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2561  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need a gadget in the $300 range for Christmas on: December 14, 2004, 03:49:08 PM
How about a telescope?
2562  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dogs and cats living together-mass hysteria! (pet question) on: December 13, 2004, 08:19:34 PM
Try a steel cage match.

Actually, I had a similar situation a couple of years ago. In general, we had the cat and dog sleep in the same area. After a bit of hesitation, our cat got used to the dog and they would even sleep curled up together.
2563  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Irony, thy name is Kobe Bryant on: December 13, 2004, 06:59:40 PM
Come on guys - cut Kobe some slack. Kobe's past problems and the current situation are completely different. Malone hit on Kobe's wife. All Kobe ever did was violently force a woman that wasn't his wife to have sex with him. Have some sympathy for the man.  :roll:
2564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Riddick PC gets 9.3 @ Gamespot! Higher than HL2 oh my.... on: December 13, 2004, 04:32:21 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
It's a great game, I played and finished it on the xbox. It doesn't touch HL2, though, IMO.

I concur. To update the "greater than" game listing above:

HL2>Riddick>RTCW>Duck Hunt(nes)>C:\>Doom3

I think you're selling Duck Hunter short.
2565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP Battery Life... even worse than originally thought. on: December 13, 2004, 04:25:41 PM
Laner's IGN link seems to indicate that with normal use the battery life would be around 4 hours. While not the longest amount of time, it's nothing close to the 90 minutes mentioned in the Gamespot article.
2566  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 11, 2004, 09:26:20 PM
2567  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What should I do? (stolen money) on: December 10, 2004, 05:15:29 PM
Maybe he stole your $40 so that he could pay you back the $20 he owed you. Maybe from now on you should write down the serial number of every bill.... :wink:
2568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time: und zer vinner ist . . . on: December 10, 2004, 05:13:46 PM
I want a recount. I don't trust those Diebold voting machines....  :wink:
2569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 Shortage: Grrrr..... on: December 09, 2004, 06:19:12 PM
Doesn't the network adapter come standard with the new PS2's? And the HD is only used for one game, isn't it?
2570  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT: KoTOR 2 & Others [XBOX] on: December 09, 2004, 06:16:43 PM
I would be interesting in KoToR 2. I have a couple of older games that I would be willing to trade (maybe 2 or 3 for one?). Here's what I have:

PC: Sacred, Battlefield: Vietnam, ToEE

PS2: Kingdom Hearts, Hot Shots Golf Fore!

X-Box: Thief 3, Deus Ex: Invisible War, Chronicles of Riddick, possibly Fable

Let me know if any of those seem interesting.
2571  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / HDTV - my new passion on: December 08, 2004, 04:32:56 PM
Quote from: "JSHAW"
One thing that I've noticed when watching FOX sunday football on HD vs. the regular fullscreen broadcast is that there's a time delay of about 5 seconds. The regular broadcast is normal and the same game broadcast in HD is 5 seconds behind.

Maybe this is just an issue I have with Adelphia, maybe not? Anybody else have this issue with their local cable provider?

Another thing I've noticed is that one of my local TV channels audio is delayed about 2-3 seconds behind their normal broadcast. When watching the HD broadcast on the specific channel the lips aren't synched with the audio. It only happens when watching their nightly 5-6 o'clock news. It's a CBS affiliate.

HD Monday Night football is usually a couple of seconds behind the normal feed. I think the HD delay fairly common when watching live sports.

P.S. I'm on Time Warner Cable, so I don't think it's due to your provider.
2572  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / HDTV - my new passion on: December 08, 2004, 02:20:14 PM
When my brother and I got an HDTV, the first show that was on in HD was the movie "Glitter" on HBO. Because it was in HD and we were entranced, we actually watched a good portion of that crapfest!  :shock:
2573  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fantasy football opinions on: December 08, 2004, 02:15:20 PM
For the QB, definitely go with Vick. Other than the TB game (where he always sucks), he's been pretty hot. And he's playing OAK which has one of the worse defenses in the league. I wouldn't trust Palmer against NE, especially since it's at NE.

You've got some damn good options at RB. For this week's games, I would rank them in this order:
1). Alexander
2). Julius Jones (NO defense is awful)
3). Goings
4). McGahee
5). D. Davis
6). K. Jones
2574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LotR: Battle for Middle Earth - First Impressions on: December 06, 2004, 08:18:46 PM
They seem to love it in Germany. Of course, one might have to question   Germany's taste in some matters:

2575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time, Final Round! on: December 04, 2004, 08:53:30 PM
Planescape: Torment.
2576  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / War of the Worlds - Cool! on: December 03, 2004, 08:54:50 PM
Are all the policemen going to use walki-talkies instead of guns?
2577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ok so how do I play HL2 if the comp has no internet? on: December 03, 2004, 02:26:49 PM
It's as easy as pie!  :wink:

How To Make Steam Offline Mode Work
last edited 09/03/2004 02:05:09 PM by qUiCkSiLvEr

Special Note:
If a game says "100%" but "Not Ready" for offline play, it may be because the purchase process for that game (cd-key or cc purchase transaction) has not yet completed. You need to wait for that to complete before playing offline.

Two Scenarios:
1.  My friend has no Internet connection, how can he set things up so he can play offline?

2. I want to be able to play at a LAN party and they won't have an internet connection there, how can we all play offline?

There are several ways to do this that will work for players without Internet access as well as for LAN Parties where there won't be internet access.

You have to be online somewhere at least once to perform all of the following steps.

The first step here is to perform the latest update and capture it. This is very important to make sure you get the latest content and bug fixes.  Everyone that will be participating at the LAN event must have the latest update!

Easiest way
Bring the computer that will be playing offline to an available internet connection at a friend's house, school or perhaps business.  Log into the account and do all the updates, make sure it all works.

Then "exit" (do not log out!) from Steam, go to the Steam folder and make a copy of the clientregistry.blob file (just in case).  Write-protect the copy (mark it Read/Only).

Physically unplug the computer from the internet, start up Steam and let it fall back into offline mode.  Make sure the computer will play both Listenserver (LAN), client and the single player ok, then exit from Steam again.

If this is a WIN98 computer, it will act like it's stuck updating and not logging in, JUST WAIT!  It will take about 90 seconds for it to finally figure out that there isn't an active internet connection then it will prompt you to retry or go into offline mode.

The computer is now ready to play offline at home unless he accidentally logs out ...

If he does this he won't be able to play unless he verifies online again >> or << exits from Steam, then copies the copy of the clientregistry.blob file back which will restore his offline play.


It certainly wouldn't hurt to burn a CD of the working offline installation for him.

Next Easiest way
Do all the above on a different computer, IE: install Steam, log into his account, do all the updates, exit from Steam, make the copy of the Clientregistry.blob file, start up and let it fall back into offline mode, make sure it all works, then exit again.

Then burn a CD of the install and take the CD to the remote computer and copy the install there.

Very Important! Make sure the files are placed on the exact same Disk and Path!

You might have to make sure that all the files you copy off the CDRom are not marked read-only.
2578  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 12/01/04 - HOLY CRAP! on: December 03, 2004, 02:18:58 PM
Quote from: "gameoverman"
Quote from: "BigRedCat"

I think this is pointless to question. Both Charlie and Claire come to the same conclusion and it's the most interesting and far-reaching one:that the psychic knew about the plane crash. Whether he thought they would die or he thought she would be forced to raise the baby herself is another question. But having it turn out to be evil baby dealers really does't add anything to this story, y'know?

Well, it could add something if everyone's story was coincidence, but they all intrepreted it as something else. Sorta like in Signs, was that God or just coincidence?

What if Locke's 'cure' was a result of shock due to the crash but he thought the island cured him? What if Claire thought her baby was special in some way, but the plane crash was a coincidence that made the psychic seem omnipotent?  What if Charlie thought he transcended his addiction by redeeming himself when in reality he was going to kick his habit anyway since he would eventually run out of drugs?

In this show, it seems nothing is what it looks like at first glance. So I think it's too simple, too pat of an answer, to say that the psychic went through that elaborate scheme simply to get Claire on the airplane.  There's got to be something else going on there.

But the psychic insisted that Claire take that flight only. His excuse was that the couple was going to be at the airport. Huh? There are phones, you know. A flight from Australia to L.A. is not quick - just call the couple when Claire decides on a flight. I think it's pretty clear that the psychic knew the plane would crash, though it seems a bit odd that he went to such an extreme measure when Claire was willing to follow his directions.
2579  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The record book is Peyton's Place! on: December 02, 2004, 06:47:02 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
I don't feel the need. I chose to. Because I was hoping we could have a discussion not have someone repeat the same thing with caps lock on over and over again.

While we're on things that I haven't got a response to...What about the 17.5 PPG allowed in Indy's wins post I made a while ago. Is HE winning those games or could almost any team have won them? :wink:

Perhaps the other teams only scored 17.5 PPG because Manning was so good at controlling the ball on offense? Or perhaps because opposing teams got so far behind they had to abandon any semblence of a balanced offense to keep up (thus making them much easier to defend)? Credit for the Colts holding teams to 17.5 PPG in their wins should not be attributed entirely to their defense.
2580  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fantasy Football Question on: December 02, 2004, 02:04:11 PM
I don't think Westbrook off-sets McNabb's TDs so much since only 3 of McNabb's passing 23 TD's have gone to Westbrook.

Speaking of match-ups, however, Washington has a pretty good run defense. Combine that with the fact that Barber hasn't scored a TD since Eli took over, and I would probably lean to starting Westbrook anyway.

It really depends on your league's scoring system, though. Do you get points for receptions? Or do you get bonuses for going over 100 yards rushing? For the last few games, Westbrook has gotten more receptions than Barber but not as many rushing yards.
2581  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 12/01/04 - HOLY CRAP! on: December 02, 2004, 04:36:57 AM
I thought her son was "Alex". I can't recall the name of her husband, though. Maybe Ethan.

And how does Sayeed know that there are other people on the island other than the French girl? Because she told him? Because he "heard" their voices? Or did he see them when he was returning to the caves?

As for the girl's baby -- watch out; if she gets with the hobbit and they raise the child together, she'll be breaking the rule the psychic gave her.
2582  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Karate Chimp on: December 01, 2004, 09:54:30 PM
2583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CONSOLE GOLD GIVEAWAY! on: November 30, 2004, 08:22:54 PM
Quote from: "wankerjr"
Free is always good.

Unless it's a colonoscopy.
2584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 6 on: November 30, 2004, 05:38:10 PM
Baldur's Gate 2
2585  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for GBA games; have mucho to trade on: November 27, 2004, 02:00:23 PM
In particular, I'm interested in Mario & Luigi Superstars Saga, any of the Castlevania games, probably about any RPG, or even the Super Nintendo Zelda game. Of course, I'm open to offers of anything.

For trade I have:
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
Golden Sun (without box or manual)

Battlefield: Vietnam
Europa Universalis 2
Civilization 3
NeverWinter Nights

Breath of Fire (but I can't seem to find the manual)
Kingdom Hearts

Deus Ex: Invisible War

PM me or send me an offer at [email protected]. Thanks.
2586  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Happy Birthday Doctor Who!!!! on: November 24, 2004, 03:21:05 PM
2587  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Toys R Us PS2 $14.99 on: November 23, 2004, 08:23:53 PM
By the thread title, I thought Toys R US was selling PS2's for $14.99. Bah humbug.  :wink:
2588  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cursed heartburn on: November 23, 2004, 02:16:11 PM
Have you tried Zantac? If your heartburn is caused by acid reflux, Zantac works great.

Edit: It would probably help if I mentioned the right drugs.....
2589  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 23, 2004, 02:13:59 PM
Quote from: "Interloper"

That is great.
2590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Goldeneye: Rogue Agent (Can you say "ouch"?) on: November 23, 2004, 02:11:12 PM
The PS2 mag (I don't remember the official name) gave Goldeneye a 6.5. And they inflate scores more than any reviewers I've seen - in the same magazine they gave Killzone a 9.5!
2591  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 20, 2004, 12:07:39 AM
2592  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Black Friday ads. on: November 19, 2004, 06:35:08 PM
Here's another site that's pretty good:
2593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: STEAM stole my money!! >:( on: November 19, 2004, 02:15:29 PM
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"
Quote from: "dangerballs"
It comes with a quickstart card.  Steam users can access it by right-clicking on Half-life 2 and selecting Manual.

Mine came with just 5 cds. Thats it. Nothing else in the box

Where did you get it from? Mine came with the CD's, a reference card, and a $20 mail-in rebate for the new ATI videocard.
2594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ESPN College Hoops 2k5 - Impressions on: November 19, 2004, 02:11:03 PM
Can more than one person be in a dynasty at one time?
2595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 5 on: November 18, 2004, 02:08:57 PM

2596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 performance thread on: November 17, 2004, 01:47:15 PM
AMD 2400+
1 Gig Ram
9500 Pro

Game runs ok at 1024 x 768 on medium settings but still is a bit choppy at times. I would guess I'm getting between 20 - 30 fps. I just updated my Catalyst drivers last night, though, so I'll see later today if it runs better.
2597  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 16, 2004, 12:06:43 AM

2598  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NFL] Bills looked good last night! on: November 15, 2004, 09:20:10 PM
Never underestimate the stoutness of the Patriot's D at home in cold weather. They can/will make most teams look awful.
2599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Platform Recommendations for Indoctrination on: November 15, 2004, 06:34:09 PM
Quote from: "Eduardo X"
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
Beyond Good & Evil would be my recommendation. It was fun and easy to get into.

And though I haven't played it, Katamari Dynasty has gotten good reviews and seems like it might fit your criteria.

That's Katamari Damacy, and it is the reason I bough a PS2.
The reason I keep it is Virtua Fighter 4: Evo, Fight Night 2004, SSX3, FFX, and so much more!

Oops.  :oops:   Thanks Eduardo.
2600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Platform Recommendations for Indoctrination on: November 15, 2004, 05:57:35 PM
Beyond Good & Evil would be my recommendation. It was fun and easy to get into.

And though I haven't played it, Katamari Damacy has gotten good reviews and seems like it might fit your criteria.
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