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14921  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Desktop Thread 3/05 on: March 07, 2005, 05:49:52 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
LE has mono. biggrin...

Hey - that mono game/program is a ton of fun. Very...different, for lack of a better term.

Ron - where did you find that Castlevania pic?

As for my desktop, let's see if Blizzard's wallpapers allow direct linking...:

14922  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP size comparison and new videos on: March 06, 2005, 07:14:45 PM
Quote from: "wonderpug"
My god i forgot how big my Gamegear was.

Forget the Game Gear, look at the Atari Lynx! And that's the second generation model they have a picture of. The first generation was even bigger.

And it was a portable that was so ahead of its time... 3d gaming on a handheld, back when the world was black and white on the Game Boy.
14923  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Legend of Zelda Pre-order Bonus - Holy Cow! on: March 06, 2005, 07:09:33 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Quote from: "Tebunker"
Fooled You! One of EGM's better April Fools jokes, almost as good as Sonic and Tails in Super Smash Brothers Melee

Nothing outdoes Sheng Long in SF2...nothing.  They shall never top that one.

Ah, Sheng Long. Wasn't that the first April's Fools joke EGM did so long ago? And wasn't the story something about beating the game flawlessly on level 8 with Ryu or something like that?
14924  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do we need Avatars? on: March 06, 2005, 06:55:33 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Time to spread the Cthulhuian love.  Of course, this is actually ripped from the guardian in Master of Orion 2, but hey, who's counting?

You have NO idea how old I feel right now thanks to that icon. Ah, MOO, what a great game...

"I said across her nose, not up it!" biggrin
14925  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Maintenance Complete and Avatars! on: March 06, 2005, 06:46:09 PM
I said across her nose, not up it! biggrin

Very nice. I like!
14926  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT4 photo mode (56kers beware) on: March 04, 2005, 06:55:24 PM
Good lord.

I may have to buy this game just for the photo mode. I need a few good desktop images for my laptop. biggrin
14927  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Handheld (Palm) Recommendations? on: March 04, 2005, 06:41:16 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Yea, the wife spotted the Treo 650 and she thinks she wants one.  Anyone have any experience with the Treo or the other PDA/Phone combos, positive or negative?

I don't know much about it at all (other than that I've looked at that exact model for a while now), so tell us how it is if you do decide to get it. biggrin

One thing to keep in mind - with my Palm Tungsten T|3, I have a sustained battery life of about 3 hours. With the keyboard and MP3 player running, expect a lifespan of about two, depending on brightness and a few other factors.

Now, that means that you're typing away constantly, always listening to music, and not shutting the thing off at all.

The Zire line I hear has good battery life, as does the Treo (as it's a cell phone, it sorta has to), but the Tungsten line isn't well known for a good battery.
14928  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Don't mess with an angry chimp on: March 04, 2005, 06:37:22 PM
*cringes*

Damn, that's some chimp.
14929  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GCN controller on the PC? on: March 03, 2005, 04:52:30 AM
Quote from: "JCC"
Got my adaptor this week. I only have had a brief time to fool with it, but after some minor frustration and reconnects of the USB port, I got it working perfectly. Yes, both analog sticks are supported!!!

Very, very cool.

And I see they have a SNES to PC convertor as well...
14930  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Dell 2005FPW UltraSharp 20.1" Wide Screen - $486. shipp on: March 03, 2005, 04:36:07 AM
Quote from: "Chaz"
I really, really want this thing.  A Radeon 9800 Pro will do the widescreen resolutions, right?

My laptop Radeon 9600 runs at 1280x800 resolution (widescreen laptop) without any issues, so I don't see why you'd have any problems with a more powerful card.
14931  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The New Napster on: March 02, 2005, 03:14:34 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
Songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store won't work with the Nomad... you'd have to burn to disc then re-rip/encode.

This is the important post here out of this entire discussion, IMHO. To use any music you purchase from iTunes on anything short of any Apple devices/programs, you'll need a CD-Burner (or at least a CD emulation program), burn the music, and then rerip it to a MP3.
14932  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dues ex:IW on: March 02, 2005, 03:04:34 PM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
SS2 was a great game.

I just wish I could get SS2 to play on my WinXP machine... frown
14933  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Just cancelled my WoW account. on: March 02, 2005, 03:02:31 PM
Quote from: "Blackadar"
It seems that most of the WoWers who disagree with the above statement aren't yet 60.

I completely and totally agree with you there. I see the exact same thoughts on the official forums as well.

If you're under 60, you utterly love the game. If you're 60, it's a total mess that needs so many adjustments and fixes it's not even funny.

The part that makes no sense is that I'm not 60 yet on any of my characters. In fact, I've pretty much made sure I don't keep leveling on my main characters, as I don't want to see this fun game come to a screeching halt.

Why did I say what I said then? I guess I've been reading the offical forums too much. I've come to the conclusion that after reading through everything, the naysayers have a point. They're simply correct.
14934  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Gripes on: March 02, 2005, 02:53:30 PM
Quote from: "Jumangi"
Also wish the mounts either flew faster or they had some sort of advanced transit system. Maybe wizard NPC guys who you could pay to teleport you someplace.

Short of one or two griffin routes (that are absolutely stupidly designed), the flight system is extremely quick compared to other games.

Anybody remember waiting a half hour for the boat in EQ? And then waiting 15 minutes just for the stupid thing to get to its destination? Now that was a time sink.
14935  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / LCD Monitors on: March 02, 2005, 02:51:20 PM
Quote from: "Ypmur"
LCDs sure seem to have more of a viewable area than CRTs with the same size though. His new monitor looks more like a 15" than a 14", and I'd hesitate to say maybe even 17".

One of those optical illusion things. You don't see a giant border/void around a LCD (like all CRTs have), so the mind just thinks that it's bigger.

But you do have a good point. That's why some people like a LCD over a CRT.
14936  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Just cancelled my WoW account. on: March 01, 2005, 06:02:51 PM
Quote from: "Toe"
Quote from: "olaf"
Late to this thread but I agree with LE.

So you agree that Blizzard has done nothing since release as well eh?

I'm one of those 'sensable' people who don't believe on jumping in on these kinds of arguments, but as a Beta tester, and now a player since release, I have to completely agree with Olaf, and that giant list of issues of his.

World of Warcraft is simply the best MMO made from level 1-59. At level 60 the game utterly, totally, and completely falls apart. Instances are outright broken, there's simply no point to hitting 60 (short of ganking towns/lowbies and doing instance runs over and over and over and over and...), and the game loses its 'fun' appeal.

I have NEVER played a MMO where I don't mind starting over time and time again until now. Even the most 'fun' of the beginnings (City of Heroes), still felt like a grind. Here, in WoW, I have characters all over the world, all over the place as far as levels go, and I don't mind at all. The world is that vast, and that filled with things to do, there's always some place to go.

Being a lowbie is fun. Once you hit that concrete wall of level 60, do you realize that all of your work was for absolutely nothing.
14937  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Gripes on: March 01, 2005, 05:41:49 PM
I'll agree with you as to how busy the lower levels are in WoW. Even on the less-populated servers, the ratio of idiots to people with brains is absurdly low.

Thankfully it changes once you get out of the noob zones, but until then, just turn off /1, /3, and /yell. Your sanity will thank you later. biggrin
14938  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Eternal Darkness: what a cool game! on: March 01, 2005, 05:13:09 AM
And for added fun, make sure you keep your sanity level right near the breaking point. The game gets VERY freaky when you do it.
14939  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / LCD Monitors on: March 01, 2005, 05:04:44 AM
Quote from: "Bullwinkle"
Here are a few questions I have about LCDs:
Is the only color available 16 bit?  I've been so used to 32 bit, I just don't know about dropping down.  

And what about screen resolution?  I understand that many LCDs just don't look good (or sometimes work at all) in non-native res (which is usually higher than I run most games).  

Also, I've been using a 19" CRT, if I switch to a new monitor, do I need to drop down to 17" for it to be decent for gaming?

Well, according to my drivers for my laptop, I'm running in 32 bit. I honestly don't know what color resolution I'm running at, but I do have to admit that my desktop image looks a bit funny right now (from World of Warcraft).

All LCDs are designed for one resolution. There's simply that many pixels on the monitor, thus that's the resolution they run at. Unless you're switching to a lower resolution that's an exact multiple of the monitor (1600x1200 native to 800x600), then each pixel of the smaller resolution will equal 1.3 or some decimal point of a pixel, which is simply impossible.

Thus, one pixel will be one pixel, then the next two will be one pixel, and so on. It's mainly noticable while browsing the 'net (reading large amounts of text), but odds are you'll see it in games, too.

My widescreen laptop monitor is great for gaming. I have no idea what the refresh rate is, but I've seen no 'ghosting' on anything I've tossed at it. Sure, it's limited to WoW and some Ghost Recon, but I still haven't seen anything. So I don't know why you'd want to change your size of the monitor.
14940  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Problems with WinXP on: February 28, 2005, 09:11:09 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
How old is the computer?  Is it still under warranty?  If the re-installation doesn't work, you might try to call Gateway to replace the hard drive as an off the top of my head fix for this problem.

I'd also try calling Gateway to see if they can replace/give you a system restore CD. It would make things far easier.

Good luck!
14941  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: February 27, 2005, 06:50:01 PM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
I just was going to get into Ada`s story too. I heard it is a few hours long!!! Is this true?

Few hours long, as in 2-3 hours long (depending on how often you die and restart). The beginning is very difficult (basically you verses an absolute mob of opponents), but once you get inside, it gets far easier.

One helpful hint - get good with those headshots. And find spots that a good grenade can take out multiple opponents. And find good defensive positions (on top of ladders, for example).

It's a fun sidestory, but it's far more fun when you realize that you unlock the ultimate gun (short of the Handcannon, but that's VERY hard to acquire, IMHO), for beating it. Assuming you have the money, anyway.
14942  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Problems with WinXP on: February 27, 2005, 06:37:23 PM
Posts like these worry me, as I own a Gateway laptop (discontinued widescreen model, but I got it at a steal because it included a real video card) as well.

A few questions for you though:

1) Did you just reinstall/install WinXP ontop of itself, or did you format/delete the WinXP directory before install?
2) Ever tried the factory reinstall disk? That'll nuke the HD outright and restore the PC back to how it came to you.

There are so many problems with your install right now that it seems that little, if anything, could fix it all up right again. IE looks to be corrupt (try another browser for now?), Windows' Add/Remove Programs looks to have fallen apart, and Windows Media Player has gone to pieces.

All three are highly intergrated into the OS, so if they go bad, it shows that something is deeply screwed up.

Sorry I can't say anything more positive.
14943  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: February 25, 2005, 05:26:03 PM
Quote from: "mikeg"
I don't know about a tommy gun, but I have the machine gun and it is maxed out.  And yes, with a 250 round clip I can chew up everything.  All I have is the rocket launcher, the stryker, and the machine gun.  Loads of fun.  

Machine gun, machine gun... I know there's a three-shot pistol, and that low-damage TMP gun, so maybe that's what you mean.

But as far as the Tommy Gun goes - beat Ada's Sidestory. You'll unlock another gun (for a cool million, like the rocket launcher), that has absolutely unlimited ammo (no rounds, no clip, no nothing). What is the name... *looks*

The Chicago Typewriter.

Buy that, and you'll be happy. biggrin
14944  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Here's what's "Under Development" in WoW on: February 25, 2005, 05:09:49 PM
Quote from: "Butterknife"
Quote from: "Chaz"
So, about those UI improvements.  They're basically adding stuff that Cosmos does now, right?

Yep.  Except for the warning before rolling on bind-on-pickup items, which is a mod that is not currently included in Cosmos I believe.

I think there's a mod out there that can do it though. I don't use Cosmos anymore (way too bloated for my tastes, but all of my mods act pretty much just like it), and during my scans for mods, I thought I saw this.

As long as I can turn off all of these features, I'll be happy. And as long as they don't interfere with my mods, too.

About time they put more UI buttons in the standard install though.
14945  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Post Padding at its finest... on: February 25, 2005, 04:56:22 PM
You post padders, all of you.



biggrin

And Eldon...I like that idea. Anybody gonna take him up on the offer?  :lol:

*ducks*
14946  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox RPG's - the future just got **much** brighter.... on: February 24, 2005, 10:57:21 PM
Quote from: "disarm"
Quote from: "warning"
Nice score for Microsoft.

But remember he's also responsible for the Final Fantasy movie as well....

i may be in a minority, but i actually thought the FF movie was pretty entertaining...

If you accepted the Final Fantasy movie as just a movie, and not Final Fantasy related, it was a good film IMHO. People were simply expecting WAY too much because of the name behind it.
14947  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW - Exploring on: February 24, 2005, 10:41:58 PM
Quote from: "Ender"
One spot in Feralas with a waterfall is breathtaking.  Make sure you pause while going over the bridge to take in the grandeur.

You mean that one spot with the Horde town nearby? I'd love to go there, but they don't like me for some reason or another... biggrin
14948  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Post Padding at its finest... on: February 24, 2005, 10:40:43 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Hhahha, nice one Sepiche!  All of my posts were padded individually though.   :idea:  :idea:  :idea:

Hey - the only reason you got that many posts is because of all the 'quarrels' we staff members have in our personal forums.  :roll:  biggrin

*ducks*

If only we had an archived copy of the movie poster fight we got into on the old boards. smile

Yeah. Now them's some memories. Although I think Mr. PostPimp up above has things covered for us. smile
14949  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: February 24, 2005, 07:06:23 PM
Quote from: "mikeg"
Just completed my second run through.  Took less than half the time.  Ofcourse, it didn't hurt that I had the infinite ammo rocket launcher and I blew every friggin thing up I came against.  THe boss battles didn't take but a few shots each.  Much easier, but I found it just as fun.  I actually started through a third time.  Man, have I gotten my money's worth.

Got the Tommy Gun yet? Lots of fun chewing down everybody I come to in a shot or two tops. biggrin
14950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best current PS2 RPG? on: February 24, 2005, 05:46:58 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote
Wild Arms 3

Tim tells me that WA3 was a great game.  I never picked it up myself...

Yes, it was a fun title. There's not only a Wild Arms 4 due out soon too, but a remake of the original Wild Arms as well.
14951  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Its time.... "What are you playing?" on: February 24, 2005, 05:43:36 PM
World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft, and World of Warcraft. biggrin

I did play through Champions: Return to Arms and Star Fox: Assault for review (links provided if you're bored) recently though.

Now to play more WoW... If I wasn't at work right now...
14952  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW wallpaper for you all on: February 24, 2005, 05:34:55 PM
Very nice screenshots all around. You forget just how 'scenic' this game looks after you've played it for a while.
14953  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / I can't believe I just... on: February 24, 2005, 05:32:17 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Oh well this is interesting.  Apparently there are 'independent' Lineage 2 servers much like there are for UO.  They all feature greatly increased rates of experience, money, and skill gain.  Most are even the current version, which includes the epic castle sieges Lineage 2 touted but were not included on release.

Independent and free servers, no? I'm impressed they cracked the server code that quickly.

Then again, Lineage 2 has been out in Korea for years now...
14954  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / $$$$ in WoW on: February 24, 2005, 05:25:14 PM
Quote from: "RobbieD"
At level 16 I have over 5g in the bank just from selling copper ore, rough stone and light leather. I would have more but I've purchased a guild tabard and won a few auctions.

I'm finding selling the leather to be a bit harder than selling copper ore and even rough stone. Seems there are far more skinners than miners on the server I play on.

My server suddenly became broken as far as the Light Leather market went. It went from 8-10 silver for a stack to 20-25 silver. No idea why.

Made it perfect to level a n00b up though. biggrin
14955  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Odd Problems on: February 24, 2005, 05:23:38 PM
And another good reason to have System Restore always up and running. It's amazing what it can do some days.
14956  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New car! on: February 24, 2005, 05:17:03 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Been spending all your Morrowind royalties have you? smile

LOL

But congrats. 'Tis a nice car. But I'll hold onto my Mazda 3 for a while instead upgrading.

Gotta save all that cash for a new PC when Oblivion comes out. biggrin
14957  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Post Padding at its finest... on: February 24, 2005, 05:09:16 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Hhahha, nice one Sepiche!  All of my posts were padded individually though.   :idea:  :idea:  :idea:

Hey - the only reason you got that many posts is because of all the 'quarrels' we staff members have in our personal forums.  :roll:  biggrin

*ducks*
14958  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: February 23, 2005, 02:58:59 PM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
I`m just going to start adas mission thingy soon :wink: . How long is it anyways?

About 2 to 3 hours, tops. Very difficult in the opening scenes, though.

And as far as restarting goes - you get to keep all of your upgraded weapons between restarts. Infact, you keep your entire inventory when you restart. Since you don't have to upgrade anything anymore, you'll end up with quite a bit of cash towards the endgame.
14959  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Possible Bug, or maybe hack? on: February 23, 2005, 02:49:27 PM
Quote from: "GGMark"
Well, GF found the explanation.  Apparently there is a PVP exploit that people are using.  If you are flagged PVP and circle someone somehow, iy turns thier PVP ON.  So PVP'ers are using it to thier advatage.  Just thought I would let everyone know.  So, if you see someone with thier flag on, and cirlcing around people, watch out..smile

Now that's just too weird to make sense. Got a link somewhere I can read by any chance?

I still say she accidently right clicked him.
14960  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Stupid telemarketers on: February 23, 2005, 02:39:53 PM
Why I'm SO glad I signed myself up on the 'do not call' list last year. It's SO nice not to get spam calls ever again.
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