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1561  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 on: August 08, 2009, 02:05:40 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on August 07, 2009, 03:35:16 PM

Who was better than Joshua last year?

Katee was a better dancer. Joshua was right up there with her but Katee was more impressive. The judges really built up Joshua by continuing to reference how he didn't have such-and-such training and that he shouldn't be able to do what he's doing. Like this year I would have been happy with either of the final two winning but the better dancer (Brandon) didn't win and it went to someone the judges built up ("I think you're peaking at the right time").
1562  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 on: August 07, 2009, 03:27:33 PM
Definitely a good finale for the show. It's also great to see the show getting some popularity and they were able to move to the Kodak theater for the finale.

The better dancer didn't win (same with last year) but I'm happy with the results since it wasn't Evan winning.

Anyone else notice Little C was missing from the judges Chorus Line routine? Also anyone heard why they were doing the next show so soon - September 2nd I think they said? Even though I love the show I would have been fine with a longer break in between.
1563  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: stressed? watch this on: July 23, 2009, 06:27:30 PM
That's huge!

They have a similar exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium. There's a large viewing room where you just couldn't help yourself but sit down and stare at it in awe. The Georgia tank looks to be a bit more diverse. As you walk around the tank there's different viewing areas and a glass hallway where you see stuff on either side and above you.

I posted a few videos of it on YouTube awhile back. My camera definitely doesn't hold up to the quality of the HD stuff but you get the idea. Certainly a must see if you head to Georgia.
1564  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Walt Disney's Ponyo on: July 23, 2009, 06:18:26 PM
I'm a big fan of the Miyazaki films but this one isn't connecting with me from the trailers. Will still see it though.
1565  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: So, what do you think the big MMO of the fall will be? on: July 22, 2009, 05:56:00 PM
I'll still be playing Warhammer but most of the buzz seems to be coming from Aion. I'm not very interested in another fantasy MMO so will probably skip that one for Champions/Marvel Universe after those two have matured a bit. I tend to skip initial MMO launches due to the usual initial problems/headaches.
1566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do you still get excited for games by id? on: July 22, 2009, 05:46:38 PM
I'm not as excited about this game as I was Doom 3. But Doom 3 was their last real company produced game which was 5 years ago. Back then what you could still do with a 3D engine was quite new. We were amazed by real-time lighting effects, physics and even simple stuff like enemies that could interact with the environment. Since then there's been a lot of impressive 3D engines (Half-Life/Fear/Crysis) and there doesn't seem to be the huge jump in technology used in these engines that are mind blowing anymore. It's mainly improvement on graphics/physics.

I didn't see anything in the Rage preview that had me asking how they did that or wondering if I was looking at something real-time or CG.

I'm sure there's going to be some neat unexpected technology improvements but based on what I've seen so far I'm not jumping out of my seat in excitement for it like their last game.
1567  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GoGamer Weekend Madness 7-17: Mirror's Edge & Prince of Persia PC $5.90 on: July 18, 2009, 02:04:54 PM

Quote from: Beer Goggles on July 18, 2009, 12:52:16 PM

Quote from: Crawley on July 17, 2009, 11:38:17 PM

On topic: Mirrors Edge and Prototype shipping.

Off topic: Is there a location where that GoGamer support link is featured on Gaming Trend? I tried looking for it before coming to the forums but couldn't find anything.

The first post called Support Gaming Trend Links.

Whoops. I do tend to ignore those sticky posts.
1568  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GoGamer Weekend Madness 7-17: Mirror's Edge & Prince of Persia PC $5.90 on: July 17, 2009, 11:38:17 PM
On topic: Mirrors Edge and Prototype shipping.

Off topic: Is there a location where that GoGamer support link is featured on Gaming Trend? I tried looking for it before coming to the forums but couldn't find anything.
1569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Digital Games sales are growing up on: July 17, 2009, 06:25:41 PM
I do a lot of digital download purchases but typically they're of older games that are on sale. I'm with Huw and brettmcd as far as wanting the actual CD/Manual/Box for any new releases. But I definitely see that tend going away and would probably start buying those new releases digitally if the price difference between the retail version was different enough.
1570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the 10 worst consoles ever on: July 17, 2009, 06:16:00 PM
If I had the money at the time I probably would have bought the CD-I. I can recall being blown away by the Golf game they always had playing in Sharper Image. Plus it had Dragons Lair 1 & 2 on there which I thought would be so cool to be able to play at home.
1571  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online Producer's letter on: July 16, 2009, 07:38:53 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 16, 2009, 02:57:47 PM

Quote from: Arclight on July 16, 2009, 09:48:41 AM

There is an air of desperation in that post.

really?? Where?

I think this is the spot "My guild’s Keep is getting attacked -- I’ve gotta run!"
1572  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: July 10, 2009, 05:50:55 PM
Sweet. Came close to buying this and Pablo Honey a few weeks ago.
1573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hysteria Hospital: Emergency Ward on: July 10, 2009, 05:47:16 PM
Hopefully it turns out better than Hospital Tycoon which was another clone but was just lacking something Theme Hospital had. I think a soul.
1574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [revisit]Vampire: Bloodlines (now with retrospective!) on: July 06, 2009, 06:25:45 PM
Was the problem with the sewers just navigating? I completed the game and loved it from beginning to end but never really had an issue in the sewers. I seem to recall one mission in there where you ended up having to kill some sewer boss guy that was tied to the main plot line. I remember being in the sewers awhile before I got to him, and having to do some backtracking, but never felt I hadn't a clue of what to do next.
1575  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Is the player base leaving on: June 29, 2009, 06:33:03 PM
On Iron Rock it seems like Destruction has a slight advantage in RvR. I just got my sorcerer up to L30 and Destruction was owning Order in Tier 3 RvR. A little bit too much near the end there we would would have to all hide in the keep and not attack them until they committed to the inner door. But even then they tended to tuck tail and run if there was more than two groups there. Up until then it was just fine so not sure what happened but its made T3 RvR boring currently.

Since T3 was getting boring I figured I'd try out the Choppa class and wait for some new T3 blood to get in the mix. The Choppa is at L10 right now. Tier 1 is pretty lively for both Order/Destruction but Destruction again seems to have a slight advantage. I'm hoping these core group of people in T1 follow it in to T2. One thing that does suck about T1 is its hard to get anyone to leave the Chaos/Empire RvR zones so most of your time is spent RvRing in the same area.

I can't speak to T4 on this server in any detail. But city sieges seem to go back and forth which means one side isn't over powered. When Land of the Dead opened I've noticed Destruction has access to it each time I log in, even though Order won early access to it via the live event.

The only other server I can speak to is Magnus and that of T4 where Destruction was overwhelming Order to the point where there was a city siege on Order a few times a day. It was boring for Destruction and depressing for Order. I stopped playing my T4 Order characters after a few months of this where it was obvious there was little to be done to stop the other side. I'm not sure how the earlier Tiers are on that server though.
1576  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Jackson has a heart attack on: June 26, 2009, 06:50:45 PM
Hearing a lot of Michael Jackson around Chicago. Someone was blasting it from their car when I was on the way to the train station yesterday. Then this morning going to work. Yet again while going to lunch. I'm getting my Michael fix.
1577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Old making of EQ article on: June 22, 2009, 05:59:34 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on June 22, 2009, 05:34:13 PM

There are times when I miss the original Everquest desperately.  No world, before or since, has absorbed me so thoroughly, and I doubt any ever will.  I played most of the subsequent MMORPGs, including susbtantial time in WoW and EQ2, but I really think you can't go home again.  I feel like I knew what the Desert of Ro smelled like.  It was one of the few games ever to make me forget completely that I was playing a game.

Around a year ago or so they re-subbed all old accounts for a month. I checked it out during that time and re-visited old haunts and what not (had a thread somewhere on it with screen shots...maybe on OO). It definitely was a blast to go back to the old haunts. A lot of things haven't changed a bit. Guards/Vendors stand where they always were. The same sound effects play out. You can still only have 9 spells memorized at a time.

But there were plenty of differences in the original areas too. Desert of Ro (south and north) got a face lift in both design and graphics and actually looked pretty slick. The UI was overhauled but still seemed a bit cluttered. And things were a lot more empty - for instance it kinda was depressing to go to West Commons and see it completely devoid of anyone running around much less at the tunnel trying to buy/sell loot.

I tried starting a new character but I just couldn't go back to the grind and get used to the complicated UI. More recent MMOs have spoiled me.
1578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Will GoG ever get Interstate 76? on: June 18, 2009, 03:15:31 AM
Dunno about GoG but Interstate '76 Gold and Interstate '82 are both on Gametap. They did have the Nitro pack for awhile but removed it after no one was downloading it. I did give I76 a whirl as I had such fond memories of that game. It does not hold up well with time.
1579  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Is the player base leaving on: June 17, 2009, 06:56:47 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on June 16, 2009, 06:36:19 PM

Of course, I'm talking about scenario PvP and not open realm PvP/RvR, which almost disappeared after a couple of weeks on my server after launch.  It vanished because it wasn't good for leveling and the lag on larger battles was horrendous - we're talking measuring lag in seconds, not milliseconds.  I don't know if WAR ever fixed that particular problem or not.  Plus, at the time it was almost counterproductive to defend - both sides would get more points if they just traded the objective (WAR's version of Alterac Valley).

Ah, actually I didn't even equate scenarios in to my comments as I hardly bother with them now. I don't care for scenarios in T3. And forget trying the ones in T4 unless you go in with a balanced group. If you don't your team will spend 15 minutes getting rolled by a geared out Bright Wizard or Sorcerer that's impossible to kill. The worst part about T3 scenarios now are whiners and geek ragers who get upset when your losing. To make matters worse a lot of people like to quit out of scenarios as soon as things go sour. If the scenario becomes unbalanced it will stop early and the winning side does not get awarded victory points (which go towards the ORVR portion of the game). In T4 the quitting situation is even worse as VPs are so important there.

I haven't noticed lag in ORVR for a long time, specifically in T1-T3. In T4 is does happen on rare occasions when you have several warbands from each side fighting in the zone.  It used to happen a lot during fortress sieges but they've lowered the population allowance for that which has more or less wiped out the problem there.

With the Victory Points addition, increase in exp/inf/renown for defending keeps, and an increase with the exp/inf/renown reward when you lock down an ORvR zone there's not a lot of trading objectives between sides. Its now more of "Order just took a Battle Field Objective! Crush them! Take the zone!
1580  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Is the player base leaving on: June 16, 2009, 05:52:13 PM
What's wrong with T3 RvR? I've seen that comment before and can't figure it. T3 is probably my favorite tier for RvR. There's typically a lot of action going on in it. Warbands usually form quick when the opposing side is on the move. With the 2 keep doors the keep takes/defenses are typically more epic. This is also the first Tier where you really need strategic and authoritative WB leader(s) to deal with the opposition - its great to see everyone following orders and it works out in the end; especially if that equates to a zone lock. It also doesn't have all the current problems of T4 where equipment, AOEs and disables rule. I played through T3 with 2 Order characters and 1 Destruction and its still my favorite of the bunch.
1581  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend MMO sale on: June 15, 2009, 06:13:00 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 15, 2009, 07:07:18 AM

well, I couldn't bring myself to pull the trigger on the EQ2 bundle.  the original release of EQ2 is sitting on a shelf here, gathering dust, and I am thinking that if I couldn't get into it before it would mean I would never see any of the stuff the expansion packs had to offer anyways.

Ah you missed out. You could start off and play almost exclusively in the Faydwer zones from the Echoes of Faydwer expansion. I still think those zones are some of the best looking ones. In a months time you probably could make it to the first area of Desert of Flames, which at first I didn't like but later got in to it. The Splitpaw Saga and Bloodline Chronicle adventure packs would also be doable although I don't know how many people are playing those now. But Kingdom of the Sky, Kunark and Shadow Odyssey expansion pack content would likely not be accessed in a months time for most people unfamiliar with the game.

Since the original release though there's three new starting zones to get you up to level 20. After that your choices are original zones or Faydwer. Then at L40 I think you can start going to Desert of Flames. If you hit L50 then you got Fay, Desert and Sky to play with. For $10 there's a fair amount of content to access in a months time, but yeah you wouldn't be able to access it all.
1582  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend MMO sale on: June 14, 2009, 03:28:12 AM
I went in for AoC since I was always curious about that one. 7hr+ download. Let it go over night. Then in the morning it started patching. After about an hour of pointless 1 file patching segments I cancled it and did other things. Then I ran the game again and it had a whole new interface for the patching process and was downloading, first a 60MB file and then a 2GB file. Which was better than the single file patching which kept inturrupting anything else I was trying to do on the computer. But still from install that was like over 10hrs to get this game running.

Actually it didn't run at first. Each time I hit play the launcher would close and then re-start, then go in to a loop. After cruising the web looking for solutions I found there was some launcher looping issues. I deleted some files, tried to stop things in task manager, ran the game software checkup, rebooted. Nothing was working. Then I finally came across a lone post that said the Steam launcher doesn't work for the game. You had to go in to the install folder and run the files manually. Ugh.

So not a smooth start to the game but once I got in the game I was pretty pleased. Neat classes and the game looks fantastic. But after the free month I'm dropping it. Hopefully they'll do this again as I would be curious to try Eve.
1583  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 on: June 12, 2009, 07:11:30 PM
I don't mind the Tony's so much. There's gotta be some cannon fodder in the show for the first few weeks before you get invested in some of the dancers.

I do have to say that this year it seems like they've picked a lot of great dancers based on the initial performance show. And for those that are interested Cat Deeley is supposed to have a running blog on Hopefully it'll give some good background info on the show.
1584  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: D&D Online Free to Play! on: June 09, 2009, 07:02:42 PM
This was released before LOTRO, so the graphics are not as good but they're decent enough. Dungeons are pretty fun as they aren't the standard kill 1,000 mobs, kill boss. Each dungeon has a small story to follow and you'll encounter puzzles and what not. I remember their UI wasn't the best and took a bit of getting used to. Combat isn't as smooth as some other MMOs but tends to be a bit more involved.

The dungeons offer a unique experience as you get experience from completing them (not killing monsters)but its not always the best. Because of the D&D mechanic you have a limited number of spells/abilities you can use. There are "rechargers" in the dungeon but they have a limited reuse and are rare - often you need to fight several monsters just to get in those rooms. So you sometimes have to hold back on using spells/abilities while going through the dungeon. While that does add a new layer of strategic play its also quite fun to be able to let loose as you please. Often by the end of the dungeon all I could do was swing away at monsters with my basic attack.

I played in a 2 person group which didn't work so well in D&D Online. In most MMOs a 2 person group is fine for most stuff. In this game the dungeons tended to be either too difficult for 2 players or too easy. So the experience could range from being frustrating to boring. The game is definitely built around either soloing it (there are solo versions of the dungeons) or working with a 4-6 person group.

I should note I'm speaking from playing this thing about 2 years ago and I jumped back in to the game for a free weekend about a year ago. So they may have tweaked the dungeon experience to accommodate smaller groups better.

I might give it another shot with the free version. It sounds like its somewhat limited (free stuff I mean) but probably work checking out whats new.
1585  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Up - Down? on: June 01, 2009, 06:11:54 PM
I must be one of the few that actually liked Cars. I'd put Up in the good not great category. I do have to say it had the funniest elderly fight sequences I've seen. I just wish it went on a bit longer.

I didn't care for the short this time around. A neat idea but found the whole thing rather dull.
1586  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 on: May 22, 2009, 05:07:04 PM
Yeah, it already looks like there's a few competitors you can really get behind and root for.

Anyone put off a bit by Nigels comments to the two guys doing the samba or whatever it was? Took me aback that he didn't try to use much tact in his comments. I have to admit it was distracting and neither guy seemed that great. Mary's comments seemed a bit more helpful with explaining how it was distracting to not have a lead and each guy would mirror what the other one did.

I'm looking forward to seeing the roomate of last years winner. Her dancing is similar to Katee's so I'm expecting stellar dacing.
1587  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mad Max Returns on: May 19, 2009, 01:10:25 AM
Destroyed even before a single frame is shot or actor named.
1588  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online: Land of the dead 720p trailer on: May 13, 2009, 02:23:33 AM
I'm still playing it. Although getting sick of the T4 on my particular server as Order has been in defense mode for about a month now as Destruction has so many more players on their end at the moment.

Land of the Dead is a free expansion. It's basically one zone with all new quests (PQ and PvE). The big mechanic is the new dungeon which I believe is geared towards a small group (6). Only one side Order/Destruction can open access to the dungeon at a time. However if the opposing faction opens access while you are in there they can go in and muck things up for your group by either trying to kill you or enable traps.

They had a preview of the expansion on X-Play and it looks like it could be fun. There's some consolish moments in the dungeon where you're fighting over sized bosses and some of the room mechanics looked fun - like one room where you had run and jump along these fallen columns to get through the room, if you missed and hit the ground monsters would spawn. It sounds like the entire dungeon will be full of those types of rooms.
1589  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: May 08, 2009, 06:38:02 PM
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Is what I said when Alison got voted off - complete with me busting through some straps holding my arms and legs down. Or maybe those were my cats. Come to think of it I haven't see them around lately.

Anyways it sucks that she's gone from the competition but I read she's going to be performing on the finale. So yay. I do have to say her second run through of Cry Baby was a lot better than her original. She really seemed to loosen up and just let go with her exit performance. Guess it helps to have the pressure off.

The Cris Daughtry new song didn't do much for me. Just generic rock but he has a pretty decent voice.

Gwen is too old to be doing the No Doubt thing now. She looked silly stalking on and off stage at her age. It didn't help she seemed out of breath after coming down the steps at the start. But in the end it didn't matter as the drummer in the tutu showed it could have been far worse.

And WTF Paul? Kindly. WTF! That was a lip syncing disaster. Scott MacIntyre has nothing on you. Is it really that hard to flap your jaw when you hear your voice? Not enough practice doing it in the judges chair eh? Plus, you're a singer (sorta) and couldn't even manage to really sing in front of the contestants that you are judging? For shame! And didn't you realize there was something wrong with your recording? It had all this electronical/robotic twang to it. Poor Jamie Fox had that same issue. Someone at Idol needs to be fired ASAP as we couldn't hear either of you actually sing.

And yes I know that paragraph is directed squarely at Paula reading this. Who says she's not a Gaming Trend reader?
1590  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: May 06, 2009, 07:46:53 PM
Ieeeyaaaaaah that was probably one of the better idol shows. Iaaayyyyyeeee really enjoyed Adam's performance even though it didn't vary too much from the source it was just too entertaining not to like.

AAaaaaahhhhhlison was decent but another one I didn't care for as much as I thought I would. She's still a much better performer than Matt and Kris so I can never understand why Simon keeps harping on the no personality thing. That criticism seems overdone.

My Wiiiiiiiaaaaaaahhhhhfe put it best when she described Kris performance lacking the vocal oomph needed for that song. But I do have to give him credit for at least trying to change up the song somewhat vocally more than the other contestants did with theirs.

Oh Gokey. This is the first time I am glad he's still in the competition. As soon as he started that screech I began laughing and it just kept getting worse. Then at the end of it he was going "thank you" "thank you" which had me laughing even more. You could see the shock on his face when the judges gave him the bad news. You could almost read his thoughts at the moment (...lord Jesus thank you for helping me rock that song...look at the crowd is going wild...Randy can't even talk....shhhh lovely people...shhh...let me hear Randy tell me...tell this Christan loving world...praise I could record that and have a #1 hit....shhh now...he's going to speak...he's going to spread the gospel about how gre...whatwhatwhat!!!??) before he lamely said he would need to review the tape.

The Kris and Danny duet sucked except for the parts where they harmonized. They actually sounded really well together. Whereas I don't think Adam and Alison sounded that great together. However Adam and Allison's performance was the more entertaining duet and they really did look like they were having fun playing off of each other which made it enjoyable to watch.

My hope is the final three will be Adam, Alison and Kris but I don't see that happening.

Finally did I catch Kara suggesting that Danny should have done a song from early Aerosmith rather than the one he did? I was still laughing too much at the time but if she did suggest that how much earlier does she expect him to go?
1591  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 29, 2009, 07:29:27 PM
This night turned out far better than I thought it would after hearing the genre of music. No really bad performances [other than Matt] so I don't have too much to complain about [other than Matt] but will do so anyways.

I really like Allisons voice and performance but this is the first time I've noticed that she doesn't pronounce the words fully. It sounded like she was mumbling a few times which took me out of the performance.

Kris was alright but I think he may be in trouble too tonight as nothing about that set him apart from the others. It was a "nice" performance - definitely in the bottom 3.

My *almost* surprise moment of the night came from Danny, who [other than Matt] I don't really care for. When he started out his singing sounded great. Fantastic in fact as he toned it down and just sounded smooth. Then about 15 seconds in his voice began to bottom out and got a bad sound to it. Then he launched in to the same yelling routing and ruined the whole thing.  Bleh. And what's with the "thank you" "thank you" and love signs he was doing after the performance? Damn, he could have turned me around with that performance if he delivered on how he began the song.

Adams performance totally blew me away though. At the end of it I was like "WTF did I just see there?". I was actually stunned at how good that was. I came very close to rewinding the DVR to watch it again and I've never done that. My wife made a comment that she can't wait to see him in concert (I'll skip that one) but its a good point. Which of these guys would you actually pay $50 to see in concert? If I had to choose I think Adam and Allison would both have pretty entertaining concerts. I'm not so sure about Kris or Danny - is there someone else I'm missing?
1592  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Best Buy $10 game sale on: April 27, 2009, 06:03:16 PM
I went to the BB near here after 1pm (yesterday) figuring I wouldn't find much but was surprised that they had multiplies of just about every game listed there on it's own sales rack right in the games department. It wasn't labeled very good that these stacks of games were on sale - each one had a tiny $9.99 sticker on it, sometimes on the top of the case.

In any case I was easily able to get the three games I was looking for - Condemned 2, Silent Hill: Homecoming, and Ninja Gaiden DS.

Red Alert was tempting but would rather play that on the PC.
1593  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamersgate Weekend Deal: Space Siege 75% off on: April 27, 2009, 05:57:07 PM
Yup, worked just like you guys said. No client install so this was definitely a good deal and just what I was looking for. Thanks.
1594  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Rodriguez's Predators on: April 24, 2009, 07:14:20 PM
I just got AvP2 on Netflix. Boy that movie stunk. About 60 minutes in they seemed to bail on the story and copied Aliens, complete with the same lines from that film. The Predators really lost the cool factor since the sequels/spinoffs were made so hopefully this reboot will bring that back.
1595  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamersgate Weekend Deal: Space Siege 75% off on: April 24, 2009, 07:06:15 PM
Is GamersGate a download service where you need to have the client installed to run the game? I've been waiting for this game to get super cheap, and that price certainly is, but want to avoid having to download yet another download client.
1596  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: "Quiet" Radeon 4850? on: April 24, 2009, 06:55:53 PM
Yeah. I had ordered a replacement GeForce card for the one that bit the dust. Then thought this might just be an opportunity to put in the best video card my computer could handle, which was the 4850. Not a huge improvement over the 8800GT but definitely noticeable in many games, Particularly in Warhammer Online which allowed me to play with all graphics maxed when there where a lot of people on the screen at once.

The performance improvement won me over the sound of the fan which I would stop noticing a bit after starting up a game. So I kept the 4850 and sent the 9800GT back.

I haven't looked at after market coolers before. That would just replace the existing video card fan? I haven't looked how the fan is attached but I imagine an adhesive of some sort.
1597  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Ruins on: April 21, 2009, 06:37:38 PM
This one had crummy reviews so I was expecting bad when I went to watch it but it wasn't quite as bad as I thought it would be. Since it was by the Simple Plan author I was still hoping for bet...hang on a sec...I think my cell phone is ringing..
1598  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: April 21, 2009, 06:32:13 PM

Quote from: Big Jake on April 19, 2009, 03:51:21 PM

Soviet Kitsch by Regina Spektor

If you've never heard her, I can sum her up in one sentence: Tori Amos without the rape.  Talented and often very amusing songwriter.
This one was a few days ago but just spent some time listening to it. The first few songs I was like WTF as there's some odd lyrics and melody changes. But as I continued I got in to it and looked forward to those quirky moments in her songs. When I finished I had to listen to it again.  Very unique - and I like the accent.

I'd say she sounds a bit more like Bijork than Tori Amos, especially with her lyrics but she definitely has the Tori flavor with the piano. Her myspace page ( has a bunch of song selections but only one off this album (Us) which happens to be one of my favorites from it. 

I ended up buying her other album that has some odd stuff but looks like she went more current ditching the piano for a more traditional pop/rock sound in many of her songs. It's not bad but a bit different than this one. I was a bit annoyed at Amazon for not making the Prince Caspian song a single download as I'd like to get that too but I can live without.
1599  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: "Quiet" Radeon 4850? on: April 19, 2009, 07:19:30 PM

Quote from: ericb on April 15, 2009, 01:19:34 AM

I have the 4850 (one of the early ones with the craptastic loud fan) and it's a great card except for the fan/noise.  I do have the manual fan control setting on my ATI overdrive tab...what driver version are you using?  And do you have the full CCC package installed?

It looks like it's the latest Catalyst version (8.6). I created a profile and manually edited the profile file to turn the fan down but it doesn't appear to be working for some reason. It sounds just as noisy any speed I change it to.
1600  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 15, 2009, 06:28:12 PM
I'm rooting for Allison but year she didn't quite fit with that song. She didn't sound all that great either and I like her voice. I was floored by the gushing comments from Paula and Simon over that crummy performance. When they've been so harsh on many of her previous fantastic performances  ("you got talk more" wha...?) this definitely came across to me like they had a pre-written comment script.

Kris's song choice was neat since I love that album, but not "love love love dawg" the album like Randy. That's a difficult song to get across in 2 minutes and I don't think he succeeded especially if there's already complaints here about not recognizing the song which is another strike in peoples books. If it was Top 5 he would normally be in trouble for something like that but I don't see it here.

I think California came close to a power outage with Adam's song. They threw every light trick they had at that performance.  It was fun to watch but probably one of my least favorite by him.

I think Anoop, Lil and Matt are bottom three. Anoop did the best out of those three. I'm hoping either Matt or Anoop go as I'd like Lil to stay around for another week. I'd be happy if she actually does something amazing but equally fine if she does another dreadful song exposing how off the judges were with their early praise.

And was it me or was Quentin Tarrintino trying to mask a huge pot belly? Something was not quite right there in some of those mentor videos. It was also a bit odd with him offering singing advice as he's just a fan of the show and doesn't actually have a music background.

Finally when Kara was giving "critique" on a performance there was a shot of the judges table and you could see Simon trying to hack something up. What was that about?
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