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2441  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 Graphics Glitches? on: November 15, 2004, 02:32:20 PM
I just don't see all the problems people are talking about.  Sure, during some cut scenes there is some clipping or pop-in, but not often.  The game is beautiful, imho.
2442  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OK I GIVE! IM OVERLOADED on: November 15, 2004, 02:27:06 PM
Brothers In Arms



*Drool*


My game of the show at E3.  biggrin
2443  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Video from Fallujah on: November 14, 2004, 11:09:05 PM
http://members.cox.net/macallan_the/falluja.asf

Wow.

God Bless our troops.
2444  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Men of Valor on XBOX - A 31 yr old gamer's review on: November 14, 2004, 03:30:15 PM
Alice, I agree completely.  Men of Valor is awesome.  My friend and I were going through it coop up until Halo 2 came out.  Now we're going to beat that, but we'll go right back to finish Men of Valor.  The swift boat level is pretty darn fun to, hard, but fun.  

Very good game that should be checked out by any fan of FPS's.
2445  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OK I GIVE! IM OVERLOADED on: November 14, 2004, 03:27:02 PM
Backlogged as well.


I'm playing Halo 2 and Men of Valor coop with a good friend.  Also, I just started the new LOTR game but I'm not sure about it yet.   On the PC I'm playing Medal of Honor Pacific Assault and Counterstrike:  Source, while waiting on HL2 to come out.  

I also have a campaign going on in Rome Total War that I Would like to finish.
2446  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Scott Peterson Guilty! on: November 12, 2004, 09:17:51 PM
1st Degree Murder for Lacy, 2nd degree for his unborn child.
2447  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Scott Peterson Guilty! on: November 12, 2004, 09:17:21 PM
Just broke.
2448  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Nice new LCD from Dell... on: November 12, 2004, 08:47:09 PM
Quote from: "Raven VII"
http://www.chait.net/index.php?p=504

Normally I wouldn't touch a Dell product, but you gotta admit, this LCD looks sweet. I don't like the audio bar thingy either, but the good news is, it's removable. Notice the S-Video-in there... That means I can ditch my crappy TV. And it's only $800, and knowing Dell and their crazy coupons, I could probably get this for $600 or so.

I'm seriously considering buying this.


I must ask why you wouldn' ttouch a Dell product?

I'll continue to build my own computers, but I've found them to be pretty darn good for the money for family and friends.
2449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 - It's ON! (impressions thread) on: November 12, 2004, 07:10:37 PM
I have found that I actually prefer the xLink Kai systemlink setup over the Live setup in Halo 2.

Of course it's the only option I have now that I've been banned, but I did play a good amount of Halo 2 on live at my friends house and the xLink setup seems just as good if not better.
2450  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV Show Torrents on: November 12, 2004, 03:49:07 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
I advise running in dmz, because you forfeit the little protection provided by the router.  Unless you also have software firewalls running on all the connecting client computers, this is a Very Bad Thing (tm).
.


You don't advise him to run in dmz correct?  Just want to clarify.  The hardware protection provided by a router is much better than a software solution.
2451  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV Show Torrents on: November 12, 2004, 02:42:59 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Does anybody have a Linsys router?  I have tried doing all the port-forwarding stuff but it never works out for me.  Thus I have to run my box in a DMZ, which isn't something I'm too thrilled with.


I have one.  I just followed the directions on forwarding the ports and it worked like a charm.  Not sure what could b ewrong with yours.
2452  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 11/10/04 on: November 11, 2004, 08:02:28 PM
Quote from: "draegun"
Quote

Although, I am a little bit thrown off by Locke's behavior.  And also the fact that if it was the French chic, why didn't she drug him when she clocked him over the head?

No one knows what Locke gained on the island, and he definately has an interest in staying there.


I thought he gained the ability to walk?


Yup, and live out his dream of being in the wild.
2453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Official Half-Life 2 Time of Release!!! on: November 11, 2004, 07:39:46 PM
I can't wait.  Hopefully there will be no issues with steam...


THANKS ATI!
2454  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wanted: Replacement Titans owner for CG ESPN NFL League. on: November 11, 2004, 07:37:46 PM
Thanks denoginizer smile  

I'll probably get one in early Dec.  I just had a ton of bills hit this month (ins. etc.) so I need to wait a little while.  

I appreciate the offer and will definitely join if I have a new one by then.
2455  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV Show Torrents on: November 11, 2004, 07:11:06 PM
Quote from: "Zekester"
Napolean,
wouldn't it point you in the direction of everyone who might have the file?

And then you grab different pieces of it, whether theirs is complete or not.


It directs the client to users who are sharing the file (seeding), and allows you to pull from each of them at once.  The torrent file isn't a small part of the file you're trying to download though.
2456  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Microsoft to release three versions of Xbox 2 on: November 11, 2004, 05:54:23 PM
Quote from: "Dinkytoy"
I hope they are able to design the hard drive version in a way that prevents piracy, piracy hurts all gaming, even systems that are difficult to pirate, like the Gamecube, because some people choose the xbox over the Gamecube because it makes piracy incredibly easy.


Or because gamecube releases like 3, maybe 4 good games per year.
2457  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV Show Torrents on: November 11, 2004, 04:26:58 PM
You can go here for all the answers to any of your P2P (peer to peer) questions.

www.zeropaid.com/

Let me know if you have any questions that aren't answered there.
2458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Microsoft to release three versions of Xbox 2 on: November 11, 2004, 04:22:27 PM
Quote
One of them will be like a PC, shock


By Wil Harris: Thursday 11 November 2004, 10:23

A SLIDE from a non disclosure agreement (NDA) presentation seen by the INQ points towards Microsoft launching three versions of the Xbox 2, one of which is a fully functioning PC.
The presentation, understood to have been given to analysts and market researchers in the UK earlier this year, plots a timeline for the introduction of the systems. Xbox Next and Xbox Next HD are planned for Autumn 2005, whereas the Xbox Next PC is pencilled in for Autumn 2006.

The standard Xbox Next will not include a hard drive, which will allow Microsoft to cut costs on this basic unit. Xbox Next HD, as you might imagine, does include a hard drive and will offer increased functionality based on this. Xbox Next PC is, according to the presentation, an entry-level PC that runs Windows and all standard PC software. It also includes CD Burner, Wireless keyboard, mouse and controller and will work best connected to a high-definition TV or PC monitor. Media Center functionality - like movies, music and photos - is also included. The device will also play most available PC games.

System outline specifications note that internet browsing and instant messaging would be key applications, and that the entire unit will be smaller than the current Xbox, although it will not be possible to upgrade the shipping memory or processor.

The year-long gap between the mooted introductions of the 2 standard Xboxes before the Xbox Next PC is an interesting decision, which suggests that Microsoft realises the time that the market needs to acclimatise to TV media functionality. Since the Vole expects to ship Xbox Next before the Sony PlayStation 3, 2 versions of the console allow it to get the first wave out before PS3, but to also spoil the launch of Sony's flagship by concurrently announcing the PC version. ยต





http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=19615
http://news.teamxbox.com/xbox/7189/Microsoft-to-Release-Three-Versions-of-Xbox-2/


Very interesting and probably true smile
2459  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tornado on: November 11, 2004, 05:50:29 AM
Wow, that is insane.  Thanks for the link.
2460  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV Show Torrents on: November 11, 2004, 05:44:15 AM
And here is The OC.

http://www.freewareweb.com/octorrents.shtml

&

24

http://www.freewareweb.com/24torrents.shtml



*Tip, to search, just do a google search for the "Name of Show Episode Download", and look for a freewareweb link.
2461  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV Show Torrents on: November 11, 2004, 05:42:39 AM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Thnx Ill try it out. I dload Enterprise off Kazaa because my local cable dropped UPN after the first season.

After looking closer at that site...is there a way to search for shows other than Smallville?


I have no idea.

Here is the link to apprentice episodes in case you're interested:


http://www.freewareweb.com/apprenticetorrents.shtml
2462  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV Show Torrents on: November 11, 2004, 04:48:18 AM
So, my dad was supposed to record Smallville tonight but doesn't quiet know how to work their new VCR and he missed it.  I searched for a torrent of tonights episode and found this site:

http://www.freewareweb.com/smvtorrents.shtml

I also got an apprentice episode from there before and it works like a charm.  Just thought you all would be interested.

If this isn't appropriate, let me know and I'll get ride of it smile
2463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 10, 2004, 10:22:05 PM
Thanks for the tip Punisher smile

Zero, I posted a link to Xlink KAI  above smile

I'll be on there for sure now!

Tonight even!
2464  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wanted: Replacement Titans owner for CG ESPN NFL League. on: November 10, 2004, 09:19:59 PM
Good luck Rage crybaby
2465  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 CO-OP question on: November 10, 2004, 07:40:26 PM
Quote from: "Tebunker"
I don't see why not, you can co-op over Live if you want to.


No you can't.

http://news.teamxbox.com/xbox/7065/No-OnlineLAN-Coop-for-Halo-2
2466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 10, 2004, 05:12:03 PM
http://www.teamxlink.co.uk/?go=games


YES!  I can play Halo 2 online afterall, with voice support!  

I'm very happy and may not buy a new one after all.
2467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 - It's ON! (impressions thread) on: November 10, 2004, 03:10:33 PM
My friend and I played coop last night and had a blast.  It's beyond what I even thought it would be.  It is everything I loved about Halo times 20.  The Squadmate AI is pretty darn good in my opinion and the AI of your enemies is a lot better as well.  I love the new vehicle jacking feature and that the enemy will do it as well.  My friend and I were driving through the tunnel to the bridge on the 2nd level in a warthog when we took some serious damage from a ghost.  We jumped out to fight, only to have 2 baddies get in the warthog and come after us.  Very sweet.   I can't wait to play more and get a new Xbox so I can play online... smile
2468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 10, 2004, 02:37:14 PM
Quote from: "Zero"
Interesting thread...because I'm interested in getting an xbox soon, but am not sure if I want to go live or not...but where do you find xboxes for $99?  Also if that's used, how do you know the xbox isn't banned?

Is there also an advantage of having a larger drive?  Isn't the drive used for saving games and if so...how large are these game saves??

Thanks.


My friend works at a local gameshop that sells used systems and he can get me one with his discount.  

The advantage of having a larger hard drive for me is that I have every single game from the NES, SNES, Genesis, all the systems before those in the form of emulators, + my favorite arcade fighter of all time Killer Instinct.  I put new movies on it all the time for my fiance and I to watch (plays Divx, mpg, avi, wmi, .vob, .bin, .iso, .etc).  I stream shoutcast radio streams from the Xbox to my sound system & now I put every single Xbox game I own on the hard drive which cuts down on load times, but more important I don't get any more dirty disc errors (launch Xbox with the Thomson drive).  I have a 160 gigs, and right now I have about 70 gigs free.
2469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 CO-OP question on: November 10, 2004, 02:15:28 PM
Quote from: "ras752000"
My XBOX is set to 16x9 mode . . . I always left the original (even though it was 4x3) stretched to 16x9 . . . looked ok to me.  So if I switch the BOX back to 4x3 mode . . . it will go top-bottom?  Great . . . I'll try that when I get home . . .  just not enough peripheral vision the way it defaulted . . . thanks!!!!!!!


Hey ras, I can confirm that it will work.  My friend and I had the same problem last night.  We're both used to playing top/bottom.  It took me a while to figure it out but we changed it off widescreen in the dashboard and it fixed it.
2470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 10:42:15 PM
Quote from: "denoginizer"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
 As for not wanting to play someone with a chip, thats just silly and I'll leave it at that.  I sure disrupted your league with my chip didn't I?  Actually, I guess I did now that I'm banned but that is beside the point.  Halo 2 being leaked was the last straw and the came down hard.  That is really all there is to it.


So you are telling me that no-one is trying to create a mod chip that will allow people use a turbo contoller undetected in ESPN NFL 2K5?  I know for a fact that there are. I also know that at the moment mod chips have to be switched off in order to play on Live.  But that doesn't mean this will always be so.  I would rather MS banned all modded Xboxes before someone comes up with a workaround.  Again I am in no way saying that you were cheating Eco. But one of the reasons I like playing multiplayer shooters on the Xbox is that you are sure that everyone has the same equipmet and is not using aimbots or fancy macros.  I have no problem with MS protecting this environment.


I understand.
2471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 09:56:42 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
I was reading at Gametab about this. Some are saying that even home-replaced DVD drives (replacing the shitty Thompson yourself) earns you a lifetime ban. Isn't that a bit extreme? Or can DVD drives be h4xx0R3d to allow burned games to work?

There is a way to get PC DVD drives (the Samsung 616 seems to be popular, this is a regular PC DVD drive that happens to be able to read retail discs AND a lot of recordable discs) to work with an Xbox, that's probably how they are going about banning in this case.  I'd say you're okay if you changed it with another Xbox DVD drive (Philips/Samsung in this case), but if not I'm screwed (I changed my Thomson for a Philips). slywink


To clarify though, using that disc drive will not allow your xbox to play backup copies of Xbox games.  It will allow it to read recordable discs, for audio etc.
2472  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Green Bean Casserole or Mashed Potato Soda! on: November 09, 2004, 09:29:57 PM
puke

Quote
SEATTLE - Jones Soda Co. takes the idea of a liquid diet to a new low. How does Green Bean Casserole Soda strike you? And how about an aggressively buttery-smelling Mashed Potato Soda?

Even the creators of the fizzy concoctions at this small Seattle soda company can hardly stomach the stuff. But last year's unexpected success of the Turkey & Gravy Soda means another round of bizarre food-flavored soft drinks. As an added bonus _ they're calorie-free.

This week Jones Soda Co. launches a full meal deal of five Thanksgiving soda flavors, from the bile-colored Green Bean Casserole to the sweet _ but slightly sickly _ Fruitcake Soda. Last year's Turkey & Gravy is also back on the menu.

If you think it sounds less than appetizing, you're not alone.

"Oh, man, I can't drink that!" cries out company chief executive Peter van Stolk, after pouring himself a drink of mashed potatoes.

To banish the buttery aftertaste, he recommends a chaser of Cranberry Soda, the only one of the holiday bunch that doesn't make you want to pick up a toothbrush.

Drinking last year's savory Turkey & Gravy was no picnic, either, but that didn't stop people from clamoring for it, pushing bidding on auction site eBay Inc. up to $63 for a two-bottle set.

This year Jones plans to produce up to 15,000 five-packs of the 12-ounce bottles, which come complete with utensils (a straw and a toothpick). The sodas may not be as satisfying as a real holiday meal, but they can boast being both calorie- and carb-free, not to mention vegan and kosher.

Beginning Thursday, they'll be on sale at some Target Corp. stores throughout the country, and at other retailers, for between $14.95 and $16.95, with proceeds benefiting Toys for Tots.

Known for its quirky ads and offbeat bottle designs, Jones traces its roots to a soda distribution operation that began in 1987. But it wasn't until the mid-1990s that the company began its own line of sodas, cultivating a following among skaters, surfers and snowboarders with unusual flavors like blue bubble gum, green apple and watermelon. These days, Jones soda, juice and energy drinks are available nationwide at stores including Target, Albertson's and Safeway.

Five tasters were assigned to the task of perfecting the holiday flavors, although van Stolk said most other employees ended up trying the sodas sooner or later.

In the early stages, the staff grew deeply divided over mashed potato versus sweet potato: "It was like red versus blue," van Stolk said, referring to the recent presidential election.

In the end, he called it for mashed potato, arguing it was the more familiar food.

Jones isn't the only company to find that people have a certain fascination with foods that make you go "yuck." There's the real-life version of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, made famous by the Harry Potter books and featuring tastes like Vomit, Booger and Earthworm. And millions of Americans regularly tune in to reality shows to watch contestants eat things like spiders and snails.

Experts say part of the human fascination with such foods is the omnivore's natural tendency to try a varied diet. But there's also a certain group of people who are simply novelty seekers who get a thrill out of more extreme gastronomical adventures, said Virginia Utermohlen, an associate professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell University.

For those people, she said, the thinking is, "So long as I know it's not going to kill me, it might be just interesting."

Barbara Rolls, nutritional sciences professor at Penn State University, said research shows young people are more likely to try new foods, but she speculates it's not just nature.

"It's that bravado factor," she said.

And for some, Rolls added, the risk will have a reward.

"Who knows, maybe it really tastes good," she said.

___

On the Net:

http://www.jonessoda.com
 
 
Copyright 2004 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


http://www.comcast.net/news/print.jsp?fn=/apnews//XML/1500_Health__medical/e4616166-dcbc-493f-a236-a40266b66e67.html

 :?:

Anyone going to try it?
2473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console keyboard and mouse? on: November 09, 2004, 09:06:49 PM
Lik-Sang released one for the Xbox.  You have to import it though.
2474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 09:05:17 PM
Quote from: "denoginizer"
I mean no offense to Eco.  But as a person who plays online via Xbox live on a daily basis,  I don't want to be playing anyone who has a modded xbox.  I know that right now there is no way to cheat on xbox live, but I immagine some schmuck is working on a way (or was).  It sucks that you are now out of the football league.  As far as modding the Xbox, I have one myself and I never even considered connecting to Live with it.  Microsoft is not saying you can't use a mod chip or a bigger hard drive.  You just can't play on Xbox Live with it.  Its really as simple as that.


That isn't really true though deoginizer.  They don't want you to use a mod chip or a bigger hard drive.  Period. Live is simply the only method they have of knowing one way or the other and the only feasible punishment for breaking their rule/law.  As for not wanting to play someone with a chip, thats just silly and I'll leave it at that.  I sure disrupted your league with my chip didn't I?  Actually, I guess I did now that I'm banned but that is beside the point.  Halo 2 being leaked was the last straw and the came down hard.  That is really all there is to it.
2475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 08:14:51 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
And to clarify, a mod chip doesn't allow people to cheat in online games.  Period.  

So I'm not sure why cheaters are even mentioned here.
I thought that was the Microsoft's rationale for Live bans:  cheat prevention.


That is correct.  Cheating results in your account being banned, playing with a modded xbox results in that Xbox being banned.
2476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 07:27:25 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
Or can DVD drives be h4xx0R3d to allow burned games to work?


I don't think that is possible.  The bios would have to be modified in some way.
2477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 07:18:33 PM
And to clarify, a mod chip doesn't allow people to cheat in online games.  Period.  

So I'm not sure why cheaters are even mentioned here.
2478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 07:17:41 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Are people even sure that buying a new Xbox will work?  Even assuming you try and register for a new Live account with it, won't they be able to link it to your old banned account either via credit card or address its registered under?


Yea, it will work.  I wouldn't even have to change my account in fact.  It's just the actual Xbox that is banned, not my Live account.

Dimmona,

I'm using an Xecuter Pro 2, and the X3 Bios (not sure what version).
2479  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 06:56:48 PM
I don't even consider it sleazy.  In fact, I think the person who came up with the idea to ban modded Xbox's on the day before the biggest Xbox game ever is released should receive a promotion and a sizable bonus.  I know I would promote him if I were his boss.

The only thing I'm bummed about is missing the rest of the ESPN Football league as I was really enjoying it and visioned a comeback and triumph in the playoffs.  I won't be buying a new Xbox until early december, so I have to bow out of the league.  Very sorry to everyone in the league.  

Chances are someone will find out a sure fire way to unban your xbox between now and then so I will also be keeping my eye on the scene smile

Anyway, at least my friend and I still get to play some Co-op Halo 2 tonight as planned, I can't wait! (hell from the Hard Drive now if we want!)
2480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Banned From Xbox Live on: November 09, 2004, 05:54:01 PM
Good point Jeff.  Thanks for the reminder and the link. smile
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