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15881  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 woes... on: April 20, 2006, 01:11:32 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
I figured this would be the case, but some of the language on their website had planted a seed of doubt for some reason.  Can't recall what I read, but I thought it had something to do with being tied to the hardware.  Might have been something to do with playing a Live Arcade game on another 360.
As long as the new 360 is registered to your account and the old 360 isn't , you should be fine.
15882  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 woes... on: April 20, 2006, 01:10:09 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"
90 days? Shit, I will look at the receipt, but I think I am totally shit out of luck, and my DVD drive is failing more and more every day.

No, you can buy extended warranty at any time... it takes 30 days for coverage to kick in. I'd do it now, man.
15883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFXI - Impressions/General Talk on: April 19, 2006, 11:44:37 PM
I would personally recommend going with WAR, WHM or MNK first. Getting to lvl18 is easy with any of them.

Getting to lvl18 with a THF (with no subclass) sucks ASS. You fight one battle, then rest. Then one battle, then rest. No recoup, no useful skills.

It's a finesse class that is better suited to your second job. (IE work up WAR until 18 or 20, get subclass and chocobo license, then go THF/WAR to 30). Then go for ninja.... if you can't do ninja at 30, you need to work harder at being sneaky. biggrin
15884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFXI - Impressions/General Talk on: April 19, 2006, 07:33:40 PM
You bastards.

I put a hold on a copy at EB Games.

Bastards. Suckin' me back in.
15885  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Phantasy Star Universe also coming to XBox360 on: April 19, 2006, 07:31:23 PM

15886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFXI - which server? Asura for me! on: April 19, 2006, 07:02:14 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
I recall it was quite easy, I think you hit "tab" and start typing.  [...] Macros were pretty nice.  The strat guide's macro section was a must-have.  I always thought much of what was in the strat guide SHOULD have been in the game manual.

First of all, hitting tab will bring up ALL items (directory structure) that you can navigate. This includes locations, names, actions, spells, items, phrases, emotes, etc etc... there's ~19 root categories IIRC. If you are looking for ANY option, this is how to go about searching for commands.

TAB is more useful when combined with a letter or two of the word you're looking for. For example, typing in /d[TAB] will bring up a list including /dance. You could also put in s[TAB] and select from a list of EVERY S WORD... so go with Sou[TAB] to get the (South Ronfaure) that you were looking for.

Items are a special case with the translator. The only time items will show up  such as (Leaping Boots) is if the item is in your inventory (mog house, furniture, etc), or has been "seen" by your character (auction house, /check player etc) within the current session. For example,  if you saw the (Emperor's Pin) on someone yesterday and had typed emp[TAB] it would be listed then, but in today's session it would NOT be listed.

As to FAQ's for macros, I highly recommend All the macros are universal, so check out the PC macro faqs.

The only thing I'd recommend the official guide for is for some maps, and all the newb quests. It answers far more, and when you've finished all the Bastok and you're trying to complete your Windurst quests it is recommended you NOT run around as a lvl40 nagging people on how to collect rabbit hides or stones. biggrin
15887  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thoughts on Flight 93 movie. [melancholy] on: April 19, 2006, 03:58:53 PM
NONONO... I was referring to the "terrorists". I should have explained myself. There was very little insight into the motivations of the people who killed themselves willingly for their cause. You'd be hard-pressed to show me reason why I should be responsible for killing thousands of people INCLUDING myself.

Why did they do it? I mean, on a personal level? What was their justification on an individual level? How did they quantify this act as being worthy of their OWN life?

What is Luke Skywalker and the "Rebellion" ? They're terrorists to the established regime. Are they better or worse than the empire? Ooo, dark forces brought about the empire. Dark shady characters with their own hidden agendas who can destroy an entire nation with the push of a button. Sure. Ok, we know the leader of the Empire was corrupt.

And we think Bush is.... honorable? Able-minded? Really in charge? I've got four words to the "destroy an entire nation" ... Weapons Of Mass Destruction. I don't blame the American population for Bush's 2 terms in office; it's not like you guys VOTED HIM IN or anything. I wouldn't trust an electronic voting system put in place by partisan groups in Bush's camp right after this Florida / Gore wins-no-wait-he-loses fiasco. On the US government and their actions both in and out of their own country, I have nothing but contempt.

Wasn't there a movie about this EXACT type of strike (Executive Decision, IIRC)... it made money; I don't see how (ultimately) the United '93 movie would be any worse of a premise; except it's more real because of the historical reference. You'd think they'd be ready for this type of attack.

As far as the people on the plane, I feel their pain and their loss. I commend the people who fought for control of the plane, they may have saved thousands of lives. I don't know that they are heroes; but they have my admiration for truly shaking the reins of thier own destiny; taking their lives in their own hands.

I will watch the movie. Am I going to see it in theatres? Not likely. The US citizen perspective has been played over and over and over; it is the only side that would fall into traditional hollywood "happy ending, or at least a worthwhile sacrifice" format that almost all movies have. (You know, patriotic flag waving showing that they died for the greatest nation and must surely be in heaven for their sacrifice). I know that sounds sarcastic, but there are few films out there that tell a story without an uplifting ending of either success or at least some moral displayed that would make Asop proud.

I am far more interested in the other perspective; seeing the other side helps give perspective on the truth vs. bias.
15888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFXI - which server? Asura for me! on: April 19, 2006, 03:23:09 PM
Man I LOVED the translation thing. biggrin
15889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / *****PRE-E3 CONTEST MONTH***** Oblivion 2ND WINNER ANNOUNCED on: April 19, 2006, 01:56:08 PM
Not easy. Not at all. frown After all of that, I can definately see the need for a site redesign slywink ... there's a few things that need to be more easily accessible.
15890  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFXI - which server? Asura for me! on: April 19, 2006, 12:59:36 PM
15891  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Late to the party but...bare with me...Can you dig it?! on: April 18, 2006, 08:13:54 PM
BARE with me? What is this, the Nudist section of GT? slywink
15892  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thoughts on Flight 93 movie. [melancholy] on: April 18, 2006, 08:11:51 PM
Quote from: "Eduardo X"
I think they were thinking a lot of what people like me, activists, think. "Our government is really messed up, and lots of people are dying because of their actions, so we need to do something."

And the compulsion to kill themselves? There would have to be significant personal trauma or political / religious programming to overcome your natural instinct for survival.
15893  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NY Times article about Lucas Arts on: April 18, 2006, 06:21:38 PM
/em grabs the wheel and gets this bus back on course

So, I'd love to play adventure games again. Hell, they could bundle the 2d games of old and put em up on XBL and I'd spend the credits to play DotT again.
15894  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday - 04/18/06 on: April 18, 2006, 06:18:00 PM
I found Event horizon had a lot of foreboding. It also had a lot of afterboding.

It just didn't have any "boding". biggrin
15895  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FFXI - which server? Asura for me! on: April 18, 2006, 06:09:10 PM


No. no. nooo. Uh-uh. Nix. Nada. Nein. Nope.

Wellllll... maybe just one... slywink

/em dances with <t>'s lifeless corpse
/wait 5
/dance motion
/wait 9
/wave motion

Man, I don't have time for it.

Also, just to you let you all know, if you have old PC chars you can have them reinstated to any server right now (as they have the return to van'adiel promo on right now).

I may pick it up just to get stabbetty moved to Asura
15896  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Saitek Eclipse Keyboard for Sale (SOLD) on: April 18, 2006, 03:34:42 PM
/em does a happy little Saitek Keyboard Dance
15897  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thoughts on Flight 93 movie. [melancholy] on: April 18, 2006, 03:32:22 PM
It's time to buck up; you can't let a movie trailer unsettle you. Or the terrorists won. /sarcasm

United 93 has an estimated film cost of 15mil; that's a relatively cheap budget. Looking at the list of actors, it isn't starring Tom Cruise or Jack Nicholson... is it by design or because they wouldn't want to touch it?

Quote from: "Farscry"
Saving Private Ryan was about an event fifty years in the past, first of all.  And second, at this point there's very little controversy about what is a fairly accurate history of WWII.

WWII is a MUCH BIGGER TEAR in the "collective" mentioned in this thread. Holocaust, 6 years of worldwide war, and certainly more than 50k dead. Also, the victor writes the history books. I don't know that we truly have a non-biased view. For instance, Hitler had sought out avenues to export the jewish population but no other nation was willing to take them. That doesn't justify the madman act of committing genocide; you tell me if the jews in Isreal could bundle up the Palestinians and bundle them off to another nation right now that they wouldn't in a heartbeat.

As to benefitting from tragedy, the Dynasty Warriors franchise has been making money on what is one of the largest drops in population. ...reference...

The Three Kingdoms period is one of the bloodiest in Chinese history. A population census in late Eastern Han dynasty reported a population of approximately 56 million, while a population census in early Western Jin dynasty (after Jin re-unified China) reported a population of approximately 16 million.

Yes, almost 2 millenia have passed, and who cares right? If you truly try to associate your mindset with one where 40 million people died over 150 years (with no regrowth)... it's absolutely astounding.

Look at the tsunami loss of life, or the thousands that died in New Orleans due to the US government / state government inaction. These rank as higher tragedies in my books, partly because of the death toll, but more importantly because they were unwarranted and (for the most part) unexpected.

Art imitates life; life imitates art. There is no surprise that this will become a cash cow, now AND in the future. How many WW2 games do we play; how many movies are there about the battles of the 20th century?

See, what bothers me about all of the 9/11 pandemonium is this... what could any ONE person say to me to make me want to plan and execute a plane crash and cause that much damage? What was going through their minds as they called out to Allah? What hardships, pain, strife and misery has a person seen to feel that this was completely justified?

I see this conflict much like the future world portrayed in "Demolition Man" except without the three shells. You have two partisan groups; one who have most of what they need with only a few fundemental flaws and grossly ignorant of the plight of the other group. On the other side you have a group of have-nots and feel justified in raiding the have's due to the burgeoning need. Then you have a corrupted head of state with it's own agendas that align with neither group, and ultimately benefits from their strife.  (it's easier to keep your sheep together when they fear the wolves, right?)

The other part of it is religion.  I detest organized religion of all kinds for this type of behaviour. I look at how the catholics treated Kevin Smith during the months prior to releasing Dogma; it shows even local mindsets can lack "common" sense.

Now, before you go thinking I'm trolling or causing a ruckus, keep in mind this is how I feel. In no way do I expect to change anyone's mind; I just wanted to offer a different perspective.
15898  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Saitek Eclipse Keyboard for Sale (SOLD) on: April 18, 2006, 02:49:13 PM
15899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (4/17) on: April 18, 2006, 02:47:16 PM

Also, we need to decide what server to play on. (they have their return to van'adiel campaign back on, so you can restore your old char to ANY SERVER YOU WANT!!! )
15900  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Uwe Boll - Worst game he could get rights to? on: April 17, 2006, 06:22:51 PM

or Syndicate.

Or The Incredible Machine. puke
15901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (4/17) on: April 17, 2006, 03:35:30 PM
I will eventually get FFXI ... I don't have time right now.
15902  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's with all the stupid driving games in Half-Life2???? on: April 17, 2006, 03:33:30 PM
You know what? I hate that adventure games (FPS adventures too) seem to think that people run or walk everywhere. There is a deadline, and you are trying to beat it. There is a real sense of urgency; walking the whole way seems silly to me.

Once you get used to it, those portions are enjoyable. The Buggy was a lot of fun. I only wish I could have ridden ant-lions too. biggrin Imagine having mode of transport that leaps 40-60 yards at a time. ninja
15903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamecube too dark on S-Video on: April 17, 2006, 03:30:16 PM
If someone wants, I do have a component GC cable (make sure you have a digital port on the back). I was going to ebay it (they go for 90+USD) ... I'm lookin' at selling for 60USD (plus shipping).

LMK if you're interested. I'll be putting it up on ebay end of this week / early next week. (I will eventually put up something in the trading forum if no one is interested).

Note: I have used it briefly; it's like new. I sold my cube last weekend. It is the official Nintendo one; and it is FINE. biggrin
15904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] New Demo on Live : AMPED3 on: April 16, 2006, 12:18:42 AM
Just tried the demo, and yuck. Go rent Amped 3, and get past the storyline enough so that you have at least all of the first mountain available. The second mountain is MUCH steeper in areas.

Also keep in mind, you can ACTUALLY MODIFY THE TERRAIN in the game.

If you need a ramp somewhere to keep the combo going (cuz butter is better on toast) then cough up the moolah and put a ramp in. biggrin
15905  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / 1 gig (2x512) pc3200 DDR400 --- SOLD on: April 14, 2006, 10:59:16 PM
15906  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Diablo Battle Chest w/ free copy of Sacred Gold on: April 14, 2006, 03:57:26 PM
I'm only interested in sacred gold
15907  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / iPod iDock woes on: April 14, 2006, 03:56:45 PM
disconnect the dock, install the ipod software cd again and then try connecting the dock.

(I had to do this once, IIRC)
15908  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gun Shy Anyone? on: April 12, 2006, 10:23:51 PM
Cripes Ron, I'd think you would have had it bad with all things considered. frown

I hate thinking about what other people have to see and feel just to live. We truly live in an incubated lifestyle.
15909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Canceled OXM on: April 12, 2006, 03:08:53 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
Just an FYI: Got this response from my cancellation inquiry:

Your refund check is being processed and will arrive in the near future. This is a full refund for the unused portion of your subscription.

So I'd advise anyone who isn't happy and still has a sub (unless it was a gift) to cancel and get your phat stack back, jack.

Just a heads up : if you paid $35 (example) - and they say the mag is 9USD /issue newsstand price and you were getting a 65% discount, they subtract 9USD per issue you rec'd to calculate your refund. (so if you have more than 4 mags in the subscription, it may not be worth it).

This is what they did to me when I quit their sub 2 years ago.
15910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OXM and their "10" on: April 12, 2006, 02:04:47 PM
The problem, as I see it, is that we want to absorb info and move on. We don't want to read the full review unless the game is a serious maybe.

I WILL OWN --------------| /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ Maybe /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ |-------------fah'gedda-bowdit.

Only in the /\/\/\/\ do we really READ the reviews to either confirm which way we go. If a title that sits in the I WILL OWN section and gets super-low scores, it may end up in the maybe or even fah-gedda-bowdit. Conversely we need to see some impressive scores to get a fah-gedda-bowdit to the maybe or I WILL OWN. This is the only time a review is "READ". Otherwise we generally skim.

I keep saying "we", and your own personal experience may differ. I've asked a few other gamers about this and it seems to be accurate. We just don't have time to read 5-10 4 page reviews about a game that we know we WILL, or WILL NOT own.

I'm going to start a suggestion thread in the site feedback to offer some new format changes; it may just cater to what we ultimately want to see.
15911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] New Demo on Live : AMPED3 on: April 11, 2006, 07:15:17 PM
So if you've been sitting on the fence, go get'r.

I actually enjoy the new amped despite the sometimes annoying stuff (like the stupid kitty-glitter runs)
15912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN's Oblivion head to head article... on: April 10, 2006, 11:48:12 PM
Quote from: "Bob"
Yeah.. well then you can't factor the full price of a computer into gaming because you can do more than game with it.

Well Bob, that's where you'd be wrong. (IMHO)

Did you buy your 699 video card to work in excel? Is that bump-mapped hyperdynamic range lighting really helping out your web browsing experience?

The bells and whistles on PC performance is generally geared towards game-specific use.

The fact is, you can poke around in any normal PC-centric app with a 1.8GHz machine with half a gig of RAM and not need to spend more than 400 dollars. (which is a fair price for an SDTV).
15913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (4/10) on: April 10, 2006, 11:35:29 PM
Nuthin for me.
I' be in dem backlog boat, yarr.

Amped3, DW5:E, GRAW, PDZ, Oblivion, B&W2 are all waiting to be played.

as to the Battlefield 2 for 360, maybe in 6 months...

15914  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [???] Sunday Skin, where are you? NSFW on: April 09, 2006, 05:16:22 PM
I have no pics. frown I was countin' on GT to put the "sun" in Sunday.
15915  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Morgan Webb reviews X3(must see!)nsfw on: April 08, 2006, 01:47:21 PM
worked in IE 7. beta :: shrug ::

I got tired of the kha'ak jokes by the time she started complaining about looking for harder kha'ak.
15916  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DELL IS THE WORST on: April 07, 2006, 07:40:13 PM
you lost me. slywink

As to the Dell 2005FPW they re-released it recently; see if you can get them to send you a new model.

I had the 2005FPW and it is a nice monitor; the 2405FPW is SO. MUCH. BETTER.

MMmmmm, component in with HDTV native resolutions. biggrin

[edit: typo ]
15917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox360] Street Fighter 2 showing up on XBLA today?!? on: April 07, 2006, 07:26:30 PM
Quote from: "bluvasa"
I hope we start seeing some scrolling shooters.  These have been and always will be some of my favorites.  Give me some of these, please.  

Ooo, Raptor. Remember that game? And there was a top-down shooter that I loved (one of the first "3d" games). I bought a 4MB ATI Mach 64 with the addon to play it. Then the Voodoo came out and borked EVERYTHING!
15918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox360] Street Fighter 2 showing up on XBLA today?!? on: April 07, 2006, 07:23:43 PM
Mine are :

Ryu - Focus, Form and Function. Vanilla grade fighter.
E.Honda - 100 hand slappin' you down in the corner.

I also liked M.Bison for the cheap factor (head dance) and Sagat due to his remarkable resemblance to Bob Sagat (no relation). Angry, ripped and scarred.
15919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 price rumor: $600!? on: April 07, 2006, 07:19:15 PM
See, if the PS3 upconverts DVD to HD dvd playing it may be worth it for me. Maybe. And it's unlikely it will; they want blu-ray market adoption and figure this is the way to force-feed the market.

There is A LOT MORE dvd players than PS2s out there, and the price difference in today's market is staggering.

As far as online is concerned they're doing the "it'll be the same as live, except better. And my daddy can beat up Gate's daddy any day of the week so nyah!". That isn't to say that PSLIVE won't be good, or better than MSLIVE, but I've been burned by Sony too many times to believe the PR spin.
15920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MS pwns Lionhead on: April 07, 2006, 02:35:39 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
They bought into the hype.

Molyneaux fools everyone again.

::sigh:: Yeah, and EA puts out quality products. :roll: I enjoyed fable; it wasn't the greatest RPG ever though. I enjoyed B&W ans B&W2. I was looking forward to BC; hopefully they'll get back on that game.
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