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1321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What should I know about buying a HDTV? on: May 24, 2008, 04:45:34 AM
Well about two weeks ago I got my first real job out of college.  After living on about $5/day for the last four years I find myself in a much more comfortable position.  My boss loves the work I’m doing and one week pays my rent so things seem to be looking up.

Anyways, my current TV is an ageing 19 incher with fuzzy picture and fading audio and I would like to upgrade.  The thing is I don’t know anything about HD but at this point almost anything is better then what I have.  I don’t know much about cable/satellite either, my family could never afford it and I never really felt a need for it after I left home.  I didn’t even have a phone until two weeks ago when my employer said I was crazy and bought me a cell phone.

I don’t want to spend too much, paying off loans is much more important to me, but I don’t have a lot of other desires or expenses.  Within the next month/month and half I would like to find something.

Sooo…fill me in, what’s the best TV for around a grand and what do I need to know?
1322  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: What do you look for in an interface? on: May 21, 2008, 05:36:21 AM
Bottom.  Side interfaces make me feel claustrophobic.
1323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Skin Disease or D&D Character? on: May 16, 2008, 12:26:09 AM
82% and I didn’t really try.  Most seemed pretty obvious but taking Latin in school might have helped some.
1324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beyond Good and Evil 2? on: May 15, 2008, 11:43:10 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 15, 2008, 09:12:47 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 15, 2008, 09:03:19 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 15, 2008, 07:53:00 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 15, 2008, 07:34:05 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 15, 2008, 07:31:58 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on May 15, 2008, 07:10:01 PM

+ infinity
Was this game that good?  I never played it...
Yeah, it is.

Yes, it most definitely is.


If you are curious what it is like, it's kind of a Zelda clone when it comes to gameplay, but with a much more modern and interesting story and it's a bit more compact.

When the game first came out I was turned off by the childish looking graphics but on playing it quickly became one of my all time favorite games.  Offhand I really can’t think of anything that I didn’t like about the game; truly surprising and enjoyable.
1325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Having to get up in the morning sucks on: May 14, 2008, 01:33:59 AM
I was actually thinking of standing a refrigerator box upright and adding a loft…
1326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Having to get up in the morning sucks on: May 14, 2008, 01:20:51 AM
But it’s worth it!  A week after college graduation and I’ve got a job!  A really nice one too, starting pay is almost double what anyone else in my family makes; my family is definitely on the lower income spectrum but I’m still in shock.

I’m still kind of waiting for something terrible to happen; my luck usually isn’t this good but until it does I’m pretty happy. I might not even have to live in a cardboard box!  Woohoo!   icon_smile
1327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What did I get with my tax rebate? A new arm! on: May 12, 2008, 07:48:49 PM
Amazing!  Most likely a web developer getting even.  I’ve wanted to do the same on a couple jobs but never quite dared.  I did hide a dancing chicken in on website once but you have to look pretty hard to find it.  icon_twisted
1328  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: May 10, 2008, 11:24:03 PM
+1 JSL
1329  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Top 20 Arcade Games of All Time? on: May 08, 2008, 04:56:37 PM
The closest arcade to me as a kid was a 20 minute drive away so I never got to play in the arcades much.  I do remember being taken out on one birthday where we played some X-men game from start to finish.  That was a fun day; I think the game was Children of the Atom or something like that.  Probably not on anyone else’s list but that would be my top!
1330  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Poster on: May 06, 2008, 07:51:56 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 22, 2008, 06:53:57 AM

someone sneaked a pic of one of the upcoming toys for the movie.

Spoiler for Hiden:

There’s actually a concept picture of two face circulating around, apparently it’s been taken down which gives some credibility to it being real but I actually hope it’s not; too jarring for my taste.

Warning, it’s pretty gruesome.
1331  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Graduation! on: May 04, 2008, 04:31:08 AM
It was a long day, mostly sad to think I won’t see many of these people after today and the ones I do will never be seen as a group again.  I had a rather small select group of friends so thinking about losing them is not a pleasant thought.

I was part of the Multimedia and Graphic Design program at Champlain College in Burlington Vermont. 

Quote from: depward on May 03, 2008, 09:37:52 PM

Yep, the real world sucks.  You'll look back at your college years and remember them as some of the best of your life.


Maybe maybe not.  I’ve been working three jobs to pay for college since freshman year; my family couldn’t afford to help me at all so I have footed the bill from day one(I’m the first in my family to go to college, most family members didn’t graduate high school).  Hasn’t left much time for fun so the thought of having only one job and no schoolwork sounds great.

But thanks for all the congratulations!

1332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Graduation! on: May 03, 2008, 12:11:40 PM
In two hours I will officially be graduated from college!  Even better I’m graduating with honors!  Four years have gone by far too fast but on the bright side I had a very promising interview  Wednesday so hopefully I will even have a job lined up in the very near future. 

*puts on his harry potter robe and walks off into the future*
1333  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Looking for - 1 month free trial for Netflix on: April 30, 2008, 06:33:05 PM
Not sure which one of you sent me the trial but thanks a bunch!
1334  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Looking for - 1 month free trial for Netflix on: April 30, 2008, 02:44:07 PM
ooo me!
1335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fun Time Waster on: April 29, 2008, 05:22:33 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on April 29, 2008, 05:49:26 AM

22 days . Never found the bow. The chainsaw worked best for me till the end when my barracade fell and the thing would'nt start.

I found the bow twice in the 2nd location; the town in the middle of nowhere, not the city.

  The bow might actually throw some people off because there is a slight pause between each shot but the fact that you are never get screwed over while your guy is reloading a whole clip more than makes up for it.  I actually find that pause helps me because it encourages me to aim for the face and get a lot more one shot kills, whereas I almost never find myself aiming with automatics.
1336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fun Time Waster on: April 29, 2008, 12:25:59 AM
I actually think the bow is the best weapon, head shots are usually one shot kills and there is zero reload time.


After playing with the automatic weapons for a while I switched back to the bow.  Definitely my favorite weapon, took me all the way to victory.
1337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Pc Version on: April 28, 2008, 06:08:52 PM
“Yay I’m a bad ass assassin who can drop three stories into a hay bale and live!  yay I will just drop off this two foot dock and hide in the water!  nooooooo I can’t swim!!!" *dead*

A few odd design decisions aside I’m actually enjoying it quite a lot.  I do have to say that I hate the control scheme though.  Half the time I’m trying to walk peacefully through a city and I end up punching random people.  I guess I just can’t help myself. 
1338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fun Time Waster on: April 28, 2008, 06:01:36 PM
Fun.  I remember playing through he original a while back and being pretty impressed.  Wish my allies were more than stationary turrets though.
1339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gothic 4 details on: April 28, 2008, 02:25:47 AM
I loved Gothic I and II but I still haven’t managed to get past the first town in III.  Still, glad to hear it.
1340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alizee -- (NSFVCW... not suitable for very conservative workplaces) on: April 21, 2008, 01:23:39 AM
The lyrics in on the video don’t match the ones on the side…
1341  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Help Semaj Design a video Game... on: April 20, 2008, 10:13:03 PM
Is the cost of living really that much worse in NY?  Looking on my own finances and living in Vermont I figured I could live comfortably on $35grand and still pay off the ridiculous number of loans I have that paid for my college.
1342  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Help Semaj Design a video Game... on: April 17, 2008, 09:21:06 PM

Quote from: Semaj on April 17, 2008, 07:28:25 PM

Heh I have pretty much gotten wrecked on a few phone interviews this month.  Apparently, studying isnt going to help when they interview you for a different position smile

Nope, not bitter about it, o noes.  I figure I need to do this as much to get every bit of my memory and codeskills back.  I just hate not being top notch and I dont feel it at the moment whihc probbaly shows on my interviews. 

Kind of off topic but I’ve been expanding my search radius a bit and was amazed by one job posting I saw today.  Around my area you are LUCKY if you can find a job that pays $40grand a year and you will be doing everything; I saw one in NY making PowerPoint presentations and the pay scale was $75-$90grand a year.  I giggled uncontrollably for a good five minutes then forwarded my resume.

I don’t have the 5 years experience they want but for that kind of money I will take a chance and apply anyways.  icon_biggrin
1343  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Help Semaj Design a video Game... on: April 17, 2008, 04:47:16 AM
I’m actually in the process of applying to places right now.  I pretty much have definite from a smallish web design firm but I don’t really want to work with them and the salary isn’t great, if you could give me a lead on where to look I would love to check it out.
1344  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Help Semaj Design a video Game... on: April 16, 2008, 06:58:00 AM
I’m a soon to be Graphic Design graduate with modest game design experience if you need another artist.  Lately I do a lot of web work so if you need a website and have a place to host it I would be willing to help there as well.  Besides, it would look good in my portfolio.  icon_smile
1345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 14, 2008, 07:20:28 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on April 14, 2008, 06:29:32 PM

dbt1949: (holds up a picture of a rutabaga)

I am the Lord of the Rutabagas and this is an unsanctioned use of my emblem.  You must cease and desist all unauthorized use immediately.
1346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I Had My First Whopper this past week on: April 14, 2008, 05:25:20 AM

Quote from: The Grue on April 14, 2008, 03:45:53 AM

I can understand the logic there of making one yourself, however, I am amazed your parents never took you to a fast food restaurant...or did they and you just never tried a hamburger?

Well we didn’t have much money and only got to eat out maybe once every couple months but when we did it really came down to ‘why have hamburger when you can have chicken?’
1347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I Had My First Whopper this past week on: April 14, 2008, 03:42:43 AM
I’ve never eaten a hamburger from a fast-food restaurant and I’m 22.  It just seems like a waste when it’s something I couple make myself for cheaper.  Besides, I only like hamburger when it’s been burnt past the point of being recognized as meat anyways, so I doubt I would like it. 
1348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Collectors Edition...metal lunchbox!!!!! on: April 12, 2008, 02:47:31 AM
I’m sold.   nod

When’s it coming out again?
1349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What do you look like? on: April 11, 2008, 11:51:53 PM
1350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dogmeat in Fallout 3 on: April 11, 2008, 04:11:27 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on April 11, 2008, 01:22:04 AM

Dogmeat only showed up in FO2 during a special encounter where you found the hotel and it was filled with all your pals from FO1 including Dogmeat.

Pretty sure Dogmeat was recruitable in Fallout 2 as well.  Seem to recall having him in my party for a little while…until he thought it was a good idea to attack one of the Enclave…poor doggy.
1351  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Liquid cooling (Coolant) on: April 10, 2008, 09:23:03 PM
My system has a Coolmaster Aquagate S1 cooling system and on the whole I’ve been very happy with it but recently my computer has been making the most horrible high-pitched and whirling noises.  At first I thought it might be my hard drive but on investigation I discovered that it is related to the cooling unit.  Lifting the tubes up I can see that there is a lot of air in them and I’m thinking I need to refill it.  The problem is I don't have the slightest clue where to look to buy the coolant itself.  Is this an item I can find somewhere like Best buy or Circuit City?   And for anyone who has had to replace the coolant, what sort of endeavor am I in for?
1352  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 07, 2008, 06:55:54 PM
Wow, I have an account here as well.  And really old mail!
1353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / If you could choose any... on: September 15, 2005, 03:32:05 PM
World dictator.  But one no one wanted to kill…
1354  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How many hours a week do you watch tv? on: April 23, 2005, 07:08:31 PM
I haven’t watched TV aside from the occasional DVD since I’ve been at college.  So about negative 8 months…
1355  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Guild Wars? on: April 06, 2005, 05:02:32 AM
I got in one of the later betas and really enjoyed it.  The thing is if you don’t like to group you might as well look elsewhere.  From what I saw 95% of the game revolves around group questing.  Also one of the things I enjoy most about WOW is the trade skills which don’t even amount to a foot note in Guild Wars.
1356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Earth 2160 and FEAR movies on: March 23, 2005, 05:43:35 PM
Woohoo!  Can’t wait to rejoin the fight in the name of the Lunar Corporation!
1357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What game have you replayed the most? on: March 17, 2005, 06:28:29 PM
Starcraft(single player and hundreds of online hours), the Fallouts, and Alpha Centauri.

I’ve played through all four numerous times.  Baldurs Gate 2 gets an honorable mention
1358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Damn myself to hell!!! (WoW) on: February 20, 2005, 08:29:10 PM
*Hugs his collectors edition*
1359  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW - post your talent build on: February 13, 2005, 11:24:19 PM
Pretty sure this is what I have

Character type: Level 33 Rogue

Assassination Talents (1 point)

 Improved Eviscerate - 1/3 points
Increases the damage done by your Eviscerate ability by 5%.

Combat Talents (23 points)

 Improved Gouge - 2/3 points
Increases the effect duration of your Gouge ability by 1 second.

 Improved Sinister Strike - 2/2 points
Reduces the Energy cost of your Sinister Strike ability by 10.

 Lightning Reflexes - 2/5 points
Increases your Dodge chance by 2%.

 Improved Backstab - 3/3 points
Increases the critical strike chance of your Backstab ability by 30%.

 Deflection - 2/5 points
Increases your Parry chance by 2%.

 Improved Sprint - 3/3 points
Reduces the cooldown of your Sprint ability by 90 seconds.

 Precision - 5/5 points
Increases your chance to hit with melee weapons by 5%.

 Dual Wield Specialization - 3/5 points
Increases the damage done by your offhand weapon by 30%.

 Sword Specialization - 1/5 points
Increases your chance to hit with Swords by 1%.

Subtlety Talents (0 points)
1360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The wonders of Biometrics and pr0n on: February 12, 2005, 12:22:39 AM
I wasn’t trying to single you out warning; but I have often seen parents who try to solve problems that they don’t want to deal with by simply pushing them out of sight.  Regardless of what security you use or how adamantly you try to shelter them, there is always a work around, and children will almost always manage to be smarter than their parents and find it.
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