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1401  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Empire on: March 22, 2007, 11:04:00 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 19, 2007, 06:04:39 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on March 19, 2007, 05:43:46 PM

I recall reading the books with Grand Admiral Thrawn, and the Emperor's dislike of non-humans was mentioned, but I read them so long ago the details are hard to recall.  Anyone still reading the post-OT books?
Heh, like three posts ago I told you I did, and told you that they mention the Emperor's xenophobism many, many times. Its clearly the official Star Wars line on this, although as someone mentioned I am sure the many, many clones left over also contributed to the uniform look.

Remember though, the clones had limited lifespans. They weren't supposed to age at the normal rate, so in a few years, they would have needed to replace most of them. This means that the empire most likely went out of their way to recruit only/mainly humans rather than try to fill the positions as quickly as possible with anyone.

Quote from: unbreakable on March 20, 2007, 05:06:08 PM

Speaking of being a nerd... does anyone own any tshirts with super hero logos?

I have a Superman shirt, and want to pick up an Autobot shirt some time.

I have at least 12 Punisher shirts.... Guess Why...
1402  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis: Screenshots vs. Real world (56K warning) on: March 15, 2007, 10:35:46 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 15, 2007, 12:18:16 AM

OK, whatever. I have no problem being wrong. My point remains that we are getting absolutely zero benefit from DX10 right now in our games.

That I can agree with. I upgraded my PC and OS, primarily for DX10 and the understanding that the DX10 patch of Flight Sim X would be out when Vista did. I'm very upset that it has been delayed by several months now.
1403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis: Screenshots vs. Real world (56K warning) on: March 15, 2007, 12:12:57 AM
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System Information
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Time of this report: 3/11/2007, 21:48:47
       Machine name: PAUL-GAMING
   Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6000) (6000.vista_rtm.061101-2205)
           Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: NVIDIA
       System Model: NFORCE 680i SLI
               BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
          Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU          6400  @ 2.13GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.1GHz
             Memory: 2814MB RAM
          Page File: 784MB used, 5038MB available
        Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 10
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
     DxDiag Version: 6.00.6000.16386 32bit Unicode

The reason that certain games try to install DX9 is that there are no DX9 components in DX10. In fact, you sometimes have to force certain DX9 components to install in order for certain games to even run properly.
1404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: STALKER GOLD! on: March 11, 2007, 03:10:33 AM
Does anyone find it odd that Fileplanet is still advertising the upcoming Stalker BETA?
1405  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows Vista memory issue on: February 12, 2007, 01:02:57 PM
I tried setting pae mode and the same thing is happening. Also, there doesn't seem to be a boot.ini in Vista you have to use bcdedit from a command prompt to add pae.
1406  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows Vista memory issue on: February 12, 2007, 03:31:51 AM

Quote from: Brendan on February 11, 2007, 11:50:16 PM

Quote from: Punisher on February 11, 2007, 10:49:59 PM

I recently upgraded my system and loaded Vista. For some reason, Vista doesn't see all of my memory. I have 4GB which is seen during POST but Vista only sees around 3GB.
I am using a BFG motherboard with an Intel Dual Core CPU. MB has latest BIOS.

Yeah, it's because of memory reserved by the motherboard chipset.  It's not specific to Windows (any other OS on that motherboard would have the same 'problem').  The chipset specs for that motherboard may tell you how much is held in reserve.  Some of the primary purposes for the IO reservations:  BIOS, PCI bus (including bridges, etc), and and PCI Express support.  PCI Express will use at least 256mb.

Is this an x86 or x64 box?  We should look up the chipset to confirm the manufacturer's expectations.
Prior to this though, I had 2GB RAM (All other specs were the same). Windows reported the whole 2GB. Now I have 4GB and Windows shows 2814MB...I added 2GB and gained only 700MB (approx)
1407  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Windows Vista memory issue on: February 11, 2007, 10:49:59 PM
I recently upgraded my system and loaded Vista. For some reason, Vista doesn't see all of my memory. I have 4GB which is seen during POST but Vista only sees around 3GB.
I am using a BFG motherboard with an Intel Dual Core CPU. MB has latest BIOS.

Any ideas?
1408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bridge Commander Mods on: December 14, 2006, 07:03:00 AM
Does anyone have the full collection of BC mods for better looking ships and such? Something that can be zipped and BitTorrented maybe?

Or better yet, a zip of the BC scripts/mods/whatever folder is needed with all the mods installed so I can be lazy. smile
1409  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii: Well you can't say they didn't warn us on: December 09, 2006, 03:54:01 PM
I think that most people aren't letting go intentionally. They are accidents. Either they are playing for a while and their hands get sweaty, or they get into the game hard, or some people are cramping up, etc...
It may have been better for Nintendo to not offer a strap, rather than one that gives a false sense of security to people.
Also they are now replacing the straps. For me, if I ever find one, I will probably just get some 200 lb test fishing line or something....
1410  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: P3 robbery suspect shot dead on: December 05, 2006, 01:07:23 AM
It seems that almost eveytime there is a police shooting, some people come out and automatically blame the police. I am not saying that this shooting was or wasn't justified, but you shouldn't jump to conclusions either way. also:

1) It is usually standard procedure for any police involved shooting to have the officers involved go on paid adminstrative leave until the investigation is done.
2) Police don't always have time to react the way people would have liked them to react in hindsight. Assume the guy had a PS controller in his hands. Police are busting in on a high risk warrant (although they don't say why, it "could" be because of the assault involved with the robbery). As they bust in, the suspect is near/at the door with a black something in his hand, maybe pointing at them. They have SECONDS to react. Less than 5 seconds more than likely. If it is a gun and they don't shoot, they could be dead themselves. Many shootings are like this. Only seconds to react. This goes for anything in a suspects hands. There is usually not a lot of time to wait to see if it is a gun. Same thing for a knife. People get upset when police shoot someone who has a knife. I forget the distance/time exactly, but I think it's something like a person within 15 feet can get to you in 2 seconds or something. It may have taken you more time to read that sentance then the time it takes someone with a knife 15 feet from you, to get to you and stab you. There was a CSI recently that helped illustrate this (yes I know it's a show). One of the CSI's killed a suspect with his truck and they did a computer simulation to help show the time needed to react to the situation. Again, it was seconds.
3) At one of the E3's they had a police training simulator. The kind they use at police academy's. A lot of people tried it and a LOT of people failed it. They got to see in real time the time police have to react. I wish this was available to the public all the time as it is very educational.
4) It sucks about the dog, but as someone mentioned, the dog may have tried to protect it's master. On a high risk warrant, the police have their guns drawn. Between the suspect and the dog, there is no time to switch to mace/taser/whatever.
1411  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tivo going Peer to Peer. on: November 27, 2006, 11:18:04 PM

Quote from: Calvin on November 27, 2006, 08:49:15 PM

Quote from: Kobra on November 27, 2006, 08:39:47 PM

Quote from: Calvin on November 27, 2006, 08:35:07 PM

Jesus 4mb connection? Mine is like barely 1.5mb, it never works that fast, and its not that cheap. Grrr.

Well honestly, I WOULD like a 1.5-2MB, but they drop to something like 500K from 4MB, with NOTHING in between.  I had a 10mb, then I got feeling cheap, dropped it to 6MB, then I purchased a traffic optimizer/boost module, which allowed me to drop to 4MB, but no way I could drop to 500K.


Well, is 29.99 a good price for 1.5mb that never ever ever works that fast? Because lately I have been considernig calling and complaining. My neighbor who is on the cheaper package gets the same speeds I do!

I just downgraded from an Optimum Online connection of 30MB to a FIOS connection of 10MB. I am paying $30/month for FIOS. As soon as FIOS TV comes around, I will probably jump to that as well.
1412  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tivo going Peer to Peer. on: November 27, 2006, 03:10:37 PM
I like Tivo, but have been very unhappy since they removed the lifetime service option. Both of my Tivo's have begun to flake out and rather than getting new ones and paying amonthly fee, I have opted to build a Media Center PC. It currently has 3 tuners in it witha a 4th (HD) tuner coming. I also like the fact that I can just keep adding tuners and never have to worry about missing a show due to multiple shows being on at the same time.
1413  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is your Avatar? on: November 26, 2006, 03:45:49 AM

Quote from: Calvin on November 25, 2006, 08:30:05 AM

Goddamnit how many times am I going to screw up when I quote.

Here you go:

OMFG dude, seriously change that shit right now or our fake internet friendship is OVER. THat avatar is goddamn unacceptable blasphemy!!

CHANGE IT NOW NUB!!

If you like his Avatar, you should love this video.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UugOv0Tbdj8

BTW: My Avatar is something I made years back of an obscure comic book character.
1414  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Declare your Black Friday Phat L00tz here! on: November 24, 2006, 06:57:10 PM
Went to BB at 6:30PM yesterday and was #10! A co-worker came with me as well.
PhatL00t:
  • 42" Panasonic Plasma
  • Panasonic HDMI Speaker/Receiver
  • 19" Samsung WS LCD
  • HP Laptop (For someone else)

Around 8 or so the line started picking up fast and within a couple of hours was past another store in the mall and around the corner.
Around 4AM, BB came out and started handing out tickets for items. Also, because of the blue laws in the town, the store couldn't open until 7AM, so we still had a wait in store.
Lot's of list minute people trying to cut in line, but the BB people held it in check. A few got in, but still got screwed when they realized that they needed tickets to buy most of the main items.
1415  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Blackest of Fridays on: November 23, 2006, 07:27:29 PM
Me and a friend from work will be going to a local BB for an HDTV and I am picking up a laptop for someone at my wife's job. We plan on going tonight around 6PM. I generally do go out on BF and actually enjoy the experience of finding something I want.

The only problem I have is that I can't be at multiple stores at once, so I have to pick what I want the most.
1416  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 18, 2006, 02:01:29 AM

Quote from: hepcat on November 18, 2006, 01:13:07 AM

Quote
Again, a matter of opinion.  Purchasing a console with no intent on ever playing it is, in my opinion, a dishonest act.

 :icon_eek:

wow. 

that stuck out because it displays either a complete and utter ignorance of capitalism in general, or proves that someone is just arguing for the sake of keeping the argument going.

as for the rest of the post, it just reads like a manifesto from someone who took intro to philosophy and dropped out after the 2nd class on Karl Marx.   icon_lol

Just want to add, If "Purchasing a console with no intent on ever playing it is, in my opinion, a dishonest act" what does that make stores whose sole purpose is to purchase it with no intention of playing it? As to your house analogy, what about real estate investors? They don't live in everyhouse they buy/sell. This is a capitalistic country. If you don't realize that by now, maybe you should. The PS3 thing is one of the basic tenents of capitalism...supply and demand. Also, as has been mentioned, we are not talking about a nescesity, we are talking about a luxury. NOBODY NEEDS A LUXURY! You may WANT one, your kid may WANT one, your cousin twice removed may WANT one, but noone NEEDS one. Also, if I put my object on Ebay and the buyers want to drive the price up how is that immoral? What if I offer my PS3 for $1 and people drive it up? I offered it at well below cost, but other people want it more. "I" didn't make it $2000, someone else did. Even if I did make it $2000, I am not forcing anyone to buy it. It seems like you are against profit/capitalism in general. If so, then there is no point in arguing, since your mind is made up.
1417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 17, 2006, 08:45:43 PM

Quote from: jament on November 17, 2006, 08:40:48 PM

Done nothing wrong?  Really? 

Connecticut man shot : http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061117/ap_on_re_us/playstation_shooting
Armed theft: http://www.whiotv.com/news/10340455/detail.html
Injuries: http://www.wtopnews.com/?nid=600&sid=978347
Riot: http://www.wtopnews.com/?nid=600&sid=978347

That's a sample of dozens of reports about these wholesome folks who are just acquiring PS3s to finance their kids' education or pay for their grandmother's operations or some bullshit.  But e-bayers who post bogus bids are the ones in the wrong here.  Seriously.

And "ruin the auction system for everyone"??  C'mon... Captain Hyperbole to the rescue.

Honestly, there's no reason to be so hostile.  E-bay asshattery is a non-violent response to violent actions.  Relax, man.  You'll get your cash. 

I don't think that the articles are relevant. They describe some people commiting crimes and such and also some people acting like asshats. that doesn't justify tanking an auction for someone who may or may not be one of these people. Also, remember that bad news is more popular than good news. These thing are a small percentage compared to the whole country. I talked to employees at several establishments that I went to scout out and they almost all sadi that other than a few isolated incidents with individuals who were then removed, all the people on line have acted respectable.
1418  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 17, 2006, 08:01:12 PM
1) I disagree with the fake bidders more than I do the sellers. They may be preventing someone who legititmately want one at $1500 or whatever.
2) Many of the sellers are starting bids around $700. reasonable. Yes they may expect the bidding to go higher, but they are not forcing it.
3) If I had gotten a PS3, I would have Ebayed it. The way I see it is that if someone wants to pay $1500+ for one, they want it a lot more than I do, so they can have mine...
4) There's nothing I really want for the PS3 (Want to try resistance and Gundam though). If I had Ebayed one, I could have put some money on the side to get one later since it would have been kinda free for me at tthat point, so the PS3 would have had 1 more customer to buy the games and such.
1419  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 17, 2006, 04:51:03 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 17, 2006, 04:33:21 PM

IF you can get into their site (it's obviously hammered right now) you can go to www.costco.com and order a PS3, an extra controller, and Genji for $700 (the $600 console). I actually got to the 'Add to Cart' screen, but I'm still not interested in an overpriced console.

Just an FYI. The PS3 offer is for full members only.
1420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 17, 2006, 04:22:07 AM
Update: Back and very pissed. Me and my wife went out to the mall. Arrived around 10PM. Saw what appeared to be a small line forming and asked the security guard about it. He said they were being kicked out. no lines until 11PM. Fine, this is how it's supposed to be. Went to Chili's to eat and hang. Saw a few more groups who thought of the same thing. We were all chatting when one guy gets a call around 10:35PM from one of his friends that is walking around the area. He said a large mob went over to BB. The police and security couldn't handle them and just said, go ahead form the line. No order, no 11PM, pushing/shoving allowed, etc... We figure, they may be trying to trick them or something. nope. They get a head count, take the first 45, tell them there are 30 units, and tell everyone else to leave. We start walking over there to see what's up and get stopped by a police officer who says that the line is closed. it turns out that there was close to 400 people hanging around the residential neighborhood about 1 block away and they were causing problems, such as peeing on lawns, making noise, etc... so they decided to just get the line over with.
If I had gone at 11PM and just didn't make it to the line, no big deal, but to have a bunch of people follow the rules and get screwed, while people who not only break the rules that were setup, but were also breaking the law, get to the line is ridiculous. I don't know, maybe instead of letting the mob rule, maybe they should have just, maybe, upheld the law and started arresting people?

Anyway, I'm pissed....
1421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 17, 2006, 02:46:36 AM

Quote from: Xmann on November 17, 2006, 02:40:19 AM

I would have told that guy nicely to F-Off Punisher.  Gimme a break, making you leave for talking about the p3?  Whatever.

I have no interest in the p3 anymore and i'm so freakin ready for this to be over.  Can't wait for my 360 to come in the mail tomorrow.

Part of me wanted to, but part of me knew that if I made a scene they actually might call the cops, especially since they had called them a few times already.
Technically it is their store and if they ask me to leave and I don't, I am tresspassing.
1422  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 17, 2006, 02:31:25 AM
One thing that really ticked me off though. I was chatting in the store with 2 guys who didn't seem to know what was going on. A BB goon comes over to us and says "If you aren't buying anything, you will have to leave. The cops are coming by regularly and we are having people escorted out" So, the rest of the year, if I am just browsing it's ok, but tonight it's an issue? That's bull.  I actually do spend a few thousand a year at BB, having this said really pisses me off.
1423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 17, 2006, 02:27:01 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on November 17, 2006, 01:55:06 AM

  Even if you do get $1000 for the thing is it worth wasting 3 days of your life?  I wanted to ask them that but I didn't have the heart.

1) Let's say you make $2000/month. $1000 for 3 days (or even a week) seems pretty decent, for no real work involved.
2) For people near the BB I am talking about, it would be $1000 for 1 night. Even better. (Except for the people who have been waiting and then found out this rule....(Not sure when it went into affect)
1424  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 17, 2006, 01:42:45 AM
Warfront update near me.......

Walmart#1: Note on door. Less than 10 units in stock, but they will give out rainchecks/pre-orders up to the 10 they were supposed to get. (So if the get 5, they will give out an additional 5 rainchecks). Approx 15 people in line.

Walmart#2: No one in line at all. Sign on door says PS3 Line starts here. Jackpot I says! But being of a suspicious nature, I go in and check. It seems that they decided to hand out tickets either early today or yesterday (The lady wasn't sure) so, none left in stock.

CompUSA 1&2. Sign on door saying none in stock.

Best Buy#1: No line in front! Maybe jackpot again! Get to door and sign says, line in back. This threw me off, since I was there about 10 months ago or so and there WAS NO BACK! Low and behold, they added a back as will as having a furniture store move next to them as well. Store says they have "around" 30. Check outside and there are approx 35 people in line.

BB#2: 40+ people in line, didn't even bother to check.

BB#3: Hmm, promising...Approx 8-10 people in line. Very odd. Get to door and there is someone from Mall Management at the door (NOT BB Management). It seems that the mall doesn't want anyone waiting this early. Numerous signs on door about tresspassers being prosecuted and such as well as some PS3 rules.....
1) Mall closes at 9:30PM
2) No one will be allowed in line, parked, or basically on the property until 11:00PM. Violaters will be arrested for tresspassing. (Cops have been there a few times it seems already).
3) At 11:00PM People will be allowed on property to wait in line. Line forms in front of store. Line may only be formed by coming in one specific direction and WALKING. If you run, cut, go off the sidewalk and walk in the parking lot, come around the corner on the opposite side of the building, etc.. You will be escorted off the property. If you give them a hard time, you will be arrested.
4) Around approx Midnight, someone from BB will come out and with the Mall Management do a head count up to the number of systems, so if they have 30 systems, they will count 30 people. the rest will be asked to leave. The "lucky" people will then have to wait until around 7:00 AM, at which time, BB will start handing out tickets. Store will open at 8:00AM.
5) Police and security will be around all night. Any troublemakers will be escorted off/arrested as needed.

Some of the above was actually on the signs, some was told by the Mall Management to me. Even with this, there was still a small crowd gathering. I kind of want to be there to see what happens at closing....
No idea on an exact count, but speculation is around 25 premium, 14 core.
This means that at 11:00PM, everyone is on equal footing....
Going back out later... May hit the restaurant in the mall, since I think they close at 10:00PM. I suspect they may do some really good business tonight.
1425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 15, 2006, 08:02:27 PM

Quote from: Xmann on November 15, 2006, 07:34:37 PM

Rhino has a store here locally and it's where i usually shop.  They told me a couple weeks back that they had their shipments cut from 7 to 1, so now it's looking like all are cut.  Ya it is gonna be reaaaaaaaal ugly.

And those lines where people are literally camping are just ridiculous.  Call me a sour sport, but why can't they be made to leave for loitering?  I can't imagine a manager putting up with people sleeping on the sidewalk for 2 more days (including however long they have already been there).

Actually, they could spin it into something positive along the lines of "Look how dedicated our customers are". The stores that kicked people out made a mistake IMO. Not too mention the extra press the stores will get, maybe even helped along by an anonymous employee.
1426  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag List on: November 12, 2006, 08:04:58 PM
punisherxbox360
1427  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: sticky suggestion-Gamertags on: November 12, 2006, 08:02:58 PM
Yeah, something like that. We should definately have a list like that somewhere. Someone should set that up! slywink

You know, I never thought to look there for a console specific list.

Guess I don't lurk enough....
1428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / sticky suggestion-Gamertags on: November 12, 2006, 07:47:30 PM
I'm wondering if it might be a good idea to make a sticky for everyone to post their Gamertag so that people can find each other without having to search through threads.

Maybe have a mod periodically edit the first post with everyone's tags....

BTW: mine's punisherxbox360
1429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: November 07, 2006, 09:49:57 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 07, 2006, 09:36:46 PM

Quote from: Punisher on November 07, 2006, 09:32:32 PM

Picked it up around 1:30PM. Brought my 360 into work and hooked it up to our HDTV. Been playing for about 2-3 hours now, both SP and SP-COOP. I like how you can play SP and then continue via COOP later. Graphics are amazing!
I will probably leave the 360 here until Friday and play in between jobs.

That's it?? Tongue  How 's is the gameplay?  Is the AI team-mates brain dead?   More impressions!!!

Sorry, was too excited about playing and also had some customers to take care of (damn customers).

Enemy AI is decent so far. At times they do things really well like flanking and such, at other times they are idiots and will jump over low walls, thus exposing themselves needlessly instead of walking 3 feet to the left. (when they are in jump over wall animation, they can't doge/fire)
Friendly AI, is also mixed. Sometimes they act well, sometimes they like to walk into your line of fire, even while you are shooting.
Split-screen is a horizontal split (top/bottom) rather than the vertical split (side/side) I would have preffered.
I haven't gotten too far into the story, but seems like the average aliens attack kind of thing.
The chainsaw has a cool kill animation, but so far it is very hard to actually use. You have to hold the B button to use it, which makes it hard to also move/turn as well since you can't hold both the B and the right thumbstick at the same time.
Everyone here, including the boss is amazed at how good the graphics are.
The game plays extremely well so far and I have enjoyed it. Going into and using cover is pretty cool, but there were a couple of times where I went into cover without wanting to. (you go into cover via the A button or running into a wall. I couple of times I was trying to run through a doorway, but got caught on the edge and went into cover instead)
1430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: November 07, 2006, 09:32:32 PM
Picked it up around 1:30PM. Brought my 360 into work and hooked it up to our HDTV. Been playing for about 2-3 hours now, both SP and SP-COOP. I like how you can play SP and then continue via COOP later. Graphics are amazing!
I will probably leave the 360 here until Friday and play in between jobs.
1431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I caught one of my local Gamestops in a lie on: November 03, 2006, 04:35:10 PM

Quote from: Chaz on November 03, 2006, 03:14:13 PM

When I ran an EB, they started telling everyone to greet every customer by asking "Did you bring in anything to trade in today?"  I got into an argument with my regional manager, who apparently came up with the idea, because I told him it was stupid to ask that to someone who comes in empty-handed.

I caught a bunch of flak from him, and he actually threatened my job, but I had my guys just greet customers with a simple "How's it going."  I'm so glad I don't work there anymore.

That's similiar to back when I worked for WaldenSoftware. I got shopped once by a lady in a business suit looking for some office software. I ended up getting a 95, because I didn't mention to her about some nintendo promotion or something (it's been a while). Even though I got a 95, the DM still complained, because that was the big promotion. I just figured that even if this lady had a nintendo or something, she was coming in to look at office software and didn't want to be bothered by any game promo's.
This is just to say that a LOT of the "stupid" things we see are coming down from corporate and they push the stores real hard. Sometimes even to the point of firing people.
1432  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Flight sim 10 on: November 01, 2006, 09:17:01 PM
So you should have an upgraded video card for graphics and a water cooled system for the heat.
1433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Flight sim 10 on: November 01, 2006, 08:24:36 PM

Quote from: Kobra on November 01, 2006, 04:44:26 PM

Quote from: Samurai on October 23, 2006, 06:29:19 PM

I love how even the friggin TV COMMERCIALS for this game show it running like ass. Apparently Microsoft themselves couldn't find a rig to run it perfectly on.

Not to mention it doesn't even LOOK that impressive graphically, what happened?

I believe that all of the really good graphics are ONLY for DX10. I can't remember where, but there was someplace that had the same scenes on DX9 and DX10 and you could tell the difference.
1434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Flight sim 10 on: November 01, 2006, 08:22:56 PM

Quote from: Booner on November 01, 2006, 06:46:20 PM

Looks about as impressive as real life flying. Kinda .nod


Those graphics are too blurry and the draw distance is horrible. Try disabling fog next time.
1435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Flight sim 10 on: November 01, 2006, 04:33:59 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on October 31, 2006, 09:03:18 PM

http://forums.flightsim.com/dc/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=10&topic_id=458383&mesg_id=458383&page=

I'm trying to figure out how the above guy got larger detail grids for the cities. smile  (And trying to wrap up reviews).

From one of his posts.

Quote
3ghz pentium D with 2GB RAM and 7800GTX SLI 256mb (2 of them)

All of the in game settings are at the maximum except for traffic, the fsx.config was edited with these parameters:


TERRAIN_MAX_AUTOGEN_TREES_PER_CELL=6000
TERRAIN_MAX_AUTOGEN_BUILDINGS_PER_CELL=6000

FIBER_FRAME_TIME_FRACTION=0.35

TEXTURE_BANDWIDTH_MULT=200

PoolSize=5000000

Some of the autogen textures have been resized to save video ram

The 10m mesh is from http://www.fsproject.com/dcd/FS_X_Terrain_Mesh_Feeware/
though I think it was uploaded to flightsim.com as well.

Under these conditions framerates vary from 5-10, but once I turn bloom off I get about 8-24. In all but the most dense areas it is playable
1436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might and Magic: Dark Messiah Impressions. on: October 27, 2006, 12:02:18 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 26, 2006, 11:55:11 PM

Quote from: Kobra on October 26, 2006, 11:39:02 PM

Good point, but at the least, I think online only titles should *ALWAYS* come with a discounted price.  Most of us are aware of the costs to bring a game to retail shelves, the packaging, etc.  I usually expect a $10-15 discount in a title, and get rather annoyed with DRM laced online only titles carry a premium price tag.

Not gonna happen anytime soon.  It's been pretty widely reported that retailers have been threatening to take titles off of store shelves if the online methods undercut retail pricing.  The only method around it right now is to do what Valve did with HL2- offer free or low priced incentives that are exclusive to the online edition, but in the end, the price still isn't going to be cheaper than MSRP. 

I wonder how much impact this would actually have. Broadband is more widely available then before and if the only way you could get a game was to download it (IE: They pulled it completely out of retail) and get it cheaper (no packaging costs for the company as well), would sales really suffer significantly? If they did would it only be short term until people got used to it?
1437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander - Um.. I'll take one. on: October 24, 2006, 09:51:51 PM
I wish I could post impressions, but I can't even get the game to run frown
1438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander - Um.. I'll take one. on: October 24, 2006, 08:29:22 PM
Well, no joy here. I'm getting what is being referred to as the black screen of death. If I try to join a game, the screen goes black and sits there. Can't alt-tab, ctrl-alt-del, etc, have to reboot with reset button. I left it there for several minutes. this was on 2 different PC's. one high end, one mid range.
1439  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Flight sim 10 on: October 24, 2006, 05:00:30 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on October 24, 2006, 02:11:25 PM

Correct.  When you join or host a multiplayer session, you have the option to select your Role.  In the deluxe version, ATC is right below Pilot.  I don't know if the box appears in the standard edition.

Guess I'll have to check this out, that sounds interesting. Combine this with Rainbow Six and we can recreate Die Hard 2! smile
1440  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Flight sim 10 on: October 24, 2006, 01:23:52 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on October 24, 2006, 02:06:00 AM

Yes. if they host the game with voice support turned on, you can do just that.   I'd say it was their own fault for not double checking visually.


Tower: "Delta 351, you have traffic at 10 o'clock, 6 miles!"
Delta 351: "Give us another hint! We have digital watches!"

"TWA 2341, for noise abatement turn right 45 Degrees."
"Centre, we are at 35,000 feet. How much noise can we make up here?"
"Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 747 makes when it hits a 727?"


Tower: "Delta 351, you have traffic at 10 o'clock, 6 miles!"
Delta 351: "Great! It's only 6 o'clock here..."

Anyway, that sounds like a cool feature. Is it only available for the deluxe version?
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