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1121  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Dog slow cable modem access...any ideas why? on: January 03, 2008, 10:23:42 PM
Okay, I am appealing the collective's vast knowledge of such things. I just started cable modem broadband via Comcast in my home. several days ago. I want to say that for the first couple of days, everything seemed fine. I was getting downloads speeds of 4 to 6 Mbps consistently. In the last couple of days it seems that download speeds have tanked, going down to 100 to 200 Kbps. The weird thing is that it gets this slow during the day and in the evenings. Late at night, like after midnight, the speed is back to the normal 4 to 6 Mbps. I've check the usual stuff like my router, cables, disabling firewall and anti-virus software. I've even directly connected my laptop to the cable modem. Nothing has changed. It's still incredibly slow in the day and evening and fast late night. I have a Comcast tech scheduled to come out to my home Friday morning to look into this, but I thought someone here might have some ideas as to why this is happening. Any thoughts? Thanks!
1122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blockbuster just got better on: December 20, 2007, 07:10:20 PM
In Blockbuster's last earnings report, they said they were going to de-emphasize the online delivery part of the business and put more effort into the brick and mortar side. Stuff like kiosks in the stores where you can burn copies of movies. Whatever. They can rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic all they want, but the inevitable will still happen.
1123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How's the 3rd Pirates of the Caribbean movie? on: December 10, 2007, 09:33:27 PM
Well the good news is that it looks fantastic on Blu-Ray. Really spectacular video quality.

The bad news, as everyone else has commented on, is that the movie is HORRIBLE. The story is so incomprehensible that you basically give up trying to make sense of it and take the path of least resistance. A lot of the action is pointless to the story. Hell, a lot of the plot is pointless to the story. The comparison to Spiderman 3 is appropriate. Both movies throw so much at you that it becomes overwhelming in its pointlessness and collapses under its sheer complexity. First movie was great. Second movie was meh. Third movie was "oh god make it stop already".

How's that for a ringing endorsement?  icon_biggrin
1124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zero Punctuation reviews Assassin's Creed on: December 05, 2007, 09:50:59 PM
In the wake of the Gerstmann/Gamespot controversy, I'd like to see him review Kane and Lynch and nuke it from orbit.
1125  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Xbox 360 and 1080p on: November 21, 2007, 05:50:07 AM
I seem to recall that 1080p is only available via the VGA cable.
1126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: my home theater transformation... on: November 08, 2007, 01:33:50 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 05, 2007, 05:58:03 PM

So as of last weekend I now find myself the proud owner of a Samsung 50" DLP (model from a couple of years ago) and a Sony surround sound system.  Needless to say, it's quite the difference from my 25" CRT and 20 year old fisher speakers...

Anyway, we proceeded to go through my dvd collection all weekend to see/hear the difference. :O  I LOVE it.  Now I need a 360 and some other sort of HD goodness to put this thing through it's paces...

Which model Samsung DLP did you get? I just got rid of a 50" Samsung DLP I had for about 3 or 4 years. I really liked it, but there were several annoyances I got fed up with. The lamp had to be replaced every couple of years and it wasn't cheap. The fan and spinning color wheel got louder over the years to the point where it was always noticeable. As the lamp lost it's effectiveness over time, the picture got dim and muddy looking. It did not have any HDMI connectors (only a single DVI) and it topped out at 1080i, although it's native res was 720p.

I replaced it with a Sony 52" Bravia LCD which is a stunningly beautiful TV. Now I can really see why Blu-Ray and HD-DVD are so much better looking than regular DVD.
1127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need a Primer on HDTV's on: October 26, 2007, 11:08:17 PM
I would recommend an LCD flat panel HDTV. Plasmas are slightly cheaper, but since you mention gaming, then screen burn-in might be an issue if you plan to do a lot of gaming.

As for brands, I like Sony. Yes they are more expensive but the quality is really really good. If you are more cost conscious, you might consider Sharp LCDs. Samsung LCDs are also good. If you want really inexpensive, Vizio is popular, but quality of their LCDs seem to vary quite a bit. If you have the budget for it, get a set that can do 1080p.
1128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Belly button rings on dudes - what do you think? on: October 16, 2007, 07:11:42 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on October 16, 2007, 04:15:04 PM

Did he have a tatoo on the small of his back too?

Please, let's use the correct terminology. It's called a "tramp stamp".  icon_smile
1129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Origin's Ultimas on: October 01, 2007, 11:00:50 PM
Garriott sure does get a lot of mileage for a guy who hasn't designed a good game in over 10 years.
1130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We are not hardcore enough on: September 17, 2007, 11:43:58 PM
Maybe he thought that he could simply respawn as a ghost and run back to his corpse to reincarnate himself.

Boy is he going to be real disappointed.
1131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL 08 on: September 14, 2007, 12:20:57 AM
Probably because not everyone is online with their consoles. Also, EA has in the past discontinued online support of a bunch of their sports games after a couple of years.
1132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL 08 on: September 13, 2007, 11:42:19 PM
Don't think so. The code was posted on numerous sites and a ton of people have already used it.
1133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL 08 on: September 13, 2007, 09:48:12 PM
I didn't see this posted yet but here is the code to enter to activate all the new RBK 2007-2008 team jerseys. Why wait for the 15th when you can have them now?  icon_lol

1134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm a Dad! on: September 10, 2007, 09:21:59 PM
Oh my, what a CUTIE!

Get ready for some of the hardest days of your life, but also some of the most rewarding days of your life.
1135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: School me on marriage on: August 08, 2007, 01:54:51 AM
If you and the girlfriend both feel the situation is fine the way it is, then there is no reason to try to rationalize the lack of marriage, and if other people have a problem with it, then that is their hangup. Your relationship should be based on what YOU feel is right, not what others feel is the "correct" thing to do. The only drawback is of course, having to constantly explain it to friends and family, but that is just a mild annoyance compared to the positives of your relationship. If it works, then it works. Don't bother psycho-analyzing it. You and the GF are at a point in your lives where the priorities are different from other couples. Maybe in a number of years it will change and you'll start having the feeling that getting married is important. Honestly, if you've been living together for a while, then the only difference getting married will make is that you get a nice certificate saying that you're legally married.
1136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Track Update - 8/2/07 on: August 03, 2007, 05:19:48 PM
I love Muse, but man, that was a bizarre video. I like it.  icon_lol
1137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Resignation Horror Stories - Anyone have one? on: August 02, 2007, 04:48:55 PM
That was the best EB story ever, and KD didn't even need Ewoks to help him.
1138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: May have blown a PS3 oppertunity. Need a fix. on: July 26, 2007, 09:20:30 PM
Yep, I concur. Olivia Munn is the only reason to watch AotS. I have a whole new kind of appreciation of her after seeing this:

1139  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Talisman 4th Edition Board Game release date set - October 1st! on: July 19, 2007, 11:23:39 PM
Holy cow. I can't wait. I have an old, old edition in my closet that is in really sad shape. A brand spanking new edition with a larger board will be great. I assume that the expansions will be coming out at some point in the future too.
1140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Darkness on: July 19, 2007, 11:15:48 PM
All I remember about Enclave is that it was sadistically hard, but had really great (at the time) graphics. It looked good as I threw the controller across the room in frustration.
1141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Darkness on: July 19, 2007, 06:39:01 PM
Are you talking about Enclave?

1142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone get Grim Grimoire? on: July 18, 2007, 09:06:18 PM
I have it and I even opened it!  icon_biggrin

I have not played it much but I can give some quick impressions. The graphics are done by the same group that did Odin Sphere, so the anime character designs are very well done and quite colorful. Actually, I think the look for both this game and Odin Sphere are quite fantastic. Basically, Grim Grimoire is a real time strategy game. The unusual aspect is that the "maps" are not top down perspective like common RTS games do. Instead, in GG they are side view areas, like you see in side scrolling arcade games. You create an army of units, explore the environment and fight enemies. I have not gotten too far into the game so unfortunately I can't comment on the overall difficulty of the game, but it definitely plays like an RTS game. The voice acting is decent (you can select English or Japanese).

I guess it comes down to whether or not you like an anime based RTS game.
1143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]New Backwards compat list on: July 13, 2007, 11:29:09 PM
Well, after getting confirmation that Morrowind GOTY edition works, I couldn't find it at any store in my area. Even EBGames/Gamestop didn't have used copies. I ended up ordering it from I'm surprised it was so hard to find.
1144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Force Unleashed on: July 13, 2007, 05:28:41 PM
Alert: thread necromancy!!

A trailer for SW: Force Unleashed has surfaced here:

I think this game just catapaulted itself into "must buy" territory. Wow. Impressive. Most impressive.
1145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]New Backwards compat list on: July 13, 2007, 05:26:09 PM
I read elsewhere that the Morrowind GOTY edition does work. Hmmm, anyone here have it and can confirm?
1146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good news for XBOX 360 dogfighting lovers (not that kind of dogfighting) on: July 13, 2007, 07:52:31 AM
Well I've played Ace Combat since the original game on Playstation 1. This new one definitely feels like every other iteration of the series. A big part of whether you will like the new one or not will come down to how accepting you are that it is just more of the same AC formula. I'm a big fan of the series and while the new game seems to be more of the same, I am okay with that. Ace Combat has never been about ultra realism, or even anything vaguely resembling a full blown PC-like flight sim experience. That being said, the graphics are simply stunning. The planes and the terrain look photo-realistic. It's truly incredible how good it looks. Since I am an Ace Combat fan and a graphics whore, this game will be a day one purchase for me.
1147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good news for XBOX 360 dogfighting lovers (not that kind of dogfighting) on: July 11, 2007, 03:31:53 PM
The Ace Combat games have always been arcade-like, and after so many iterations of the game since 1995, it's never going to be anything close to a full blown PC flight sim. Anyone hoping for that is going to be disappointed every time an AC game comes out.
1148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP viable movie viewer? on: July 05, 2007, 05:28:07 PM
How good of a job does DVDFab do? Have you run into any DVDs that it was unable to rip? I use a totally convoluted multi step process to rip DVDs and I am looking for something that isn't quite so much of a hassle.
1149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360] Rock Band on: July 03, 2007, 11:39:55 PM
Here is the first footage of not only the game but video of people playing it (some of the developers at Harmonix). For people who had doubts about this game, you can now only say one thing: BAD ASS.

The group playing is two on guitar, one on drums and one singing. The drum set looks incredibly awesome to play. Also, it appears they are playing the Xbox 360 version because it looks like the guitars they are using are the 360 Guitar Hero guitars.
1150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Libby goes free! On a scooter, just to make it funny. on: July 02, 2007, 11:23:39 PM
I can't wait to see what Jon Stewart will have to say about this on the Daily Show.
1151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Santa Cruz Info on: July 02, 2007, 10:01:39 PM
Yes! A fellow Banana Slug! I went to UCSC from 1986 to 1991. It's a very different campus today compared to when I went there, but still a great place to go to school. Which college are you going to be affiliated with? I was an Oakes student during my time there.
1152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Santa Cruz Info on: July 02, 2007, 06:58:46 PM
The west side of town is generally a lot safer and nicer to live. The closer you get to Natural Bridges state beach the more expensive it will be though. I echo the other senitments about the Boardwalk area. Crowded, lots of homeless people and not the safest area.

If you are looking to move to the area, Soquel, Capitola, Aptos are areas to consider. If you don't mind being a litter farther away from the beach, Scotts Valley is also worth considering.
1153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Hour of Victory **demo this coming wednesday** on: June 30, 2007, 03:25:17 AM
Arise thread of days gone by!

So if you thought the demo was bad, check out Gamespot's review of the full game:

Ouch! (hint: it sucks, with a capital S U C K)
1154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is there any new PC game like Panzer General? on: June 22, 2007, 03:27:56 AM
One other game series that might be of interest are the Combat Mission games. Info can be seen at The games are a lot more tactical in nature than Panzer General. In fact the Combat Mission games have a very miniatures-like feel, with all 3d maps, individual vehicles and squads of infantry. There are no hexes or grids in the game. It's all free form movement. The games are simultaneous turn based, meaning you plot your moves at the same time as your opponent then press go and watch both sides' units move. There are three games in the series: Operation Overlord, Barbarossa to Berlin, and Afrika Korps. There is a 4th game in development, due to be released late July, called Shock Force that takes place in modern day Middle East. The series is very easy to learn and there is a lot of detail in the games.
1155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Internet is Pay to Play on June 30th? on: June 21, 2007, 04:03:22 AM
Can someone clarify for me? Will it cost money to use the browser, or just to download the browser?
1156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is there any new PC game like Panzer General? on: June 20, 2007, 11:55:37 PM
Hearts of Iron 2 is not really all that similar to Panzer General. For one thing, the scale is totally different. PG is an operational level game with battalion level units while HOI2 is a grand strategic level game with division level units. Also, HOI2 is a much more complex game where you have to deal with resource management. PG only deals with abstract prestige points. Really the only common thing they share is that both games are turned based WWII games. Other than that, they are completely different.

For something that is more like Panzer General, I think Matrix Games Battlefront is more similar. Steel Panthers is as well.
1157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3 Red Rings to round out my week on: June 16, 2007, 08:42:49 PM

Interview with the head of the Xbox hardware group. I love my 360 just as much as any console gamer, but damn, this guy is such a freaking useless tool. Why even bother going through the interview if he had no intention of talking about the 360 failure issues?
1158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24: Season 6 Talkback (Spoilers) on: June 09, 2007, 03:37:27 PM
It definitely was a frustrating season to watch. There were times when it was great, but most of the time, things seemed forced or so wildly ridiculous it was painful to watch. I kind of see what the writers were doing this season. After last season's focus on the grand conspiracy and emphasis of the whole scumbag president/wacked out first lady, it seemed like they wanted to make this season more personal with regards to Jack, thus the major focus on his family. Unfortunately, it was all so contrived it was lame.

What the 24 franchise needs is a complete and total reset of the universe. They need to set the next season somewhere other than LA and CTU. Perhaps Washington DC? There have been so many security breaches at CTU LA that I don't think I can take yet another one without screaming. For a complex that is so freaking important to national security, they have more holes in their internal security than a block of Swiss cheese. Whoever thought that breaking into CTU would be as easy as sneaking through the sewers?

If next season is just more of the same in LA, I'm not going to watch anymore.
1159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Arnie Snubs Paris Hilton on: June 08, 2007, 10:50:47 PM
All I can say is THAT'S HOT!!! icon_lol
1160  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / EBGames/Gamestop Game Days Sale on: June 06, 2007, 06:03:02 PM
Anyone notice that EBGames/Gamestop is having a sale until June 17?

There are some pretty decent deals to be had, including a fair number of movies on UMD for $4.99.
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