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8841  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: eBay - no more negative/neutral feedback system on: January 30, 2008, 10:58:44 PM

Quote from: depward on January 30, 2008, 09:47:02 PM

Hey!  I met my fiancee on craigslist...   icon_neutral

And no, it wasn't from the "random encounters" section either!

wow, they do mail order brides now too?  that's great. 




(you did know posting that would lead to teasing, right?)
8842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: January 30, 2008, 10:46:19 PM
i did so many of the road rages early on that i need 25 for my next one.  it's not bad as i was regularly hitting that number as a personal goal a long time ago.  i hit 36 back when i went for the B class.  the mountain roads are good for it as the oncoming traffic is more spaced apart, so is the highway loop.  that's probably the best place now, and you can hop off for a repair pretty easily. 

the truck is great for the marked man events.  even though they get downright nasty with the whack-a-mole behavior, i could pretty much stay on the road.  they can still get you with multiple attacks and if you aren't up to speed, but you can actually get a takedown just by driving right up on them.  i also got one after getting hit from the side.  he went veering off while i just kept going.  it's almost as easy with the van.
8843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hot Coffee Revisited - Get up to $35 in GTA:SA settlement on: January 30, 2008, 09:24:33 PM
if i could just get the cash and not have to send in the disc, i would almost do this.
8844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Advice on: January 30, 2008, 08:48:08 PM
news for the slim users out there.  3.90 is out and it adds skype to your network tab.  other than that, not a lot going on in this update and certainly not dumping a custom for, but i thought i would share it anyways. 

i used the psp version of mediacoder and aside from being unable to use the avc format, it works just fine and does a good job of simplifying the whole operation.  pretty slick program and it seems to convert from pretty much every format out there.
8845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: January 30, 2008, 07:26:30 PM

Quote from: Calvin on January 30, 2008, 06:07:05 PM

I "beat" the game yesterday-ie, I got my Paradise license and the credits rolled. We all know that is not the real deal though-the real deal is getting the Elite license-all 118 events finished. Dear god in heaven thats going to be hard. I played about two races, won one, and was boggled by the increasing difficulty of the AI. Wow. And the Stunt runs are going to be absolutely brutal. This game has brought a tremendous amount of awesome though-its really an incredible game, many flaws and all.

i also got my burnout license as well last night.  it was actually much easier to get the last 20 than i thought it would be.  i basically did all the quick races first, than switched off to do some burning laps, and i ended up using the van and the truck for road rages and marked man races.  that truck can take a serious beating, so it makes it pretty much the vehicle of choice for surviving the black hitmen. 

i got the last one with a 197k stunt run on the southern bridge.  i think i'll save that run for last.

i don't really expect to get the elite license as i don't much care for the stunt run (bad starting location = nigh impossible)  and i just know some of those burning laps are going to be killer with the high end cars.
8846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: KOTOR II Fans - Check This Out on: January 30, 2008, 01:09:13 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on January 29, 2008, 05:18:08 AM

Quote from: Farscry on January 28, 2008, 09:47:37 PM

I plan to grab this game when the mod is finished and available to all. I loved KotOR and held off on KotOR II due to the blatantly unfinished nature of the game.

Ditto.

kotor II remains to this day as the only game i own which i haven't opened.  i grabbed it when it hit $20 and it sits up there next to it's older sibling on my shelf.

i should get around to finishing up on kotor 1 again, just to remember what the H is going on.
8847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Mistake; POTENTIAL SPOILERS on: January 30, 2008, 12:59:21 AM
agree with what doopri said.  not only do you go through new items quickly, but you get so much on a single planet/mission that you almost need to stop and sell your loot every other time you go out.  i think i hit the forced conversion a few times because i didn't do that, and than i just made a habit of going in and dumping as much as possible.  you don't need to keep every member of your squad outfitted unless you swap team members all the time.  fwiw, i kept garrus and wrex with me the whole time, up until where i stalled.  the only thing i ever kept on hand was the armor as you can't always get good items for sale. 

basically, i really only kept 3 synthetic/organic rounds, a handful of the best weapon/armor mods, one each of the grenade mod, and went to selling everything less than a rating below my highest gear.  i never kept multiple armor sets for a single person as i didn't see the benefit in changing out to suit a specific battle just for a minimal benefit in shields or protection increase. 

yeah, she was a pain in the ass, even though i went there for the 3rd major planet.  died many times before i realized she wasn't taking any damage and just kept healing up
8848  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 29, 2008, 10:13:33 PM

Quote from: Toe on January 29, 2008, 04:19:24 AM



that's awesome. 
8849  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Cthulhu on: January 29, 2008, 10:01:35 PM
well that blows.  now we won't get an actual movie about cthulhu called cthulhu.  it will probably be called shadow over innsmouth, just to piss everyone off. 

if they cast tori spelling in that one, they should just rename it "legally blonde 3: dark corners of the earth"
8850  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 1/08) on: January 29, 2008, 09:50:06 PM
+1 to depward for fast shipping and good trade on 360 game and controller
8851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Poll] What platforms do you own? *keep it updated* on: January 29, 2008, 09:46:34 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 29, 2008, 03:58:46 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 28, 2008, 10:11:39 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 28, 2008, 09:55:02 PM

What category does the Apple Newton go into?

hey purge, you need to add a "old and busted" category so we can find out many pieces of shit people own.  biggrin

Cool, just make sure there's a category for the Atari Lynx!

Glad to see there's at least 6 other weirdos who have one.

would we put the game gear in with the lynx?  i had one of those and it was awesome, if you include "short battery life", "bulky", "small game selection" and "expensive".
8852  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking Bad on: January 28, 2008, 11:38:02 PM

Quote from: Doopri on January 27, 2008, 10:32:00 PM

Quote
although it's harder to sympathize/identify with a meth cook.

this is where im at.  i would never watch a show that attempts to make humorous what is probably the most debilitating / evil drug since heroin. 

sort of like that show about a serial killer / vigilante

maybe im just a prude, but ill be damned if i add to such ratings - its one of those places i draw one of my invisible lines (sorry if i pissed on a thread)

no hard feelings doopri.  too me, it's just about finding humor in a tragedy.  or about watching how normal people end up in bad lifestyles.  this isn't like laughing at dave chappelles crackhead character. 

who knows, this could be a dark slide into the abyss paired with an 11th hour redemption story. 
8853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Advice on: January 28, 2008, 11:07:45 PM
once you have a digital copy, it's easy.  there's a number of free mp3 converters out there and some specifically designed around the psp. 

here's one i just started using.  media coder
8854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Advice on: January 28, 2008, 10:58:38 PM
depends on the version installed.  when you check the units, check the system version running (system settings > system information)  if it's 2.71 or lower, then you have an easier time and don't need a battery.  you may need a unpatched copy of lumines or gta:lcs.  i'll need to see which version requires which game.  basically, those two games allow a buffer overflow which allows you to downgrade the unit back to 1.50, which is where every custom firmware installation starts from. 

for reference, i was 2.71, used the lumines exploit, upgraded to 3.52, then up to 3.80.  i'm actually looking at the odd applications out there now.
8855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Advice on: January 28, 2008, 10:33:51 PM
do you have any friends around with modded psps?  afaik, the only to mod a slim is to use a battery and a mem stick, which limits you to using a modded phat to create one or buying one off the dark corners of the world.  it's pretty easy with an older phat, and with that model off the retail shelves, likely to be a used unit of an older firmware (looks like 2.71 only).  it also helps if you have a friend with the battery.  that's the only sure fire way to bypass the sony limitations. 

i have 1st gen phatty with the recent m33 firmware and it's nice being able to run more than just the sony stuff.  running the games via the memory stick is much faster and the unlocked option to overclock the system helps.
8856  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/28) on: January 28, 2008, 10:14:26 PM
well, i got burnout paradise last week, burnout revenge in a gt sale this week, and the witcher in the mail.  i should fire up undertow and see if getting it for free really makes it better.

rez is a strong possibility and the rock band stuff is too.  otherwise it's a thin week.
8857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Poll] What platforms do you own? *keep it updated* on: January 28, 2008, 10:11:39 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 28, 2008, 09:55:02 PM

What category does the Apple Newton go into?

hey purge, you need to add a "old and busted" category so we can find out many pieces of shit people own.  biggrin
8858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: January 28, 2008, 09:20:40 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on January 28, 2008, 08:46:17 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 28, 2008, 06:41:10 PM

Quote from: Calvin on January 28, 2008, 06:39:31 PM

I still maintain that Crispin Boyer was correct about this game. It's not much of a game.

What does that even mean?  I would love to hear Crispin as well as your reasoning.  That's quite a statement.

I think his point was that you do everything you can do in the game during the first hour.  The rest of the game is basically rinse and repeat.

Note that I haven't played the game yet. So I can't say whether or not I agree with him.

actually, that's pretty much dead on accurate, what with the opening section with you and all your abilities/weapons enabled and up through the first target.  once you've done that, it's really just rebuilding your skill set and getting the same set of missions in each city.  it all comes down to how much you enjoy the core gameplay.
8859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLM] Turning Point: Fall of Liberty demo is up! on: January 28, 2008, 09:10:28 PM
i feel like your rant wasn't directed at me per se, but i thought i'd respond anyways.  as i said in my earlier post, i am/was looking forward to this game, just not as excited as i was before the demo.  the type of game is definitely something i like, as i did play through freedom fighters twice and it had at least as many warts as i see here.  i've also liked alternative history games like iron storm and resistance.  i've played many "diamond in the rough" games over the years and enjoyed them even while i find myself wishing for a better game.

i really enjoyed the feel of the opening and the way it played out.  i like the grappling and environmental kills.  i don't mind that you aren't the best shot as it matches what you should expect as a construction worker, even though it made the firefights more frustrating.  i thought the few sequences towards the end were rather dull though, as the nazi's did very little in tactical maneuvering even with a 4-1 advantage against an untrained civilian.  i didn't feel any threat as all it took to kill them was to poke my head out and take them out one by one.  the area around the cab was more difficult as you had no place to hide, but it wasn't all that hard to get past.  if they had made the gunfights more like mafia, where bullet hits were noticeable and getting caught in the open would get you killed on either side.  here, i had 6 bullets center mass into a soldier from the smg and he still killed me.  that comes off as a shortcut method of making the game difficult. 

the graphics were not that great, but at least the environments were unique. 

in any case, this was a "wait for reviews purchase" before, and now it's more of a wait for "GT'ers impressions before sale purchase".  worst game ever?  no, definitely not.  but it sure doesn't show much of a shine under that dirt. 
8860  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Poll] What platforms do you own? *keep it updated* on: January 28, 2008, 07:02:25 PM
haha purge.  a failure is you!  now you will never know how many people own both a 360 and a current gaming platform.  queue the nelson pic. 
8861  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Trouble accessing Google, SimHQ and more on: January 26, 2008, 01:14:46 AM
it's all solid advice for wireless routers.  i take it you have one or more pc's running over wireless?  when you configure the wireless settings, use a pc hooked up via cat5 cable or you could find yourself partially locked out of your router biggrin 

if you aren't going to use the wireless, turn off the radio/remove the antenna. 


as for www.kqzyfj.com being blocked, i would venture you have spybot installed?  or something similar at least as it looks like an immunized site by that program.  it was immunized because of possible links with spyware and the like, specifically a company called Commission Junction and the cookie that site sets.  did a google search and found this bit here, so you should take a look. 

when you say you reset the router, did you hit a reset button on it or just power off?  sounds like you wiped the settings completely.  i'm sorry if you did that on my advice. 

last bit of advice for now.  once you get your router configured the way you like it, see if you can make a backup of the settings to a file.  some models have this feature.  it's very helpful if you find yourself starting from scratch.
8862  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 25, 2008, 11:16:23 PM
i'd make a joke about marrying the pizza guy, but that just looks sad.
8863  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: War on Scientology? on: January 25, 2008, 10:49:03 PM
sure, taken in context, a man claiming to be born of a virgin mother, fathered by the one true god, and able to perform miracles does sound kooky.  as does a man claiming to get insight from a burning bush, or a sacred text only he can see or touch. 

it all asks the question, do we believe in these ideas because we truly believe the stories happened as they were written, or do we believe because we want to believe there's something greater than we can imagine, just beyond our ability to grasp?

of course, if the bible said that jesus had flown around in a stealth fighter and used nano technology to turn water to wine and feed the masses with a cloned fish, we would have probably laughed him out of town.  scientology goes over most people's suspension of disbelief.  L ron H should have made the lore less high tech and more generalized. 
8864  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Because they hate us for our freedoms on: January 25, 2008, 09:58:58 PM
ah, this is the link i believe.  he was cuckoo.

Quote
After he was arrested in Colorado on a minor drug charge, Warziniack told probation officials there wild stories about being shot seven times, stabbed twice and bombed four times as a Russian army colonel in Afghanistan, according to court records. He also insisted that he swam ashore to America from a Soviet submarine.

they do admit they didn't check him out properly, so that's a relief.  Roll Eyes
8865  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Because they hate us for our freedoms on: January 25, 2008, 09:53:02 PM

Quote from: Lee on January 25, 2008, 09:49:04 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 25, 2008, 09:27:50 PM

on the topic of the article, that's a pretty messed up situation you could be in. 

"you are an illegal immigrant.  why, we don't know and won't say.  we just know with our gut that you are, so you are going back to your home country.  no, we aren't going to check your birth records, because that's how you'll get us.  we aren't sure how you will do it, but rest assured, you aren't going to get away with it.  prepare to be deported back to whatever country whose people you resemble and who will accept our word that you were born there."

Which is why I think there is more to the story. How do you decide a homeless guy with a southern accent is Russian? There must be more to the story than that, otherwise you could just say anyone here is illegally, something must have led them in that direction.

exactly.  did they just think he had put on a really good disguise and faked the accent?  does not compute.  unless they know of a southern-accent russian state we've never heard of, then he doesn't fit the profile.
8866  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Trouble accessing Google, SimHQ and more on: January 25, 2008, 09:49:51 PM
instead of running the tracert line from the run window, run "cmd" first.  this will bring up a command window and you will not lose the display once it's done.

and yeah, it looks like your router is conflicting with your modem for routing/dns data.  you could try the ipconfig /flushdns and ipconfig /registerdns options.

one question though.  how is your modem and router connected? 

it usually goes like this: 

wall ---- modem ---- router ---- PC 1
                                       ---- PC 2
                                       ---- PC 3, etc.

if that's the case, then it seems like your router is not passing the proper dns/routing info downstream to your pc.  try this:
power off modem and router.  turn the modem on and wait until every thing is back to normal (status lights are green, activity light blinking, etc) then turn the router on and wait for it to do its thing.  once that's done, your pc will reconnect and get an ip address, dns, etc.  do your tracerts to check

if that's not how you have it configured, then let us know.
8867  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking Bad on: January 25, 2008, 09:37:44 PM
so i missed this.  did anyone catch this and was it any good?  or am i just the only person who thinks it's worth commenting on  Tongue
8868  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: War on Scientology? on: January 25, 2008, 09:35:21 PM
i have a hard time believing in any religion written by a bad b grade sci fi author, especially one involving aliens in airplanes dropping bombs on our volcanoes.  do you have to bat shit crazy to believe in this stuff?  no, but it helps.  hitting the crack pipe before the sermon would probably work too.

8869  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Because they hate us for our freedoms on: January 25, 2008, 09:27:50 PM
on the topic of the article, that's a pretty messed up situation you could be in. 

"you are an illegal immigrant.  why, we don't know and won't say.  we just know with our gut that you are, so you are going back to your home country.  no, we aren't going to check your birth records, because that's how you'll get us.  we aren't sure how you will do it, but rest assured, you aren't going to get away with it.  prepare to be deported back to whatever country whose people you resemble and who will accept our word that you were born there."
8870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLM] Turning Point: Fall of Liberty demo is up! on: January 25, 2008, 07:28:33 PM
sadly, i was really looking forward to this one as a good B quality title ala freedom fighters.  even though FF was knocked around for it's flaws (graphics, gun control) i enjoyed it. 

this has some cool moments and i like the opening of the game a lot.  too bad the gameplay is flawed with poor hit detection, slow turning speed and movement, and dull encounters.
8871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: January 25, 2008, 07:10:39 PM
i finally got a chance to play mp with juniordan last night and it was pretty fun.  it wasn't quite "seamless" for me, as i was in the middle of beating a showtime event and bam! i'm transported some distance away and my car is back to normal.  i got the credit for beating the challenge, but if i hope it doesn't interrupt your play in the middle of a race like that.

the mp challenges are pretty odd.  some are dead simple (75 yds in oncoming traffic.  done in 3 seconds  Roll Eyes ) and some are fun to set up (head on collision mid air over the bridge.) i could see that being a good source of fun in the long run.  it may not unseat cod4, but it's a good alternative once in a while.

i like the class A prize car.  great handling for a speed demon. 
8872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: January 24, 2008, 03:17:20 AM
i tried to get online with hark tonight and the bob-damned EA servers aren't up to create an account for me to play on line.  i just want to say ho stupid the whole thing is that even though i am ready to go with ms live and that apears to work just fine atm, i can't play because EA didn't tme their maintenance during a normal off-peak part of the day. 

the sp game is fun, and even though showtim is a poor substitute for crash mode, i like everything else about the game.  i could see myself playing this much longer than i ddi burnout 3. 
8873  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Witcher FS on: January 23, 2008, 05:53:36 AM
any update from UB?  if he's interested, lmk
8874  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: The Witcher - US version on: January 23, 2008, 05:50:44 AM
if siege doesn't respond by tomorrow, i'm interested
8875  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hi-Def War to end at CES 2008...? on: January 22, 2008, 11:27:15 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 22, 2008, 08:38:49 PM

The shift actually coincided with the PS3's late '06 release.  The BD/HD-DVD ratio has been pretty consistent since then in BD's favor. 

then i guess sony made a brilliant move after all.  they conceded the early race in the console war to do it, but this will be much bigger in the long run. 
8876  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heath Ledger found dead? on: January 22, 2008, 10:12:08 PM
damn that sucks if it's true.  and what, two weeks after brad renfrow dies from a bad tattoo job?  crazy.
8877  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Witcher FS on: January 22, 2008, 08:13:38 PM
if unbreakable doesn't grab this, i call dibs.
8878  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hi-Def War to end at CES 2008...? on: January 22, 2008, 07:57:46 PM

Quote from: gellar on January 22, 2008, 07:39:00 PM

Heh saw this posted on another forum:



gellar
that is pretty impressive.  do they have a month by month chart for '07?  i'd like to see what big releases/news set the scale to tip in sony's favor.
8879  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF Test Drive Unlimited (360) on: January 22, 2008, 07:07:22 PM
i have it and haven't played it in ages.  what do you have to trade?
8880  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Going PSWii in 2008! Need to move this 360 software / hardware - GOOD PRICES on: January 21, 2008, 10:38:48 PM
is good.  the controller was more of a spur of the moment item anyways.  thanks dep
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