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1241  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: August 04, 2009, 12:47:45 AM
I bought the lifetime sub for LOTRO and I stopped playing after a while, but I keep going back. This happens with a LOT of games for me.. I lose interest and then get it back... For $200, I'll probably end up getting this now just to have...

Is lifetime only available when you pre-order direct from Cryptic?
1242  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: D&D Online Free to Play! on: August 03, 2009, 12:18:26 PM
I think the game was made first and foremost for the tabletop players...If it wasn't true to that, they would have gotten a lot more complaints....

I picked up the full game at GS for $5 yesterday, gonna give it a try and it doesn't sound like there will be a wipe (unless I missed it somewhere), so I can get a head start...I'm also going pick up another copy and see if the product key will let me extend the subscription. If it does, I may just clean them out....I did this with the COH/COV game cards at Comp when they closed. I still have about a year or twos worth of those...
1243  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Considering building a new computer, advice needed on: August 02, 2009, 04:29:39 PM

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
Sony Optiarc DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Beige SATA Model AD-7240S-01 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118033    $30.99  
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119197    $109.99  
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136284    $94.99  
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814130475 $249.99  
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817139009   $139.99  
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115202
ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131359
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820227365
$557.97 Bundle Pricing  

Subtotal: $1,183.92

No OS in cost and you can play around with some things as well. , but just about at your budget.
1244  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Graphic Corruption issue on: August 02, 2009, 04:06:47 PM
Anyway to try a video card from Nvidia?
1245  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Needs to build a RAID array... on: August 02, 2009, 03:46:30 PM
I currently have this:
It works great, comes with the Adaptec RAID card, is hot swapable..... I have it setup in RAID 5 configuration.
1246  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you all in 6-7 months!!! on: August 01, 2009, 09:34:48 PM
GL over there, but with 15 years in you should have seniority...Just tell them to send someone else.... ninja
1247  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 01, 2009, 04:02:33 PM

Quote from: Crusis on August 01, 2009, 03:31:38 AM

Actually I'll do that for anyone if you are having trouble. Hell, if you want to read my book I'll do whatever I can to get it in your hand.  icon_biggrin

I am canceling my Amazon order. Please deliver my copy by hand in a Zombie costume... Thank you... oh, and it has to be a slow zombie costume, not one of those crappy fast ones... (BTW: are your zombies fast or slow?)
1248  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV) The Colony - Post Apoc. Survival on: August 01, 2009, 02:40:16 AM
I think the disclaimer is mostly because a lot of people complained when it was found out that those survivor man type shows received help and it wasn't mentioned. Pretty much all "reality" shows have people to help.
I think Chaz is correct, it is mostly for emergencies that they help or if it looks like the people are really about to blow themselves up.

I don't think anything is added to the warehouse that wasnt there at the beginning, just the outside stuff.
Spoiler for Hiden:
As for Michael, I saw this week's episode and yes he is a dick, and yes he is trying to be a martyr, and yes he does have some useful things to say, but I think that if this was real, he would be on the way to being banished or killed by now. Take the gasifier thing (which is really neat and something I'll have to file away for the real apocolypse). He kept making a scene and saying they had a bomb and saying that just because they have engineering PHD's they think they know what they are doing....and then it does end up working and he's like, oh ok, so they got one thing working, what now?....He's a dick... I was sooo hoping his part would keep failing.... If the chip on his shoulder was a generator, they could light the city up...
1249  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New job, big move on: August 01, 2009, 12:48:28 AM
It's page 2, where are the impressions?
1250  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: July 31, 2009, 02:59:53 AM
Sent like 10 lines, but I also ordered the book from Amazon....
1251  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let your iPhone rate your sex life! on: July 30, 2009, 04:25:38 AM

Quote from: lildrgn on July 30, 2009, 12:46:17 AM

What is this "sex life" you mention?

I think it's an expansion pack to Second Life.....
1252  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV) The Colony - Post Apoc. Survival on: July 29, 2009, 08:36:34 PM

Quote from: Hiccup on July 29, 2009, 07:34:36 PM

From Michaels bio

For someone with limited education, he’s quite opinionated. Michael is a conspiracy theorist and complete pessimist. He claims, "I always knew there was something wrong with the world", "Nancy Pelosi is the anti-Christ", and "the space program wasn’t for exploration," implying it was to armor space for World War III.

Wow. So these are the types of people we have to deal with after the apocalypse...... I think Michael should be sent out for some supplies...alone.....

I wonder if he will bring anything to the group that's needed...
1253  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New job, big move on: July 29, 2009, 07:34:18 PM

So does this mean there's an opening at Bethesda?  ninja
1254  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man 2 pics starting to show up on: July 29, 2009, 07:23:49 PM
I am thinking Demon in a Bottle/Armor Wars mashup coming in IM3
1255  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV) The Colony - Post Apoc. Survival on: July 29, 2009, 07:21:47 PM
I haven't seen yesterday's yet, but even in the first one, Michael was annoying....
1256  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Torchwood: Children of the Earth on: July 28, 2009, 06:52:12 PM

Quote from: walTer on July 28, 2009, 05:15:04 PM

Just finished up 4 and 5 and ..... eek

So much for campy fun.  NOT what I expected.

Also, according to wiki, the ratings were enough for a new season so I *guess* this 5 parter was the entire season?

Yeah, they went from campy fun to WTH?!?!?

But I thouroughly enjoyed it. Hope they bring it back.....

1257  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Punisher War Zone on: July 28, 2009, 06:23:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 28, 2009, 06:14:23 PM

My only complaint was them offing a major character, it just felt wrong.
Spoiler for Hiden:
TWO major characters... Jigsaw and Microchip
1258  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Cold War Movies? on: July 28, 2009, 04:25:26 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on July 28, 2009, 04:10:34 PM

Quote from: Jag on July 28, 2009, 03:59:12 PM


How can this not be FIRST?!?!
1259  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Netbooks, how do you reformat them without a CDROM drive? on: July 28, 2009, 04:23:40 PM

Quote from: warning on July 28, 2009, 01:39:54 PM

Quote from: Punisher on July 28, 2009, 12:13:57 PM

Quote from: jersoc on July 28, 2009, 05:09:17 AM

Quote from: Ridah on July 28, 2009, 02:30:35 AM

Can you upgrade to Win7 on Netbooks?


Don't think that would be a good idea though. Most (all?) Netbooks come with XP for a reason... They just aren't very powerful...

They come with XP because Microsoft charges about $15 for Asus and other companies to put XP on them and people didn't like them much when they shipped with Linux.

Windows 7 run perfectly on my Asus 1000HE.  I've been running it since the RC released and there's been no problems.  It's just as fast as XP on mine (but I went ahead and bumped the RAM from 1 to 2GB).

Microsoft was very smart designing Windows 7 to work just fine with netbooks.
Really? I'm quite surprised at this.... Bery interesting..
1260  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV) The Colony - Post Apoc. Survival on: July 28, 2009, 12:28:02 PM
My wife and I saw this the other night and loved it.. This is a new and interesting take on reality shows. Can't wait for the new episodes....

One thing I am wondering though...
Spoiler for Hiden:
How far will they allow the people to go in defending themselves. It looks like they are making a flame thrower! I am sure that they could also come up with some sort of projectile launcher as well.
1261  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Store...leaked info....kicks Apple Store ass? on: July 28, 2009, 12:22:31 PM
Has any info been released yet about where they are opening the stores?
1262  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Netbooks, how do you reformat them without a CDROM drive? on: July 28, 2009, 12:13:57 PM

Quote from: jersoc on July 28, 2009, 05:09:17 AM

Quote from: Ridah on July 28, 2009, 02:30:35 AM

Can you upgrade to Win7 on Netbooks?


Don't think that would be a good idea though. Most (all?) Netbooks come with XP for a reason... They just aren't very powerful...
1263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rig Killer? on: July 27, 2009, 03:26:15 AM
Finally finished build and most of the software installations/updates...

Setup Crysis on 1680X1050 16XQ antialias, everything very high...
getting between 18 FPS and 30 FPS
drop shadows to high and turn off motion blur (which I don't like anyway) and get around 25 FPS-35FPS

So even with my rig, I can't quite max it out and the montior I'm going to be using will have a higher resolution... I'll have to play with the settings I guess...
Also just to see what happens, I dropped everything to low and was getting around 140FPS. smile

3D Mark on High gets me 14,387. Fastest Closest system is 35,000+ frown I wonder if it's something I'm doing wrong....

Next will be Fallout 3 and GTA , hopefully sometime during the week.

As a side note, speaking of Fallout 3. I went and bought 2 of the DLC packs from games for Windows....but I have never done this before and can't find them. I can see The Pitt and Anchorage, which I installed off of a DVD in the FO3 folder, but not the other 2 (steel and point)

Anyone know where they should be?
1264  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man 2 pics starting to show up on: July 26, 2009, 03:42:59 PM
Anyone had any luck finding footage? Either my Google-Fu is failing me or it's not out anywhere, which is surprising..
1265  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows 7 kills hard drive #2 on: July 26, 2009, 02:53:39 AM
I would lean towards cable or MB as well. Power Supply "may" be the culprit.
I would also agree that Windows 7 is just a coincidence.
If you feel like ruling out Windows 7, get a new drive and load XP or Vista. smile
If you MB or cables are bad that could cause your symptoms. I am actually leaning towards MB or PS, because it ran for a while and then died (unless you can see and actual physical problem with the cables). If the MB or PS are bad, they could cause intermittent problems or after running for a while cause a failure.

1266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rig Killer? on: July 25, 2009, 06:39:20 PM
Well, between my existing games and the games that came with the MB and video card (Crysis, FarCry2, and Stalker Clear Skies)... I should be able to put it through the paces.. Also 3D Mark as well...

Loading Vista Ultimate 64 bit right now.. (Came with the MB/CPU, along with the 32 bit version)

New PC:
Intel DX 58SO MB
Intel Core i7 920 OC'ed to 3GHz for now, with a Zalman CPU Cooler
BFG Nvidia GTX 295
Seagate 1.5TB SATA
LG Blu-Ray rewriter, HD-DVD readed, CD/DVD read write SATA

This should keep me for a while....hopefully....
1267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderland stuff on: July 25, 2009, 03:18:48 PM
Yeah, I'm going to wait on a demo as well. Still not sold on the "not" cell shading look...
1268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rig Killer? on: July 25, 2009, 03:12:01 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 25, 2009, 03:11:29 AM

Crysis, Far Cry 2, GTA 4 or even possibly ARMA 2 would be my choices.

GTA4 really? For some reason I never even thought of that as a rig killer...
For ARMA 2, I'll probably try it with the graphics all up, but won't play it that way. The grass and what impairs my vision, but not the AI's.....
I have Crysis and was planning on that anyway, wasn't sure if there was something newer out.
I think FC2 came with my video card, I'll have to check.
1269  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: video - WTH is that in this sewer in North Carolina?! on: July 25, 2009, 03:12:24 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on July 24, 2009, 12:54:22 AM

That video was released weeks ago and the whole thing already explained, as Sparhawk link points out.  Those are worm colonies reacting to the light from the camera.  Those sewer pipes are so old they have cracks in them and it allows the worms to get inside.

Here's another story about the whole thing:

Bah...experts... what do they know.... Besides I prefer the whole alien life form thing, makes the story more interesting... (But not as furry as I remember)
1270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ArmA II - demo, videos, reviews and other stuff on: July 25, 2009, 03:09:16 AM
Post when you guys play. I should be building my new rig this weekend, just need a new case, but I already have it on my other system and it runs fine...
1271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rig Killer? on: July 25, 2009, 03:07:13 AM
If you had to pick one game to kill a new rig, what would it be? Is it still Crysis? I am trying to build something this weekend and want to put it through it's paces...
1272  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: video - WTH is that in this sewer in North Carolina?! on: July 24, 2009, 12:07:09 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on July 23, 2009, 04:07:09 PM

Well he is the expert but those do not look like worms all massed up to me. Makes me think alien polyps in a colon..burn with fire!

I was waiting for it to crack open and hatch something.....

or just ooze towards the camera and digest it and get bigger until it reaches the drive-in......

The problem is that there are 2 separate solutions.. #1 requires fire, #2 requires ice..... Choose your own adventure...
1273  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: video - WTH is that in this sewer in North Carolina?! on: July 24, 2009, 12:05:36 AM

Quote from: Sparhawk on July 23, 2009, 03:55:05 PM

Looking at the videos, the 1st one on bottom doesn't look anything like the original....
The 2nd one sort of looks like it, but you can see the actual "worms" and even with multiple worms moving, there is no "single muscle-like" contraction...
1274  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One, Two, Rorschach's coming for you (Nightmare on Elm Street remake) on: July 23, 2009, 11:59:42 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on July 23, 2009, 11:24:27 PM

..i dunno,i am making this up as i go along

So are they....
1275  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV) The Colony - Post Apoc. Survival on: July 23, 2009, 11:57:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 22, 2009, 09:41:57 PM

You couldn't have told us beforehand?  Tongue. Sounds cool, I'll have to check it out.

I agree... I vote for thread FAIL due to poor timing..... Going to DVR this now...
1276  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Wootoff in progress on: July 23, 2009, 01:02:43 AM
Mine should come in the next day or so... Hoping for a crapbag, just to see what all the fuss is about!
1277  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Prison Break: Final Break on: July 22, 2009, 09:05:58 PM
I don't think it is supposed to be in addition to the series finale, I think this was supposed to be instead of.... I think this one was supposed to make it possible for more shows...
1278  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Wootoff in progress on: July 22, 2009, 03:47:44 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on July 22, 2009, 03:38:45 PM

My Woot lights just arrived this morning. I have them going on my monitor right now.

Did you win the crap bag?
1279  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Wootoff in progress on: July 22, 2009, 03:06:38 PM
Well..... Did you get it? ninja
1280  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: July 20, 2009, 12:43:37 AM

Quote from: Chaz on July 17, 2009, 08:48:06 PM

Well, the upside to the whole yanking of purchased book thing was that they provided a refund on the book you no longer had, so it's not like the customers have actually lost anything (besides the book itself).  

The downside is that some people were in the middle of reading the books.......
1) Halfway through the movie, the movie theater, shuts the movie down, but gives everyone there money back...
2) While on a family road trip you stop at the rest area and then find that the car company has decided to take your car back...
3) partway through dinner, the restaurant doesn't want to sell that dish anymore and takes it away... (Although, in this case you would actually get to keep something, unless they wanted to wait....)

Anyway.. I like having physical books, but was thinking about getting an e-reader when they come down a lot more. Just because we think this won't happen again, I am nervous about the fact that it happened at all and that they could even do this....

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