play the game on the Network, just on Single
    > Player, he doesn't know if it works in Vista.
    > Shock Horror his Halo2 came yesterday 8th june and it just will not work .
    > He is quite knowledgeable with the computers and his elder brothers are as
    > well
    > one being a programmer, but still no joy, frustrating all round.
    >
    > Just in case anyone asks, he has a home built Machine with the following
    > hardware:
    >
    > AMD Athlon64 4800+ X2 (2.4GHz)
    > 2GB DDR PC3200 (Corsair Platinum Dual Channel)
    > Nvidia Geforce 8800GTS 320MB (BFG Brand)
    > 200gig sata11 & 2 usb seagate 320gig.
    > He is seriously thinking of shelving the game indefinately, so lets hope
    > there is a patch or work around for the game shortly.
    > Any help Folks.
    >
    > Thanks in advance,
    > Sandy
    >
    > "Andy" wrote:
    >
    > >
    > > "Mark" <Mark@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > > news:6BFE3355-0B44-4828-9504-8F1B66671687@microsoft.com...
    > > > This is very frustrating. I payed full price for it from Amazon after
    > > > watching xboxers play it for years. I loved the first game so much. Now,
    > > > all
    > > > I read about is poor graphics and poor control. Activation is not that big
    > > > of
    > > > a deal, Steam has been doing it for years and every other MS product
    > > > requires
    > > > activation, I just really really really want to like this game and now I
    > > > am
    > > > afraid my experience will not be what I hoped for.
    > > >
    > > > Mark

    > >
    > > Game looks great on my system, but I'm not a graphics nut, I play games for
    > > stories, content and fun. Halo 2, at least the first level, was pretty fun.
    > > If you liked the first Halo, try to look past the activation stuff and play
    > > the game. I figure within a couple months Microsoft will fix the issues
    > > everyone is shouting about and it'll be as good as xbox 360's setup. If not,
    > > hopefully a refund will be issued.
    > >
    > > Only thing I don't like in Halo 2 is "Hold Q to swap for (weapon name)", or
    > > the other weird things ya gotta do to get the right weapon in your hand. I'm
    > > also not used to having 2 fire buttons (left-mouse, fire left weapon,
    > > right-mouse, fire right weapon when dual weilding).
    > >
    > > A minor quip, but I won't really know because I returned the game, just not
    > > worth the $$. I loaded up Halo 1 PC for a couple hours then I was satisfied.
    > >
    > > -A.
    > >

    Hi there,
    We have resolved the issue with Halo 2 Andy, Microsoft were very
    helpful
    also, but my Son in the end went back to his XP, but he is hoping to go back
    to
    Vista later. He loves the look of it.
    He just did a clean install of Vista and everything was okay. The Halo 2
    then played fine.

  15. #15
    Andy Guest

    Re: Halo 2 Activation?!

    "Alfred Kaufmann" <al_kaufmann@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:q7c283d9l0kkac6e2fc629ks0d45v15p50@4ax.com...
    > On Wed, 30 May 2007 09:40:52 -0700, "Andy" <android8675@hotmail.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    > Once you are used to using a mouse or a ball for aiming, this
    > controller is useless. Maybe Microsoft should make a mouse the
    > vibrates? :-)
    >
    > Al


    Umm, I guess you missed the memo that came out 7 years ago...

    http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/172/1183&cl=us,en

    http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/473/821&cl=us,en

    Actually had one of these "Immersion Tech" mice, it was great. the vibration
    motor activated depending on the kind of "surface" you were dragging your
    mouse over. Like when you cross window borders it made a slight bump. Some
    games like Black & White have support for it, was a great mouse.

    Console games rock with vibration, espically survival horror, when used
    right.

    As for Halo 2, I figured out if you set your mouse DPS too high Halo aiming
    just gets messed up. you have to set it lower then adjust it in-game.

    As for the whole Joypads suck vs. mouse/keyboard. I've been getting
    throttled regularly in Shadowrun games with XBox players, the learning curve
    on joypads may be higher than mouse/keyboard, but there are a LOT of
    dedicated console gamers out there.

    -a.


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