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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/04) on: February 04, 2013, 07:52:22 PM
Nothing this week.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: January 27, 2013, 11:35:27 PM
Just finished the game and loved it.  Loved the atmosphere and tension.  During the final boss fight, my colonel uber-sniper had a perfect headshot lined up . . . and missed.  I had to charge with one my Support team to deliver the killing shot.

Minor spoilers below for some minor comment/unfulfilled wishes:

Spoiler for Hiden:

1. The end reminded me of Star Trek II. I guess the sequel can have us searching for the soldier who sacrificed himself.

2.  Would it have killed them to include a medal award ceremony at the end like in Star Wars? Look Ma, I save the world and all I got was to watch the ending credits!

3.  I wish that there were more weapons/armor/accessory types. Not a crazy lots like Diablo, but more toys to play and experiment.

Don't get me wrong, I did love the game.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: January 23, 2013, 02:04:04 AM
I'm about to start the final assault mission of the game.  Should I staff my team with more support members to take advantage of their multiple medkits? Is it important to have more than 1 psi soldier? Also, has anyone used a Shiv on the final mission?
44  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New Desktop PC Advice on: January 15, 2013, 02:48:33 AM

Quote from: Punisher on January 14, 2013, 04:45:46 PM

I generally tell my customers that most brands have an equal oppurtunity for failure (except gateway and emachines which seem to have a higher rate of failure). Basically they are all roughly the same quality and I have had units from every brand in for repairs, even during the 1st year..
So going with a Dell or HP may not be bad either...
What kind of budget are you looking at?

I'm not inclined to tinker by overclocking, so I would want to spend a little more to be set for a few years.  I don't need the latest and greatest graphics, so I was thinking $800 to $1000 for just the CPU box w/o the monitor.
45  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New Desktop PC Advice on: January 10, 2013, 01:30:37 PM
Thanks to everyone for their advice.  Any other vendor recommendations other than Cyberpower?
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 1/4/13 on: January 06, 2013, 01:18:47 PM
Xcom and Lego LOTR
47  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / New Desktop PC Advice on: January 04, 2013, 03:36:17 PM
I'm looking into getting a new desktop PC after about a 5 years of laptops.  I'm looking for a good desktop that will play games (Skyrim, Borderlands 2, etc.) as opposed to a gaming desktop, so I'm not looking for bleeding edge performance.  The rest of the time, the PC will be used for MS Office, internet browsing, watching Netflix, iTunes, light editing of family digital pictures, and serving as the central repository of my family's digital life.

I don't want to build it myself, so I am looking for a good reputable company that will let me customize my order.  Can anyone recommend a company?

Also, what is the verdict on Windows 8?  Do I need a touch screen monitor?
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: December 29, 2012, 08:02:22 PM
I'm LTTP, but am really enjoying this game after about 10 missions. My sniper has received several promotions, but still keeps missing more often than the hit% would suggest. Can I specifically recruit a certain class?  I think I want more assault troopers and snipers and fewer supports and heavies in my roster.
49  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: December 20, 2012, 05:31:05 PM
Final Fantasy Tactics is on sale!
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/iOS/Android] Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 Enhanced Editions on: December 08, 2012, 12:41:23 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on December 07, 2012, 09:15:02 PM

iOS version released today, just downloaded it and created an Archer.  Touch screen seems like a great way to play the game in the few minutes I've had.  

Is this playable on an Ipad1?
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/iOS/Android] Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 Enhanced Editions on: November 30, 2012, 02:10:28 PM
Anyone pick-up the PC version and can share their impressions?
52  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 (official review on pp 21) on: November 24, 2012, 02:03:10 AM
I've been playing this for the last few weeks and agree with the earlier comment that the world is feeling empty.  For the first 10 levels or so, there were lots of players around to team on events.  I'm up to level 26 now and sometimes I can't find anyone to join me for an event and I end up getting mobbed even though I am 2-3 levels above the recommended level.
53  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Autumn Sale! on: November 22, 2012, 02:03:54 AM
Picked up:
To the Moon
Bastion
KOTOR
KOTOR2

All for about $17.  Not bad
54  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GOG Pick 5 & Pay $10 on: November 21, 2012, 01:16:31 PM
I know I want to get To the Moon.  Anyone have suggestions to fill out my 5?
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Next Bond Movie - Skyfall! on: November 10, 2012, 10:48:52 PM

Quote from: hepcat on November 10, 2012, 10:35:36 PM

Quote from: KC on November 10, 2012, 08:11:29 PM

I just saw it and hated it.  Why do the good guys always make stupid decisions to give the bad guys the upper hand?

Like deciding to get shot?   I hate that too.  Why can't they be invulnerable!?!

p.s. saw Skyfall this afternoon.  Thought it was fantastic.  What a great, great movie!

Actually, I meant dumb decisions like:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Stopping to change getaway cars, but not also stocking up on weapons.  Also, taking the time to booby trap a mansion, but not taking time to call in the cavalry.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Next Bond Movie - Skyfall! on: November 10, 2012, 08:11:29 PM
I just saw it and hated it.  Why do the good guys always make stupid decisions to give the bad guys the upper hand?
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/9/12 on: November 09, 2012, 05:10:11 PM
I picked up Guild Wars 2 and will see how it goes.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Torchlight 2 (Review on pp5) on: November 08, 2012, 01:59:10 AM

Quote from: Gratch on November 05, 2012, 03:15:52 PM

Pushed through and finished over the weekend.  Around 18 hours, level 52 Berzerker.  Thought it was decent, but it just gets soooooo repetitive towards the end.  I really only finished TL2 because nothing else was grabbing my attention and I wanted to add one more to this year's finished list, not because I was necessarily enjoying it.  Even with umpteen more locales and monster models, it all felt very same-y and really quite dull.  I'd give it a C+ overall.

I just finished the game too and am in full agreement with Gratch's assessment.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tell me about Good Old Games on: October 27, 2012, 10:28:25 AM
One thing to keep in mind is that gog.com is not a US company and that purchases will incur a foreign transaction fee on your credit card.  The fee is typically less than a dollar, but just be aware of this when you see it on your credit card statement.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: September 25, 2012, 01:32:26 AM

Quote from: KC on September 16, 2012, 12:37:59 PM

I have a laptop w/ the newest Intel i5 processor, Intel graphics HD3000 integrated graphics, 8 GB RAM and Windows 7 64-bit.  Will this be ok to run?

I tried the demo.  With all graphics settings on low, the game runs a little choppy.  I may play with the resolution a little, but I don't know if playing on a non-native resolution on this laptop will help.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/21/12 on: September 22, 2012, 06:25:21 PM
Torchlight 2
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: September 17, 2012, 12:48:26 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on September 16, 2012, 01:43:46 PM

Quote from: KC on September 16, 2012, 01:17:31 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on September 16, 2012, 01:07:35 PM

Quote from: KC on September 16, 2012, 12:37:59 PM

I have a laptop w/ the newest Intel i5 processor, Intel graphics HD3000 integrated graphics, 8 GB RAM and Windows 7 64-bit.  Will this be ok to run?
You're being sarcastic, right?  icon_smile Yes you're well above the requirements and above the recommended ones in some cases.

Steam preorders just unlocked Reward 2 and are 7% towards Reward 3 (free Civ V).

Thanks for the response.  I wasn't being sarcastic.  I was worried about my laptop integrated graphics not being up to the task.
I don't know if being integrated video matters or not -- your HD3000# is exactly what's listed in the Recommended System Requirements, so that sounds good.  icon_smile I'm really waaaaaaaaaaay out of the loop on CPU naming conventions these days. I figure if the i5 is new, it must be better than what the requirements list.

Quote
Minimum Requirements:
OS: Windows Vista
Software: Steam Client
Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Hard Drive: 20 GB free
Video Memory: 256 MB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT / ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT or greater
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Recommended Requirements:

OS: Windows 7
Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Athlon X2 2.7 GHz)
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Hard Drive: 20 GB free
Video Memory: 512+ MB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9000 series / ATI Radeon HD 3000 series or greater
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
Aaaand I finally pre-ordered on Steam.


I hope that this question does not sound stupid, but here goes: Is that ATI Radeon HD3000 the same as the Intel integrated HD3000?
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: September 16, 2012, 01:17:31 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on September 16, 2012, 01:07:35 PM

Quote from: KC on September 16, 2012, 12:37:59 PM

I have a laptop w/ the newest Intel i5 processor, Intel graphics HD3000 integrated graphics, 8 GB RAM and Windows 7 64-bit.  Will this be ok to run?
You're being sarcastic, right?  icon_smile Yes you're well above the requirements and above the recommended ones in some cases.

Steam preorders just unlocked Reward 2 and are 7% towards Reward 3 (free Civ V).

Thanks for the response.  I wasn't being sarcastic.  I was worried about my laptop integrated graphics not being up to the task.
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: September 16, 2012, 12:37:59 PM
I have a laptop w/ the newest Intel i5 processor, Intel graphics HD3000 integrated graphics, 8 GB RAM and Windows 7 64-bit.  Will this be ok to run?
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/iOS/Android] Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 Enhanced Editions on: September 12, 2012, 01:23:25 AM
Does anyone have hands on experience with the Ipad version?  Will it be easy to control?
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: July 30, 2012, 12:46:33 PM
Just finished this over the weekend playing as a witch doctor.  It was fun for the first few hours and then became the same old kill, loot, return to town, repeat cycle.
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read 2012 Edition on: June 17, 2012, 01:27:24 PM
Just finished Redshirts by John Scalzi. It's very different from the Old Man's War trilogy, but in a good way. The main story was pretty good, but the last two of the three codas at the end made the overall story so much better.
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for gift suggestions for my wife on mother's day on: May 10, 2012, 02:17:07 AM
How much is your budget?
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Free Kindle Library books from prime - suggestions on: May 06, 2012, 01:08:34 AM
I think that you can only view the list on your Kindle.  I'm not sure if the free library is available to those using the Kindle software on a non-Kindle device though. 

70  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Best Deal on Diablo 3? on: April 24, 2012, 03:32:10 AM
I played the public stress test and decided to pick this up.  Are there any sales or other preorder bonuses to be had?
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (04/09) on: April 10, 2012, 03:22:24 AM
Nothing this week
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadowrun Kickstarter on: April 09, 2012, 08:28:17 PM
Can you only get the PC version for paying-in $15?  What if I want the Ipad version?  Also, how much will this cost for the procrastinators?
73  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Spaceward Ho! on: April 09, 2012, 08:22:50 PM
I played a lot of this game back in the early 90s.  Loved it back then, but on reflection, a lot was missing.  For instance, I don't remember an option to upgrade your fleets and I'm pretty sure that you had to scarp your obsolete ships for their resources to build new ones.

I did love that all of the planets wore cowboy hats though.

74  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Battleloot Adventures on: April 08, 2012, 02:38:15 PM

Quote from: Cragmyre on April 08, 2012, 01:07:20 PM

Battleloot Adventures is free today and tomorrow - the 8th and 9th.

Picked up the Ipad version for free.  I can't get the timing right on blocking though.
75  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 08, 2012, 01:16:53 AM
Just finished the main quest of Rimelands: Hammer of Thor. It's a short, fun dice-based RPG. Crafting was a bit of a let down. The only thing I crafted was in the tutorial. Looting was good, but shopping was not. I don't think I ever bought anything but health and mana potions. I would give it a 7.5/10 score.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any "must have" Wii games? on: April 03, 2012, 08:27:14 PM
Mario Kart
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/26) on: March 28, 2012, 02:00:49 AM
Nothing this week.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hunger Games on: March 25, 2012, 11:45:40 PM
Saw it with my daughter.  I read the book, but she did not.  There were a number of plot points she did not fully understand.  I would give the movie a 7/10.
79  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Reeder (iOS) Question - Sort by Oldest? on: March 25, 2012, 11:33:31 PM
I'm using Reeder form my Iphone and Ipad and am trying to figure out how to sort feeds by oldest first.  The description on the Itunes store says this option is available, but I can't figure out how to do it.  The website is no help either.  Anyone know how to do this?
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 16, 2012, 01:10:57 AM
Is the wireless N 5 ghz or just 2.4 ghz?
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