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10001  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: October 08, 2008, 08:36:00 PM
Foiled again!  icon_razz

After reading the manual at the LG site... I guess it says in some cases if the laptop is underpowered, you then use two cables to connect/power this. One is a USB power cable (with its own special jack on the drive), and then the other is a USB 2.0 data connection cable. It includes those two, but doesn't include the optional AC adapter, fwiw. So I'll be interested to see if my AA1 has enough juice that I don't have to do that.

Also, I guess if I wanted to conserve my AA1's wimpy battery power, I could actually plug the USB power cord into my desktop PC. Then, I would probably trip over the cords and accidentally strangle myself  retard.
10002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bethesda sucks and they and anyone who likes them are going to hell (Fallout 3) on: October 08, 2008, 07:59:30 PM
Bethesda has an interesting ad campaign going on here in the D.C. area on the Metro subway:

Fallout 3 Hits Metro Center
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/posttech/2008/10/fallout_3_hits_metro_center.html
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Local game studio Bethesda Softworks has blanketed the advertising space in downtown's Metro Center Metrorail station with some dark and kinda disturbing images of DC landmarks, such as a bombed-out-looking Capitol building and Washington Monument, lifted from its upcoming game title Fallout 3.
10003  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Vista (64-bit) freezing at startup on: October 08, 2008, 07:40:45 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 08, 2008, 07:24:50 PM

Frankly, I run without any protections period.
Yeesh, I hope you don't do that in all aspects of your life!  unibrow
10004  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Vista (64-bit) freezing at startup on: October 08, 2008, 07:02:40 PM
So, I sort of spoke too soon. Sporadically, it has still been gagging on NOD32.

Since CounterSpy never finds any spyware of note anyway, I finally just disabled it from starting up yesterday and I also disabled Windows Defender from starting up. Oddly, CounterSpy still loaded after I rebooted, once, but not thereafter. Anyway, with CounterSpy no longer starting up, the PC boots up much faster and quicker to the desktop with no "gagging" problems. Even LOTRO seemed to run faster (that might've just been the servers clearing out after the Oct. 2-6 event ended though).

So, I'll probably do a little more experimenting to see if maybe Windows Defender was the culprit.

10005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: October 08, 2008, 06:16:15 PM
Episode 2, Chuck vs. The Seduction is finally up on NBC's site as well:
http://www.nbc.com/Chuck/video/episodes/#vid=731021

So, whether you watch it there or Hulu, lets give Chuck some "eyeball views" at least.  thumbsup
10006  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anybody got an Acer Aspire One? (yet another mini-notebook) on: October 08, 2008, 06:05:59 PM
Hey I actually saw an elderly lady using a display model (Best Buy locks them in these steel cage contraptions) today. She was asking a BB employee a lot of questions about it. I was tempted to chime in, "Hey, I have one of those, do you have any questions about it?" but I decided to stay out of it. Heck if I got started babbling, they might've hired me for the ultra-portables section.  icon_razz

If I'd had my AA1 in my car, I might've offered to bring it in.  icon_smile I know BB is waging war against shoplifters but I really think the cord-lock (as Micro Center does with all of netbooks/ultra-portables) is the way to go on things in this category so people can get an idea of the weight, pivot the screen angle etc.

The retailers didn't ask me of course - but I think even just a rolling video of people using an AA1 or other netbook in a coffee shop, on a plane, at a lecture, anything to show good opportunities to use it, would be better marketing than a locked up demo model in a lonely corner of a store. The category deserves some spiffiness and "bling" imho.  icon_cool
10007  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW joins the dustbin... on: October 08, 2008, 05:49:34 PM
Thanks for the WWII Online insights. I do realize it was pretty much a disaster at launch (I seem to recall it and Anarchy Online got "Coasters of the Month" awards from CGW way back when, for their launches) and then it seemed to gradually become a modestly successful niche MMO. I knew it was still up and running - just don't hear much about it anymore.

I'm content in my return to LOTRO at the moment and anxious for the Moria expansion. However, Warhammer is definitely on my radar screen, and I'd like to at least try a trial version of it some day if that's offered. I just don't think I'm PVP'y enough of a person to truly get into it. Planetside was about the only pseudo PVP-MMO that really hooked me (I guess some would call it more of an MMO FPS), and only for about 6 months at that.
10008  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: October 08, 2008, 05:37:20 PM
Oh, I forgot to mention -- Best Buy online is back-ordered.  icon_surprised

I'll probably pick one up Friday at lunch.
10009  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: October 08, 2008, 05:24:25 PM
Hey I think my slim external DVD drive ship has come in for my AA1 (though it would probably be a good partner to anything in this category so I put it here):

Slim External Super Multi DVD Rewriter
http://us.lge.com/products/model/detail/computer%20products_optical%20drives_optical%20drives_GP08LU10.jhtml
And you can even make your own SecureRom discs and tick off all the gamers in your life!!!  icon_twisted icon_razz

Best Buy has a $35-off sale on it, at $74.99. I saw lots of them in stock today, but figured I should do a little online research before buying it:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8990648&st=LG+8X+Slim+Portable&type=product&id=1218007087415

It's USB bus-powered (though it has an optional AC adapter jack), very tiny and light (13 oz.). The box was so tiny on the shelf. It's even specifically Vista 64-bit compatible, so I guess I could use it for home use in an emergency too.
10010  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO Free Welcome Back Weekend Oct 2-6 on: October 08, 2008, 01:33:21 PM
Event's over, and the server wait queues seemed to be gone, fwiw.
10011  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: October 08, 2008, 01:28:29 PM
Hey, if they *do* replace the show with reality programming, Yvonne already has some experience at least...  icon_wink
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Czcv8kRedw
That's an Aussie satire of reality TV shows she did just before Chuck

For all things Yvonne, check out:
http://yvonnestrahovski.net/

I think she did say she actually preferred the Weiner-licious outfit/pony tails for fight scenes -- the shoes were flat heeled and comfortable, and her hair being tied up kept it out of her face during fight scenes.  icon_smile

They've already released some stills as far ahead as episodes 4 (Nicole Ritchie guest star; Sarah [Yvonne] goes to her own 10th high school reunion with Chuck as her date), and 5 (Tony Hale guest star, and then a few more episodes after that as the Buy More's newest assistant store manager).

From what I've read, the writers' strike has so far been brutal on just about every show that debuted last year, including NBC's Life (about the same ratings as Chuck so far) and ABC's whole Wednesday Night lineup (Pushing Daisies etc.). Heck, maybe they should move Chuck and Life to Wednesday, since ABC's competition is mostly ailing that night to begin with and not a Cultural Icon like Dancing With The Stars.  icon_neutral

So I just hope the networks stay the course with last season's debut shows and maybe focus more on where ratings are at the end of Season 2 rather than on the early going.
10012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: October 07, 2008, 11:28:44 PM
And yet fans are still crying about the demise of the "Weiner-Licious" restaurant and her accompanying wardrobe.  icon_lol

And sigh, it's clear if the show's going to reach a 3rd season, NBC has got to move it and maybe Heroes too away from "Dancing With The Stars," which is devouring the 8-10 p.m. audience on Mondays. Chuck's ratings slipped from the premiere, which is sad.
http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2008/10/ratings-dancing.html

It has a full season 2 commitment, but I really think it's going to need to find a less brutally competitive spot at some point. Otherwise some network exec's going to want to put a reality/contest show in that slot too. disgust Though everything I've read suggests the Suits love the first half dozen episodes of season 2 that they've seen so far. I just gotta hope they Keep the Faith.  icon_smile
10013  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTORO Volume 2: Mines of Moria (paid, full-box expansion) on: October 07, 2008, 09:02:47 PM
Turbine posted some dev diaries on advancement from 50 to 60 with 3 of the classes (burglar, hunter, lore-master):
http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?&postid=2279432#post2279432
10014  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW joins the dustbin... on: October 07, 2008, 05:31:52 PM
I too learned the hard way not to commit to 3- or 6-month subscriptions unless I was truly hooked (I was, with City of Heroes, about 2004-2007). Even though I'm re-hooked on LOTRO at the moment, I'm sticking with month-to-month for now.

So when did you play WWII Online? I never knew anyone who actually played it for any period of time. I was curious about it (I'm a military shooter junkie though I think I've finally faded in my interest in that genre).
10015  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: October 07, 2008, 12:25:53 PM
Episode 2's up at Hulu, here's ze link:

#2: Chuck Versus The Seduction
http://www.hulu.com/watch/37997/chuck-chuck-versus-the-seduction

Stumbled on another fan site that's updated fairly often:
http://chucktv.net/
10016  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: October 07, 2008, 03:24:34 AM
This NBC "red carpet" video has a spoiler-ish reveal (at about the 1:16 mark) about the actors playing Captain Awesome's parents in a later episode:
http://zachary-levi.com/2008/10/06/nbc-red-carpet-interview-with-the-cast-of-chuck-part-2/
Spoiler for Hiden:
Bruce Boxleitner and Morgan Fairchild apparently play his parents.  icon_smile
10017  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: October 07, 2008, 01:28:29 AM
Tonight's episode was a blast, although Casey (Adam Baldwin) had little to do. I guess they've got so many characters running around, it's hard to find time for everybody. Larroquette was a lot of fun, and bounced pretty well off Levi. I read he might get a return appearance or two down the road (it's a long season afterall).

I don't know if people noticed in the credits, but Robert Duncan McNeil (best known as Tom Paris on Star Trek: Voyager, but now focused on directing a variety of TV stuff), who directed some Season 1 episodes, including appropriately enough "Chuck vs. The Sandworm," is listed as one of the producers on the show. icon_smile

I had a long day at work, and the best thing I can say about the show is I always feel better after watching it.  icon_smile I don't think #2 has hit the various sites (Hulu.com, NBC's site etc.) just yet.
10018  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO Free Welcome Back Weekend Oct 2-6 on: October 07, 2008, 01:22:09 AM
I guess, in retrospect, the "estimated minutes" is really way off but there's no way they can read peoples' minds -- meaning a big clump of people logging off at the same time gets  you through the que real fast.  icon_cool I'm almost inclined to say they skip the whole "estimated minutes" thing because "<5 minutes" often means 30 seconds.  icon_razz

What annoys me is if it takes more than maybe 2 minutes, it just kicks me out altogether instead of starting up the game, which it just did now. It looks like it may be another Sacred 2 demo night.  disgust

My Hunter sort of took advantage of the 25% bonus by just grinding off deeds, the Hillmen one that gives a welcome Morale Boost skill in particular. I definitely felt like I was progressing pretty fast.
10019  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anybody got an MSI Wind? on: October 06, 2008, 09:09:48 PM
MSI announced a deal for Best Buy to start carrying the 3-cell, XP version of the 10" MSI Wind, at $399:
http://blog.laptopmag.com/msi-wind-to-be-sold-at-best-buy
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The Wind sporting a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, Windows XP, a 120GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM and a 3-cell battery will be available for $399 at Best Buy in the coming weeks.
This is both online and in stores.
10020  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTORO Volume 2: Mines of Moria (paid, full-box expansion) on: October 06, 2008, 07:34:47 PM
Quote
I kept thinking the character was going to show up and when the character did, I squealed with nerdish delight.
Is it Spock? Singing the "Bilbo song"? icon_lol

I gotta say, the one quest with "look" in bright red letters still needs a "LOTRO for Dummies" explanation (maybe a pop-up explanation when you hover your mouse on the "look" in the quest description) to use the /look emote. I musta spent 15 minutes trying to "visually" look up where it says to look (because I misinterpeted the directions), before I pulled up an LOTRO database site on my Acer Aspire One and some helpful comments posters explained what to do.

I've enjoyed the quests there (more so than in Forochel off Evindem, fwiw). And the one involving the two NPCs and their "battle" over soup ingredients is pretty funny, with pretty nice quest rewards.
10021  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Back-up Solution on: October 06, 2008, 06:10:11 PM
Chuck (from the NBC TV show) would be proud. You get the Nerd Herd award.  icon_cool

I used some Acronis software a few years back for moving for migrating one hard drive to a new one, and was pretty pleased with it.
10022  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: October 06, 2008, 06:07:39 PM
Laptopmag tested an interesting new 8.9" MSI Wind variant, though it appears to be hamstring by the Linux version it uses (SUSE) and the usual 3-call battery wimpiness:
http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptops/msi-wind-u90.aspx?page=1

Apparently it uses the same chasis as the 10" model so the keyboard is the same size. I assume though mainly the model is an attempt to get down into the Acer Aspire one's price range (this is about $369) and weight (about 2.4 lbs. in this case).
10023  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTORO Volume 2: Mines of Moria (paid, full-box expansion) on: October 06, 2008, 12:58:08 PM
Massively.com had a pretty cool dev tour of the new areas both above-ground (in Eregion, off the Trollshaws) and Moria itself, including about 43 images.

If you prefer a sense of discovery when you actually play it, you may want to not view it.  icon_neutral I found it useful as far as knowing how to reach the new areas, among other things.

http://www.massively.com/2008/10/01/massivelys-exclusive-mines-of-moria-dev-tour/

Since I had been away from the game so long, when I stumbled into some of the content/places/quests the Book 10 update added way back when (off Evindem, and in the Trollshaws) for roughly 40-45 content, it was a really pleasant surprise - I hadn't read about any of it.
10024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: In honor of Star Trek Online...I present on: October 05, 2008, 06:13:00 PM
Well, you can get the same feeling if you replace "Bilbo" with "Dildo" in the Nimoy video.  eek
10025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sacred 2 Gone Gold on: October 05, 2008, 05:36:47 PM
I'm sure someone in the UK is exporting that version. I guess Gogamer isn't bothering since the North American version's due next month (I bough the UK version of Sacred and its expansion from them, quite a few months before a US version finally released).
10026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sacred 2 Gone Gold on: October 05, 2008, 01:32:29 PM
A few more pics from the other day:

Quest List

I can't say the demo quests are all that interesting, but few are of the "hunt 15, hunt 30" MMO variety at least. And there's certainly no shortage of them.

A little less skimpy...


With friends

One quest eventually has you leading 3 NPC soldiers around for a while.

Active shield aura

This is one of the skills you slot in the lower right hand thingie. While active, it repels (or absorbs? icon_confused) attacks.

10027  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: October 05, 2008, 01:47:48 AM
Couple new clips from episode #2:
http://zachary-levi.com/2008/10/04/chuck-versus-the-seduction/

I don't know how Levi managed to memorize his continuous seduction speech in the first clip.  icon_lol John Laroquette's going to teach him the "art of seduction."  icon_razz I was reading in EW Laroquette's a big fan of the show.

I had missed this "Chuck: A Look at Season Two" montage put together for Comic-Con fans, including a pretty funny into by Adam Baldwin.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX7czCEk4UU&eurl=http://www.aintitcool.com/node/37687
A lot's from the premiere, but much of it's from episodes 2 and later. I think I read about 6-7 episodes are "in the can" as they say.

There's about a zillion different interviews, promos and "fan mishmash videos" (There's almost as many about "Chuck and Sarah" as there are about "Jim and Pam" from The Office) at You Tube, if you're into that. I'm unashamedly into that, and I've got a few dozen in my favorites now. The cast comes across as genuinely charming off screen as on, and Levi really is a videogame/gadget freak.

His best story, in an interview from New Zealand where he and Yvonne Strahovski visited for some promo photography, is that he cut his right hand playing Wii Tennis -- he tried to do an overhead smash and smashed his hand right into the ceiling-mounted light fixture.  icon_eek Perhaps they'll write that into a script some day.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-adgzllJStQ

Strahovski's (Sarah) Australian, and always does interviews in her normal Aussie accent. It's a little jarring to hear in the interview videos. I think I've only seen one where she's asked to "speak in her American accent" and it's fun to hear her shift between the two so seamlessly.  icon_smile

Thought I'd take a break from my Nielsen ratings worrying to just be a fanboy.  icon_cool

10028  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO Free Welcome Back Weekend Oct 2-6 on: October 04, 2008, 03:46:40 AM
Holy crap, I'm in a 5 minute wait on Elendilmir sever myself.  crybaby

I might have to stick with the Sacred 2 demo tonight.  icon_razz
10029  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: October 03, 2008, 10:09:32 PM
Although it's more of a Zachary Levi Lovefest site than a Chuck site per se, I've found http://zachary-levi.com/ is a good "aggregator" site of all things (including gobs of videos) Chuck that ever mention or pertain to Levi.  icon_cool The guy is just remarkably nice and "normal" whether in interviews, signing autographs or goofing off at Comic-Con.

What should be comforting for Chuck fans ratings wise is that Fox's heavily hyped Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, which airs opposite it, is floundering far worse in the ratings and many TV columnists expect it not to survive through this season. And I noticed the far more hyped Pushing Daisies on ABC (it airs on a different day) premiered to far, far worse ratings than Chuck did. So there's that.

A lot of year-to-year comparisons right now are a little screwy because they're comparing to last season's "Pre writers strike" premieres. And more and more people right now are watching things via iTunes, Hulu, Web sites or DVRs, none of which Nielsen ratings have found a way to include yet. I dread the ratings getting too much fixation from network execs -- because then we'll get nothing but knockoffs of American Idol, CSI, Law & Order and diva soaps.  disgust

I think from what I've read, while the Intersect will be a common "background arc" through the season, it won't likely be dominating each episode the way it did in the premiere. Bryce is supposed to return at some point, too.
10030  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: October 03, 2008, 06:47:53 PM
If $329 and $349 netbooks have brutal margins for retailers, how about a $69.29 one?  icon_razz

Microsoft installs XP, Office on cheap Portuguese laptops
http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE4923S820081003
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Portugal started rolling out the "Magellan" computer at schools last month. It aims to hand out a total 500,000 of the laptops, which cost just 50 euros ($69.29) for school children, at home and export it to countries in Latin America and Africa.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the software package called "Magellan Learning Suite" to go with the laptops, which will include Windows XP and Office in addition to development applications, free email and instant messaging.
I'm not sure of the size, but judging by the photos of people trying Magellan, it seems to be in this category.

If you click through the photos, I don't think the Chavez one is going to make Microsoft's marketing department very happy.  icon_eek But his country's presumably one of the ones Portugal wants to export this to.
10031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: In honor of Star Trek Online...I present on: October 03, 2008, 03:51:36 PM
That was hysterical btw. It took me a good 20 minutes to get that tune out of my head.  icon_razz
10032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sacred 2 Gone Gold on: October 03, 2008, 03:05:28 PM
It's a European game, yes.  nod Yes, Seraphim (demo) and Dryad (seems to wear a ragged bikini) are not exactly clad for battle. The High Elf female warrior seemed (at least from the little portrait pic) to wear a bit more. There are specific armor pieces available for each class, and you can probably be as scantily or un-scantily clad as you want later on.  icon_razz
10033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sacred 2 Gone Gold on: October 03, 2008, 01:27:27 PM
Couple tips:
-The default inventory key is a baffling "F" so I changed that to the more traditional "I". I guess they had "I" set for a potion key.
-I couldn't seem to find a way to reconfigure keys without save/exiting to the opening menu. Maybe there's a way, I just haven't found it.  icon_confused
-If I'm remembering the original game correctly, as you level, you eventually get additional "circles" slots in the lower middle, so that you can quickly change between weapon sets and combat arts sets. Early on, it's frustrating cause you only have one slot of each.
10034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: In honor of Star Trek Online...I present on: October 03, 2008, 01:23:50 PM
So you're saying...
Spoiler for Hiden:
Turbine was a more logical choice for Star Trek Online?  icon_lol
10035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sacred 2 - Hmmm? Did it actually come out? on: October 03, 2008, 01:17:46 PM
Aye, I belatedly realized CDV when I loaded the demo up (splash screen). I'm tossing some screenies from the demo into the "gone gold" thread, fwiw.
10036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sacred 2 Gone Gold on: October 03, 2008, 12:21:37 PM
Finally put some time in on the US demo. Looks sharp, runs pretty smoothly. While some menus will seem familiar to Sacred players, they seem to have done a better job of organizing things, and every screen has a '?' help button you can click. Although it's Diablo-style, I was able to play pretty well using more typical MMO movement keys (w,a,s,d) too, and I might have to, to avoid any recurring wrist tendinitis troubles. smile

Here's a few screenshots (these are at Medium, which it installed as by default):

Gameplay



The combat feels crisper to me than in the first game. It won't remove any Diablo II memories, but it just feels less "loose" to me than Sacred did.

Character Selection


While the demo limits you to Seraphim, you can at least rollover the other types. I think the "Dryad" might appeal to me.


The "God" power, you get more as you go, seems something of a long cooldown, "use it when you think you're screwed" kind of power.  icon_cool

Map



You can stick a pin in the map, but only one at a time. Quest areas tend to be marked clearly on the map, so if you prefer LOTRO's purposefully vague quest directions, you're out of luck.  icon_razz

Arts/Skills Selection/Distribution:




I got this when hitting level 2 and distributing for a new skill. Gives an idea of the variety.
10037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sacred 2 - Hmmm? Did it actually come out? on: October 03, 2008, 01:50:49 AM
fwiw, GoGamer lists Nov. 12 as their U.S. release date:
http://www.gogamer.com/Sacred-2--Fallen-Angel--I--Front-Page_stcVVproductId52278120VVcatId444710VVviewprod.htm

afik it has released everywhere *but* North America, which may be good, as a patch has already come out for it.  Roll Eyes
http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewstory&threadid=91911

I'm not even sure if they have a U.S. publisher for it. EB, Best Buy, Circuit City don't list Sacred 2 at all (maybe they want to wait for the console version to release). But GoGamer's listing doesn't specify it as a UK import. So I just don't know.  icon_confused

I am finally downloading the U.S. demo now though. And I'd figure if they're bothering with a "U.S." demo, they must have some sort of U.S. distribution plans.

I ordered the original Sacred and its expansion in UK import form from GoGamer way back when. Although Ascaron did finally arrange U.S. publishing of the game it was several months after Sacred launched in Europe (I didn't have the patience).
10038  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anybody got an Acer Aspire One? (yet another mini-notebook) on: October 03, 2008, 01:38:37 AM
SlashGear has an interesting look at a user-modded touchscreen Acer Aspire One:
http://www.slashgear.com/diy-acer-aspire-one-umpc-0218088/
10039  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO Free Welcome Back Weekend Oct 2-6 on: October 02, 2008, 09:27:37 PM
From what I read, I don't think this particular "return to LOTRO weekend" is bringing back the $9.99 option. Back in May when they celebrated their one year anniversary they sort of brought that back but the catch was it required a 90-day or longer payment option.

Back then they also brought back the $199 lifetime option (which I wish I had gotten back in the beginning but I still haven't subscribed long enough that it would've saved me money, to this point), which is now a heftier $299.

While it wouldn't surprise me if they brought those options back ($9.99, $199 lifetime) for people who buy the Moria expansion, I just haven't so far been able to find anything along those lines yet for the North American retail version.
10040  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anybody got an Acer Aspire One? (yet another mini-notebook) on: October 02, 2008, 06:17:06 PM
Some retailers got the XP version price drop memo early (Micro Center dropped the XP model price just about the day after Acer's announcement), some got it late, and I think some still aren't reflecting the drop at all. That's my only guess.  icon_neutral I dunno, it is in the end a "Manufacturers' Suggested Retail Price" as they say, so I guess it's up to the retailer to learn about it, and then to decide if they want to sell it at the price or higher. Margins are supposedly razor thin in that price range.
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