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9561  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Outlook problem on: June 13, 2007, 01:08:46 PM
Yes, I use MS Outlook and no I'm not looking for another program (well, not yet anyway).

With that out of the way, for the last couple weeks I've been having a very odd, suspicious thing happening in Outlook.  When I am typing in a message my response time is extremely slow.  I can type a whole paragraph before any of it shows up on the screen.  I basically have to type out a sentence and then wait 10-15 seconds before it appears.  This only happens in Outlook, not in IE or Word or anywhere else I have seen.

I do run several anti-spam/adware programs (Adaware, SpyBlaster, a-squared Free and occasionally SpyBot) and none of them are picking anything up other than a couple cookie after browsing online.  I also have Nod32 anti-virus running and that hasn't found anything either.  All are updated daily.

I am the only user on this computer and I can't think of anything I have installed that would have caused this, although I have done regular updates on stuff (AV, Windows/IE, etc) and installed a couple things.  I've tried closing out processes until I can find the culprit but that hasn't lead to anything yet.  I even temporarily tried uninstalling my anti-virus thinking it may have been it's email monitoring thing causing it. 

This is a really annoying problem and I am afraid it may be a key logging program (although why it would only affect Outlook baffles me).  Any suggestions or solutions?
9562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 13, 2007, 12:45:17 PM
I wanted this game to be so cool and redeem the series.  I still want to play it and like it...maybe if I can find it for rent I will go that route instead of a purchase.  I had gotten myself all warmed up for buying it, though.

Honestly, most of the things they knock the game for, like the graphics and disjointed story, don't mean much to me anyway for Tenchu.  I just want to be a stealthy ninja and execute some evil mofos.

Also, it's suspicious that the one thing that the reviews fail to address is the multiplayer options.  GameSpot totally glosses over it and the other site said they are having internet issues and couldn't try it out (but obviously not enough issues to stop them from posting the review, eh?).  
9563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Soul Calibur IV 'announced' on: June 13, 2007, 12:06:28 PM
Yeah, I didn't think the d-pad is all that necessary when I played Soul Calibur 2.  It's much less technical than something like Virtua Fighter. 
9564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 2 tips and tricks on: June 13, 2007, 01:03:16 AM
If you have the manual all of the turn types are diagramed in there.  If you don't have the manual, IkeV linked to it in the other Forza 2 thread (although I can't get the link to work right now). 
9565  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 13, 2007, 12:15:36 AM

Quote from: Destructor on June 12, 2007, 09:46:20 PM

Just stumbled upon this pic and figured it could be used to change the subject away from the infamous Paris:

(and no, I have NO idea where it came from - just that somebody used it as their avatar)

That's obviously Tenacious D from The Pick of Destiny.  Which I haven't even seen, but as I said it's obvious.  slywink
9566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: All-Time Gaming Surprises (via Clay's suggestion) on: June 13, 2007, 12:02:01 AM

Quote from: Clay on June 12, 2007, 11:47:41 PM

Is Chronicles of Riddick on the BC list for the 360?

No, and it won't be because they are releasing a new version for the 360 with additional levels and the extras from the PC version. 
9567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony's Blog-Think Like Major Nelson's site on: June 12, 2007, 11:37:32 PM
Well, they also have the "semi official" ThreeSpeech site. 
9568  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 hottest women... according to lesbians on: June 12, 2007, 01:06:42 PM
I agree with a lot of their choices, but Helen Mirren?  Meryl Streep?  What the holy hell?
9569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wait a minute? So now you don't need friend codes to play online? I am confused on: June 12, 2007, 12:36:27 PM
Big 'N'.  Big 'N'.  Big 'N'.
9570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wait, another quirky independent game that the devs want to publish on the Wii? on: June 12, 2007, 12:23:36 PM
It looks like it would take a lot to make that into an actual fun game.  Plus, they are running it on the Source engine and I doubt any publisher would want to spend the money to license that for a niche indie game. 
9571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 12, 2007, 12:47:01 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on June 11, 2007, 09:06:50 PM

It is annoying, to me, that cars that are built with traction control or ABS don't have these features automatically toggled in the game. I know my '69 Charger didn't have ABS, so I feel like I shouldn't have to turn it off in the game to model the car. I also know the newer cars DO ahve traction control, but I'd have to turn it on to use it in game. I think they should patch a "default" setting into the game to let us use the cars as they were (plus some insane upgrades).

I think it's usually more of a case where if a player uses driving aids like TCS and ABS they will likely use them for every car they drive, rather than only on those for which is was an option. 
9572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/11) on: June 12, 2007, 12:41:16 AM
Probably Tenchu Z and eventually Prince of Persia Classic. 
9573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Speedball II: Brutal Deluxe on: June 11, 2007, 08:33:57 AM
There is a new trailer up over at the official site in the downloads section, but it unfortunately doesn't show any real game footage.  There are some screenshots at the top of the News and Game Info pages, though. 

By the way, am I the only one for whom playing high def Quicktime movies totally sucks?  Their player gives me like 1 frame a second on something like this and I find it a joke that I can run full screen real-time rendered games 60 times faster than their shitty video playback.  (which is why I use the VLC media player for them, but still)
9574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 2: COOL CAR PIC'S....... on: June 11, 2007, 07:46:59 AM
Here is a quick one that didn't turn out too bad:

9575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 06/11/07 on: June 11, 2007, 05:34:57 AM
Played a lof of the career and exhibition modes as well as doing some painting in Forza 2

I also tried out the demos for Tenchu Z and Overlord, which were both pretty fun. 
9576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: All-time PC gaming disappointments on: June 11, 2007, 04:25:27 AM

Quote from: Space Herpes on June 11, 2007, 04:10:11 AM

Interstate '82.  In so many ways they messed this up.  The game play was no where near as fun.  The dialog wasn't cute or clever.  The story was lame rather then cheeky.  I so wanted more after I'76 that this was a huge disappointment to me.

Absolutely!  Interstate '76 is one of my all-time favorite PC games, and '82 really dropped the ball in so many ways. 
9577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 11, 2007, 04:22:52 AM
I tried the demo and enjoyed it.  While it isn't great it is about what I expected since I had played the Japanese demo (though I liked that level better than this new one).  They really didn't do a good job of explaining the gameplay and mechanics, like how to read the Ki "stealth" Meter or do certain moves.  The lack of save points and the deadly boss battle really anger me, too. 

The graphics are serviceable but not nearly as good as one would hope on the 360.  That's been the same story with every Tenchu ever made, though.  I agree that some of those faces in the customization part are laughably terrible. 

If you do play the demo, don't forget about your items.  The one on the far right is your grappling hook and you can shoot it by clicking the right stick, aiming at a ledge/roof above you and then hitting Left Button to shoot it.  The other items are pretty cool and useful, too.  Shuriken, poisoned rice balls, grenades, health, smoke balls that make you invisible for a short time, etc. 

When you grab a guard from behind, you can also drag them into a dark alley before you execute them, or you can grab dead bodies and take them into the shadows.  According to the website there are other attacks like a choke hold, spin kick and spinning slash, although I have no idea how to pull those off (if they are in the demo). 

Given my weakness for stealthy ninjas, I may end up buying this one.  I can understand wanting to wait for a good price drop, though. 
9578  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An Opportunity Lost (now NSFW thanks to CK 1am3n355) on: June 11, 2007, 03:51:05 AM

Quote from: Purge on June 11, 2007, 03:09:39 AM

I thought it should the 1am4n455. what's en ess?

ATB is too old for l337 I think.

It's "lameness", you dumb455.  slywink  What the hell is a lamanass? 
9579  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Nature of Clans? on: June 11, 2007, 02:03:45 AM
First off, which game are you talking about? 

Secondly, there are different types of clans.  Some are just a loose gathering of friends who play together when they see each other online, and some do it competitively with practice times and their own servers and such. 

If you're just getting random invites I'm guessing it can't be too hardcore.  And if you join and don't like it, it's not like la Cosa Nostra where you can't leave, ya know?  slywink  Plus, you can always just talk to the person who is inviting you and see what they have to say about it. 
9580  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DOA Movie on: June 11, 2007, 01:55:54 AM
I wonder how many lame critics are going to use the line "This one certainly is DOA.  It's Dead On Arrival!  Hahaha!  I kill me!" 

"Hey, Willy, let's eat cats!"  [/alf]
9581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 11, 2007, 01:09:13 AM

Quote from: gellar on June 10, 2007, 04:44:25 PM

My real life settings for an STi... not sure if these work in game:

My car has the imported Japanese suspension, which should be identical to the stock ones in the game (in theory).  However, they are also not adjustable, so I don't have any ride height/spring settings.  Same with struts.

Camber: Rear -2 degrees. Front -3.25 degrees
Toe: Rear 0mm. Front 2mm.
Sways: Rear 3/3.  Front 1/3. (I think my sway bars have 3 settings on them... not sure how this correlates to in game)
Track Tire Pressure: Front 28 psi, Rear 25 psi.

What this *should* do:
In it's default form, the STi likes to understeer a lot.  You have to be pretty aggressive with it to induce any sort of oversteer.  This setup should push it *slightly* to the oversteer side of neutral.  Turn in should be greatly improved, and mild oversteer should be easily induced with either a mash of the throttle or a violent lift of the throttle during the turn.  Whether this setting actually translates to the game... I dunno.


Simply judging by my limited experience in Forza2, if you are trying to correct for understeer, shouldn't your front tire pressure be lower than your rear?  That will give those front tires more traction and allow the rear ones to slip more readily.  That has been my experience and it helped my STi slaughter the cars in some exhibition races last night. 
9582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 2 tips and tricks on: June 11, 2007, 01:05:47 AM
Gellar, the one thing I notice is that your little tip sheet there says to increase/decrease your tire pressure by 2.5 PSI each time.  Forza only goes by single PSI increments from what I've seen, and even then changing just one or two PSI can be a pretty big increase or decrease in handling. 
9583  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An Opportunity Lost on: June 10, 2007, 10:18:06 AM

Quote from: Clay on June 10, 2007, 04:01:37 AM

Speaking of Jessica Biel's rear, make sure you see the full trailer for upcoming Adam Sandler movie, "I now pronounce you Chuck and Larry."  Trust me.

Holy jeez she is hot.
9584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 2: COOL CAR PIC'S....... on: June 10, 2007, 10:04:57 AM
As obviously inspired by my favorite Freelance Police:

I took a couple hours to customize my '69 Charger:

9585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Logitech Racing Wheel for 360 on: June 10, 2007, 12:22:59 AM
You know, it would be really cool if Microsoft would get a kiosk with a wheel setup that you could try in some place like Best Buy.  I would be much more willing to one if I could actually try it out first. 
9586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: June 10, 2007, 12:18:49 AM
I'm in the category that doesn't really know enough to be good at tuning my cars.  It's easy enough to upgrade and throw on some new sway bars or something, but tweaking the details it's hard for me to know what to do to correct my problems rather than making them worse.  

Plus, in the time that I get to play my games I want to actually play them, not spend hours going back and forth between tuning and test driving and trying to figure out if there were any noticeable changes or not.  That feels like a bit of a waste of my free time to me, although I know some people do like doing that.  
9587  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [WoW] 3-Day banned again! on: June 09, 2007, 02:14:52 PM
Before I quit playing on the WoW RP server I had a good time pretending that my dwarf was Canadian. 

"What's this all aboot, then, eh?" 
9588  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I am Legend Teaser trailer on: June 09, 2007, 01:54:32 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on June 09, 2007, 04:36:07 AM

Way the fuck out for me.  HATE HATE HATE Will Smith, and watching him in another subpar adaptation that butchers the source material it's derived from (can you say I, Robot?), well...

Let me just say "Awww Hell naw!!!"

My opinion tends towards agreeing with you.  When I first heard Will Smith was chosen to star in it my anticipation dropped like a rock. 

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on June 09, 2007, 01:26:58 PM

LOVED the book. Am annoyed at what is shown in the trailer, as I don't remember any set-up in the book. However, I'm also glad that the trailer doesn't appear to show us anything past the set-up. Nothing ruins a movie faster than showing us all the important beats of the story in the previews. Consider me cautiously optimistic.

I'm not sure that set up was necessary, either, and it's not welcome.  But I agree that it was good example for how to do a trailer without revealing everything. 
9589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Colin McRae: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] demo on: June 09, 2007, 01:10:43 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on June 09, 2007, 12:48:22 AM

Loved the Dirt demo and will likely buy this the week it comes out. It means I'll probably be in racing game overload for a few months since I'm already so damned addicted to Forza.. but I'll find time for both games.

Well Dirt doesn't come out this coming week, it's the one after.  We have a couple more weekends to blow playing Forza 2 before being pulled away.  And I will definitely purchase Dirt when it comes out.
9590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Now has a disease named after it! on: June 09, 2007, 12:43:52 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 08, 2007, 02:22:33 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 08, 2007, 01:02:40 PM

How about "Wii're fucking retarded for not just calling it a repetitive stress injury". 

or 'EngineNo9 is a Wii bit pissy this morning?'  Tongue

Me?  Pissy?  Never, sir!  I bid you good day!  slywink
9591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 09, 2007, 12:40:01 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 08, 2007, 03:03:33 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 08, 2007, 02:47:04 PM

That's about how I feel, too.  The lack of mid-mission saves may kill even that, though.  Of course, I will see what reviews have to say, too.

jeebus f rambo!  consoles have hard drives now!  is it that hard to put in decent save features?

Not all consoles have hard drives these days.  Like the Core.  Worst decision Microsoft made for the 360.  Not that it excuses a shitty save game system, that's just lazy and mean. 

I can't believe that Microsoft Games would publish this one with such obvious deficiencies. 
9592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 8/Jun/07 on: June 09, 2007, 12:20:19 AM

Quote from: Starshifter on June 08, 2007, 06:13:48 PM

My MS racing wheel does not arrive till next week so it will be Forza 2 next week for me.  I still have to pick up the game which will be my first purchase of a racing game in my life!  I really enjoyed the Dirt demo on Live.  I might try that out again this weekend.

I'm sticking to my goal of finishing up Enchanted Arms (X360) so I need to spend some time on that.  I would also like to spend a little time on Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess (Wii) and Odin Sphere (PS2).  I just started Rogue Galaxy (PS2) as well.

You should also get a free copy of Project Gotham Racing 3 with your wheel, so now you'll own not one, but TWO racing games!  PGR doesn't have the customization/upgrading stuff of Forza 2 and is more based around stylish racing, but it's not totally arcade racing either. 
9593  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OMG... the iPhone is the God Device on: June 08, 2007, 01:46:38 PM

Quote from: JLu on June 08, 2007, 01:41:12 PM

Zero interest in the iPhone -- I don't even like my blackberry that I have to have for work.  I just want a phone; not a camera, not an MP3 player, no extra stuff: just a phone that will have a battery life that will last for more than a day or two. 

That is my exact position on the subject.  
9594  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lousy Tippers on: June 08, 2007, 01:42:58 PM
Yeah, tipping bartenders is a bit different than tipping a restaraunt server anyway.  Let's see, you ignore me for every female around and then finally take 10 seconds to pour me a beer...yeah, that's worth an extra dollar on top of the bullshit marked up prices.  Shove it up your ass, Francis.  

No, I don't go to bars much.  Tongue
9595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 8/Jun/07 on: June 08, 2007, 01:27:40 PM
Mostly going to be more career mode in Forza 2 (with maybe a little multiplayer if anyone is on) and then trying out the demos for Tenchu Z and Overlord and possibly even Shadowrun.
9596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadowrun on: June 08, 2007, 01:13:26 PM
With the Windows Live program you can play other PC gamers with the free Silver account, but for other things like cross-platform play, full voice communications and matchmaking you need a Gold Live account.  If you already have one for your XBox you don't have to buy another one. 

I don't think this game has anything similar to WoW, other than the fact that they are both somewhat fantasy based. 

You can read a couple pages of impressions over in this console thread
9597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Writings on the Wall: Sony & MS are You Paying Attention!? on: June 08, 2007, 01:08:45 PM
Well, with Halo shipping in September I think their best bet may be to keep the price the same for a couple months after that release (and GTA4, etc) and then drop it at Black Friday to pick up MASSIVE DAMAGE!!  slywink
9598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 08, 2007, 01:06:11 PM
Well, as TML said in his duplicate thread, the demo is now so you can try it for yourself on PC or 360. 
9599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Now has a disease named after it! on: June 08, 2007, 01:02:40 PM
How about "Wii're fucking retarded for not just calling it a repetitive stress injury". 
9600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 08, 2007, 12:58:16 PM
Man, I was really looking forward to some stealthy ninja killing and you guys are raining all over my little parade.  I will still have to check out the demo this weekend and see for myself. 
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