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15041  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Oddbal laptop performance hit... on: February 07, 2005, 11:51:23 PM
That'll be $50 for time served. Talk to Ron about who to send it to or else I'll sic Sho'nuff upon you:

biggrin smile

Honestly, I'm glad it worked out. Amazing what a shot of can-o-air can do, eh?
15042  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / VoIP - Internet Phones on: February 07, 2005, 01:45:15 PM
Just to inform you all - I just tried out the Skype service much more intensively last night via confrence calling (the free chat program, not calling somebody via landline) and whatnot. It was clear, had no dropouts at all, and it sounded like they were right in front of me. I'm really impressed what you can get for free.

This will be the way I'll be doing my online gaming chats for games like Rainbow Six and World of Warcraft from now on.
15043  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Oddbal laptop performance hit... on: February 07, 2005, 12:20:02 AM
Well, the only reason that the fan is on is because the OS is demanding more processing power than the low power mode (usually 1/3 to 1/4th of your processor's max rated speed) can provide. Thus, it creates heat and all that kind of fun stuff.

But you say it's sluggish when that happens...

Only thing I can think of - give the laptop the three fingered salute (ctrl-alt-delete) and bring up the Task Manager. Click on Processes, and see if there's any program running that's taking a large percentage of your CPU (short of System Idle Process, which is normal). If you see something, that's quite possibly the reason.

Also, break out the can-o-air and give the fans and air entry ports a quick blowing. There might be something clogging the fan or blocking the normal airflow.

Beyond that, I'm not sure. I personally use a fan pad underneath my laptop, so I rarely notice it the processor fan firing up unless I'm playing games.
15044  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / For the ladies... on: February 06, 2005, 05:58:57 PM
The goggles, they do nothing!

Of course, that's what I get for clicking on a link titled 'for the ladies'.

*head explodes*
15045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / San Andreas is... on: February 06, 2005, 04:43:39 AM
Quote from: "WestNile"
Not since Gran Turismo 2 had I seen such obvious bugs.

GT2 had obvious bugs? I remember there being a bug/car configuration in Gran Turismo 3 that could absolutely break the physics engine (your racecar would pop one mother of a wheelie and accelerate to upwards of 1000mph), but beyond that, I don't remember much wrong with the game.
15046  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What a shot! on: February 05, 2005, 09:54:23 PM
Quote from: "Chaz"
Holy shit.

Yeah, I'll second that. Holy shit.

Incase you didn't pause it at the very beginning, the score was tied with 0.6 seconds to go.

Utterly amazing.
15047  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Enterprise be dead... on: February 05, 2005, 09:47:52 PM
Quote from: "Raven"
I don't think Enterprise ever recovered from this first season episode.


Yeah, after that show, I pretty much stopped watching the series. And I loved Trek shows (short of DS9 for some reason I can't fathom) in general. How I remember the days, tuning into ST:NG every single weekend just to see what the crew was up to this week...

Oh, and may that Rick Berman guy rot for all the hell he's put Star Trek shows/movies through in the last few years. I blame him for quite a few things.
15048  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / 30% off sale on PDAMill games on: February 05, 2005, 09:34:27 PM
Quote from: "Xmann"
i'm hoping Arvale for Palm is released soon.  This is a good deal, been thinking about Snails for awhile now.

Yeah, I've been waiting for Arvale for the Palm as well. Hurry up already! biggrin
15049  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Loot Rules on: February 04, 2005, 05:42:57 PM
Completely agree with Zarkon here, actually. You wouldn't be there that early in your career without some high level backup. biggrin
15050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime Hunters...MP only? on: February 03, 2005, 08:59:52 PM
From what I thought, Metroid Prime: Hunters is supposed to offer a full featured single player experience as well as a fun multiplayer one. Yes, the demo included with the DS follows that description perfectly, but Nintendo isn't one to do something like that.

Got a link?
15051  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Help Needed! on: February 03, 2005, 08:57:56 PM
Well, you can sorta find out of it's a RAM issue by removing the RAM entirely and rebooting. If you get the same message, that could be it.

But, as I've said before - do the usual. Make sure all the cables are connected properly (power especially), reseat every card and connector in the system, etc.

A quick search of Asus' site brought up three motherboards that seem to be the same thing. Hit this link:

Click on the link, pick a motherboard, and click on Download. That should allow you to pull a manual. I'd dig further, but I'm at work, and my connection utterly bites.

Good luck!
15052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 1 on: February 03, 2005, 07:09:20 PM
Quote from: "Stardrifter"
I loved FF8 because of the characters.  Each one was unique.  Quistis was absolutely gorgeous.  I even liked the moody Squall.  I never played FF9 because the main character with the tail (rat boy) and the little creature thing that looked like it was from He-Man (a cartoon I hated), both annoyed me (this is based on screenshots and reviews only).  I know it's a lame excuse since I didn't even try the game but caring for the characters is a big thing for me.

I am currently enjoying Star Ocean 3.  My only gripe there is the music being too loud and out of place in areas.  You need to keep the subtitles on so you can read since you can't hear the voices most of the time.  I tried Tales of Symphonia but it didn't grab me (again - characters).  Plus I didn't care for the combat scheme in Tales of Symphonia.

I hated FF8 because of the God-awful combat scheme where you were nearly forced to spend a half hour drawing or whatever the heck you did spells every time you found a new monster. That and the absurd decision to make you bust your controller and hands pushing buttons just to make your summons more powerful (and it was nearly required as well).

As far as Tales went, I was drawn into the game because of the characters and the combat system. I also loved SO3 because of the same action-based combat system.

But, as I said - everybody is different. Although you're really missing out not playing FF9 and the classic FF4 and FF6. biggrin
15053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP Launch Details March 24, $249 on: February 03, 2005, 07:03:50 PM
I'm highly interested in Darkstalkers and that Untold Legends game. Although, when I originally announced Darkstalkers was going to be a launch title on the site, why can't Capcom release the game on the standard sytems?

And as far as the price goes... I honestly think it's a bit steep. $250 for the console and a movie I could care less about (as I'd much rather watch it on my TV with surround)? Whoopie. The PS2 is what, $150 now? The DS is the same price, and the GBA SP is $89 in most places.

Ah, yes, and the Square button 'issue'. Wonderful design choice, especially when it was nearly stated that developers should work around the 'issue'.
15054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thinking about getting a Gamecube... on: February 03, 2005, 05:13:13 PM
Quote from: "Doomboy"
What do I need to know about it?  I have a PS2 and XBox already.  What does the gamecube use for game saves?  If it is cards, are they expensive, do they have enough storage that I won't need to buy lots of them like I have for my PS2?

How about the controller?  I find that the XBox S-controller is the most comfortable console controller I have ever used.  The PS2 controller is a little too small for comfort on long gaming sessions.  Which one is the Gamecube controller comparable to?

You'll want to purchase the Nintendo Memory Card 151 (or some number close to that). That one card will be more than enough for all of your saving needs (about $20). I've had my Gamecube since launch, and I still have space left.

I have no qualms about the small controller, but it is the smallest of the three controllers by far. As long as you aren't playing any titles that require both analog sticks at the same time all the time (of which there aren't that many), you'll be fine.

I know that is a lot of questions about the cheapest of the consoles, but I have hated the Nintendo Corporation ever since they screwed over Atari back in the 1980's.   Therefore, now that I am thinking of giving them money, I guess I want reassurances that the Gamecube isn't going to destroy my house, or kill my cat, and that it will be just as comfortable to sit there and play for hours with that silly looking controller.

Last time I checked, Atari caused the great videogame crash back in the 80s because they produced a ton of absolutely worthless games that everybody just had to have, and the industry collapsed upon itself (See: ET). Nintendo themselves brought it back from the grave. But that's not here or now.

I've been a Nintendo supporter ever since the NES, and I'm still here. Odds are the system will last forever and a day as well. But ultimately, it's up to you if you wish to take that kind of risk. smile
15055  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Survey] What do you do for a living? on: February 03, 2005, 05:04:42 PM
Quote from: "kathode"
I make video games.  I am a producer for Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and I may or may not work on some other game as well slywink

I've said before, and I'll say again - you lucky bastard. Got any new screenshots? biggrin

I'm a certified pharmacy technician at my local Fry's Food and Drug grocery store. I dispense drugs to sick people, both mentally and physically. I also deal with the customers and their near-constant insurance problems.

On weekends when I work, I sit on my ass and play around on my laptop. Now, if I only had high speed internet access that didn't have a firewall protecting it, I could play WoW all day...

Oh, and incase you didn't know, I work on this wonderful site as well.
15056  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How do you evacuate an entire state, anyway? on: February 03, 2005, 04:53:32 PM
From the 'funnies' I used to do in my Wrap until my sources dried up:

Connecticut Tries to Force Evacuation of Itself

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Despite what residents may have seen on television, the state of Connecticut was not ordered evacuated Tuesday.

State emergency management officials believe someone pressed the wrong button, and instead of running a test of the emergency alert system, midday television viewers and radio listeners were told that the state was being evacuated.

"There is absolutely no evacuation or state emergency," said Kerry Flaherty, of the Office of Emergency Management. "It was an erroneous message."

The department was investigating how the alert was sent. Officials said it is manually released to broadcasters.

The error prompted Gov. M. Jodi Rell to issue a statement reassuring residents.

"We are looking into the circumstances and will take every step necessary to make certain this type of problem does not reoccur in the future," she said.

State police said they received no calls related to the erroneous alert.

So, here's my question. How do you evacuate an entire state? And what music/sound plays while they're displaying the warning on your local TV? Iron Maiden's 'Run To The Hills'? biggrin

And along the same line - is there just some control console somewhere in the capitol that has a bunch of giant red idiot buttons on them? Buttons like 'Test Emergency Broadcast Service', 'Severe Weather Alert', 'Incoming Typhoon', 'Evacuate State', 'Stay Puft Marshmellow Man Is On The Loose'?

Funny when you think about it, no?
15057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which Game to Buy Next? on: February 03, 2005, 02:58:27 PM
After having played both titles, I have to say that you need to get RE4. It's no longer a survival/horror, but a horror/shooter. Makes it a MUCH better game.

And it still creeps the hell out of you, too.
15058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xenosaga 1 on: February 03, 2005, 03:29:13 AM
Quote from: "Stardrifter"
Any thoughts on Xeno I and should I try it before Xeno II?  I believe these games are similar to Final Fantasy right?  I loved FF VIII, but absolutely hated FF X (too much movie, very little game).  I never tried FFIX.  I'm also currently playing and enjoying Star Ocean 3.

You loved FF8, yet hated FF10, and never played FF9? Personally, from what I've seen, if you enjoyed FF7/FF8, then FF10 was a hit as well, and FF9 was a bomb (as it was more old-school). But, as the saying goes - to each their own.

I for one hated FF8, found 10 boring, and found 7 to be responsible for Americanization of RPGs as we know of it today. Even though it wasn't that good of an RPG in the end. And I loved 9, as I've been playing the FF titles since #1.

Anyway...Star Ocean 3 is a great game, as is Tales of Symponia on the Gamecube. Other RPGs to try (if you don't want to try Xenosaga) are the two Wild Arms titles due out in the next month or two. One is a remake/redo of the original Wild Arms game, and the other is the true sequel to the series.
15059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime 2: Echoes on: February 03, 2005, 03:23:49 AM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Quote from: "Destructor"
I was really worried how well Metroid would work in 3D when I first heard about it. Castlevania has never (IMHO) translated well to 3D (make a sequel to Symphony of the Night, damnit!), so that didn't help matters any.

Good Lord...there are tons of Castlevania 2D games on the those.  Each one has been great (outside of the darkness of the first one...Circle of the Moon).  Like I said earlier, the only place you'll find top notch 2D old-school type games are on the GBA these days.

Oh, I know. And I've played all of the GBA Castlevania games because of it. But somedays, I'd love to see one on my TV (without the use of the GBA device for the Gamecube). biggrin
15060  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just bought an N64.. on: February 03, 2005, 03:22:29 AM
Quote from: "aledromo"
WWF No Mercy is indeed the best wrestling game ever.  It's just so damn fun.  WM 2000 is also good, but incrementally less so.

Completely agree with you there. Why some company can't put together this basic formula and put it into a next generation title is beyond me.

Zelda is a must. Arguably the best Zelda title ever made.

Conker is also a must. If you have any sense of humor at all, you'll be busting a gut at many places of the game. Just remember the timeperiod when it was made, as some of the jokes were funny back then. Of course, who can't forget the Great Mighty Poo? biggrin

Starfox 64 is a fun shooter to pick up. It also shows the origin of the Rumble Pack (a device that has been in every controller since then in some form), as well as the feat of a ton of voice in a very tiny space (as far as the storage space of carts go).

Many other games as well fall into the 'amazingly great' category.
15061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime 2: Echoes on: February 02, 2005, 04:03:45 PM
Quote from: "Dinkytoy"
What Gamecube games do you like ?

Well, my top Gamecube titles are as follows (in no real order):

Metroid Prime
Super Smash Brothers: Melee
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes
Resident Evil 4
Viewtiful Joe 1&2
F-Zero GX
Tales of Symphonia
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

See, the same set of games that everybody else loves. biggrin

I was really worried how well Metroid would work in 3D when I first heard about it. Castlevania has never (IMHO) translated well to 3D (make a sequel to Symphony of the Night, damnit!), so that didn't help matters any. However, as we all know, Metroid became a very good 3D game, hampered by what some call bad controls.

However, I ask you this - if you could redesign the control scheme for Metroid Prime, to make it dual analog, how would you do it without losing the rapid switching of weapons/visors that is needed in this game?
15062  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Did you buy a pet? on: February 01, 2005, 11:25:47 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
I've got a Squirrel Box, a Cockroach, and a Mechanical Chicken.  I can't help it...I'm obsessed with the little things...

Now, did you pick up a Chicken yet from Shimmering Flats? That's a true pet. biggrin
15063  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Did you buy a pet? on: February 01, 2005, 07:54:36 PM
Quote from: "The Chauffeur"
The Mini Diablo will occasionally spew flame all around. That's a fun animation!

Yeah, I remember the first time he did that. I was in my usual group of three, and we just all turned and watched him in utter shock.

Afterwards, we all kept making jokes about him, as if daring him to do it again. One time when the Mage in my group got a new robe, she chided Diablo to make sure he wouldn't burn it up.

Less than a minute later, he did his thing. And by pure dumb luck, he was right next to her, too. biggrin
15064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime 2: Echoes on: February 01, 2005, 05:20:06 PM
The game is best described as More Of The Same, but as far as Metroid Prime goes, that's not a bad thing.
15065  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Did you buy a pet? on: February 01, 2005, 05:07:30 PM
Quote from: "Roguetad"
I like how the panda sleeps all the time, even during the middle of fights.  Nothing seems to bother the panda, even when their master is getting the snot beaten out of them.

Yeah, that's the best part. I've had the panda run 30 yards to catch up to me just to fall asleep at my feet the instant he stopped.

That, and somehow the panda can sleep underwater. It's the strangest thing.

Now Diablo is funny. He's so powerful, he doesn't swim underwater. He just powers himself forward by throwing his arms out (his standstill animation).
15066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pirates! questions needed answering... on: January 31, 2005, 11:36:15 PM
Quote from: "JLu"
I can't swear on the last answer; but I think you may have to be in a 'real' town to divide the plunder?  No pirate towns or settlements?

That's kind of a guess though; I have not loaded up a game in 3 weeks so my memory is fuzzy.

That's how it worked in the original Pirates game - you had to be in a friendly town (and a decent sized one at that if I remember right) before you could punch the 'end it all' button.
15067  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Did you buy a pet? on: January 31, 2005, 11:34:20 PM
Quote from: "Toe"
I got a little Sprite Darter Hatchling from a quest in Ferlas. He is cute and a bit unique as a lot of people do not realize the quest is there. The NPCs are in a spot thats hard to find and you first have to do a whole series of quests before you can get this one. Plus, the completion of the first quest they give you ends at an NPC in Darnassus and that NPC gives you no indication that NPCs you helped now will offer you another quest.

Isn't it also like a level 45+ quest as well? I've seen a few players with this pet, and I've realized it's far cooler than my little panda I have.

Although, my panda does make that cute little 'waaa' noise whenever you poke it. biggrin
15068  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Check out my new super-annoying item (WoW) on: January 31, 2005, 05:23:37 PM
Very, very nice. Lucky bastard. biggrin

However, the most annoying item has to be the Rat Catcher's Flute that's obtainable via a quest in the Ironforge/Stormwind Tram area. High pitched shrill that'll make anyone wish for the nearest burning flames.
15069  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Did you buy a pet? on: January 31, 2005, 05:21:42 PM
I personally like the Collector's Edition pets. The Panda goes great with any Horde character, while Diablo is a great Paladin pet. Never figured out which the Zergling goes best with though. biggrin
15070  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW- quest text mispelled. What to do? on: January 30, 2005, 01:50:19 PM
Well, /bug doesn't work (Blizzard themselves admit that the message you generate goes nowhere), and I wouldn't exactly make a petition for it.

I know there is an e-mail address for those kinds of things though. Just gotta wander the Blizzard site to find it.
15071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / predict the launch dates on: January 29, 2005, 09:43:14 PM
While I can't throw out any dates like the rest of you can, I do predict this:

1) The Xbox 2 will launch first, with the Gamecube 2 right behind it. Or the other way around. Either way, both consoles will launch within a month of each other, tops.

2) The Gamecube 2 will be cheaper than the Xbox 2. More than likely by about $50 or so. Nintendo will still somehow make a profit on every machine sold.

3) The PS3 will be the last console to launch, by far (3-6 months after the first two), and will launch at the same price as the Xbox 2.

4) As far as pack-ins go, none of the consoles will have a title with it, except for maybe the Gamecube 2 (but even then, not likely). The companies make too much money on game sales to include a pack-in.

5) All consoles will support DVD movies in some way, shape, or form. Either as a standard or via some remote package (that the Xbox did).

My reasons? The Gamecube 2 MUST come out before the PS3 if they're to have any chance this generation. The PS2 got way too much of a lead for the Gamecube to catch up on, unless Nintendo really, really changes their 'vision' in the eyes of all gamers.

The Xbox 2 will come out ahead of the PS3 for the same reason - they need to be out there first. Early adopters are worth too much. Heck - remember how popular the PS2 was for importers? It was stunning, even though it didn't launch with any must-have titles (IMHO).

We'll see what happens.
15072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I have mono and it is good. on: January 29, 2005, 06:36:35 PM
Take Asteroids, Robotron, and send yourself on an acid trip, and you have this game.

And I love it. Excellent find!

Barring my forgetting about it, look for this game in tomorrow's Wrap. biggrin
15073  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What Im listening to right this moment on: January 29, 2005, 05:10:55 PM
I'm currently listening to whatever is being played via Hair Nation on my web version of Sirius Satellite Radio. Nice stuff to jam to while at work. biggrin
15074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB lists PSP bundle for $399 on March 29th on: January 28, 2005, 07:36:07 PM
One thing I hate about EB - forcing people to buy crap they don't want just to get the system.

I was utterly surprised when I bought my DS as just the console alone. When I bought the Gamecube at launch, I had to stock up on a whole bunch of Matcatz crap just to get the system.
15075  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Caption THIS! Friday Edition on: January 28, 2005, 05:45:05 PM
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"
Katamari Damacy: the home game!

Winnar! smile

"I drink via osmosis."
15076  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / You ever get that bored as hell feeling? on: January 28, 2005, 05:42:23 PM
RaptorRed - at least you have a cool sounding job. Far better than mine working at my local grocery store pharmacy, anyway.

Thank the Gods I have internet access. And the ability to bring in my laptop every weekend. biggrin
15077  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / WOW in stock today at EB Games on: January 28, 2005, 05:37:34 PM
My Brick and Mortar store had one copy in stock when I paid them a visit yesterday as well.

And yet, they still had 3 Collector's Editions of Everquest II...
15078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Would like some Guild Wars info on: January 27, 2005, 04:33:35 PM
I played the open betas a few times, and the game feels a lot more like Diablo than a MMO. Yes, you get new powers and such as you level, but it really feels like Diablo.

Maybe that's why it'll be completely free as far as a monthly fee goes, instead of the usual MMO monthly price.
15079  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Reboot Loop? on: January 27, 2005, 04:20:32 PM
Time to boot into Safe Mode (tap F8 I believe a bunch of times while WinXP is booting to bring up the options) and see if anything seems to be up. At worst, it's time for a rollback via System Restore (Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore).
15080  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / (WoW) Have odd character bug. Any ideas? on: January 27, 2005, 02:35:56 AM
Quote from: "The Chauffeur"
There are 2 folders that you can delete, both will be recreated when you log into the game again. You'll have to reset your setting but that's minor.

WTF folder is one.. and the other eludes me. I think it's WDB which is the database type files that are stored on your system.

The WTF and Interface folders are the two you can mess with. The WTF holds your character settings (window placement and such), while the Interface folder are all the mods you can download.
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