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9121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: May 22, 2008, 05:07:30 AM
I really enjoyed Painkiller when I first played it, but I reinstalled it last year and it didn't keep my attention for long. 
9122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 22, 2008, 04:27:05 AM
Less talk, more funny!
9123  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Impressions on: May 21, 2008, 04:36:10 AM

Quote from: Zarkon on May 21, 2008, 04:16:05 AM

Does the game have a buddy key, out of curiousity?

I think the collector's edition comes with 5, but my copy hasn't come from Amazon yet (still playing off the 10-day early access).
9124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox Live Question on: May 21, 2008, 02:48:39 AM
If you end up having to do some router port forwarding and don't know exactly how to do that, portforward.com is a great resource for that.  Just find your router model number and then click on Xbox Live 360.
9125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tuesday Morning Funnies on: May 21, 2008, 02:24:56 AM
Yeah, seems like a very adequate way to try and assassinate somebody if you could stuff it with enough explosives. 
9126  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Impressions on: May 21, 2008, 02:10:09 AM
Yup, the worst server problem I've seen is waiting in a 2-3 minute queue to get in during peak times.  Very solid so far.
9127  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FT/FS Xbox 360 games on: May 21, 2008, 12:00:07 AM
Interested in Skate...do you have a price you're looking for?
9128  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - All Your Questions Are Belong to Us! on: May 20, 2008, 11:58:12 PM

Quote from: jersoc on May 20, 2008, 11:51:52 PM

anyone know how i can make this crap stop crashing RIGHT after i login? freakin ridiculous srsly.

Haven't heard anything about that, but have you tried turning your settings all to low before logging in, in case it has something to do with loading/displaying your characters?
9129  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - Lamentations Imminent! on: May 20, 2008, 07:27:20 PM

Quote from: DArtagnan on May 20, 2008, 06:30:21 PM

I wish you all a good time with AoC.

I'm personally taking a break until they get certain issues fixed - I've grown to cranky to deal with early launch problems it seems. I won't spoil it for you by going into details, so just enjoy the game - as it overall has tremendous promise and does so many things right.

Too bad, I haven't really had any issues at all.  You just wasted a free month.
9130  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - Lamentations Imminent! on: May 20, 2008, 05:37:56 PM

Quote from: BuckeyeShane on May 20, 2008, 03:57:50 PM

Can anyone tell me how this will run on PIV 3.6ghz, 8800gt, 2gb ram?  Thanks

Should run fine with medium or better details, I'd think.  Tweaking will probably get good framerates with some high settings.
9131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 20, 2008, 05:26:23 AM

Quote from: JayDee on May 20, 2008, 01:33:53 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 20, 2008, 12:54:21 AM

Quote from: rickfc on May 19, 2008, 09:24:03 PM

the 7 most evil things you can do in GTAIV!

I think I'm gonna try #3 with Carmen, rather than just dumping her...

you know, I don't think I've seen one hooker yet to even try burning them to death....

With all of the uproar over the "services" that the hookers in the game are able to provide, I have yet to see one either.

Really?  They're all over the place at night in certain areas. 
9132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy 4 Just Hooked Me on: May 20, 2008, 05:13:57 AM
An action-filled romp with a bit of cheese is one thing, but add in a plethora of crap computer effects and then you start to lose me.
9133  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [CC] Age of Conan $39.99, Crysis $19.99, Portal $9.99 on: May 20, 2008, 04:56:12 AM

Quote from: JohnathanStrange on May 20, 2008, 03:45:18 AM

My CircuitCity has been lame for years BUT for minor purchases like a game, I've no problem going there. Especially as I can often find surprise "sales" on other games priced at $49.99 but ringing up at $7.13  For the small stuff, I'm indifferent to poor service, no cashiers at registers, etc.

I would be unlikely to buy an HDTV from them though. Not without huge incentives.

The problem is that Circuit City often advertises things that they have very few copies of, or take them off the shelf and not even allow sales online.  They do it simply to get people in the store and make competitors (like Best Buy) match their prices.  I hate them.
9134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Car] Check Engine Light on: May 20, 2008, 12:13:00 AM

Quote from: stessier on May 19, 2008, 11:51:07 PM

Quote from: Lassr on May 19, 2008, 11:44:30 PM

Quote from: Octavious230 on May 19, 2008, 11:09:41 PM

Since I live in Jersey where pumping gas yourself is illegal this happens quite a lot. 
icon_eek saywhat

really. What's the basis for such a law?

It's insane.  I never would have believed it if I hadn't seen it myself.  Just one more reason to never live there...

Same law in Oregon.  Every time I've driven through there the attendants had to remind me about it.
9135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/19) on: May 19, 2008, 05:17:09 PM
Age of Conan!  (even though I also said that last week with the early access).

I've also got a copy of Wii Fit coming, and hopefully I can get some fun out of that.  I also bought Mega Man Powered Up [PSP] on clearance yesterday. 
9136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Today I'm Getting a Physical - The Numbers are In! on: May 19, 2008, 04:57:34 PM
I much prefer to take flax seed oil pills instead of fish oil.  I've had cases where later on in the day I was belching up a horrid dead fish gas from fish oil pills, and after that I just swore them off.  

I need to find some of those mescaline grapes, though...
9137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: mp3 players on: May 19, 2008, 04:39:30 PM
Yeah, I also have a Zune and really like it.  Some friends that only had IPods checked it out when they visited a couple months ago and they even commented that they really liked the interface. 

The PC software leaves some things to be desired (a few options I would like are not there), but the most recent update has helped.  The fact that they still support the older ones with new firmware updates/features is a huge plus in my book. 
9138  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Pvp servers, how are they? on: May 19, 2008, 02:39:31 PM
I've been on a non-RP PVP server and only got ganked once.  I some others in a group who were doing a fairly good job of policing against random gankers. 

I still think the time wasted by getting randomly ganked by someone you have no chance against may just be better served on a non-PVP server.  But at least there's no fighting allowed around Tortage, and your Destiny quests are instanced for only you, so you can avoid it there.
9139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 19, 2008, 04:49:52 AM
You want a "band you should hear"?  Check out The Black Angels.  They kick my ass.  smile
9140  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - Early access is open! on: May 19, 2008, 04:02:53 AM
I actually got the game to run on my crap computer.  The settings are all low and some textures are blurry, but for the most part it looks decent and runs at 15-20 fps.  Considering the specs, I'm surprised it ran at all:

Athlon XP 2600+
1Gig RAM
6600 GT 128 MB

As for the guild stronghold sieges, I thought that when a guild tries to attack the "owners" get to set a day/time for the attack that will work best for their members. 
9141  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target clearance watch - April update! on: May 19, 2008, 02:26:36 AM
I went to a different Target today and they had a ton of stuff on clearance, although most of it was the same things mentioned before. 

I did pick up a copy of Mega Man Powered Up for the PSP for $7.48, and there were a few more copies.  I was never able to find this game when it was $19.99, so for less than 8 bucks I'm more than happy!
9142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy 4 Just Hooked Me on: May 19, 2008, 02:09:42 AM
I think we're taking a field trip from work to see the mid-day showing on Friday.  Work rules!
9143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Car] Check Engine Light on: May 19, 2008, 02:05:54 AM

Quote from: Pyperkub on May 19, 2008, 01:32:49 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 17, 2008, 08:27:16 PM

The only problem is that in certain states/counties you are required to do emissions checks for vehicle licensing, and they won't even check it if your light is on.

In CA this is an automatic fail. Many places will charge you for the full smog check anyway.

Well have you ever tried my method?  When I was in Washington and showed up for one with the light on they told me to take it to the shop up the road.  All that shop did was charge me $80 to reset it and send me right back to the emissions test.  The next time I just reset it myself by disconnecting the power and saved the money. They already have the manual checking equipment for cars that don't have the on-board emissions diagnostic. 
9144  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - Early access is open! on: May 18, 2008, 07:46:58 PM
Quote
And as far as paying for Early Access goes - technically your $5 went towards playing the game 3 days early, as well as playing for 10 extra days beyond your 30 day trial. Or at least that's what I thought it was.

Well, it's 10 days total.  3 days early access and 7 onto the end of your first month.  

I guess I just wish if they were taking the servers down that they would do it at 6am or something, not in the middle of the day. 
9145  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - Early access is open! on: May 18, 2008, 06:51:35 PM
Crap, so they apparently took the servers down again today?  I just drove to work so I could play on a good computer and find out that it will be down for another hour at least.

I understand they are "constantly upgrading and tweaking our servers to get everything ready for the big launch" and I didn't mind it so much yesterday for the first launch but now I'm getting a bit annoyed.  I paid for these early days of playing so I could get some hours in on the weekend when I have free time, not so I could sit here in the middle of the day playing the waiting game.  Hopefully they compensate with some free time at least.
9146  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - Early access is open! on: May 18, 2008, 06:05:47 PM
I've found the Dark Templar pretty good to solo with.  You start to get some life-leech skills and feats after a while, which can help for self-healing when fighting.  I usually have no trouble taking on 2 same-level mobs, but more than that or higher level can get deadly pretty quick.
9147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Multi-Platform Juggle (Gaming Gluttony?) on: May 18, 2008, 05:40:18 PM

Quote from: JSL on May 18, 2008, 04:48:18 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 17, 2008, 02:35:42 PM

I would like to point out that Boom Blox is the perfect type of game for this.  It's something that you can play for ten or twenty minutes before getting back to your obsession.  While it's very addictive, it hasn't taken me away from GTA IV.

I've put over an hour into some puzzles on Boom Blox. I think this has to do with my obsessive compulsive nature, but my point is that it is not a 10 to 20 minute quick fix for me.

I don't necessarily spend an hour on one puzzle, but I agree that it is not a game I can only play for 10 or 20 minutes. 
9148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 multiplayer interface needs emergency medical help on: May 18, 2008, 05:38:20 PM
"It's not that often, and he only hits me because he cares so much."  slywink
9149  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - Early access is open! on: May 18, 2008, 05:24:40 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 18, 2008, 05:16:49 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 18, 2008, 07:22:57 AM

Quote from: Mikagami on May 18, 2008, 07:01:28 AM

3 effen am.. and it seems to be hardcore lagging on the last 2 gigs...   
I'm getting ridicilous slow download speed now..

It's a torrent.  The fewer seeds the slower the speeds.  slywink

chances are they're killing the torrent as soon as they get the download complete so it doesn't eat up any of of their bandwidth as they play.

Yup.  I also found that I got better speeds by following their tips (from the 'about' page) to limit the upload to the minimum and turn the number of peers down (even though that second seems weird to me).  It more than tripled my speeds from around 110KB/s to 366 right now.  
9150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best dungeon(s) in a PC game on: May 18, 2008, 04:07:56 PM
The best dungeons are the ones you make yourself: Dungeon Keeper 2!  Tongue
9151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trackmania Nations/United Forever on: May 18, 2008, 04:07:00 PM
I really enjoyed the first Trackmania and did play the free Nations thing for a while.  If I ever catch up on all my new games I might have to pick up United Forever. 
9152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: May 18, 2008, 04:04:48 PM
Hmmm, tough choice.  I'll go with DarkEl for this round.
9153  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - Early access is open! on: May 18, 2008, 07:22:57 AM

Quote from: Mikagami on May 18, 2008, 07:01:28 AM

3 effen am.. and it seems to be hardcore lagging on the last 2 gigs...  
I'm getting ridicilous slow download speed now..

It's a torrent.  The fewer seeds the slower the speeds.  slywink
9154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bourne movies any good? on: May 18, 2008, 07:11:14 AM
Good action movies, and certainly worth watching (especially if you haven't read the books). 
9155  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - Early access is open! on: May 18, 2008, 03:13:00 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 18, 2008, 01:44:45 AM

so, you can level up pretty quickly I take it?

Well, considering I played for 5 hours, I don't think 12 out of 80 levels is too crazy.  The first 5 easily come within the first hour or less. 
9156  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - Early access is open! on: May 18, 2008, 03:03:29 AM

Quote from: Rich on May 18, 2008, 02:48:03 AM

I played for a few hours with no crashes, so that's all I have to say about the servers but I do have a question for others.  The new PvP ruleset, Culture PvP, that sounds like it is realm vs. realm which is what I think DAoC had and more or less what WoW's PvP is Horde vs. Alliance, so my question is the regular PvP servers in AoC are they everyman/guild for themselves regardless of race/realm?

Yup, outside of a city area you can stab anybody, regardless of race. 
9157  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - Early access is open! on: May 18, 2008, 01:41:55 AM
I did get booted from the server once and had to wait in a queue for a couple minutes, but that's the extent of my problems.  Just hit level 12, but I need to get some food. 

I may even try installing it on my home computer tonight and see how it runs.  I want to keep playing!
9158  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - Early access is open! on: May 17, 2008, 11:26:43 PM
Just played for about 3 hours and had no problems at all.  Ran at least as well as the closed beta had been and no client or server crashes or anything else. 

I ended up on a PvP server that one of my co-workers is on (Deathwhisper or something), but I'm not sure if I'll stay there.  Haven't had ganking problems (everyone is around the same level, of course), but even going to help somebody when they pull extra mobs, you end up swinging and hitting them usually.
9159  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 17, 2008, 08:29:41 PM

Quote from: Arclight on May 17, 2008, 08:26:25 PM

Patcher is up, go get it


Yeehaw!
9160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Car] Check Engine Light on: May 17, 2008, 08:27:16 PM
My check engine light has been on for a couple years.  I know it's related to the emissions system, but I have had the O2 sensors and catalytic converter replaced and it still just comes back on.  I've decided that I don't give a shit and will let it stay on until the car dies.

The only problem is that in certain states/counties you are required to do emissions checks for vehicle licensing, and they won't even check it if your light is on.  The trick there is to disconnect the battery for 5 minutes to reset the sensor before you go in.  They won't be able to get useful data from the onboard diagnostics (have to go like 200 miles), so when they ask just tell them it was recently in the shop and they will do a manual test at the exhaust.  My car passes with flying colors that way. 
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