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1321  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Quiet Radeon 5850's on: August 03, 2010, 06:43:10 PM
Anyone have an experience with Radeon 5850 cards and the noise level they produce? I'm currently using a RealTek 4850 card which is pretty noisy. I'm planning to upgrade to a 5850 but would like to choose one that isn't so loud.

The other interesting piece about this is I'm adding this to a Dell XPS 420 computer which has a mini-tower case. After a lot of searching I found only a single person that put a 5870 card in their XPS 420 (it fit!) but it was recommended to use a new power supply which I had already planned on doing. Will be interesting to see how this works.
1322  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Beatles Rock Band $16.99 (360 / Game Only) on: July 30, 2010, 12:01:20 AM
Just noticed today Amazon has the 360 version of Beatles Rock Band for $16.99.

PS3 and Wii versions are at $19.96

This is the lowest I've seen it for the 360. It was at $20 for some time so not sure how much more it will drop.

And if it matters the AC/DC Rock Band track pack for the 360 is down to $9.74
1323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty: It's Out!!!! on: July 29, 2010, 06:49:16 PM

Quote from: kronovan on July 29, 2010, 06:10:08 PM

How are people finding the performance of this game - especially those with less than bleeding edge gaming rigs? I've noticed the stated minimum system requirements are very low, but I'm skeptical.

Techspot has a good article on performance for lower and higher end systems here:
1324  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: EQ2 goes free to play also on: July 28, 2010, 06:30:49 PM
So the two benefits of paying $15 for the extended server access over the regular server access comes down to the ability to purchase rare gear and not paying for Sentinel's Fate?  Seems silly and over complicated.

They should just bring the free access as they have listed here over to the main servers then offer those free users the ability to purchase new features/areas/whatever and they can pick and choose what they wish to buy in to. Then just keep the standard subscription fee going for those that want to use that.
1325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kindle Virgin - Please advise on: July 23, 2010, 06:51:56 PM
For zombie books I'd recommend the As the World Dies books trilogy by Rhiannon Frater. I don't recall seeing anyone mention these books here. They're pretty inexpensive on Kindle compared to the print version cost so the investment is pretty minimal. I can easily say these books are some of my favorite zombie books, right up there with World War Z. The covers of the books look like they are for young adults but you quickly find out they are not.

Well written characters, constant fights for survival, some good laughs, some bleak moments and a satisfying ending round out this fantastic trilogy.
1326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead stroll onto AMC on: July 20, 2010, 06:19:58 PM
Well I like what he said about wanting to eventually veer off from the comic story. After the first book (not sure what issues that covers) the story became stuff we've already seen or read before in other zombie books/movies. The books have a good cast but not sure the writer knew exactly what to do with them except kill them off, drive them insane, or maim them.
1327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Inception, Nolan's latest film on: July 18, 2010, 04:49:27 AM
Definitely loved the film. My only (minor) complaint was the architect team member contributions seemed under utilized. I figured with as much time as they spent with that character they would use some of those maze/optical illusion like talents. I can only recall two instances where their talent came in to play. I was anticipating some crazy crap going on but I guess there was plenty of strange things going on to throw even more in there.

BTW saw this at a Muvico theater which was an interesting experience. Muvico is this upscale movie theater. It has a VIP balcony where you can reserve seats. You pay a premium for it but get some benefits along with it. The main benefit being are these oversized "love seats". They are the most comfortable movie theater seats I've sat in ever. It basically sits two people with some room to spare . There's also a nice gap between seats so your not too aware of anyone else near you - other than your loved one. It almost made it seem like a private showing. As mentioned you pay a premium for it ($16 a ticket) but damn if it wasn't well worth it for this film.

If you have one of these theaters near you its worth checking at out least once.
1328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - now Steam powered! on: July 16, 2010, 06:47:48 PM
The artwork looks good for that. But will try and hold off for the Game of the Year edition (or whatever they'll call it) so I don't buy the game twice like I did F3.
1329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Haunted House returns on: July 16, 2010, 06:44:43 PM
I never had it either but played it a few times in either JC Pennys/Sears/etc. I didn't understand the game by just playing it in the store so begged the parents for it.

You can play the original Haunted House, as well as other A2600 games, online here:
1330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trapped Dead on: July 16, 2010, 06:37:03 PM
This could be fun. Been awhile since I've tried a Commando's style game.

Still not sure why no one has made a good action/stratgey zombie game where you have to forage for resources and can build/upgrade defenses. Maybe its just me wanting one of those.
1331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Haunted House returns on: July 14, 2010, 07:10:42 PM
Neat idea. Initally I was thinking they should do this with more Atari 2600 classics but as I look through the list there isn't really any I would get too excited about seeing an update. Maybe the Artillery Duel/Chuck Norris Superkicks pack.
1332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Guy beats the Price is Right on: July 13, 2010, 05:55:03 PM
Timely on the Press Your Luck on. I think that story may be on this/next weeks This American Life podcast so will be interesting to hear how that came about.
1333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Miss your old SNES or Sega Genesis? Then this is for you! on: July 07, 2010, 06:31:28 PM
Quote from: morlac
Yea, if you don't have to blow on or lick the cartridge to get it to work then you arn't really playing smile

I think you may be thinking of something other than cartridges.

The former practice I've heard of but not the later.
1334  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: June 29, 2010, 03:07:46 AM
For $7 and 30-days access you're not wasting anything. The game is a lot of fun with all the different powers but its lacking content and after awhile the quests are more of the same. But I think for 30 days you should have a lot of fun with it. If you play somewhat frequently I'd say at the 60-day mark the game will feel a bit stale.
1335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: STEAM - choosing where to install games on: June 29, 2010, 02:59:14 AM

Quote from: Razgon on June 28, 2010, 11:25:11 AM

Quote from: greeneggsnham on June 28, 2010, 11:08:32 AM

I did this over the weekend. Seemed to work fine, been installing some of the new purchases to a larger drive and all the old stuff is working fine also.

ah, this is what I was thinking off - but didnt have time to search the forums myself :-)

I went through this process awhile back moving my steam games to a new drive. It wasn't all that bad. Although it took forever to copy all the installed games from one drive to another. But it was a one time thing - or at least an infrequent process - so no biggie. Didn't run in to any issues afterwards.
1336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlord/Overlord 2 on: June 26, 2010, 02:03:06 PM
The first Overlord was great. Its similar in play to Pikman. I liked the humor to it too and how it poked fun at fantasy games.

I'll also mirror that using a controller is the way to go to play this one.

Overlord 2 is more of the same with better graphics but I didn't find it as fun to play as the original for some reason. It started off good then kinda lost its charm. If you enjoyed the first one its certainly worth getting cheap but just don't go in to that one expecting a better experience. Plenty of good gaming in the original and the add-on though.
1337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Onlive beta on: June 26, 2010, 05:00:10 AM
I got in on the founders thing so played the service some tonight. Overall feeling of the service is that its ok. You definetly play games through it but from the three games I tried its a bit hit or miss.

First off I have a cable connection and am playing this through an ok Desktop. It can run Crysis on high graphics (but not ultra) and what not. The first game I tried was the Harry Potter Lego demo. This worked the best out of the bunch. Controls were responsive and it looked decent. The graphics were stuck at running at 1280x800 (or something along those lines) so on my 1680 x 1050 native resolution mointor graphics looked a bit muddy at times. Certainly not the sharpness I would get if run at native. Also because it was running at that resolution there were black bars above and below the play screen.

There was no way I could see to change monitor resolution. I'm not sure if they plan on changing that in the future.

Anyways the game ran fine and was responsive and fun to boot (I'm a Harry Potter fan). I liked that the game started right up without a need for an install. So for an initial impression I was pretty positive.

The second game I tried was Just Cause 2. I never played the game but knew from reading here and elsewhere the graphics are supposed to be amazing. I wasn't blown away with what I was seeing here. The graphics looked slightly muddy...worse than Harry.  I also noticed a split second delay in movement. And when I would spin around there was noticible clipping. But I got used to it pretty quickly and just continued on.

The game was playable but I felt like I was being denied the entire experience due to the muddy graphics. It was particularly apparent when looking at things in the distance. The further away things were the more muddy they got.

One thing that was fun was the alert telling you that someone is watching your game. This was actually kinda neat as I figured I'd try and put on a good show and get a bit reckless with the firefights. Unfortunatly one person spectated as I was trying to figure out how to select then throw some C4 which took a good 2 minutes. So I kinda like the addtion of the spectator mode as you feel like you need to up your game.

The final game I tried was Dirt 2. I'm very familar with this game and it runs, looks, and plays fantasticly on my computer. My experience with this game on OnLive was almost unplayable. The graphics were so muddy that it was hard to see when corners were coming up. You end up crashing a lot or have to stay on the CPU's ass so you can tell when a corner is coming up.

The controls seemd fine. I didn't notice the delay but was using the Xbox controller for this game so that may have hidden it some. But yeah the muddy graphics killed it.

I'll still give the service a try throughout the year and hopefully there are some improvements along the way.
1338  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gameinformer Deal $4.99 1yr on: June 23, 2010, 06:42:47 PM
Hmm tempting. Am looking for a good console rag replacement to Gamepro after they got all wordy and artsy.
1339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I ate 5 Guys on: June 21, 2010, 06:28:44 PM
Yeah one of these finally opened up here recently. Love their burgers and fries. Good BBQ sauce and also liked adding A-1 to the burger.

The one that got pimped was Sonic and those have started opening up recently here too. Tried it once but it really didn't do anything for me. There's also Fat Burger but there are only two in the state and none are close - maybe its for the best.
1340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Onlive beta on: June 21, 2010, 06:17:44 PM
If it was no subscription fee these prices wouldn't be bad. But due to the subscription fees I can never see buying a game there.

I can see doing a 3 or 5 day rental during this first "free" year but none of the games on that list that offer rental interest me.
1341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Onlive beta on: June 19, 2010, 11:37:36 PM
Neat tech demo of OnLive on the iPad:

Doesn't look like FPS's will be great for controls but the thought of playing games like that on an iPad is pretty interesting.
1342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Buy Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box for $7.49 on STEAM for the next day on: June 17, 2010, 11:40:20 PM
Dayam!  icon_eek ::finger snap::
1343  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam] EA Week! Day 4: Racing Day on: June 17, 2010, 07:55:53 PM
Was hoping Shift would be a bit cheaper or in a NFS bundle like they did on Impulse awhile back. Looks like I'm safe from Steam purchasing temptation for the rest of the week. Woot!
1344  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: June 17, 2010, 07:51:17 PM
Sounds like the Serpent Lantern is a long group quest. They really need to do what AoC did and get an expansion pack out there with all new PvE content.

I do like the idea behind their Vet rewards that each 100 days you get a 5% experience boost when you play L1-15. Should make getting past those starting missions a lot quicker - but would also like they add new starting areas to keep it fresh.
1345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mortal Kombat returns on: June 11, 2010, 12:55:55 AM
Yeah, this looks really good to me. I played MK1 and MK2 to death but started to lose interest in the series with each incarnation after those two. This looks like a return to the games roots.
1346  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam] Bethsda GOTY Games sale! on: June 10, 2010, 06:47:30 PM
Tempted for Fallout 3 GOTY. Have the original on disc but none of the DLC. $25 for DLC...hmmm.
1347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Really? on: June 10, 2010, 03:20:13 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on June 10, 2010, 02:40:24 AM

Quote from: Purge on June 10, 2010, 02:10:30 AM

I hope so. I enjoyed the first.

I don't see any way they can recapture the magic of the 1st.

Threeeeee Deeeeeee!
1348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Torchwood: Children of the Earth on: June 08, 2010, 04:18:42 AM
Hopefully Netflix will offer it via steaming soon after the episode airing like they do other Starz series.
1349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead DLC coming after The Passing on: June 08, 2010, 04:12:23 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 07, 2010, 04:02:38 PM

while waiting for DLC, you can try I Hate Mountains, a fan made campaign set in the great outdoors.

Only had a chance to play the first two levels so far. That second level is one of the best L4D levels I've played. It takes place at a mountain lodge that was set up as a safe zone. Very intense from start to finish and one of the best designed levels for the series. Its oozing with atmosphere with almost every room giving a glimpse of how those survivors lived there before it went to hell...and then how they died after.

Can't wait to try the others tomorrow.
1350  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Everquest 2: Velious? also, behold the Rage of the Mercs on: June 07, 2010, 07:02:30 PM
Bah. Just watched the video. The Merc thing is for the original EQ.  crybaby
1351  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Gold Box Hi Def Deals June 7 through 11 on: June 07, 2010, 06:25:14 PM
Great price on the Harmony 880 remote too right now - $70. Lowest I've seen it.
1352  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Everquest 2: Velious? also, behold the Rage of the Mercs on: June 07, 2010, 06:20:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 07, 2010, 03:34:48 PM

DPS Mercenaries are incoming.

That's actually pretty sweet. Typically play EQ with just the wife and I and while we're able to do just about any dungeon its sometimes slow going with just two. A purchasable 3rd party member would help keep things moving.
1353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: June 4th 1977-VHS comes to USA on: June 05, 2010, 05:38:58 PM
I can recall the family renting VCRs from the local video stores before they got inexpensive enough to buy. This was back when they were all metal and had the pop-up tape loading mechanism. Plus a WIRED remote control. Think our first purchased VCR was a Fisher 4-head hi-fi VCR. Now that was technology.
1354  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Gold Box 5-3-2010: The Wire Complete Series 64% off on: June 03, 2010, 07:05:20 PM
After hearing about how good the show was I took a bit of a gamble with getting it for $80 during a previous Gold Box sale (Jan 2009). It was well worth it and would have had no problems paying $90. Fantastic television.
1355  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC official forum Dev Postings of note on: June 03, 2010, 06:56:25 PM
Yeah, I haven't run in to any lack of quests until recently but I think that is by design. I'm almost L30 and getting a bit too big for the current zone I'm questing in (Wild Lands) and its starting to push me to do quests in the next zone (Borderlands?). There's a bit of a gap between the two but I'll likely just jump over to Cimmeria or Kheims L20-L30 zone and use those quests to level up. They should have plenty of quests available.

Outside of Tortage I've only run in to a few instances where other users were trying to do the same quest where I'd have to either wait my turn or group up for a bit. I'd say its on par with what I'd hit in WoW and EQ2 or other mature MMOs. For Tortage you'll run in to this a bit more as everyone is going through the same quests. Underhalls seemed to be the most annoying part as you'd have to wait your turn often. Outside of that it wasn't too bad.
1356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Defense Grid (and other tower defense games) on: June 03, 2010, 06:39:56 PM
Purchased but not played yet. Loved this game so looking forward to playing these new maps tonight.
1357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Atari goes all a GOG on: June 03, 2010, 06:38:28 PM
Well I can kinda see it being a bit silly to put recent releases on GOG as there are several other digital distribution sites that also offer the game. The only benefit is the DRM removal. I'd rather continue to seeing GOG focus on getting the "older" games than more recent releases. That's what I attribute the site with and would love the focus to stay in that area.

'course I'm not putting money where my mouth is. I've only purchased 3 games from GoG since it's been in beta. So what I want may not be financially what they need. But if they were to expand to Amiga emulated games I'd likely spend some serious $$ on Psygnosis and Cinemaware games.
1358  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC official forum Dev Postings of note on: June 01, 2010, 06:38:36 PM
Just started playing this again and noticed people in chat asking for more players to launch the PvP matches. I'm on a PvE server and I do have to say I haven't bothered to try and get in a PvP match. Asking for players to join the PvP matches is a bit of a turnoff too as it makes me think it isn't really worth it if no one is doing it in the first place.

I'll eventually give it a shot but am in no rush.

I do have to say the game is a lot better this second time around than the initial 1 month I played way back when. The combat seems a lot slicker and progression a lot quicker (5 days of playing an already have a L23 Conq and L27 assassin). Feats seem to have been tweaked too as both my characters seem like killing machines with the Feat choices - I don't recall choosing Feats having such a dramatic effect. Its too bad they still haven't introduced mounts before L40 though. Jogging/Sprinting just sucks.
1359  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P. Gary Coleman on: May 29, 2010, 12:11:03 AM
Now who's going to replace him in Avenue Q. frown
1360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: May 28, 2010, 07:07:23 PM
Even though Lee's home town is like two towns over still wasn't feeling much interest in him and thought Crystal was the better singer. However I think he's the better American Idol winner choice for what it is. Crystal didn't quite fit in the mold of that. God knows what her first album would be like if she won - pop something or other. Hopefully 2nd place gives a bit more freedom in music style.

I couldn't believe all the people they were showing at Mount Prospect green. Kinda wish I'd gone to that now or to his "concert" at Arlington Park. Oh well.

When I went through Mount Prospect today I was expecting a bunch of Lee fanfare but other than the old "vote 4 Lee" and "good luck Lee" posters there was nothing. Even the little LED display in downtown Mount Prospect was flashing news of some upcoming play instead of a congratulations message.

I'll probably head out there this weekend and take a few pictures of the signs for prosperity sake. But looks like the town is ready to move on as am I with American Idol.

Time for So You Think You Can Dance!
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