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7601  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Command & Conquer 4 on: July 09, 2009, 04:06:00 PM
you have conversations with yourself IRL too? biggrin

i guess that means i need to get cracking on 3.  i picked it up dirt cheap from one of those GS clearance sales and only played a bit. 
7602  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (Updated June 12th, 2009 9:25 AM) on: July 09, 2009, 04:04:27 PM
+1 EngineNo9 for fast payment
7603  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Big under $20 sale at Gamestop on: July 09, 2009, 04:01:31 PM
as usual with these gamestop sales, if you want something on the list, better go soon.  i grabbed the last copy of hawx for the 360 yesterday and it was only the first day of the sale. 

and yes, they don't update the used prices on these things, ever.  which is really stupid if they want to clear out stock.
7604  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 08, 2009, 05:51:01 PM
i didn't see it either this morning.  what's the full game cost, $20?

i'd be up for some old school battlefield action
7605  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Things to do in Seattle on: July 08, 2009, 05:44:37 PM
if you aren't too bushed after you hit pike's, make sure to walk down to the pier.  great amount of little things to watch and you can get your ocean fix that way. 

too bad it's so short a visit though, as we could all meet up for a beer or something. 
7606  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Venting: It's not going to be me this time. on: July 08, 2009, 04:19:21 PM

Quote from: Eightball on July 08, 2009, 02:21:14 PM

If you ever plan on having kids, it's going to get worse...because trust me, kids are great, but they're also the ultimate stress you'll have in life.

+ two headaches, aged 1 and 3.  they also cause a lot more stress in a marriage than you would expect, and it has to do with parenting workload.  when the parents work different shifts, as with my wife and I, you end up with one parent taking over more of the job of raising them and that can cause resentment. i get this all the time, and it's currently the cause of our own spat.  she resents that i get home in the evening and only have to 'put in' a few hours before taking them to bed and that i get free time afterwards.  i've learned that if i don't want her mad at me as soon as she walks in the door, i have to be off the pc or xbox, even if i've already done the usual housework.  

in any case, if you are always the rock in the storm, stay strong and show her that even though you have your spats, you still love her and the little things cannot break that bond.  it's a hard trick to learn, and not one i've perfected tbh.  the ones who love you most know just what to say to hurt you.  

good luck man.  good luck to us all.
7607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ArmA II - demo, videos, reviews and other stuff on: July 08, 2009, 04:47:36 AM
really impressed by how well it looked and ran on my system.  i was expecting a hit due to the 4400 processor and it ran very nicely at mostly high settings.  i managed to get through the first demo mission from the chopper and thought the ending was a bit abrupt.  basically, we had lost a few men on the path in and i was dragging a man to safety to patch him up when the bmp drove up.  i thought i was a dead man, but i guess he was the cavalry as none of the squad attacked or hid.  i was so invested in getting my guy out of the firefight that i didn't notice the friendly running up to my position.  had the mission not ended there, i likely would have put two into him.

i skipped arma1 after having a wretched time with the demo and played ofp up to where they start sticking you with a squad to manage, but i had a hell of a lot of fun with it and even grabbed the expansions.  arma2 does gives me the same reactions ofp does, plus the enhancements and graphics are much improved.  i do hate hearing about the stealth bug though.  that's incredibly asinine that it wasn't caught as stealth was a major part of survival in the first one.  not an easy part due to the ai's eagle enhanced eyesight, but doable.

has this hit the shelf yet?  i have been having problems with steam not finishing up the download properly and had to get both the arma2 demo and eve online from another site as steam always showed 'downloading' despite showing no progress.
7608  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sacred 2: Ice & Blood on: July 08, 2009, 04:35:13 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 07, 2009, 06:31:54 PM

Sacred 2 is getting an expansion pack, Ice & Blood.  the new Dragonmage sounds mysteriously appealing.  I was holding off on Sacred 2 for a summer buy to have something to play during the summer gaming drought, but now I may hold off to see if they release a Gold edition like they did when the first game's expansion came out.

i wouldn't worry about waiting for the expansion ceekay.  there's more than enough gaming to be had just with the 6 characters they have now. 

and look on the bright side, you can dress up the female characters in skimpy clothing, or power armor, in the case of the seraphim

a dragonmage could be a fun character to play through as well.
7609  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP2 in development,as powerful as XBOX1 on: July 07, 2009, 04:24:46 PM
of course this is true.  you think any of the big 3 are not developing some kind of next gen system to eventually replace the current one?  they just don't want anybody to know about it.  now the specs are of course hugely speculative, but when have they not been?  hell, the Wii ii will most likely have a full body motion suit that allows you to sit on your couch and twitch to make mario jump on the mushroom.  it will be awesome (in 720p!)
7610  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If Sony had immediately killed off the PS2...... on: July 07, 2009, 04:20:20 PM

Quote from: somoflange on July 07, 2009, 12:52:41 PM

Quote from: Old Negus on July 07, 2009, 08:16:40 AM

But, like I said, with the rapid improvement of streaming movies in regular and hi-def, Sony may have already missed the boat.

I don't think downloads really appeal to collectors. I can see it killing off the rental industry, but not appealing to the collector. I collect movies so I can watch them over a period of many years and loan them to friends. locking it to one device doesn't appeal to me at all, not only because I can't loan them, but because I know it has built in obsolescence.

I don't KNOW I will still have an xbox 360 or PS3 in 5 years, but I'm pretty sure I will have a Bluray/DVD player so my investment is safe.

this is also why i won't buy full games on the eventual 360 DL service.  same price as the disc and no way to recoup anything should i decide to sell it.  i would rent them ala gamefly, but for me, buying a DL is strictly on a sale or a hard to find game, like you see constantly on the PC side.  xbla games are pretty much in the bargain bin status for me, so i don't feel that they are a bad purchase. 

i have played less than one fifth of this gen's games on either the ps3 or the wii.  at least i have a decent internet surfing, blu-ray playing, media computer (that also plays the occasional ps2/3 game) by the tv though.
7611  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: XBox 360 Games FS on: July 06, 2009, 08:04:33 PM
if kagath changes his mind, i'm interested in dead space as well.
7612  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Ghostbusters 360 FS/T - Sold on: July 06, 2009, 08:04:02 PM
time clear out the shelf a little.  i liked it and will probably pick it up again down the road, but arma2 is calling me now.
great condition, like new.  looking for $37 shipped or prototype (360) although i might be open to other trades.  
7613  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Stuntmag Ignition 360 - 4 bucks at Fred Meyer on: July 03, 2009, 06:12:19 PM
ymmv as i don't know how many copies could still be out there, but i found it yesterday for 5 bucks with the usual 20% off, which is a great deal on an older game and definitely lower than the used price you will find in a gamestop.

i grabbed two (of four) as i think a buddy will be interested in it, but if anyone wants one, i'll get one for you at cost.  (shipping, tax)

they also had the regular assortment of games, but it looks like they intend to keep them as they still want too much.  only other notable mention is AC 4 for the 360, marked down to 25. 
7614  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awesome App Megathread on: July 03, 2009, 05:48:33 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on July 02, 2009, 11:57:46 PM

Link to the free version?

not so much a link as an option when you click 'get started' on

the free option is second under personal access. 
7615  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ArmA II - demo, videos, reviews and other stuff on: July 03, 2009, 12:01:13 AM
almost afraid to as if it runs, i'll be clicking buy as soon as i'm done.  i have many fond memories of ofp and not all of them from playing the game.  we had great fun setting up races and the like in the editor, not to mention some of the scenarios we cooked up. 

the clip posted earlier with 1500 ai's in a single battle makes me very excited.  that's a war going on, not just scripted bits like in most war games. 
7616  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awesome App Megathread on: July 02, 2009, 11:55:35 PM
logmein has a free version with limited features like no data transfer to the client, but Basic works very well for most users and you can have more than one client (5 iirc) and multiple users with different access levels.  we used it at work for a limited test case and it always did very nicely.  plus there's an iphone app. (not free, unfortunately)  but it also works via safari, or so i've heard
7617  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awesome App Megathread on: July 02, 2009, 09:18:50 PM
i'm using  it works pretty well, but i might try that one if i keep running into problems.

and i would group sys admin stuff into it's category as it isn't just os related. apps like defraggers, search engines like Everything and reg or driver cleaners.

then you have os prep tools, like nlite or vlite, driver compilations, driver backup software.  update systems like autopatcher, and filehippo. 

that liberkey site and have a good categorization convention, so i'd recommend something similar. 
7618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ArmA II - demo, videos, reviews and other stuff on: July 02, 2009, 08:59:26 PM

Quote from: Booner on July 02, 2009, 03:15:00 PM

Well...I cleared out a couple and grabbed this from Steam a couple days ago and am enjoying it so far.

damn, you just made this sound like the coolest damn military game and made it so i would love to pick this up.  unfortunately, on a 3 year old pc (a beast at the time) i wonder how well i can run this, especially when stalker cs ran like a dog at highest res.

open world military game.  this is what we always wanted when ofp was announced. 
7619  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awesome App Megathread on: July 02, 2009, 07:34:33 PM
launchy is great and i wouldn't set up a system any other way now

Virtual Desktop - 4 desktops you can switch between and group your open programs by task.  can be buggy, but it works very well most of the time.

notepad++ - the best notepad replacement i have ever used.  plugins for multiple uses, programming language coding, file tabs and sessions, and it works portable. 

Console.  command prompt replacement and it looks pretty slick with a transparent interface.  command prompt portable is pretty slick too.

System administration
all of the pstools apps are great, and fepstools is a slick gui interface for all of them.
powergui - powershell interface, helps ID and script creation
wmic - windows management interface command line.  super fast method to pull data and perform common maintenance tasks on groups of servers.
vnc.  many flavors and some great choices for small administration tasks and help desk stuff - need to help someone far from home who can't figure out basic stuff?  get them hooked up with this and you can remote manage their system without overwhelming them with tech speak. 

as for my major interest, portable applications, there are a number of them.  mostly, i go by what's listed on, both main page and forum, and 

liberkey is a great super suite of portable applications too and make a good site to start.

these are just what i know off the top of my head.  there's a lot more.

7620  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (Updated June 12th, 2009 9:25 AM) on: July 02, 2009, 04:31:28 PM
+1 to Devil for fast shipment on an iphone, arrived in perfect condition.
7621  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: game of the (1/2) year on: July 02, 2009, 04:17:53 PM
top honors so far:

RFG, for all the reasons that have been mentioned.  just a damn fun game with a destruction engine that sets the standard. if they made an arcade game using it ala boom blox, i would buy it in a heartbeat.

infamous, while taking a back seat to prototype (which i haven't yet played) does a lot right despite some issues.  i for one had a blast in it and even though i don't feel the need to go through again for the good side, i had a lot of fun, throughout the game.

ghostbusters, for making the dream of millions of fans come true.  great effects, story, humor, cast support, and solid gameplay, with mp to boot.  this is how you make a game out of a movie.  if other movie games were this good, we would not view them with disdain.  we would love them. 
7622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Another Airbus plane goes down. on: June 30, 2009, 05:53:15 PM
but somehow, a toddler survived the crash and miracously did not drown.


this time it's a 10 year old A310 on approach into the Indian ocean.  

god, can we all please have a month off from disaster and death, june's been a bad month

two aircraft and 4 well known people.  this has to be some kind of record for a string of unrelated tragedies.

153 people lost here, 228 lost at the beginning of the month. 

someone wake me when there's something good to report. 
7623  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Billy Mays dead on: June 29, 2009, 10:47:57 PM
looks like it may be heart disease instead.

Mays suffered from hypertensive heart disease... No evidence of exterior or interior head trauma was found during Mays' autopsy, Adams said

well, if that's the cause, then that clears the airline of any negligent wrongdoing.  of course, i'm not entirely sure yet.  hypertension + an unseen trauma could very well add up to a sudden death where it would have just left a healthier person with a headache. 
7624  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: "Thriller" video free on XBLA on: June 29, 2009, 06:34:45 PM
too true.  especially those that fall under the 'possibly removed due to copyright violation' types.

then it's a simple job to convert and copy.
7625  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/29) on: June 29, 2009, 05:31:38 PM
is baz blue a 2d side scroller, ala streets of rage or a 2d fighter like sf2?

interested in the former, not so much in the latter.

plus, i know that the ps3 version is remote playable on the psp
7626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ghostbusters impression thread on: June 29, 2009, 04:38:43 PM
+1 to WBS and Grue about the difficulty, particularly the part about playing on experienced.  up until then, i was having a great time and hadn't had any major problems, even when you aren't with the whole group.  (i think the first section with ecto-1 was troublesome, but that was before i used it to capture).  the damn cherubs in the first section are just huge pita's and ray was no help at all. most of the time, i had to revive him 3, 4 times, and worst of all, he's too brain dead on when to revive you.  he ran into to save me several times as they were pelting me with the fireballs, knocking us both out.  nice save man. 

the only trick i had was using webbing the gate first and then dodging everything (but not with B, as that breaks the web) and hoping to get a good shot at the little bastards.  i think i tried it about 10 times before quitting and then aced it when i went back last night.  the section later on was also a pita even with all 5 of us as it just took to long to get any of the floaters captured, and you then had those ghosts plus the undead slashers, the tombstone creepers, and the damn cherubs flying around.  really damn aggravating as i was constantly running around playing medic. 

then the last boss?  first try, no problems getting the trick or staying alive. 

i do like the ending and that they tell you how many ghosts/artifacts you found in each level.
7627  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: "Thriller" video free on XBLA on: June 29, 2009, 04:25:37 PM
yeah, i'm not sure how 'all weekend' is true when it's 9:30 at night in the same freaking time zone as MS and it's back up to 160. 

oh well, it's not like i can't watch it via youtube for free.
7628  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Billy Mays dead on: June 28, 2009, 06:52:01 PM
annoying he may have been, but he turned infamy into fame and how many late night tv pitch men could say that? 

bad products or no, he is iconic. 
7629  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: These 360 Games on: June 28, 2009, 06:02:05 PM
ac4 is at fred meyers for $20 on clearance.  want me to pick it up for you?  it would be ~25 or so after tax+shipping if you can't find it locally
7630  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for Riddick on: June 28, 2009, 06:00:46 PM
i have it for the 360 and would be open to trade for prototype.  prefer to do that obviously, but 35 bucks is good.
7631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: June 28, 2009, 05:57:57 PM
btw, kathode, you should seriously consider licensing this geomod engine for the next fallout game.  mini nukes would be so damn cool to use if they could take out structures like this. 
7632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: June 28, 2009, 05:55:53 PM
after you do the demo mission, you will start seeing mechs show up.  one of the light Aliens-esque loader mechs shows up near an edf roadblock and a race start point (i think).  i grabbed it during a mission and used it to finish that up and then knock down the bridge.  i smashed the sections nearest the ends so edf couldn't follow me out and then proceeded to plow up the roadway and knock down supports.  by the time i was done, it looked like a massive kids construction kit after a temper tantrum and fell down in sections. 

you could also use mines and the edf against itself and remote charges to make a massive chain reaction.  i did that later on just for fun when the bridge was rebuilt. 
7633  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: iPhones (16G-3G) on: June 27, 2009, 06:23:46 AM

Quote from: Zero on June 25, 2009, 08:24:28 PM

I left one for Caine  icon_biggrin

much appreciated too. 
7634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well dang if I aint having fun with Jedi Outcast on: June 27, 2009, 06:22:44 AM
best game i bought twice, just so i would have the unopened copies of the first three games in the big awesome collectors edition.  and the lightsaber still works too. 

i'm getting an urge to boot this up now. 

and don't forget the dismemberment cheat.  it makes the awesome combat even better.   icon_twisted

now if they could just mod that into force unleashed.
7635  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Windows 7 Home Premium (upgrade) $49.99 pre-order on: June 26, 2009, 06:47:14 PM
yup, and even then, 8 gb is much more than the average home user would need, even a few years out.  hell, i started with 2 gb on the current pc 3 years ago and going up from there isn't going to make a huge difference unless i want to run virtual machines.

i think going with pro would make a difference if you consider the xp mode useful.  a lot of that may be if you're a business.  

i'll probably just stick with premium myself and if i end up down the road needing a beefier machine, getting pro for that one by itself.

btw, amazon has really cheap release day shipping.  6 bucks is much cheaper than anybody else's 2 day shipping.  impressed  thumbsup

even better than the download option, tbh.  maybe being located in the same state helped.  
7636  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A joke on: June 26, 2009, 06:34:50 PM
try this on your friends:

knock knock

(who's there)

i eat mop

(i eat mop who?)

if they say it right, just look at them until they get it.  ymmv if your accent is different
7637  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: June 26, 2009, 04:04:32 PM

Quote from: Chaz on June 26, 2009, 03:08:16 PM

Quote from: Destructor on June 26, 2009, 02:17:14 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 26, 2009, 12:37:41 PM

I don't see any mention of 32-bit or 64-bit on these retail sites.  Am I to assume that both versions come in every box?

I thought Microsoft is just going 64-bit on all W7 versions now or something. Odds are I could be wrong though.

And the 'both versions in the box' didn't work for Vista. The key was for all versions, but normally the 32-bit version was the one that was included (I got Ultimate). It was sad - I had to either pay Microsoft for them to send me a 64-bit disc of Vista, or I had to pirate the bloody thing to use the key I had.

This could suck.  I'm hoping that they remember to put the 64-bit versions on disc.  Maybe it'd be better to just order the download version from MS directly rather than the boxed version.

probably a safe bet considering that online is where you can buy it, but you have to wait for shipping anyways.  at least with an iso you can dl it as fast as your connection will be (assuming the tubes don't get so plugged with W7 that you end up at dial up speeds)

funny that i still have an attachment to the physical box and disc when i've already been using downloaded iso's from technet. 
7638  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Jackson has a heart attack on: June 25, 2009, 10:54:11 PM
some of the ebay items have just gone nuts in the last hour.  
signed photo from 8 to $510

there's a pair of tickets up there as well.  i wonder how much those will go for.  crazy
7639  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Jackson has a heart attack on: June 25, 2009, 10:39:46 PM
and now cnn is saying he's both dead and in a coma. 

7640  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Jackson has a heart attack on: June 25, 2009, 10:31:12 PM
cnn is saying coma too

if so, then i don't give him much time left anyways.
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