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1361  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What if Half-life 2 uses Starforce? on: October 22, 2004, 06:27:38 PM
It was just announced that the copy protection for ALL copies of HL2, including store-bought, will be through Steam.  Buy it, activate it once through Steam, and then it can be played offline in single-player or LAN mode.

So I guess all you people who hate Steam are out of luck.  It's a shame, because I don't see much wrong with Steam, personally, and it will hopefully do a decent job at eliminating more piracy than CD copy protection (which we know from experience doesn't work).
1362  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Friday...The Home Stretch on: October 22, 2004, 06:20:00 PM
Eh.  About to go out to Long Island for dinner with the girlfriend's family, after which I'm buckling down and working on my work for next week (a midterm, speech, and paper all due on Wednesday).
1363  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Grrrr... Doomboy getting ANGRY! on: October 22, 2004, 12:56:19 AM
I seem to recall a news article that said network times were slowly drifting off by a minute or two; the networks were claiming it was for those vital 'on-the-hour' viewers who flip through if there's a commercial, but PVR companies were claiming it was to force people to sit and watch instead of recording.
1364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halflife 1 help on: October 22, 2004, 12:54:03 AM
If you're interested in Half-Life 2 at all, just wait and get the Silver package off of Steam; it includes Valve's back catalog, including Half-Life (and the Source remix when it comes out).
1365  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ultima IV: The Little Shepherd starring Sausalito on: October 21, 2004, 08:25:20 PM
Wow... you guys made me dig up a copy of Ultima 4 that runs on my PDA.  I'm never even going to get any work done OUTSIDE of the room now.
1366  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / But it's... pink! (Best Quotes Thread - Games Ed.) on: October 21, 2004, 08:24:04 PM
"Expect the expected."  --Discworld
1367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How are the Far Cry mods? on: October 21, 2004, 08:21:16 PM
Quote from: "Biyobi"
I think it's the fact that the Source engine has a bigger name so it will be getting the majority of the next cool mods.  Does the Crytek engine support multiplayer?  I've only played the game a little on a friend's computer (mine won't do it justice) and I was very impressed by the atmosphere of the game and the visuals are just plain awesome.  I'd love to have a multiplayer game on one of those islands.


Far Cry's multiplayer is pretty standard.  It's as generic as SOF2's, but without the great feel that kept me going back to SOF2 multiplayer for quite a while.  A few more distinctive weapons would keep it a lot more interesting.  Of course, it doesn't help that they released a 1.3 patch to fix quite a few bugs, and only THEN discovered it FUBARed the game with an astonishing amount of configurations, THEN declined to issue a rollback patch.  I got to the uninstalling the entire game part, then decided to reinstall when it's worth it.

Guess what?  It hasn't been, yet.
1368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How are the Far Cry mods? on: October 21, 2004, 01:58:52 PM
I wouldn't know... I was pissed off enough about the 1.3 patch thing that I haven't reinstalled since.
1369  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 21, 2004, 01:11:52 AM
Quote from: "Devil"
Vazquez in. Brown out.

Is this a good thing or not?


No.  Grand slam.

And I guarantee you he's not buying his own beer for a long, long time.
1370  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Xfire Username List on: October 20, 2004, 09:02:59 PM
KeySJU
1371  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Top 5 Best New shows on TV on: October 20, 2004, 06:49:08 PM
Quote from: "Hamlet3145"
You can download episodes through bittorrent.


Not behind my firewall I can't.  No BT, Kazaa, EMule, or anything of the sort.  Gotta love universities.
1372  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / If GG could be saved, would it be worth it? on: October 20, 2004, 06:27:50 PM
Let it go, man.  Let it go.  A GG raised from the dead now would probably be a zombie GG, anyway.  And we don't need release sites wandering around the Internet eating people's brains.  That's just not cool.

In conclusion, zombies suck.
1373  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Top 5 Best New shows on TV on: October 20, 2004, 06:26:10 PM
Is there any way to catch up on Lost?  I missed out in the beginning, and now I want to catch up, but I don't want to start watching in the middle.

Are they running an encore anytime soon, or is it better to just wait for the DVDs?
1374  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 20, 2004, 06:24:33 PM
Last year, in Game 7, there was a small riot in the quad; police were called, and many things were broken.  Hell hath no fury like exuberant Yankees fans.

This year, I have a room with a great spectating view.  So, in a twisted way, I'd really like to see the Sox take it in extra innings, just to see what happens.  I bet nobody in campus security has the night off tonight.
1375  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Red vs. Blue - Who's a fan? on: October 20, 2004, 11:21:46 AM
On the new RvB site, they have links across the top; one of those is to their new series, [url http://strangerhood.com/home.php] The Strangerhood[/url].  As for the RvB episodes, they keep a rolling archive to save bandwidth; the best way to catch every episode in short order is to look on an archive (I think Machininema.com has one), or buy the DVDs.  Also, I've had decent luck in the past searching for RvB eps with the Google "Parent Directories" trick.[/url]
1376  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need help finding shot glasses on: October 20, 2004, 02:23:08 AM
Step 1: Buy regular 12oz. plastic cups.
Step 2: Call friends, tell them that party now has 12oz. jello shots.
Step 3: Watch friends drink themselves into stupidity (if friends aren't already stupid), make them do dumb things, videotape for future reference.
1377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PoP Warrior Within demo on: October 20, 2004, 02:17:10 AM
Yeah, wall to wall is still tricky on the keyboard.
1378  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thinking of buying an Apple computer on: October 20, 2004, 02:09:07 AM
I, too, have been suffering from Mac envy recently; a bunch of people at work are shifting from Solaris to OSX, and getting some nice machines, both work and personal.  I like the way OSX looks, the way it feels when I've tinkered with it, and I especially like that there's a UNIX-style console available.  I'd love one to tinker with, and with the new cheaper ones, I may bite at some point in the near future.

Of course, part of it is seeing SubEthaEdit in action on the Mac and thinking that it's so unbelievably cool.  I wish there were a Windows alternative.
1379  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Laptop as portable music player? on: October 20, 2004, 02:04:59 AM
Generally, it's not good for your HD to have the platter going while there's any motion going on; it's delicate, and a wrong jounce to the needle can damage it pretty quickly.

Then again, I know some amateur photographers that pipe high-quality shots straight to a backpack-carried laptop from a digital camera, so YMMV.
1380  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Sound card and headphone recommendations? on: October 20, 2004, 02:03:21 AM
I've been using a pair of Bose QuietComfort 2 headphones for a while now.  They are, without a shadow of a doubt, the best audio equipment I've ever owned, and well worth it.  The sound cancellation is great, especially for a noisy dorm room (if I have my eyes closed, I can miss the phone ringing, and can't hear the TV over even quiet music), they're comfortable for long stretches, and the sound quality is great.
1381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Counterstrike:Source, is it safe to go in the water? on: October 20, 2004, 02:01:08 AM
Give it a shot.  Every time I play CS, I play passively; don't get caught up in the talk and don't ask too many dumb questions, and generally things go ok.  TKing isn't a huge problem most of the time for me; just be prepared for a dumb team if you go out and play on public servers.
1382  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox v Yanks - Game 6 on: October 20, 2004, 01:37:40 AM
With all the chaos at my university last year when the Yankees won this series, I'm just hoping for it to go to Game 7.  Anything for a little more chaos.   :lol:
1383  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Game Sound Test on: October 20, 2004, 01:27:37 AM
12 of 18, but I missed an easy one on a game I idolized when I was young.
1384  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What happed to gone gold on: October 19, 2004, 08:52:13 PM
We're gonna need you to come down to the station and identify the body.  And if you can't account for your whereabouts the last few weeks, we'll just need you to cooperate fully with us.
1385  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Red vs. Blue - Who's a fan? on: October 19, 2004, 08:50:15 PM
I am not a cockbite.

Anyone catch episode 1 of The Strangerhood?  A Sims-2 filmed short by the same team.
1386  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone use Gmail notifier? on: October 19, 2004, 01:20:13 PM
Quote from: "obb"
Doesn't double clicking the little mail icon automatically open up Gmail, no need to enter in your password?


Yeah, it does, as long as you click the 'two weeks' link on the gmail homepage once.  Otherwise double-clicking brings you to sign-in.
1387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Problem with KOTOR installation. Please advise!!! on: October 18, 2004, 01:25:29 AM
Still kind of odd that the game would install registry entries before it finished installing; I thought most games waited until the game files were installed to stick themselves in the registry, for just this kind of case.
1388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Problem with KOTOR installation. Please advise!!! on: October 17, 2004, 10:34:33 PM
Man, that's a foreign concept to me.  I haven't reformatted my machine since I got it almost two years ago; registry cleaners and some smart maintenence have kept it pretty much good as new.  Do people really reformat that often?
1389  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / I need graphical driver update advice on: October 17, 2004, 09:31:27 PM
I wish I could give those Omega drivers a try, but last time I checked they didn't support ATI's TV-in on AIW cards.  Until they have that, no way am I giving up my TV for better performance.
1390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Problem with KOTOR installation. Please advise!!! on: October 17, 2004, 09:28:03 PM
Why reformat?  Go to some KOTOR forums, find out what hidden files and registry entries the game installs, and delete them.  Reformatting would be like using a nuke to take out a city where you know a murderer is living.

If I had the game myself, I'd help you.
1391  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Jon Stewart rips into CNN's Crossfire...on Crossfire on: October 17, 2004, 09:26:17 PM
They invited him expecting an easy target to make them feel good about themselves as a show that can ask the hard questions.  But like he said, when you have to criticize the journalistic standards of a fake news show whose lead-in is puppet crank calls, what does that say about you?  For what it's worth, I think Jon Stewart is one of the best interviewers out there today, Kerry interview regardless, and certainly more insightful and relevant than Crossfire's hosts.

The Crossfire guys deserved every second of his haranguing, and especially the audience applause at his criticism (which I don't think they expected at all, and seemed to throw them off).
1392  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Yankees 2, Red Sox 0, bottom of the 3rd... on: October 17, 2004, 09:15:02 PM
Quote from: "JSHAW"
SOUR GRAPES. That's what it's all about if your're a fan of a team that can't handle the fact that the Yankee's front office goes after and get's the best talent available, and WIN.

TALENT, and professionalism, is what win's world series.

At this point, and I heard this same comment echoed on a sports radio talk show last week is this; The Yankee's ARE a PRO team, they come to the game ready to play as professionals. The Red Sox, they are like a college frat house full of individuals with the personality quirks and they are not up to the task of winning this series against the Yankees.

It's NOT the Yankee's fault the Red Sox suck....

26 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS the Yankees have...

ZERO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS the Boston Red Sox have...

The facts speak for themselves...I know who the better team is, and it's isn't the Red Sox.


Why do you hate apostrophes so?

Oh, and for the record, I'd like to see the Yankees put together the same talent and professionalism on a salary cap.  Buying the fastest car on the road doesn't make me a better driver, but I bet I'd win more races until everyone else had one.
1393  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wallpaper picture request on: October 17, 2004, 08:04:54 PM
Digital Blasphemy: http://www.digitalblasphemy.com/

They have a pretty good collection of free desktop images, ranging from scenery to abstract.
1394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Superpower 2 Impressions on: October 17, 2004, 03:10:50 PM
Yes, they were told that users weren't going to have the problems they used to.  However, if you look at the company that produces Starforce, they've been telling USERS that they're not really having the problems they're having with previous versions.
1395  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sell me on another browser than IE on: October 16, 2004, 02:55:02 PM
Quote from: "Lorini"
What I love about Opera is that when you start it up, you can have the exact same browsing session you had when you previously quit!  I could not find a Firefox extension that did that.  Firefox lets you have many home pages, but Opera's implementation of this is better.  Also, Opera is a full featured browser "out of the box" while you have to install third party extensions for Firefox, and they may or may not work with other extensions.

I used it for a year before I paid for it, but I only use IE for those few incompatible pages now.

Lorini


Tabbrowser-Extensions.  Go to Startup, and click 'Restore Last Tab Session'.  Voila.
1396  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is this starting to feel like GG? on: October 15, 2004, 01:54:51 PM
I still find myself typing 'go' instead of 'co' to get here (yay autocompletion!), but otherwise it's starting to fill in nicely.  We need more good activity on the Off-Topic boards for when I get bored, though.   :lol:
1397  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / MSN Homepage is borked. on: October 15, 2004, 01:48:52 PM
Gratch, there's an IE-View extension out there for Firefox that, if I'm not mistaken, uses the IE renderer for selected Firefox pages.  I've never used it, as I'm not locked into any browser at work, but you might want to give it a shot and see if it can help.
1398  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / CDROM on: October 15, 2004, 01:42:00 PM
Dust.  Dust dust dust dust dust.

Fastest way to kill a CD-ROM drive, excepting hard shocks (which a desktop shouldn't be taking).  Blow out your case with compressed air every so often; get all those little nooks and crannies.  Between lasers and moving parts, dust can wreak a lot of havoc.
1399  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Blue Screen of Death? on: October 15, 2004, 01:37:35 PM
I still think it could be a heat-related issue.  I had a heat-related problem a few years ago with almost the same symptoms; the inevitable BSOD seemed to pick a random process from my task manager, so if you're running the firewall all the time, maybe it's just picking that to crash on for some reason, especialy if it's taking up a lot of CPU cycles.

The easy test for this is to run something that takes a LOT of CPU cycles and see if it crashes faster.  When I had heat issues my system would normally run for about an hour, but then would crash within two minutes of running some heavy compiling in C++.
1400  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / We're having a little girl on: October 15, 2004, 01:32:52 PM
Congrats, Malachai.  I'll second the 'Jersey Girl' recommendation; sure, if you wanted a romantic comedy, that's not it.  But for a good father-daughter flick, it's about all I can think of, and pretty well-done at that.
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