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521  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Finally thinking about a laptop [Updated again New Company] on: January 04, 2006, 12:04:12 AM
Didn't even notice you guys kept replying to the thread. Sorry about that.

Reason for not buying a 1500 laptop now and another one later is that I would have two of them in the end. One I would use and one that I would end up giving away. Would rather grab one that is as powerful as possible, run it till it's obsolete, then get a new one. I take a totally different view with a desktop since it's much more upgradable so I don't have to worry about it being inclusive thus I tend to take a more middle ground approach pricewise.

Shying away from the dell. Thinking about going with RockDirect.

Here's what I'm looking at.

Can't decide whether to spend the extra 100 and grab the Athlon FX57 or just go with the 4800. Same with the videocard. Is the 7800 powerfull enough to justify spending more versus the 6800?

If anyone know a laptop seller, that uses non mobile AMD64, in the states that lets you customize let me know as I'm going to end up spending about a 100 just for shipping as well.
522  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where can I download FF7 Advent Children trailer from on: January 02, 2006, 06:07:11 PM
Wait a sec. He's getting slapped for wanting to download the trailer?
523  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How many are staying up for the new year? on: December 31, 2005, 11:01:01 PM
Working at midnight. Which will be lovely since every jackass is going to be shooting off fireworks and whoever has that bloody cannon. Hoping to get at least five hours of sleep.
524  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Narnia = very cool! on: December 31, 2005, 01:42:05 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Is the Death Gate series the one by Weis and Hickman?  I have all of those in a box somewhere.  I wish I could find it because I got the last one just as I was moving.  All in super duper hardcover.  I enjoyed buying them but never read them.  You've given me reason to seek them out!  What exactly are they about?  I remember a dragon on the cover and a PC game tie-in.

Of course that could be an entirely different series you are talking about in which case this will be a very odd reply.


That's the one. I guess a short synopsis would be that there were two elder races that ruled over the lower races (Elves, Humans, etc.). The two fought and one was sent to a living prison. Slowly some managed to escape wanting revenge but found that the other race was no longer there and the lower races now ruled themselves. One set out to find what happened to the other race.
There's more to it but that should hopefully jog your memory.
525  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 31, 2005, 01:17:16 AM
526  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Narnia = very cool! on: December 31, 2005, 01:01:05 AM
I'll admit to my memory being a bit vague but the only truly violent act I remember was when Jadis stabbed Edmund. Even then I don't recall it being shown. Would rank the violence up there with The Incredibles. If your kids were ok with that then they'll be fine here.

I really hope that this movie has done well enough to warrent more as this is my favorite series of books in front of the Death Gate series and Harry Potter.
527  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Liquid metal woman....HAWT on: December 31, 2005, 12:48:20 AM
Several times I shuddered with imaginary pain. Same thing with the girl in the M'azing candy commercial.
528  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 23, 2005, 03:23:56 AM
529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Front page: SWG players fleeing the game. on: December 16, 2005, 01:31:17 PM
Yet another rumor.

It seemed like there were a lot of things that the NGE broke. Crafting was no longer needed since you could typically find a drop that was just as good. Jedi was introduced as a starter archtype, huge mistake. Especially given the timeline when there weren't supposed to be many Jedi around. Shrinking the profession class from 30 down to something like 9. Removing player bounties. There was so much good that just needed refined but SOE decided to just sweep everything off the table and make a payable Battlegrounds.

I had considered going to Galaxies as my first MMO but first didn't because it was still pretty buggy and now because it's been dumbed down. As such, I won't be looking at this franchise again until Sony gets their idiot hands off it. Which might be the case pretty soon if the mass exodus rumors are true.
530  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Great Deal on Simpsons Season Six (Ends Today 12/13) on: December 13, 2005, 06:30:09 PM
http://shop.fye.com/product.aspx?sku=40717727&loc=59134

$9.99 after mail in rebate. Be sure to choose budget shipping to get that free as well.
531  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 03, 2005, 01:30:21 PM
532  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 03, 2005, 02:13:11 AM
533  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Finally thinking about a laptop [Updated again New Company] on: November 25, 2005, 03:03:18 PM
Here's what I'm looking at getting. Would like some feedback as to whether I should change any of these options.

Intel Pentium M770 (2.13 Ghz) This one I might bump down to 2.0
XP Media Edition (I've already got another copy of XP Pro so if I have to upgrade it shouldn't be a problem)
No Media Center Enhancements
1GB Memory (Figure if I want more I could buy it from Crucial for less)
80 GB 7200rpm (Again I figure if I want more can always go external)
8x CD/DVD Burner
Intel PRO 2915 and Dell 350 Bluetooth Internal Wireless Cards
256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 Ultra (Not sure if bumping it up to the 7800 would really give me much more power for the dollar)
PCMCIA Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS card


I also figure I would grab another battery from somewhere else (Assuming that I could) as well as a wireless (bluetooth?) mouse and possibly some headphones.

All in all it's going to cost me about $3300. Any recommendations or does this look fine?
534  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Finally thinking about a laptop [Updated again New Company] on: November 20, 2005, 10:52:50 PM
Will just get right into  what I would like to have.

    2 Ghz (AMD preferably)
    1GB Ram
    DVD Drive
    40+GB HD (5200 is ok but would prefer 7200)
    15" display (Though 17 would be nice)
    Graphics card (Need something comprable to an Ati 9800 Pro, Ati prefered)
    802.11g or b
    Integrated sound is fine
    One firewire and two USB 2.0 slots (Would also like an Ethernet slot but it's not required)


I'm trying to aim a bit high as I would like it to last at least 3 years so I could still run some of my games. Would be using it strictly for gaming/multimedia/firefox with a bit of word processing on the side.

As for manufacturer I have no clue. Looked at a few websites that let you configure and it seems that Dell is ahead of the pack as far as price with Alienware second. Though admitedly I can only remember three sites that let you choose. As far as a prebuilt system I have no clue who is better than who. Also I can't really test any systems as I live away from any kind of major computer store.

It might be a tall order to fill but I figure with the holidays coming up I should be able to get a somewhat good deal.
535  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / As dance or overjoyed dustman on: November 20, 2005, 05:24:12 PM
Anyone getting spam with subjects that make absolutely no sense? It's like they aren't even trying anymore.

Ones I just received today:
so hear or verucca
In complain as affirmative
you work or territorial proliferation
As dance or overjoyed dustman
536  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 18, 2005, 10:24:34 PM
Quote from: "dbt1949"

Smoove_B is that you?
537  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Harry Potter console games? on: November 17, 2005, 11:41:03 PM
If I remember right PoA for the PC and the Consoles was a bit different. One being that you cannot choose your main character, rather they are chosen for you. So it takes away a bit of strategy. Seem to recall the spell list being larger for the consoles.

I have barely touch Goblet (PC) but will say that there is a different feel to it. They tried making the characters look more like their movie counterparts. The control scheme is, well it's lacking. No more mouse control, you either use a keyboard or gamepad. The game options are virtually nonexistant as well, consisting of just the ability to turn on/off subtitles. No visual, no controls, no audio. Apparently the options are located in a config file but they didn't feel like incorporating them into the game.
538  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 16, 2005, 08:58:04 PM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
Quote from: "Dreamshadow"
Quote from: "Andrew Wonser"
<peanut gallery>

Must know more about this....that's pretty damn cool.

I agree.  I'd like to know more as well.


Believe me I wish I had more to give. All I have is the LiveJournal link that I got it from.
539  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 15, 2005, 05:39:06 PM
540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 06, 2005, 05:18:13 PM
541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Marvel Nemesis - What's the word? on: October 30, 2005, 12:35:08 AM
Was able to see some in game videos and wasn't too impressed. Ended up taking it back.
542  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / One announcement and a question on: October 28, 2005, 10:21:12 PM
Since your mentioning the whole verified thing. Please do consolidate. Was always curious why mine was never verified when I believe no personal info changed when GG split.
543  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 28, 2005, 10:06:35 AM
Quote from: "TK-421"



And if you note. Even Dr. Crusher thought it was hilarious.
544  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 25, 2005, 09:47:57 PM
545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Movies - Fan Trailer by Yours Truly on: October 23, 2005, 04:15:21 PM
Did I see the diner scene from Pulp Fiction in there?

I'll also echo what Wonderpug said about being tempted to grab this now.
546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I wants me some Fire Emblem impressions!!! on: October 21, 2005, 11:12:50 PM
I briefly looked at some reviews and didn't see any mention of it. Are you the hand of god again or did the tactician come back?
547  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: October 18, 2005, 06:25:40 PM
Calvin +1

Everything was received in a timely manner and in good condition.
548  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / We don't know Jack (Thompson) on: October 15, 2005, 10:40:19 PM
You mean like these:
As the "Man in Miami" for NewsMax.com, he made a series of bizarre allegations [1] regarding Reno, met with incredulity in the press [2] [3], claiming that she was a closet lesbian suffering from various mental disorders as side effects of Parkinson's medication, and that she was being blackmailed by the Mafia.

The Florida Supreme Court ordered that he undergo psychiatric testing during this campaign, which he successfully passed.

More recently, he has attempted to persuade the lawyers defending Dustin Lynch, charged with the murder of JoLynn Mishne, that video games were responsible for the defendant's actions. The lawyers have declined to do so, and Thompson has subsequently offered to defend Lynch for free, presumably in the hope that he may use and thus create credibility behind the "video games defense"

As well as propagating the "video games made me do it" defense, Thompson has also attempted to predict which violent crimes will be caused by specific video games; in the Washington Sniper case, he was the first individual to suggest to the press that video games may have been the source of the sniper's skills, a conjecture vindicated by the discovery of a ubiquitous PlayStation in the van used as a "mobile hideout" by the two men responsible. Dateline NBC reported that Malvo "trained" extensively on the Xbox game Halo. Because of this report, Thompson believes that "Microsoft should be sued and held liable for money damages by the victims of the Beltway Snipers." [6] It is important to note, however, that John Allen Muhammad was a former soldier with significant rifle training, as predicted by the police, and that Lee Boyd Malvo's shooting skills could have easily been the result of instruction by Muhammad.

# He has been commonly accused of, and many times proven to, use half-truths and misinformation to persuade others to accept his views.

# He frequently utilizes ad hominem attacks and slanderous "low blows" against those who disagree with him, as well as simply insulting his detractors, be they politely-worded or otherwise, with a variety of invectives.

# He frequently will either imply or blatantly insult those that express dissenting opinions as being mentally ill, mentally deficient, brain damaged, or on drugs.

# Accusations by him that those he disagrees with suffer from Tourette's syndrome, made without any substantiating proof or even the suggested condition's relevancy to the subject being discussed, are especially common.

# He has ignored individuals who point out factual errors or misstatements made by him and who supply substantiating proof or references, or has responded with the above described behaviors while intentionally failing to acknowledge or respond to the individual's mention of his (Thompson's) errors.

# He has provoked several people who have e-mailed him by telling them that they should enter treatment facilities. When they respond to his comments, he invokes the protection of the Florida Cyberstalker Law and threatened legal action against them. He will not hesitate to threaten legal action against people replying to negative and often hateful emails which he himself sent in the first place.

# He often invokes broad negative stereotypes against gamers in general. For example, in an e-mail correspondence with Scott Ramsoomair, he questions: "HOnestly [sic], are all of you gamers on drugs, or what?"[24]. In a correspondence with Ryan Acheson (Gaming writer for The Horror Channel’s Dread Central), where Ryan Acheson is supporting Thompson's intentions to make games rate M inaccesible to children, he identifies "gamers' ideas" as "the latest oxymoron"

It's really a wonder anyone can take this man seriously anymore. But just like Uwe Boll he somehow manages to find to find work.
549  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / We don't know Jack (Thompson) on: October 15, 2005, 04:00:19 PM
I wonder what the prerequisits are for saying "cowboy" rather that "man". Do I have to be smoking a cigarette and wearing chaps? Or does it go much deeper.
Perhaps my daughter could visit me, from college, and bring her wacky dorm resident to get her out of some marriage proposal. Of course I wouldn't like the fellow one bit but would allow him to do some chores so I, and my rather large ranch-hand, could have a good laugh. Maybe after being unable to corral some pigs I could tell him to "cowboy up". And he would, and I could possibly respect him for that.
550  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / We don't know Jack (Thompson) on: October 15, 2005, 11:02:41 AM
I don't even know what cowboy up is supposed to mean. Am I supposed to ride something? Cowboy anything just doesn't make any sense, it's like me telling someone to pickle catch. Neither person knows what you are talking about and feel vaguely dirty afterwords.

Oh Jack Thompson. How can you even speak with your foot so far in your mouth. Why not just say I'm an attention whore and get this over with.
551  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 08, 2005, 01:14:00 AM
Quote from: "Cleric7"


Am I supposed to be seeing some kind of illusion. like it moving or something?
552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / When will the agony stop? How much longer? Jade Empire... on: October 07, 2005, 04:42:09 PM
I've forced myself to complete games so I sort of fall into the same catagory. But it wasn't because I paid money for it but because I wanted to see what happens (Gameplay=Ugh Story=Yeah!).
553  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Okay, it's time! Your favorite Calvin pic/ cartoon... on: October 07, 2005, 04:26:49 PM
Besides the afore mentioned Snowmen. Liked the one where they discuss how absurd the world is and the only reason we are sane is because we can laugh (I hope I'm remembering it right).
Also where the dad lost his glasses and Calvin walks in wearing them, with his hair parted neatly to the side, and imitates his father. "I want to you do things you hate because it builds character."

I'm sure there are more and I will be rereading them all when the collection hits my doorstep.

Bill Watterson is one of the very few people who I would like to meet. Not to interview or anything just to shake his hand and say thanks for the wonderful memories during my childhood.
554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oct 7/05 - Today's PA strip rings so true on: October 07, 2005, 04:17:21 PM
Digital Devil Saga I'm guessing by the title.

I'm with you on the plot point. If you don't want to do a lot of reading/listening/whatever why exactly are you playing a game with a story?
555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / When will the agony stop? How much longer? Jade Empire... on: October 07, 2005, 04:14:09 PM
It depends on your playstyle, but I would say two maybe three hours. I believe you have two more areas to play.

But it begs the question that if you hate the game this much that you want it to end quickly why exactly are you still playing? Masochistic?
556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Marvel Nemesis - What's the word? on: October 05, 2005, 04:56:07 PM
Is it good, bad, what? Grabbed it on a fluke and don't want to rip off the wrap until I get a seal of approval from you guys.
557  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Looking for Justice League Season's 1,2,3, and 4 on: September 04, 2005, 04:16:24 PM
No such thing. All we have, right now, are the single DVD's.
558  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hitachi uses the word Bling, world recoils in horror on: September 02, 2005, 04:36:58 PM
As it stands right now the Snoop Dogg language (Foshizle or however the hell you spell it) is still at the top of my list of words/made up language that needs to disappear but bling ranks up there along with "This ain't your fathers"
559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CoD games get BoB voice cast. on: August 30, 2005, 12:44:06 AM
I'm happy to see Rick Gomez in there. Been a fan of his since Pete & Pete.
560  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I'm both sad and happy. on: August 27, 2005, 05:18:41 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Wasn't Leo on the one done in Canada though (at least when it first started)?  I haven't been keeping tabs on it honestly.  Used to watch TechTV all the time and I hate G4.


That's the version that is going to be broadcast for G4. They will still tape it up there, with Leo.
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