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16601  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / hey Knightshade on: August 02, 2005, 03:46:15 PM
Sorry, unrelated post.

Awesome pick there, Ron.

*poit* *poit* (arms popping out).
"I feel like I could... like I could... TAKE ON THE WORLD!!!!"

Man, I miss SCUMM games.
16602  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Expansion: Short, cheap, and Steam only on: August 02, 2005, 03:44:59 PM
I'm on the Rage bandwagon. I like my games steamed as much as I like em from my grocer's freezer section.
16603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 02, 2005, 03:40:17 PM
PGR3 - meh. I'll likely buy it to race you chumps, but I'll lose. A lot.
GR3 - hellzya. I'm a big Tom Clancy's Kill All Dem Suckas series.
PDZ - Got my interest. It's a wait and see title for me.
Kameo - hot pixie kicking ass and taking names? Where do I sign?


Oh, as to the early adoption thing : I have just finalized the terms of separation (and subsequent divorce). My son's mom is getting the ex-box (heh, couldn't resist) so I will be consoleless. The agreement is that I get to keep my games, and I get the console until the X360 is out. Then I get a shiny new 360, wireless heaven and my older xbox games on a shiny new 720p 2x AA on my HDTV. (she took the 51" HD CRT RPTV, I've got the 30" HD VVEGA CRT Tube).

If SSX4 or Burnout Revenge aren't on the 360, I'll still get them as long as they're supported on the new platform. Otherwise, I'll just borrow my brothers. ^_^
16604  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 02, 2005, 03:32:07 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Fantavision, anyone? biggrin

::sniff:: I LOVED that game, man.

You just destroyed my happy place.
16605  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Longhorn becomes Windows Vista on: July 24, 2005, 04:44:14 AM
When a window is "Broken" one doesn't simply turn off the power to ones house, turn the breaker back, and expect the window to be restored or at the very least to be functional again.
16606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Damn You Rockstar Games.... on: July 23, 2005, 01:36:00 PM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
In that sense Rockstar deserves severe criticism for leaving that stuff in there, especially when they should have easily known the PC crowd would go digging in that version once it was released.

Oh, if you play the game backwards, it tells you to worship the d3vil and take your parents lives in sacrifice to the allmighty Ho-Ho.

Seriously, when games are cut and crunched in such a short period, often the content that's cut isn't deleted, its just unlinked. Given the game development cycle and the difficulties with SO MUCH CODE (come on, 10 lines seems "easy" but they weren't hiding this code, they just removed any reference to it within MILLIONS of lines of code) to REM out the additional content is not only acceptable, it's commonplace. Look at all the missing dialogue in KOTOR2 (found by PC gamers looking for a "REAL" ending). If they had a line of text "Jedi, I'll sh*t in your mouth, and make you kiss your mother while I sodomize your dad with a lightsaber" you don't think it would make headlines? It would, given the fact that this game is a star wars brand. We'd have "Knights of the Old Snuff Film" references in the media so fast it would make your head spin.

GTA is a target. It always has been with copkilling, gratuitous language and crass senseless violence.
Overheard at the Ratings meeting slywink
"Mature, definately. I mean, sure, the camera angle doesn't show anything, but clearly those characters are engaged in oral sex".
"What about the dead bodies littering the streets?"
"Hrrrmm, yeah, you guys might wanna tone down the blood spray a bit, a 12ft geyser of blood seems to slow down game performance"

Show some body parts and how they're INTENDED TO WORK and people get stupid.  "OMG, was that a NIPPLE?? I've never seen one before!!"

I don't often agree with -LE-, however this puritan bullshit has got to stop.
Sex is sex is sex. It hasn't changed in thousands of years. There's only so many variants. Some are dangerous, but no more than an abusive relationship (abusive friendships count too). Why does sex not become a natural element within entertainment, rather than a way to walk "closer to the line of decency"? What's decent about carbombs or random beatdowns? Why are movies "steamy" because of a 1-2 minute sex scene in a 120+min movie? (Color of Red, for example). Shit, if my OWN sex scenes lasted that short I'd be embarassed. That's not to say the movies should be exending them out to "to the hilt" hardcore porn, but if the sex fits, and it's done tastefully or within the artistic cadence of the movie, it shouldn't be deemed any worse than a severed head scene.

I don't expect to see Papa Smurf banging Smurfette here, I'm talking about storyline progression. It's time for (most of) the adults in north america to grow up. Seeing tits on primetime TV shouldn't be the most offensive thing ever.

Sex ain't the devil; it's how we all got here. Death is the other inevitable, however doesn't have to be the product of violence.
16607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: lol on: July 23, 2005, 01:12:10 PM
Quote from: "Semaj"
Somehow I feel as if I get to listen to people screaming like it's Janet Jackson exposed on TV.  And Video games will get to weather yet another storm...


Now just imagine if it was a black guy who exposed a white womans breast on stage... slywink

This is almost as bad as SimCopter ... the disgruntled employee who put a cheat code in to turn all the male models into nekkid men.

I mean, that stuff was just funny. This is just the Leisure Suit Larry we'd all WANT to play. slywink
16608  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fable vs Jade Empire vs other rpg's on: July 23, 2005, 01:02:37 PM
I'd recommend Jade Empire for one reason... Fable - The lost Chapters is coming out for PC and Xbox.  Once that has been released you should be able to pick up the original Fable for a song and a dance.

Jade empire's combat system is every bit repetitive as Fable, but at least you can switch things up. (you can pull "cheap" tactics, if your will is weak).

Since Jade empire is a longer game, I'd suggest it over Fable at this point.
16609  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Hard Drive/Comp Performance on: July 20, 2005, 02:25:41 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Can someone explain in real idiots term how to move the cache somewhere else, etc? As much as I know about putting comps together, etc, some of these stupid things I never bothered to learn.

WinKey + Pause/break (or go to system icon in control panel)
Advanced Tab, settings, advanced- Make sure you're set for "programs" on scheduling and mem usage, then go down and hit change. This screen will let you add / modify / remove system  cache.

From your description, it sounds a whole lot like being flooded with spyware/malware that's bagging your performance. Download Spybot Search and Destroy, and turn on immunization.
16610  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 3, What are you're expectations on: July 20, 2005, 01:35:08 PM
WBS, stick to the thread. As to your 50 dollar savings, you know you'll just blow it out in smoke from your crackpipe. slywink

I'm hoping for more multiplayer mayhem, more story twists and a more refined ride than the H2 offered. I found myself not knowing WHERE I was (Covenant homeworld, or just a covenant infested world). It'd be neat to see the different homeworlds, or the citadel where the Arbiter was cast down.
16611  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Which summer flix are worth my buck-fiddy?? on: July 17, 2005, 02:46:16 PM
Movies I'm thinking of seeing :

Batman Begins
Fantastic Four
Wedding Crashers
War of the Worlds
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Kicking and Screaming
Dark Waters
Land of the Dead
Kingdom of Heaven
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
16612  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Odd Movie recommendations on: July 17, 2005, 02:40:23 PM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (assuming you're referring to the 2003 Takeshi Kitano film) I've seen far more recently, and enjoyed the hell out of it.  Particularly liked Kitano's portrayal of Zatoichi.  Great mix of humor and pathos in that.

The movie had a very natural flow to it, and they gave you enough main characters to get that "pulp fiction" story flipping (although thankfully it is all chronological) and still bring all the story together without feeling forced, or dragging on too long. I loved the two scenes where they're travelling down the road and the guys are working in the fields. That felt unique (or I've been underexposed to this kind of thing).

I find horror movies to be either too slow, too many stupid mistakes, too goofy to take seriously or too disturbed to enjoy. Dog Soldiers avoided most of those traps (and any "Stupid mistakes" were well expressed as stress-induced from people who no longer had all of their mental facilities).
16613  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My wife in an unreasonable B!&$# on: July 17, 2005, 02:28:00 PM
Quote from: "mytocles"
I came within a quarter-inch of throwing a VCR through a sliding glass door because I was having a frustrating moment trying to program something.  Turned out my estrogen levels were too high - and i'm telling you, repeating even, that it felt exactly like the way people describe 'roid rage.

"Women always have the last word in an argument. If a man says anything *after* the last word, it begins an entirely new argument." Lets just mix that up with hormonal imbalance and an innocent patio door, and we've got ourselves an instructional video on how NOT to program electronics. slywink
16614  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The 10 Deadliest animals in the world on: July 17, 2005, 02:20:23 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Okay, I just saw a lion documentary where those buffalo killed three lion cubs in a failed ambush of their herd.  1.5 tons of pissed off moving at 40 mph is bad news.  Avoid!

Dude, I just looked out my window, and I've got three grazing in my front yard, and one of them looks like he's out of work and hasn't had a good meal in three days. Do you think it's safe for me to mow my lawn right now?  :wink:
16615  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Hard Drive/Comp Performance on: July 17, 2005, 02:06:19 PM
Oh, and reformatting a drive doesn't necessarily mark bad sectors OR change the drive space utilization. Just like deleting, the data used in said area is marked "recyclable" and is counted as free space. That does NOT mean the space has been wiped. That's why there are format tools out there that rewrite all the data (Dept Of Defence requires 6 rewrites before a drive is considered "wiped", IIRC) Mitch mentioned changing partition sizes, which will help with that as the File Allocation Tables (FAT) are moved. I don't reformat my drive for better performance. You're best of rebooting and going into safe mode (so no apps start) and running defrag. If any apps are started as soon as they have any Disk I/O, the defrag starts all over.  :roll:

Also, if you have more than one physical drive (especially on two different controllers) try moving your swap file to the other drive, or at least creating multiple swaps (one per drive). You may find a performance increase, depending on the hdd activity you do. (extracting 700MB files from RAR to your D: drive means that the work happens on C: and then is copied to D:... creating a swap on D: eliminates this extra step). I do more file movement / extraction than I do gaming; I find this is the best for me. (I have 3 physical drives, 2 SATA and one pokey EIDE 100)

Since Windows doesn't directly access RAM, but rather goes through the swap file(s) on your system constantly (which should be 2 x your RAM +14MB as min & maximum) if you have a small fast drive that rarely gets used on a separate controller, it's the best place to put it. Windows will generally have full access to that drive with only rare interruption at either controller level or hard disk seek time. The reason I suggest you go with min and max the same is to eliminate swap file growth and shrinking, which isn't really benefitting you anything and adds extra disk utilization when it needs more. the larger swap doesn't really impact performance when windows is only using 1.5x your RAM.

It sounds like you need to look at your CPU utilization (hit CTRL-SHIFT-ESC) and on the Processes tab see what's taking up the resources. Drop us a list of your top 5 highest CPU utilized processes, as well as your top 5-10 Mem Usage processes (and their values for both)
16616  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My wife in an unreasonable B!&$# on: July 15, 2005, 10:38:26 PM
I'm going through divorce myself, but it's a really good thing. we have a son together, and we're better friends now than we were in the past 3 years.

That being said, the relationship could have worked if she were more considerate to others. (not just to me, but to others in general). As a selfish person, she'd say "meh" to cutting someone off on the road, but there was HELL TO PAY if she were cut off.

I didn't see the value in the relationship as it was, and "Stuff" IE computers couches and property are NOT worth staying together.
16617  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Odd Movie recommendations on: July 15, 2005, 10:29:09 PM
I've shown that movie to at least two dozen people, and let me tell you, everyone enjoyed it.

That's not to say the movie is perfect, but I enjoyed the banter between the brothers and Rocko, and, I dunno, I've seen it so much and still like it.

now, lets focus on the other three.

Dog Soldiers - Go see it... even for non-horror fans, it's a terrific action / combat movie.
Running Time - wicked B&W telling of an ex-con, and his 90minutes after leaving prison.
Way Of the Gun - some truly unique scenes. It's in the same vein as some of the more popular Guy Richie flix (lock stock & 2 smoking barrels)

Since we've closed off Boondock, here's another one :

Zatoichi (zat-o-each-ee) [the blind samurai]- The fights are terrific; the music is great (with only one lame dance scene at the end) and the characters are pretty well developed.
16618  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Odd Movie recommendations on: July 15, 2005, 03:58:44 AM
Stupid Stormtrooper post got me thinking movies.... Cool

I've got a couple of awesome recommendations for a few movies I've loved for a long time.

First : Running Time. Bruce Campbell the whole way through. It's not a continuous shot, however that's how it's presented (you can find the seams if you look hard enough).

Second : Dog Soldiers : One of the BEST horror / survival monster movies EVER. It has camp, some foreshadow, and some covert ops mixed in with the well-done special effects and memories of Night of the Living Dead. If you see it for $15US or less, let my powers of pursuation get you to buy it. yeah.

Third : Boondock Saints (special ed. DVD from Fox). You haven't seen this yet? K. Finish reading and posting, then get the damned keys and get out to the movie store. This one was blackballed from hitting the silver screen as it portays a couple of young men in violent acts (was made around the same time as Columbine). I'd spill the beans on the plot, but frankly, that would be me taking something away from you. Just accept the fact that they AREN'T schoolkids killing students. It's got Ron Jeremy, a food critic, and Willem Dafoe in a role where he's allowed to act. Go watch and enjoy.

You have at least 5.5hrs of watching already, and I've got one more for ya.

Fourth : Way of the Gun. I really liked this flick. Stuff happens that never happens in other movies... like jumping over walls to take cover and landing on beer bottles, or truly unique car chase scenes.
16619  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Top 10 Car Chases Poll on: July 15, 2005, 03:53:14 AM
I loved the chase scene in The Way of the Gun. Kicked ass.

Oh, and I seem to remember some awesome chase scene in Sleepy Hollow, although it's been a while since I saw it. Yea, not CAR, CART.

Ronin was great; it's MUCH better on the silver screen than on a set though.
16620  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The 10 Deadliest animals in the world on: July 15, 2005, 03:43:47 AM
Daehawks wife, perhaps should have been up for honours.

Oh, that list is bullshit, BTW. Hippos kill more humans than lions. it's just a topical "ooh, mosquito's are bad this year.. lets put em at the top of the list". I'm surprised they didn't get labelled with AIDS too, and maybe cancer. I mean hey, they bite people with cancer too, right?
16621  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / a true TRAGEDY *NSFW* on: July 15, 2005, 03:39:33 AM
2-3 vigorous minutes no doubt.  :twisted:
16622  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need some console advice on: July 15, 2005, 03:30:57 AM
if you have a decent TV (larger than 27") especially an HDTV, I'd recommend the Xbox. The platformer / RPG section is a little thin, but if you're looking for racing / sports, the box has it.

If you really need your RPGs, I'd suggest a PS2. Platformers too.
16623  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Small claims court worth it? Need advice. on: July 14, 2005, 12:36:21 PM
I'd say go with the unauthorized angle to get your 650, and see if you can drum up support across your country with Mits owners (who've gone through the hassle) to get the problem fixed from Mits. I'd agree that this is a recall waiting to happen.

They should be adding protection, as you're going to go through the same hassle in the next 3 years, for sure.

Here are the only 3 recalls I could find with your Endeavor (Within Canada):
1. brake pedal cable lock nut
2. the retaining bolts that attach the propeller shaft to the center bearing flange
3. rear foot of the driver's side seat bracket may develop a crack

You could also check out for service bulletins that never hit the "recall" status. (link goes to 2005 Endeavor info)
16624  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bluetooth Enabled Tub on: July 14, 2005, 02:55:29 AM
holy shit. I'm redoing my bathroom.
Guess who's getting red water, yo?
16625  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dell Shuts down Support Forum on: July 14, 2005, 02:54:03 AM
Hrm. Maybe the forums went down, and they called Dell tech support? slywink
16626  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / a true TRAGEDY *NSFW* on: July 14, 2005, 02:52:45 AM
She's definately a "country girl"...

you know... wrap the flag around her head and do 'er for your country.  :twisted:

I dunno about this whole puritan "kids can see death, but OH MY GOD IS THAT A NIPPLE?!!!" mentality. I can see her point; she's saying "You want steam, and I've got to wear MORE clothing?"
16627  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Small claims court worth it? Need advice. on: July 14, 2005, 02:45:46 AM
You could also go to Mitsubishi Corp. and get them to investigate to see if a warranty claim came in on your VIN. I don't think they're allowed to hide that info from you. You may even be up to chase down Mits as this is an authorized warranty shop. I'd check to see how the corp will handle it, 650 is a pittance to having their name dragged through the mud, and when arguably it isn't their 650 to begin with.
16628  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / No More Analog TV in 2009 on: July 14, 2005, 02:42:08 AM
Actually, I think they will stick to that date, and for this reason :

They can sell the freed up low frequency band (this is the good stuff, it travels through walls, whereas the high-band has problems) to major corporations for BIG MONEY. They'z all like : suck it up, America. Get DTV (Digital TV, not the same as HDTV). All your satellite is DTV. Any newer channels added to your cable provider is DTV. For instance, if I want to get the latest "Frogs having sex with paper towels" channel, it is only available on "Shaw Digital" meaning I need a DTV converter.

mmmm... bounty....
16629  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Transformers Movie on: July 14, 2005, 02:35:34 AM
Quote from: "Dafones"
Like destroy poor people's houses.

and lemme tell you, destroying poor people homes is COOL SHIT. slywink

Yeah. Uhm, lets look at Pearl Harbor. Here's a movie about massive explosions. You'd think Bay could get that right. Let's take a look at some footage :

<camera cuts to dog barfing up another dogs feces>

I think Affleck was really convincing in that role. And the love story, the heartache, the drama.

This, SPECIFICALLY, is why mankind needs to take the directors bull-horn from Bay and pass it on to another worthy candidate. Like the Olsen twins, or S. Segal.
16630  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dream Stripper **NSFW** on: July 14, 2005, 02:30:08 AM
Quote from: "lex"
i'm certainly making a really nice first impression with everyone... :oops:

What, by fitting in? Excellent work. smile

heh. heh. I said "fitting in". heh.
16631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dream Stripper **NSFW** on: July 14, 2005, 02:28:42 AM
Quote from: "gameoverman"

Dude. Whoa. Get help. Seriously. Find out if they have an EAP (Employee Assistance Program) at work.

Oh, and keep us up to date on when your new game comes out.  :twisted:
16632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I wish Black and White (Lite?) was on the DS on: July 14, 2005, 02:25:35 AM
Quote from: "Dafones"
If Black and White Creatures (the handheld handle) turns out to be a good game, I would buy a DS to play it.

Ditto. I'm a sucker for Moleneux sandboxes.
16633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / what are you looking forward to? on: July 13, 2005, 02:43:50 AM
Black & White 2, some of the multimedia functions in the Xbox360, Gears of War, DOA4, DOAX2, FFXI on X360 (man I miss that game).
16634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / recommend some party games for the 'cube on: July 13, 2005, 02:41:43 AM
Any of the Mario Party games are a blast; there's super monkey ball, the Godzilla Melee and even bongo games.

I only play GC for Zelda, so I'm not too much help there.
16635  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dream Stripper **NSFW** on: July 13, 2005, 02:30:29 AM
BTW : OUT. I'm a dirty young man, but this demo *ain't* the devils workshop, let me tell you. I mean really, a Sears catalog (non-lengerie one) is racier than this crap.

And gameplay mechanics suck. Not just the camera angles, but the whole point-click thing. You'd need to develop an entirely new innerface ....

Although I'm thinkin' the powerhead might be a bad idea ... for most.  :twisted:
16636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dream Stripper **NSFW** on: July 13, 2005, 12:08:09 AM
Can someone flag this thread NSFW plz? oh, and bring on the demo's for NVidia mods. tks  :twisted:
16637  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / DVDs up for grabs on: July 12, 2005, 04:40:55 AM
16638  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Two-bit pop-star becomes 8-bit bad-ass on: July 12, 2005, 04:37:07 AM
Frankly, the MJ game was awesome for it's time. I had a Genesis, and it was pretty cool.
16639  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I am HOT! on: July 12, 2005, 04:35:14 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Though if someone explains how Houston manages the same thing sans Wrath of Mother Nature-style attacks it would be appreciated. smile

IF the states were to have a colonoscopy applied, Houston is where they'd insert the tube? I hear it can get "moist" in said region.

Not saying Houston IS that region, it's just a possibility. I'd say it's more likely to insert said tube in New Jersey. slywink
16640  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What Game? on: July 11, 2005, 09:24:13 PM
Wing commander Privateer. smile
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