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3201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need casual games suggestions on: July 22, 2008, 05:09:26 AM
As well as another free one I found out about on usenet - "Dirty Split" from Dreamagination Entertainment.
3202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How in the hell do you go about becoming a Wii owner? on: July 08, 2008, 06:08:55 PM
I happened to be at my local BB Sunday morning and was surprised how many people were there, seeing as how the store had only been open for 4 minutes. Turns out they had about 60 Wiis come in and pretty much everyone was there for one. They were gone in 15 minutes.
3203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need help with my ps3.. on: July 08, 2008, 12:39:06 PM
No, not really. The online 'trouble-shooting' guides are model specific, hence the question.
3204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need help with my ps3.. on: July 07, 2008, 05:41:17 PM
Maybe this will help, basically it's the online version of the User Guide that ships with the unit, linked straight to the Settings/Display Settings/Video Output Settings:

http://manuals.playstation.net/document/en/ps3/current/settings/videooutput.html

You may need to accept their EULA to get there. If you need access to the trouble-shooting guides or just want to start back at the beginning:

http://www.us.playstation.com/Support/PS3/Manuals

Since you didn't specify what model you have and the trouble-shooting guides are model specific.
3205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 30, 2008, 03:20:26 AM
Sorry if this is already here somewhere, but I was wondering how long each was 'in the shop'?
3206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 30, 2008, 02:07:11 AM

Quote from: msduncan on June 30, 2008, 12:30:22 AM

It says AVR under the specs.   That's voltage regulation, right?

Sure... Automated Voltage Regulation. I was looking for something about noise suppression but didn't see anything on the page that mentioned that.
3207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 30, 2008, 02:01:35 AM

Quote from: msduncan on June 30, 2008, 12:45:34 AM

And I guess the other quetion I have is:

Most of these UPS's seem to be aimed at PC users since they come with software (like the geeksquad one).    They are still useable on the TV, consoles, etc right?

Sure, you bet. The software lets you monitor the battery levels and auto shutdown the PC when they reach a certain threshold, so wouldn't be useful for other appliances.

You don't really need the 'battery backup' part so that's your call if that's an extra bonus or just an added expense. You can definitely find something that does surge protected, but they're not going to 'condition' the power like a UPS would. I'll bet I could find some sort of Monster branded gizmo that says it does all that but for the cost you'd end up paying I'd get a UPS. icon_wink

My two cents.
3208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 29, 2008, 11:38:44 PM

Quote from: msduncan on June 29, 2008, 08:15:43 PM

Would this one work?

Geeksquad one.

I have a gift cert to Best Buy is why I'm asking.

 icon_confused I don't know about that one. The description is a little 'light' and it's hard to tell if it does anything other than provide power and surge protection.
3209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 29, 2008, 11:35:23 PM
They do more than provide backup power. I don't believe you need to buy any kind of dedicated conditioner, pretty much any decent UPS nowadays should also do voltage regulation plus surge and noise suppression. The wiki page for Uninterrupible Power Supply notes that "It also provides protection against all common power problems, and for this reason it is also known as a power conditioner and a line conditioner."

I have this Tripp Lite which works great for our two desktops computers. Picked it up at Costco. Scroll down into the specs for all the gory details. It should stop the 'brown outs' and 'strange electrical sound' phenomena, I would think.
3210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 29, 2008, 04:51:24 PM

Quote from: msduncan on June 29, 2008, 02:11:20 PM

If it is poor quality electrical current in my house, how do I fix that?    Probably amazingly expensive repairs, right?

No, just get a decent UPS.  There's a post over at OO on this very subject.  icon_wink
3211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Ticket to Ride...soon? on: June 27, 2008, 02:19:09 PM
So is this basically a port of the PC game that's been available for quite some time?
3212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Store? on: June 22, 2008, 08:09:59 PM
I don't recall needing any kind of special 'download program' for that. Another alternative - connect to your wireless network from the PSP directly and download from the official PSP site. In the US, it is

http://psp.us.playstation.com
3213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alone in the Dark on: June 19, 2008, 03:02:46 AM
And the PS3 version doesn't come out until "Autumn"icon_confused

Quote
Atari has told Eurogamer Germany that the PS3 version of Alone in the Dark is down for an autumn release.

Developer Eden Studios won't just be porting the Xbox 360 and PC versions. You can expect a specially adapted game, and possibly extra content in episodic form.

Specially adapted? Possible extra content? Umm... yah.
3214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] MGS4 with no previous MGS experience on: June 15, 2008, 04:22:15 PM

Quote from: Devil on June 14, 2008, 03:54:49 AM

Monkey -

Octopus Girl? I can't wait!
This confused me until I started over, didn't realize the first two shown are seemingly random picks. Just saw 'Bomb Shelter Buffet' (where we get an interesting snake comment at the end) and something about Mantis Defense Systems... both very nicely done. icon_biggrin
3215  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Die Hard Amazon DotD on: June 15, 2008, 01:51:48 PM

Quote from: Giles Habibula on June 15, 2008, 08:27:24 AM

As an aside, I just watched the original "Die Hard" on cable tonight for the first time in 10 years, and I'd completely forgotten how good it was. Classic movie.
This in spite of being broken up with ads, and having all the "appropriate" words completely deleted (and there were a lot of those).
Until I just looked it up on iMDb, I had no idea that this was Alan Rickman's first film. He was terrific!
So did I, fun to see a much younger Bruce again. Not only were the bad words deleted but they also made any naughty bits all blurrified.  disgust  Still, good stuffs. First film for Alan Rickman, eh? I had no idea either.

I'd like to pick this up but was wondering if there would be an 'unrated' or Director's Cut version of 4 available but obviously haven't checked for quite some time. So, you either have to forgo that in the BluRay collection or buy the 'Ultimate Collection' in standard def?  icon_confused
3216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Classic RPG updates - Planescape Torment, Fallout2, Arcanum on: June 15, 2008, 01:28:37 PM
Right - just went through this yesterday with my old 4 disk version. I was shocked when I put disk 1 in and installed and it never asked for any of the other disks... forgot about all of the disk swapping. Don't forget this was what, 1999, when hard drives weren't all that large. The full install is a manual but painless process. Found these areas at bootstrike.com which helped tremendously:

http://www.bootstrike.com/Torment/docs.html

http://www.bootstrike.com/Torment/files.html

I ended up doing the full install, patching to 1.1 (needed only for the 4 disk version) then the 'All Inclusive FixPack', UB and Tweaks, the widescreen mod then lastly (whew) the crack. Ended up running it at 1280x800 even though my monitor supports up to 1920x1200 as at higher resolutions I thought things were just too small and too separated on the screen. 1280 seemed the best compromise to me. And I ended up (so far) turning off only the Morte 'Easter Egg' mod as I prefer him as a plain old floating skull. icon_wink
3217  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Dual booting XP/Vista questions on: June 14, 2008, 07:29:00 PM
Can't help you on the dual boot questions, but I do have a "minimal" C: partition that I installed Vista Home Premium on and very little else. It has a minimum page file (the main one on another disk) and I moved all of the 'My' stuff elsewhere as well - Pictures, Documents, etc.

The partition is 69.2GB and I have 41.9 free, so 27.3GB in use so far. Hope that helps.
3218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] MGS4 with no previous MGS experience on: June 14, 2008, 12:27:57 PM

Quote from: Turtle on June 14, 2008, 03:24:41 AM

They're supposed to be confusing.  But basically, those ads are ads for the PMCs that you face in-game.  So technically it's in-game advertising.  Tongue

Ah... ok. I was wondering if it was something along those lines. Thanks.  icon_smile
3219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] MGS4 with no previous MGS experience on: June 14, 2008, 03:09:46 AM

Quote from: Devil on June 13, 2008, 01:25:22 PM

I will be doing the same thing.

We'll have to hold hands and try to go through this thing together!

Thanks for all of the interesting discusssions, I wish I had enough gaming time in my life to go back and play all of the old games I missed out on. I guess Devil & I will just have to suck it up and muddle through this together. 'tarded!

A question on MGS4 - will having played any of the other three mean that intro game show and octopus girl sequence thing will make sense? 'Cuz right now it just gets a big WTF? from me.  icon_neutral
3220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS3] MGS4 with no previous MGS experience on: June 13, 2008, 01:06:22 PM
Wondering what that's going to be like as there's no way I'm gonna pick up any of the others and play them first. Can this story be enjoyed on its own? I'm guessing confusion will abound since I'm not familiar with any of the back story that (I assumes) sets all this up but wondering how essential that is to enjoying this one.

Got home way late, so all I managed to do was install it. It amused me to watch Health Warnings about sitting back far enough, well lit area, take a break every 15 minutes, yada yada... all while Snake chain smokes.  icon_razz
3221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Impressions] Ninja Gaiden 2 on: June 08, 2008, 04:24:13 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on June 06, 2008, 06:14:11 PM

None of this is to say that Ninja Gaiden II is a poor game -- it's just nowhere near as demanding as its predecessor.  The first boss monster went down so fast, I actually restarted the game from the beginning to make sure I hadn't accidentally chosen the lower difficulty.  If you're one of the people who shied away from this game because the first one was too tough, I'd really recommend giving it a shot.

[raises hand] I thought I was doing ok in Sigma, even enjoying it, until I got to the first boss that is. I retried that more times than I care to remember, lost interest and moved on to something else... fickle gamer that I am. With NG2, I'm finding it much more accessable. Sure, I'm gonna stick with walking the Path of the Acolyte, but I'm having fun with it. Deep into the second chapter now, gotta get back into it.  icon_biggrin

Thanks to Autistic Angel for listing the gameplay changes, it got me to actually try this one after having the same concerns of frustration that Pete posted.
3222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SONY Introducing Pay For Demo Exclusive content Programme on: June 06, 2008, 01:13:51 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 04, 2008, 09:40:08 PM

I actually do think that x being cross in Europe has a lot to do with XMB being Cross Media Bar, BTW.

I wonder if it has more to do with being able to trademark it? And 'XMB' is not 'Cross Media Bar', it seems. I just got the official email from PSU announcing Qore™ and they included this:

'Find each month's new Episode under the "Game" heading on your PLAYSTATION 3 XMB™ (XrossMediaBar)'
3223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Impressions] Grid on: June 05, 2008, 12:52:41 PM
Got it for the PS3. Love the game, still suck at drifting. And even though they have my name in their list, it never gets old being called 'Dumptruck'. Or 'Crash', which was much more appropriate last night.  icon_smile

I've seen some usenet posts from folks having a blast with the PC version, csipga I believe.
3224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher: Enhance Edition on: June 03, 2008, 11:12:56 PM
That's the game. The novel, entitled 'The Last Wish' is this.
3225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher: Enhance Edition on: June 03, 2008, 05:33:07 PM
Thanks, that's great to know. I'm waiting on the Enhanced Edition to start a serious run-though of the game. Picked up the book and when it started telling in detail the story of the Strega from the intro, I was worried it might spoiler things in the game. Good to know it won't.  icon_biggrin
3226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher: Enhance Edition on: June 02, 2008, 01:29:40 PM
Anyone know how much of a spoiler that may (or may not) be?  icon_confused
3227  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anybody got an MSI Wind? on: June 01, 2008, 06:41:51 AM

Quote from: Canuck on May 31, 2008, 10:53:24 PM

ANd the best thing is that you can overclock your Wind if you want to by up to 20% just by hitting the F10 button!!
Sorry but that made me smile. If only. icon_smile
3228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beyond Good and Evil 2? on: May 29, 2008, 12:09:04 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 28, 2008, 08:15:21 PM

Quote from: Turtle on May 28, 2008, 08:08:12 PM

Go for the Xbox or PS2 version.  Not sure if it's backwards compatable though.

Xbox version isn't; PS2 version is with corrupted water textures on my 80GB.
No problems with the PS2 version on my 60GB that I recall.
3229  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Desparetly need some Vista installation help on: May 27, 2008, 12:28:45 AM
No expert here, but I did just go thru this building my own E8400 rig and it looks like too much to me.  Instructions for your MX-2 are here and show a pretty small amount being used. I used Arctic Silver and the instructions here for an Intel Dual Core are a wee bit more detailed. They show a very thin line of compound vertically along the same axis as the core itself. Both recommend a small twist in each direction once seated.

The latter also goes into the do's and don'ts of cleaning stuff like this off. Apparently even a finger print can affect the performance of the compound.  icon_neutral
3230  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Age of Conan Original Books on: May 24, 2008, 01:09:39 PM

Quote from: JohnathanStrange on May 23, 2008, 02:42:02 PM

I'm also a fan of the classic Barry Windsor-Smith Conan comic series - way before my time originally, there are now full-color reprints of Conan, who was not portrayed/drawn as so stereotypically like a comicbook superhero - though, arguably, that's what he was. Still the Windsor-Smith graphics had a kind of dignity that took Conan seriously.
+1000   icon_lol

Not before my time. I've got quite a number of his posters rolled up somewhere from when Gorblimey Press was alive and well. And I just had to get this t-shirt when I stumbled across it on TFAW one day.  icon_lol
3231  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Hidden Expedition : Titanic - .99 at BigFish on: May 24, 2008, 12:47:30 PM
Thanks Eddie. Your post helped BF sell a couple of copies here.  icon_biggrin
3232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Echochrome impressions on: May 18, 2008, 02:16:45 AM
You can pause the walking dude? retard  May have to try the demo again.
3233  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: hdtv cable for PS3 and 360 advice needed on: May 10, 2008, 04:58:35 PM
Consider getting a switch box that supports HDMI, Psyclone has a nice one I'm using. Then both consoles could be connected to the TV via HDMI.
3234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] How does it look on larger HD sets? on: April 19, 2008, 12:26:42 PM
65" Mitsubishi DLP via component and it looks very nice.
3235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami Wii on: April 17, 2008, 08:30:19 PM
I remember it looking nicer when I upscaled it on my PS3, but I haven't compared the two directly now that I have the Wii version as well. I only did up to the 'cut down the fruit' part then stopped last night, but I didn't have any issues with drawing. Only took one attempt for the rock, barricade and fruit. Don't paint the slash slowly, I think speed counts more here then perfectly horizontal.

Only problem I had was with 'restoring' the stardust river, only got partway across because I hadn't "painted" far enough over. Had to turn back, paint more and try again. Twice.  icon_lol
3236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 controller question on: April 17, 2008, 01:23:18 AM
Yes, power off the PS3 and the controllers turn off, like the 360.
3237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: April 17, 2008, 01:20:11 AM
Really?  Excellent!  icon_biggrin
3238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 controller question on: April 17, 2008, 01:16:27 AM
You can turn it off yourself from the PS button option, but as noted they won't do that automagically.
3239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Homm5: Tribes of the East Impressions on: April 14, 2008, 06:50:21 PM
Yup, patched up to 1.06 first thing - what a pain that was, seeing as how there's no cumulative patch. And I'd tried *everything* with no luck, using the tweaker, changing resolution and texture size, everything I could think of or was mentioned in the linked thread. Nada.

However, got it working yesterday! Problem is I did a couple of things before checking again, so not sure what fixed it. First I uninstalled my Logitech SetPoint drivers as the wireless mouse was always getting 'stuck' all the time, sometimes for way too long. Replaced it with a wired Razer mouse. That and on a whim installed SP1 for Vista. After that, setting the textures to 'Normal' got it working for me.  icon_confused

Go figger...
3240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bethesda sucks and they and anyone who likes them are going to hell (Fallout 3) on: April 13, 2008, 12:04:54 AM
GameStop shows October 7th.
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