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5641  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Music quality question on: April 16, 2010, 04:53:42 AM

Quote from: Sparhawk on April 15, 2010, 11:54:32 PM

When I listen to the mp3 version of Cursive's "The Ugly Organ" and then compare it to the CD version of the same album there is a world of difference to me. The high frequencies on the CD version are MUCH more clear and less compressed. There is a huge difference but I am extremely picky about audio quality when it comes down to "listening" to music.

Classical music must be played on a near lossless format and I refuse to purchase it in mp3 or acc format.

Not to be an ass, but this post is meaningless without bitrates. I can tell you with no fear of being contradicted that you'd never hear the difference between a 320 kbps MP3 file and the source file. Some guy did a blind test on a forum full of music composers a while back, and pretty much nobody was able to hear a difference. Among those who said they heard a difference, there were just as many who thought the source file was the MP3 file and vice versa as there were people who picked the right file. This was with orchestral music, btw.
5642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Monkey Island 2 getting re-made? on: April 16, 2010, 04:48:00 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 15, 2010, 09:33:07 PM

more screenshots.  if that's the new look for LeChuck in the 4th and 5th pick I'm not I care for it.

You do realize those are screenshots from Playstation Home, right?  icon_lol
5643  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I Was Buying Milk the Other Day on: April 15, 2010, 08:58:48 PM

Quote from: Caine on April 15, 2010, 08:50:31 PM

I must be the only one here who thinks that lettuce got screwed into buying milk with a greatly shortened shelf life.

Short shelf like is actually quite common here in Norway. Our rules are stricter than necessary so as to create a "safety buffer". This means that while the expiration date may pass, you can still often safely consume the product many days later. It's not at all uncommon to buy milk with an expiration date 1-3 days ahead.

Also: LOL @ hepcat. biggrin
5644  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Music quality question on: April 15, 2010, 06:35:15 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on April 15, 2010, 06:26:20 PM

I refuse to buy any mp3's.

I like my CD quality, and I love a physical product.  Once I buy a CD though, I usually download the mp3's to throw on my ipod, etc.  Convenience is awesome.

What if the artist offered lossless files for download online with better sound quality than CD? Some actually do this. Remember that when an artist creates music, what he ends up with usually has to be downsampled to CD quality.

Also, any self-respecting music download site offers FLAC-files as well as MP3s.
5645  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I Was Buying Milk the Other Day on: April 15, 2010, 04:43:40 PM

Quote from: hepcat on April 15, 2010, 04:33:35 PM

I think he's trying to say I'm white, which is true.  

by the way, I just looked at my calendar and noticed today is 4/15!!!!

*Gasp!* Those are two of the Numbers from Lost!!!!!111!eleven!!1
5646  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I Was Buying Milk the Other Day on: April 15, 2010, 04:30:59 PM
A black line with no ends? A rectangle? A picture frame?
5647  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Music quality question on: April 15, 2010, 04:20:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 15, 2010, 04:16:41 PM

you should ditch the CD system in your car and install a turntable for vinyl!

Amateur! You should have a whole orchestra in the back seat.
5648  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I Was Buying Milk the Other Day on: April 15, 2010, 03:21:07 PM
And here I was beginning to think that you're not crazy...  'tarded!
5649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: X-Com Returns to the PC on: April 15, 2010, 10:02:27 AM
Comparing this to the complaining about Fallout 3 is silly. Both Fallout 2 and Fallout 3 are RPGs. There's no such direct comparison between X-Com and this new travesty. I say travesty because I'm incredibly disappointed that we're still not going to get a true X-Com game.
5650  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Music quality question on: April 15, 2010, 08:37:55 AM
MP3s use compression to fit your music into way less space than an uncompressed wave-file. This compression is not lossless, which means that something is removed or reduced in quality in the process. The way an MP3 encoder does this is by analyzing the sound in the file and removing the sound that the human ear might not be able to hear in the first place. The theory is that you can safely remove stuff that wouldn't otherwise be heard. In reality it isn't quite that easy.

To make it simple, most people won't be able to tell the difference between a 196 kbps MP3-file and a CD. Try a blind test between a file at that compression level and a raw wave file (from CD) and see if you can hear the difference. You probably won't. Even if you do, you can still compress at higher bitrates and get pretty much perfect quality.

So unless your MP3 files are encoded at less than 196 kbps, you don't need to worry. Your music will sound fine.
5651  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Episodes From Liberty City (PS3) on: April 15, 2010, 07:21:47 AM
That's a lot of new music. Am I right in that the new radio stations are only included in the retail version? If so, it seems like there's no perfect choice here. Tongue
5652  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Defend this human garbage on: April 14, 2010, 09:47:57 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on April 14, 2010, 09:43:28 PM

Personally, if it were my kid, the guy would never make it to trial.  I'd probably exterminate him and his entire bloodline. 

If half of the people on forums were even half as tough as they think they are, they could probably take over the world. slywink
5653  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Defend this human garbage on: April 14, 2010, 09:37:59 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on April 14, 2010, 05:25:39 PM

Quote from: Jaddison on April 14, 2010, 05:03:32 PM

I am not sure what you mean by the "opportunity to strike again and again"?  I didn't read that the man had done something like this before.

Due to our law system current lack of actually dispensing Justice, this man would likely get serve a reduced sentence after which he would have an opportunity to stike again. Our law system has a shitty, short-term memory. Thus, I argue this man shouldn't be allowed to live if found guilty of this heinous crime.

The major flaw in your argument is that you're describing situations that haven't happened. Unless there's major information missing here, this guy did this once. Ok, I agree that once is way too much when it comes to crimes like this, but killing him won't stop anyone else from doing the same thing (there's no logic involved when you do something this criminally insane), and I haven't heard of any cases where the criminal has repeated this kind of crime after serving his sentence. From what I've read, therapy is actually quite effective at "fixing" people like this, making it possible for them to return as productive and safe members of society after their sentence.

So in short, your "solution" of killing the criminal solves nothing. It only serves to satisfy your bloodlust, and that is not a noble goal nor the goal of any civilized justice system.
5654  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Episodes From Liberty City (PS3) on: April 14, 2010, 08:38:31 PM
Okay, thanks for the in-depth information. There's still one thing that seems a bit vague in the things I've read though. They say that in the DLC version the new music is mixed in with the old stations. Does this mean the music is added to the old stations, or are they put into new ones?

The radio is an important part of GTA to me, which is why I ask so many questions about it. smile
5655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Episodes From Liberty City (PS3) on: April 14, 2010, 12:54:59 PM
I don't trade games, so that's no concern. I was thinking that maybe the original music would be included in the retail version of the PS3 disc since it's Blu-ray instead of DVD. I haven't seen anyone specifically say anything about this regarding the PS3-version.
5656  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Episodes From Liberty City (PS3) on: April 14, 2010, 09:08:54 AM
So, with Episodes From Liberty City being released this week for the PS3 (finally!), I was wondering what the differences are between the DLC and retail versions. I know what the differences are for the 360-version, but I seem to recall that things would be done differently for the PS3. Anyone know? I need to figure out which version to get ASAP. smile
5657  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: X-Com Returns to the PC on: April 14, 2010, 07:25:13 AM
I just hope this isn't the new X-Com game we have been hearing rumors about for the past two or so years. That would be extremely disappointing.
5658  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars getting remade on: April 13, 2010, 07:29:01 PM
Loved it. I would be able to get through an entire move like that no problem. smile
5659  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Ward studio heads no longer with the company on: April 13, 2010, 07:17:04 PM
Penny-Arcade isn't really a comic you laugh out loud at. That made me dislike it for a long time. I've only warmed up to it recently. It's the kind of humor that makes me smile, not laugh.
5660  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 2 Impressions on: April 13, 2010, 07:09:16 PM
This thread was starting to stink, so I thought it was about time someone cast Raise Dead on it.

Anyway, I just finished Gears of War 2, and I liked it a lot. It was a great game with excellent pacing and plenty of good set pieces. I kept comparing it to Uncharted 2 while playing, and while that game is the stronger of the two, GOW2 gives it at least a solid workout. smile

Since other posts in this thread have already covered all the good parts in detail, I'll instead mention the two things I didn't like about the game:

- The characters. Honestly, this is the kind of macho bullshit that gives gaming a bad name. The sooner we can get rid of steroid-ridden, angsty, aggressive and outright rude heroes, the sooner gaming will become a storytelling medium we can all be proud of. Uncharted is one of the best examples of how to do this right. Gears of War is one of the best examples of how to do it wrong. On the other hand, the setting was pretty good if you ignore stuff like weapons that would never last more than a few seconds in battle in real life (chainsaws on a gun? Come on! It'd get clogged immediately) and elite soldiers making mistakes rookies get taught not to do on their first day of training (never point your gun at another soldier, if even by accident and for a fraction of a second. These guys do it all the time, everywhere).

- The weapon pickup system. Twice during the game I accidentally picked up a crappy weapon while dropping my favorite one, only for a cutscene to immediately kick in and rob me of my chance to rectify the mistake, leaving me with a weapon loadout that wasn't at all suitable for the situation ahead and with minimal ammo. Another time I got through a long battle only to realize I had picked up a weapon and dropped my lancer without even noticing, and the lancer had long since despawned. The game should require you to hold a button for a few seconds to pick up a weapon, while ammo should remain instant like it is now.
5661  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 13, 2010, 09:47:09 AM
That's actually an amazingly accurate and in-depth summary of the show, if you ignore the characters and focus only on the big mysteries. smile
5662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: April 13, 2010, 04:42:00 AM
You can supposedly also save time by looking at the type of planet and scanning accordingly. For example, a rocky planet with plenty of asteroid impact craters is likely to have almost all its valuable resources in or next to the craters. A previously inhabited planet is likely to have its resources in the habitable zones. You get the point.
5663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: April 12, 2010, 08:07:01 AM
One thing most people forget when it comes to new party members for Mass Effect 2 is that they also participate in dialogue throughout the entire game. I picked Kasumi up for my second playthrough yesterday and brought her along with me for the mission to get the Krogan crewmember. She had several lines of dialogue during the mission that fit in just as well as any other party member's comments would have.

She's also incredibly fun to bring along. I absolutely love her sneak attack power. If I'm attacked by a group of enemies and they have a heavy weapons guy, I like to hide behind cover while sending her out to kill him. She'll pop up behind him, kill him in one blow, and just as everyone turns their weapons toward her she'll disappear and I'll fire at will. When fully upgraded you can choose to reduce the recharge time of her sneak attack by 80% if she kills her target (and she usually does unless they're heavily shielded and armored), so you can send her out quite often.
5664  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 11, 2010, 08:57:07 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 11, 2010, 12:12:06 AM

I have a feeling the chauffeur knows what is going on too, especially after the way he was asking if Desmond needed anything after he talked to Eloise.

I didn't get that impression. On the other hand, if there's anyone else apart from Desmond who should be able to figure things out easily, it would be him. He was also unstuck in time at one point, after all.
5665  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 10, 2010, 03:44:36 PM

Quote from: Moliere on April 10, 2010, 03:02:19 PM

Gotta feel bad for the red shirts that Syeed kills at the end of the episode. Doesn't really make sense that he would spare this random woman and tell her to "Run". He's a cold blooded killer that helped wipe out women and children at the temple. Why spare her?

Probably to send Widmore a message.
5666  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 10, 2010, 08:38:05 AM
Dark City?
5667  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Internet stops working but open connections still ok?? on: April 10, 2010, 08:35:10 AM
This one is (theoretically) easy. You're losing contact with your DNS server for whatever reason. This means you could still connect to websites if you merely used their IPs, even if you can't reach them with normal URLs. I can't say why this happens, but you might want to try an alternate DNS server. Google has one, for example, with instructions on how to set it up.
5668  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Live] - BFBC2 - planned game this evening @ 10pm EST. Any interest?? on: April 09, 2010, 01:41:13 PM

Quote from: Roman on April 09, 2010, 01:31:51 PM

Thoughts?

Yeah, I'm thinking you posted this in the wrong forum section. slywink
5669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fileplanet = new porn site? on: April 08, 2010, 04:38:37 AM
Well, what can you expect from a site that sells a service you can get for free everywhere else? FilePlanet has been dying for years, and has only survived this long because of their contacts and shrewd business deals. Won't save them from their inevitable collapse though.
5670  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: April 07, 2010, 09:26:31 PM

Quote from: Turtle on April 07, 2010, 08:31:17 PM

Does Kasumi have more dialog than Zaeed while on the ship?  You know, like actual conversation trees?

You get to speak with her a few times during her recruitment and loyalty mission, but she has no dialogue trees on board the ship. She has quite a few things to say anyway though, and will even comment on recent events with other crewmembers. For example:

Spoiler for Romance spoiler. Safe to click if you know the options available:
My romance was with Tali. Kasumi told me that she had spoken to her and that Tali was completely in love with me and that I was all she ever talked about. "Treat her well." was her final advice. It was actually quite satisfying to hear.
5671  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Live Action TV Series begins casting/ Sitcom coming too? on: April 07, 2010, 09:22:33 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 07, 2010, 03:16:38 PM

4. It gets really annoying how stupid the Jedi are.  Week after week they do stupid things, are arrogant, are shortsighted, etc.  Heck you start to feel they deserve to be wiped out. 

Skipping your other points, I believe this is actually a major motif in the new trilogy. The Jedi Order has become convoluted, ritualistic, ineffective and blind. The new trilogy points these things out in some subtle and some less subtle ways, for example through the fact that they are unable to see Palpatine's plot under their very nose. They don't even allow their Jedi to love, which turns out to be a pointless and even dangerous (look at Anakin) gesture. Their prophecy says that Anakin will bring balance to the Force, but they don't realize that it will be through wiping out the Jedi Order (through Anakin) and then rebuilding it from scratch (through Luke) with new and improved ideals.
5672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: April 07, 2010, 05:14:59 PM
I picked this up and played through it just now. It's a good mission with a decent amount of variety and some cool moments. Definitely worth adding to the game. Perhaps not worth going back to it again for if you're not feeling motivated, but the mission didn't disappoint.
5673  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Trying to find the cause of my system freezing on: April 07, 2010, 01:22:49 PM
My first instinct was the RAM, but as you said you've scanned it already. With that out of the way, experience dictates that it might be the power supply. Are you sure it's powerful enough to handle your entire setup? If it is, it might be faulty.

I'd wait until others have responded before getting a new one though. I'm not really a hardware person even though I do computer support at work. smile
5674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: April 05, 2010, 05:38:05 PM

Quote from: Razgon on April 05, 2010, 04:23:12 PM

Says who?

Let's put it like this: Would you bet money on the chance that a document that the user couldn't see until he bought the product, and which he hasn't signed with a pen on paper nor any proper digital signing method, would be able to override actual laws in court?

5675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: April 05, 2010, 04:20:59 PM
EULA's aren't worth crap in the courts.
5676  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Witcher Enhanced - Mods? on: April 04, 2010, 09:57:47 PM
I wasn't even aware the game was moddable, and I certainly don't think it needs any. It's a great game on its own.
5677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gothic 2 on GoG on: April 04, 2010, 12:40:11 PM

Quote from: Razgon on April 04, 2010, 12:00:31 PM

So, I noticed they have Gothic 2 on GOG at 5 euros...pretty nice price, and as far as I can tell, its the one that people really like, right? So, tell me - is G2 worth getting? The expansion is included as well of course

Did you play Risen? Gothic 2 is pretty much the exact same type of RPG. Both games are well worth playing, but don't approach them like you would a normal RPG, or you're bound to get frustrated.
5678  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Win 7 (64bit) and cookies on: April 04, 2010, 08:47:20 AM
What kind of antivirus and spyware blockers are you using? Try disabling them and see if it helps. Also, you could try running the browser in administrator mode (right click the icon and choose "Run as administrator") to see if it makes a difference.
5679  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What should CPU usage be at in Win 7? on: April 03, 2010, 03:26:06 PM
It's possible for Explorer to "hang" while it's doing heavy processing. This usually seems to happen when it runs into corrupt files that it thinks it can read properly or when it's doing something on a slow disk. Try killing Explorer with Task Manager and see if that helps (if it doesn't start up again by itself, use Run and type "explorer" to get it back up and running). If it doesn't help, the problem is probably not Explorer itself, but a third-party application or virus.
5680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain Impressions [Everything Spoiler Tagged] on: April 03, 2010, 01:42:46 PM
Since Heavy Rain Chronicles Episode 1: The Taxidermist was released as DLC a few days ago, I finally got around to playing it. Goddamn, when am I going to learn to not play this on hard difficulty? I get completely physically and mentally exhausted from this game. I've only played it once so far and got what I believe is the best ending (out of 5). The episode is short but extremely polished. There's tons of things to do, and I barely scratched the surface with one playthrough. The voice actor for Madison isn't the same as for the main game, which is slightly distracting. She's got the same kind of voice, but this one speaks faster and is more playful in the way she says things.

I guess I know why Madison is plagued by nightmares now.  icon_eek
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