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121  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Monitor for my laptop on: May 09, 2011, 08:57:37 AM
You should be fine with any monitors. Once you hook it up, the laptop will have a couple of options for you to choose from: display on the laptop screen only, display on the external monitor only and display on both. If you're going to go higher resolution than what your laptop display can handle, I suggest going "display external monitor only" option. You can set the resolution higher on the monitor alone just by using the windows display properties. The one thing you should look out for is the external monitor connector on the laptop itself. All laptops, including netbooks, have VGA out but some newer ones will have HDMI out as well, so make sure the new monitor will have the connection that you need.

Since it's a laptop, the video card may stutter with the higher resolution on the monitor though, so you may have to adjust the graphic options of your games once you're playing on the monitor.
122  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Tanks...free ww2 tank mmo on: May 09, 2011, 02:05:16 AM
The special is going on for VE day, 8-10 May I believe. The news also said some half-priced items in the store, though I didn't see what they were. The 5x xp for first win is a good thing, maybe I can get out of the Hetzer sooner.

Finally got my PzIV with the long sniping gun and that's gonna be my mainstay tank for a while. Working to get the JgPzIV right now, then either the Hummel (from the PzIV line), American M7 or the USSR's T34 tank.

Still debating if I wanna get 1 month of premium account just to get all these tanks and maybe an extra slot in the garage.
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mount and Blade: With Fire and Sword on: May 06, 2011, 09:07:35 AM
I have it and I've been playing it and I find it pretty interesting and a decent change in tactics from M&B and Warband.

In battle, you'd basically follow the combat tactics of the period. Have your melee guys up front, muskets on the 2nd row (preferably on a higher ground) and cav to the side for a flanking charge. Let the enemy come to you in ranks and let the muskets thin them down and charge the cav as they reload.

If you're charging from the front, it's pretty much a guaranteed death. You can still lead your charge, just gotta wait for the right time (after the 1st volley or in between volleys) and charge from the flanks.
124  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Tanks...free ww2 tank mmo on: May 03, 2011, 04:30:41 AM

Quote from: ydejin on May 03, 2011, 03:12:54 AM

The main thing to keep in mind when you're a fast, light tank playing with the heavies is your job is to scout, not to kill.  You'll receive half the XP and half the credit that anyone gets when they fire on a target that they can't hit without your spotting.  This is most obviously important for artillery who shouldn't be able to get line-of-sight on any of the enemies (if they can, they've either screwed up their placement or your team's defense has collapsed).  However, heavies, mediums who play as snipers, and tank destroyers all can often hit targets far beyond visual range if you can highlight the targets for them.

The After Action Report makes it seem like scouting is all about getting the first spot on the vehicle, but it's not.  Pay attention to where your heavy hitters are and where they have fields of fire.  Try to find target for them that they can hit, but which might be outside of their visual range.  For artillery, it helps to tell them where you are going and where targets might blip up on their display, since moving the area the artillery is targetting can be time consuming.

Don't rush off at the start of the game.  You generally don't want to spot targets until your team can take advantage of them (although arguably determining the enemy heavies' line of advance can be useful, even if people won't be able to shoot at them individually).

I also like looking over the enemy tank composition before the match starts.  See how many enemy lights and fast mediums there are.  These are likely to be coming for your artillery.  So it sometimes pays to hold back a bit and take these on as they come in.  Friendly light tanks are amongst the best anti-light tank hunters available to protect friendly artillery units. 

I scout but for some reason the PzIII is insanely easy to track. I usually sit back for a minute or so depending on where everyone is going and try to head off any fast movers going towards our arties but with the derp gun, if I miss the shot, it takes forever to reload and shooting accurately while moving is a no go. Or I go towards the enemy's positions and try to scout for our heavies but once I'm tracked, I'm sitting duck, plus once I run into an enemy heavy, 1 shot usually finishes me off.
125  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Tanks...free ww2 tank mmo on: May 03, 2011, 03:03:34 AM
I'm currently grinding up on my PzIII trying to get PzIV and it's a pain to do without premium account. I keep getting placed with the big heavies that would one-shot me and even with the derp gun, I can barely make a dent. I'm about halfway the xp required to research PzIV. I may need to plunk down for a month of premium just to make the grind a bit more bearable.

Don't get me wrong, the PzIII is a fun tank to play if you're going against the right tiers. But when put against KV-3, IS and Tigers, it's just not as much fun, especially when they do that round after round after round.

Once I get the PzIV with the turret & gun upgrades, it'll be time to go for the JgPzIV grind. Not looking forward to the Hetzer though, lol.
126  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Tanks...free ww2 tank mmo on: May 01, 2011, 02:18:16 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 30, 2011, 07:36:15 AM

what's wrong with being an ace every match? slywink

Nothing wrong at all IF you can do that on most matches so that you can break even on high tier tanks, without premium account  icon_wink
127  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Tanks...free ww2 tank mmo on: April 30, 2011, 06:58:22 AM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on April 29, 2011, 04:24:57 PM

Downloaded this last night and I'm loving it.  It's a perfect game for when you have a half hour to kill, or if you have all night and want to blow stuff up.     Now all I need is to get to that German Mous and all will be well. smile


I found the best balance between killing ability and cost to fix are the tier 4 and 5 tanks, that is if you're not running a premium account. The higher tiers are just too costly to fix unless you can be an ace in every match.
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hue Test on: April 21, 2011, 03:34:37 AM
Scored a 4. That surprised me since I thought I'd do much worse.
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Will be joining the motorcycle owners...in a few years on: March 25, 2011, 02:16:01 AM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on March 25, 2011, 01:16:01 AM

Quote from: Lyno on March 24, 2011, 11:15:27 AM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on March 24, 2011, 05:31:05 AM

Quote from: Zekester on March 23, 2011, 01:42:06 PM

I don't know how many states ban talking on cell phones when driving, but people using them have introduced a new worry for motorcyclists.

Like as if we needed more.

Here in Jakarta, some bikers talk on cell phones while riding and not the handfree one, they also can text and ride. But I guess lives are cheaper in third world countries.


How fast are these guys going? I typically do 80-85 mph on my bike. The wind would rip the phone from my hand at that speed.

-Lyno

They ride slower when using phone, but it is still dangerous to themselves and others around them. Bikers in Jakarta ride much slower than US bikers but they tend to not follow traffic rules, they don't stay in lane, they don't signal before cut in front of you, etc. If there is a space, they'll try to fit their bike in. That is one reason why we have serious traffic jam in Jakarta, cars have to move  slower to anticipate bikers.

Not to mention the bikes way outnumber the cars on the road. I read a report that every month, in Jakarta alone, 700k new bikes are sold, but considering $50 - 100 down will get you one to take home on the spot, that number doesn't surprise me. Plus the bikers here ride like they own the road, they have no courtesy and no fear, since in most cases of accidents, the driver/owner of the bigger vehicle is "always at fault" regardless of the traffic laws. If it is clearly the motorcycle's fault, most of the times they will flee the scene of the accident and get away.
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Huge 8.9 quake hits Japan on: March 21, 2011, 01:33:44 AM
I don't even fathom where to begin a clean up and where to put all the debris just to begin a clean up process.
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Homefront on: March 18, 2011, 03:59:26 AM
Seeing that I highly doubt that there will be a lot of MP servers with decent pings to me, would this game be worth it for the SP campaign alone?
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Huge 8.9 quake hits Japan on: March 17, 2011, 01:57:07 AM
A touching story about a couple of dogs who are victims of the tsunami. It's in Japanese but the translation is provided on the bottom of the webpage:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/dog-in-japan-stays-by-the-side-of-its-ailing-friend-in-the-rubble
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Atom Zombie Smasher (from the developer of Flotilla) on: March 16, 2011, 04:31:59 PM

Quote from: Tals on March 16, 2011, 09:04:53 AM

Ok posted in the forums on my thoughts re this

http://www.blendogames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&p=2407#p2407

The site admin, which I'm assuming is the programmer, replied to your post. Wow, he may actually listen to people's ideas and implement them, that would be awesome.
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Atom Zombie Smasher (from the developer of Flotilla) on: March 16, 2011, 07:49:54 AM

Quote from: Tals on March 16, 2011, 05:18:18 AM

The infantry unit is my fav. Its when you have barricades, the atttractor thing and the single one of explosions - that is then impossible, the only thing you can do is evacuate as many as you can but its not fun frown

It is when your job is to evac. I was in a level 4 town, my job is zed eradication. The infantry doesn't move fast enough to catch them all.
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Atom Zombie Smasher (from the developer of Flotilla) on: March 16, 2011, 01:48:32 AM

Quote from: Tals on March 15, 2011, 08:17:35 PM

One thing I don't like is you don't get to pick the mercanaries you get or have for missions and it can give you some really poor choices where you haven't a hope.

+1 on this. Trying to kill off all zeds in the city with just an infantry unit and some landmines made for some very frustrating retries.
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Huge 8.9 quake hits Japan on: March 14, 2011, 11:14:20 PM

Quote from: kronovan on March 14, 2011, 08:59:23 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 14, 2011, 05:55:11 PM

interesting fact on video:  3 of the 4 corners of the 'ring of fire' (chile, christchurch, japan) have had major earthquakes almost all within a year.

Doh...don't say that! We all no where the 4th corner is and I just happen to live quite close to it.  paranoid Unless of course Mother Nature decides to go for the upper 4th corner like she did in 64.

Yeah, VRaverna and I are dead smack in the middle of the Ring of Fire, so here's hoping nothing major is coming our way anytime soon.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mount and Blade: With Fire and Sword on: March 04, 2011, 02:23:19 AM
I'd buy it but still depends on pricing. It's basically the same M&B core game, so if they priced it under $20 it's a buy for me, otherwise I'd stick to mods of M&B and Warband til F&S goes on sale.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cameras on: February 06, 2011, 03:07:35 AM
I've been looking for a decent p&s camera too and so far, from the reviews I read, the Canon PowerShot S95 seems to be a good pick. It's a p&s with a nice set of manual controls.
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spartacus Season Two on: January 30, 2011, 07:48:48 AM
I didn't realize that Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon (both of Dr Horrible's Sing Along Blog) wrote the 2nd episode and co-produced the 1st one.
140  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Netbook needed mainly for writing (about $400 or less) on: January 28, 2011, 02:20:12 AM
I'm with Blackjack on this one. If you do a lot of writing, you'll probably want a keyboard, and maybe even a bigger screen. I'd probably look more into the 13" screens compared to the 10" of the netbooks. If battery is one of the concerns, I'd go with the CULV laptops (I think Intel SU processor series). If you do decide on a netbook, I think the new Intel N550 is a dual-core nano.

I'd check http://www.techbargains.com for daily deals on laptops
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wing Commander's bar done in Lego on: January 27, 2011, 08:13:09 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on January 27, 2011, 05:47:10 AM

I remember in the very early 90's going into a Software Etc and writing stuff down from the hint book to Zelda: A Link to the Past. Don't recall what problem I was having but the guy caught me and asked me to stop smile

Whoa, I remembered some of those hint books come with red plastics that you have to use to read the pages. I think they were Sierra On Line hint books.
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dropbox - anyone here use it? on: January 26, 2011, 03:39:20 PM
If you install the client, you can have your files offline too and any changes will sync with the server as soon as you're back online.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wing Commander's bar done in Lego on: January 26, 2011, 06:51:22 AM
Oh man, Wing Commander and Privateer, how I miss those games.
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dropbox - anyone here use it? on: January 26, 2011, 04:10:44 AM
I've been using it for a few years now and I'm up to 5GB of free space and I love it. It's like a cloud version of a USB disk.
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2011 on: January 14, 2011, 06:28:14 AM
Finished Reading:
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
The Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Quiz] Need the hive mind's assistance with a quiz on: January 11, 2011, 03:30:38 AM
The result was just posted, apparently, 7 people got all 100 questions correct, sadly, I wasn't one of them.

Quote from: LavaLamp on December 30, 2010, 09:07:47 PM

Browsing...awesome quiz. U have a big-time blunder on 47. It's Princess Anne.

Cheats never prosper!
You're mistaken, Martina Navratilova was correct.

Here's a link to the answers: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/654927/Holiday-Quiz-2010-Answers.pdf

Thanks again for all the assistance.
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2: Ego Draconis/ Flames of Vengeance add-on/ Dragon Knight Saga info! on: January 06, 2011, 01:25:42 AM
I'm trying out the Dual Wield character but my play time is pretty limited so I've only gotten to level 3 or 4.

What are the books for? Should I be keeping them after reading or just selling them? What about gems, are they good for anything or just for selling?
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saboteur for the PC, and a warning for ATI users on: January 05, 2011, 02:29:23 AM
I use an ATI card and the game runs. However, I do have a bug with the map that is part of the ATI problem. When I zoom out or in and move around on the map screen, the map markers (current locations, waypoint marker, etc) don't scale / move with the map, so they're practically useless.   The game runs fine though.
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam Holiday Haul 2010 on: January 04, 2011, 01:13:43 AM
Here's mine, thought I spent way more than this but after looking at the list, it's not too bad:


Bethesda Pack    $69.99
The Witcher    $5.00
Greed: Black Border    $2.49
Puzzle Quest    $1.50
Railworks 2    $6.00
King Arthur Pack    $5.39
Dragon Age Awakening    $14.99
Cities XL 2011    $19.99
SimCity 4 Deluxe    $4.99
Lost Horizon    $9.99
Mafia II DLC    $7.94
Divinity II    $26.79
Amnesia    $6.80
Winterbottom    $0.49

Total of $182.35.

Would've shaved off $7 if I had bought Divinity II during the sale instead of the day after. Now I just have to find time to play them all.
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Railworks 2 on: January 04, 2011, 12:46:54 AM

Quote from: earicci on January 03, 2011, 04:21:04 PM

Where do you find the tutorials?

2 are in the TestTraK scenario and the other one is in one of the regular scenarios (I don't remember which one, sorry) but they all start with TUTORIAL as the name.
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Railworks 2 on: January 02, 2011, 02:40:57 PM

Quote from: baelthazar on January 02, 2011, 05:33:51 AM

I only have two tutorials, is this right? Or do I have to DL more somewhere?

I only saw 3 tutorials. 2 freights and 1 passenger.
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Railworks 2 on: January 02, 2011, 01:54:44 AM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on January 02, 2011, 01:31:30 AM

Splendid, thanks mate.  If that was explained in the manuals I must have missed it.

I think the tutorial covered it.
153  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Holiday Sale 2010 - IT'S STARTED!!!!1! on: January 02, 2011, 12:37:21 AM
After a couple of days Steam sales break, now I'm tempted by MOH, Divinity 2 and the Mafia DLCs. I want Settlers 7 too but not until the permanent internet connection DRM is removed.

Is MOH worth it at $30?
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Railworks 2 on: January 02, 2011, 12:23:26 AM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on January 01, 2011, 03:14:43 PM

This is proving to be a pleasant way to spend an hour or so.  I've completely mastered driving diesels and electrics but haven't tried steam yet; I assume it must be quite different and much more complicated.  A few observations:

  • How are you supposed to know when a different speed limit comes up?  The first I ever know about it is when the limit shown beneath my speed suddenly changes and I find myself 40km/h over the limit.

For speed changes you get a warning on the side of the tracks first, a yellow signal that looks like an arrow pointing down with the speed limit coming up posted on it. Usually there are 2 posted on it, the top number is for passenger trains the bottom is for freight trains. After that, the next yellow speed limit signal that you see will be the start of the speed limit area.
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the hell have I done? I've just signed up for an IRONMAN. on: December 29, 2010, 06:11:25 AM
Congrats on being an IRONMAN!
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Quiz] Need the hive mind's assistance with a quiz on: December 29, 2010, 02:33:57 AM

Quote from: Einsteinium on December 28, 2010, 05:48:11 PM

Any word?

The deadline for the quiz is Jan 3rd, then results will be a week or two after that. I will post what happens when I know  icon_biggrin
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Returned to World in Conflict on: December 29, 2010, 02:31:19 AM
Bah, I left the discs for this game back in the US. Now I'm hoping it'll go on the Steam sale so I can rebuy, though right now it's $15 for both WiC and Soviet expansion.
158  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Holiday Sale 2010 - IT'S STARTED!!!!1! on: December 28, 2010, 01:43:05 AM
Contemplating on getting Cities XL 2011. At $20 it's an "I'll think about it", if it was $10 or lower then it would've been an instant buy for me.
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend a TV series on DVD please? on: December 27, 2010, 02:43:07 AM
Veronica Mars

+1 for Firefly
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Quiz] Need the hive mind's assistance with a quiz on: December 27, 2010, 01:15:22 AM
Wow, thank you all for your assistance, I would have never been able to get all these on my own.

I think I will submit this later on today and hope that it will be enough to get me the prize.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!
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