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161  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?
162  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.
163  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.
164  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.
165  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.
166  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.
167  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?
168  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.
169  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!
170  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
171  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.
172  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.
173  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
174  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!
175  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Holiday Sale 2010 - IT'S STARTED!!!!1! on: December 25, 2010, 06:36:43 PM

Quote from: Moliere on December 24, 2010, 08:04:28 PM

Hopefully there won't be any more temptations like Dragon Age going on sale.

Dragon Age + Expansion just went on sale today.

I'm tempted to pick up the expansion.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Railworks 2 on: December 25, 2010, 03:07:29 PM
I played the BNSF Cement Snoot scenario and at the end of it, an AI train would keep colliding with a parked set of cabs at a siding. Apparently, this is a known issue. Just sucks that I can't finish this scenario after playing it all the way through due to an AI error.  icon_frown
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Quiz] Need the hive mind's assistance with a quiz on: December 23, 2010, 04:20:20 PM

Quote from: Gryndyl on December 23, 2010, 02:15:38 PM

Before y'all think I'm a trivia genius I will cheerfully confess to only knowing some of these. For the rest I used my l33t search engine skillz

That is some l33t search engine skillz sir.

Holy cow, I think we're almost done. Thanks a lot guys, couldn't have done this without your help.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Quiz] Need the hive mind's assistance with a quiz on: December 23, 2010, 04:13:27 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 23, 2010, 03:08:07 PM

Quote from: Gryndyl on December 23, 2010, 02:15:38 PM

And for #100 I think there's an error in the quiz, which you should get bonus points for spotting  ninja Malcor III is from the STNG episode "First Contact", which shares its name with an STNG movie...which doesn't take place on Malcor III

that's the same thing I came up with.
I got confused on that one as well.
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Quiz] Need the hive mind's assistance with a quiz on: December 23, 2010, 05:12:19 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 23, 2010, 05:00:08 AM

Nimoy is with an "i"


Pretty sure 61 is Ella Fitzgerald and 62 is Wagner

73 is, of course, It's a Wonderful Life and 75 Metropolis

Thank you, I corrected Nimoy. I had it written down correctly on my paper, must've typo'd it.
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Quiz] Need the hive mind's assistance with a quiz on: December 23, 2010, 01:58:18 AM
Is the answer to 31 "Marmalade people" or "Rocking Horse people?" It's the lyrics to "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" that much I know.
181  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Holiday Sale 2010 - IT'S STARTED!!!!1! on: December 23, 2010, 01:40:22 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 22, 2010, 06:22:28 PM

Don't forget to make sure you have a rock solid Internet connection if you get AC2, as it uses Ubisots new DRM.

Thanks for that, guess that makes it easier for me not to buy AC2.
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Quiz] Need the hive mind's assistance with a quiz on: December 23, 2010, 01:28:59 AM
Ok, here's what I got so far, both from my own Googling and GT contributions:

1. Charles Dickens (Attech)
2. Jules Verne
3. Leo Tolstoy (Gryndyl)
4. Herman Melville (Gryndyl)
5. Ernst Hemmingway (Bullwinkle)
6. Che Guevara (Bullwinkle)
7.
8. The Simpsons (Bullwinkle)
9. Academy Awards Best Picture
10. Leonardo Da Vinci (CeeKay)
11. Vincent Van Gogh (Bullwinkle)
12. Jackson Pollock (Bullwinkle)
13. Salvador Dali
14. Andy Warhol (Bullwinkle)
15. Ice Hockey (Bullwinkle)
16. Golf
17. Cricket
18. Soccer (Gryndyl)
19. Tennis
20. Sublimation (Einsteinium)
21. Wojtyla (Last names of Popes) (CeeKay)
22. Copenhagen
23. Othello (Bullwinkle)
24. James Bond movie titles (Gellar)
25. Raul Castro (Gryndyl)
26. Bhumibol Adulyadej (Einsteinium)
27. Namadi Sambo (Gryndyl)
28. Bronislaw Komorowski (Gryndyl)
29. Dilma Rouseff (Gryndyl)
30. Tupi
31. Rocking Horse people
32. Titan
33. John Wayne
34. Lactic Acid (Einsteinium)
35.
36. Jordan
37. USA
38. UK
39. France (Gryndyl)
40. Russia
41. Cuba (Gryndyl)
42. Hillary Clinton (Einsteinium)
43. Leonard Nimoy
44. Bono (Einsteinium)
45. Pele (Stimpy)
46. Amitabh Bachchan (Gryndyl)
47. Martina Navratilova (Gryndyl)
48. 3 (Gryndyl)
49. Earth (Einsteinium)
50. David Beckham
51.
52. Gloop (Willy Wonka's golden ticket winners)
53. Singapore (Gryndyl)
54. Mikhail Gorbachev (Einsteinium)
55. EmphaSeis (Gryndyl)
56. Kiev? (Envy24)
57. Glenn McGrath (Slackerjoe)
58. Most expensive painting ever sold
59. Basmati (Einsteinium)
60. Yehudi Menuhin (Gryndyl)
61. Ella Fitzgerald (Bullwinkle)
62. Wagner (Bullwinkle)
63. Bjork
64. Placido Domingo (Stimpy)
65. Madagascar
66. Benin
67. Myanmar
68. Argentina
69. Sweden
70. The House of Flying Daggers
71. 2001: A Space Odyssey
72. Amelie (Gryndyl)
73. It's a Wonderful Life (Slackerjoe & Bullwinkle)
74. Slumdog Millionaire
75. Metropolis (Slackerjoe & Bullwinkle)
76. Albert - Processor, Brenda - Marine, Clare - Land (Purge)
77. Niels Bohr (Einsteinium)
78. Max Planck (Einsteinium)
79. Albert Einstein (Einsteinium)
80. Enrico Fermi (Einsteinium)
81. Erwin Schrodinger (Gryndyl)
82. 45 (Purge)
83. Lady Gaga
84. Angela Merkel (Slackerjoe)
85. Rosalynn Carter (Stimpy)
86. Queen Rania Al Abdullah (Gryndyl)
87. Michelle Wie
88. 30 (Einsteinium)
89. Fleetwood Mac (El-Producto)
90. Optowave (Einsteinium)
91.
92. Michael Collins (Gryndyl)
93. Opel
94. Alfa Romeo
95. Peugeot
96. Skoda
97. Bentley
98. Wikipedia
99.
100. Star Trek First Contact?
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Quiz] Need the hive mind's assistance with a quiz on: December 22, 2010, 11:19:35 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on December 22, 2010, 07:22:54 PM

you want us to help you cheat and win a kindle............. eek

It's not cheating since they said to ask friends and family, well, I'm just asking my GT friends and family slywink

Quote from: raydude on December 22, 2010, 08:46:09 PM

Wait, you've gotten over half of them? It would be nice to know which questions that would be, so we can help you with the rest smile

I'll post what I have so far once I get to work. I left my answer key there yesterday.
184  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Holiday Sale 2010 - IT'S STARTED!!!!1! on: December 22, 2010, 06:19:46 PM
Gah! Assassins Creed 2 for $12 (I own AC1 on Steam), Railworks for $6 and Recettear.

So tempted but really shouldn't.
185  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Holiday Sale 2010 - IT'S STARTED!!!!1! on: December 22, 2010, 07:51:49 AM
My haul so far:
Bethesda Pack
The Witcher

Total damage to wallet: $75

I'm hoping they won't have anymore sales that I would be tempted to buy.

*Sigh* Just bought Puzzle Quest and Greed, total: $4

So now total damage is up to $79.
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Quiz] Need the hive mind's assistance with a quiz on: December 22, 2010, 07:49:46 AM
I could use some assistance from the GT hive mind with my company's holiday quiz. There are 100 questions to the quiz and it's in PDF form, so I've shared it on my dropbox folder (too big to attach here, 2mb file). So far, I think I've gotten over half of them.

The quiz is here: *removed, if you still want it you can PM me*

Thank you in advance for any assistance. icon_biggrin

Oh, the prize is a Kindle 3, in case you're wondering.
187  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Google's Chrome OS on: December 21, 2010, 07:46:45 AM
I'd love to test one of those Google laptops for them but not being in the US, that kind of disqualifies me right off the bat  crybaby
188  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Holiday Sale 2010 - IT'S STARTED!!!!1! on: December 21, 2010, 07:06:04 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on December 21, 2010, 06:30:08 AM

Quote from: Turtle on December 21, 2010, 05:20:45 AM

Picked up Battlefield: Bad Company 2 for $6.25. It's been a long time since I played a battlefield game, but I felt I needed a shooter that wasn't CoD style.

I've seen this for sale twice now but I've passed it up both times because I'm just afraid it's old enough to where no one is playing it online much. That's basically all that game is. I'd hate to buy it to find out it's dead.

It's not dead, especially now with the Vietnam DLC.
189  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Holiday Sale 2010 - IT'S STARTED!!!!1! on: December 21, 2010, 07:04:40 AM
I am so tempted with the Bethesda pack. I had most of those games but left them in the US when I moved.

Decisions decisions
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starpoint Gemini - now with impressions on: December 20, 2010, 04:52:33 AM
Does the developer have any plans to release this on Steam or Impulse?
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Great Steam Experiment! on: December 02, 2010, 07:11:41 AM

Quote from: Arkon on December 02, 2010, 04:05:36 AM

Quote from: The Grue on December 02, 2010, 03:33:41 AM

Just curious why you guys bother backing up.  You can redownload whatever game and even the larger ones only take maybe 2 hours at the most to download.  I am pretty sure I have the self-restraint to wait two hours.  And while I am playing whatever game I am interested in, I can then begin downloading the next one.  I guess if I had 200 games, it might be an issue, but I am never playing 200 games at the same time.  Maybe three at most, I guess.  I dunno, it just seems like a huge pain to back this up to discs when I could just redownload.

I recently purchased Alpha Protocol.  It took me 16 hours to download.  Not everyone has super fast internet.

Edit to add:  Steam refuses to download in the background while playing a Steam game.  As soon as I launch a game from Steam, Steam pauses all downloads.

I live across the pond so ditto on the super fast internet. Took me a day to download the latest BFBC2 patch and that's only 2.5GB. Backing up comes in handy even for games I don't intend to play anymore, I just back it up then uninstall it. If I want to play it again, I'll just restore and download patches instead of the whole game.

Steam pauses the download when you start a new game but you can alt-tab out and restart the download as soon as the game starts. I do that all the time, except for online heavy games.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Great Steam Experiment! on: December 01, 2010, 02:03:22 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on November 30, 2010, 05:15:51 PM

As far as backing up Steam, can we back up everything to an external hard drive, or would I have to use discs? God knows if I use DVDs it'll take forever.

You can use their archive feature or just copy the steamapps folder to an external HD. I've done it both ways before and they worked fine.
193  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Hard Drive Dying/Dead? on: November 30, 2010, 06:06:21 AM
I helped my boss with his laptop HD that was dieing. I used Ubuntu LiveCD to boot the machine and mounted the drive then copied all the data over. The copy process took forever, with many error prompts, but it did manage to get the data out eventually.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Great Steam Experiment! on: November 30, 2010, 05:37:58 AM
I've been with steam since they first started and have never had any issues with them. Now that I've moved half way around the world, digital download is about the only way I can be sure to get legit copies of games and Steam is definitely my first choice.
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Glee Season 2 on: November 19, 2010, 01:02:57 PM
I thought "Singing in the rain / Umbrella" mash-up was really good. "Forget You" was good as well.
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Do Engineers Do When They Retire? on: November 07, 2010, 02:42:16 PM
That was awesome.
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awwwww! So cute! on: November 02, 2010, 02:47:59 PM
I wonder if Andrew Zimmern would eat that if it's fried.
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Big Tsunami hits Indonesia - GT member that went back there OK? Tokek I think? on: October 27, 2010, 03:30:09 AM
Yeah, I'm fine and I believe Victoria Raverna is fine as well as we're both pretty far away from the earthquake and tsunami areas.

It's been one heck of a week for us here in Indonesia with the earthquake, tsunami and now volcano. The volcano is closer but still pretty far away so we're not affected. We did get affected by Tuesday's massive rainfall that created floods all around the capital city. That literally ground the city to a halt, took people anywhere from 3-7 hours to get anywhere and traffic didn't let up til about 23:30. If you think traffic in your area is bad, think again: http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/it-was-the-worst-traffic-i-have-ever-seen-in-jakarta/403307
199  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Monitor recommendations please - on: October 02, 2010, 05:06:51 AM
This is the one I use at home: http://www.amazon.com/BenQ-V2220H-Ultra-Backlight-Monitor/dp/B003UES8Z2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1285995690&sr=8-1

It's got HDMI, DVI and VGA inputs, LED backlight. No complaints from me so far.
200  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Uncharted Waters Online on: October 01, 2010, 04:23:40 AM
Thanks for the heads up Ceekay, didn't hear about this til today. I think I'll give it a shot.
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