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11121  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
11122  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.
11123  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:
11124  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
11125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cool Lego Video on: July 04, 2006, 04:05:39 PM
That was

Grevious as an antenna just killed me.
11126  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*
11127  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
11128  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.
11129  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.

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.  

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.

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

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.).
11130  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.
11131  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
11132  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
11133  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.
11134  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.
11135  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.
11136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 29, 2006, 11:58:54 AM
11137  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.
11138  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.
11139  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:
11140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 24, 2006, 12:17:58 AM
11141  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.
11142  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.
11143  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.
11144  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.

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.
11145  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
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.
11146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 14, 2006, 03:17:56 AM

11147  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.
11148  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
11149  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.
11150  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.
11151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NINTENDO AM MAKING TEH MONEYS!!! on: June 13, 2006, 12:41:19 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
I'm just playing along with Devil.  It's all in fun.  He even says so.  You've been here from the start and should know that.  These DS/PSP topics are just one big joke.  Each side just keeps coming up with new info to fuel the fire.

Ah.  I usually don't pay much attention to the system v. system topics (and the ones I did venture into seemed to get rather nasty), so I didn't realize they were all in fun.  My bad.

Please continue your DS mockery, and I will laugh along with you now that I got the memo.  slywink
11152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Somehow this story was ignored in here... on: June 13, 2006, 02:17:38 AM
And this matters because...?  :roll:

If you enjoy the PSP, more power to ya.  If you like the GBA or DS better, same thing.  I've never understood why people need to look at sales totals to feel justified in their purchase.
11153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero = YES on: June 13, 2006, 02:02:28 AM
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.
11154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Fable TLC on: June 11, 2006, 03:14:04 PM
Is it just me, or did that gun-based character look exactly like Vincent from FF VII?
11155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Gaming 06/10/06 on: June 10, 2006, 09:06:02 PM
Started Chronicles of Riddick for the first time yesterday and am really enjoying it.  I also re-bought Dragon Quest VIII & Sudeki, and I'm sure I'll put a few hours into each while Mrs. Gratch is at work tonight.
11156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chronicles of Riddick. How did I miss this? on: June 10, 2006, 01:43:43 PM
Picked up Chronicles of Riddick last night for $7.99.  I remember there being a lot of buzz about it when it came out, but it never struck me as something I'd enjoy.  After putting a couple hours into it last night, I'm completely floored by how good this game is.   The gameplay, atmosphere, graphics (this game looks better than some of the current crop of games, and it's, what, 2 years old?), combat system - everything is spot on and I'm having an absolute blast with it.  Why the hell didn't I get it sooner?

So the question is, does it stay this good through the entire game?  Or is it one of those that starts with a bang and ends with a whimper?
11157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What was the first comic you ever bought? on: June 09, 2006, 07:57:16 PM
Preface:  I'm not into comics at all.  OK, that said...

I don't know if this counts, but when I was a kid, I had 3 comic books that came with 45 records.  The entire book was voiced over on the record, complete with sound effects, music, & everything.  I remember there was a Captain America book that had something to do with a red-skulled Nazi, a Spiderman one that had a lizard-man badguy, and a Superman one that some sort of little magic bullet aliens that Superman had to 'Pied Piper' back into space.

God, I spent hours and hours listening to those records.  Wish I would have held onto them.  frown

EDIT:  Holy shit, I found them on E-bay:

11158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Replaying KotOR II (paging Starshifter & ATB) on: June 06, 2006, 01:05:27 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Should I pimp my workbench faq again?

BTW, if I finish Fable and get bored, I'm tempted to go with the forum effect.  I finished on Light, but wanted to play again with Dark side.

:wave hand:  This is the game you're looking for.
11159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: MGS2. !!!WOW!!! on: June 05, 2006, 03:26:39 PM
I absolutely loved the original MGS back on the PS1, but never could get into any of the sequels.  I've actually purchased MGS2 on 3 seperate occasions, and never get more than 4-5 hours in before getting bored.  I do need to retry MGS 3, as I only gave it a couple hours before getting controller-throwingly frustrated and giving up.

Glad you liked it though.  Wish I could find a game that still gives me 'wow' feeling.  frown
11160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Robot Chicken does FF VII on: June 04, 2006, 02:41:13 PM
Thought this was rather amusing.

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