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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Has anyone ever been to a shooting range? on: January 02, 2007, 07:33:34 PM
I have a good friend of mine who has taken the "rifleman" thing to an almost uncomfortable extreme.  He has gotten me out onto the range a few times over the last few months, only for rifle shooting.  Long range shooting is fun, especially with a rifle made about a hundred years ago by the Russians.  My starter is a Mosin-Nagant M-38.  7.62x54R NATO rounds.  Sighted in well, and in prone position, I can shoot expert from a few hundred yards.  Bolt action...but who wants to let your enemy get that close?

The hard part is finding AP ammo for it.  It's out there, just have to look.
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So what game did ya get for Christmas? on: December 28, 2006, 09:58:58 PM
Since I am currently wiithout console, (I wiill retract any previous anti-console Woords; the Wii is Weearing me downn), my only game I got for Xmas was a preorder of WoW: The Burning Crusade.  And that was more of a gift to myself. 
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GamingTrend Best of PC - Prelim on: December 28, 2006, 07:16:37 PM
1. NWN2
2. Titan Quest
3. HL2: Ep 1
4. BF 2142

The only new games I really spent time on this year...mostly I spent it playing original NWN on my favorite persistent world.  Also *cough* WoW.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Orchestra free weekend on now on: December 17, 2006, 12:38:34 AM
Agreed the learning curve is steep, and a tutorial would definitely help the player base...but I absolutely love this game.  I have a couple of regular clanmates that I tank around with and we absolutely love it.  On infantry maps, it becomes more about putting down a good base of fire to ensure your target gets hit; using grenades to flush and direct enemies into fire, etc.  Lots of teamplay is essential for a successful game.  The clans who have their own servers are usually more anal about practice times than WoW raiders.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes premiers tonight on: September 28, 2006, 02:25:28 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on September 26, 2006, 02:04:33 AM

I'm impressed. And happy.  That is some of the best television I've seen since the initial season of Numbers and Firefly.   Can't wait for next Monday.   Oh...and that was an evil ending. smile

BTW, the man in glasses....who is he?  I've seen him somewhere before....
I have a theory.  I could be wrong, but bear with me.  Does anyone remember Sam Jones?  He played Flash Gordon in the 1980 film.  Okay, when I saw the guy in the glasses, I immediately thought of him.  Not because of his role in Flash Gordon, but because of his role as bounty hunter Aris Boch in season 3 (?) of Stargate SG-1.  I have a recent pic of him here...any thoughts?
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm taking some time for myself on: September 28, 2006, 01:36:36 PM
Well Ron, this goes without saying, but since you scrolled all the way down here...

Let me know if there's anything Jill and I can do for ya.  I'll be seeing you soon.
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I bought a bottle of sake...what's the best way to drink it? on: September 24, 2006, 08:57:22 PM
What kind of sake is Fu-Ki?  Dry or sweet?

I have learned and practiced recently from those more learned in the partaking of sake that sweet sake is best tasting served colder than room temp and dry sake served warmer than room temp.  I have partaken of both in varying temperatures, and found this rule to be generally true.  The aromas of good dry sake are released by heating it, which, in my opinion, allows your palate to prepare for the actual libation, with the alcohol bite secondary to the rice wine goodness.

An excellent American sake company, SakeOne, makes cheap fantastic Ginjo style and sweet sake's...their Moonstone line of dessert sake is great, with the Asian pear sake topping my personal list.

The best sake I've ever tasted, though is called Divine Droplets, made by Japanese brewer Takasago Shuzo.  If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.  It is so choice.
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Just started the day shift on: September 21, 2006, 05:09:06 PM
Ah,'s fantastic to have you on days!

I'll be joining you shortly...
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: September 21, 2006, 05:05:55 PM
My opinions will be posted.  It'll be hard to keep me quiet.  I have spent a lot of time doing little modules for NWN1, mostly for my own amusement, and it becomes kind of second nature, understanding the flow of the tools.  I'm hoping that the new toolset is as intuitive.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: September 20, 2006, 02:50:01 PM
I guess GameSpot got the news about pushing back the release date after they sent me an email saying that I could enter a code and download the toolset.  So I click on the link and get a frendly Bioware message that it's been pushed back.

How bout them apples?
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / D&D Online beta on: November 05, 2005, 04:40:14 PM
Yes, go on  

BTW I don't speak Spanish

I've never heard it.  Well, agree to disagree.
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / D&D Online beta on: November 05, 2005, 02:38:15 AM
LOL Ambiguity FTW.

Well, you know what they say...

When in Rome!
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Call of Duty 2 Impressions Thread (minor spoilers only) on: November 02, 2005, 04:12:57 PM
I finished it over the weekend.  By far, I'd have to say my favorite weapon is the Bren LMG.  The zoom when switching to iron sights is impressive, and it's easy to pop one shot off at a time, keeping your aim.  Combined with the stopping power and the usefulness in close quarters, I loved playing the Brits.

As far as a sniper rifle, my favorite was picking up the scoped Gewehr 43.  I even preferred the non-scoped to the M1 Garand, which I found strangely inaccurate, even with the iron sights up.

All in all, the action is amazing and the ability to pick up whatever is on hand is great.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-3 Gold on: October 28, 2005, 12:12:04 PM
One site to get mods and stuff for freelancer is Lancer's Reactor, which has everything from hints, TONS of mods, new ship skins, and other stuff.  The theories abound in the forums about picking up the title and making a sequel, but everyone's pretty realistic about it not happening.

Yes, I do agree...the ease of control let you focus on the fun stuff, whether it was tractoring in an escape pod or blasting ships to kingdom come.  Way fun.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-3 Gold on: October 27, 2005, 07:13:16 PM
Anybody ever play Freelancer?  I liked it.

Begin flames.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civillization IV Impressions on: October 25, 2005, 03:47:22 PM
I just happened to be at Best Buy the other day (for completely un-game related reasons) and they had a little sign in their software section that said that though Civ IV is released today, they wouldn't have it until tomorrow...
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rag Doll Kung Fu anyone? on: October 19, 2005, 02:54:51 PM
Okay, so just for the hell of it, I bought and downloaded this yesterday.  I'm a big time Day of Defeat fan, and with some of the great custom maps people have been releasing over the last few weeks, it's getting even better.

Anyway, the learning curve was initially daunting, but once I got the mouse sensitivity where I wanted it, I had a blast.  I'll echo another comment saying that I paid $15 for it, but that's about all I'd pay.  I didn't get the chance to get into the multiplayer, but unless that really increases the replay value, I'll chalk this one up to whimsical.  It's funny more than anything, and the cutscenes are delightfully bad.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First game you ever played on the PC? on: October 12, 2005, 03:45:49 PM
I played a game called Parsec on our old Texas Instruments TI99/4A.  1982.  Side scrolling shooter, on the order of Defender.  I found a link with a brief description and some screenies.


I take it back.  Same computer as above, but it was a text based adventure game called Pirate Adventure.  You saved your game on audio cassettes!
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 1.03 patch today! It is out! on: October 11, 2005, 03:33:17 PM
I played Wake 2007 yesterday both as a Spec Ops invader on the Marines and the Commander of the US forces, and I must say I'm impressed.  I think the map is finally big enough to give the fastmovers room to stretch their proverbial legs, so to speak.  It seems like on every other map if I hop into a Harrier or a Frogfoot I'm flying in wide circles and occasionally twisting to avoid AA fire.  Wake gives us the opportunity to strafe and enough map area to have some decent dogfights.

That being said, I'm by no means a good jet pilot.  I prefer helis and armor.  Playing an enigneer as well (just got my veteran badge) I have the opportunity to booby trap enemy tanks and vehicles with mines concealed in the tall grass.  Ah, the beauty of getting a kill when you least expect it.

As far as the changes, I moved up to corporal very fast, and just got promoted to Sergeant over the weekend.  I've unlocked the engineer, spec ops, and assault most recently, and I'm very impressed by the G3 the assault class gets.  

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180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 1.03 patch today! It is out! on: October 04, 2005, 04:25:57 PM
Ooooh.  Something to drag me away from Day of Defeat Source.  smile
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm preloading Day of Defeat: Source right now on: October 04, 2005, 04:21:54 PM
I think the patch tomorrow (hopefully) to BF2 will pull me away from WoW and DoD for a few days...but I'm liking DoD.  My clan has some links to that show some skin changes and (hopefully) some new maps that people have been working on since Valve released the map editor for CS:S.  I'm talking like a crazy person.  Carry on.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Demo on: June 15, 2005, 01:11:10 AM
Ahoy hoy!  6:07 PM PST and server still not up?  You still chasing gremlins out of the mainframe, Ron?   :twisted:
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CIV IV coming! on: October 28, 2004, 06:15:18 PM
From an old fogie who played the original tabletop, though the evolution of the Civ games has been slow, it's been great.  When I want a marathon game, I still reach for Civ III.  Good news, I say.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Catalyst 4.10 impressions on: October 28, 2004, 06:12:19 PM
Hot dang, I've been an ATI luser for years, and I never picked up on that. Curse me for a fool.  Ah well, lesson learned!  Thanks, Leo!
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Catalyst 4.10 impressions on: October 28, 2004, 02:32:36 PM
Being a BF1942 DesertCombat player, I upgraded DC to its final release the same weekend the 4.10 driver came out.  I would load a map, play for about 5 minutes, and the whole thing would lock on me.  Checking the DC forums, everyone's best advice was to upgrade drivers.  I hopped over to Guru3d, got the 4.10 drivers (I remember thinking, "new Cat drivers?  Already?!?") and hooah, no more freezing.  I haven't noticed much of a performance increase in my 9600 XT with the new drivers, but they made my game work again.   biggrin
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