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2841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Plants vs Zombies (demo is out) on: May 04, 2009, 06:46:40 PM
Since $10 is the Steam pre-order price, I would assume it will go up shortly. Yes, PopCap is selling it directly for $19.99 or $17.99 with the 10% off code you will get if you subscribed to their newsletter. I decided to support PopCap directly and am playing the full game right now.  ninja
2842  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mutant Chronicles on: May 03, 2009, 08:33:07 PM
It's available "On Demand".
2843  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Wide Screen or Standard Screen on: May 03, 2009, 01:36:15 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 02, 2009, 09:47:52 PM

I'm still using a Dell 24" LCD I got back in 2005 - monitor upgrades shouldn't be more than once or twice a decade AFAIC.

I've got the same monitor and love it, wouldn't really want to go any smaller when it croaks.

Quote from: Tals on May 03, 2009, 05:36:59 AM

One thing to bear in mind I sit very close to the screen as my desk is a narrow one 48cms!!! So tbh even a 22' is going to feel massive.

I don't care how narrow your desk is, a 22 foot monitor is massive!  icon_razz

(sorry)
2844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Reviews] X-Men Origins: Wolverine on: May 02, 2009, 03:17:34 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 01, 2009, 10:20:42 PM

Damn you, GT Review Effect!!!  I would never have considered this but now all I want to know is which version I should try to buy!

I'm also curious if there really are any differences to speak of between the PS3 and 360 versions.
2845  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: You appear to have lost a Drive! on: May 02, 2009, 01:35:10 PM
Yah, offsite backups - is that the official term? Thanks, I'll check out rsync.net and see if Mr Google has any words of wisdom to impart on the subject as well.
2846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 5/01 on: May 02, 2009, 01:31:40 PM
Hoping to put a serious dent in Prince of Persia on the PS3.
2847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] demon's souls impressions on: May 01, 2009, 02:02:29 PM
Mine's not expected until the 6th, seems that my frustration will have to wait.  icon_frown
2848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Velvet Assassin on: May 01, 2009, 01:10:06 PM
Weird, BB doesn't show it coming into their stores until June 1st.  icon_confused

I'll be curious to see how it fares with other reviewers.
2849  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: You appear to have lost a Drive! on: May 01, 2009, 01:07:29 PM

Quote from: TheAtomicKid on May 01, 2009, 11:22:45 AM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on May 01, 2009, 06:54:21 AM

So, how many times a day from now on will you be performing complete backups? smile
* TheAtomicKid is still eyeing that DroboPro unit... *droooooooool*

I've checked into those some time ago, what somewhat cooled me on it were the Amazon reviews - there's almost as many 1 star reviews as 5 star reviews there, from what I recall.  icon_neutral
2850  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: You appear to have lost a Drive! on: May 01, 2009, 01:05:20 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on May 01, 2009, 06:54:21 AM

So, how many times a day from now on will you be performing complete backups? smile

 icon_biggrin

I do run complete backups of my C: drive daily... well, technically weekly fulls and daily differentials. This drive I wasn't *all* that worried about as it's just games, things I could simply reinstall if push came to shove. May look into some way to cherry-pick my saves from there, though, I think about it off and on and then forget about it without doing anything about it.  retard

Any recommendations for decent "online" backups?
2851  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: You appear to have lost a Drive! on: May 01, 2009, 05:57:03 AM
Managed to save almost everything and it was kind of funny how it all worked out. Frozen drive would *not* detect in the BIOS until it had warmed up awhile and it was still "hanging" during boot. Decided to just wait it out and eventually it told me it wanted to do a dskchk on the drive and I couldn't stop it as it wouldn't recognize my USB keyboard from that screen. Then it "hung hung" at 0% of step 1. Had to power down and restart the process with a PS2 keyboard plugged in, but then was able to skip the dskchk and get booted into Windows with the drive online.

At first it wouldn't copy anything at all, turned out one of the sub-directories was corrupted and totally unaccessable, so things would only copy if I selected anything else and did not include it. Copied everything minus a handful of corrupted files from my Steam directory for Dawn of War 2, figured I'll just validate or delete/reinstall it to get it back complete. Everything else came over fine.  icon_cool
2852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: May 01, 2009, 05:41:34 AM

Quote from: Teggy on April 30, 2009, 09:50:53 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 30, 2009, 09:27:45 PM

And a new massive patch plus the Cops & Robbers content is out.  Has anyone tried it?  It seems like a cool game mode, but small in the why-am-I-paying-for-this sense.

Is the new island out soon? I haven't checked in in a while.

Not yet.
2853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] demon's souls impressions on: April 30, 2009, 02:40:01 AM

Quote from: soulbringer on April 29, 2009, 07:30:55 PM

Got the same email today.  Horray. 

Me three!  icon_biggrin
2854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alone in the Dark on: April 28, 2009, 01:52:30 PM
I think only the PS3 version got reworked, the 360 version may have run into size issues from what I recall. That or it depended on the reception of the updated PS3 version...
2855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [xblive arcade] LODE RUNNER on: April 28, 2009, 04:26:15 AM
Well, you got me as it didn't seem all that different when I asked them about the error I received trying to purchase it for 800 points while they were in the middle of changing it to 1200.

Quote from: XBox Customer Support
Thank you for contacting XBOX Customer Support! I am Kody and I will be helping you today with this issue:

As I understand it, you are interested in purchasing the Lode Runner that was first priced at 800MS points but unfortunately when to try to purchase the game it fails and the price seems to change from 800MS points to 1200 MS points. We apologize for the inconvenience and misunderstanding regarding the proposed price for Lode Runner. The Xbox LIVE Arcade game Lode Runner was released at the incorrect price of 800 Microsoft Points instead of the announced price of 1200 Microsoft Points. At this time, this price has been corrected to 1200 Microsoft Points.

We thank you for your time and for the undying support in Xbox and Microsoft.

So... apparently I misunderstood. Yah, right Kody.  disgust
2856  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Best Buy $10 game sale on: April 27, 2009, 03:29:24 AM

Quote from: Azhag on April 27, 2009, 03:15:25 AM

Rain check meaning what exactly... if they have it later we can get it, or we have to somehow reserve?

All I could find on their website was this:

Quote
Best Buy retail stores may offer rainchecks when advertised products are out of stock. This practice will vary by product and situation, and limited quantities or other circumstances may make a raincheck unavailable.

A "raincheck" is typically something you have to ask for during the sale, proof that you attempted to purchase the item during the sale and they were out of stock. You would then take the raincheck back later and get the item at the sale price when it is back in stock.
2857  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: You appear to have lost a Drive! on: April 26, 2009, 10:00:05 PM
I'll give that a shot... was wondering if this might be something to try.
2858  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Best Buy $10 game sale on: April 26, 2009, 09:01:09 PM

Quote from: Vinda-Lou on April 26, 2009, 08:28:34 PM

No PC games on sale?  icon_frown

Nope. I got there when mine opened and picked up Overlord: Raising Hell PS3, Ninja Gaiden DS and 007: QoS (360) in the big box with the t-shirt. Funny, but the regular edition wasn't on sale. Lots of people asking for Soul Caliber 4 but the three copies they had for the 360 were gone almost instantly and supplies of everything was dwindling as I watched... one guy had a stack of games going up his arm almost to the elbow.  icon_neutral
2859  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: You appear to have lost a Drive! on: April 26, 2009, 01:59:22 PM

Quote from: TheAtomicKid on April 25, 2009, 06:16:14 AM

If at all possible, I'd recommend either copying your data elsewhere temporarily just in case, or unplugging that drive from the system, so that it stays powered down, until the replacement arrives.

Shoulda listened. Late last night got forgetful and tried to install a small demo to the drive. It hung in what I can only describe as 'constant disk activity light on' mode, while other activities mostly worked the system was pretty well hung and I had to power off. An attempt to reboot posts fine, gets to the MS back-and-forth gizmo, the drive light comes back on hard and it progresses no more. Even disabling the drive in the BIOS didn't resolve the hang. Next step, open her up and disconnect it. Farg. icon_frown
2860  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] demon's souls impressions on: April 26, 2009, 03:55:05 AM
I wasn't quite sure from the review... the 'online' part of the game, the portion that seems to open up after a certain point where other players can come into your game to kill you or leave notes or whatever... is that any kind of optional or do you have no choice in the matter?
2861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] demon's souls impressions on: April 26, 2009, 03:52:15 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on April 25, 2009, 11:33:11 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on April 25, 2009, 08:41:29 PM

Oh my...

Quote from: EuroGamer review
It is one of the most difficult modern videogames in existence, refusing to make even the slightest concession to your happiness or mental well-being. For this reason, developing a devotion to Demon's Souls has been the gaming equivalent of falling in love with an emotionally stunted, occasionally violent sociopath.

like i said: it's all about embracing your inner child smile ...

Or your inner masochist.  icon_wink
2862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] demon's souls impressions on: April 25, 2009, 08:41:29 PM
Oh my...

Quote from: EuroGamer review
It is one of the most difficult modern videogames in existence, refusing to make even the slightest concession to your happiness or mental well-being. For this reason, developing a devotion to Demon's Souls has been the gaming equivalent of falling in love with an emotionally stunted, occasionally violent sociopath.
2863  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamersgate Weekend Deal: Space Siege 75% off on: April 25, 2009, 07:31:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 25, 2009, 04:19:58 PM

definitely no client needed.  you download a small file, which in turn downloads the bigger file and the install process starts as soon as the download is complete.

Exactly, they had a client but no longer do. And after installation, you are asked if you want to save or remove the 'temporary' files you downloaded. Save them if you want to burn them to media or just so you don't have to download them again next time.
2864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [xblive arcade] LODE RUNNER on: April 25, 2009, 03:11:42 PM

Quote from: JayDee on April 23, 2009, 08:43:42 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on April 23, 2009, 08:29:18 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on April 23, 2009, 07:02:02 PM

This game is so nostalgic for me, it's hard to describe.  I could sit and play it for hours with no problem at all.

That being said, it's faster and harder than I remember it being.  I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that I'm getting old...

 icon_neutral

Funny, but I was thinking the same thing when I played it... what? Game Over? WTF!  icon_lol

Does Game Over actually have any effect? It usually just puts me back at the current level with 3 more lives.

Other than that? No, I don't think so.
2865  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: You appear to have lost a Drive! on: April 25, 2009, 01:25:36 PM

Quote from: TheAtomicKid on April 25, 2009, 06:16:14 AM

5 year limited warranty. Hope ya got your sales receipt, etc.

Didn't need anything other than the serial number, which the diagnostics pulled up for me. Filled out a web form, instant RMA approval and my replacement drive is on the way... with 30 days to return the old one.  icon_cool
2866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: InFamous preorder includes Uncharted 2 multiplayer beta access on: April 25, 2009, 05:22:37 AM
Much as I would love beta access to Uncharted 2, I'm not about to buy InFamous for it. Everything I've seen so far of that game has looked boring as hell to me.  disgust
2867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] demon's souls impressions on: April 24, 2009, 10:19:32 PM

Quote from: Pharaoh on April 24, 2009, 09:54:52 PM

heres to Sony releasing it stateside with the Tendencies to actually work.

Sorry, but what does this mean? Some aspect of the game ('Tendencies'?) is not quite working correctly in this release?
2868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 25 minutes of Final Fantasy 13 on: April 24, 2009, 08:07:21 PM
Saw this today, linked from Blues News: FFXIII Demo Drives Massive PS3 Sales In Japan. 'Massive' as in almost quadrupled from the previous week.
2869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [xblive arcade] LODE RUNNER on: April 24, 2009, 08:00:38 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 24, 2009, 04:49:16 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on April 24, 2009, 04:07:53 PM

Quote from: msteelers on April 24, 2009, 03:13:45 PM

So what is Lode Runner? I never played it, and I've never even heard of it.

It's a platformer. Best to give the trial a shot to see if you like it, also there's a short preview here and I'm sure you could easily turn up others.

I wouldn't call it a platformer.  Especially since the term comes from jumping from platform to platform, and LR doesn't let you jump!

That said, I don't know what you would call it.  Action puzzle game, maybe?

I was just going by what I saw when I found the GameSpot preview - "The classic run-and-dig platformer comes to Xbox Live". The XBox website has it in the "Action & Adventure, Classics" genre. In the end it doesn't really matter, but to me any 2D side-scrolling game where you go up/down/left/right while ultimately travelling ever onwards to the right is a platformer, jumping or no.  icon_wink
2870  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: More Issues on: April 24, 2009, 07:53:45 PM
Go to the hard drive manufacturer's website, they should have diagnostic tools you can download. I just did this today for my WD drive, as a matter of fact.
2871  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: You appear to have lost a Drive! on: April 24, 2009, 07:52:19 PM
True... hoping all is still fine when the replacement drive comes and I can just throw it in and clone the old one to it.  icon_wink
2872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How bout some pinball? PS3 on: April 24, 2009, 04:09:45 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 24, 2009, 02:54:40 PM

The Williams Collection (Pinball Hall of Fame, I think) is especially good.

+1  icon_wink
2873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [xblive arcade] LODE RUNNER on: April 24, 2009, 04:07:53 PM

Quote from: msteelers on April 24, 2009, 03:13:45 PM

So what is Lode Runner? I never played it, and I've never even heard of it.

It's a platformer. Best to give the trial a shot to see if you like it, also there's a short preview here and I'm sure you could easily turn up others.
2874  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: You appear to have lost a Drive! on: April 24, 2009, 03:40:00 PM
Found the issue... ran WD diagnostics on the drive and it is a SMART failure, or at least a warning that a failure is on the way. Specifically, the 'Re-allocated sector count' is approaching the max threshold, 136 out of 140 bad sectors have been reallocated. Time to take advantage of my five year warranty, it seems.
2875  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: You appear to have lost a Drive! on: April 24, 2009, 03:12:59 PM
Yup, just completed most of that - a boot time disk check showed no errors, both a malware and AV scan turned up nothing. I guess the next thing would be to open her up and double-check cabling, etc.

Just thought I would mention this as I don't believe in coincidences. Wednesday, the day before this all started, I was attempting to install a demo to this partition when the whole computer locked up hard. Needed a power-off type reset to get it back up. Of course, rebooting brought the drive back so had no idea what was going on. I'm guessing this was the first victim of the problem rather than the cause.

Shit... while I was typing this, Vista popped up a dialogue telling me "Windows detected a hard disk problem" and wanting to start a backup since I "could lose everything". Damn. And I realized from the message the partition is on my secondary drive, not primary... idiot. I have a second drive with three partitions on it and D: is one of the logical partitions there. Damn... could a hardware failure with the drive itself affect only one logical partition and not take out everything?  icon_confused

2876  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / You appear to have lost a Drive! on: April 24, 2009, 01:14:59 PM
This is the message I've been greeted with for two mornings in a row now. It's from PerfectDisk, which is scheduled to run at 3AM and it's right, one is "gone". It assumes network or removable drive or a "COM registration issue" but I don't know. What's gone is my D: drive, a secondary logical partition on my main Raptor drive. Primary is C: and it is still there or there'd be a whole different world of hurt.

Going into Disk Management doesn't show it at all, either. A reboot, however, will bring it back and then there's no issues with it that I can tell after that, that is until I see this message again the next morning. Anyone seen this or have any idea what might be causing it?  icon_confused
2877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [xblive arcade] LODE RUNNER on: April 23, 2009, 08:29:18 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on April 23, 2009, 07:02:02 PM

This game is so nostalgic for me, it's hard to describe.  I could sit and play it for hours with no problem at all.

That being said, it's faster and harder than I remember it being.  I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that I'm getting old...

 icon_neutral

Funny, but I was thinking the same thing when I played it... what? Game Over? WTF!  icon_lol
2878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Fallout 3: Broken Steel on: April 23, 2009, 05:32:24 PM

Quote from: naednek on April 23, 2009, 04:59:46 PM

so why is the PS3 getting the shaft on the DLC?  Is it Sony?  I received this for the PS3, but I asked for it on the xbox for christmas, but, I can't complain, it was a gift.  I'm nearing the end of the game, and it would be great to extend it, but if it's something that going to be a while longer, I'm more likely to sell it, like I do with most of my games.

No, the DLC is a Microsoft exclusive from what I understand. No clue if that means for a specific period of time or forever, though. icon_neutral
2879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] demon's souls impressions on: April 23, 2009, 12:00:12 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on April 22, 2009, 11:05:16 PM

Quote from: Hotfreak on April 22, 2009, 07:03:51 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 21, 2009, 10:41:22 PM

...I'm not sure why I am so excited to punish myself with this one.
There's something incredibly compelling about the way Semiconscious talks about this, like he can't quite contain his glee.

hehheh... yeah, my inner child definitely gives demon's souls 2 big thumbs up smile . i think everyone's played at least a handful of games that immediately feel so familiar that they almost seem like manifestations of long-held, subconscious personal fantasies (or something), where everything's just right, all your buttons get pushed, & you just slip into them effortlessly. majora's mask & shadow of the colossus were 2 games like that for me, & ds is another. not necessarily the best games i've ever played (as in, the most elaborate/stunning/mind-boggling), but the ones that were, well, the most comfortable (&, personally, the most rewarding)...

Man, there better be a strong something in the Kool-Aid this comes with... you've got four pages of posts so far, extolling its virtues and the Semiconscious Army continues to grow. When NCSX finally fills the backorder you've single-handedly created, you're either going to have mass genuflection in your general direction... or an uprising on your hands.  icon_lol
2880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: April 22, 2009, 06:50:42 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on April 22, 2009, 05:48:47 PM

I went back to Bowerstone and while I was completely evil, everyone still oo'ed and ah'ed over me, especially when I farted.  Roll Eyes

Much like in real life.  slywink
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