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9801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Really cool Sadness art work (Wii) on: January 11, 2007, 04:06:21 AM
No offense, but it's just a piece of concept art.  It's cool, but the game likely won't look anything like that. 
9802  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: More Presidential Fun on: January 11, 2007, 03:38:22 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 11, 2007, 03:13:15 AM

Quote from: Nth Power on January 11, 2007, 02:49:01 AM

I was reading a story in the LA Times yesterday, and it was saying Bush's troop increase would mean changing Pentagon policy and having some soldiers go back for a second tour of duty.  IIRC, the current Pentagon policy is 24 months before a 2nd tour. 
I despise the fact that he's sacrificing American soldiers just so he can save some face for his failing plan. 

I thought it was 12 months before a second tour, but I'm certainly no expert. 

I'm not sure about regular military, but I'm pretty sure the policy he mentioned is regarding the National Guard and Reserves (at least that was the policy I read about).  Here in some info from the Wikipedia:

Prior to the attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, the National Guard's general policy regarding deployment was that Guardsmen would be required to serve no more than six months overseas at any time. Due to strains placed on active duty units following the attacks, the possible deployment time was increased to 18 months. Additional strains placed on military units as a result of the invasion of Iraq further increased the amount of time a Guardsman could be deployed to 24 months. Current Department of Defense policy is that no Guardsman will be involuntarily activated for a total of more than 24 months (cumulative) in one six year enlistment period (this policy is due to change 1 August 2007, the new policy states that soldiers will be given 24 months between deployments of no more than 24 months, individual states have differing policies).
9803  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: More Presidential Fun on: January 11, 2007, 03:11:59 AM

Quote from: Nth Power on January 11, 2007, 02:49:01 AM

I was reading a story in the LA Times yesterday, and it was saying Bush's troop increase would mean changing Pentagon policy and having some soldiers go back for a second tour of duty.  IIRC, the current Pentagon policy is 24 months before a 2nd tour. 
I despise the fact that he's sacrificing American soldiers just so he can save some face for his failing plan. 

Yeah, going ahead with this plan means that they will have to extend the tours for some troops that are already there and changing the policy to send Reserves/Guards back for a second tour which they currently can't do.  Even the Generals have said that without changing that policy there aren't enough troops/brigades to send there.  

My favorite part is that they created a bipartisan commision whose job was to decide what the best plans of action were, and then completely ignored their recommendations.  That pretty much spells out the Bush administration's mindset.  

Congress (and therefore the Democratic majority) are really in a hard place because if they cut the funding it will affect troops that are already there, which they obviously don't want to do.  One thing I've seen mentioned a couple times is that they could cut spending for non-goverment contractors like Halliburton, which could be a partial solution.  
9804  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Choose my last name on: January 10, 2007, 03:45:12 AM
Why not just take your Mom's last name? 
9805  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An ATB Retrospective on: January 10, 2007, 03:18:19 AM
The terrible irony of all those "Calving pissing on something" stickers is that Waterson never licensed his characters' likeness for any use (T-shirts, coffee mugs, stickers, etc) because he didn't want to cash in and dilute and undermine his artistic property.  And then it gets stolen over and over and used by retarded rednecks on their pick-up trucks. 
9806  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers - The First Trailer on: January 10, 2007, 03:10:27 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 09, 2007, 11:44:50 PM

But that still shows my point: what the trailer reveals is the exact opposite of "Robots in Disguise".

It's more like "Robots coming to kick your ass, and they aren't in disguise, because they don't give two turds if you know they are robots or not".


And I really hope they don't go with Hugo Weaving.  He has such an annoyingly limited acting range. 
9807  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 01/09/07 on: January 09, 2007, 03:40:50 PM
I've got The Illusionist and Idiocracy in the queue. 
9808  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW causing my monitor to go to sleep on: January 09, 2007, 04:40:25 AM
Or just the official ATI/AMD driver page.
9809  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An ATB Retrospective on: January 09, 2007, 04:10:17 AM
I hate you bastards.
9810  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Can I have an old version of IE along with the newest? on: January 09, 2007, 04:04:14 AM
You could always try an alternative browser like Firefox or something and see if the software is compatible with that. 
9811  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can you switch back and forth from wireless to wired on the 360? on: January 09, 2007, 03:42:48 AM

Quote from: stimpy on January 08, 2007, 06:31:28 AM

Anyone using something other than the $100 official wireless adapter?

Would like to get some opinions on alternatives.

Here is Microsoft's official list Xbox Live compatible and incompatible routers, etc.  I don't think it necessaily means that other kinds not on that compatibility list don't work, but those are the ones that you should be guaranteed to work. 
9812  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/8) on: January 09, 2007, 03:34:32 AM
Had I not just bought Xmann's PS2 I might pick up Lost Planet, but I think I will be a little busy with some awesome games called Ratchet & Clank, Sly Cooper and God of War! 

9813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War Patch This Week on: January 09, 2007, 03:27:21 AM
I'm just glad to see somebody address (and fix) the damn 4:3 VGA problem!  This issue is in multiple games now and Epic are the first people I've seen actually acknowledge it. 
9814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Live Arcade Game This Week Is..... on: January 09, 2007, 03:24:02 AM
While Ms Pac-Man is certainly better than Pac-Man, this is still a disappointing showing for the Arcade.  Somebody needs to kick this fucker into overdrive. 

Quote from: Lee on January 09, 2007, 02:51:11 AM

What exactly is the difference between Pacman and the Miss version? Besides the bow of course.

- Ms Pac-Man moves faster than the old man
- There are 4 different mazes instead of the same one over and over
- Three of those mazes have two sets of warp tunnels instead of one
- Pseudo random ghost movement instead of patterned
- Two pieces of fruit pop out and float around
- Clyde got a sex change and is now Sue
9815  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 09, 2007, 03:07:36 AM
Police drive ATVs in Chicago?  Who knew!
9816  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retail return policies got nerfed. on: January 07, 2007, 07:10:28 PM
Boy, I didn't see that punchline coming.  Nope, not in a million years.
9817  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is it worth reporting this to the police? (Internet sale gone bad) on: January 07, 2007, 06:29:49 PM
I agree that any time something that expensive and fragile is sent in the mail you should get tracking and insurance on it.

And I'm not sure why everyone just assumes that the guy didn't mail it.  Things do get misrouted, lost, damaged, etc in the mail.  Having worked security in a DHL sorting hub I have seen quite a fewpackages whose labels were ripped off (although obviously the vast minority) and with no other form of information inside to indicate sender or receiver so it just sits there until it gets sent back to the corporate hub. 
9818  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Newsflash: US Military attacked on Mexican border. on: January 07, 2007, 06:22:03 PM
This wasn't even immigrant related, it is a drug traffic problem.  With the crackdown on meth production facilities on the west coast and the regulation of pseudoephedrine products in the US, it has pushed a lot of the manufacturing south of the border which means it needs to get across for distribution. 
9819  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is there an Ignore feature in the works? on: January 07, 2007, 03:22:54 AM
If you are running the black theme I'm pretty sure that KD said it is not currently implemented on that (yet). 
9820  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Confession on: January 07, 2007, 03:15:47 AM
I have a confession also:  I hate anime.  All shapes, forms, eras and everything else, I hate it. 
9821  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone interested in Vanguard? on: January 06, 2007, 11:30:41 PM
One thing I haven't seen much mention of yet is whether you can do well soloing or if you pretty much need a group.  I know it sounds contrary to the genre, but I often prefer to go out and do quests on my own (or with one or two people) and it would be nice to have that option for the majority of the game.  I thought WoW had a pretty good amount of solo-able and small group stuff, although late in the game you are pretty much SOL since it's all huge raid instances.  That was the main reason I quit playing the game.
9822  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Non-mainstream music recommendations on: January 06, 2007, 10:03:46 PM
I'm a huge fan of Eels (also on myspace, but the actual homepage has lots of videos).  I would also recommend the ever awesome Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits and I have a weak spot for Deftones.

Some other bands that my friends dig (not that I don't like them, they are just more passionate fans than I) that might be in your vein are M. Ward, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, My Morning Jacket, Devotchka, The Flaming Lips, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Califone, Kid Dakota and Sparklehorse

Cripes, I can't believe there were MySpace pages for all of those bands/people.  I guess it's a sign of the times.  The end is near.
9823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown! on: January 06, 2007, 09:39:19 PM
Yeah, I've never been a huge fan of sandbox-only type play, but for this one I'm willing to give it a try.  Hopefully there is at least some sort of story/information conveyed to the player so you know what your options are and don't feel lost and directionless.  
9824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown! on: January 06, 2007, 07:23:22 PM
There's a pretty lengthy interview with the lead designer of Crackdown over at FiringSquad where they cover all sorts of things about the game.

The one thing that has me a little concerned, though, is the total openness of the world with seemingly no real story or missions to propel the player along.  I love screwing around and doing all sorts of crazy things in these games as much as the next guy (if not more), but I also like to be able to do a mission or two now and then to feel like I'm making progress.  I guess it might not be bad as long as they clearly show the player where the gang bosses and kingpins are and the details of their relationship like he explained in the interview. 

I also had to go back to IGN to check out those awesome videos...they get me excited every damn time!  Less than two weeks until we can check out the demo.
9825  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone interested in Vanguard? on: January 06, 2007, 04:58:39 PM
Heh, not to rip on your wolfguy, but I think it looks silly to have a perfect wolf head on top of a normal, fully erect human body.  Maybe make it more like werewolf where the head and body are shaped half like an animal and half like a human or something, but to just jam on a totally discordant head looks like someone was playing with Barbies and glued on a farm animal's head or something. 
9826  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: To all you people there are, or were ever, single...your God is dead on: January 06, 2007, 04:14:52 PM
Hey, at least he lived to the hearty old age of 96! 
9827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vanguard beta now open on: January 06, 2007, 03:45:25 AM
Well, it's open to FilePlanet and 3D Gamers subscribers, apparently.  I'm not a subscriber to either of those sites, nor have I preordered the game, so I probably won't be checking it out unless it goes into actual open beta. 

Has anyone gotten a chance to try this upcoming MMORPG out yet? 
9828  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4: why no PC love? on: January 06, 2007, 03:09:05 AM
Yeah, it was announced quite a while ago that ShadowRun will be their first game to support the cross-platform Live Anywhere multiplayer.  I still don't personally think that you can have an FPS played with a controller be directly competitive with mouse and keyboard, but they consistently say it won't be a problem.  We will see once the game launches. 
9829  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut 2 demo on: January 06, 2007, 03:05:09 AM
I can't say I've had that problem, Eduardo, but when you start up the game try to select something other than 60 Hz as your refresh rate.  I usually go with 75 Hz if it is supported for the resolution I am playing the game in. 
9830  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Please recommend a good freeware MP3 ripper/encoder on: January 06, 2007, 03:02:22 AM
The Windows Media Player doesn't just rip to WMA, it will rip your discs to standard WMA, WMA Pro, adaptive WMA, lossless WMA, MP3 or WAV with several bitrates available for the non-lossless formats. 
9831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown to include access to Halo 3 multiplayer beta on: January 06, 2007, 02:34:19 AM
Considering you can make preorders up until the week before the game is released I doubt the beta is only on the preorder discs.  They may put it on the first chunk of copies or something, but to know exactly how many preorders they needed to fill before the manufacturing phase is just not realistic.  EB clerks are not exactly a great fount of accurate information when it comes to...most anything.  (no offense, Misguided)
9832  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Aiming tips for console shooters on: January 06, 2007, 02:25:42 AM
I would also just make sure that you don't play better with the y-axis inverted (or normal if it is inverted).  I've had some friends for which that seemingly simple change made things work a lot better for them. 

Also worth mentioning, in the 360 dashbard you can actually set your profile preferences for three different kinds of games (General, Action, Racing) so it defaults to your preferred control and view method when you start up one of those games.
9833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 version 2 on: January 05, 2007, 03:32:39 PM
I'm not sure how "soon" we'll see this.  Didn't they alreaedy say that the 65nm core has been pushed back a while?
9834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4: why no PC love? on: January 05, 2007, 05:32:20 AM
There is also the fact that just because PC games aren't huge money makers for retail companies like EB/GameStop (who have their large profit margins made by used console games) doesn't mean that the game companies aren't making money.  It is true that their profits may not be as large as a huge console release, but they also don't have to pay licensing fees to any console makers.  With the rising costs and time of development many games are released cross-platform (including on the PC) to ease some of that expense.

It comes down to the fact that if it wasn't profitable they wouldn't be made, and there are plenty of PC games released and in the pipeline. 
9835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help Me Find Guitar Hero on: January 05, 2007, 05:19:53 AM

Quote from: Calvin on January 05, 2007, 05:14:15 AM

Thanks to all for their advice, it looks like I have a purchase made with Xmann, what a great find that was!

Yeah, you're welcome.  I guess I will have to suffer life with just a great deal on a PS2 and Okami and not play livingroom rockstar for now.  icon_wink 
9836  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Please recommend a good freeware MP3 ripper/encoder on: January 05, 2007, 05:14:28 AM
I don't want to cause waves, but what is wrong with just using Windows Media Player?  What features are you looking for that aren't available there?  It's all I really use, but I have pretty archaic needs. 
9837  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Best animation program? on: January 05, 2007, 05:10:33 AM
I did a quick search and saw there is a free version of 3DSMax, although it is 30 day limited.  I also see that on the Autodesk site they offer free versions of software to students if you sign into their student page thingy, but didn't check out other details.  They also used to have the free gMax modeling and animation tool, but it hasn't been updated or officially supported for a year or more. 
9838  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: PS2 Slim Guitar Hero Package FS on: January 05, 2007, 04:53:33 AM
If Calvin doesn't come through on his end I'm going to kick him in the jimmy!  icon_wink 

Thanks for a great trade, Xmann!
9839  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is there an Ignore feature in the works? on: January 05, 2007, 04:11:02 AM

Quote from: Purge on January 05, 2007, 03:59:50 AM

It creates a clique; and I'm DONE with high-school antics a decade ago.

That's what I love about high-school girls, man.  I get older, they stay the same age.   icon_cool

(and just so somebody doesn't mistake this for some sort of creepy comment on my part, it's a quote from Dazed and Confused said by a slick, creepy Matthew McConaghey, no less)
9840  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: PS2 Slim Guitar Hero Package FS on: January 05, 2007, 04:05:27 AM
Well, if Calvin really wants Guitar Hero I'd be willing to take the sytem off your hands for a reasonable price.  I'll pay $40 and Calvin can pay $100 for GH.  That sounds fair, right Cal?  icon_wink 

Seriously, though, I'm willing to work out a deal that benefits all parties. 
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