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1281  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where do I download the free movies at? on: November 08, 2004, 12:37:07 AM
Yarr, y'all.
1282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / xbox to computer monitor? on: November 07, 2004, 11:55:09 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
Clanwolfer:
First off, if it's hooked up through component cables and is blurry, you have some hardware/software issues you need to look into. I think what you're getting at is Composite video cables. Meaning the yellow video cable.

Component is actually the red, blue, and green cables, and is a step up from S-video.

To answer your question: If you're using the yellow video cable with the red and white sound cables, then yes, an S-video cable would be a step up.


Yep, that's it exactly.  I'm using the red, white, and yellow ones, and it's just ever so slightly blurry on my monitor.  It may be driver issues with the video card, but I doubt it (it's looked the same through many, many iterations of Catalyst drivers).
1283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Going to buy an Xbox what do I need to buy? Advice please on: November 07, 2004, 10:29:25 PM
Memory card is useless.  I highly recommend a Live subscription and the headset, though; my understanding is that there's a Live starter kit with some really good play value in it now (I only got Tetris Worlds).  Halo 2 is going to be it for games over Live.  Otherwise, grab a few extra controllers if you expect friends over, and have fun!

I don't know of any keyboard combos out there; the controller is really what everyone uses, and it's about optimal for Halo.  The headset comes with Live, but here's a little secret; it's a standard cell-phone mono jack.  I use my Live headset on my cellphone when I'm in my dorm, and I imagine if you have a cell headset already, it works the other way too.
1284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / xbox to computer monitor? on: November 07, 2004, 10:24:51 PM
I have an ATI All-In-Wonder video card, with  the XBox running to it through component cables.  It's a little blurrier than I'd like, which is slightly distracting in fast-reaction stuff like Burnout 3, but perfectly adequate for Halo.  I'm in a college TV situation, so the ATI card saves me a ton of space in the room and trouble when I travel back and forth.  Anyone who have one of these, can you tell me if the S-Video input is worth it for additional clarity?
1285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Official Half-Life 2 Time of Release!!! on: November 07, 2004, 10:13:04 PM
Off on the 16th.  Oh, bliss.
1286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Soldiers HoWW2 MP Patch out on: November 05, 2004, 02:41:45 PM
Let me know if this is worth reinstalling the game for.
1287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Penny Arcade's "Child's Play" toy drive on: November 04, 2004, 05:43:25 PM
This is a cause every gamer should be donating to.  It's nice when the media picks up on a story like this, rather than (for example) the Australian kids who apparently became murderers because of CS, and also maybe that devil music.  It's nice to get out the message that gamers, like everyone else, are by and large decent, generous people.
1288  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Araft Dead? on: November 04, 2004, 05:40:05 PM
CNN is now reporting that he's critical, but saying hospital officials deny that he's dead.
1289  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Why WoW? on: November 04, 2004, 03:39:03 PM
Quote from: "Torfish"
WoW may not be too impressive from the initial retail release, but you must consider how Blizzard supports its games.  They will be improving, expanding, adding content for years to come.  Plus think of all the cool events Blizzard will be hosting and all the hidden treasure/secrets to find.  The ideas are endless.

Blizzard has the plans and manpower to make WoW fresh for a long time.  This is what excites me the most.


That's what's keeping me, a general non-MMORPG player, interested in this one.  Blizzard seems like they have the infrastructure and the gameworld to toss some fun events and storyline in.  City of Heroes... eh.  I played for a while, hit the same wall that most everyone else seemed to, and now I'm waiting for another couple of content packs.  It's not so much the ability to add more content that I'm looking for in my next MMORPG, it's the ability to keep things interesting between big content dumps.  Not just 'play out what's there, yawn, ooh content dump, play out what's there now, yawn, etc.'
1290  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thanks CG modorators. on: November 04, 2004, 03:34:46 PM
Ditto.  We appreciate the chance you're giving us to show that it can be done in a mostly civil, appropriate manner.
1291  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / (P) Ashcroft resignation... on: November 04, 2004, 03:00:27 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "Falator"
The Country will never be united as long as the Religious right is so fanatical..


Hmmm... Funny how tolerance - the mantra for those on the left -  seems to be a one way street.  The anti-religious demand it from Christians, but yet are only "tolerant" themselves towards ideas they agree with.  I've seen none so fanatical as those who blame the "religious right" for every ill.


Um, I fully agree with the right of fantatical x'ers (where X is your chosen religion/bias/cult) to home-school their kids, be insular about their beliefs, be biased against one group of people, whatever.  My tolerance hits its limit when they try to choose for me.  There's a difference between allowing people to do what they want in private, and telling them what they can or can't do in the public realm.

Of course, I describe myself as moderate... maybe I'm far more extremist than I thought?
1292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / (P) Ashcroft resignation... on: November 04, 2004, 05:44:08 AM
Will they uncover the damn statue already?
1293  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Speaking of books - Baroque cycle anyone? on: November 04, 2004, 02:21:46 AM
I'm struggling through the first one again, being such a huge fan of Stephenson.  Love it.
1294  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / post your WoW main/alt plans! on: November 02, 2004, 07:31:12 PM
I was going to have my main be an undead mage, but after playing a warlock up to level 11 in the new stress test, I'm thinking I might go that way instead.  I'm having a lot of fun with the curses and the pets, as opposed to just nuking whatever comes my way.
1295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WOW stress 2 has begun on: November 02, 2004, 12:55:25 AM
Downloaded... confirmed that you have to use Windows' built-in zip manager or WinZip.  WinRAR chokes on the file.

Edit:  And I can't get through the account creation process, either.

Edit edit:  Wouldn't you know that, the MOMENT I submit that last edit, it works.
1296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WOW stress 2 has begun on: November 02, 2004, 12:04:44 AM
How big is the file itself?
1297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WOW stress 2 has begun on: November 01, 2004, 10:37:16 PM
It's fun watching the FP download speed go down slowly as more and more people start hammering the servers... I started at 500KB/sec, pretty reasonable on my connection.  Now I'm at 90K/sec and falling.  Stop downloading, you people!
1298  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Crimson Skies? on: November 01, 2004, 05:17:05 PM
Man, I need to pick this up for XBox.  In-dorm Crimson Skies games on PC have been one of the more fun things this year.
1299  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Good web hosting? on: November 01, 2004, 03:42:39 AM
Dreamhost.  Had nothing but good service with them.  About $100-$120 a year for more bandwidth and disk space than most people need, with full PHP support (along with a bunch of other languages), multiple SQL databases (I run two wikis on mine), email, and full telnet/SSH support.
1300  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: November 01, 2004, 02:35:50 AM
Downloading now.  in shortly.
1301  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I need a doctor's note on: November 01, 2004, 02:13:24 AM
Um, yeah.  So you do what they explicitly tell you not to do, then you lie to get out of it... I'm thinking, you know, that it wasn't the smartest move because you lied about something that's easily checked up on, and now you're scrambling to fake documentation.

My advice is to forget about that job, and definitely not to list that job on your resume, lest any potential future employers find out that you disobey orders, then lie to your employers, and then try to fake your way out of it.  Honestly, a short jail stay for shoplifting would probably look better on a resume than getting that off a phone call to a former employer.
1302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So I never played CounterStrike. Feel free to mock me. on: October 31, 2004, 12:01:05 AM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "Jumangi"
Quote from: "wonderpug"
I say fire up the original CS go have fun on some servers. Oh make sure you change your name from "Player" hehe that never goes over to well.  But mostly have some patience with yourself and enjoy it.



Does the updated Source version include the bots from CZ? Although they arn't a replacement for real people I think they could be a could be a descent trainer for someone to at least learn the maps and weapons before jumping into the online pool witht the pirahnas.

The pirahnas are what I'm worried about.  Frankly I suck and I don't know the maps.  And I don't believe the Source version has bots.  It's online only.


It will, (the commands are in the console, just disabled for now, and some required files are missing) but not yet.  I've heard that some folks got the CZ bots working in Source with some inspired hacking, but I've yet to see any evidence of this, and I'm certainly not risking putting any unauthorized hacks in my Steam directory.
1303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So I never played CounterStrike. Feel free to mock me. on: October 30, 2004, 10:02:56 PM
Man, what is with the Steam-haters popping into every CS and HL2 thread on the forums?  It's approaching a Doom 3 level of *YAWN* thread-intrusion.
1304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So I never played CounterStrike. Feel free to mock me. on: October 30, 2004, 03:55:36 PM
It's probably a good idea to play through the 'easy' campaign of CZ first, just to acquaint yourself with the weapons and maps so you don't have to run around the map aimlessly for several rounds, but after that, I say just jump in.
1305  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / CG out of bandwidth? on: October 27, 2004, 04:00:27 AM
Sshhhh!  Don't waste it by asking!

Just leave the room, and we'll never speak of this again.
1306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / No Coop in Stalker? on: October 26, 2004, 03:18:42 PM
Well, that means I'm out.
1307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What if Half-life 2 uses Starforce? on: October 26, 2004, 03:18:14 PM
Quote from: "Cleric7"
I have heard conflicting answers to the following question. Can someone help me out:

After the intitial online validation, do you need to be connected to the Internet to play single player game??????


Definitive answer: NO.  The FAQ posted on EvilAvatar was very clear about that.  Connect once, activate, and you're good to go after you pull the internet cable.
1308  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ashlee Simpson on SNL - what a moron! on: October 25, 2004, 06:35:37 PM
Quote from: "Raven"
People need to let this go. It's funny, but there's no reason to hate the girl, any more than any other spoiled brat celebrity. All she wants is what ever other teenager wants, and that is to be a rock star. She fucked up, paniked, and blamed her band, but compared to other famous people (nba players, for example), it's a pretty mild offense.


What if we hate all spoiled brat celebrities?  Is it okay to make fun of her because she's now made herself an easy target?
1309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Far Cry 1.3 patch on: October 25, 2004, 06:16:16 PM
Ugh.  Look at the known issues list; I don't feel like starting over because I installed a patch that they refused to provide a 'rollback' patch for and now savegames are borked.  Not  to mention setting my quality lower because I'm using Cat 4.9 drivers.   Or checking CapsLock before I start the game.  If you're going to disappear for months to 'fix' a patch, at least show up at the door with something that's quality.  They released a great game, but they need to work on support quite a bit.
1310  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ashlee Simpson on SNL - what a moron! on: October 25, 2004, 03:53:28 AM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
After that dance of hers its a wonder it did'nt rain in the studio.


Really?  I thought it was 'I need more cowbell!' in interpretive dance form.
1311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What if Half-life 2 uses Starforce? on: October 25, 2004, 12:30:51 AM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "Clanwolfer"
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
What if you don't have the internet?  How do you register/play HL2?  Are they going to have a 800 number to call ala Microsoft?


You don't.  I expect 'working Internet connection' will be in the requirements on the box.  It'll probably piss a lot of people off, but that's the risk they run.

It'll be 'gotten around' within the first day, if not sooner, methinks.


But surely any method to 'get around' this kind of thing would require an Internet connection to find.
1312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New EQ2 Beta Keys at FilePlanet on: October 24, 2004, 07:16:41 PM
Ah, looks like a firewall issue.  Could someone be so kind as to go to http://patch.station.sony.com:7000/patch/launchpad/Install_LaunchPad.exe and download that, then email it to me?

Edit: Never mind, proxies are fun.

Edit edit:  Blast!  Still doesn't work.
1313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New EQ2 Beta Keys at FilePlanet on: October 24, 2004, 05:54:26 PM
I got in, but I can't get to the Sony Launchpad installer.  Anyone here who can email me the file so I can start downloading?
1314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What if Half-life 2 uses Starforce? on: October 24, 2004, 04:48:29 PM
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
What if you don't have the internet?  How do you register/play HL2?  Are they going to have a 800 number to call ala Microsoft?


You don't.  I expect 'working Internet connection' will be in the requirements on the box.  It'll probably piss a lot of people off, but that's the risk they run.
1315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EQ2 bumped to a Nov 8th release? on: October 24, 2004, 04:44:30 PM
I hope it's not moved up too far.  I just got into the beta.

I also hope I can get to it from behind my firewall, of course.  Not looking promising, since I can't launch the Sony LaunchPad, and there's no response from their webserver.  If WoW is the only thing I can actually play (stress test worked fine behind my firewall), then it wins by default.
1316  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ashlee Simpson on SNL - what a moron! on: October 24, 2004, 02:27:26 PM
Boy, talk about no class.  Walking offstage and leaving the band to finish the set, and THEN accusing them of being the screwups.

Also, it's gall, not gaul.  Been playing a little too much Rome: Total War lately?   :wink:
1317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield: 1942 Anthology bundle pack question on: October 23, 2004, 06:18:38 PM
No offense, but if you're looking for the kind of depth and complexity that requires an extensive printed manual, BF1942 probably isn't going to be your cup of tea.  I never cracked the manual once in all my time playing.

As for the add-ons, you really, REALLY don't need a manual for those.  They're basically packs of additional maps and weapons; I don't think they added any notable features.  And there are plenty of maps and weapon lists online to look at if you want info on them, some on sites that would put a printed manual to shame.  It would be like having a printed manual for the UT2K4 Community Bonus Pack.
1318  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P] Majority of Bush supporters think Iraq had WMD on: October 23, 2004, 06:15:20 PM
Quote from: "JSHAW"
So what do you guys think happened to the WMD?

If you have more choices to pick from than these, post them;

1. WMD moved prior to the invasion/war.
2. WMD programs dismantled and nonexistant prior to the invasion/war.
3. NO WMD prior to the invasion/war.
4. WMD's buried in the sand, underground, not yet found, never will be found.


WMDs mostly dismantled, lost, or sold to other factions, but all of that occurring years and years ago.  I think there's a continuing threat from the mere existence of those weapons, but I don't think Saddam, at least at the time of the invasion, posed any additional threat, and wasn't manufacturing any more at the moment (even if he wanted to).  I also think the invasion itself, and the anarchy that followed, resulted in a massive increase to the threat to the US, as any stockpiles and materiel that did exist for WMDs was distributed to parties unknown.  We needed more men on the ground, more oversight, and better planning, especially since we made WMDs such a huge part of the case to invade.
1319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Question about burning HL2 cd's from steam on: October 23, 2004, 06:10:57 PM
Quote from: "Xmann"
Something just hit me, if my internet were to go down or if for whatever reason i'm without access to steam online, is there a way to make some backups?
I was recently without internet for several months recently for a couple different reason and if that were to happen again, am i screwed?


You can copy the .gcf files to a CD or DVD for backup, though I'm not sure if you can reactivate those without an internet connection.  But as long as you have the single-player games installed and registered once, you can play them just the same.
1320  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P] Majority of Bush supporters think Iraq had WMD on: October 23, 2004, 05:17:58 AM
Quote from: "slackerjoe"
Iraq did have WMD. This is an incontrovertible fact.


That's not the issue.  We know they did have WMD in the past.  The dispute is whether they had WMD, or the faciilities to produce WMD, in terror-effective quantities at the time of our build-up to invasion.  That looks ever more doubtful.
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