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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Advice on Sally Mae... on: August 16, 2011, 07:16:00 PM
Yes, they have forebearance options of up to a year at a time.  I'm not sure if there is a hard limit to them or not.  Generally they will approve them with little or no proof of what you want, depending on the type of forebearance you request.

You can also do it online if you first request they mail you a pin number, which makes the whole process a lot faster and easier to deal with.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie\ Austin Powers Will Return on: August 14, 2011, 06:36:59 AM
Lol.  That article referred to "new material."   icon_lol

I remember watching the first two on cable right before the third came out and holy crap, they use a lot of recycled material.  As in the same gags, only slightly different, in each film.  And I've no doubt that's what we'll in get in #4.   We can only hope he gets a better female co-star then Beyonce, though, who I thought didn't really match up well to the previous "Powers girls."
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Car accident - can't get in touch with the other guy on: August 13, 2011, 05:20:52 AM
If you want to give the guy another chance then call and this time tell him that if you don't hear anything in X amount of time you will call your insurance.  Or you could call your insurance now.  Either way, worst case scenario is that you end up having to pay it all yourself.  But that could end up happening whether he has insurance or not.

124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Notch sued by Bethesda over use of the word "Scrolls" on: August 07, 2011, 06:59:38 PM
If you look at the Scrolls title logo I can see where Bethesda might not be wondering what the intent is.  There are similarities.  And even if Scrolls is a card game, it still has the potential to infringe (or take advantage) of Bethesda's own product because of the title, logo, and other aspects.   That's where Bethesda is coming from.

Besides, its not like it would be hard for Notch to change the name of their game.  That stuff happens all the time for various reasons. 
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TMI] Where do you put your pants when you poop in public? on: August 07, 2011, 05:44:56 PM
The problem with down on the ankles is that it means your pants are basically on the floor.  Which as noted, isn't always the cleanest place in public restrooms.  On top of that, most toilet stalls have that 12-18 inch opening at the bottom and then everyone can see not only your feet but your pants and undies as well. 

So I keep everything just below the knee in public restrooms.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Borderlands 2 announcement, journalism or leak? on: August 03, 2011, 10:41:04 PM
The response by Gearbox seems excessive.  I get that they had a "deal" with GI (and probably other mags in the rest of the world) for an exclusive, but its not like anyone is actually surprised to learn there will be a Borderlands 2.  And as someone else pointed out today, Eurogamer breaking the news early actually meant there was more coverage of this in the sense that it became the big news for two days - first with the Eurogamer story, and then the next day with the official announcement.  And of course they will get more coverage as the GI stuff gets reported around as the issue ships.

Essentially, Gearbox got bonus coverage.  I suspect they are just still a bit cranky over the negative response to Duke Nukem.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pirates of the Black Cove on: August 02, 2011, 07:55:51 PM
They released a demo a few weeks back.  I haven't played it, but the response to it on QT3 wasn't that great.  Sounds very much like more an arcadey title.
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy 30th Birthday, MTV! on: August 02, 2011, 02:37:20 AM
The first 10 minutes of MTV . . .
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Cowboys & Aliens on: July 28, 2011, 10:24:01 PM
The local Seattle Times reviewer didn't like it either.  She said it takes itself too seriously to be a "popcorn flick" and that both Craig and Ford spend the entire time with scowls on their face.  In fairness, she does admit that the "goofy" title probably gave her the wrong idea about what kind of film it would be.
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Norway Attacks on: July 23, 2011, 08:04:39 AM
That island is twenty miles from Oslo.  Eyewitness accounts indicate people called for help via cell phone as they were trying to escape.  The guy had two hours before the police arrived on the island and took him into custody. 

The whole thing is an absolute tragedy, but right now there are a lot of unanswered questions.
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Latest Patch for Fallout New Vegas is a game killer on: July 20, 2011, 07:02:44 AM
Mine just loaded up fine - no issues.   
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: July 17, 2011, 10:30:19 PM
It's interesting how much they've toned down the dwarf makeup from the earlier films.  Inevitable I suppose, given the need to let these actors distinguish themselves and the difficulty of acting through layers of plastic.  But its going to be weird looking at Gimli in comparison now.

133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many times can one man die? Sean Bean death reel on: July 16, 2011, 06:31:49 AM
I had no idea he'd done that many death scenes. 
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, whats your vacation plans this year? on: July 04, 2011, 08:14:10 AM
Way to set a high bar!  I almost think you are gloating . . .  icon_lol

I already did my vacation.  A week in Montana visiting my parents and the town I grew up in.   Wasn't too bad - weather was nice but not hot.  Unfortunately my mother and her boyfriend have had health issues this summer so I was on my own for the most part, but I can't complain as my personal goal on this vacation was to relax and get off of a schedule, not some sort of non-stop whirlwind tour of somewhere I've never been.  I may do something like that later in the summer or early fall.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2011 is Half Gone. How's Your Year So Far? on: July 04, 2011, 07:43:16 AM
Pretty mixed year for me so far.  I've had some recent health issues that are going to cost me a lot of money when the bill comes due and I'm still working the "get by until . . . " job I thought I'd be done with two years ago.  On the other hand family related financial developments are going to be very beneficial to me if things go as planned and make the medical bills a minor issue.  So the rest of the year will hopefully be an improvement, even though at some point I make have to make a decision to pick up and make a major move later this year.

136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for TV recommendations on: July 04, 2011, 12:41:06 AM
This 47" Vizio seems pretty popular from what I can see, in terms of features for the price.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Vizio-E3D470VX/15992333
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Empty your pockets please. on: June 29, 2011, 07:14:06 PM
Not much normally.  Wallet, keys, a pen, work badge, and maybe some coins for the vending machine at work.  I usually don't carry my phone at work and instead leave it in the car.

138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cars 2: It stinks! on: June 27, 2011, 04:05:48 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on June 27, 2011, 12:29:14 PM

Transformers 2 did $108 mil its first weekend.  There is not always a direct correlation between a movies quality and its 1st week numbers.  

But from a business perspective who cares?  Somebody is going to these movies and from Hollywood's perspective making money is more important then what Metacritic thinks.

The biggest movies of the year mostly have pretty bad Metacritic scores.  That's why I say there is a disconnect.  Hangover 2 (44) has made over $500m worldwide, Pirates (45) is at nearly $1b already, Fast Five (67) at nearly $600m.  Cars 2's 58 score is above average by that metric. But who gives a fuck what the critics say when you are taking in that kind of money?  And those are not just "big opening weekend" type numbers - Hangover 2 has made more money since its opening then it did the first weekend.  
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cars 2: It stinks! on: June 27, 2011, 03:54:31 AM
Looks like it opened with $68m, which makes it the 4th biggest openining of the year so far.  And Toy Story aside, that's about has high as Pixar films have opened in recent years.

Unless it tanks overseas, I think they will be fine with the numbers.   Critics may not like the film, but it appears that the gulf between what crtitics like and what moviegoers like is getting bigger based on what has done well this year so far.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jagged Alliance 2: Reloaded now JA2: Back in Action on: June 16, 2011, 08:33:42 PM
They showed it at E3 and there are several videos out there.
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So What was the Big PC Gaming Moment at E3? on: June 10, 2011, 11:07:41 PM
The Jagged Alliance 2 remake is getting some attention, but that's about the only PC exclusive that pops to mind and even then it is still a relatively niche product.
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam Summer Sale? on: June 06, 2011, 10:52:25 PM
Isn't is normally around the 4th of July?  That's what pops into my mind anyway.
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Welcome! on: June 06, 2011, 06:52:52 PM
Anyone else not seeing most of the avatars for posters?  Red x's are pretty common. 

Otherwise, great job, especially on the front page.  I might actually read it now (but I'm not promising anything . . .  icon_lol).
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Just passed my Motorcyle Certification on: May 30, 2011, 06:36:53 AM
That's too bad KD, as motorcycles aren't "cool" anymore.  The good news is that your certification also applies to this.    icon_wink
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout:New Vegas and Steam........WTF on: May 24, 2011, 06:43:43 AM

Quote from: heloder on May 24, 2011, 03:42:55 AM

In reply to "You need to install and run Steam (and keep it updated)." he claimed that the statement was false. It is demonstrably true. For Steamworks enabled games, you must install, run, and update Steam. You may set it to offline mode, but if you need to activate another game, you must go online and update Steam.

You are being rather obtuse about this.  Your statement was false because at least part of it clearly is.  Do you need to install and run Steam with a Steamworks game?  Yes.  Not that it's much different then the software other digital delivery content providers want you to install first, even if they are DRM free otherwise.  The false part is that you don't have to keep it updated.  And that ignores the implication of your statement, which is that you need to keep Steam connected to the internet to maintain access to your games, which is clearly not true.  Now if you want to buy another Steam game later, sure, it will want to update to the latest version (though you still haven't explained what is so wrong about this).  You won't be forced to update you older games, which you seem to have a hard time understanding, but yes, the service will need to be updated if you want to use it again.  What a shocking concept!  Imagine if other software on occasion asked to be updated. Like anti-virus protection.  Or that buggy game.  Oh, wait. . .

We can argue about this all day but it isn't going to change anything.  You are using the OP's thread to jump on your soapbox about an issue you are obviously passionate about, but the reality is that ship has sailed when it comes to the kind of copy protection or whatever you'd prefer.  Arguing here isn't going to change that.  And IMHO Steam is a lot better then most of the alternatives once you accept that some form of DRM is going to be part of PC gaming.   All I can tell you is that you are going to be missing out on a lot of games if you continue to hold a hard line on what you will accept or not in that department.
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout:New Vegas and Steam........WTF on: May 24, 2011, 12:12:33 AM

Quote from: heloder on May 23, 2011, 11:53:33 PM

So if I buy New Vegas I don't need to run Steam? Orange Box? Portal 2? Just Cause 2? Modern Warfare 2? Aliens vs Predator? Any other Steam game? How many Steamworks games don't require that you install and run Steam? List a few at least, if only so that I may look into possibly purchasing them. 

And your point is?  If I buy some other DRM game then I still have run that DRM.  Most of them involve connecting to the internet at least once. Put Steam in "offline" mode once that part is done and what do you think is the negative?  It's not connecting or sending your personal data anywhere.  You install the game, it's verified, and you're done. 

Like I said, if you don't want to deal with it, don't.  Trying to tell us (or someone else) that we are stupid for not having the same hangups you do is not accomplishing anything.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Charlie Sheen - Fired by Warner Bros on: May 23, 2011, 11:47:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 23, 2011, 11:25:30 PM

how's this for confidence:  it's only a one year deal.

Makes sense.  The show was only scheduled to last two more seasons to begin with even with Sheen, so there is no reason for them to commit to more than a one year attempt to keep it going with Kutcher.  The ratings until now have been good enough to keep going, but may not be.  If Kutcher's arrival causes a sustained bump in interest then they can always tack on more years later.  And it also makes sense from Kucher's point of view - he'd probably rather make movies anyway.
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout:New Vegas and Steam........WTF on: May 23, 2011, 11:38:44 PM

Quote from: heloder on May 23, 2011, 11:15:48 PM

And with Steam...

- You need to install and run Steam (and keep it updated).

No, you are wrong about this for 99% of games on Steam.  There are a few exceptions, but for most Steam games it simply doesn't happen.  I was completely disconnected for the internet for a couple of months a few years ago and EVERY STEAM GAME I HAD RAN JUST FINE.  

As for New Vegas specifically, let's see what they officially had to say about it when it was first announced that the game would use Steamworks:

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Fallout: New Vegas uses Steamworks for achievements and other features (such as friends lists, cloud storage of user preferences and so on). Use of Steam will be mandatory at retail. So what does that mean? We've implemented Steamworks in as light and unobtrusive a way as possible. Yes, you will have to install Steam when you install Fallout: New Vegas if you don;t already have it. And yes, you will have to be online at the time of that initial install. However you can install the game on as many systems as you want (with no restrictions!), and you do not have to be online to play the game after your initial activation. Not only that, but once the game has activated on Steam, you can throw out the game DVD entirely and just download the game over Steam. If you don't even have a DVD drive, you can just take the CD-Key from the box, enter it into Steam, and download it without ever using the disc at all.

For those concerned, this will have no affect on mod development whatsoever. Modders will still be able to create and distribute their plugins the same way they have in the past.

Yes, lets toss this and go back to Starforce and crap like that, shall we?


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- You need to activate your game online.

While this is true, it's also increasingly true of most other DRM schemes.  Disk check is going away very fast.

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- Your game is permanently tied to your account.

This is true.  If you like to sell or trade your games then Steam sucks.  Most of us don't care about this though.  And there has been talk that Steam is about to let people do some sort of "store credit" trade-in program anyway.  

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- Your game is permanently tethered to the Steam service.

True, but I don't see why it matters.

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- You need to insert CD key on some games (not a big deal, but it's one of the few drawbacks of the other DRM, so I figure I mine as well include it here too).

I've never had that happen.  

In an idea world we'd still be using disk check DRM schemes.  It's not an ideal world, so you either live with it or you don't. Among the options available, Steam seems as good or better then the alternative.  And in the case of New Vegas, that's the system the publisher decided to go with.  Nobody is forcing you to play New Vegas (or any other Steamworks tied game) and thus, no one is forcing you to deal with Steam at all.  But please at least get your facts straight before jumping onto a message board and repeating the same anti-Steam falsehoods that have been around since it launched.
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: May 23, 2011, 07:37:37 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 22, 2011, 01:14:23 AM

OMG, they shrunk Pete!



This recent picture of Jackson is interesting in comparison.

150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - Impressions Incoming! Now with Fan Filmage! on: May 23, 2011, 07:13:00 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 23, 2011, 04:59:26 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on May 21, 2011, 01:27:43 AM

I finished the DLC today.  No bugs by the way.  icon_lol 

not even any giant radioactive ones?

Very few, actually.  HH adjusts for different difficulty and character levels, and that includes some variation in enemies as a result.  Because the character I took in was at a very high level (over level 30), I saw very few Cazadores.   Others say they were plentiful in their playthroughs.   slywink
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout:New Vegas and Steam........WTF on: May 23, 2011, 07:04:17 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on May 23, 2011, 04:26:52 PM

So I finally loaded Fallout:New Vegas and discovered I have to be on-line to play it.
The game was a gift and only some small lettering on the back indicated that steam was involved, and the gift giver would not have known what that meant anyway.

So what is the idea with this anyway. I get a disc but the game is on-line? Does this effect game play at all? How does this benefit the game company?

Should I expect any weird problems? Do I still need to look for any possible patches?

Steam does have an offline mode so once you've gotten it installed and patched up, you can tell Steam to go offline and basically never have to deal with it again.  From what I've read on the official forums for New Vegas there are a number of people doing this.  I've had Steam offline for extended periods of time before and never had any problems.  Most Steamworks games only require an initial activation check,  much like other DRMs out there.
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - Impressions Incoming! Now with Fan Filmage! on: May 21, 2011, 01:27:43 AM
I finished the DLC today.  No bugs by the way.  icon_lol 

The main story is pretty solid, but nothing outstanding.  The strength of this particular add-on is an absolutely stellar side story and the ability to free roam through a fairly good sized area and explore.  It scales to your level, so is challenging no matter what (though that can push the limits of reasonable if you are at a high level.) 

Definately worth $10 to me.  I got about six hours out of it.
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - Impressions Incoming! Now with Fan Filmage! on: May 20, 2011, 07:41:21 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 19, 2011, 09:57:47 PM

looks like the Honest Hearts DLC has some issues.  what's even worse is if one of the bugs is affecting your save game they won't be able to fix it, and you'll have to revert to an ealier save:

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The issue appears to be connected to the bug laden "ED-E, My Love" side quest, according to a comment left by a Bethesda representative on the company's blog post announcing the DLC's release on Xbox Live and Steam this week.

While Bethesda says it's working on a fix, there is a catch: "If you already have a save game where the bug is occurring, the fix will not apply and you'll need to revert to an earlier save prior to ED-E leaving in order to play through Honest Hearts." We've contacted the company to find out if this issue affects all platforms and for an ETA on the patch.


I've found it to be bug free, so that appears to be a very specific issue. 
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - Impressions Incoming! Now with Fan Filmage! on: May 11, 2011, 07:54:49 PM
I'm actually more excited about Honest Hearts then I am about The Witcher 2 at this point.  Plan on playing it first.  I just finished going through the excellent New Vegas Bounties mods (practically a DLC themselves, including a lot of voice acting and a new companion) so I'm fully in Fallout mode.
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CNN - Obama to announce that Osama Bin Laden has been killed on: May 02, 2011, 07:27:46 AM
I'm pretty sure that photo, whether its Bin Laden or not, is NSFW. 
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas Announced on: April 30, 2011, 04:46:10 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 29, 2011, 05:06:36 PM

ruh roh... 360 patch troubles.  they're recommending you decline the latest patch.

Yeah, between that and the PSN issues, the release of the next DLC remains very vague even though they are apparently done with all the DLCs they plan to release for it.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Living with neurotic pets on: April 29, 2011, 07:31:47 AM
Growing up my grandparents had a small dog that would shiver and whine during thunder storms.  The odd thing was that she had been originally adopted by my aunt when she was living in Hawaii.  You would have thought the dog wouldn't have that particular issue.

Later my mother remarried a man who had two australian shepherds.  One, though deaf and partially blind, was fine.  The other would freak out in storms and try to get inside no matter what.  He would tear at doors, even break through windows to get in.  They tried keeping him in a kennel, but he'd get out.  At one point they locked him in a car, but he tore up the upholstery.  Sadly it got so bad they eventually had to put him down. 
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where is Knightshade? on: April 28, 2011, 06:28:37 PM
Wait, did I miss something?  I thougth this was CeeKay's website . . .  icon_lol

I'll believe KD is back when I see that site redesign . . .  ninja
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 23, 2011, 03:47:32 AM
Anyone else still waiting for QT3's DNS move to kick in for the forums?  They said they were doing it yesterday and I had no issues but as of this afternoon I get the "DNS migration" message and clearing my cache still hasn't solved the problem.  I get the front page no problem.  I guess it's just waiting for an update to trickle down to my end, but without the specific new DNS address I can't get to it.

Edit: Got it figured out.  They changed DNS addresses but I'd forgotten that I'd assigned an address to QT3 a few years ago in my HOSTS file when they were doing some similar DNS stuff.  That address is now outdated and that was why it wouldn't resolve.  Deleting that line solved the problem.
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Combat Mission: Normandy thread on: April 21, 2011, 05:59:59 AM

Quote from: Chaz on April 21, 2011, 04:20:54 AM

Wait, there are CM clones? Like, using the WEGO order system? What are these? Are they any good? I MUST KNOW!  biggrin

I mean clones in the sense of scale and presentation, not necessarily in terms of full mechanics.  Games like Theatre of War, for example.   And actually, even Battlefront has moved away from WEGO being the only option - this new game, like Combat Mission Strike Force, offers the alternative of real-time with pause and the super-grognards have bitched about Strike Forces implementation of WEGO from the start. 

In other words, this not just simply a graphical uprade of the earlier WW2 titles.
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