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7001  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: So what IS the debate between PC and Mac users? on: September 11, 2009, 11:17:31 PM

Quote from: walTer on September 11, 2009, 11:06:50 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 11, 2009, 11:03:37 PM

Quote from: walTer on September 11, 2009, 10:56:44 PM

Gah bootcamp...if ONLY I could get it to work on my laptop...it installs just fine but I cannot get the network to work- no wifi and no ethernet connection--there appear to be issues about that and sadly I have never gotten them to work...frown

Did you use the disc after you installed to add all the drivers? That's how my Macbook was until I used the install disk and now it works perfectly.

Pretty sure I did- it has been a few months- I know I tried probably 10 times- maybe some of the updates have helped- I really should try again-and by install disc, you mean the mac one right?

Yeah - after you install windows and boot up you put the Mac install disc in and it runs another install process for the drivers. Are you using XP or Vista?
7002  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: So what IS the debate between PC and Mac users? on: September 11, 2009, 11:03:37 PM

Quote from: walTer on September 11, 2009, 10:56:44 PM

Gah bootcamp...if ONLY I could get it to work on my laptop...it installs just fine but I cannot get the network to work- no wifi and no ethernet connection--there appear to be issues about that and sadly I have never gotten them to work...frown

Did you use the disc after you installed to add all the drivers? That's how my Macbook was until I used the install disk and now it works perfectly.
7003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: recommend me an "Awesome strategy game" on: September 11, 2009, 07:38:58 PM
Have you played any of the Combat Mission games? It is turn-based and very much centered on combat tactics. No resources or tech trees or anything. The smallest unit is a 3-man team and generally the battles are company-sized, sometimes battalion-sized.
7004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Wii is no longer #1 by a long shot (NPD figures) on: September 11, 2009, 03:48:51 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 11, 2009, 03:45:59 PM

So, what about this then?

Quote
EA Sports' latest Madden was easily the best selling title for the month of August, racking up close to 2 million unit sales across its five SKUs. The Wii SKU, however, which EA put extra effort into redesigning with an all-new visual style and other Wii-specific features, only managed to sell 67K copies, The NPD Group has told IndustryGamers.

Makes you think I think - does this mean that people who own the Wii have other consoles of which to play Madden on? Or does this mean that people who only own the Wii aren't interested in games like Madden at all?

Maybe people didn't like the cartoony style. Madden is supposed to be a realistic football game.
7005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Wii is no longer #1 by a long shot (NPD figures) on: September 11, 2009, 03:47:42 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 11, 2009, 03:39:32 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on September 11, 2009, 03:37:06 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 11, 2009, 03:06:35 PM

I would love to play my PS3 more, but Live is so great I would feel left out if I bought a multi-platform title on PS3. There are good games on the PS3, but I always feel kind of "lonely" when I am using it, if you know what I mean.

That's because Live kicks the crap out of the PSN functionality.

While this is true, what does it matter with SP games, unless you favor one controller over another?  I found that Dead Space on the PS3 had much better sound than the 360 counterpart.  At least to my ears.  I actually find myself leaning towards the PS3 for more games now, as long as there's no MP component to worry about.  MW2 for example, would be a definite 360 purchase.

I have a couple of admittedly very stupid reasons why: 1) I'm not an achievement whore, but I do like achievements and I would rather build on my achievement total at this point than get trophies and 2) I like seeing what my friends (or "friends") are up to, and many more people play on the 360. Sometimes my friends want to pass a message or play an MP game, so that actually isn't that stupid.

I probably do like the 360 controller more at this point, even though I loved the DS2 at one time.  The resistance on the sticks just feels a lot better on the 360 controller, along with the heft. And I don't have a surround sound system set up in my gaming area.
7006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Wii is no longer #1 by a long shot (NPD figures) on: September 11, 2009, 03:15:56 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 11, 2009, 03:10:00 PM

Quote from: Razgon on September 11, 2009, 02:41:27 PM

There's lots of other exclusives as well, White Knight, Demons soul, uncharted, God of War,  and so on...

White Knight and Demons Souls are maybes if they release a demo for them, but I wouldn't play God of War or Uncharted if they gave them to me for free; I'd trade them in for store credit and turn them into points for Rock Band  icon_biggrin

You have something against quality games?
7007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Wii is no longer #1 by a long shot (NPD figures) on: September 11, 2009, 03:06:35 PM
I would love to play my PS3 more, but Live is so great I would feel left out if I bought a multi-platform title on PS3. There are good games on the PS3, but I always feel kind of "lonely" when I am using it, if you know what I mean.
7008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Athlete told to prove she's a woman on: September 11, 2009, 02:58:45 PM
She can just race in the hermaphrodite competitions, duh.
7009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jedi Knight series <pant> Steam <gasp> NEXT WEEK!!!!! on: September 11, 2009, 02:51:41 PM
I stopped playing Jedi Knight during the sinking ship part because I felt like I was going to vomit. Now that I finally have a video card somewhat better than a Radeon Mobility 7500 (Boot Camp on my Macbook, believe it or not), I can actually play JK2 instead. Heck, I can even play Doom 3. smile
7010  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: September 11, 2009, 03:29:24 AM
Oops.
7011  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sonic comes to New England on: September 11, 2009, 02:02:43 AM
They do have tater tots at Sonic - you have to give them points for that.

The other drive-in chain that I get to once or twice a year is A&W. Their food isn't that great, but the rootbeer you can get at the actual A&W restaurants is amazing. It puts the stuff they sell in the supermarket under their own label to shame.
7012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! on: September 10, 2009, 10:38:27 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 10, 2009, 09:20:33 PM

lol, I'll just be using my lame wired headset and regular non-camo controller.

Good, I'll be able to see you coming.
7013  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sonic comes to New England on: September 10, 2009, 10:36:21 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on September 10, 2009, 09:07:03 PM



So the butterburgers are what they're known for?  Is it a counter-service place or sit-down? 


You order at the counter, but they bring the food out to you at your table when it is ready.
7014  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sonic comes to New England on: September 10, 2009, 08:55:44 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on September 10, 2009, 08:45:51 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 10, 2009, 08:30:49 PM

I really wish they would open a Culver's nearby.

Recently a Culver's opened a few minutes from our house.  I haven't been there yet and no little about the franchise.  Any suggestions or direction to maximize my first visit?  We've got a Sonic, Carl's Jr., and Jack in the Box on every corner, so Culver's might be a nice change. But I'm curious what makes it stand out from any other fast food burger.  I've heard good things and just haven't taken a moment to give it a try yet.  But without a functioning kitchen (still waiting on countertops) take-out has become the standard lately.

Well, I only get to have it a couple of times a year tops, so I haven't been able to sample large amounts of the menu. The butterburgers are good and should be tried. If you like pork, the pork tenderloin is a nice change of pace for fast food places. I've also had the walleye sandwich but I really doubt they will have that in Arizona. The concrete mixers are delicious, and if you are a fan of a thicker crinkle cut fries, theirs are tasty. A lot of people will recommend the cheese curds, but I don't really like cheese so they're not for me.

They have a very varied menu and I'd like to try some of the other non-burger items. They even have a cheesesteak for you to be offended by  icon_lol
7015  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sonic comes to New England on: September 10, 2009, 08:30:49 PM
The restaurant, not the hedgehog.

54,000 customers in the first 10 days is pretty impressive. I've only had Sonic once or twice in my travels, and while I enjoyed it, I'm not all that interested in trucking up to Peabody and dealing with a crowd. I'll wait and see where they open the other locations they are planning on.

I really wish they would open a Culver's nearby.
7016  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2009 on: September 10, 2009, 08:27:09 PM
Wow, I finally finished a book. It's been a long time, and I'm trying to do some more reading (or audiobook listening).

I read The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold - It wasn't at all what I was expecting. I thought it would be more of a swords and sorcery affair, but it turned out to be a lighter "Song of Ice and Fire". It took a while to get going, and even then it never really hit full speed, but I enjoyed it enough. The sequel won the Hugo award, so I will be reading that next.

Earlier in the Summer I read Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's by John Elder Robison. I read this by request of a relative with a child with Asperger's, and it was quite interesting. Somewhat because it was educational, but moreso because the author just had a crazy life.
7017  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Most annoying song ever" game on: September 10, 2009, 04:47:01 PM
My definition of musical trash has always included Roxette. "You Got The Look" - I really hate that song. It sounds like a bad commercial jingle.
7018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Shadow Complex - sound issues? on: September 10, 2009, 01:47:06 PM
Well, part of the game takes place under a lake...  ninja
7019  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My poor doggie is sick - no bad ending at least... but still sick. :( on: September 10, 2009, 11:33:19 AM
Poor dog. Hope she gets better soon.
7020  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: September 10, 2009, 03:11:03 AM
Download the Battle Bears demo, just because it's ridiculous.
7021  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / [Conservative Repub oops] I expect there will be a run on "eye patch underwear" on: September 09, 2009, 09:25:50 PM
GOP Lawmaker's Graphic Sex-Bragging Caught On Tape
7022  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple cuts iPod/iTouch prices in advance of todays press event on: September 09, 2009, 05:33:06 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 09, 2009, 05:20:11 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 09, 2009, 04:49:12 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 09, 2009, 04:41:25 PM

It just blows me away how expensive 32GB is on an Apple product versus every other product.   It's like 73 bucks for a 32GB SDHC at New Egg.  Crazy talk. 



What if you add in a pencil thin battery, wi-fi, audio hardware, a touch screen and a load of free applications?

$249 for a 32GB Sansa that you can expand with your own cards.  I guess that's the part that bugs me.  Can't change the battery on your own, and can't expand it.  :/ 



Well, but that doesn't come with integration with the iTunes/iTunes store and easy communication with my Mac. You may not care for iTunes or own a Mac, and in that case I can understand. Personally, I find the whole package well worth the extra money (although yes, being able to expand would be nice).

They are announcing quite a lot of nice new features in iTunes, both for iPhone and iPod.
7023  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple cuts iPod/iTouch prices in advance of todays press event on: September 09, 2009, 05:05:36 PM
By the way, the 32GB touch now costs less than the 32GB Zune HD.
7024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple cuts iPod/iTouch prices in advance of todays press event on: September 09, 2009, 04:49:12 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 09, 2009, 04:41:25 PM

It just blows me away how expensive 32GB is on an Apple product versus every other product.   It's like 73 bucks for a 32GB SDHC at New Egg.  Crazy talk.  



What if you add in a pencil thin battery, wi-fi, audio hardware, a touch screen and a load of free applications?
7025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metroid Prime Trilogy on one disc - Wii on: September 09, 2009, 02:52:30 PM

Quote from: WinoMcCougarstein on September 09, 2009, 05:02:19 AM

I have been hooked on Metroidvania style games since playing Shadow Complex so I went and bought this.  I never played the originals on the Cube/Wii and I'm about 3.5 hours in on the first Prime and absolutely loving it.  It lives up to the hype I remember when it came out!  If all three Prime games are this good then this game is a steal at $49.99.

I loved the original Metroid Prime (even though I got frustrated by the difficulty at the end and didn't finish).  I didn't enjoy the gameplay mechanic they introduced in the second one and I also thought it was quite hard and I only played about halfway through. You'll have to see how you like it. The third was was a lot easier, but fun.

The exploration gameplay put in 3D was something I really enjoyed. I'm curious what Kojima's 3D third-person Castlevania is going to be like.
7026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: September 09, 2009, 02:47:57 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 09, 2009, 02:27:32 PM

Eh, I thought the dialogue *was* clunky and unnatural.  Frequently it was clear that they thought they were writing a funny quip, and North did a good job delivering it, but the lines fell completely flat.  At no point was I the least bit interested in the plot or character.  Game could have gone completely without a story and I would have enjoyed it just as much.  But to each their own. 

The one line I cringed at the couple of times I heard it was the Die Hard reference. The rest I don't remember much of. The head bad guy was pretty cliched.
7027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Cold Feet? on: September 08, 2009, 08:22:53 PM
Every since games went to $50 I generally reaaaaaaaaaaally have to have the game before I will buy it. I just find that to be too much for a game, regardless of whether I can afford it. I'll mostly only buy big MP releases on release date now.
7028  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Week 2 on: September 07, 2009, 03:06:06 AM
I think you can just search for the franchise "gamingtrend" and use the password "GTFootball" after you choose a team. Pay attention to the case.
7029  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Week 2 on: September 05, 2009, 02:17:23 PM
Yup, join in.
7030  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: PAX East on: September 04, 2009, 10:12:13 PM
Yeah, I am curious about that too, but there are a nice bunch of Boston-based shops like Harmonix and 2K Boston.
7031  Gaming / Analog Gaming / PAX East on: September 04, 2009, 07:01:23 PM
I had no idea they were doing this. Very excited.

Pax East
7032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This year's Game You Need to Know About: Split Second on: September 04, 2009, 04:11:32 PM
I saw this profiled on the E3 coverage, definitely looked interesting.
7033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! on: September 04, 2009, 02:00:30 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on September 04, 2009, 12:01:52 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on September 04, 2009, 08:09:38 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on September 02, 2009, 12:49:26 PM

Also

in game host migration. Now that's innovation.
how can it be innovation when Halo 3 had it a long time ago?

I hope I'm not still out of work when the game comes out as much as I'd love to play all week.

I don't remember it being in Halo 3. Whoops!

Also, sorry, Hark, I didn't realize you were still unemployed.  icon_frown

Oh, I thought you were being sarcastic when you posted that.
7034  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who's up for Fantasy Football? on: September 04, 2009, 01:50:52 PM
Oops, totally forgot about the draft even though I went to the site earlier in the day. Then, as luck would have it, I got the last draft spot. Didn't hurt me too bad except for the fact that it stuck me with Brandon Marshall. Pretty funny that I wound up with Romo.
7035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, May/Jun 2009: God of War on: September 03, 2009, 01:29:09 PM
So any interest in choosing a game for September? I just put boot camp on my Macbook, so I can now play slightly newer pc games than I could before smile

Although when I tried the Red Faction demo (original, not Guerrilla) I could see through all the walls. Rainbow Six 3 works quite well, though. I haven't seen how far I can push it. I know it runs the Mac version of Lego Batman very nicely.
7036  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Nothing to see here on: September 03, 2009, 12:44:12 AM

Quote from: TheAtomicKid on September 02, 2009, 11:31:35 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 02, 2009, 02:41:26 PM

I was told there was nothing to see here but yet I see stuff.  what a capricious lie!

Capricious my hairy arse! He deliberately tried to prevent us from having fun coming up with solutions to his problem... Curse you Teggy! Curse you!!!!!! smile

Atomic

But you did solve it! Feel warm and fuzzy.

OK, not actually you. But the collective "you".
7037  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: So what IS the debate between PC and Mac users? on: September 03, 2009, 12:42:44 AM

Quote from: ravenvii on September 03, 2009, 12:11:58 AM

Quote from: Jeff on September 02, 2009, 09:23:53 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 02, 2009, 07:33:01 PM


The question was what is the root of Mac/PC debate. From the beginning, the Mac was portrayed as different (1984 commercial, etc.), fun, easy to use, etc. and gained a loyal following based on that belief. There was a group of PC users who were equally as passionate about why they thought the PC was better. Everything grew from there. Correct, who was "right" or "wrong" was not important, but that's how it started.

Yeah, honestly, what I think is at the root of it is just marketing. Humans are a lot like sheep, and we often do what the sheep herder tells us. That and some people feel the need to fight to justify high dollar purchases.

You word it like it applies to both Windows and Mac users, but hinted that it's Mac users who are the sheep.

I'm a sheep because I prefer OS X over Windows. Awesome.

It's also kind of hard to justify how people who use a computer that has historically had less than 10% market share are the sheep.
7038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Trials HD on: September 03, 2009, 12:07:14 AM
There are people on there complaining that the Marathon achievement is too hard and it is ruining their completion percentage. They are asking them to make the achievement easier.

OK.
7039  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google patents home page on: September 02, 2009, 09:01:02 PM
This is one of those times when I will say something distinctly non-PC.

That's retarded.
7040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Ratchet & Clank coming Fall 2009 on: September 02, 2009, 08:58:01 PM
Yeah, it might be a very good game, I just didn't care for the concept, personally. I play through the arena sections on the R&C games to get the bolts and stuff, but no longer than I need to.
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