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1241  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOG enters Another World on: March 19, 2010, 06:53:10 PM
Always wanted to play the sequel to this game but don't think it ever made it to the PC. But this game was probably one of my favorite Amiga games I had.
1242  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: March 12, 2010, 07:54:33 PM
Some nice moments in this episode that I just ate up. I LOVED Colby putting his game face on at the reward challenge, refusing the chocolate sample, telling Jeff in no uncertain terms the challenge needs to start NOW, getting verbally bitch slapped by Jeff and then sitting out the challenge anyways. Bahahahaha!

Then Russell had a nice moment with Parvity where after showing her the idol he told her that all she needs to do is ride his coat tails, where she informed him "I don't ride coat tails hunny" which Russel replied "you'll ride these."

Along those same lines I was really confused when Russell approached Coach to show him the immunity idol. Coach seemed so in Rob's pants pocket that he would never betray him. But it looks like he is. That really showed how well Russell is at playing the game. He's taking chances and (for right now) having those work out. I couldn't believe Coach bent a knee before Russell.

Anyways the Heroes are boneheads and I can't figure JT siding with Amanda, Ru "slamming heads" pert, and James. I think JT had a better chance with Colby and Tom especially going in to the merge. The Heroes are likely going to be down members in the merge and they'll need strong people to win challenges to outlast the Villains.

There's no one on that team I'm rooting for now. 

1243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam--your cd key is already in use on: March 11, 2010, 10:56:38 PM
What's the story with this game? Is Steam required to install/play it? Or is the key just used to get a digital download copy from Steam?
1244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC GAMERS! LEND ME YOUR CODEWHEELS! on: March 11, 2010, 01:29:35 AM
Probably worth mentioning the Leisure Suit Larry copy protection from the original game. It was an Adult only game so at the start they asked you a bunch of multiple-choice questions only adults would know. There was no book or anything else to check these off of they were just facts adults apparently knew.

I was not an adult at the time the game was released and was determined to play the game. So while I didn't know the answers to most of the questions I had a good memory so just through trial and error I was abel to get the answers to all the questions and play the game. So the copy protection was a educational tool - for kids to learn smut.
1245  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC GAMERS! LEND ME YOUR CODEWHEELS! on: March 11, 2010, 01:23:43 AM
I have all my copy protection stuff back at my fathers place. I was getting nostalgic the last two times and took some pictures of some of the old game manuals, floppy discs and copy protection schemes. So you're in luck here. Here's some screen caps:



Copy protection wheels for Rocket Ranger (Amiga), NightShift (Amiga), Tunnels of Armegaddon (Amiga), and some other game I'm not sure of. Worked like all copy protection wheels where at some point you would be asked to match images/colors/information and then enter the "code" in the center of the wheel it asked for. If you got it right you could play the game and if not try again - sometimes requiring a restart



Wasteland (C64) had it's own copy protection book called "Paragraphs". It's been forever since I've played the game but I *think* how this worked was you went to the first town and someone asked you a question about a particular paragraph in the book (each one had a number next to it). You had to read the paragraph and enter in the correct answer. I seem to recall in the game if you got it incorrect you could keep playing but had some major penalty.



Here's a page from the book.



Copy protection for the game Elvira (Amiga). This was a typical scheme where you had a book and this red plastic piece you could look at the book through and see the books text. Without it the book was impossible to read from and impossible to make a copy of. Again you were likely asked a question in the game and had to hunt down the answer when given a specific page to look at then type it in to continue.



Alone in the Dark (the original game) took it even further where they provided you with a tiny book and I believe you had to use the red plastic strip (someone correct me if I'm wrong).



Here's the inside of the book.



I have no idea what game this was for (anyone?) but it used the same scheme as the code wheels. Each of those cards have various holes in them and when you line the cards up based on whatever the game asked you to do, you would see a card suit and color that you could either choose from or type in to continue in a game.



And a code wheel for Neuromancer (C64) which works like the others.
1246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Onlive beta on: March 10, 2010, 07:35:52 PM
I think the difference here is that it's $15 a month plus the price you pay to purchase/rent the games. That seems a bit pricey. If it was $15 a month and you get to play whatever until your service ends that would be different.

And what happens with the purchased games if you cancel the service? Do you get a digital copy or are you out until you subscribe again?

The ideal for me would be a 6mo/12mo fee where you get to play whatever they have on the service.
1247  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: March 06, 2010, 10:08:54 PM
I think we need to get this out of the way first....Amanda all oiled up was hot!

Russell going for the idol the way he did was not smooth at all. If someone else finds it then he's done for. He needs to find the hidden immunity idol and keep finding them going forward. I hope his gamble pays off but right now it looks disasterous for him. Other than strengthening Parvity and Danielle's alliance with him I'm not sure who else would join his group. It's unclear where Courtney and Jerri stand within that tribe. I don't see Sanda or Tyson siding with him.

I'm with you Rittchard with how to feel about Cirie going home. It was the best possible thing to happen for the tribe at that point. Cirie was a bigger threat than Candice and Cirie doesn't help much in challenges. But I'm sad to see her go since she is so entertaining. It will be interesting to see how JT manages to stay in the game after that vote.
1248  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal 3-4-2010: Operation Flashpoint Dragon Rising 75% off on: March 06, 2010, 09:52:23 PM

Quote from: mirage775 on March 06, 2010, 07:12:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 06, 2010, 03:50:35 PM

Toki Tori is also on sale for $2.45.

That looks pretty awesome!  Wonder how bad it is playing with a keyboard?

I tried it with keyboard/mouse which was acceptable. With the mouse you can just click where to go and you'll move to that point.

But I ended up plugging in a 360 controller and found that the more intuitive control scheme for me.
1249  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What was your first CD? on: March 06, 2010, 01:55:17 AM
Pretty sure it was Pink Floyd: The Wall. I seem to recall it was like $40 too as it was 2 CDs and this was back when cassette players were in high use and records starting to go on their way out.

Or it could have been one of The Cure albums "Head on the Door" or "Standing on a Beach/Staring at the Sea: The Singles". I do recall the later album was pretty neat as the record, cassette and CD had 1 song that didn't appear on the others. At least back in 86' I thought that was pretty neat.
1250  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Penny Arcade Games $5 each on Steam on: March 06, 2010, 01:43:18 AM
Neat. Been waiting forever for episode 2 to have a reduction. It never came up as a weekend dealie.
1251  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spartacus: Blood and Sand [new TV series] on: March 04, 2010, 09:56:30 PM
Just got done watching the last 3 episodes and agree the series has improved. But not by much. I can't say I'm invested in any of the characters but I did like both "The Pit" and "Shadow Games" storylines - plus that final battle against Occulus (or whatever the giants name was) was pretty damn decent. I'll still keep watching but its one of those series where you know you should stop watching cause its not that good but just can't - like Heroes.
1252  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: February 28, 2010, 07:41:23 PM
Gotta hand it to Randy for even trying. You could tell as the matches went on James was getting more pumped. That would have given me second thoughts of getting in there with him. But I did laugh as Randy delivered a hard blow straight to James' face which didn't even stun him.

James doesn't have a chance of winning this so I'm fine with his antics.

I really hope Russel hides Boston Rob's cap. It would be fun to watch Rob's reaction. And if he can somehow pin it on Coach that would be a nice bonus.
1253  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: February 24, 2010, 06:44:30 PM
Definitely plenty of choices to cleave out for the girls. Only two girls stand out to me (Crystal & Lilly) and only four others seemed worth listening to (Didi, Katie, Soibhan and Michelle). Even for those four none were that great.

Oh well that's what the getting rid of 2 at a time is for in these early stages.

I hate to admit that I don't hate Ellen as much as I thought I would but there's still no need for a 4th judge when they're just going to mimic the others.
1254  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: February 20, 2010, 07:43:16 PM
I couldn't quite fathom why they were choosing between Amanda and Stephanie to vote out. Both Stephanie and Amanda seem pretty strong and they need all the strong players at the beginning. Rupert seemed like the logical next choice as he isn't adding anything to the tribes with his broken toes and complaining - I used to like Rupert too. I feel bad for Stephanie leaving so early but I didn't think she had a chance at winning as she's too outspoken. Now it sounds like Cobly or Tom will be on the chopping block next if they lose again.

I'm surprised Parvity didn't have a big old bruise on her face after that hit in the challenge. Was waiting for them to show something.

And was it me or did I see Courtney and Randy...hugging??? Guess their bad blood isn't THAT bad.

Russell going out to kill the chicken to steal Robs thunder was a bad move. Would have been better if he just let Rob have his day, wait for people to complain about food, then be the hero by bringing back a chicken.

Any rumors on if they are going to have introduce a hidden immunity idol or exile island this season? Seems like they are doing it Season 1 old school - which I'm fine with too.
1255  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online 1.3.4: Scenario System being improved on: February 19, 2010, 07:19:30 PM

Quote from: skystride on February 19, 2010, 07:00:10 PM

What WAR did better than any game was bridge the gap between PvE and PvP.  I bet there were a lot of people who never played PvP going into RvR pools and thinking, "hey, this PvP stuff isn't as bad as I imagined".

That's how I felt. I've PvPed before but never really cared for it. WAR implemented it so well that after leveling my first character I spent the majority of my time leveling up my other characters in the RvR and having a blast doing it.
1256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Amnesia: the Dark Descent on: February 19, 2010, 07:11:58 PM
Dark Descent indeed. Two of those screen caps are so dark I can't see anything.
1257  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: February 17, 2010, 07:37:26 PM
I actually like Courtney as she makes no qualms about not caring that she's there, winning challenges, or what others think about her. She's basically the anti-Survivor contestant.

So if anyone is smart they'll take her to the end. She won't win a challenge against them, will put her foot in her mouth and when asked what she would do with the million it would probably be something selfish. That's practically an instant win.
1258  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Midweek Madness 2-16-10: Shadowground series 75% off on: February 17, 2010, 07:32:41 PM
These are fun mindless shooter games. Basically Doom from a top-down view. I enjoyed the first one a lot more than the second but played them both through (about 5-10 hours to complete each one).
1259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trying to remember this older PC Adventure game on: February 15, 2010, 06:39:36 PM
I think you're thinking of Noctropolis. I had this one but recall it wasn't that fun to play so never got too far in it:

http://www.mobygames.com/game/noctropolis/
1260  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: February 14, 2010, 05:06:33 PM
I'm still rooting for Russel to win this one. He has set up a clear goal to win this not just for the money but to see if he can outplay the former contestants. So far no one else, that they've shown, has indicated they have a clear desire to best everyone else.  Amanda was my person to root for on the Heroes team but she really didn't seem all there yet so hard to back her at this point. I forgot how much I liked Stephanie's game (and looks) but I don't think she's going to last long as she's too outspoken and I get the sense the sneaky players and coattail riders will be the ones to make it near the end.

I still don't know who Danniel is.

And is it me but do the women have like 20 pairs of clothes each? And WTF Tyson with the speedos?
1261  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: February 14, 2010, 04:48:31 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on February 14, 2010, 04:54:20 AM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on February 14, 2010, 04:10:39 AM

"Honey, Survivor isn't in our saved list on the DVR."

"I thought you set it to record."

"Nope. I thought you did."

Oops.

Watch it online, and make sure it's set to record next week!

I missed the first six episodes of Chuck because the last I heard it wasn't coming back until March. Luckily they are easily found online.

If you have Comcast you can watch it ON Demand too - in HD. That's how I did the last season rather than recording it since I had so many other shows I was recording at the same time.
1262  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: D2D Overlord II 75% off on: February 06, 2010, 01:08:49 AM
Not as good as the original apparently. I have it with some Steam compilation I got awhile back but haven't played more than the beginning - which is apparently the best part. The wife played most of it before giving up on it. She loved the original and didn't care for the sequel much at all.

I can see myself going back to it at some point but my expectations are low that it will have the magic of the original.
1263  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: STEAM Weekend Deal - Far Cry Complete Package $14.99 on: February 05, 2010, 03:26:50 AM
Ya know I purchased Far Car 2 during Black Friday 2008 for around $25 and still have yet to install it. Damn.
1264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Francis goes OFF on WOW and STO. Video on: February 05, 2010, 03:22:52 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 05, 2010, 01:34:30 AM

Quote from: Mithridates on February 05, 2010, 01:22:35 AM

Who is Francis?

I don't know, but he needs to lighten up. slywink

A Stripes reference AND an unintentional pun!

+2
1265  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oscar nominations out on: February 02, 2010, 07:43:10 PM
Hmm. Wonder how AMC theaters are going to do the Best Picture Showcase this year. Can't see sitting through 10 flicks even if they spread it out over two days.
1266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown on: January 28, 2010, 08:01:58 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on January 28, 2010, 06:35:05 PM

Quote from: Laner on January 28, 2010, 02:07:21 PM

A Win7/64-bit/3D accelerator-compatible version of Interstate 76 please...

Yes please!

GameTap had (or may still have) Interstate 76, the Nitro pack, and Interstate 82.

<killjoy>

As much as I had fond memories of I76 the game did not hold up well. The graphics are lot worse than I recall and the controls are horribly complex by today's standards. I played a few missions before realizing I just wasn't having any fun and it was better to remember the game as how it was than how it is now.

</killjoy>
1267  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spartacus: Blood and Sand [new TV series] on: January 25, 2010, 08:35:33 PM
Gladiator + HBO's Rome + 300 + Script written by a Starz exec's nephew = Spartacus: Blood and Sand

It was pretty bad but I'll watch a few more episodes before giving up on it.
1268  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: January 25, 2010, 08:27:08 PM
Same. Never really listened to Muse till Amazon put Absolution up for $3. It became one of my most listened to albums. But I'm too cheap to buy their other stuff at full price so I'll keep waiting till the others show up for $3.
1269  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen:Could it be a surprise hit? on: January 25, 2010, 08:15:37 PM
I loved the game. It was one of the few games I've actually stuck with to finish. But a crummy port would make me a bit warry of getting it - at least at full price.
1270  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies] James Cameron's Avatar on: January 24, 2010, 06:01:45 PM
We had the same experience trying to get in to see it on IMAX where it was sold out each weekend. We ended up getting tickets a week in advance on Fandago to see it.

My impressions of the IMAX version are no where near as postive as yours. I had previously seen it in on a regular screen (Real3D).

To start with some negatives the IMAX version did not take up the entire screen. There were large chunks of space not used on all sides of the image. That said the image was still larger than what you would get on a regular screen. And that was probably a good thing because I found it very difficult to follow the actions sequences. Things just became a blur and you couldn't appreciate it. IMAX has the same problem with other action pictures where you just can't follow whats going on when there's a lot of movement and fast cuts going on.

I also didn't think the 3D effect was as good as what I saw on the regular screen. There appeared to be less depth to the picture and the images that popped out of the screen had an odd shimmering effect which I don't recall happening the original time I saw it. I don't know if this was because of the IMAX picture or the Digital 3D conversion.

I still enjoyed it but both my wife and I agreed the better way to see it is on the regular screen.
1271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Onlive beta on: January 22, 2010, 08:01:00 PM
PC Perspective posted a review of their OnLive beta experience. It's an thorough and interesting read. I like how the previewer compared the local compies of the games to the OnLive experience.

http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=859

My own take is that there is real potential here. It looks like this would open up a big oppertunity to Mac users to be able to play PC games. And if this eventually makes it so you can play these games on a television that should be a blast. But it doesn't sound like the experience fully meets their initial claims of running these games on the highest video settings which would be the main draw for me. Still its beta so hopefully they'll add those features and fix the FPS issues.
1272  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tekken the Movie on: January 16, 2010, 04:38:08 AM
 mad BRING.....IT......ON!!!!!  mad
1273  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal 1-15-2010: Dirt 2 50% off on: January 15, 2010, 07:44:05 PM
I've been playing the PS3 demo of this quite a bit. I suck at it. I always end up in last place. I either end up going way too fast where I'm flailing off the track or too slow to be effective. But am obsessed with trying to improve my placement. I just don't get how the driving mechanics on dirt are supposed to work. I know it's gotta click at some point though.

I so want to buy this but I am afraid I'm just going to end up frustrated.
1274  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Midweek Madness 1-12-10: King's Bounty games 75% off! on: January 12, 2010, 07:46:53 PM
Sweet. Had gotten the sequel for $10 during their X-Mas sale so was hoping the original would go on sale soon too.
1275  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: January 08, 2010, 06:57:12 PM
Entertainment Weekly has some short video interviews will all the contestants: http://www.ew.com/ew/video/survivor?bcpid=1417302008&bclid=59754722001&bctid=60382977001

It was filmed on location and they've mixed in some behind the scenes stuff with some of the interviews. So you can see a few of who's paired up and a contestant minor injury before a challenge even begins. Each contestant also talks about who they want out first. Boston Rob, Cirie and Sugar got mentioned a few times.

Russell looks to be in a great spot as he's the big unknown. It sounds like none of the contestants saw what he was all about. I think Amanda and Russel will be the ones I root for.
1276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game Room coming to XBOX LIVE on: January 08, 2010, 06:48:20 PM
If there are some competition elements added to it I might be in for it. One of the neat things Gametap used to do was have high score competitions on many of the old games. Basically they would choose one of the old games (arcade/2600/whatever) and people would have x number of hours to obtain the highest score. The winner would get some swag related to the game.

There was a high score board that would update as people submitted scores so you could tell if you had a chance in hell at winning. It was pretty fun and brought back a lot of that old arcade feeling of having to get on the leaderboards.

So if they did something like that along those lines I might be in. Would help if they just bundled access to all Arcade games in to some type of small yearly fee. From the list there I don't see any I would buy outright.
1277  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: January 03, 2010, 12:10:54 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 02, 2010, 07:00:51 PM


Not as memorable as their first album but still decent. It start sounding samey after awhile but for $2 can't really go wrong.
1278  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie - Quarantine on: December 26, 2009, 12:03:56 AM
Yeah I heard Rec is the better movie but Quarantine was a nice surprise and I enjoyed it. Rec 2 is on the way at some point.
1279  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The BBC is re-making the Day of the Triffids for TV on: December 23, 2009, 07:50:39 PM
For those that have Netflix streaming the original BBC Day of the Triffids mini-series is available for streaming video. I watched it awhile back and really enjoyed it. It has a slow pace to it but I stuck with it. One fun thing about the series is it shares several similarities to 28 Days Later indicating that Danny Boyle likely used it as an influence for the film.
1280  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: December 22, 2009, 07:04:10 PM

Quote from: rittchard on December 22, 2009, 06:38:56 PM

Interesting about Russell being on the new show - I would think he would be at a big disadvantage since no one would have heard or known anything about him.  His aggressive attitude worked on this season because there were so many fodder players, but in a team with a bunch of "villains" as devious as he is or worse, I don't think he can go very far.  Maybe that's why he looked so devastated to lose this one as well because he'd already been voted off in the other?  Then again, maybe the producers can just load a bunch of "hidden" immunity idols for him to find without clues lol.

Yeah I wonder how its going to play out for him. It could work in his favor too as they won't see him coming. I bet some of Season 19 aired before Season 20 started filming so they probably have somewhat of an idea of what he's like. But I doubt they have a full sense of what a strategist he is and what he's willing to do to win. I can see him putting together another "dumb blondes" group to do what he says
Spoiler for Hiden:
(Johnny Fairplay / Coach / Courtney)
and making a nice mess of things if he makes it to a merge.

Also being an unknown the bigger known threats like
Spoiler for Hiden:
Boston Rob, Parvati or Richard Hatch
are likely going to be targeted first.

* Spoilerized in case those original names in the spoiler turn out to be true.
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