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1241  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Computer Responding Extremely Slowly on: February 02, 2009, 07:27:00 PM
Thanks guys.  The Kaspersky found a Trojan that everything else had missed.  Everything seems to be back to what it was, I was able to start TF2 and the program lag is gone.  I’m going to run SuperAntiSpyware anyways just to be sure.


Malwarebytes found three tracking cookies and two registry entries.
1242  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Computer Responding Extremely Slowly on: February 02, 2009, 07:27:47 AM
Thanks, I ran the program and it did find a couple files.  The mouse sluggishness has vanished but programs still seem to be running slow.  Also, Steam games still won’t launch.
The only thing I’ve installed recently was the demo for Drakensang.
1243  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Computer Responding Extremely Slowly (Updated Problem) on: February 02, 2009, 05:09:33 AM
This problem first popped up yesterday but at the time wasn’t causing many problems so I thought it would just go away.  Anyways I first started to notice sluggish responses from games on Steam; my mouse would often take a second or two to catch up.  Today the sluggish mouse has returned, I can’t start games on Steam at all, and normal applications are taking upwards of 30 seconds to start. 

I’ve already run my own virus scanner, ad aware, and even tried submitting a hijackthis log but nothing has shown up as being wrong.

I’m running Vista 32 bit and have never had a problem like this.  Any ideas?
1244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: TF2: Meet the Scout Outtakes on: January 31, 2009, 06:58:16 PM
Nice
1245  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Teeworlds on: January 31, 2009, 06:33:48 AM
Yeah I played it while I was working for longer than I should admit.  I love the way the grapple movement works.  Once you get used to it you can get anywhere on a map without ever having to stop moving.
1246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bloodbowl - Warhammer/American football/fantasy football on: January 31, 2009, 02:00:57 AM
If more sports included chainsaws I might actually watch them…  thumbsup
1247  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Teeworlds on: January 30, 2009, 08:11:40 PM
That’s awesome.  Cute and simple yet very addictive.
1248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Velvet Assassin? on: January 29, 2009, 09:12:36 PM
Every once in a while I see an ad for this game and today I saw it listed in Steam as coming soon.  Does anyone know much about it?  I haven’t seen any real coverage but it sounds interesting.
From what I gather its a 3rd person sneaker where you play a female assassin during WWII.  I believe that it’s supposed to be based on a true story as well.
1249  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 500 free song downloads on Amazon on: January 29, 2009, 08:02:43 PM
Is there any way to download all at once?  I would rather not have to go through each one right now…
1250  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Disable copying of images in email? on: January 28, 2009, 11:29:15 PM
This is a long shot since I don’t believe it is possible but does anyone know a way of disabling images from being copied in emails?  I was given the task today by a client but I’m not optimistic.

I’ve even tried “disable-right-click” scripts, which I know don’t really work, but they don’t work at all in email it seems.
1251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin on: January 25, 2009, 07:47:49 AM
Maybe I’m remembering wrong but didn’t the original have lean left/right options?  As I was playing not being able to was the thing that bugged me the most. 
Pretty impressive overall though.
1252  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are the "must-watch/must-have" television series on DVD? on: January 23, 2009, 08:02:39 PM

Quote from: Simon on January 22, 2009, 08:31:22 PM

What I've really liked recently:

Jekyll

Ooo, I thought I was the only person who had seen this one.  I watched it about a year ago and really enjoyed it. 
1253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2 - [beta impressions included] on: January 23, 2009, 06:38:40 AM
Some additional Eldar impressions.

Initially I wasn’t impressed with what had become of my Pointy Eared Friends but after experimenting I’ve learned that Farseer Map Reveal + Webway ability = really annoyed opponents. Eldar are actually even better at hit and run attacks now, although people are going to consider the play style incredibly cowardly. Basically the key to winning with them is to only stay in a fight long enough to have enough points to open another Webway. It amounts to killing one squad and then running. If you keep it up you can bounce around the map capturing victory points indefinitely.

I’ve also come to the conclusion that rangers are the most important unit in the Elder army. Rangers instantly suppress squads and can hold off large numbers by themselves. The only weakness to this seems to be Tyranids and jump troops.

I’ve won my last three games since figuring these two things out. Works especially well if you have two ally meat shields that can hold a line while you’re out pestering the enemy.
1254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Top 3 Games EVAR on: January 22, 2009, 06:37:05 AM
StarCraft
Fallout 2
Alpha Centauri

That’s my overall and PC list
Console games would be something like:

Beyond Good and Evil
Super Mario World
Mario Kart
1255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mirror's Edge on: January 21, 2009, 06:43:57 PM
I just got the game and am enjoying it quite a bit but… damn do I ever die a lot.  In two hours I bet I fell to my death at least 60 times.  Comparatively I was shot to death maybe 7…

My biggest problem is if I’m trying to jump and grab something and come up a little short she will usually grab the object.  But if I jump out too far she will not; resulting in some weirdness where the camera seems to go through an object.  Makes me wonder if Grace is really Rayman and has hands but no arms. 
1256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Force Unleashed on: January 21, 2009, 07:48:57 AM
Anyone who wants to get rid of this obviously worthless game should let me know and I’ll be happy to buy it for a small fee.  icon_smile
1257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2 - First detailed info? on: January 21, 2009, 07:43:54 AM
Leveling up has different effects on different squads.  I am an Eldar Veteran from DoW so I stuck primarily with them.  You DO get better weapon option as your squads level but you also get to add some units.  As you said this is normally a leader but I was able to add two “leaders” to my banshee squads after a certain point. 

Heroes can carry three items, one per column, but I believe I was able to switch them out as I wanted, it just meant repurchasing them. 

Probably my favorite addition is that you can use hero spells on allies.  I was able to use “guide” on an Ork squad at one point and it seemed to make a big difference.  I also like that vehicles take more damage from behind.  I pulled off some interesting maneuvers using this fact.
1258  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2 - First detailed info? on: January 21, 2009, 06:43:57 AM
(Cross posted impressions)
Well I spent a few hours playing tonight and I am actually a bit mixed on impressions. 

The first this is the game is very disorienting to a typical RTS player, or at least to me.  No base building and centralized unit production just feels wrong to me.  Also, having to level up a squad to add more members feels like a bit of a step backwards from DoW.  The limited production facilities also come into play with the thing I like the least.  Map Control.  We played a game that lasted a good 35 minutes because we couldn’t produce enough units fast enough to hold an entire map.  Given that assaulting bases is also harder you are often forced to do a map control victory.  Gone are the days of epic victories, instead you seem to chip away at your enemy.

A big disappointment is I hate the new ork voices.  The original voice actors were humorous and endearing; most of the new orks are just annoying.  The rest of the race voices are fine.

Only four races might seem like a step down from nine but each hero plays differently so you are essentially getting 12 races.  I do wonder about balance as each hero also has 9 different upgrades they can take.

Game play in general actually feels slower although it demands more of your attention.  Cover and special abilities play a HUGE role now.  I like this.

Tyranids are scary to fight against but confusing to play as.

Graphics look great but given the amount of people dropped from online games because of poor performance this could be a negative for many.

Most of my impressions are based on playing with someone who doesn’t play RTS games so tactical depth impressions will need to wait.  She did enjoy blowing up people with her Ork heroes self destruct ability though, so any of you with wives/girlfriends get them to play, and make um Orky!
1259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2 - First detailed info? on: January 21, 2009, 03:20:44 AM
Wow, this is NOTHING like Dawn of War.  My poor elves just got brutalized by the big metal meanies. 

I’ll post some impressions in a little while but first I want to try the Tyrranids.   icon_biggrin
1260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2 - First detailed info? on: January 21, 2009, 12:23:08 AM
On the relic forums you could actually see the lag when everyone hit refresh when it wasn’t released as exactly 7.  icon_lol
1261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2 - First detailed info? on: January 19, 2009, 07:33:01 PM
Go to your games tab and click on Activate a product on steam.  Type in your CD key.  The game will start to download from steam but you can cancel it.
1262  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 12/08) on: January 18, 2009, 07:44:41 PM
+1 Turtle.  Thanks.
1263  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy Tactics, King's Bounty on: January 14, 2009, 05:55:40 PM
Ooo ooo I’ll take Chrono Trigger if that sale doesn’t go through for some reason!
1264  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need help regarding craigslist on: January 13, 2009, 07:24:22 PM
Instead of deleting it why not try to edit it and remove your phone number? I don’t think craigslist allows for duplicate entries.
1265  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Desktopz the New Year Edition on: January 13, 2009, 07:20:27 PM

Quote from: Destructor on January 13, 2009, 06:06:48 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on January 13, 2009, 05:08:37 AM

You guys don’t have enough icons on your desktops.  It’s shameful.    Tongue

I hate having icons on my desktop period. Mine are always turned off. It makes it look like a total mess.

What’s the point of having a desktop if you don’t use it?  I hate opening the start menu, most days I don’t have to.  My icons form a perfect one icon thick border all the way around my screen.
1266  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Desktopz the New Year Edition on: January 13, 2009, 05:08:37 AM
You guys don’t have enough icons on your desktops.  It’s shameful.    Tongue
1267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Late to the DS party. Recommend me some game on: January 09, 2009, 07:59:06 PM
My top four:
Advance Wars
Trauma Center
New Super Mario Bros
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow/ Portrait of Ruin
1268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games with awesome dialogue? on: January 08, 2009, 09:15:30 PM
The Soul Reaver games really are my highpoint as well.  I especially liked the extras included with Legacy of Kain: Defiance which let you view the recording sessions. But it made me sad to learn the guy who played the elder god died.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scIo-DA_LIg&feature=related

Some others:
Thief
System Shock 2
Dawn of War for the most part up through Dark Crusade.  Dialogue in Soul Storm was terrible though. 
1269  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Just terrible, terrible web design on: January 07, 2009, 10:36:59 PM
Wow, that makes me feel better about every website I have ever been part of.
1270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next Lego Game? on: January 06, 2009, 03:41:14 PM
It was a joke in one of the game magazines but I would actually love a Lego Halo.
1271  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: God Canada Post sucks balls on: January 05, 2009, 05:18:04 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 03, 2009, 03:27:06 PM

well, it's a known fact that the Canadian Goose is a slower flyer than the Japanese Dragon, and the goose require far more maintenance at feeding time whereas the dragon can scoop up any bovine or other equine (or even porcine) mammal quite easily.

 icon_lol
1272  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: After Christmas Sale: PC, PS3, PSP, 360, DVDs, - added PSP system on: January 04, 2009, 07:48:10 PM
You've got mail!
1273  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did Facebook change? on: January 03, 2009, 06:48:35 PM
I hate the new facebook.  No one I knew used more than one or two apps so the old system never bothered me.  The new one seems tacky and more favorable for people who like to stalk your every movement.

Stalkerbook!
1274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The current Rig-Crushing title? on: January 02, 2009, 04:12:10 PM

Quote from: Windows95 on January 02, 2009, 03:49:48 PM

Some quick picks:

1) Crysis and Crysis Warhead: Good for pushing graphic cards to their limits.  I really enjoyed both games as well.
5) Stalker: Clear Sky.  With all graphics set to max, makes my SLI GPU's cry.  Haven’t gotten far into the game, so can’t comment on how fun it is.


Crysis turns into a slideshow at max settings on my rather high-end system.  Clear Sky while not quite as bad still turns choppy at max in any area that really shows off the lighting effects.

Assassin's Creed and Fallout3 both run beautifully at max on my computer.  Both are still very attractive though.
1275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: World of Goo - Wii GOTY, IGN... on: December 24, 2008, 04:50:30 AM
It’s my choice for game of the year as well.    thumbsup
1276  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: All HBO Boxed Set DVD and BluRay = 50% off at Best Buy on: December 22, 2008, 09:35:30 PM
Amazon seems to be matching all these prices.
1277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Really fun Starcraft 2 multiplayer video on: December 19, 2008, 07:39:54 PM
Three years ago that would have had me really excited but it just seems too spammy and simplistic.  Dawn of War still seems like its superior and it’s a four year old game.  Also, the announcers were really annoying.

That said I’m a hypocrite and will probably buy it anyways.  icon_twisted

1278  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FT: Several Games on: December 19, 2008, 05:41:28 AM
*poke*
I sent a message yesterday.  Are the games still available?
1279  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: All PS3 Amazon Lightning Deals on 12/18 on: December 18, 2008, 10:40:43 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 18, 2008, 10:06:43 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 18, 2008, 09:19:00 PM

as is the abba thing, oddly enough. 

and "Iceland has research facilities?" = resistance 2?  don't spoil me if that's tied to the game somehow, but otherwise, i have no idea what it could be.

hope it's a good deal though.

It should be Resistance 2.

EDIT:  Looks like it's already gone....what did it sell for?  I wish I had waited instead of buying that garbage at release.

Price should still be listed but… Gold Box Price: $49.98    (37% off) for the collector’s edition. Sold out in about 15 minutes.
 
1280  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winter Blast Coming to Portland on: December 17, 2008, 05:51:34 AM
Its 23 here in Vermont.  I’ve been sad all week because my snow is all melting!  We had 6 inches last week.
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