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10641  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xenosaga 2 Impressions? on: August 29, 2006, 08:46:46 PM
Since X3 is out to generally good reviews, I'm considering trying to slog through X2.  How long did it take you guys to finish X2?  I've tried to push through it twice now, and just can't seem to finish.  I get about 10 hours in then hit a major wall of both boredom & frustration.  I absolutely loved the original, but X2 just seems to be missing...something.  I can't put my finger on it, but nothing about the game grabs me like the first one did.

10642  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 28, 2006, 11:22:05 PM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on August 28, 2006, 06:38:29 PM



Isn't that part of the opening cinematic from Vagrant Story?

If I'm right, I get a renewal on my geek card for at least a year.
10643  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/28) on: August 28, 2006, 05:28:37 PM
Wow, I had no idea this many people would be into Saint's Row.  Looked rather silly to me, but I'm one of the three people that didn't like GTA either.

I'm sort of interested in Disgaea 2 & Xenosaga 3, but will probably have to wait a couple weeks until I have any cash.
10644  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 27, 2006, 03:18:30 PM









10645  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Random BSOD's are going to drive me insane on: August 27, 2006, 02:21:39 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 27, 2006, 02:26:47 AM

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One other thing:  Is there any way to decipher the Minidumps the system does when i get a BSOD? 


Yes.  Get me the Hex and I'll help you.

Wow, thanks a million KD.  I'll shoot them over in an e-mail.

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are you using a tin-can power supply? I would suspect that.

Oh, and get the fuck off of the onboard audio. Not only does it not work well (it eats system resources like a fat kid in the Wonka factory) but they tend to not do so well in the driver side.

FWIW, I did change from the included 420W PS to a 450W and a 500W with the same result.  Also, on my last reformat, I didn't install any audio drivers and just let the games run without any sound.  Still had crashes about 15 minutes in (a generic 'Stop' message with no drivers referenced), so I don't think it's the audio.  An external audio card is the next thing on my list to try, but I haven't gotten over to Circuit City yet.

Speaking of Circuit City, I think they're going to ban me from their store soon.  So far I've purchased and returned 2 power supplys, 1 video card, 1 stick of RAM, and I still need to test the power supply.  I feel kinda guilty about it, but I don't have much choice if I want to test the components.
10646  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A 1,000th post to remember (NSFW) on: August 27, 2006, 02:11:15 PM
You people are just sick and wrong.   icon_twisted  It does beg the question, however:  Is this stuff cached on your drives, or are you out actively searching for it?

Fess up, Warning.  You've got that picure set as your wallpaper. 
10647  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Random BSOD's are going to drive me insane on: August 26, 2006, 08:23:37 PM
Thanks guys.  A couple thoughts:

1.  There's no Starforce on the system.
2.  I've replaced the video card with a 7300 GS, and I still get crashes.
3.  Those temps are post-Oblivion, so they're probably a bit more elevated that what it would normally be.

Since most of the crashes seem to be related to the nforce chipset, I'm starting to think the mobo itself might be bad.  I'm wondering if, since they replaced it right before they went out of business, I might have gotten a refurb mobo that still has issues.  I'm going to check with the manufacturer and see what kind of warranty I've got on it.

One other thing:  Is there any way to decipher the Minidumps the system does when i get a BSOD? 
10648  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ever had your hair cut by fine young women? on: August 26, 2006, 08:05:57 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on August 26, 2006, 07:24:43 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 26, 2006, 02:16:20 PM

There's a Bikini Cuts a couple blocks from me.   I've always been tempted to go there, but I just can't bring myself to pay $35 for a haircut.

That's in Utah?   saywhat

Heh.  It's actually been a very funny clash between the hand-wringing conservatives and the business owner.  When they announced Bikini Cuts would be opening, there were all kinds of protests from the 'Won't someone think of the children!' crowd.  Picket signs out front and all.  The city council actually voted that it couldn't open in West Jordan because they said it was an 'adult oriented buisness'.  When Bikini Cuts told them a) it's no worse than what you see at the city-owned pools, and b) we'll sue the pants off you, they reluctantly agreed to give it the go ahead. The salon is doing fairly brisk business from what I understand.   

It's great to see thse people scream foul at anything that shakes up their tiny little world a bit.  If it causes heartburn for the religious whackjobs around here, it's perfectly A-OK in my book.  smile
10649  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Random BSOD's are going to drive me insane [Problem Solved!] on: August 26, 2006, 06:18:42 PM
This is posted at OO too, so some of you may have seen it already.  If not, I'm completely open to any ideas at this point.  Here goes...

I got a new system a couple months back. 3 weeks after I had it, the motherboard crapped out and I sent it back to the manufacturer for a replacement. Ever since I got it back, I've been getting random BSOD's anytime I fire up a game. (it was just randomly rebooting, but I changed the 'System Failure' options to show a BSOD instead). I've tried a number of games (Oblivion, AoE 3, Quake IV, Heroes of Might & Magic V, NWN) as well as 3DMark 2006. I can usually play for 10-30 minutes before the system crashes and I get a BSOD. FWIW, everything works fine with normal applications, and it only has problems running games.

Problem is, I keep getting different BSOD error messages every time it crashes. A few of the more common ones have been:

- General 'Stop' message with no referenced drivers. (this one is the most common)
- 'nvmcp.sys' file (audio driver in the nforce chipset)
- 'nf4_disp.dll' (Geforce video display driver)
- 'driver_irql_not_less_or_equal' error (chipset error again)

If I could just get the damn thing to crash consistently with the same message, at least I'd have a place to start. But it seems to be different every time. Here's what I've tried so far:

- Reformatted and reinstalled Windows (there's nothing on the system now except Windows, Firefox, and a couple games)
- Updated nforce, video, DirectX, and audio drivers. I've used the most recent versions, beta versions, as well as a couple older revisions.
- I've swapped out the power supply, video card, and RAM with brand new replacements. Still get the same crashes.
- Updated BIOS on mobo & video card
- Disabled Cool & Quiet and FanEQ in the BIOS
- Reset BIOS back to factory defaults
- Disabled onboard audio and ran the games with video only
- Disabled audio acceleration
- Checked all temp sensors. All seem to be in acceptable ranges: CPU: 43 C (from BIOS), Case: 107 F (from temp readout on the case), GPU: 57C (from nvidia control panel)
- Ran Memtest and SiSoft Sandra benchmarks with no problems

I'm seriously tearing my hair out here. I've got this brand new gaming machine that I can't do any gaming on! Unfortunately, the shop I got it from has gone out of business between the time I bought it and today (it's another long and sordid tale). That's what I get for buying from a small manufacturer, I suppose.

If anyone has any suggestions of other things I could try, I'm all ears. I'm starting to think I'm pretty much screwed, but maybe you guys can think of something I havent' already tried.

System specs:
- Abit AN8-V mobo (nforce 4 chipset w/onboard sound)
- Athlon 64 3500 CPU
- Geforce 7600 GT video card
- 1 GB RAM
- 160 GB WD hard drive

Thanks!
10650  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A 1,000th post to remember (NSFW) on: August 26, 2006, 05:15:52 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 26, 2006, 03:49:30 PM

WHAT IN THE WORLD DID SHE JUST POOP INTO THAT VASE?!!  retard

Internet commandment #26:  Thou shalt not besmirch the good name of Next Door Nikki.

Damn heathen.
10651  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A 1,000th post to remember (NSFW) on: August 26, 2006, 03:30:53 PM
Figured I better make my 1,000 post a good one, so here you go.  Just think of it as your early Sunday Skin   ninja:







































10652  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 26, 2006, 02:18:57 PM

Quote from: Zimix on August 26, 2006, 04:48:02 AM



That is pure class right there...
10653  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ever had your hair cut by fine young women? on: August 26, 2006, 02:16:20 PM
There's a Bikini Cuts a couple blocks from me.   I've always been tempted to go there, but I just can't bring myself to pay $35 for a haircut.
10654  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 2 Tracks! on: August 25, 2006, 09:34:11 PM

Quote from: motodd on August 25, 2006, 01:01:24 PM

And for you Primus fans rock out to the original (not a cover) "John The Fisherman". headbang

http://ps2.ign.com/articles/707/707004p1.html

That kicks all kinds of ass.  'John the Fisherman' isn't my favorite Primus song, but that uber-cool that they would provide the original tracks.
10655  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Music question on: August 24, 2006, 04:59:19 AM
A solid 'Meh'.  Not horrible, but nothing I'd choose to listen to.
10656  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Here we go: Help Me Choose an RPG To Play on: August 23, 2006, 12:32:03 AM
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Suikoden 5- Didn't like 3 or 4, but this randomly came in the mail from Gamefly (thanks for not sending me dead rising like I wanted!!), so I figured I might try it out. Hear the intro is slow, game pretty good.

I've never been big on the Suikoden series, but that's just personal preference.  They're all terribly bland and boring with so-so combat.  Didn't try V, but if it's anything like the rest I'd steer clear.

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SMT:DDS2- I liked the first one actually, but the massive encuonter rate and difficulty turned me off. Depward says there is more story in this and its more fun, so it sounds interesting.

SMT:  DDS2 is a hard one for me to judge.  The art, music, and story are all fantastic, but I just couldn't get past the simply ridiculous encounter rate.  It's a game that I really want to like, but is so frustrating that I can't.  I feel your pain on this one.

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Final Fantasy 9- I have played 5 hours of this 4 times or so. I like it. I like the characters. I like the art style. The grpahics are rough and the load times into combat are slow and annoying. Would like to give this a fair shake one day, but concerned I will lose interest again.

I absolutely love FF9.  It's a game that won't blow you away with it's graphics or combat, but it had some of my favorite characters in the FF series (Vivi, in particular).  I'd highly recommend trying to get past the 5 hour 'wall', as I think you'd really like it.  Out of all the games you mentioned, I'd go with this one.

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Final Fantasy 8- Never played more than a few hours-concerned with graphics and same loading issues, but want to play it eventually.

FF8 is decent, but hasn't aged well.  The caracters all seemed like whiny emo kids, and the number of coincidences that just happen to pop up between characters in the story really drag it down.  It also has one of the most annoying combat mechanics ever created in the Draw system.  On the plus side, it has one of the best soundtracks of any FF game.

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Final Fantasy X-2- I know many hate it, but I have been readnig some alternative points of view about it lately at other forums, and I am beginning to think it might be worth trying.

Words cannot express how much I dislike this game.  They took everything that was great about FFX, threw it to the ground, smashed it, spit on it, then dressed it up in a barbie doll outfit.  The game has an intro that is straight out a Britney Spears video for chrissakes.  Unless you are a 12-year-old girl, I wouldn't get anywhere near this game.

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Anything else relatively new, thats not a big name (KOTOR, Jade, Breath of Fire, etc) that you can recommend is great. I generally don't love action rpgs, but it may be time to give something a try. Thanks!

I'll second the votes for Xenosaga, as I really enjoyed it.  You have to be willing to put up with long cutscenes and a convoluted story, but it's easily in my top 3 of this RPG generation.  FWIW, I beat it in about 33 hours.

And I can't let an RPG thread pass without giving a plug for Shadow Hearts:  Covenant.   It's the one game that brought together the whole package for me.  Graphics, sound, story, characters, & combat are all superb and i would heartily recommend it to any fan of the genre.  Definately give it a look if you haven't already.
10657  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy III DS coming Nov. 17 on: August 22, 2006, 12:27:26 PM

Quote from: EddieA on August 22, 2006, 06:48:42 AM

A PS3 remake of FF7 has been heavily rumored for a while now, and it's probably a good bet that it's being worked on.

FWIW, that rumor has been emphatically shot down by Squeenix every time it comes up.  Not that I wouldn't want to see it, but my guess is that they wouldn't be quite so adamant about denying it if it were actually being worked on. 
10658  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 21, 2006, 11:27:29 PM

Quote from: Arkon on August 21, 2006, 09:12:55 PM



Bravo man.  Bravo.
10659  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Baten Kaitos: Origins on: August 21, 2006, 07:26:21 PM
I really enjoyed it through the first 15-ish hours.  It is still one of the most beautiful games I've ever played, and the soundtrack is fantastic.  However, the card timer simply killed the game for me, and made it virtually unplayable.  You get to the point where you only have 1-2 seconds to choose your card.  If you happen to blink and miss your turn, play the wrong card, or not be able to access the card you want in time, you can easily be screwed for the entire battle.

If they took out this one simple game mechanic, I would recommend BK whole-heartedly. As it is, I'll just say it's a fun but very flawed game.
10660  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTB: Titan Quest on: August 21, 2006, 01:01:29 AM
YGPM
10661  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / WTB: Titan Quest on: August 20, 2006, 11:48:56 PM
Deal done for Titan Quest.  Thanks LE!
10662  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: PnP gaming over IM. Anyone tried it? on: August 20, 2006, 02:36:16 PM
We spent about 3 hours with Fantasy Grounds last night.  It's pretty, but really lacks in functionality compared to a few other systems.  Maybe functionality is the wrong word, but it really requires both the players and the GM to keep track of many things on paper that really could be automated somewhere within the game.  This can get tough when one person is in Detroit, one in Salt Lake, one in San Fran and one in Seattle.  We were also recommended another program called Klooge (Kloogeinc.com).  It's certainly not even close to as pretty, but the functionality is just amazing.  It does things like tracking each participant in combat rounds based on initiative, automatically applying attack modifiers based on distance, allowing the GM to customize spell effects, showing HP indicators (to the GM only, of course), etc., etc.  We were all set to buy Fantasy Ground, but after spending a few hours with Klooge, I'm convinced it will be a better program in the long run.  We shall see...
10663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 18/Aug/06 on: August 19, 2006, 07:23:56 PM

Quote from: depward on August 19, 2006, 02:04:48 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 19, 2006, 12:28:46 AM

Quote from: depward on August 18, 2006, 10:05:04 PM


Tell me you disliked it as much as I did (X2)?  Seriously, I loved the first but (like you) powered through the second just so I could be up to date for the third installment.  I think it's fantastic that XIII is supposed to be pretty good!

I don't dislike X2 yet- so far (mid first disc) it's good but not great like the first one.  However, I hear that it tanks hard on the second disk (though supposedly the ending is pretty good) so I'm sure my opinion will dip. 
Well, when it dips, do just remember the ending is pretty nifty.

I tried twice to get through Xenosaga 2, and just couldn't do it.  It just got way to boring to keep pushing through, so I gave up.  9 hoursin the first time, 11 hours in the second.  Guess I'll just have to read a plot synopsis before picking up X3.
10664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII Dirge of Cerberus Impressions on: August 19, 2006, 05:48:16 PM

Quote from: warning on August 18, 2006, 07:16:00 PM

Man this game is getting hammered in its reviews.

http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages4/924449.asp

Avg Ratio:  56%   eek

Wow.  I'm as big a FFVII as you'll find, but there's no way in hell I'm picking this up.  Sounds like it might not be worth it, even after the price drop.
10665  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PnP gaming over IM. Anyone tried it? on: August 19, 2006, 02:12:51 PM
*cross-posted from OO*

A couple of the guys in our gaming group have moved out of town, but we we're looking at possibly starting up a session via IM/webcam/other software.  We'll just be playing a standard D&D 3.5 game, so nothing fancy.

Has anyone tried this?  Do you have any suggestions on certain software to use or avoid?  I found a system called Fantasy Grounds that looks very cool, but I'm not sure everyone will want to plunk down the $$ for it.  The original option was to just play through MSN messenger, but I'm not terribly familiar with it, which may cause problems.

If you've got any suggestions for long distance gaming, let me know.  Thanks!
10666  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 18/Aug/06 on: August 18, 2006, 08:13:14 PM
More Summon Night and Tactics Ogre for me.  GBA goodness.
10667  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 18, 2006, 07:25:15 PM
10668  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 17, 2006, 11:57:06 AM

Quote from: Hamsterball_Z on August 17, 2006, 08:13:53 AM



Well, that certainly went stright to the top of my 'things I didn't need to see today' list.  Why don't you go find some man-Faye pictures and completely fry my retinas?  slywink
10669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phantom...canceled? on: August 16, 2006, 04:17:36 PM
And to think that these assclowns were able to gather millions of dollars in venture capital to create...absolutely nothing.  Someone is laughing all the way to the bank.
10670  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is this the Best Time Ever to be a Game Player? on: August 16, 2006, 04:14:43 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 16, 2006, 02:38:43 PM

Objectively, I think games are certainly better than ever.  However, in terms of sheer excitement I don't think 1998 can be topped.  That year brought us:

Thief
Half Life
Grim Fandango
Fallout 2
I-War
European Air War
Metal Gear Solid
Sanitarium
Unreal
Freespace
Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Xenogears
Baldur's Gate
Starcraft
Heretic II
Battlezone
Rainbow Six
Elder Scrolls: Redguard
Myth II
Railroad Tycoo II
Resident Evil II

and others that I can't even think of. 

Damn, that's a lot of good games for one year.
10671  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bad Day LA demo on: August 16, 2006, 01:24:57 PM
Isn't this the new American McGee game?  You know, the guy none of us had ever heard of before they plastered his name all over the 'Alice' box.
10672  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rocky Balboa on: August 16, 2006, 01:23:43 PM
I know I'm just picking nits here, but Rocky and that other boxer don't look like they would even be close to the same weight class.  I doubt I'll see it (never been a big fan of Rocky to begin with), but I can see that the movie might work.
10673  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 16, 2006, 12:21:38 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 14, 2006, 02:56:14 PM

What is Opeth?  The only thing I found was some Swedish death metal band...   :icon_confused:

Hence the funny
10674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/14) on: August 15, 2006, 06:18:32 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on August 15, 2006, 01:38:13 PM

Quote from: Arkon on August 15, 2006, 01:31:43 PM

Isn't Disgaea pronounced DIS-GAY-AH?  Which we all know is just fast talk for "This is Gay eh"
I've always heard Dis-gee-ah.

I always thought it was Dis-guy-ah.  Be interesting to know what is correct.

Nothing for me this week either.  Busy with Summon Night, Tactics Ogre, & New Super Mario on my DS.  I'm also getting my gaming PC back tomorrow after a motherboard replacement (finally!), so I'm going to try and finish Oblivion and put some more time into HOMMV.
10675  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now this is one fast gamer... on: August 15, 2006, 12:14:42 AM
Wow, that was impressive.

BTW, you might want to stick a 'NSFW ads' tag on this.  The chick doing a spread-eagle in a micro-thong might not be the best thing for a boss to see.
10676  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 14, 2006, 04:58:20 AM

Quote from: warning on August 14, 2006, 04:44:14 AM



icon_lol icon_lol  That's awesome.
10677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [GBA] Summon Night: Swordcraft Story Impressions on: August 14, 2006, 04:57:15 AM

Quote from: Destructor on August 14, 2006, 12:09:25 AM

2) While I've never tried it out (as killing guys for experience is fun and worthwhile, IMHO), I believe the items to decrease (and increase) the spawn rate are single use items, not equipable ones. Check your item menu.

Yep, that's it.  Thanks.

One other question.  How did you guys allocate your stats?  I'm at level 14, and have been going in a pattern of 2 defense, 2 attack, and 1 agility.  I haven't really run into any problems yet, but I figured I'd better check before getting too much further along.
10678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP - $149 by year's end? on: August 14, 2006, 04:55:00 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on August 14, 2006, 04:50:05 AM

Have you tried Untold Legends 2 to say it's not a good game? Just curious...

No, but the original Untold Legends was the first game I bought when I had a PSP, and it absolutely sucked.   (and it takes a lot for me to say that a hack-n-slash game sucks, since I'm usually a sucker for them).  Every review and person I've talked to said that UL2 was nearly identical to the first.
10679  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP - $149 by year's end? on: August 13, 2006, 11:32:36 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on August 13, 2006, 11:21:27 PM

No good games on the PSP?  saywhat

Sony has said there will be 200 PSP games available by the end of the year so it's hard to say there aren't "any good games" on the PSP.

Like I said, matter of taste.  There's not a single good RPG in the bunch you mentioned, which means a PSP would gather dust for me.  The DS isn't exactly a bastion of good RPG's either*, but at least I've got the GBA games to play, many of which are superb RPG's.

*yet.  With FF III, Baten Kaitos, Xenosaga, Contact, and a few others in the pipeline, it's looking pretty promising.

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Or even better, go to Gamestop, get a used PSP, 2 games (SOCOM and GTA are my recommendations) play it for a couple of days, and return it for your cash back saying you "didnt like it" (that's a valid reason to return used items to gamestop in 7 days) and at least you'll have had the chance to "rent" a PSP and see if it's for you or not.

My understanding with Gamestop (last I checked anyways), you can return used games but not used systems.  Used systems can only be traded for the same thing if defective.  Maybe someone can correct me here.
10680  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 13, 2006, 11:11:02 PM






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