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14961  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 11/07/06 on: November 07, 2006, 05:27:29 PM
What do they have on the 20th anniversary Transformers movie?

I'm thinkin' about that and Cars.
14962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 07, 2006, 03:59:26 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 07, 2006, 03:14:49 PM

While true, let's not forget that we are on a gaming messageboard so everything should be filtered through that.  Nothing we discuss here (outside of things brought up in Off Topic) deals with "social inequalities, or the litany of problems we face in the world today".  When people complain about PS3 preorders, bugs in games, performance problems, EA sucking, etc- it's all in the context of a leisure activity and the argument that we aren't talking about curing world hunger always applies.  But then there would be no discussion. 

Although your point on context holds true, just because the context is game related doesn't somehow infer that the topic is critical to us as carbon-based life forms, or that it is a NEED in any way.

The tone and attitude towards "opportunists" is really strange. I mean, last year I had stood up for Hetz when he won a 360 and auctioned off a second one (and a third IIRC), and now he's in here criticizing me for looking to offload a PS3 on the open market. Am I MS fanboi ? No; they have a quality product that I enjoy. Am I a Sony hater? Let's look at my HDTV to realize this isn't the case.
14963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 07, 2006, 03:52:39 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 07, 2006, 02:28:12 PM

Quote
I intend on ebaying a PS3 (if I can get my hands on one). As JBlank pointed out, this is Sony's fault for not having enough supply to meet demand. In fact, they WANT the publicity. They WANT to be the hot ticket item; having a market in a frenzy is an easy way to hide the flaws and failures of your product.

The same could be said about the Xbox 360 last year. They had massive shortages and lots of people thought that they wanted that to create a huge buzz. You helped people get a 360, without Ebaying it....why are you treating Sony differently?

I would help out people here if they wanted it; this time around I'm looking to pay child custody court costs.
Call me selfish. I mean hey, you ebayed what, 2 of the 360's last year?
Just because I help people out doesn't mean I'm committed to a life of servitude.

The only difference between the Sony release this year and last year's MS release is that I actually wanted the 360 for myself.
I do want a PS3; I can wait for a price drop and be able to fight a little longer in court for my son. DAMN that makes me a bad person.
14964  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 07, 2006, 02:22:22 PM
I was the one who started that thread about getting GT'ers a 360. I helped 4 people total in getting them during the shortage, and didn't charge them any extra. I'm all for helping out.

I intend on ebaying a PS3 (if I can get my hands on one). As JBlank pointed out, this is Sony's fault for not having enough supply to meet demand. In fact, they WANT the publicity. They WANT to be the hot ticket item; having a market in a frenzy is an easy way to hide the flaws and failures of your product.

Rabid foaming soccer-mommies and their kids are going to want that status symbol. They want their tickle-me-elmo dammit; or their kids will have a horrible holiday.
14965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Microsoft to show/sell TV shows/movies to Live on: November 07, 2006, 03:37:11 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 07, 2006, 03:20:03 AM

Here is my question - can I get the UFC in HD over the 360?  They suggest so.  That brings the next question - why can't I get it in HD from my cable company!  Bastards....

You can get it right here, bud.
14966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 Legendary Pre-order on: November 07, 2006, 01:09:09 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 05, 2006, 01:25:16 AM

Yea....that thing looks like it fits on your head.  Its a -5 to CHA Master Chief Helm of Money-Sinkage.

Uhm, so that means you're getting one then, mister DnD reference?  Tongue

I'd buy that small-scale helmet as long as it came with a little head.  icon_twisted

Spoiler for Hiden:
From Cortana's voice actress, mind you. NOT the master chief Tongue
14967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OK Gear-Heads... Fall In! [Gears of War] on: November 07, 2006, 01:05:32 AM

Quote from: mikeg on November 06, 2006, 10:55:28 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on November 06, 2006, 07:21:22 PM

Quote from: mikeg on November 06, 2006, 05:54:31 PM

Will play anything, but would love to do the whole coop thing.

This statement makes me a bit queasy.  saywhat

Sorry 'bout that.  Maybe I should have chosen my words more carefully.  I would love to play through the single player side-by-side with another online player.  How's that?

Just so long as you don't say "Go ahead; I'll take up the rear" I'm good with it.  nod
14968  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sigh. I lost another pet today... on: November 07, 2006, 01:03:47 AM
He snuck in back in 2002, IIRC.  icon_biggrin
For the past 4 years he's had a better time in your house than he would have had he not found you and your wife.
I'm sure he's cleared the pearly gates and is currently snuck into a cloud-condo right now ninja... Smile when you think of him. tear

icon_idea Fear-rats are the dry otter; they have better jokes and speak with british accents. 

14969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Addiction in Surround Sound on: November 06, 2006, 08:03:36 PM
Now put a 2407WFP Dell in the middle, and a couple of 1907FP's on each side..  eek
14970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: stressed on: November 06, 2006, 06:49:06 PM
I try not to play games that involve killing my mother. (including hopscotch... I mean, breaking her back is matricide as far as I'm concerned  saywhat)
14971  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EMERGENCE DAY! on: November 06, 2006, 05:57:48 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 06, 2006, 03:15:42 PM

Isn't it Ellen Pompeo?

oh yeah.....

IN!!!!!

DON'Tdo this again.
It hurtseverything it touches.

Now, where's the blink tag?  icon_twisted
14972  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/06) on: November 06, 2006, 05:38:40 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 06, 2006, 04:37:54 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on November 06, 2006, 04:27:47 PM

it would end up being a choice between viva pinata and rainbow 6.. we all know how that decision is going to end up!

plus, in Viva Pinata, I wouldn't be able to drop a grenade down your pants!

I, for one, will not be playing Vegas with CK here. I don't mind the teamkiling; the fact that he's so comfortable putting his hands into currently occupied team members pants has me worried. Tongue
14973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/06) on: November 06, 2006, 03:47:09 PM
Gears of War - Day1 purchase
Contra (Live Arcade) - demo first.
Tony Hawk's Project 8 - Rental Queue
Call of Duty 3 - Rental Queue

14974  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OK Gear-Heads... Fall In! on: November 06, 2006, 03:45:00 PM
IN

Purge=Purge
14975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX 360 Problem on: November 06, 2006, 03:38:22 PM

Quote from: stiffler on November 05, 2006, 12:38:28 AM

That's the same thing that happened to mine a couple weeks ago.  No idea why it happened since I don't even play it very much.  I hadn't played it for a week or more when the exact same problems started happening.  It would just lock up, give weird artifacts at bootup, and then hang a few moments later.  Then I'd get the red rings.  I could usually boot up for a minute or two but not long enough to do anything.  Back to the store with it.  Now I am waiting for MS to refund my points so I can repurchase (and play offline) my Live Arcade games.

You don't need the points refunded; your gamertag is what has it unlocked. You redownload the game and when you access it with your account it will be unlocked.
14976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I can't believe I just bought a faceplate for the 360 on: November 05, 2006, 12:29:11 AM
I bought the silver one for 6 bux (not the fancy chrome one) ... it matches my Sony TV and stand. Tongue
14977  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gow on sale on: November 05, 2006, 12:27:29 AM
Future Shop is giving away The Outfit in Canada with every GoW sale on Nov.9th.

Some places (walmart, TRU and BestBuy) are selling it for 59.99 instead of 69.99 (CAD) for Nov 9.
14978  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [blog] Daddy horny, Michael. on: November 05, 2006, 12:24:08 AM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on November 03, 2006, 11:32:02 PM

psycholoanalysis

heh. You said "psycho" "anal" and "sis" in the same word! saywhat I think we've got a Freud in need here.  Tongue
14979  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [blog] Daddy horny, Michael. on: November 05, 2006, 12:08:17 AM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on November 03, 2006, 05:12:27 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 03, 2006, 12:08:21 PM

As to the hinge thing, sure why not? Apparently NW is rife with hot males. If it floats your boat, you could always turn to your own kind. You ARE satisfying sex; just not sexual intimacy (which is a 4th level requirement according to a psychotherapists pyramid scheme).
Gay doesn't float my boat.  I've never actually tried, but the thought experiment I just did made my testicles shrivel.  So, unfortunately, I think that's out.  Which is a shame, 'cause Northwestern has quite the vibrant, active gay community.

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on November 03, 2006, 12:50:08 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on November 03, 2006, 06:23:52 AM

Because fucking a 4 or 5 pretty much confirms you're a pathetic piece of shit.  I'd like to retain at least some suspension of disbelief.

There is nothing worse in this world than an ugly girl flirting with you.  It honestly makes me feel sick to my stomach.

Confirms it to whom?  I got news for you LE, you're already a pathetic piece of shit.  Maybe you should go get laid.
Man, you and Gator should totally take a reading comprehension class together.

Yeah, I'm thinking they missed the bold.  icon_lol
14980  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: For Sale: Sony PSP with games and accessories on: November 03, 2006, 03:51:39 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 02, 2006, 07:24:55 PM

Both you and JBlank both worked for me.  What does that say about you?!   icon_wink

That I worked for someone who is a poor judge of character? slywink

14981  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: First time building a new rig... help me! help me! on: November 03, 2006, 03:49:43 PM
I'd suggest double-checking the manual... those buggers are sometimes in the wierdest places. to be sure, check your BIOS setup for the monitoring info (it should have current temp/voltage/fan speeds). There should be CPU fan speed, sometimes a PowerSupply one, and at least 1 if not 2 or 3 Chassis fan speed ratings. If any of them are ----- (blanked out) then there IS a connection on the board that you haven't found.  nod

Otherwise, just use the 4 pin powersupply adapter that it comes with. Drawing from the mainboard means that if you use a mainboard monitor software pack (generally comes on your driver disk) then you have more info. IIRC, in some cases it can control the fan speeds too. (board specific)
14982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vista to kill 3D sound and EAX on: November 03, 2006, 12:12:25 PM

Quote from: Calvin on November 03, 2006, 09:13:14 AM

Quote from: Kobra on November 02, 2006, 11:37:09 PM

I think people seriously underrate AC97 and other onboard sound.  Most developers I have worked for, all developed on machines using AC97 sound as a rule.  Certainly Stardock did, most all of their boxes were Dells with onboard AC97.  Like I said, purging creative from my life ended many a headache about compatibility and crashing.

How do you know what kind of onboard sound you use?

What mainboard do you have?
14983  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [blog] Daddy horny, Michael. on: November 03, 2006, 12:08:21 PM
LE, I understand the standards thing. I mean, it's really hard to get into it when she's that ugly.
Try beer googles. Seriously, if you can't find someone in the paths you have been taking, why not branch out? Do you ever go bowling, or swimming, or take a class off-campus (say martial arts or even ballroom dancing). Change your social circle. Try smiling more to people on the bus. You may find someone has a hot sister that you can plant while she's waiting for you to come down and meet her parents.

Perhaps you're not going to find a 9 hanging out with your friends discussing ugly girls. As to the hinge thing, sure why not? Apparently NW is rife with hot males. If it floats your boat, you could always turn to your own kind. You ARE satisfying sex; just not sexual intimacy (which is a 4th level requirement according to a psychotherapists pyramid scheme).
14984  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [blog] Daddy horny, Michael. on: November 03, 2006, 03:11:16 AM
I hear you (well, read), and I agree with it. It is much like the movie 40 days.

Mind you, in my experience, I would have to say I *am* an addict. Tongue

See if the hinges work the other way on your "door".  icon_wink
14985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.U.R. - Need For Speed : Carbon [360] on: November 02, 2006, 10:29:00 PM
Notes:
- This poll is platform specific to [360]; other versions have major differences (such as different development studios;generation gaps).
- If you rated a game 1-4, please indicate the number and give explanation below.
- Check out the Forum User Review guidelines.
- Change your vote if your opinion changes!

Links:
- Need For Speed Carbon (360) GT site info.
- Need for Speed Carbon Impressions? (360) thread.
14986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vista to kill 3D sound and EAX on: November 02, 2006, 07:39:00 PM

Quote from: Turtle on November 02, 2006, 07:27:37 PM

A3D was Aureal's death, they never made it an open format like Creative did and thus they missed many an opportunity.

Seems to me that since many of these sound features are pretty common nowadays, the need for custom APIs for sound is greatly dimished.

Actually, financial ruin came from internal stealing and lawsuits from Creative designed to crush the competition. If anyone should be up for anti-competitive behaviour, it's Creative (who, ironically, is NOT).

The HRTF's that Aureal put out were actually believable.
14987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.U.R. - Might & Magic : Dark Messiah [PC] on: November 02, 2006, 07:36:18 PM
Notes:
- This game is exclusive to the PC platform.
- If you rated a game 1-4, please indicate the number and give explanation below.
- Check out the Forum User Review guidelines.
- Change your vote if your opinion changes!

Links:
- Dark Messiah of Might & Magic (PC) and Limited Edition GT site info.
- Might and Magic: Dark Messiah Impressions. thread.
14988  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vista to kill 3D sound and EAX on: November 02, 2006, 07:25:45 PM
I miss Aurreal. :sniff:  icon_cry
14989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is what happens when my wife gotes to EB... on: November 02, 2006, 07:22:58 PM
Q1? What is this, a release schedule? Is it going to get pushed back to Q4 for holiday anticipation? slywink
14990  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: For Sale: Sony PSP with games and accessories on: November 02, 2006, 07:17:01 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 02, 2006, 07:04:24 PM

Quote from: JeRrYFaR on November 02, 2006, 07:01:37 PM

I might be interested in it, but I would have to wait until next week when I get paid.. It will be sold by then..

FYI - this guy sits next to me at work.  Don't worry about this being his first post.

I don't know if that means much. Tongue
14991  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: First time building a new rig... help me! help me! on: November 02, 2006, 06:28:06 PM
Check to see if your powersupply has a 4pin cable that "snaps on" to the 20pin bulkhead connector.


Diagram 1A Tongue (look at top right)

Oh, and just to give you some technical jargon :

POST - Power-On Self-Test -it's what your computer does while the BIOS is starting up.
BIOS - Basic Input Output System -it is what your hardware uses "beneath the covers". Your Operating System (e.g. Windows) talks to it. There are devices which don't have BIOS between it and the OS's control, and this is (generally) for speed reasons.
CMOS - Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor - you go into your CMOS setup to configure the BIOS.

Hope that helps a bit.

oh, one other thing : RTFM. Read The Freakin' Manual ... it will help you get through the BIOS config steps initially; it may answer questions for you down the road when you want to go and tweak or overclock. Manuals have gotten WAY better over the past 15 years. Most of them are in ENGLISH now, they used to be exclusively in ENGRISH.
14992  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is what happens when my wife gotes to EB... on: November 02, 2006, 06:16:01 PM
any ETA on that, or are you too busy pettin' your new digital pooch?

Come on now, I *know* you didn't get Nintendogs for her.

Oh, and hows the weasel ? (fear-rat).
14993  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I caught one of my local Gamestops in a lie on: November 02, 2006, 06:14:23 PM
It may have to do with available stock.

If people don't pre-order, they get an allotment that is arbitrary. I don't know why they would TRULY care, but it could be related to running out of the non-preorder stock on day-1 and having pissed off people until the next shipment comes in.

That, or they get badgered by their managers to do so.

I preorder many games, and just move money around. If there was a game I wanted and pre-ordered and the FE (forum effect) pushed me in the OUT! camp, I'd just go in and move the money. There is no penalty to doing that.

I should pre-order 45 copies of Barbie Horse Adventures 2 : Ridin' Bareback and then cancel them all. Tongue
14994  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.U.R. - Final Fantasy XII [PS2] on: November 02, 2006, 05:49:10 PM
Notes:
- This game is exclusive to the PS2 platform.
- If you rated a game 1-4, please indicate the number and give explanation below.
- Check out the Forum User Review guidelines.
- Change your vote if your opinion changes!

Links:
- Final Fantasy XII: Return to Ivalice (PS2) GT site info.
- Final Fantasy XII: Return to Ivalice GT site review.
- Final Fantasy XII Impressions thread.
- Final Fantasy XII reviews thread.

14995  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want Exclusives? Then You Want Microsoft for the Next 7 months on: November 02, 2006, 04:45:56 PM
I'd have to side with DR on this, Raydude.

The reason EA / Activision / Ubisoft etc. release multiplatform games is because it provides a bigger market footprint. The cost to create one game is more than the manpower to port a game to another platform, so they do this to make more money. It has nothing to do with exclusive hardware draw created by customer demand.

For instance, the reason the last Soul Caliber game (end of 2005 IIRC) wasn't ported to the XBOX1 was that the PS2 marketshare was so big, and since the XB1 was being replaced with the 360, they opted instead to make the NEXT SC game for PS3/360, and not devote time & cost to getting an XB1 game out the doors.
14996  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chicken soup? I've got a cold. on: November 02, 2006, 04:39:33 PM
I tend to load up on the vitamins, and keep a healthy intake of complex carbs, fibre (12-20g per day) and healthy fats.

I also don't stop with the protein; I've found I tend to get and stay sick when I eat crap foods (like simple sugars etc).
14997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is what happens when my wife gotes to EB... on: November 02, 2006, 04:36:04 PM
Ron,

saywhat that story is ... *snff*...it's ... it's just so beautiful.   crybaby

It should be turned into a short movie, and it'd be a hit! Call it "how to keep a guy in 10 minutes". Scarlett Johannsen can be the EB clerk.  nod
14998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want Exclusives? Then You Want Microsoft for the Next 7 months on: November 02, 2006, 04:27:56 PM
Me? I want a hula hoop event in DOAX2. icon_twisted
Wait, what were we talking about again?  paranoid  
14999  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I just got an xbox 360, now I have questions on: November 02, 2006, 01:53:53 AM

Quote from: jblank on November 01, 2006, 11:16:29 PM

Mine is a 3/20/2006 build.

He mentioned this back when I took mine in for a replacement (August) and this was when the problems were "rearing their ugly head". I dunno <shrug>.

My 360's have all worked fine (except some noise with my first one).
15000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I just got an xbox 360, now I have questions on: November 01, 2006, 09:07:21 PM
... and my source was a buddy of mine who manages an EB; he was told that by his MS rep too.

In such a small place, changing airflow direction can have a real negative impact if there is airflow paths engineered to move the hot air away (and said aftermarket product could create a null zone where the air doesn't move).

In the "redesign" he cited that they had changed some of the internals and MS was starting to get calls on intercooler'ed systems dying. The release systems apparently had no problems with it, and they were highly recommended initially.

When was your 360 mfgr'd? My buddy moved on and is no longer at EB (left about a month ago; apparently Starbucks treats him way better as the Regional Mgr for EB is sputtering idiot) so I he doesn't have contact with the MS rep to follow up on it.
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