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1281  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google + Valve? on: September 17, 2008, 08:53:39 PM
This would be huge. I wonder if this means Google wants to get into Games?
1282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Test Drive Unlimited: Megapack on: September 16, 2008, 04:40:13 AM
Some months back, an expansion pack for the game was released that catches up the PC version of the game to the DLC content of the XBox.  Has anyone bought this? It's downloadable only.

http://www.atari.com/us/games/test_drive_unlimited_megapack/dvd_rom

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    * Alfa Brera
    * Audi RS4 quattro Saloon
    * Audi S6
    * Chrysler Crossfire® SRT-6 coupe
    * Chrysler Crossfire® SRT-6 Roadster
    * Dino 246 GT
    * Dodge Challenger RT
    * Dodge Charger Super Bee
    * Dodge Viper SRT-10 coupe
    * Edonis
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    * Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole
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    * Lamborghini Countach 25th anniversary
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    * Lamborghini Murciélago Roadster
    * Lexus GS 450h
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    * Lexus LS 600h L
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    * McLaren F1 GT
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    * Mercedes CL CLK GTR
    * Nissan Skyline GTR R34
    * Noble M400
    * Pagani Zonda C12S Roadster
    * RUF RGT
    * RUF RK Spyder
    * RUF Rt 12
    * RUF Rturbo
    * Spyker C8 Spyder
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    * TVR T440R
1283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DRM] Red Alert 3's DRM crapola revealed on: September 16, 2008, 04:29:02 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on September 12, 2008, 02:19:02 PM

Im always going to be of the opinion if you dont like the legal methods a company takes to secure its own products then DONT BUY THEM.   Its pretty simple as you arent forced to buy these games.   Much more logical to do that then go to piracy, cracks and other such bs.

Brett, I'm right there with you on this one. I don't buy many games, so the games that I do buy have to be ones that hold a lot of value to me. I've managed to ride the Starforce wave and not buy a single game using Starforce. There was a demo I had downloaded which used Starforce, but had installed that before I knew of it. Besides that, it never touched my system. Ironically, none of the games that used Starforce really appealed to me for some reason. I figure, if I really want a game, It will have to be a game good enough for me to put on my machine without any stupid DRM. I like games that use limitation creatively to curb pirating. For example, with TDU, a game which I love btw, the game is literally an MMO on wheels with it seemlessly blending Online with Offline content. If you don't have an online account, or a modified game, then it won't let you online, which limits Pirates to single-player. You can't complete the game without going online either.

Btw, about TDU, did anyone know that they finally released a car pack to catch up with the XBox? Yep, they did. I don't have it, but they put in nearly every car that the XBox had as part of DLCs.

http://www.atari.com/us/games/test_drive_unlimited_megapack/dvd_rom
1284  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ender's Game? SF Book Question on: September 16, 2008, 01:58:04 AM

Quote from: Zero on September 16, 2008, 01:08:11 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on September 16, 2008, 12:56:49 AM

I must be one of the few who didn't like it. Didn't like the theme of the book, ie using children to fight a war. I was actually pretty pissed off at the way they were treating him.  Am I the only one? Oops, I guess there are. Didn't fully read the thread.

I was bothered about that at first - but then thought, its a book - a sci-fi/fantasy novel.  I've read worst and seen worse in RL.

Yeah, see that's the thing. It's the fact that it was sci-fi that bothered me the most when there IS in fact kids in other countries fighting wars in real life. I felt it was almost as if it was saying it was OK for it to happen, and that disgusted me.
1285  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ender's Game? SF Book Question on: September 16, 2008, 12:56:49 AM
I must be one of the few who didn't like it. Didn't like the theme of the book, ie using children to fight a war. I was actually pretty pissed off at the way they were treating him.  Am I the only one? Oops, I guess there are. Didn't fully read the thread.
1286  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Your First PC on: September 14, 2008, 07:04:40 PM
Vtech? Hehe, that's not a name I think of when I think of PCs. Don't they make those kid computers?

My Dad just bought a new computer to replace his aging PIII 350. He's had it and been using it for 8 years. It was getting to the point that it was too much of a bother to do anything on it anymore, especially after he had a virus on it and with the anti-virus locking up on it due to being so slow.

Our first computer was an IBM clone, an 8088 which served us well for many years. We had moved on to a 286 running Win 3.1, and then my Dad bought an Acer Lunchbox 386 to serve alongside. Around that time, I invested in getting my own PC, an amazing Pentium 133. Then later my Dad got the one he recently replaced.
1287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apathy in Healthcare? on: September 14, 2008, 06:59:27 PM

Quote from: kronovan on September 14, 2008, 03:22:11 PM

Quote from: Chaz on September 13, 2008, 05:54:30 PM

Move to Canada?

Trust me in saying that what KD describes here is not an ucommon scenario in my Canadian city at all. As much as there's many good things about government healthcare, one of the downsides is that payment caps to practicioners means many of them don't want to be GP's. So moving north of the 49th parallel unfortnately wouldn't alleviate this kind of problem.

Yep, exactly. In fact, a lot of Canadian practitioners have moved to the US, leaving us with a shortage of doctors. Most people in Canada don't have a family practioner, and a lot of them aren't accepting new patients. Contrary to popular belief, the medical system doesn't pay for everything. For example, I'm having wisdom teeth removed and the system doesn't cover that, even though you'd think it would considering dentistry is a form of health care.  And waits can be long. I was told I needed my wisdom teeth removed sometime in March and I'm getting them removed this Tuesday.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/healthcare/familydoctors.html
1288  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 12, 2008, 07:49:12 PM
Uh Ok, that new one is just as weird as the first one.
1289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SPORE Impressions on: September 09, 2008, 10:22:05 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on September 09, 2008, 03:18:19 PM

I'm gonna go ahead and pat myself on the back for not buying this one and waiting for feedback  icon_wink

Hehe, same here, Jeff.  Seems to me like most of what I thought would happen is turning out to be true.
1290  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 09, 2008, 06:54:16 PM
So true  icon_lol


What would of been better is if Seinfeld asked him if they were anywhere near making a shoe phone like in Get Smart. At least that would have tied it to technology.
1291  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 09, 2008, 06:49:13 PM
Yeah, exactly. I think you hit it right on the mark.

The whole significance of this campaign will just fly right over the average computer user. And consider the fact that the average computer user doesn't care about what they're using as long as things work, they won't care about the origin of Windows.

And considering even technologically minded people can't even really figure out what this is all about, think about all the "huh?" and furrowed brows that this is generating to the average user. Just a load more of confusion that MS doesn't need at this point.
1292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Fall TV Season 2008 is here! on: September 07, 2008, 07:06:48 PM
I admit, I watched 90210 because I was curious and thought it was total crap. Even considering the original 90210, I don't think it fell within the same standards. Way too much drama for a first episode and too much superficialism. If someone plagiarizes you, I would think you'd be angry with the person for at least the entire season, if not the entire series, and not have everything be hunky dory by the end of the episode and be friends again with that person. My Brother went through an ordeal awhile back that very nearly kicked him out of university due to something a team project member had plagiarized. Friends with the jerk who did it? Hell no.  And the plane trip to San Franscisco dinner date? Please. That just doesn't happen in the real world.  One that revolves around high school kids anyhow.

Ironically, the actress that landed the main role, Shanea Grimes came over from Degrassi: TNG, and  I think that's a much better series. I almost feel bad for her that she had to leave the success of that show for this, although it should open more doors for her.
1293  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 06, 2008, 09:21:00 PM
Oh, I don't doubt it. But for some reason, I get the feeling the next ones will be more WTF, and if that's the direction MS is going in, then uhhh what?

Although, I admit, it would be pretty funny seeing Seinfeld take him to the comedy club and have him do standup.
1294  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 06, 2008, 08:21:09 PM

Quote from: rickfc on September 06, 2008, 04:40:30 PM

Quote from: namatoki on September 06, 2008, 05:21:14 AM


If you have to explain it, then it's not effective marketing.

I happen to agree. I predict an epic fail. Imagine spending all that money on this campaign only to have people scratching their heads in confusion. That's exactly what MS doesn't need right now. With the web of confusion that is Vista, they need something clear and concise to reassure people of their buying decisions, not a philosophical rambling about shoes.

I'm reminded of a commercial years ago that gave me a serious WTF moment, and not in a good way.  It was a Chevy commercial advertising one of their trucks, only it kept going on and on about "You've Got Mail", and how they loved it. Not once did the commercial say anything about the truck. Not even at the end. It made me wonder what exactly they were advertising. Were they advertising the movie, which was already out on video at this point, or were they advertsing Chevy? It felt like the commercial had an identity crisis. It was also the only time I ever saw the commercial. I figure it got pulled.
1295  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 05, 2008, 07:56:21 PM
WTF? LOL Man, it makes it seem like those two have shoe fetishes or something.
1296  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Fall TV Season 2008 is here! on: September 03, 2008, 06:36:55 PM
Where's Knight Rider? I'm not seeing it on the listings for tonight. Does it debut this week or not?
1297  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars - remake(Would you watch it?) on: September 01, 2008, 08:31:12 PM
Rather round?  Not quite sure what you mean by that...


http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Mara_Jade
1298  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars - remake(Would you watch it?) on: September 01, 2008, 06:49:52 PM

Quote from: kronovan on September 01, 2008, 02:54:28 PM

Not sure about who'd play Leia or more importantly Mara Jade.

Gillian Anderson was born to play Mara Jade.
1299  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Passchendaele the movie. on: August 27, 2008, 05:51:49 PM
It honestly looks like a CBC TV movie. Nice to see an effort though with a story told from our point of view though. It's about time though that we got our own War movie.
1300  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Google Question on: August 26, 2008, 10:02:24 PM
http://lifehacker.com/5042006/disable-google-suggest
1301  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jay Leno sucks on: August 26, 2008, 06:03:05 PM

Quote from: cheeba on August 26, 2008, 12:33:32 PM

I hope his next gig is some kind of Top Gear type of show, which could last 10 seasons just on the vehicles he has in his garage.

I have no idea if these are actual segments that appear on the show, but his site is cool: http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/

There were rumours awhile back that he was going to be one of the co-hosts for the American version of Top Gear, but he shot those down.
1302  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is the last season of Enterprise worth watching? on: August 12, 2008, 11:32:57 PM
The last season is much better than the first two combined, save for the last episode which was essentially a middle finger to the fans.
1303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek Movie Cast Photos on: August 12, 2008, 07:04:00 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 12, 2008, 08:41:29 AM

lets face it - no-matter what they do, it will NOT be the old cast...

so, die-hard trekkies will moan and groan, but those of us just wishing for a great sci-fi adventure set in the Star Trek universe, should at least go into it with an open mind

It's not that at all. It's the fact that looking at them, I can't even recognize what characters they're supposed to be. And open mind or not, recognition is going to be a big part of it. And it will take a lot of good acting to convince my mind that these are in fact the same characters we grew up with.
1304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek Movie Cast Photos on: August 12, 2008, 04:57:01 AM
Well, I'm not too impressed. I look at these posters and I wonder what I'm looking at. They're not giving me the vibe that they're supposed to be classic characters.
1305  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: August 11, 2008, 06:56:10 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on August 11, 2008, 05:26:31 PM

Keep in mind there was already a lot of work done on it from the original devs.

Emmert says that there were no assets taken. All they took was the license.

Quote
Cryptic recently announced it had secured the rights to develop and publish "Star Trek Online" from CBS Consumer Products after now-defunct Perpetual Entertainment set the besieged project to kill.

"We had a friendly relationship with them," Emmert said. "As it became apparent they weren't going to continue to function, they decided to sell off the license. We swooped in and grabbed it. We took no assets. There was nothing to be had, to be honest. We're building everything from the ground up."
1306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympic opening ceremony on: August 09, 2008, 03:34:18 AM
My favourite part was the lighting of the torch. Very dramatic. And those fireworks... wow.
1307  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 08, 2008, 06:50:25 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 08, 2008, 06:34:31 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on August 08, 2008, 06:11:16 PM

Oh, this is easy, and I figure I'll get some heck for this, but Pan's Labyrinth. Came away feeling numb from it.

Same here, although I think that had more to do with my personal expectations of the film.  I thought it was going to be a fantasy movie with a bit of real-world war story mixed in, not the other way around.

Yeah, and I thought that was due to the way it was marketed. Anyhow, my senses felt assaulted with all that violence. Just not something I was expecting, and it made me wonder just what people were seeing that made them rave about it.
1308  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 08, 2008, 06:11:16 PM
Oh, this is easy, and I figure I'll get some heck for this, but Pan's Labyrinth. Came away feeling numb from it.
1309  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anti-virus program needed on: July 27, 2008, 08:26:05 PM
NOD32 here.
1310  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: July 26, 2008, 05:13:06 PM
Wow, here we go again. I wonder if this had anything to do with the upgrade. Last night I got some database error. Tried reloading and it's been a perpetual wait ever since.
1311  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A tax to make music downloading...legal? on: July 26, 2008, 04:20:40 AM

Quote from: Destructor on July 25, 2008, 04:09:32 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on July 25, 2008, 02:51:56 PM

Note:  Canada has something similar on blank media for that purpose, IIRC

That's true. By technicality, because you spend extra buying blank media, you're allowed to pirate. Or something really screwy like that.

Not for much longer, apparently, if the new copyright act comes into play. The government is pushing for something similar to NAFTA, but for copyrights.
1312  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RoboCop by Darren Aronofsky? on: July 26, 2008, 02:32:46 AM
Interesting. I wonder if Noir style will be all the rage again, what with Max Payne coming out, and now this.
1313  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: List Of People Who Need To Stop Writing Software on: July 14, 2008, 09:18:44 PM

Quote from: gellar on July 11, 2008, 08:29:49 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on July 07, 2008, 07:17:24 PM

I agree with everything on that list, especially the printer driver thing.  I mean, even the basic HP printer drivers are 30MB with no additional software.  I mean, seriously!  There's no need for this!

It's fucking insane.  It's one of the reasons I love OS X so much.  I just plugged the printer in and it worked.  No dicking around with gigantic 'drivers' and extra BS piled on.  PDF reader is built in.  That's one thing to be said about OS X, it does the basic parts of computing so much better than Windows does.

gellar

Exactly. Plug in a video camera, and it works. It's why I bought a MacBook. I was so frustrated with the way Windows made you jump through hoops to do something that should be simple. Windows is like fighting a beast, only the beast is supposed to help you, but gets you killed in the process.
1314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Yet ANOTHER Blizzard game on the horizon on: July 03, 2008, 07:13:19 PM
I wouldn't bet on it being Starcraft, since they're already working on SC2. My guess it's either a new IP entirely, or a franchise they haven't touched in quite awhile. Lost Vikings? That would seem to be something that would be worth expanding on, although I'm not sure if they've already touched on it with WoW.

They don't really have all that many original IPs. Blackthorne, which doesn't really seem like it could easily be applied as an MMO. Lost Vikings, which has more of an opportunity to explore. And then there's Rock'N'Roll Racing, and though it would be interesting as an MMO, I'm just not sure it's something that a mass market would appreciate, so that leaves it up to something entirely new.
1315  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]Wall-E Impressions on: July 03, 2008, 06:30:36 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on July 03, 2008, 04:42:42 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on June 30, 2008, 08:00:46 PM

ust because there isn't gore and a truckload of swearing or people fucking on the screen doesn't mean a story can't be meant for a more mature audience.
Some would argue that gore, swearing, and people fucking isn't very mature, either. Enjoyable, sure, but pretty adolescent.

That's the thought I subscribe to.  I see so many movies swearing just for the sake of swearing, which adds nothing to a movie, and  pull it down to an immature level. If a situation warrants it, it's different, but there are so many few movies that I've actually felt it added to. I was disgusted by the immaturity in Little Miss Sunshine for example. It would of been an enjoyable movie hadn't it taken the direction it did. And no, I'm no prude. I just don't think it was particularly funny to be taking it in that direction.
1316  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Perpetual Entertainment cancels Star Trek: Online (sorta) on: July 03, 2008, 05:37:22 AM
Heh, the document won't be posted. There's been drama going on apparently where lawyers contacted someone on the site after they found out what was going to be posted, and also someone from the now defunct Perpetual chimed in about not wanting the document online. So there you go.
1317  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Power Supply Failure on: July 02, 2008, 06:53:01 PM
And ironically OO is down for me. What'd you do? Tongue
1318  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Canada Day! on: July 01, 2008, 07:33:38 PM
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=gSOqFJvxoOw
1319  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Canada Day! on: June 30, 2008, 09:37:27 PM
Happy Beaver Day! biggrin

Speaking of the long weekend, Highway 17 (which is near me) was held up for at least 6 hours (and closed for 11 hours) yesterday due to a fatal accident involving a vehicle that collided with an off-duty police officer (OPP), around Nairn Center,  who was driving a bike. I was coming home from a BBQ and we had waited at least a half hour, wondering what was going on until we realized there was a police officer stopping cars and asking them if they witnessed the accident.

http://www.northernlife.ca/News/PoliceandCourt/2008/06-30-08-crash.asp?NLStory=06-30-08-crash
1320  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doogie Horrible, M.D. on: June 29, 2008, 09:33:14 PM
Joss Whedon? Pass. I can't seem to get into any of his shows for some reason. They just seem to do something that doesn't appeal to me. Maybe it's the way they're produced.
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