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10881  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Jean-Michel Cousteau rides a great white shark on: July 16, 2006, 02:53:21 AM
Wow.  That is the basic definition of insanity in my book.
10882  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lamenting on the past - Favorite RPG of all time on: July 15, 2006, 06:39:55 PM
Icewind Dale was the perfect combination of action & story for me.  BGII & Planescape were both a bit too wordy and complex for my tastes, but ID got it just right.

Man, I need to play through that again.
10883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you playing this weekend? 07/14/06 on: July 15, 2006, 06:35:42 PM
Trying to finish the Fighter's Guild quests in Oblivion before I tackle the main storyline.
10884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lord of the Rings: Oblivion Announced on: July 14, 2006, 05:42:23 PM
Quote
will feature an original storyline derived from J.R.R. Tolkienís The Lord of the Rings novels under an agreement with EA.


That's sort of scary.   After the 'original story' they crapped out in Third Age, I'm not sure I trust EA to come up with anything decent in this department.
10885  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: July 11, 2006, 05:40:23 PM
Quote from: "Graham"
Quote from: "Gratch"
Not a bad idea, but I highly doubt I've got any nasties.  I've only had the computer 3 days, and the only sites I've visited are OO, CG, manufacturer driver update sites, and the TQ forums.  I think it pretty unlikely that one of them would give my system a nasty.


What is this CG you speak of?   :wink:


Doh!  Old habits, and all that.
10886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: July 11, 2006, 01:58:23 PM
No worries Misguided, I appreciate it.    

I'm going to put it on the trading block for now, and maybe come back to it once they've had time to patch out some of the bugs.  I'm 15 hours into Oblivion (and just scratching the surface), a couple hours into Quake IV, and have been piddling around with AoE III.  So it's not like I'm hard up for something to play.  smile
10887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: July 11, 2006, 03:46:33 AM
Quote from: "Misguided"
Have you guys run hijackthis or something similar to make sure there isn't something screwy with your systems? Not to beat a dead horse but I used to see this kind of thing over and over again on the City of heroes forums where people would say everything else ran great, but it turned out they had spyware infestations.


Not a bad idea, but I highly doubt I've got any nasties.  I've only had the computer 3 days, and the only sites I've visited are OO, CG, manufacturer driver update sites, and the TQ forums.  I think it pretty unlikely that one of them would give my system a nasty.

Dep:  What's your system specs?  I'm wondering if we can maybe nail down a common culprit.
10888  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: Titan Quest. LF: HOMM V *SOLD* on: July 11, 2006, 03:07:20 AM
*SOLD*
10889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: July 11, 2006, 03:05:51 AM
Well, I'm officially done with TQ. I tried disabling the audio acceleration as the devs suggested. That worked for quite a while (the better part of 2 hours), but it eventually did the same hard lock & reboot that it had been doing before. Of course it was right after I received my first 2 unique drops of the game. And of course my save game was corrupted and my quest log got borked again. Major cursing at the screen ensued.

I want to like TQ, but apparently TQ doesn't want to like me. It's just not worth it to keep starting over and fighting the technical issues this one has, at least with my system. I don't understand why every other game runs fine, but this one has such problems.

So, as much as it pains me to do it, TQ will be up in the trading forum in a few minutes. frown
10890  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: July 10, 2006, 04:51:32 PM
Quote from: "Misguided"
Quote from: "Gratch"
If it were a system issue (drivers, overheating, etc.), it would manifest itself in other games as well.


Not necessarily. Sometimes, new software necessitates new drivers etc. At any rate, I do hope your issues get worked out so you can play more.


True, and FWIW all the video, sound, mobo, DX, etc., drivers are updated.

I'm really hoping I can get it to work as well.  I'm a sucker for anything fantasy-based, sword & sorcery, hack-n-slash, so TQ is right up my alley.
10891  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: July 10, 2006, 03:33:56 PM
Quote from: "Misguided"
Why is it that when people experience a problem they automatically assume the game is at fault and not something on their system? There are many of us who have put in dozens of hours and experienced no problems whatsoever.


When I can run any other game (the last 3 days have been a marathon of Oblivion, Quake, and AoE III; all without a single lock, reboot, or technical issue), but TQ randomly reboots my system after an hour or two.  That leads me to believe it's a problem with the game, not with my system.  If it were a system issue (drivers, overheating, etc.), it would manifest itself in other games as well.

EDIT:  After a little more digging, the devs say it  may be related to RealTEK audio (which I have), and they are 'investigating the problem'.  I'll try their software acceleration fix (looks like it's got mixed results), and see if that helps.

Anyways, looks like I'm out of luck.  I just reinstalled and started a new game, and I get the same thing.  I thought it may be some sort of bug in that particular spot (Sparta Camp).  However, this time it happened only after an hour of play, in a completely different spot.   Hard lock, and about 5 seconds later, the system reboots.

Man, that's frustrating.  I was really enjoying this game.  I'll see if I can get anything from the tech support board, but my guess is that it will headed to the Trading Forum.  frown
10892  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Q!! on: July 10, 2006, 05:20:12 AM
Christ, this game is buggy.  Just picked it up this afternoon, and played for about 2 hours.  Got the part where you have to kill a Centaur boss (Narcus, or something like that).  Killed him, went back to the camp to complete the quest...and suddenly everything freezes and I get a sound loop.  About 10 seconds later, my system reboots!  Thought that was odd, but started the game up to try again.  The boss is alive again, so I kill kim a second time, start collecting the loot, and the same thing happens.  Try it a third time and, you guessed it, same thing.  Check the tech support boards and it looks like a couple other people are having the same problem, but the only advice from the devs is that it's a known problem with Razor mice.  I'm using a MS wireless.

So I figure I'll try one more time.  Load up the game, and suddenly my 7th level character is back at the beginning!  Quests, & items are still there, but he's back at the start.  Exit back to the main screen, and reload the game.  This time, he's back at the Spartan War Camp (where I originally started having the problems), but now the quest log is empty (both main & secondary), and none of the quest trigger people will trigger.  They don't have the '!' abov their heads, so I can't go any further.

Looks like I'm going to try a reinstall & start-over.  I just hope it works this time.  What little I played, I really enjoyed.
10893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you playing this weekend? 07/07/06 on: July 07, 2006, 05:18:58 PM
If g**damn UPS ever shows up with my new computer, I'll be starting Oblivion this afternoon, and probably won't stop until sometime late next week (I've got all next week off).

Of course, they're usually here by 9:00 and it's now almost 11:30.  So help me if they shipped it to the wrong address...   :evil:
10894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox360 RPGs on: July 07, 2006, 11:59:07 AM
Quit it man.  I just convinced myself to spend $800 on a PC upgrade over a 360 because I didn't think there were enough RPG's coming out to hold my interest.  

Maybe I'll just have to do both.  smile
10895  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cool Lego Video on: July 04, 2006, 04:05:39 PM
That was



Grevious as an antenna just killed me.
10896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Diyamn! That first Dungeon in DQVIII is hard. on: July 03, 2006, 10:48:26 PM
Quote from: "warning"
The strategy guide recommends Lvl 6 so grind a bit.  But really I can't remember any other dungeons that I had to grind prior to tackling - the game does a great job of getting you to the right level you need for the dungeons.

I really need to finish this.


*cough*Dark Ruins*cough*
10897  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I turn 30 today. :/ on: July 03, 2006, 09:11:07 PM
Remember, it's all downhill from here.  Or something.

FWIW, my 30's have turned out much more rewarding so far than my 20's.  So good luck!  smile
10898  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / New system, would love some opinions on: July 03, 2006, 08:30:48 PM
That's definately a better system than mine.  That was the original mobo I looked at, but dropped it down in order to get a better video card.

I also had to pick up a hard drive, case, DVD Burner, and OS, which definately bumped up the costs.  The first upgrade, when I can afford it, will be another 1GB of RAM, but it'll be a month or so before I can do that.
10899  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / New system, would love some opinions on: July 03, 2006, 03:01:23 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Yeup.  Like the hard drive, for instance.  Are you *really* going to use all 160GB?


I want at least a 140, and the jump to 160 was only $5.

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I've never heard of that motherboard, which would make me a little nervous.


I did some research on it, and it received solid (if not spectacular) reviews.  The general consensus was that it is a good budget option, but doesn't have a ton of bells & whistles.  

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A single-core processor?  Why?  Dual-cores are either the same price or just modestly more expensive.  Unless there's a huge discount or price difference, get a dual-core imo.


The price jump was about $100, which there was no way I could do.  I already went $100 over what I wanted to spend, and Mrs. Gratch would have strangled me if I'd done any more.

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Finally, you're using the power supply that comes with the case?  Have you read and re-read reviews for that case/PSU combo and *know* that  the PSU is actually worth a crap in terms of smoothy outputting all 420 watts and remaining rock-solid, even under pressure?


I've only ever used the PSU that comes with the case.  I've never had any problems that would warrant me doing otherwise.  Now that I've said that, of course this will be the one that causes problems.  slywink

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I've never been one to condone building a 'budget' system, mainly because the corners you end up cutting more often than not come straight out of the part quality.  And your system is only as strong as its weakest link.

If you're trying to build a decent-but-cheap system, go look up "dream builds" from a year or two ago, and make that.  The part quality won't have declined, but the price will have by now.  Whatever you do, don't try to buy or build a modern "budget" system.


That's not a bad idea, and I'll look into it further next time.  Unfortunately, I didn't have much choice but to do a budget system at this point.  I'm not really a frame-rate whore, and as long as I can run new-ish games at decent resolution, I'm happy.   It doesn't need to be the uber-system, it just needs to run a few things (Oblivion, Quake 4, Titan Quest, NWN 2 when it comes out, etc.).
10900  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PC and Console - What are you playing this weekend? on: July 01, 2006, 06:15:35 PM
Quote from: "GGMark"
off to Ann Arbor Michigan that night to see VNV nation do a Dj set at a small bar.


Oooh, color me jealous.
10901  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PC and Console - What are you playing this weekend? on: July 01, 2006, 01:38:15 PM
Not a damn thing this weekend.  BUT...

My new PC is being delivered on Friday, so I took July 7-16 off and will be doing nothing but gaming for over a week straight.  Amazingly, I even got Mrs. Gratch to let me!  Have already picked up:

-  Oblivion
-  Quake IV
-  Age of Empires III
-  Seriously considering grabbing Titan Quest

I love having 12 days off I have to use or lose by August 15th.  smile
10902  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dragonlance Movie being made. Take cover. on: July 01, 2006, 01:34:21 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
or Wizards First Rule


As long as you stopped after the first 3 books in the series.  I loved that series through the first few (hence the screen name). but God, did it turn into a mess.  Haven't even bothered picking up the last two.  frown
10903  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dragonlance Movie being made. Take cover. on: June 30, 2006, 10:45:37 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Not getting the Dragonlance love.  I read the first book and stalled out halfway through the second when I was 15 or 16.  At the time I remember thinking "This seems like a pretty juvenile rip-off of Tolkein."  I did play through some of the modules when I was into D&D and they were fun.

I'll take the Dark Elf trilogy any day.  At least he was doing something more or less original.


Different strokes, I suppose.  The Drizzt novels bored me to tears, but I can still enjoy Dragonlance 20 years later.   I'm sure nostalgia plays heavily into it, as they were the first 'epic' (in a 10 year-old mind) series I read.
10904  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dragonlance Movie being made. Take cover. on: June 30, 2006, 12:27:48 PM
I still read through them every couple years.  Sure, they're juvenille, but it's still a damn good story.

I was a lot more optimistic about this until I checked out the animation company's website..   Their style is much more Rugrats than Larry Elmore.  frown  I guess it could still be good, but I won't hold my breath.
10905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 7000 PSOne Games on the PSP by end of 2007 on: June 29, 2006, 02:23:17 PM
If this actually happens, I will re-buy a PSP with no hesitation.  I think they're current crop of games are crap, but being able to play FF Tactics or Castlevania on a road trip would be awesome.  I am curious what the price point will be for the ports, though.
10906  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 29, 2006, 11:58:54 AM
10907  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dear Sony: please go screw yourselves.... on: June 29, 2006, 03:49:11 AM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
Gratch, Devil Summoner 2, Jade Cocoon 3, Dark Cloud 3, Dragon Quest 10, Breath of Fire 5, Wild Arms 5, Vagrant Story 2, Chrono Cross 2, Suikoden 6 and Shadow Hearts 4 have been announced for release within the first six months of the system.  How does that affect your decision-making? :wink:


Hell, if I could believe that, I would pick one up on launch day without hesitation.  I would be pimping the PS3 to the ends of the Earth.  But there's no way most of titles will ever get made (as much as I would love to see a Chrono 3 and Vagrant Story 2), so I'll just wait and see what actually comes out.  I didn't pick up a PS2 until well into it's cycle, and I'll probably do the same with the PS3.
10908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dear Sony: please go screw yourselves.... on: June 28, 2006, 10:50:19 PM
I adore my PS2, and had every intention of picking up a PS3, mainly for the inevitable slew of JRPG's it would have.  However, every nugget of info that is released from Sony makes me want it less and less.  They would have to show me multiple mind-blowing, must-have titles for me to even consider picking one up at this point.
10909  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / AMD to stop making 939 Socket Processors on: June 25, 2006, 01:15:16 AM
Figures, I just ordered my 939 based brand new system last week.  :evil:
10910  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 24, 2006, 12:17:58 AM
10911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prey demo is out... on: June 22, 2006, 09:22:39 PM
I was going to wait for my new PC to get here (hopefully next week), but I may give it a shot on the old one for now.  Wasn't terribly interested before, but this thread has piqued my interest.
10912  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Iron Giant fans check this out on: June 17, 2006, 01:28:47 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
As for Iron Giant: It's one of the most underappreciated movies I've ever seen.

I absolutely loved it.  Made me laugh, made me <cough> cry.  Made me scream for joy.

Brilliant. Simply Brilliant.


Amen, brother.  If you can get through the "Superman" bit in that movie without tearing up, then you truly have no soul.

Very cool pic, btw.
10913  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Cool Gamer's Wives on: June 16, 2006, 08:01:09 PM
The only game Mrs. Gratch has ever played is Worms:  Armageddon.  She played it for a couple weeks after I bought it, then never picked it up again.  She's pretty tolerant with my gaming, as long as I don't go overboard with it.  Thankfully, she does have the occasional gaming moment.  For instance, a couple weeks ago, a song came on the radio and she said, 'Kinda sounds like the music from Metal Gear Solid, don't you think?'.  I was so proud.  :sniff:  She'll also sometimes watch me play RPG's and even asked once if I could wait to play through the next part of Shadow Hearts:  Covenant until she could watch.  

She also has this uncanny ability to spot things in games that I miss.  If I ever get stuck in a level or with a puzzle, she'll walk in and figure it out in about a minute.  It's kind of freaky, really.
10914  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / New system, would love some opinions on: June 15, 2006, 11:37:57 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Not a bad rig at all.  I'd suggest going with some more RAM though.  2 GB means the difference between fast and EXTREMELY slow loading in games like Battlefield 2.  The 7600 will do well for you, but expect that in roughly a year or less you'll be buying a second one to play games like Bioshock.  The nice part is that you can. smile  

You might take a look at what Monarch computers can do for you. I've used them in the past before I built systems for myself and was very impressed with their service. http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv


Thanks KD.  I looked at Monarch, but they've gotten a ton of very bad reviews on Pricewatch, which makes me a little leery.  Maybe I'll have to give them another look.  This system is through United Micro.

I'd love to do another GB of RAM, but I'm really topped out pricewise as is.  I think the 1GB will do OK for now, and I'll add more later if I need to.
10915  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / New system, would love some opinions on: June 15, 2006, 10:47:59 PM
This is cross-posted from OO, but I'm looking for all the feedback I can get.  So...

I've been looking at a new system in the $650-750 range, and after a few hours of searching today, I found one that I think looks pretty good. I obviously don't need top of the line, but would like to at least be able to play Oblivion and stuff like NWN2 when it comes out. I looked at buying components to upgrade my old system (XP 2400+, 512 MB PC 2700 RAM, 160 GB HD, Geforce 5900fx AGP card), but with everything I would need to replace (Mobo, CPU, RAM, Vid card), I think I might be better off just getting a new system. Mrs. Skinypupy has been bugging me for her own system anyways, so this might be a good option.

Here's what it's got:
Case - X-Dreamer Mid-Tower 420 Watt Front USB (SILVER)
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-K8VT890-9 (VIA K8T890 PCI-E x16 DDR400 SATA LAN AUDIO ATX)
CPU - AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 939pin 90nm Venice Oem
Cooling Fan - Thermaltake A4006D Heat Sink & Cooling Fan
Memory - 1GB PC3200 DDR400 Samsung
Hard Drive - Western Digital 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB SATA WD800JD
Video Card - eVGA 256MB GeForce 7600GT PCI-E SLI Ready N553
Operating System - Microsoft Windows XP Home
DVD-RW - AOpen 16X DVD+RW/-RW DUAL LAYER
Warranty - 1Years Labor,1Year Parts,Lifetime Tech Support (TS)
Total Price $785.00

I've really been out of the hardware loop since I built my last system a couple years ago, so there may be something here that is way out of whack. Any feedback would really helpful in that regard.

Let me know if you think there's anything that raises major red flags, or something I should do different. The company (United Micro) has pretty good Pricewatch reviews, so I'm not too concerned there.
10916  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 14, 2006, 03:17:56 AM

10917  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do only white people snap their fingers to music? on: June 14, 2006, 02:19:21 AM
Nope, just this guy:



On a side note, a Google image search for 'The Jerk' yields some rather colorful results.
10918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / World of Diablo / Starcraft on: June 14, 2006, 02:17:44 AM
While I call bullshit on this article in particular, it wouldn't really surprise me that much if it happened.  Unfortunately, there's at least a few of us who don't enjoy MMORPG's at all and would really enjoy another high-quality single player Blizzard game.  Guess you gotta milk the cow you got.  frown
10919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero = YES on: June 13, 2006, 06:26:00 PM
Quote from: "Maggot"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Yep, and now Activision owns them.  They'll get the PR backing that they deserve.  Too many people missed out on the original, I don't think that'll be the case with the sequel.


Activision is the baddest publisher ever, have you ever seen a the movies advertisement ?


That sentence makes my head hurt.
10920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero = YES on: June 13, 2006, 12:43:51 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
Quote from: "Gratch"
Quote from: "Arkon"
That said I didn't like it.  I played a few hours, mostly on medium, and just found it to be meh.  


Blasphemer.  Turn in your GT membership card and leave.  slywink

GH is the one game that everyone I have showed it to has enjoyed.  Even my parents - who haven't touched a controller since the Atari 2600 and detest video games - were having a blast with it.  Pretty amazing, really.


Yeah yeah I know, I am a moron in most peoples eyes because I dare not like Guitar Hero, Ico, Shadow of the Colosus, Metal Gear Solid (from 2 on).  I am not the norm I am sure.


Don't feel too bad.  I don't like most of the popluar games either, including the other ones you mentioned.  Hell, I just traded in RE4 after realizing for the 2nd time (GCN & PS2) that it's really not all that fun.  That could get me strung up in some places.
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