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1321  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Free Paint Shop Pro [ full version ] on: July 20, 2005, 08:56:06 PM
They still seem to be selling it elsewhere.  Why are they giving it away free?
1322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Next Gen Consoles on: July 18, 2005, 04:44:36 AM
Probably all three eventually.  I'll watch the launch libraries to see how important an early purchase may be.
1323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Where to get Heroes of Might and Magic 2 on: July 18, 2005, 03:57:27 AM
You should be able to find the Heroes of Might and Magic Platinum edition that contained I, II,  and III complete.  EB and Gamestop used to carry them.  Failing that, I'm sure someone on Ebay will only ask for an arm and a leg.
1324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nice surprise from Gamefly. on: July 16, 2005, 04:44:12 AM
Quote from: "Devil"
If someone in Mass could confirm a quick turnaround I'd be back IN!

10 days was far too long. Especially when Netflix gets it done in 2.
You could ask to see if you're eligible for the free trial again.  I imagine they'd comply if they've improved service.  If they say no after you tell them why you quit before, I think you have your answer.
1325  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Maintenance Complete on: July 16, 2005, 02:59:56 AM
I just looked at the cache on google.  It turns out it's exactly the same now as it was before.  Shows what I know.
1326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Special Place in Hell for Devs of God of War on: July 16, 2005, 02:54:57 AM
Which phase and what difficulty level?  If it's god mode, you're just getting what you asked for.
1327  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Maintenance Complete on: July 16, 2005, 02:44:04 AM
It's quite possible I'm just being silly.  You know us troglodytes, change is bad.
1328  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Maintenance Complete on: July 16, 2005, 01:38:16 AM
That's better, but there are still gaps (or lines).

Again, they shouldn't be in the middle ones or should also be in the bottom IMHO.
1329  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Maintenance Complete on: July 15, 2005, 10:48:41 PM
In the gold/black template, on the main forum page ( aren't the bars "gaming" and "nongaming" supposed to go all the way across?  For me, they start under "Topics" and go to the right edge of the page.  I'm running 1280x1024 btw.  It would look better if they were removed or went all the way across.
1330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EB Shipping Question on: July 12, 2005, 04:20:18 PM
Both Fedex and UPS offer a waiver for you to sign.  If they have a waiver on file, they'll leave any package at your door unless the shipper required a signature.
1331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The political Machine on: July 11, 2005, 03:18:15 AM
Well, I played it enough to write a review.

Link Here.

Would it be as fun outside an election year?  Probably, but the staying power would be less.
1332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dumb bf2 question... on: July 09, 2005, 07:14:23 PM
Isn't voice a server option?  In other words, it only works if the server has voice chat turned on.
1333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm trying to find a Diablo-esque clone .... on: July 08, 2005, 06:40:50 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
What the hell ..... I thought that's how you buy the game. Is it shareware or something?
It's locked with a level cap.  You can unlock it by buying a license key.
1334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm trying to find a Diablo-esque clone .... on: July 08, 2005, 03:21:19 AM
Here ya go.
1335  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / D'oh? Failure of power supply or motherboard on: July 08, 2005, 03:17:52 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
A faulty power button wouldn't prevent it from POSTing though.
Actually it could.  Some motherboards read a constantly depressed power button as a reset.  It won't POST until the button is released.  You might want to look for a short.
1336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fantastic 4 Movie on: July 06, 2005, 01:44:32 PM
What happens to a toad . . .
doesn't ruin a comic book movie, I can't see complaining about that little exchange.
1337  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Strategy/Tactical Games on Clearance from Mwave on: July 06, 2005, 01:39:06 PM
Crossposting from my forum so people will actually see it.

I've had good experiences buying from Mwave (mostly computer hardware).  There are some good deals there:

Ground Control II for $5.75

Gangland for $7.99

R6: 3 Raven Shield for $8.99 or R6: 3 Gold (includes Athena Sword) for $9.99

Spellforce for $9.49

Tribes: Vengeance for $9.49

UT 2004 Editor's Choice Ed. for $12.49

Kohan II for $14.49
1338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warhammer: Dawn of War on: July 06, 2005, 03:56:32 AM
Quote from: "Xmann"
I have always wanted to like RTS games but hated micro-managment of any sort.  The only RTS i played through with any interest was Warlords Battlecry.  I would love to try this game out but i'm deathly afraid it'll be more management than i'd like to worry about.  Heck i only got through the tutorial in Warcraft before i quit.
Any chance i may like this compared to other RTS games?
Reading that, the thought that jumped to mind was Kohan II is the game for you.  It's got streamlined resource collection without peon management.  There's no micromanagement once troops engage in battle.  The strategic decisions are made in building bases, research and in customizing your companies as you build them.  Then, of course, there are the tactical decisions of when and where to attack.

It has five well balanced races, each of which can belong to one or more factions which provide bonuses.  It has randomized maps.  Unit AI is good.  Overall computer AI tends a bit too aggressive, but that usually means fun battles that will tend to lead to your victory.  On the other hand, the AI has made some surprising moves, catching me out of position and turning the tide of a game.

There's a great veterancy system where it's of great value to keep your companies from being destroyed.  Your heroes also gain experience and can become quite powerful if you keep them alive.  The game has creeps and relic defenders to boost your experience before taking on your enemies.

It's really a full featured RTS that takes out the micro within battles.   It even comes with a full color manual.  I can't remember the last full color manual I've received. It's a steal now that it can be had for cheap.

Edit: to add Mwave has Kohan II on clearance for $14.49
1339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Your vote for Baddest Living Mofo on: July 05, 2005, 03:51:37 AM
It's probably someone we've never heard of.  Some special forces team leader perhaps.  I'd guess a NCO or Warrant Officer.  Probably US, maybe Israeli.  I'm sure you'd never know it to look at him.

Back when he was stilll alive, a good case could be made for Gunny Hathcock.
1340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / July 3rd, 1976 on: July 05, 2005, 03:35:58 AM
I can't believe all of you share your birthday with Montel Williams and Tom Cruise.  Maybe you'll be invited to the wedding (if you think Scientology is neat.)

Edit: Oops, forgot Dave Barry (now he could make that wedding fun).
1341  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Battlefield 2 In-Game Nicks *Important* on: July 05, 2005, 03:08:48 AM
I'm HrothgarTS, perhaps I could have been plain Hrothgar, but that name server is screwy.  What do you mean I don't exist?   What do you mean that's not my password?  Oh well.  Feel free to frag away.
1342  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What do these games have in common? on: July 04, 2005, 05:59:47 PM
Amazingly, I've tried all that.  I even went so far as to completely disable the sound card to see if the lockups still occurred.  They did.

I have an Antec 430 watt power supply.  Even with the new video card, I should have power to spare and there are no unexplained voltage drops.

I have three case fans (large size), power supply fan, chip fan and video fan.    The cables aren't rounded, but there's good airflow.  Internal temperatures are reasonable and nowhere near warning levels.

The onboard sound is disabled in the BIOS.

I did a reinstall (again) of RCT3, but this time didn't install Soaked.  The lockups have completely disappeared.  I've passed that on to Atari, but they haven't responded yet.
1343  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What do these games have in common? on: July 03, 2005, 08:45:08 PM
Yes, I've run DXDiag, but it found no problems.

Neither the hardware nor software firewalls logs show any activity of those programs trying to access the net (EG and RCT3+Soaked).  RoN was cleared to access the net, but the lockups occured in the single player game.
1344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / From the Front Page - Games ruined when nearly perfect! on: July 02, 2005, 09:51:49 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Yep, it's all a matter of figuring out the timing.
No, it's all a matter of not getting frustrated.  You'll have a couple of cheap falls as you figure out the pattern.  If you've been playing for a while and start to get frustrated, you will not be able to get past there.  You have to take a break and calm down completely.  If you come back frustrated or bitter about the frustration, you'll keep falling again and again.

If you come to it relaxed and don't let the first few cheap hits bother you, you'll breeze right through.
1345  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What do these games have in common? on: July 02, 2005, 09:40:44 PM
Well, I replaced the video card (more for BF2 & future games than to solve the problem).  Nothing changed.  I updated all my hardware drivers, video, audio, motherboard,  even network.  I still have the problem.  

I checked the memory.  It's fine.

It could be the chipset, but a much greater variety of games have no problems.  Some are much more demanding.

Talking with Atari, it seems the RTC3 w/ Soaked seems to be a somewhat common problem.  It's recent enough I can still hope for a patch.

Evil Genius seems quite buggy, so it might be hard to narrow down.

RoN, I seem to be the only one with this problem.  It's too bad since I really enjoyed what I could play of the game.

I believe they use macrovision for security.  I have plenty of games using the same copy protection that work.  Besides, I think Macrovision only checks on start up.

I'm still at a loss.
1346  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What do these games have in common? on: July 01, 2005, 02:46:53 AM
I get lock ups in the following games:

Rise of Nations
Evil Genius
Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 + Soaked Expansion

I've tried different drivers across the spectrum, patches, bios settings, Direct X versions and even a new video card.  There's been no change.  The problem doesn't seem to be the sound card since I got lock ups with it disabled.

System info:

Athlon XP 2100
1 GB Ram
Geforce 6600 GT AGP (128)
Soundblaster Audigy Gamer
VIA KT333 chipset
Windows XP Pro

I've got all the latest drivers.  I can't find any conflicts in the device manager.  More complicated games like SWAT 4, HL2 and BF2 run fine even for long periods of time.  I've fiddled with most of the options in the games, but can't find a stable solution, but some suggestions would be appreciated.
1347  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / minimum power for 6600GT on: July 01, 2005, 02:36:26 AM
I believe I read 75 watts.  As I just did a similar upgrade, I'll give you this piece of advice.  With most power supplies, you get a ton of connectors, but if you sort through all the wires you'll find that they're divided into 3-5 daisy chains.  So you might have a dozen connectors, but if you plug everything into one daisy chain, you can still run short on power without taxing the power supply.  If you check my website, you can see what goes wrong when you do that.

That's not the advice.   My advice is to dedicate one chain to the video card. Dedicate one chain to your hard drive(s).  Then put everything else on the remaining chain(s).  That way the high load devices aren't bumping into each other.

With the 6600 GT, the nvidia software (part of the drivers?) checks to see if the card has enough power.  If not, it will step down the clock on the GPU and memory to match the power level.  It can be severe in some cases.  Good luck.
1348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone get BF2 yet? on: June 24, 2005, 06:14:38 AM
As requested, I added a Battlefield 2 Forum to my website.  I look forward to some of the war stories and After Action Reports.  Please let me know if you need screenshots hosted.
1349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Science] I'm sailing away. on: June 22, 2005, 01:22:25 PM
The theoretical problem with a solar sail has always been that there's nothing in space to use to tack.  In other words, the solar wind only lets you sail outwards.  You have to make it all the way to another star, use it to decelerate, then you can turn around and sail back.  Of course, the problem there is the huge distance between stars.  

Some have suggested using chained hydrogen bombs to massively pump an atomic laser, but you'd need to already have it at your destination.  Hybrids could work, but you're stuck with the fuel problem.  Still, it's a very romantic notion.
1350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OMGZ!! Sony will release defective cell processors in PS3!! on: June 21, 2005, 03:37:38 AM
Nvidia's already been doing the same thing on the 6800's.  In fact, some people have found ways to unlock the unused core.
1351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Conker: Ouch (reviewed) on: June 18, 2005, 08:52:45 PM
Quote from: "disarm"
Quote from: "Dafones"
Yeah, Conker on the 64 was great. Too bad it didn't get much love when it came out.

a good point...i think it came late enough in the N64's life that everyone was starting to focus on the next gen and didn't care as much.
You mean as opposed to now. :wink:
1352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Demo on: June 18, 2005, 04:23:28 AM
Well, I looked into it.  Server prices have shot up since I last checked, but that seems to be because of the hardware they're offering now.  I guess the new dedicated server software requires more juice than ever.  $150 - $400 per month would require a lot of people.  I don't know if even here combined with OO could make it worthwhile unless there's some wealthy benefactor lurking out there that we don't know about.  Per game servers are much cheaper.

Links:  Clanservers &
1353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Demo on: June 17, 2005, 11:16:07 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Reverse the private and public things Tom...I know, it is weird, but I guess private is less expensive than public.

Here's the order page (Battlefield 2 is not offered yet)

Server Type (BF1942 and all mods...also BF: Vietnam):
Your server can be a public server or private server. Public servers cost $8.00 USD per slot and private servers cost $4.00 USD per slot.

And you're right...this is per month.  However, people could put a whole year of bills, $48, into the Paypal (or via check to Ron) at one time and Ron can keep track of who has paid and who hasn't.  I think most people would just pony up the 12 month idea, but that's me.

Wouldn't it be more cost effective to hire a generic game server from one of the clan hosting companies.  Then you could switch from game to game, keep the teamspeak/ventrillo server up and running, etc.  I haven't priced them recently, but I don't think they were crazy expensive.
1354  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Teamspeak Server is UP on: June 17, 2005, 03:15:33 AM
Are you offering the server up for general use or do you just want us to use it for CG Battlefield 2 games?
1355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rainbow Six 3 "Free" Expansion on: June 16, 2005, 04:54:09 AM
"Free" in this case means to fileplanet subscribers. Linky

To be fair, they do say subscribers get it first.  Presumably that means that non subscribers will get it eventually.  It's something to keep an eye out for.
1356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Demo on: June 11, 2005, 04:35:51 AM
Silly me I thought the GeForce 5700 was a recommended card not the minimum.  Guess I won't be playing until I upgrade.  Well, I was going to do it sometime this summer.  Off to pricewatch.

Regardless, AAR hosting, Screenshot hosting and forum support offers still stand if interested.  Let me know.
1357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Question of the week: How did you find ConsoleGold? on: June 10, 2005, 08:26:49 PM
Count me in the early adopters.  I used to visit the front page and ignore the forums since I had GGF.  Now that's sort of reversed.  I still check you guys out for reviews.
1358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Demo on: June 10, 2005, 08:14:15 PM
Downloading now, only 3 hours to go at a whopping 52.4 KB/s.

1359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DESTROY ALL HUMANS.. on: June 10, 2005, 04:32:48 PM
I don't know if it will be a good game, but it is nice to see a game with decent television advertisements.
1360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Demo on: June 10, 2005, 04:28:27 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
Hey... maybe we can even right up some after action reports for Hrothgar's Talk Strategy site!

Would you want that type of stuff Hrothgar?

Heck... Turtle could even write it as the game is going on from his easy chair.  I can see it now, we're toiling away down there, capturing control points, scrambling for medkits, repairing downed choppers, stealthing from building to building, dodging incoming grenades, avoiding F-15 straffing runs, defibbing each other back from the grave...  All the while, our Commander is popping open another Samual Adams, opening another bag of chips, flipping through the local paper, and occasionally dropping a supply crate here and there.   Tongue  


Of course I'd love some good reports.  If there's enough interest, I can even set up a team forum area and host screenshots.

I'll leave hosting the demo to the big boys like KD.
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