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9201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CONGRATULATIONS ROCKSTAR!!!! GTA:IV 500MLN. on: May 11, 2008, 05:50:06 PM

Quote from: morlac on May 11, 2008, 05:23:41 PM

Rock and roll music is the Devil!

Anyone who listens to that crap is a no good, lazy criminal.

opps, wrong generation.

No worries folks the baby boomers are dying off.

And if they're not dying off soon enough, we can always start running them down with our stolen cars, am I right?
9202  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flathead Screws are for Morons on: May 11, 2008, 05:22:25 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on May 11, 2008, 05:15:27 PM

Phillips screw heads were designed to slip more easily than a straight screwdriver. Early machines often overtightened straight-head screws. Ah, here we go -- from Wiki:

"The Phillips screw drive has slightly rounded corners in the tool recess, and was designed so the driver will slip out, or cam out, under high torque to prevent over-tightening. The Phillips Screw Company was founded in Oregon in 1933 by Henry F. Phillips, who bought the design from J. P. Thompson. Phillips was unable to manufacture the design, so he passed the patent to the American Screw Company, who was the first to manufacture it."

And yet, in the same breath, Wiki also says:

"Slot head has a single slot, and is driven by a flat-bladed screwdriver. The slotted screw is common in woodworking applications, but is not often seen in applications where a power driver would be used, due to the tendency of a power driver to slip out of the head and potentially damage the surrounding material."

So which one is it, Wiki? Which screw slips more easily?

They both slip, just in different ways.  The phillips head slips under high-torque situations but doesn't displace the screwdriver to the side, and with a slot head the screwdriver often slips out the side, potentially damaging the material.  Easy enough.
9203  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: May 12 Postage Increase! on: May 11, 2008, 05:18:48 PM

Quote from: JohnathanStrange on May 11, 2008, 12:38:47 PM

The "Forever Stamps" -of which I have a few books - have no price and are supposed to be valid regardless of price increases so I've no immediate concern about postal increases.

Although I enjoy the Internet as much or more as anyone else, I avoid online bill paying simply because I don't like allowing too much automatic withdrawals to anyone. Yeah, I know, many people are patting themselves on the back about not using snail mail, yawnnn, congratulating themselves on their cleverness about not having to write a check, but I prefer being actively aware of where, when, why, etc. my money is going. Otherwise, I'd be just puzzled about my expenses at the end of the year.

You can still do online bill pay without it being automatic, and in fact that is what I do.  I simply get an email reminder when my bill is ready (Comcast. T-Mobile, credit cards, power) and then go to the appropriate website and pay it from my checking account.  But you can keep patting yourself on the back if you feel like.
9204  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: May 11, 2008, 06:10:00 AM
I vote for Kato (again)
9205  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Top 20 Arcade Games of All Time? on: May 10, 2008, 11:13:57 PM
STUN Runner
Ms Pac-Man
Mortal Kombat
Super Off-Road (Ivan "Iron-Man" Stewart's smile )
The Simpsons arcade game
Moon Patrol
Smash TV
Hard Drivin'
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
X-Men
9206  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Fileplanet beta screenshots (NDA dropped for it) on: May 10, 2008, 11:02:18 PM
Wow, that's one ugly lady!
9207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No one talking about the new Gears of War 2 footage? on: May 10, 2008, 10:13:51 PM

Quote from: Jubei on May 10, 2008, 09:31:32 PM

Have you seen how ugly those locust are? im sure a couple of bullets arnt going to faze them, maybe having to shoot them 50+ times before they die is a cheap way of making the game last longer?

I would say it's because of a mix of design and technical reasons.  It's a way to have each firefight last longer, make the player use the cover system to exchange fire and to allow for less enemies to be present at any time allowing for increased quality in each character. 
9208  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: NPD online subscription tracker (new in 2008) on: May 10, 2008, 09:51:58 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on May 10, 2008, 07:46:39 PM

Is there a link to the full list of active MMORPG's subscriber bases? I'd like to see how some of the other less-known MMORPG's are doing.

I'm in the middle of downloading Planetside (yes, it's still active!) just a little curious how many people are still playing it.

I guess I didn't even realize it was still active.  It looks like the last data MMOGChart.com has for it was from 2006 or something so no idea where to find that info.
9209  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Looking for - 1 month free trial for Netflix on: May 10, 2008, 07:03:47 PM
For anyone that has Vista Premium and would like to try streaming Netflix movies to their Xbox 360: check this out.  It also allows you to download WatchNow movies into a WatchLater directory, apparently. 
9210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No one talking about the new Gears of War 2 footage? on: May 10, 2008, 06:47:38 PM

Quote from: Ridah on May 10, 2008, 06:24:08 PM

My only gripe is with the colors. Like in GoW, GoW2 appears to be using 3-4 colors total for everything.

GoW is certainly on the far end of the monocrhomatic scale, but a lot of games have been going more towards that "realistic" look (Skate, Burnout, GTA4) and it bugs me.  I spents lots of money on this console and HDTV, I want to see some fucking colors, damnit!  Real life is not that washed out.
9211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: call of duty 5...already playable? on: May 10, 2008, 06:43:30 PM
The big thing with me not liking WW2 shooters is the crappy iron sights.  I just can't use that to aim and much prefer a scope, dot, reticule or something along those lines.

Of course I think the general quality will likely be a bit lower in the Treyarch developed CoD5 anyway, so that doesn't help. 
9212  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Steak-Ums on: May 10, 2008, 06:34:26 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 10, 2008, 06:27:18 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 10, 2008, 12:23:12 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 10, 2008, 06:45:03 AM

Do they come in microwavable sandwiches or just those meat clumps you have to pan fry? Ive always wanted some but could neve rever remember to buy some. Today I remembered but all I could find was stuff you pan heated and had to use your own bread. Is that the way they come?

You have always wanted one but you didn't even know what they were? Just the idea of a frozen product with the word steak in it's name got you excited?

I thought they were a pre made philly cheese steak mini sandwich that you just needed to microwave or toast..seems I was mistaken. Maybe Ill stick to the Stouffers panini bread frozen microwave sandwiches instead.

If you find the Healthy Choice panini sandwiches on sale (usually for about $2 around here) they are the tastiest in my opinion.  Cheese steak, smoked chicken, chicken basil...yumm.
9213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any interest in GRID? on: May 10, 2008, 05:08:32 PM

Quote from: kronovan on May 10, 2008, 08:57:20 AM

It definitely doesn't have a 4-point physics model ...

Just like DiRT, yes it does. 
9214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 10, 2008, 05:06:10 PM
Man, I wish my copy would get here already!  Stupid Amazon free shipping (why is it always three days from them notifying the USPS and giving me a tracking number and it still doesn't even show being picked up?)
9215  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: NPD online subscription tracker (new in 2008) on: May 10, 2008, 04:40:28 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 10, 2008, 01:54:06 PM

CoX is #5?  icon_eek

I didn't expect that. Well...go Heroes!

Well, it's by using their weird formula for averaging quarterly online revenue, so it may only be with publicly traded western companies or something.  There is also the fact that in Asia the subscription model is generally much different than western countries, so I'm curious how they account for that. 
9216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No one talking about the new Gears of War 2 footage? on: May 10, 2008, 06:44:33 AM
Was any of what Cliff said even necessary for the video?  Certainly didn't seem so to me.  It's guys shooting from vehicles.  Maybe they should worry about actually getting the story into the game this time rather than having to describe it in gameplay videos. 

No, I'm not bitter at all. slywink
9217  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kung Fu Panda movie trailer on: May 10, 2008, 06:33:11 AM

Quote from: Turtle on May 09, 2008, 08:08:13 PM

Word from the animation community, and from a friend who interned on Kung Fu Panda is that it's really, really good.  Miles above prior Dreamworks stuff.

It wouldn't take much to be better than the other Dreamworks Animation crap...but that trailer doesn't give me much confidence.
9218  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do Not Attempt on: May 10, 2008, 05:44:46 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on May 10, 2008, 03:43:10 AM


I played it 4 times and every time the gimp shot himself right away.  Is there actually more to it than that?
9219  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Any interest for a Chicago-area get together May 31? on: May 10, 2008, 02:17:37 AM

Quote from: ATB on May 06, 2008, 01:18:59 PM

Why isn't this in the Off topic forum where people will actually see it? There are quite a few Chicagoans (sp) here....

Yeah, I don't live in Chicago but if I did there is a good chance I wouldn't see this topic in here.  This forum is a bit underused/visited.
9220  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Random sightings on older games: RTWGold, Warhammer Collection, on: May 10, 2008, 01:10:11 AM
I've seen that Civ collection on clearance at Target, but I didn't really look to see which games/expansions were in it.
9221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any interest in GRID? on: May 10, 2008, 01:02:12 AM

Quote from: disarm on May 09, 2008, 11:26:17 PM

one more little thing worth mentioning...they really improved the replay system from DiRT.  while you could do replays in DiRT, it always bothered me that you couldn't use different buttons on the controller to carry out the various functions...you had to actually move between the buttons on-screen and hit the A button to select them.  now you can smoothly go back and forth through a race at various speeds (both fast and slow), pause the action instantly, and watch the carnage of a big wreck in all its splendor.  they are still missing a photo option though...

You can also rewind to the point before you spun out/crashed/whatever so that if you have one tragic accident you don't have to start the whole race over.  I haven't really messed with that aspect much, but it seems like it could be a very good thing to avoid re-running a whole race when you crash on the last lap (you can also select Pro mode to turn it off and get better scores if you are hardcore).
9222  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stimulus Rebates! on: May 09, 2008, 10:44:51 PM
I just got my $600 deposited today, and as much as I would love to pick up a new PC or a PS3, I decided it was better spent going directly to credit card debt.  One of them is paid off now but I still have quite a bit on the other so I need to behave a bit (if buying 5 games this month is considered behaving...).
9223  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 09, 2008, 10:10:35 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 09, 2008, 09:14:55 PM

Im IN closed beta..its what wont run. Heck the game was final a week ago and is at the shippers now ready to go out I bet. It wont be any better than what Im not getting to play now.

Considering they just released a 540 meg patch (that I'm guessing you never downloaded) I think it will be quite improved from the version on the disc.  I'll eat my hat if they don't release at least another patch before live. 
9224  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 09, 2008, 08:09:58 PM
They took a lot of the Advanced options out in this last patch, it seems.  They may have reverted to forcing shader 2.0 for now.  I do know that the patch fixed my crazy-long load times and frequent hitching when playing.  I haven't had it crash yet, either, but I haven't played for that long since the new patch.
9225  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Zune Software 2.5 on: May 09, 2008, 06:07:18 AM
It's funny (and frustrating) that they still haven't gotten version 2.5 to have the features that the first version did.  I wish there was an option to just use that software with the new firmware on my Zune. 
9226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any interest in GRID? on: May 09, 2008, 01:37:35 AM
I tried this out on my lunch break and was impressed.  As others have said the graphics are great and I felt that the driving was great, except that I totally suck at the drift racing.

I'm sure I will pick this up when it comes out, even though I have too many other games to play as it is.  It's gotten me even more excited to see what they bring with Dirt 2!
9227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CONGRATULATIONS ROCKSTAR!!!! GTA:IV 500MLN. on: May 09, 2008, 01:31:58 AM

Quote from: The Grue on May 08, 2008, 09:55:01 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on May 08, 2008, 09:53:41 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on May 08, 2008, 04:24:13 PM

I have mixed feelings about the success of GTA. Sure it's fun and in some ways artful, but it's also incredibly sexist and juvenile and exploitative and base. And you know tons of kids are playing it, M rating or no. This is not exactly gaming's best foot forward when this thing breaks all sales records.

And yet it's had half a billion dollars worth of sales.  I think the fact that this game sells so well says that this is what the people want.  You can't blame the game for what it says about us.  If the game was truly offensive, it wouldn't sell so well.

Precisely.  Look at Postal, for instance.

Well, there's a difference between a good game with offensive material and a shit game made only to be offensive. 
9228  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Caption This! on: May 09, 2008, 01:13:07 AM
Need new picture.
9229  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dealing with a difficult coworker on: May 09, 2008, 01:07:46 AM
As a developer, I say you just need to pay more attention.  slywink
9230  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 08, 2008, 06:05:40 PM
That's pretty close to the system I use at work (although I have 7950 w/ 512 of RAM) and I think you will get decent performance at medium settings.  Hopefully the patch they release will put an end to the hitching and that will make the performance seem much better overall. 
9231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lord of The Rings : Conquest on: May 08, 2008, 05:59:10 PM

Quote from: Butterknife on May 08, 2008, 05:44:42 PM

I read through the interview and it looks pretty exciting.  I never did play Battlefront -- how are these guys as developers?  Reliable?  Will they deliver all of this?

It depends on the team but they are pretty good and I think they can deliver.  They've done Mercenaries, Star Wars Battlefront 1&2, Destroy All Humans! 1&2, and the Full Spectrum Warrior games.  They're working on Mercenaries 2 and Sabateur, which both look very cool.
9232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fight Night Round 4 - Actually some good news! on: May 08, 2008, 05:51:48 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on May 08, 2008, 04:43:47 PM

Quote
A new physics engine will allow for missed punches, glancing blows, and other unexpected animations.

I hope they don't turn this into a game where every punch I throw I have to watch an animation of what just happened.  IE.  I throw a punch and miss and have to watch the animation of me throwing a punch and missing........

Yeah, this sounds kind of cool but if it results in slower, unresponsive gameplay I am not going to be happy with that. 
9233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any interest in GRID? on: May 08, 2008, 05:42:46 PM

Quote from: disarm on May 08, 2008, 03:27:57 PM

surprise!  three track demo is up on Xbox Live...downloading now! icon_cool

This would only be a surprise if you didn't read my post.  slywink
9234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 08, 2008, 05:39:55 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 08, 2008, 04:00:08 PM

Quote from: Mattc0m on May 08, 2008, 03:57:50 PM

Dude, I loved the Brucie missions... he's a great character.

I loved his reaction in the race mission when...
Spoiler for Hiden:
  I hopped out before the race started and started throwing molotovs at the other cars.  Of course they didn't let me complete the mission but his reaction was worth it.

You do realize that if you equip molotovs before you enter the car you can throw them out the window, right?
9235  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan (It's Golden!) on: May 08, 2008, 05:38:04 PM
Well, realize that paying for that 3-day early access gives you a total of 10 days for $5, so it's not as if you're paying more than the portion of a regular month's subscription. 
9236  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any Toronto area game programmer wannabes here? on: May 08, 2008, 05:36:25 PM
I'm a programmer and my sister is in Toronto...does that count?  slywink 
9237  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Looking for - 1 month free trial for Netflix on: May 08, 2008, 05:21:18 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on May 08, 2008, 12:40:12 PM

Does the one month free thing only work for new customers? I'm not new to Netflix, but I haven't subbed since around January. Godzilla Blitz sent me an invite for the 1 free month, but Netflix seemed to recognize that I was a previous customer and said no go.

Those free-month (or 2-week) things are only for new customers.  You may be able to trick their system by signing up with a different email address (I did that for the free trial of GameFly a couple times) or it may use your actual address in the check in which case you just need to move and change your name.  slywink
9238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any interest in GRID? on: May 08, 2008, 02:48:06 PM
It looks like we will get to try out the racing and see for ourselves.  A demo should be up on XBox Live right now and PS3 later today.  Too bad I have to go to work...

Also, what is with these companies releasing demos right after GTA4?  If it were me I would wait at least a couple weeks. 
9239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mirror's Edge anyone? on: May 08, 2008, 05:55:49 AM
Visuals look good, gameplay is going to make or break it though.  I'd much rather just have a third person camera to give me real body awareness. 
9240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman (PS2) or Chase Hollywood Stunt Driver - should I bother? on: May 08, 2008, 05:47:12 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 08, 2008, 01:43:15 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 08, 2008, 01:30:20 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 07, 2008, 02:59:22 PM

Quote from: Chaz on May 07, 2008, 02:52:29 PM

I would argue that Stuntman is a poor indicator of how much you'll like Stuntman Ignition.  From what I remember, there were some fairly hefty loading times for retries in the first one, and the stunts were very unforgiving.  Ignition removes the loading times, and the stunts are more forgiving.  I didn't like Stuntman, but loved Ignition.

OK, well, if I think that I would like it with easier stunts and shorter loading times, I will get Stuntman 2 smile

He's talking about Stuntman: Ignition on the Xbox 360, not Stuntman 2. 

I think we're talking about the same thing.

Yeah, I guess so.  For some reason I was thinking that there was actually a Stuntman 2 released like a year after the first, but I can find no record of it.  Weird.
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