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161  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.
162  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
163  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.
164  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.
165  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.
166  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.
167  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.
168  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?
169  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.
170  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.
171  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.
172  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.
173  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
174  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.
175  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
176  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?
177  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.
178  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.
179  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.
180  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.
181  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.
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Do Engineers Do When They Retire? on: November 07, 2010, 02:42:16 PM
That was awesome.
183  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.
184  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
185  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.
186  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.
187  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: which Windows 7 do I need? on: September 29, 2010, 05:16:08 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 29, 2010, 04:42:39 AM

If you think you may want to have Remote Desktop access then I think you need Professional.  I went with Home Premium and have since had several occasions where I wish I could use Remote Desktop. 

You can get around that issue by using one of several free programs like GoToMyPC or TeamViewer.
188  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Tanks...free ww2 tank mmo on: September 15, 2010, 03:12:35 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 15, 2010, 01:42:29 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 15, 2010, 12:33:08 AM


after some consideration I think I need to try on of those out.

SPGs are fun, but usually you're one of the main targets for everyone and if you don't have a good team that's willing to defend, usually out pretty early in the game.
189  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Tanks...free ww2 tank mmo on: September 13, 2010, 04:46:52 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on September 13, 2010, 03:06:40 AM

Well wont be paying anything for this after all. i've loved the game and planned the whole time to buy gold but they gave me a 3 day chat ban for bitching about cheaters and thats that. I guess they'd rather let cheaters keep cheating.

You can still play and not pay them anything at all on release. I think that would stick it up to them better than you not playing at all. icon_biggrin
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 11, 2010, 04:40:06 PM
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would you go back and live with your parents? on: September 10, 2010, 03:14:45 PM
I am currently living back with my parents and has been ever since I returned to Indonesia. It's fairly normal here to do that, even married couples do that until they either can afford a house or inherit the parent's house.

It took quite a bit of getting used to after 14 years of living on my own but I'm fairly used to it now, plus I have crazy schedule so I'm hardly ever home, and easier to have dogs since there's always someone home to play with them.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia II on: August 31, 2010, 06:16:47 AM
I didn't find the game to be frustrating at all, granted I was playing on medium difficulty. I remembered the racing portion of Mafia 1 was frustrating but I don't find that here thankfully. The only thing closest to the racing in Mafia 1 was the mad dash to the gas stations around town.

I did die a few times during firefights but I enjoyed them all. I love the Thompson M1A1 and the M1 Garand, wish there are more ammos for those 2 guns (besides the gun stores).

Where are good places to get the Steam achievement where you have to reach 125 mph?

Also, I saw steam achievements for "Jimmy's Vendetta" anyone know which mission that is or is that a DLC?
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia II on: August 30, 2010, 02:08:14 PM

Quote from: naednek on August 30, 2010, 01:06:44 PM

Quote from: Tokek on August 29, 2010, 11:20:46 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
I finished it last night and I like it. I still like the original Mafia better though, but it's still a good game and decent storyline. I loved it when the story crossed with Mafia 1, that was awesome.


God Damnit.  Thanks for the spoiler

Sorry, I didn't think that was much of a spoiler since I didn't say what it was. I will edit my post.
194  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Tanks...free ww2 tank mmo on: August 30, 2010, 04:10:58 AM
I thought US tanks won't be in on Sept 1, at least that's what I heard. They will be in later in the beta. I could be mistaken though.
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia II on: August 29, 2010, 11:20:46 PM
I finished it last night and I like it. I still like the original Mafia better though, but it's still a good game and decent storyline.
Spoiler for Hiden:
I loved it when the story crossed with Mafia 1, that was awesome.

Ended up playing with my 360 gamepad and the driving was way better with that vs with a keyboard. I still switched to the mouse for some shootouts though, but not too much. My gripe is that I can't use the Thompson 1928 ammo for the Thompson M1A1, they're the same gun, just different variant, but accepted it as a balancing/gameplay decision by the devs.

Gonna replay it on Hard to try to get the achievement and Pinups as well as try to collect all the collectibles for the achievement.
196  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Tanks...free ww2 tank mmo on: August 26, 2010, 04:18:57 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on August 26, 2010, 04:19:51 AM

I've researched a ton of tanks and own 7. After the wife i plan to go straight for only 3...a JagPanther, T-44, and Panther.

I'm planning to go almost the same route as far as tanks go after the wipe, a JagdPzIV (or a JagdPanther, haven't decided yet), a T-34-85 (not sure if I'll have enough for T-44) and possibly PzIV.
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What great tv shows did you miss only to find later? on: August 12, 2010, 09:10:09 AM
Firefly
Veronica Mars
The Office
How I Met Your Mother
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Zombie Fans Unite! World War Z on: August 11, 2010, 06:25:45 AM
Kind of regret leaving this book and Zombie Survival Guide back in the US when I went home.

It was a fun read from what I can remember though.
199  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Tanks...free ww2 tank mmo on: August 03, 2010, 03:59:33 PM

Quote from: ydejin on August 03, 2010, 09:34:48 AM

Crew skills makes a huge difference.  I don't know if it's worth the gold, but I've concluded the 50% Regimental Training for 20,000k credits each crew member is a good deal and strongly recommended.

If you get a tank at 100% and then compare it to 25% it's stunning what the 100% crew can do in terms of driving and firing.  Playing with 100% crew is a lot of fun.

Yeah, that they do. I have a T-26 crew that is around 80% and they're so much fun to play in the recruit battles.
200  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Tanks...free ww2 tank mmo on: August 03, 2010, 09:24:28 AM
Guess I should've been collecting the freebie gold and buying the 24 hour premium instead of training my crew for 75% skills.
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