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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ever wonder what might hold up a Planescape re-release? on: October 08, 2009, 09:50:51 PM
Have you ever been to an optometrist? Your eyesight problem is likely neither unique nor unfixable.
2  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam Weekend Sale] Zeno Clash 50% off this weekend on: June 25, 2009, 05:13:30 PM
Yeah, the voice acting is bad. I enjoyed the fighting, though. The game is easily worth $10.
3  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: April 11, 2009, 03:44:26 PM
Why the question mark? Steve Martin is a banjo god. He was the host on SNL recently and he got to play a song from his new album with his band. It was so much better than the actual musical guest.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need show, have money on: March 24, 2009, 03:39:15 PM
The Wire and The Shield are my go-to show recommendations for people who haven't seen them. See them, in that order, before you bother with any other TV.

My girlfriend and I have recently worked our way through the first two seasons of Weeds, and I can also recommend that as an entirely different but entirely fun show.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Empire:Total War] - Strategy fans should love on: March 10, 2009, 09:08:00 PM
I'm with Strider on this one. I'm having a blast with Empire, and it doesn't feel "watered down" at all. Quite the opposite--there's a lot to the campaign game and I don't miss anything that has been taken out. And like he said, if you think battles are too easy, switch it to Very Hard. I have a few little problems with the campaign game and the battles, but they're far outweighed by the awesomeness of everything else.
6  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama to Halve Deficit in 4 years? on: February 24, 2009, 10:50:52 PM
I'm going to go against the prevailing pessimism and snark and say that I consider this entirely possible, and see no reason why it cannot be done. And so far, Obama has given me no reason to believe he won't get it done.

Also, I never hoped for Bush to fail. I wanted him to succeed and I wanted everything to get better. Those things just didn't tend to happen. Pointing out his failures and criticizing his decisions is not the same as hoping for failure.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are you doing with your tax refund? on: February 17, 2009, 06:01:18 PM
I'm getting about $930 back, which is pretty cool. It's earmarked for 1) a new backpacking tent, 2) a new backpack and misc. camping supplies, and 3) a plane ticket to go visit my parents, since I didn't go home for the holidays and promised I would in the new year. I should have a little left over after that, and it's going on the credit card.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 mods on: November 25, 2008, 09:39:34 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 25, 2008, 06:34:37 PM

Quote from: Beer Goggles on November 25, 2008, 06:07:28 PM

A lot of my favorites have already been mentioned but there are still some more I like.

Ammo Weight:  I was looking for more realism and an higher difficulty.

I don't get that.  All that will do is make you have to run to a trader more often.   

But I am not big on realism either.  They could mod it so you took a realistic time to recover from injuries too.  But who wants to wait around 30-60 days in their house?

Yeah, I agree. I thought I wanted ammo to have weight, but then I tried it out and it didn't make anything more fun. It just added tedium.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: November 14, 2008, 07:18:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 13, 2008, 01:28:53 AM

Be VERY careful with this. It's not mentioned on that page, but be careful messing with the uGridstoload=# variable. If you raise it, then save your game, then decide to lower it again, you will not be able to load that saved game. I lost about 5 hours of play-time yesterday because of this.

edit: Here's the Fallout 3 Tweak Guide from
10  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Keith Olbermann is ANGRY (Prop 8) on: November 12, 2008, 07:50:45 PM
Amen, Keith.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spore DRM + install question on: September 22, 2008, 12:45:04 PM
You haven't. You only activate it once per install. You can run it however many times you want, and it only activates once.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How has the economic downturn affected you? on: September 19, 2008, 12:57:45 PM
I work in a small architecture firm designing custom houses. Things have gotten a bit slow--this time last year we had more work than we could handle and were turning down jobs, now new prospects are coming in at a trickle (if at all). Still, I haven't been personally affected too much. My firm is as small as it can get for the work we do, so I shouldn't have to worry about losing my job (knock on wood). I have a retirement plan that's probably taking a hit, but truth be told I don't pay much attention to it since it barely has anything in it to begin with. Right now all of my money is going to paying down my credit card debt and student loans. If I stay on track, the former should be gone by Feb 09 and the latter one year later. I just got my annual raise, which was then cut by 1/3 two weeks later. Still, I'm putting in a lot of overtime and am doing pretty well. My expenses haven't gone up (my landlord barely remembers to cash my rent check, let alone raise my rent), so it's so far, so good.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SPORE Impressions on: September 12, 2008, 04:23:58 AM

Quote from: Lee on September 12, 2008, 03:20:13 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 12, 2008, 03:03:29 AM

I'm going to dog them for their DRM, so one more semi-negative review on the pyre. smile

I would rather read a professional review that rates a game on the game play, not the copy protection. It should be a huge note, but I don't think it should effect the score. I don't read game reviews to tell me what they think of the copy protection.

Do a separate article on the CP and then link in game reviews that use that protection would be my suggestion.

I agree with this man. It's important to note the DRM so that anybody who cares will know about it. But it's not really part of the game. It's like giving a movie a negative review because the theater was crowded and your popcorn was too salty.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: THE FALL - out today on Blu-ray/DVD on: September 09, 2008, 05:47:49 PM
I saw this twice in the theater, and I highly recommend it to everybody.

The first time I saw it, the ticket guy said "Oh, good movie." I said "oh yeah?" He said "Yeah. Well if you have an imagination you'll love it. If you don't, you won't." He was right.
15  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 48 Hr Madness - Alone in the Dark $15, Star Wars games $6 on: August 28, 2008, 06:13:41 PM
Think I'll pick up Alone In The Dark as well. Was Republic Commando good? I remember playing the demo but I don't remember if I liked it. Clearly I didn't like it enough to spend $50, but $6 is a different ballgame.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: video far Cry 2..censors are gonna love this one on: August 28, 2008, 02:32:32 PM
This one has serious Game Of The Year potential.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Empire:Total War] - Strategy fans should love on: July 22, 2008, 04:04:37 PM
Just as with Rome and both Medievals, there's zero chance of me not buying this on release day. Despite bugs and AI issues, I've always been a huge Total War fan.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bicycles on: July 06, 2008, 10:44:53 PM

Quote from: cheeba on July 06, 2008, 07:49:09 PM

Quote from: Two Sheds on July 06, 2008, 05:21:19 PM

I don't know why "enthusiasts" frown on hybrids.
Thought I had explained it above.

A road bike is MUCH better than a hybrid on the road. A mountain bike is much better than a hybrid off the road. A mountain bike with road slicks is even better than a hybrid on the road. The difference between a mountain bike with mtn bike tires on the road and a hybrid on the road is tiny.

So with a hybrid you get something that is very, very slightly better on the road than a mountain bike unless you put road tires on that mountain bike, and is much, much worse than either a road bike or mountain bike in every other situation.
I didn't get a mountain bike because I didn't like the look
No offense, but that kind of explains it smile.

If you say so.

The mountain bikes that I tried out in the same price range as my bike handled and rode for shit on city streets. The hybrid is smooth and bare-bones and does everything I want it to. If I was going to spend more money I'd get a road bike. But I've owned two bikes in this city--the first one was stolen, the second one had the front wheel smashed and the frame dinged by a car while it was parked outside my office. For a bike that I use to commute that's probably going to get beat up and possibly stolen, there's no way I'd be spending more I did.

I'm with disarm: shop for what you need it for. If you plan on hitting trails, look at mountain bikes. If you think you're going to get into serious cycling, pony up the cash for a road bike. But if you just want something to get you around town, a hybrid is reliable and reasonably inexpensive.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bicycles on: July 06, 2008, 05:21:19 PM
I don't know why "enthusiasts" frown on hybrids. But then again, I'm not one. My bike is purely transportation for me. I have a Trek hybrid that I got for around $420 two years ago. I ride it every day to and from work, rain (or snow or ice) or shine, and it works beautifully. Mostly city streets. Smooth ride on the roads, and it takes the occasional bike trail around the city with no problem.

I didn't get a mountain bike because I didn't like the look, and the price on one that didn't weigh a ton was too steep. And I didn't want to be bothered with switching out tires. Road bikes were out of my price range for something that I'm just using to get to and from work. The hybrid fit right into that price/performance sweet spot and is great for city commuting.

Edit: And my bike shop offers free tune-ups for the life of the bike. I highly recommend you find a place like that if you can.  icon_biggrin
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else not care for TF2? on: July 02, 2008, 06:08:22 PM
I'm not a a fan either. I rarely play any MP games any more and TF2 just didn't grab me. I tried a few maps on a few different servers and I just didn't feel the pull, so I haven't been back. Just not my kind of game, I suppose.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: July 01, 2008, 03:33:09 PM
I was in, and then I forgot. So I'm starting again this week. Initial test was 27, which I feel is respectable.

Also: Sorry, msteelers. I had the exact same thing happen to me a few years ago, so I can remember what it felt like. I do not envy you. But it does get better.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fourth of July as a holiday - who else doesn't care anymore? on: July 01, 2008, 02:29:23 PM
Like others have said: it's a paid day off work. I can't not like that. Plus, sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and watching the fireworks over the Washington Monument is pretty f'ing spectacular.

And I respectfully disagree re: patriotism. One can be proud of one's country (despite current events...) and feel a loyalty and a fondness towards one's country as one's home without slipping into jingoistic, my-country-can-beat-up-your-country nationalism.

edit: Ironrod--my girlfriend and I had that same notion last weekend. Hopefully too many others won't have the same plan.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Perry Bible Fellowship guys on: June 30, 2008, 07:21:24 PM
Look again. Swastika guy is holding floor-guy's shirt. Black guy is spitting on floor guy.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Perry Bible Fellowship guys on: June 30, 2008, 07:17:22 PM
only the guy on the floor is holding his crotch, because he's getting a beat-down what they give to child-molesters in prison.
25  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The real price of Iraq? on: June 26, 2008, 04:42:37 PM
Because we can, and someone should. Who else can?
Do you have an objection other than a reluctance to accept responsibility?

Of course it should be a shared responsibility. I just think that, as the most economically, technologically, and militarily capable nation on the planet, we should be leading the charge in places like Darfur.

edit: In other words, the fact that this country would ignore the UN when we want to depose Saddam Hussein, but rely on them in Darfur, etc., is appalling.
26  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The real price of Iraq? on: June 26, 2008, 04:28:17 PM
Maybe, but they're not very good at it.
Then again, we haven't had a great track record either.

But why shouldn't we do it? Shouldn't we have a responsibility as a superpower to stop things like genocide, for example?
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random MP3s on: June 24, 2008, 07:50:36 PM
First 5 on my iPod:

1. Atmosphere - Joy Division
2. Exit Strategy Failed - Finn's Motel
3. We Call Upon The Author - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
4. Naked Ground - The Dexateens
5. Cassandra Geminni: A. Tarantism - The Mars Volta
28  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama (already) plays the race card on: June 23, 2008, 06:05:31 PM
Relax, msd. Nowhere did he say "All republicans," and he didn't single you out personally. He said "Republicans will do this." This is true. He didn't call you a racist, he called some racists Republicans.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Day of Defeat or pass? on: June 20, 2008, 04:06:59 PM
I used to play it a lot, but I haven't for a long time. Still, I'd say it's worth $10 if you're curious. I had a lot of fun with it (and was quite good, if I do say so myself) but I haven't been that into multiplayer for a while so I don't really know what's changed since around a year ago.
30  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Could the US collapse like the Soviet Empire? on: June 19, 2008, 02:52:30 PM
I don't think you mean the Holy Roman Empire, and I think you're delusional. We already had an American citizen who was fed up with the government, and who had "just enough knowledge to be dangerous." There's a very nice memorial to his victims in downtown Oklahoma City. And hey look, our system survived.

I'm with CSL: I'll take that bet.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starting Planescape: Torment (no spoilers please!) on: June 17, 2008, 06:52:50 PM
I've played through PS:T 3 times, I think. This widescreen mod and those tweaks/patches, coupled with this thread are making me really want to go for a fourth.

Then you people start talking about BG2, and I start itching to reinstall that as well. I've got a NWN2 expansion to (start and) finish, damn it!
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The New BMW Cylon-mobile! on: June 10, 2008, 10:41:39 PM

Quote from: Windows95 on June 10, 2008, 10:19:50 PM

Practical? Not yet.  But a very intriguing idea that certainly has potential.

Agreed. I think this is very cool. If they can come up with a fabric that's washable, stain-resistant, and puncture/cut-proof (kevlar?), I think this could be pretty big.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dress Design - Ideas needed on: June 10, 2008, 01:24:47 PM
A designer should have the ability to make, definitely. It's the only way to learn anything useful, and what kind of designer would you be if you had no idea how to actually put things together?
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I have found my summer ale on: June 09, 2008, 02:15:57 PM
I'm a big fan of Magic Hat #9. I seem to remember having the Hocus Pocus a while back and liking it as well. Not so much the IPA, but I'm not really into IPAs to begin with.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I haven't bought a game yet this year, help me choose. on: June 09, 2008, 02:26:32 AM
If you're an RPG fan, I can't recommend Mass Effect enough.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioware doesn't trust us (Mass Effect) on: June 09, 2008, 02:20:58 AM
Why are MOST of those companies out of business in 10 years in your head? And why do you assume it will be complicated? Why on earth would it involve "hours" spent searching online? Isn't it more likely that you'll be able to hop onto [your file downloading website of choice] and grab the activation-deactivation patch that the company released when it went under?
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie pet peeve on: June 09, 2008, 02:17:04 AM

Quote from: TK-421 on June 08, 2008, 01:11:57 PM

Quote from: Arnir on June 08, 2008, 04:17:19 AM

People cocking their weapons everytime they head into action or think that they might be.  No ejection of rounds that should be taking place if they kept working the actions like that.

Similar to the above is this:  Hero points his 1911 .45 at the bad guy and commands him to do something.  Bad guy refuses so hero pulls the hammer back to emphasise that bad guy really should do what hero is asking.   The 1911 .45 (and others like it) is a single action weapon which means that the hammer HAS to be pulled back for it to fire.  If the hammer is down then they could pull the trigger all they like and nothing will happen because it locks the trigger until the hammer is pulled back.  So having a 1911 style .45 pointed at somebody with the hammer down isn't really very threatening.

Gun-nerd nitpicking aside, I disagree that it's not very threatening. Even if you know the above information, I'd say having a pistol pointed at you is pretty damn threatening. Pulling the hammer back is just the icing on the I-mean-business cake.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect technical issues thread on: June 06, 2008, 08:37:14 PM
I have no idea about daemontools or Alcohol.

I do have an 8800GT, however, and can tell you that the game ran perfectly for me out of the box. I think I read something about there being problems with a specific 8800GT and certain drivers, but I can't really remember. Either way, from what I've seen of that forum, you're definitely getting a skewed view of things. I can't guarantee it will work perfectly for you, but like I said, I haven't had a single problem.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I just saw a movie which makes Hostel look like Sesame Street on: June 06, 2008, 07:36:20 PM
I understand what a horror movie is, PR. That wasn't my point. My question was about this type of horror movie. From what I've seen (the first SAW, a couple others whose titles escape me), it just seems like the entire point of these "torture porn" movies is to watch, well, torture and death. Look, if a movie is good I'll watch it. I've seen plenty of what I would call good horror movies. But these (and, admittedly, I haven't seen the movie in question in this thread so this may not apply) seem like they're just about the gore, and everything else is window dressing. There isn't any real "meat" (pardon the pun). Sure, it's suspenseful, etcetera, but aren't you really just waiting for the next super gory moment? That's the idea I get from advertising (Unrated! Goriest movie ever!!!) and what (little) I've personally seen.

El-Producto's explanation I get. My girlfriend hates movies with depressing endings, for example, and I don't. Sometimes I like to feel that emotional stab in the heart and know that, no, everything isn't okay. So I get discomfort thing.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I just saw a movie which makes Hostel look like Sesame Street on: June 06, 2008, 06:22:16 PM
But besides that, what makes it enjoyable to watch? There was a review of some movie (Mother of Tears I think?) in the Washington Post this morning that was asking that question. In so many words, the reviewer said that, having been a film studies guy, he understands the history and the references and the in-jokes. He just doesn't get it. He doesn't see the entertainment in watching sadistic, graphic, over-the-top violence, regardless of whether it's a throwback to this or an homage to that. And I have to say I agree.

And of course, violence isn't just a gore-film thing, but in other genres it's generally a narrative device inside a larger context. It may even be hard to watch, but there's generally a point to it beyond "what's the most graphic, twisted way we can show somebody suffering and dying." Which is what these films always look like to me. The "in-between" parts--what some of you are calling suspense, etc--seem just like filler. Like segues between gory deaths and buckets of blood.

So I don't get it. Does anybody care to explain what you get out of a film like this and why you watch? Is it just an adrenaline thing? That's fine if it is--I'm not being judgmental here, I'm genuinely curious.
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