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1201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CGM down for the count on: March 13, 2007, 08:29:29 PM
Crap. That royally SUCKS. I hate the other two major PC mags and CGM was my favorite.

Depressing. Just depressing.
1202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Titan Quest Expansion on: March 13, 2007, 07:55:59 PM
Anyone having a weird rubber-band slowdown/speed up lag effect? Before installing the expansion, TQ ran fine on my PC. Now I get the rubber-band lag constantly. It's not a gamestopping problem, but it's pretty annoying. Judging from the stuff I've been reading at various TQ messageboards, it's a pretty widespread issue.

On another note, I am playing the Epic level in Egypt and had an "aauugghh!!" moment. I'm in a very large cave somewhere clearing out undead and scorpions with ease. Then out of nowhere, a HUGE Manticore comes swooping in, hits me once, hits me twice, unleashes a cold blast--BOOM I'm dead. My character is a level 40 tank and the Manticore is level 61! Sweet mother of Cleopatra! How do you kill that thing?? I tried maybe another 5 or 6 times to kill it but it has massive hit points and TWO instant death attacks-- the cold blast and poison darts. I figure I need to upgrade my weapons an armor and go back later to take it out.
1203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silverfall Impressions on: March 10, 2007, 05:14:30 PM
Oh man, that sounds fantastic. An open ended Titan Quest-like game? Sign me up!

Is there going to be a domestic release?

EDIT: Looks llike the game comes out in the U.S on March 27 according to EB Games:

I agree that this game might be a case of a very good game becoming overlooked. It doesn't help that the cover of the game box looks LAME.
1204  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Wireless security on: March 10, 2007, 01:02:01 AM
Is there a program that would show me whether or not anyone is leeching off my home wireless network?
1205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Wing Commander Arena Screenshots on: February 24, 2007, 04:01:38 AM
I refuse to acknowledge that this abomination is attached in any way with the Wing Commander name. That's not Wing Commander. It's some bizarre bastardized remake of the old Bosconian arcade game.

Ugh, shame on you EA. I know Wing Commander and you sir, are no Wing Commander.
1206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And the Lettuce is not so Sensuous on: February 24, 2007, 03:55:34 AM
Well that deserves a hearty DOH!!!  icon_frown
1207  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebay Scammer on Judge Judy on: February 23, 2007, 07:09:36 AM
LOL, Judy Judy absolutely destroyed that girl on national TV. Priceless!

What gets me is that even if the auction was legit in some small way, why would anyone logically spend several hundred dollars on a photo? Okay, so technically the auction winner didn't read the fine print, but the intention of the seller was so freaking obvious. Just disgusting. People with those kind of intentions should be banned from eBay.
1208  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Caption time on: February 22, 2007, 11:00:13 PM
Future destiny of Britney Spears' son
1209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2: PS3, PS2, 360 and PC! on: February 22, 2007, 09:29:58 PM

Quote from: Hetz on February 22, 2007, 09:00:09 PM

Quote from: Brendan on February 22, 2007, 08:33:02 PM

I would've thought it was a given that people'd know that Microsoft's not "holding out" on XBLA games to make people upset, but it turns out that's not the case. slywink

I had a fun time with the first Mercenaries, so I'm glad this one didn't turn out to be a platform exclusive.  Crackdown'll whet my appetite for more sandbox games for sure, so sign me up for this (and GTA IV etc etc etc).  Wikipedia says co-op is confirmed, so I'm double in!

They are not doing it to make people upset, they are doing it because the whole Live Arcade division are a little slow at best and incompetent at worst.

Two head guys over at Live Arcade have left the company the last month. Interesting, no?

That doesn't surprise me. I spent two years as a MS employee and it was amazing that anything ever got accomplished there despite all the bureaucratic BS that goes on. You can bet that two upper level guys leaving the Live Arcade group has a lot more behind it than just random chance.
1210  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Vampire Redemption CE on: February 20, 2007, 09:43:30 PM
What was in the CE edition?
1211  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: When Opticians Go Bad! on: February 15, 2007, 03:42:52 AM
The wtf moment was when the guy left the reporter a message telling him that he rethought his behavior and was willing to talk. The reporter goes back, then BOOM, the optician goes medieval on him again!

Also, it's never a good thing when the SWAT team gets called out.
1212  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / When Opticians Go Bad! on: February 14, 2007, 11:25:44 PM

Someone has a slight anger management issue!
1213  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awesome Star Wars Video on: February 14, 2007, 10:52:11 PM
"What the hell is an Aluminum Falcon???"

HILARIOUS  icon_lol
1214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite All Time Games on: February 14, 2007, 10:43:56 PM
These are the 10 games (in no particular order) from my past that I consider unforgettable moments/experiences in my game playing life:

1. Ultima III - One of the greatest CRPGs ever. I played it on my Atari 400 and one of the few CRPGs I played over and over again. One of the defining experiences during my high school years.

2. Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves - An obscure Atari 400/800 CRPG that was probably one of the first coop multiplayer games on any platform. It was turn-based and had an ungodly number of characters to choose from. My best friend and I spent many nights playing coop.

3. Civilization II - It's a classic with endless replayability. So addicting.

4. Chuck Yeager's Air Combat - I used to be a hardcore flight sim player but lost interest over time as the games got more and more complicated and time consuming. CYAC was brilliant because it was not complicated and the dogfighting experience was really well done. Plus, it had an impressive variety of planes to fly, missions to complete, and a nice flexible scenario generator.

5. Final Fantasy VII - At the time FF7 was an event as much as a gaming experience. Probably the first game I stood in line to buy. Maybe it doesn't hold up quite as well today, but when it first came out, it was all I played and I really got emotionally invested in the story and the characters.

6. Resident Evil - Even when it came out, it was obvious to me that it was a spiritual remake of Alone in the Dark, but it was memorable for it's suspense and jump out of your seat moments. The voice acting sucked. The controls were kind of lame, and the save system really blew, but despite the flaws, it scared the crap out of me. The first time the dog jumps through the window at you in the hallway was an unforgettable moment.

7. Jumpman - Another somewhat obscure Atari 400/800 computer game that I played endlessly. It was one of the first platform/jumping games ever and had the best mix of action, puzzles and music. The theme song still runs in my head today.

8. Full Throttle - One of the best adventure games ever made with a great story and excellent voice acting. Also had great songs in it from a band called the Gone Jackals. After finishing the game, I bought the Gone Jackals CD that had all the songs from the game. I still listen to it to this day.

9. EA NHL 94 - I believe it was the '94 edition that had the ability to knock little Wayne Gretzky to the ice and make his head bleed, as seen in the movie Swingers. My friends and I spent many a saturday night playing round robin games against each other. One of the best sports video games ever made.

10. Harpoon - An early real time strategy game of naval warfare. It was a complex game but the game engine made it a easy and a joy to play. I played it for years and never got tired of it.
1215  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24: Season 6 Talkback (Spoilers) on: February 13, 2007, 08:34:59 AM
Great two hour episode.

Poor Morris. His smartaleck mouth isn't quite so smart anymore. Power tools will do that to you.

And McCarthy's blonde girlfriend? You got what you deserved you STUPID COW!

I don't think I want to be Jack's dad in a couple of hours. I  foresee pain, lots of pain in his future.
1216  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GT HT/Gaming Setups [56k Warning] on: February 09, 2007, 01:14:33 AM
Wow, this thread might as well be locked now since Hank wins hands down as we all bow to the awesomeness of his rumpus room.  eek
1217  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for Work on: February 08, 2007, 06:23:54 AM
Well in that case, check your PMs!  icon_smile
1218  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for Work on: February 07, 2007, 11:38:44 PM
Zarkon, my company, TiVo (you might have heard of them  icon_smile) has a posting for a Customer Service Advocacy Manager. Here is the job description:

The not so good  news? The job is located in Andalusia, Alabama. If you're willing to relocate, then there you go...

Looking at the company job listings, there is also an identical opening in Albuquerque, New Mexico too.
1219  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 02/06/07 on: February 07, 2007, 12:31:19 AM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on February 06, 2007, 09:31:43 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 06, 2007, 05:34:23 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 06, 2007, 05:24:54 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on February 06, 2007, 05:23:57 PM

Only one week until what?

I think it's some bad 70's gay porn thing that's got SS all excited  icon_twisted

As fast as those things are blinking I think it is something to do with epilepsy.

Bad epilepsy porn? I claim the "pool scene" in Showgirls for the win!

Just the pool scene? How about the whole damn movie!
1220  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I thought I had seen it all on ebay........... on: February 06, 2007, 08:45:12 PM
Well, to play the devil's advocate for a second, you did list a "case" but left it to the buyer to ASSUME it was the paper sleeve and not a plastic case. In your defense, it was an honest oversight to not be more specific, but technically, it was sort of your bad to have left it to the buyer to make the assumption. I can see why the guy assumed he was getting a plastic case.

However, the buyer is truly being a dickwad for crying over a hunk of plastic.
1221  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking to rid myself of old iBook. Takers? on: January 29, 2007, 01:28:30 AM
The free logic board repair upgrade offer expired last fall.
1222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duke Nukem Forever Screenshot?! on: January 27, 2007, 01:55:34 AM

Quote from: siege on January 27, 2007, 01:33:44 AM

From George B regarding the screenshot...

I guess I'll reconfirm what I said last night. That's an in game, real-time shot of Duke standing in a random hallway. It was really done as a small teaser for a job ad on Nothing more.

I'm glad some of you enjoyed it, and we'll show more later as we start to wake from our slumber and decide how best to show the game off.

Slumber?? More like a flatlining coma.

Incredibly, they're deciding how to show the game off??

1223  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And the 79th Oscar Nominations are... on: January 24, 2007, 04:12:18 AM
All I will say about Little Miss Sunshine is that it has one of the flat out most hilarious endings I've ever seen in a movie. What the little girl does on stage had me laughing so hard I was hyperventilating.

Great movie.
1224  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And the 79th Oscar Nominations are... on: January 23, 2007, 10:10:17 PM
I saw Dreamgirls. The fact that it was not nominated for best picture is one of the great Oscar snubs in recent history. It was an incredibly fantastic movie. Every actor/actress in the ensemble cast was uniformly excellent. Everything about the movie was excellent. It's about as Oscar-friendly a movie as they come, yet no best picture nomination. What a colossal disappointment.

And if Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson win the supporting actor/actress awards, it'll only highlight the snub even more.
1225  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CES Models = Sharp as a Marble on: January 19, 2007, 09:38:01 PM
But listening to the sound is guaranteed to make you go buy a Sony iPod!! icon_biggrin
1226  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Daily Show brings the awesome on: January 19, 2007, 09:36:28 PM
What was really hilarious was the stuff that Senator was spouting. I'd be embarassed to be from his district.
1227  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix now will deliver movies to your PC on: January 18, 2007, 01:27:11 AM
kobra, unfortunately we (Tivo) don't have that kind of clout with the movie studios. Yes, the hardware could in theory handle movie downloads, but Tivo as a company is too much of a small fish to have any sort of major influence with the studios. Going it alone would be financially impossible right now, especially with how paranoid the major studios are over issues such as DRM, copy protection, piracy, etc.
1228  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 01/16/07 on: January 16, 2007, 09:32:10 PM
Those Doctor Who sets are indeed the new series on the Sci-Fi channel. Season 2 is pretty pricey at $70.

I'll be getting Doctor Who season 2, The Protector, Gridiron Gang and Spaaaaaaace Academy!
1229  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CES Models = Sharp as a Marble on: January 16, 2007, 07:23:56 PM
Apparently, the Olly Girls are from Beverly Hills. Why am I not surprised?
1230  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW: Burning Crusade Impressions on: January 16, 2007, 04:00:18 PM
I was at Fry's yesterday afternoon, and there was actually a line outside of around 50 people waiting for the midnight opening selling Burning Crusade. I was totally floored by this. It's not like there won't be enough copies around. You'd think a new console was being released.
1231  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CES Models = Sharp as a Marble on: January 16, 2007, 08:14:27 AM
My god. I feel like I just lost 100 points off my IQ.

Obviously, Holly (the 3rd girl) is the "brains" of the group. She at least knew what a Palm Treo was, though it's highly questionable whether or not she knew how to actually use one.
1232  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: More Presidential Fun on: January 11, 2007, 07:44:34 AM
What exactly is the PLAN for these 20,000+ additional US troops? Sending more people there without any sort of clear strategy is completely useless. If Bush thinks sending more troops as an additional police presence is going to change the situation, he's even more out of touch with reality than we thought. I like how this move comes not too long after he removed the top two military commanders in Iraq, one of which was General John Abizaid who was NOT in favor of adding more troops. He wouldn't listen to his commanders in the theater of operations so he removed them instead. Smart.
1233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Question -SD CARD on: January 09, 2007, 06:10:45 PM
Oh, I fully intend to download VC games like a madman.  icon_biggrin

I thought I read somewhere in Nintendo's documentation that there is a 2 GB limit to the capacity of SD cards that will work with the Wii.
1234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Dashboard update? on: January 09, 2007, 06:02:42 PM
Oh great. The last update bricked my 360 and I had to get a replacement.
1235  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CES News (Blu-Ray, HD-DVD, DVD, TV) on: January 08, 2007, 08:48:18 PM
I wonder, do the sales numbers of Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD in the quote above include the sales of PS3's? If so, I imagine that alone would explain the difference.
1236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Question -SD CARD on: January 08, 2007, 12:44:14 AM
Hmmm, seems like if I stick to the known manufacturers like Kingston, Pny, SanDisk, etc. I should be okay.
1237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Question -SD CARD on: January 07, 2007, 10:12:50 PM
Will any brand of SD card work? Nintendo says not all may work but did not specify which ones don't. All they say specifically is that anything larger than 2 GB will probably not work. Can anyone recommend a 1 GB or 2 GB card that does work?
1238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: There is no God but Allah and Muhamma------ on: December 31, 2006, 05:24:37 AM
It never ceases to amaze me how quickly stuff shows up on the internet. First, pictures of Britney Spears' naked vagina, now Saddam's final chiropractic adjustment. Tongue
1239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: AACS (HD-DVD Encryption) Compromised on: December 29, 2006, 10:45:45 PM
Call Homeland Security! This thread's been hijacked!!
1240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Decline of the PS3 Gray Market on: December 29, 2006, 10:41:22 PM
The moral of this story? There's no such creature as a sure thing. The majority of eBay prospectors walked away from this experience with that lesson burned into the back of their brains. My suggestion for the future? If you want to gamble, go to Vegas. If you want to invest, try mutual funds. Leave the video game system buying to the gamers. We'll all be happier for it.

He's quite the rocket scientist to have figured that out all on his own.
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