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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Forza 5 on: December 16, 2013, 04:17:05 PM
Got to put in a few hours over the weekend, and while I'm getting sort of proficient, I can for the life of me figure out how some of the very fastest people are finding 5-10 MORE seconds on a 1:30 lap.   I know some of it is in setup, but I've been *teaching* real-life high-performance driving for almost 15 years now and I absolutely cannot figure out where the time is coming from. 
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Forza 5 on: December 09, 2013, 05:07:40 PM
Cool!   Most nights are good with me, or rather no nights are regularly not good, but stuff comes up  thumbsdown

Anyway, would love to get online with y'all and get some laps in.  So far I've only spend about 4 hours with the game, and the only track I "know" well is the Top Gear test track, but every race needs a backmarker, so I'm in for that smile
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Forza 5 on: December 08, 2013, 11:30:50 PM
Got my xbone running today and got a few forza races done.  First impressions are very positive.  Car handling and tuning respond right, but the S2000 CR is a bit too touchy. WRX STi seems spot on though.  Also using the Gamepad is rough.

I'm "IamtheGeezer". Hope to see some of y'all in the game!
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Forza 5 on: October 08, 2013, 12:04:59 AM
It's hard to explain, but aero grip has a different feel from mechanical grip, and there's also the issue that to increase aero grip you go FASTER whereas obviously faster speeds cause you to run out of mechanical grip...

That said, I'd be a little surprised if a) you can actually feel this difference in the game and b) if the gizmodo guy has relevant experience with aero cars.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Week 13 on: December 08, 2012, 01:02:52 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 04, 2012, 03:54:30 AM

Soulchilde, Suggs has a torn biceps!  The football gods are against you!

No, merely FOR the destiny that awaits RGIII.   
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lot's of CaRAZY Drivers in Dallas on: December 08, 2012, 01:00:26 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on December 05, 2012, 10:23:50 PM

I used to think Dallas was bad.  Then I drove to Houston. 

Yeah - Houston ius definitely the worst.  Gotta be on your game and keep up with the flow of traffic there. 
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Next Bond Movie - Skyfall! on: November 10, 2012, 10:19:00 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 10, 2012, 09:54:55 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on November 10, 2012, 09:43:24 PM

Skyfall isn't a send off for Daniel Craig.  He's under contract for two more movies.

And the two next are supposedly going to be the first time in Bond history where a movie will end with something akin to "to be continued". In other words, the next storyline will be split over two movies.

I keep hearing that, but QoS was a continuation from casino royal, more or less.

Also, Skyfall was awesome.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: November 10, 2012, 05:09:26 AM

Quote from: JohnathanStrange on November 10, 2012, 02:01:44 AM

Finding the doors to OO locked, I  buttoned my jacket up to my neck and hurried through the chilly Santa Fe streets - a light snow falling gently around me in the darkness, streetlights casting an indifferent illumination as I passed dark corners of the web - 'cause I need to read some GamingTrend gaming trend info. Glad it's always open.

IS it really snowing in Santa Fe today?  I was supposed to be there this week frown
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: October 27, 2011, 04:25:11 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on October 22, 2011, 10:00:47 PM

I'll remove the two cars I put in there.  I just constantly see 'new car', 'new car' then go look and they are all stock and it is a bit irritating on my pet peeves, that's all.  The club interface can be a bit clunky in multiplayer games to begin with, but when we have tons of trash to go through it's much harder.

I'm not sure how my playstyle would be changing what cars should be in the garage differently than yours.  Do you not like having cars of highest PI for a class?  That's really the most important part.  After that at least a basic tune would be useful.  It's all I'm asking.  You can get a basic tune from a number of tuning calculators.  I know jztemple has been using the same one as Kato and I to get a good baseline. 

It's quick and easy.  Pick a car, put parts on it, type data into calculator, it gives you numbers for the tune.

FWIW Temple the auto upgrade seems to favor tires, then power/handling.  It does a bit of everything, but the biggest jump on most cars is grip. 

As it should be smile
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: October 19, 2011, 10:24:41 PM
Finally picked this up yesterday, but I'm out of town until next week frown

11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The "my pet is cute" thread on: September 17, 2011, 09:25:34 PM
My pups.



12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Man, its boring being out of work on: June 17, 2011, 10:37:28 PM

Quote from: Razgon on June 16, 2011, 07:52:15 PM

Thanks guys, some excellent ideas in there. As for the workout, I kinda stopped that when I lost my job, but I'll start monday back on my three times a week in a fitness center - Great idea.

As for charity....not a bad idea, I'll have to look into that.  Not sure what options there are though, but then again, its a pretty good way to use ones time.

I did briefly consider edumiduciating myself further, but not quite sure what and how. I've been in the marketing /costumer / sales / telemarketing business all of my life, even though I have a computer degree.

Its easy to become lost in doing nothing every day though, which is why I get up early every day and do the daily stuff, and now with training as well :-)

As for reading all of Ceekays post? I'm unemployed, not immortal.

I must admit, I *have* been playing Mount and Blade Warband (Prophecy of Pendor) a LOT though...which also gets kinda boring in the long run!

If you've ever been so inclined, it's a great time (for you personally, I mean, but maybe not necessarily in the grand scheme of things) to start a company and/or examine self-employment options.  You might hate it, or it might not work for you, but you'll probably never have a better opportunity than you do right now to examine the possibility.

Also, do keep up on the fitness thing.  I'm convinced that getting lazy and feeling bored begets more of the same and is an ugly cycle to fall into.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wait, Jeffery Deaver's writing James Bond now?! on: June 14, 2011, 10:45:46 PM
Preordered this a few weeks back for my Kindle.  Have a trip to San Diego next Monday and I'm saving it for the flight and hotel downtime.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Apollo 18 on: February 22, 2011, 10:20:33 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on February 22, 2011, 10:12:54 PM

god I hate that shaky camera shot...........

Shaky cam is the worst technique to hit filmmaking in forever. 
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The GT digital photography thread. on: February 09, 2011, 03:58:37 AM
Keepin' it on the front page!



16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cameras on: February 05, 2011, 02:24:41 PM
I use a Canon 7D DSLR, but I have a NEX-5 that I use as a travel camera, and it's never let me down.  It's tiny, user friendly once you learn the menus, and, if you ever want to get more ambitious with your photography, there are several NEX-specific and, via adapter, a wide range of Sony Alpha lenses that you can use with it.

Autofocus is fast and accurate.  This was the only camera I took on a 3 week European vacation last year, and it never, ever let me down.  Here are a couple of sample shots from that trip:





17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Two new Matrix movies on the way? on: January 24, 2011, 10:04:35 PM

Quote from: kronovan on January 24, 2011, 09:57:12 PM

Good point people are making about series longer than trilogies - other than the Thin Man from the 30's-40's, I can't think of many where a majority of the films were consistently good. I just wish that instead of shoveling $ towards a Matrix trilogy that's concluded, someone could find the $ to make sequels or prequels for Dark City or the The 13th Floor. I enjoyed those 2 every bit as much as the original Matrix and it seems like there's better possibilities with them for extensions.

Bond.  James Bond.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are Asian Americans easily offended? on: December 18, 2010, 12:16:05 AM
Well that's fine, but personally I think horror movies, as a genre, suck!

Quote from: PR_GMR on December 17, 2010, 08:39:34 PM

(PR walks into the thread, reads thru the hilarity, sees the ashes of the Hindenburg-styled flame-out still smoldering)

Damn it! I missed the fun! I'm PuertoRican and I'm not offended by this thread. Someone offend me and get banned, pronto!  icon_razz
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are Asian Americans easily offended? on: December 17, 2010, 04:20:15 PM

Quote from: rittchard on December 16, 2010, 06:37:01 PM

Change the title to "Are GAY Asian Americans easily offended?" and then I will get involved in this thread.   Tongue

WAITASECOND...

You're.... ASIAN????
20  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Xbox 360 wheel free to good home on: December 17, 2010, 02:31:00 AM
Done.  Please pm me your address!

21  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Xbox 360 wheel free to good home on: December 17, 2010, 02:15:22 AM
Just like this.

Lightly used, and I'll even take care of shipping, but I do ask the recipient to do a GamingTrend donation of some sort.

First reply here gets it!

22  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ok top 2%ers - explain this to me on: December 11, 2010, 03:03:42 PM
This chart is relatively meaningless unless contrasted against the remaining tax burden each income level will retain.

Quote from: SkyLander on December 11, 2010, 07:20:09 AM

With Burnie Sanders going on his awesome filibuster right, seriously I suggest everyone watch this, he is basically going all out.

http://www.c-span.org/Watch/C-SPAN2.aspx If it's still going on c-span.


And I'll just leave this, right here:


23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Used Car Time on: December 10, 2010, 05:26:03 AM
If the op is a fan of Japanese cars, I might suggest that while actual mechanical quality of domestics has improved significantly, the aesthetics and the quality of the "touch surfaces" and the interior design may not be to his liking.     
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: In the spirit of sharing this holiday on: November 25, 2010, 06:04:11 PM
You guys rock  thumbsup
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thanksgiving menus, traditions, and recipes... on: November 25, 2010, 05:53:16 PM
We always spend the week of thanksgiving in New York City.   The first part of the week is spent wandering the city and usually do two nights of dinners and shows.    We spend Thanksgiving day watching football and doing the turkey thing then spend Friday checking out NYC holiday traditions like skating at rockefeller center, looking at the macy's windows and catching a Christmas show at radio city music hall.  Then we go home and set the Christmas tree up on Sunday.   One of the best weeks of the year for me smile
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pets and food on: November 12, 2010, 10:48:29 PM
Just in case anyone was wondering
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Glee Season 2 on: November 11, 2010, 01:52:30 AM

Quote from: rittchard on November 10, 2010, 11:17:45 PM

No comments?

I thought last night's ep was hands down the best of the season.  I didn't realize how much I missed having Puck in the show, but he's a hoot for sure.  Some great moments with Bieste and of course Kurt, and they mixed humor well with the song numbers.  The Teenage Dream sequence was fantastic, not just the singing and performance, which was tons of fun and only a little bit gay lol, but mostly for watching Kurt's reactions and feeling like there's actually some hope for the character to finally find some happiness.  I do like that they've found a way to address the "gay bullying" issue without being too preachy, and used it as a vehicle to advance Kurt's storyline.  Also, I was actually quite surprised by the "twist" even though in retrospect it seemed telegraphed all the way, curious if others found it obvious or not.  All in all a strong episode with some very cool mash-ups on top of great dialog, heart, humor and plot advancements.

It did dawn on me how much they've expanded the show to be more of a true ensemble, there's much less focus on the "core" characters (Finn, Rachel, Schuster) this season, for better or worse.  While it's nice to see everyone get their turn in the spotlight, I do wonder if it's making the show seem a little less coherent.  Or maybe it's just with all the excessive hype and guest stars, I almost feel like the show lost some of its charm from last year.

Speaking of which, next week - Academy Award Winner Gwyneth Paltrow singing Umbrella!?!?!  I'm there with bells on!!!  Seriously, I'm going to wear bells and nothing else while I watch this episode.

Agree with you 100%.  I'm usually the first to gag at "...a very SPECIAL episode of..." but I thought this was well crafted and sympathetic without actually being to preachy.  Also very much liked the music.

I do wish the show would get back to some of it's snark and the very subtle humor of the "Heathers" variety that it had in abundance last season.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Every year... parking... grrr... on: November 08, 2010, 10:08:17 PM

Quote from: Rhinohelix on November 08, 2010, 07:05:12 AM

Wow, that sucks.   There is very little that eats away at you like someone disrupting your life like that, and then is gleeful about the hardship they cause.

Has the internet made kids like this?  No discipline at any point in the lives up to that point?

Indeed.  When I *really* want to screw with someone... I PARK IN FRONT OF THEIR HOUSE.. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!

(seriously.  this seems like a lot of drama over walking an extra 50 feet)
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Goldeneye Wii on: November 03, 2010, 08:12:31 PM

Quote from: Ridah on November 03, 2010, 08:06:24 PM

Quote from: Geezer on November 03, 2010, 03:18:32 PM

Being almost as much of a Bond freak as PeteRock is a Rocky freak (well, probably not, but still) I picked this up last night.  It caused me to finally unbox the never-used Wii I have had in my closet for over a year now smile

So obviously I have never played an FPS on the Wii and I figured that actually aiming at bad guys with a "gun" would be pretty cool.  But my God, the Wii pointer thingy is horribly imprecise.

Is it just a learning curve or does the Wii pointer in fact suck for precision uses like shooting evil henchmen?

Also I hate the way the screen slews around when I get to close to the edge of the screen with my targeting pipper thing..

Tell me it gets better.  Please.



Maybe you need the MotionPlus attachment?

Didn't even know about it smile  Will try adjusting sensitivity in the console, then give this a whirl.  Thanks for the heads-up!

30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Goldeneye Wii on: November 03, 2010, 03:18:32 PM
Being almost as much of a Bond freak as PeteRock is a Rocky freak (well, probably not, but still) I picked this up last night.  It caused me to finally unbox the never-used Wii I have had in my closet for over a year now smile

So obviously I have never played an FPS on the Wii and I figured that actually aiming at bad guys with a "gun" would be pretty cool.  But my God, the Wii pointer thingy is horribly imprecise.

Is it just a learning curve or does the Wii pointer in fact suck for precision uses like shooting evil henchmen?

Also I hate the way the screen slews around when I get to close to the edge of the screen with my targeting pipper thing..

Tell me it gets better.  Please.

31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/08/10 on: October 10, 2010, 10:00:05 PM
No games.  Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5 for me.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Uncharted to the big screen on: October 10, 2010, 12:31:37 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on October 10, 2010, 12:17:36 AM

Nicolas Cage

Raiders of the Lost National Uncharted Treasure.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] F1 2010 impressions on: October 04, 2010, 09:44:12 PM
I Steamed the PC version last night.  Gonna sign up with Team Lotus after dinner smile  Will post some pix of English... er Malaysian... dominance laterz!
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] F1 2010 impressions on: October 04, 2010, 02:28:21 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on October 01, 2010, 06:57:42 PM

Quote from: Geezer on October 01, 2010, 01:58:21 AM

Quote from: gellar on September 29, 2010, 01:36:02 AM

The Jersey race isn't going to happen - they are going to do Austin, TX instead.  There is VERY little that would keep me from going to that race.

2011 is going to be a 20 race season: http://www.formula1.com/races/calendar_preview.html

10 miles from my house.  Gonna be epic! (if it happens).

I've seen reports in the world F1 news that there is concern that the Austin traffic infrastructure won't be ready to support the traffic the new track will bring. Any info you can pass on about that?

Apparently a company that specializes in major event traffic logistics has been hired to examine the issue as of a week or so ago.  There is a faction here that is very, very against the race coming to Austin and is throwing every problem they can think of at the wall in an attempt to sway public sentiment against it.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] F1 2010 impressions on: October 01, 2010, 01:58:21 AM

Quote from: gellar on September 29, 2010, 01:36:02 AM

The Jersey race isn't going to happen - they are going to do Austin, TX instead.  There is VERY little that would keep me from going to that race.

2011 is going to be a 20 race season: http://www.formula1.com/races/calendar_preview.html

10 miles from my house.  Gonna be epic! (if it happens).
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Glee Season 2 on: September 22, 2010, 09:07:50 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on September 22, 2010, 07:45:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 22, 2010, 07:42:38 PM

no, I had a coolnees level.  it's one above the regular coolness level.



How the hell could anyone even put *4* polo shirts on and not be miserable?  WTF.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post your Ride! Car pics! [56k Warning] on: September 14, 2010, 12:20:04 PM

Quote from: gellar on September 14, 2010, 04:07:33 AM

Quote from: Geezer on September 14, 2010, 03:54:15 AM

Quote from: gellar on September 14, 2010, 03:46:21 AM

I really, really like the new Merc styling.  They seem to finally have stopped fucking it up smile.

I'm gonna chip it. slywink

(530 hp, here I come.)

Ricer.

I did get the carbon fiber trim package frown
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post your Ride! Car pics! [56k Warning] on: September 14, 2010, 03:54:15 AM

Quote from: gellar on September 14, 2010, 03:46:21 AM

I really, really like the new Merc styling.  They seem to finally have stopped fucking it up smile.

I'm gonna chip it. slywink

(530 hp, here I come.)
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post your Ride! Car pics! [56k Warning] on: September 14, 2010, 03:43:05 AM

Quote from: lildrgn on September 14, 2010, 02:48:39 AM

Geezer, that is hot.


Thanks smile
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post your Ride! Car pics! [56k Warning] on: September 14, 2010, 03:42:18 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on September 13, 2010, 04:06:13 PM

Am I the only one that isn't a huge fan of how the new bimmers look?



One of the few cars that looked good in the 90s.

I like the new Bimmers quite a bit, but there is no denying the excellence of the original M3  thumbsup
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