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7001  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free to a good home... on: September 15, 2009, 05:07:03 PM
Well I have a whole bunch of old but good PC games that I have just sitting around if anyone is interested.

These are all jewelcase versions:
SMAC
Thief: The Dark Project
Hitman: Codename 47
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Star Wars: Dark Forces
Star Wars: Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight 1: Jawa .5
No One Lives Forever 2
Myth: The Total Codex

I also have NOLF 1 + soundtrack in paper sleeves and some magazine discs that have Deus Ex: GOTY and Thief 2 on them - I have to check if they are both on the same disc or separate. I also have all of Rainbow Six 1 and 2 and expansions, but some of those are boxed and I also have the strategy guides, so I would want to consider what it would take to ship those. Same for Starcraft Battle Chest.
7002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: September 15, 2009, 04:43:33 PM
Hey Owain, looks like you haven't gotten to 50 yet. How far did you go? I took a break a little while after starting on Insane. I'm hoping to go back, but it was a little weird not having the question marks on the map.
7003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo ODST Firefight mode... on: September 15, 2009, 04:36:29 PM
No use of Covenant weapons seems odd. I don't see why an ODST couldn't pick up a plasma pistol or most other Covenant weapons. Do they explain how they work around that story-wise?
7004  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HBO]The Pacific on: September 15, 2009, 03:24:47 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on September 15, 2009, 02:34:20 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on September 15, 2009, 01:35:30 PM

  At this point, if HBO shat in a bucket and recorded that I think I'd watch it. smile

They did. It's called OZ.

OZ was awesome.
7005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Glee on: September 15, 2009, 01:23:41 PM

Quote from: Arkon on September 14, 2009, 09:16:15 PM

My wife and I have watched the first two episodes and while we think the show is funny, there is way too much sex/emphasis on sex for our tastes and will not be watching any further episodes. 

I'll tell you the show you should definitely stay away from then - The Secret Life of the American Teenager. This is Brenda Hampton's followup to Seventh Heaven. My wife religiously watches a lot of bad TV on the CW and ABC Family, and I wind up witnessing a lot of it. Seventh Heaven got positively absurd the last couple of seasons and spent enough time of its own focused on sex, but it appears the characters on Secret Life spend about 80% of the time talking about who they have had sex with, who they want to have sex with or whether they should or should not have sex.

The one show on ABC Family that I will say is pretty decent is Greek, and I will tend to pay attention to it if it is on.

As far as Glee goes, I didn't think the second episode was as good as the first.
7006  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: September 15, 2009, 02:05:29 AM
They scored too fast - this will be interesting.
7007  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: September 15, 2009, 02:04:51 AM
The kick returner did so many things wrong on that play - if he shouldn't be benched for not just getting the touchback, the fighting for extra yards should do it. What was he thinking?
7008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: September 15, 2009, 01:58:44 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on September 15, 2009, 01:49:41 AM

There go the bills creating false hope again.

You know, I was about to say you were being unnecessarily pessimistic there.

EDIT: I assume they will review that. It was hard to see when the ball came out.
7009  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: September 15, 2009, 01:46:18 AM
The Pats were very likely just done in by that stupid pile-driving sack.
7010  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy 5 in the works on: September 15, 2009, 01:33:15 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 15, 2009, 01:28:06 AM

the script is taking shape, hopefully not a Jar Jar shaped one though...  1960's Indy... I wonder where they can go with that time period.

Indy in 'Nam. It's going to be a little more serious.
7011  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: September 15, 2009, 12:52:35 AM
Did anyone just see the roughing the passer penalty that just got called on the Pats? That's just ridiculous.
7012  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama....what has he done that is so objectionable.... on: September 15, 2009, 12:36:14 AM
I think this is really good description of what is going on via Andrew Sullivan (libertarian, which I am not, btw).

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/09/dissent-of-the-day-3.html
7013  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Pictures! [Serious 58k Warning] on: September 14, 2009, 07:25:22 PM
Heh, after all these years, I didn't know they managed to finally squeeze an extra 2k out of the phone lines.
7014  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Puppy! on: September 14, 2009, 04:12:01 PM
I'll be curious to hear how she grows up. I love our pure Golden to death, but I have heard that the poodle side really decreases the shedding. On the other hand, I've also heard they amp up the energy a bit. She's adorable, have fun!
7015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: KOTOR on Steam on: September 14, 2009, 04:53:03 AM
I haven't experienced that either (we're talking english language, right). I'm hoping to actually finish the game this time. I have left the first planet and am on the first quest. The farthest I have gotten is leaving the second planet.
7016  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Downscaling with a video card? on: September 13, 2009, 12:11:09 AM
I bought KOTOR on Steam and am using a hack to make it run widescreen. The game will apparently not run at a widescreen resolution less than 1440x900, but the highest resolution my laptop goes in 1280x800. The setup instruction for the widescreen fix says in my case to set the resolution at 1440x900 and then use video card downscaling to display the came correctly.

I don't see anything in the Nvidia control panel for scaling down, only how to handle things that are less than the current resolution.

Is this just something that is supposed to happen automatically? If it is, it's not working, because when I load up the game, it starts out ok, but when the game starts I see the screen shift and and the mouse gets offset from where I am clicking.

EDIT: well, there is somewhat of a workaround which involves setting the resolution of the game to 1288x805. I'd still like to know if the video card can scale the resolution down, though.
7017  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free to a good home... on: September 12, 2009, 08:32:04 PM
Isn't this the basically the same as the "pay it forward freebies" thing? Didn't we have that on GT? Maybe it was OO.
7018  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?
7019  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.
7020  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.
7021  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.
7022  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.
7023  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?
7024  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.
7025  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.
7026  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
7027  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: September 11, 2009, 03:29:24 AM
Oops.
7028  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.
7029  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.
7030  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.
7031  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
7032  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.
7033  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.
7034  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.
7035  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
7036  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.
7037  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.
7038  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
7039  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.
7040  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.
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