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2681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Flipnote Studio! on: August 15, 2009, 01:53:32 PM
Right, I got the email from Nintendo pimping this, but seeing as how it is "DSiWare" and thus exclusive to DSi owners (yes?) that leaves out the crap-ton of DS owners. Like me.
2682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC]Freaky Creature on: August 15, 2009, 01:44:09 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on August 15, 2009, 04:39:44 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 14, 2009, 09:00:25 PM

yeah, you're missing something slywink

ah, at work we are stuck with IE6. The formatting is messed up there so the free account ad/link was about 2 pages down. Looks a lot better in a browser from this decade.

Got the same stuckage at work as well, they are totally paranoid that some 'legacy' sites they've built will implode if they upgrade. So I've got Chrome stashed away for... emergencies.  icon_wink
2683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Asylum PC on: August 14, 2009, 10:39:36 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 14, 2009, 09:28:36 PM

Just to taunt us, the collector's edition PC gamers won't be able to burn dough on:

Swagwatch: Batman: Arkham Asylum review packaging
http://www.joystiq.com/2009/08/14/swagwatch-batman-arkham-asylum-review-packaging/

Dang, no brass knuckles.

Oh, and interesting review site, though I did have to lookup what mise-en-scène meant.
2684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: August 14, 2009, 10:31:04 PM
I was just curious if "99% light controlled media room" was secret code for "basement"?   icon_wink

[/kidding!]
2685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: System Shock 2... it's been 10 years. on: August 14, 2009, 01:22:20 AM
I don't recall ever hearing that. Are you thinking perhaps of BioShock?
2686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: System Shock 2... it's been 10 years. on: August 13, 2009, 08:23:16 PM
Great stuff that. I have a bunch of those as .wav files somewhere, used to use them as Windows sounds for various actions.  nod
2687  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (Updated July 27th, 2009 08:07 PM) on: August 13, 2009, 11:37:32 AM
And +1 back to Darren8r for the transaction!
2688  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 on: August 12, 2009, 01:04:31 PM
As Cat will say over and over, the title they receive is "America's Favorite Dancer". Not best, favorite.   icon_razz

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 12, 2009, 12:48:39 PM

I think Brandon was the better dancer technically, but Jeanine was just magnetic.  It's hard to ignore the sheer entertainment factor of watching her dance.  With Brandon it always seemed somehow less dance from deep down but somewhat more mechanical.  Just my opinion.

Agreed.
2689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Ocean : The Last Hope Impressions on: August 11, 2009, 09:40:55 PM
Sorry to nit-pick but it's "shudders"... shutters go over your windows.  icon_smile
2690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "Press Start" on: August 11, 2009, 09:37:40 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 11, 2009, 08:54:43 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on August 11, 2009, 07:34:56 PM

<cough> Ghostbusters <cough>  Irritating.

Practically every game I've played has that issue on the 360, not just Ghostbusters. GB just asks a really goofy question every time you start the console up (along the lines of how you'll be overwriting your save games or something).

Right, Ghostbusters adds in that extra oddly frightening comment about overwriting that makes this more bothersome than normal. But in all honesty I don't recall the last 360 game I played that asked me over and over every time it started where my saves were. Typically it's one and done but I can change it later if desired. At least, that's what I'm remembering right now at work. Been playing a crapton of FO3 and it doesn't ask. icon_neutral
2691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "Press Start" on: August 11, 2009, 07:34:56 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 11, 2009, 07:32:32 PM

Quote from: happydog on August 11, 2009, 07:23:47 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on August 11, 2009, 07:16:54 PM

and WTH is up with games always having to select the memory device every time you boot it up? It should remember.
Well it needs a memory device to remember, so how is it going to remember which device you picked before without a memory device yet?

It should ping the HD that just about every single 360 owner owns, and then any attached memory cards. If it finds a save game there, it'll keep saving there from there on out without user intervention (but give us an option to change it). Ask the first time, yes - don't keep asking every time I start the damn game.

<cough> Ghostbusters <cough>  Irritating.
2692  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Multiple Monitor Issues on: August 11, 2009, 07:30:23 PM
XP here as well on my work laptop with SP3. System information shows a Quadro FX 2700M video 'card' and the 176.26 ForceWare drivers installed. For whatever that is worth.
2693  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Multiple Monitor Issues on: August 11, 2009, 06:52:12 PM
Interesting... I have two LCD screens hooked to my laptop here at work, one analog and one digital to the docking station and I have the following options available to me:

Use one display (Single)
The same on both displays (Clone)
Configured independently from each other (Dualview)

I'm using the last one without issue but they both are the same size. What driver version are you running?
2694  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Multiple Monitor Issues on: August 11, 2009, 04:01:01 PM
If you go into the NVIDIA Control Panel to the 'Set up multiple displays' option in the 'Display' section, what are your settings there? Does it properly identify both monitors? There's also a wizard to help you with the initial setup but I didn't find it all that useful when I ran through it for the first time.
2695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/10) on: August 10, 2009, 12:31:02 PM
May pop for the new Death To Spies game as I did enjoy the first one. Have had Still Life 2 for awhile now as a digital download and (thankfully) never got sucked onto the Madden merry-go-round.
2696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Asylum PC on: August 10, 2009, 12:27:06 PM

Quote from: Gryndyl on August 09, 2009, 07:03:31 PM

Quote from: Punisher on August 09, 2009, 05:38:51 PM

Does anyone know if the PhysX being used is the original or just the Nvidia version. (They are different I think, even though Nvidia bought them). The reason I ask, is that I have a PhysX card in my older gaming rig and if it makes a difference I'd take the time to move it....

It will use the physx card if you have it. In fact, the 'high' setting for physx in the game recommends it for use with a dedicated physx card. That being said, I was able to run physx on high without a dedicated card with no issues.

Well... I had some 'issues' but then I am running the game at 1920x1200 with everything bumped up. Vista32, 4GB ram, GTX260, E8400. Was fine with PhysX set to Normal but on High there were spots where my framerate went to hell in a handbasket - the platform where you first do that dive kick, for example. That attack ran in slow-motion and walking around there afterwards was like walking in mud. Very thick mud. It was fine once I walked off, though. Perhaps because all of the tiles there are destructable? icon_neutral

It was cool to see him pounded into a hole in the floor surrounded by broken tiles, though.  icon_cool
2697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Asylum PC on: August 10, 2009, 03:03:11 AM

Quote from: Gryndyl on August 09, 2009, 05:02:33 PM

Here's a video showing what the physX does for you with on and off comparisons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vINH6Z9kqgI

In a nutshell it adds physics to the paper on the floor, allows the batarangs to do visible damage to floors, allows the batarangs to tear through cloth, adds steam effects and bouncing spark effects.

Interesting that none of that seems to be in the console versions, at least not in the PS3 demo. I assume that's also true on the 360?
2698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Asylum PC on: August 10, 2009, 01:26:04 AM

Quote from: Gryndyl on August 09, 2009, 11:27:43 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on August 09, 2009, 10:45:45 PM

Where does one control the PhysX settings for the game? Can't find anything other than having it 'enabled' or 'disabled' in general under the NVIDIA Control Panel. Does one need to dig around in and edit the config files?  icon_confused

Go into the binaries folder in the game directory and run BMLauncher.exe. Lets you set resolution, AA levels, PhysX levels, etc.

Ah... thanks for that.
2699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Asylum PC on: August 09, 2009, 10:48:24 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 09, 2009, 04:26:43 PM

I'm still stumped on exiting the demo though (in Vista 64-bit); if I click the menu option to "exit to desktop," it only gets me to the opening menu screen and so far I've had to keep going to the old Taskbar to shut it down manually, as it were.

The 'Exit to Desktop' option doesn't take you straight there, it actually starts a 'trailer' for the game playing. You can then hit 'escape' to skip that and get back to the desktop. Not sure if that will help you out or not...
2700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Asylum PC on: August 09, 2009, 10:45:45 PM
Where does one control the PhysX settings for the game? Can't find anything other than having it 'enabled' or 'disabled' in general under the NVIDIA Control Panel. Does one need to dig around in and edit the config files?  icon_confused
2701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Asylum PC on: August 09, 2009, 02:01:53 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 09, 2009, 04:47:34 AM

Oh, well, in my case it IS in fact on the Games Menu. I just never use that thing.  icon_redface icon_razz

 icon_lol I know how that goes, I always look on the desktop and am still a little shocked when there's nothing there. Then, off to All Programs and another shock. Finally, I remember to check the dang Games menu.

Quote from: Blackjack on August 09, 2009, 04:47:34 AM

The cape is simply wonderful to watch...

I seem to remember reading that they have man-years in the cape physics but can't seem to find it again. Did find this however, a snippet:

Quote
"I have to say — this is the best cape in a videogame."

Nathan Whitman, an associate producer at Warner Bros.’ videogame division, is proud of the way Batman’s cape is coming along in the game Batman: Arkham Asylum. It’s a third-person game, so you spend the entirety of it staring at the cape, and Warner’s is taking particular care to get it right.

"We’ve got a guy working full-time on cape physics," Whitman says. That means that Batman’s signature mantle won’t act like most videogame capes, floating through walls and enemies as if it were a holographic projection. It’ll animate and collide realistically with everything.

I think I saw somewhere that you actually get 'cape takedowns' at one point as it is weighted and can give a pretty good whack when Batman pirouettes.  icon_wink
2702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Asylum PC on: August 09, 2009, 01:20:01 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 08, 2009, 11:58:58 PM

Quote from: Gryndyl on August 08, 2009, 11:16:18 PM

Odd. the demo cheerfully placed a shortcut on my desktop with no issues. I'm running XP; maybe that's the difference?


Yeah, Vista likes to hide it's newly installed games/programs (sometimes even those that don't end up in the Games Explorer tab). 

Right, on Vista with installers that follow the Vista rules you'll find it on the 'Games' menu. All that's under All Programs / EIDOS for this one is the readme and some web links.
2703  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buld your own Companion Cube on: August 09, 2009, 01:12:10 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 08, 2009, 11:46:35 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 08, 2009, 10:05:47 PM

still works for CK because it's cached Tongue

tried it on two other machines and it still showed up.

Yes, working now but it wasn't working earlier - all I got were broken links to the images the first time I checked. The problem is mentioned in the comments there.
2704  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buld your own Companion Cube on: August 08, 2009, 09:34:59 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 08, 2009, 05:49:48 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on August 08, 2009, 05:03:44 PM

link doesn't work for me  icon_frown

checked it and it still works.  NO CUBE FOR YOU!  Tongue

Photobucket bandwidth issues.
2705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Flight - Out tomorrow? on: August 07, 2009, 11:55:17 PM
Actual Spad 13 cockpit from a restoration project. You'll need to allow pop-ups as that's how it shows a close-up of the 'instruments' when you hover over each.  icon_cool
2706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I smell like cat pee. on: August 07, 2009, 07:46:45 PM
I just reread your first post and it finally dawned on me that all this happened at home and you didn't notice it until you got to work. At first I was like "you work somewhere where people bring their Ambush Cats to work"? I seriously thought you turned towards your boss and at that very moment one of the cats peed on your shoulder. From the top of the fridge. Or something.  icon_lol retard
2707  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Going to Standby = stuck in time on: August 07, 2009, 03:56:30 PM
And for whatever it's worth, this issue seems to have gone away as mysteriously as it started. No issues for the last few days with the system time coming out of standby. Hopefully it remains gone.  paranoid
2708  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 on: August 07, 2009, 03:51:37 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on August 07, 2009, 11:59:22 AM

That was an awesome finale. I don't remember them doing the judges favorites last year, but that was as enjoyable a 2 hour finale that I've ever seen and it didn't feel dragged out to me at all.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm very happy Jeanine won, but just hope Brandon- who seems to have really bad self-esteem issues- doesn't look at this as a defeat or that he's not good enough. The man is SO talented- and I'd even say he's the best dancer this year.  Jeanine was just a hair behind him, but her personality and friendliness added to her amazing skills won it out for her.

I still don't get the appeal of Evan...at all. Nice guy, definitely could do all the steps, but he just never seemed as disciplined or crisp as the others.  I'm not going to argue 3rd place v 4th place, but there's absolutely no question that Kayla was the better dancer- it's just that she has no personality and it cost her.

When she was 4th I was like oh. no. Evan had better not win this.  I was relieved to see him placed 3rd.

I really don't think we need to spoiler anything at this point, but...

Spoiler for Hiden:
I completely agree with you on Evan. When they annouced Kayla as fourth I was bummed and then worried that, oh gawd no, please don't let Evan win. Sadly, was clapping at home when he pulled 3rd place. If Kayla had let the personality out earlier that is obviously there (and was coming out as Nigel noted) but was bottled up for most of the season she would have done better. Not first place but not fourth either. IMHO.
2709  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 on: August 07, 2009, 03:29:19 AM
Well... at least all the voters got it right.  nod
2710  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 on: August 06, 2009, 03:03:39 PM
For some reason, I'm rooting more for the girls than the guys. While I'd like to see Kayla win, being a Colorado girl and all, I think Jeanine has edged her out and should get the crown. Both of the boys play off their studly/cute qualities too much for my tastes, with Brandon on the studly side and Evan too cutesy... problem is he (Evan) seems to have an enormous cadre of screaming fans voting for him constantly or I honestly think he would have been gone by now, and I worry they'll push him to the top by shear weight of numbers.

They do say they will be crowning "America's Favorite Dancer" not "America's Best Dancer", after all.  disgust
2711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jaw clinching on: August 06, 2009, 05:01:54 AM
It's called "bruxing" or "bruxism". Perhaps this might help or at least get you started:

http://www.yourdentistryguide.com/bruxing/
2712  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Going to Standby = stuck in time on: August 05, 2009, 02:08:15 AM
It does but it gets removed as an option when you're on a domain.
2713  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [ABC] Defying Gravity on: August 04, 2009, 09:47:50 PM

Quote from: Malificent on August 04, 2009, 05:08:12 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 04, 2009, 04:54:53 PM

Quote from: Malificent on August 04, 2009, 04:14:09 PM

Quote from: rittchard on August 03, 2009, 10:46:37 PM

I thought it was OK, the one on Fox was definitely better.  Of course it's not like there's anything that great on during the summer anyway (except True Blood!), and certainly it's nice to see a sci-fi series on a major network. 

If you're not watching Leverage (or for that matter, Eureka), you're missing out.

+ a million to Eureka, never heard of Leverage though.

Leverage (on TNT) is best described as Ocean's 11 crossed with a modern-day version of the A-Team. Every episode is a self-contained heist/long con of the week. Characters are fantastic and I look forward to it every week. You can stream it on Netflix, season 1 and current episodes of season 2.

+ a million to Leverage. Eureka who?  icon_wink
2714  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Going to Standby = stuck in time on: August 04, 2009, 09:42:01 PM
Thanks, wasn't aware the auto-sync was only once a day and I couldn't find any way to force it to happen.  tear

Hopefully it's not BIOS battery related as I've only had it for two months or so and it was allegedly brand new when I got it. I'll pay more attention to exactly what happens with it tonight / tomorrow morning and see if that provides any more clues.
2715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need recommendations for Wii games on: August 04, 2009, 09:38:04 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 04, 2009, 07:59:46 PM

If you love lightgun shooters, the Wii has those in droves. I really recommend House of the Dead: Overkill out of the bunch - it is SO campy, and SO B-movie it's a riot to play.

And if you do, make sure you get a pistol grip for the Wiimote, makes a hell of a difference. Overkill is a great game as long as no-one in the house minds the language used in the game, f-bombs galore!
2716  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Going to Standby = stuck in time on: August 04, 2009, 07:34:03 PM
Odd thing started happening with my work laptop and the Help Desk here has been less than helpful, so...

Been using it just fine for about three months, docking it at work and closing the lid to go to Standby before undocking and taking it home. Everything hunky-dory. Inherited two LCD monitors so now are using them in Dualview mode (one digital, one analog) and changed the laptop "what to do when the lid is shut" option from "Standby" to "Nothing"... and then my woes began.

Don't see how the change noted above has anything to do with what I'm seeing now, but it's a heck of a coincidence that both happened on the same day. What happens now is life is good until I put the laptop in standby and undock. First time I manually went to standby post change was Friday and when I came back in on Monday it still thought it was Friday. I'm on the network and expecting the time to sync and... nothing. Stuck on Friday, even after a subsequent reboot. And I'm not positive it started me back off at the time on Friday when I went to standby, could swear it was earlier than that. All the Help Desk had me do was manually correct the time and verify that the Windows Time service was set to Automatic and Started, which it was. We even stopped and restarted it just for fun. Then they were done with me, problem solved. Yah, ok.

This morning, same thing. Standby, undock, take home, bring back, dock, bring out of standby - still thinks it's Monday.  finger  What the heck could be causing behaviour like this?

ps. This is XP with SP3 not Vista, btw.
2717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: August 04, 2009, 03:34:07 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on August 04, 2009, 03:20:18 AM

How do these DLC work with your toon?  Do you have to load a save before you finished the game?  Once you go to the DLC area, can you ever go back?

With Broken Steel you never really 'finish' the game, but to answer the DLC question you can always come back to the main game area from them. And so far, Anchorage is the only one you can't revisit after you leave... don't know about Zeta yet, however, but suspect that also is a one-time-trip like Anchorage.
2718  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cheap cables on: August 01, 2009, 04:51:02 AM
That's cool, looks like I'll have to check them out.
2719  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cheap cables on: August 01, 2009, 12:17:46 AM
Was wondering how Hong Kong got into the conversation.  icon_wink
2720  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cheap cables on: July 31, 2009, 11:57:43 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on July 31, 2009, 02:39:48 AM

Quote from: disarm on July 31, 2009, 02:37:48 AM

Monoprice.com...not likely to find better prices for great quality cables anywhere else icon_cool

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 thumbsup thumbsup

And these are 'cheap' as in 'inexpensive' rather than there being anything second class about them. I just got 4 cables yesterday from mono, 2 6' and 2 10' and it cost me a whopping $16.60. All the colors of the rainbow, too!  icon_cool
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