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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Restarting Oblivion on: February 09, 2009, 06:59:16 PM
I don't recall it having a set level cap, but I'm pretty sure when your major skills reached 100 it would no longer let you level up.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Have you seen this hamster? on: February 03, 2009, 12:19:20 AM
Do you recognize the suspect?

Youtube Link (safe for work)

Ok, it is a sad topic, but talk about a mugshot mixup.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who doesn't like a floppy penis during the Super Bowl??? on: February 03, 2009, 12:15:40 AM
Tyler Durden?
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ArmA II - video on: February 01, 2009, 08:58:27 PM

Please don't be a buggy mess, please don't be a buggy mess, please don't be a buggy mess...
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA:Must have games? on: February 01, 2009, 08:52:22 PM
Braid is fantastic, but no multiplayer.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 Starts Tonight! (SPOILERS!!!) on: January 31, 2009, 11:15:07 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on January 31, 2009, 10:12:29 PM

For next week's preview..

Spoiler for Hiden:
Is it just me or did it look like Adama was shot out the airlock?

Didn't look that way to me.

Spoiler for Hiden:
It looked like they were ready to shoot him in the airlock with a firing squad, and I'm pretty sure they said he'd die by firing squad, but I don't remember seeing him get ejected.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Saw Gran Torino tonight on: January 30, 2009, 01:00:22 AM
I thought the acting was pretty terrible, with the exception of Eastwood.  I enjoyed the film, but mainly because Eastwood was entertaining as a grumpy old man kicking ass.  Don't think I'd bother watching it again.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Patrick Swayze stops treatments on: January 29, 2009, 11:26:32 PM

Quote from: McNutt on January 29, 2009, 10:32:49 PM

Maybe he hasn't stopped treatment.

Recent reports claiming that actor Patrick Swayze has stopped medical treatment for his cancer are completely false, his rep told Thursday.

Quite possible.  Clicked the original link and saw the disclaimer for their story...

DISCLAIMER: This posting was submitted by a user of the site not from The Insider editorial staff. All users have acknowledged and agreed that the submission of their story and its contents is in compliance with our Terms of Use.

89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: xbox360 died, suggestion? Fix it or buy a new one? on: January 29, 2009, 08:37:57 PM
Microsoft 360 Power Supply support page

This issue occurs when the external power supply has detected a fault. The power supply has several built-in safeguards to help prevent damage to either the console or to the power supply itself. The power supply will turn itself off under the following conditions:
When there is too much current.
When the voltage is too high.
When the temperature of the power supply is too high.

Even they recommend that you try another power supply...
Try another power cord and power supply unit
If you have another power cord and power supply unit available, try using them to test the console. If the console now turns on, you may have to replace the faulty power cord and power supply unit. If the console does not turn on, the issue may be with the console itself.

Just a thought, but do you know anything about your home's wiring?  If you live in an older home, you're wiring might not be up to code.  Lots of newer electronics are very picky about having a good power source so they work properly and don't get fried.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google creates tools for Internet transparency on: January 29, 2009, 03:56:39 PM
And for the one-two punch on Destructor...

Cox Communications has opened the flood gates for criticism by announcing that it will soon be "trying out a new way to keep its subscribers' Internet traffic from jamming up." Which, after being stripped of sugarcoating, translates to "giving priority to certain kinds of Internet traffic." Beginning on February 9th in certain (unlucky) sections of Kansas and Arkansas, Cox will "give priority to Internet traffic it judges to be time sensitive, like web pages, streaming video and online games; file downloads, software updates and other non-time sensitive data may be slowed if there is congestion on the local network."

Cox Hops On Data Discrimination Bandwagon
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best road sign hack of the year thus far... on: January 29, 2009, 03:35:27 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 29, 2009, 03:28:28 PM

sure, cry wolf now and then when zombies really are attacking no one will believe them.

In all fairness, the signs warned of Nazi Zombies, so people could tell it was a hoax.  Just a straight Zombie warning however, I'd take more seriously.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Patrick Swayze stops treatments on: January 29, 2009, 03:20:21 PM
Wonder what this means for his show "The Beast".  Iirc, it was passed on by several networks because of Swayze's health.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best road sign hack of the year thus far... on: January 29, 2009, 03:16:24 PM
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Amazon] I'm in love! on: January 23, 2009, 03:23:12 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on January 21, 2009, 01:22:21 AM

This product is especially ideal for applications in the shipbuilding, nuclear power plant and stainless steel industries

That is so awesome, but so frightening at the same time.

"Reactor four has got a leak on it again Jim"
"Ok Bill, throw some Duct tape on it"
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are the "must-watch/must-have" television series on DVD? on: January 23, 2009, 03:15:34 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on January 23, 2009, 12:44:49 AM

Sarah Connor Chronicles just finished it's second season. Season one I rented at blockbuster and pulled two all nighters just catching up on it it's that good.

I'm enjoying the show as well.  Seems to be pretty mixed opinions on it from forum members however.  I'd say for a major broadcast network, it's one of the better sci-fi shows on the go.

And just to correct you, Season 2 is not done.  There are 22 episodes scheduled, only 13 of which have been shown.  The show resumes Feb 13 on Fridays with with Joss Whedon's Dollhouse.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got This E-mail From Nintendo Today... on: January 23, 2009, 03:10:13 PM
Gotta fix your image link, just a red X on this end.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are the "must-watch/must-have" television series on DVD? on: January 22, 2009, 09:33:43 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 22, 2009, 05:01:46 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on January 22, 2009, 04:52:03 PM

With that kind of hearty recommendation I don't see how I can pass it up.  And if it is earning comparisons with The Shield then it should be exactly what I am looking for.

I wouldn't take the Shield comparison too far because tonally they are somewhat different.  I would say that The Shield comes down more on the side of pure entertainment while The Wire is a rather unflinching (and by almost all accounts) painfully realistic look at the ramifications of the drug trade through all levels of a city.  Which isn't to say it isn't enormously entertaining (it is) but doesn't necessarilly feel as high octane as The Shield.  

Agreed.  Comparing  ďThe ShieldĒ to ďThe WireĒ is an apples to oranges comparison.  About the only thing they have in common is that they both feature police officers as main characters.  It's very easy to like both shows, but they're nothing like one another.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [A&E] The Beast on: January 18, 2009, 12:32:22 AM
It struck me as a little bit too over the top, but I'll give it a few more episodes to see how it develops.  That being said Swayze does do a good job with the material he's given, and the show has a great look.  A gritty, snowy nighttime Chicago looks beautiful in HD.
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Has anybody ever flown with a bad cold? on: January 07, 2009, 12:48:50 AM
This is a blurb that I copied from the most recent edition of "From the Ground Up".  This is the pilot's Bible, and what every flight student studies from for ground school.

The Common Cold
Donít fly with a cold.  A cold that is mere discomfort on the ground can become a serious menace to pilots and passengers in the air.

Tiredness, irritability, drowsiness and pain are all symptoms of a cold and work tighter to make a pilot unsafe in the air.  More insidious, however, is the effect a cold may have on the sinuses and on the middle and inner ear.  Swollen lymph tissues and mucous membranes may block the sinuses causing disabling pain and pressure vertigo during descent from altitude.  Infection of the inner ear, that is a common symptom of a cold, can also produce severe vertigo.  The tissues around the nasal end of the Eustachian tube will quite likely be swollen and middle ear problems associated, under normal conditions with descent from altitude will be severely aggravated.  Although a perforated eardrum usually heals quickly, in some cases there is permanent hearing impairment or prolonged infection of the middle ear.

Cold remedies do not prevent symptoms.  They usually only bring on other problems, drowsiness being the most common.

While that's directed to pilots more than passengers (passenger in pain is bad, but incapacitated pilot is worse), it's obviously a serious enough health risk.  Keep in mind that descents will always be worse than takeoffs since it's harder for your body equalize then.  While most jets are pressurized, you're still looking at anywhere from a 5,000 to 8,000 ft pressure difference over the course of your flight.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Has anybody ever flown with a bad cold? on: January 06, 2009, 03:30:05 PM

Quote from: Laner on January 06, 2009, 02:34:16 PM

I had to fly a couple of times last Winter while nursing a bad cold.  It certainly wasn't a pleasant experience, but it's not dangerous AFAIK.

No, there are some risks.  If your eustachian tube is blocked, you could easily be looking at a ruptured eardrum on descent.  This could lead to permanent hearing damage and a long term infection.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 1/6: A new year of movies on disc! on: January 06, 2009, 03:06:22 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on January 06, 2009, 02:59:51 AM

I love BSG so this a no-brainer for me. Although, I'm confused because the packaging says it is season 4, but isn't it really season 4 part 1?

The package says Season 4.0.  They're doing the same they that they did with Season 2, when they released 2.0 and 2.5 DVD sets.  Kind of annoying.
102  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: New Post Flag Problem? on: January 05, 2009, 05:53:13 PM
Yep, thanks.  No more missing image.  All is good in the world. smile
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Downey Jr is Guy Ritcthies' Sherlock Holmes on: January 05, 2009, 05:50:09 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 05, 2009, 06:34:48 AM

bah, we all know what the definitive Sherlock Holmes adaptation was.

I stand corrected.
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/5) on: January 05, 2009, 05:45:27 PM
Ok, I thought Crayon Physics was some kiddie software, but watched a click youtube clip which convinced me to try the demo.

Cool music and a fun little game.  Not sure if I'll buy it, but PC users should take a look.  Just a 5 MB demo file, so even 56K'ers are game. smile

YouTube video
Link to demo on FileFront
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: *SHOCKER* Gamestop pisses me off again on: January 05, 2009, 05:35:30 PM
What's wrong with you?  Don't you like saving money?

106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Downey Jr is Guy Ritcthies' Sherlock Holmes on: January 05, 2009, 05:58:07 AM
For a really good portrayal of Holmes, nothing beats the old British ITV series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes .  It was made in the late 80's through to the mid 90's, and was run over here on PBS.  The series covered most of Conan Doyle's stories and was considered the most faithful adaptation of his work.  Jeremy Brett portrayed Sherlock Holmes brilliantly, faults and all.  While near the end of the series Holmes overcomes his cocaine addiction (this was done with the permission of Conan Doyleís family), and was still well done and felt true to the character.
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Downey Jr is Guy Ritcthies' Sherlock Holmes on: January 04, 2009, 04:08:35 PM
There is also a Sherlock Holmes comedy in the works, Sacha Baron Cohen as Homes Will Ferrell as Watson.

108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I need more sites to visit for pc gaming on: January 04, 2009, 04:03:14 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on January 04, 2009, 02:51:44 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 04, 2009, 07:52:51 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on January 04, 2009, 04:42:27 AM

More more...not heard of any of these other than Shack and Blues.

I cant find the rps site but did find giantbomb
A big DOH on my part..I was using scissors instead of shotgun.  saywhat

I was about to say, you just type the name into Google and go to the first link.  icon_biggrin
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: God Canada Post sucks balls on: January 03, 2009, 03:46:14 PM

Quote from: Canuck on January 03, 2009, 02:11:22 PM

So I'm trying to figure out a way to get an iTouch sent over to Japan for relatively cheap (they're expensive as hell over here thanks to the exchange rate).

I'm confused, they cost more here, so you're sending one to Japan? icon_confused

Whatever it is you're trying to do, I'll agree that our National Postal service is a little odd at times.  In all fairness to them, they've always given me crazy ETA's for out of country deliveries, but packages usually arrive within a week regardless.  The most recent oddity was when I sent several games to various forum members.  All packages had standard dimensions and very similar weights.  Cost about $2 more for cheapest shipping option to send a game across the country versus to the US.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The current Rig-Crushing title? on: January 02, 2009, 10:52:17 PM

Quote from: Booner on January 02, 2009, 03:56:03 PM

So it seems that Crysis is still the deal eh? I already have FarCry 2 for the 360, but only seem to get the urge to play it in shorts spurts.

Quote from: Windows95 on January 02, 2009, 03:49:48 PM

3) Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Seems able to eat up whatever your CPU/GPU can throw at it.

True...I have this one at the house ready to reinstall on a decent machine. I'm thinking a King Air from Vancouver to Seattle would be a nice lil jaunt. Have you tried this running in DX10? Any opinions?

Yes, I have pretty mixed feeling about the DX10 mode.  Unlike many other titles where DX10 seems to cause massive FPS slowdows, it seems on par with DX9 if not slightly faster.  There are however some pretty annoying graphical glitches.  Interior shadows on the 3D cockpits sounds great, but they're so blocky and ugly I prefer them off.  I've also noticed problems with exterior lighting at night, where landing/taxi lights don't seem to work.  Driver updates haven't seemed to fix this problem either, so I'm thinking the ball is in MS's court on this.  (I'm runnning 8800's in SLI for the record).  I've gone back to DX9 for now.  It's certainly nothing like the mock DX9/10 conception shots they released for FSX at the launch of DX10.

Keep in mind, DX10 support still isn't official.  You can select it as a "preview" mode, with I guess official DX10 support waiting for FSXI.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: January 02, 2009, 10:42:16 PM
I just picked up Mass Effect on Steam and Iím loving it.  Getting very close to the end after having spent a somewhat frightening but fun 28 hours with the game.  I borrowed a friendís copy for the 360 shortly after launch, but I never got interested in it.  I think because the game does such a piss poor job of explaining how it works that it seemed both overwhelming and dull.  On my second attempt though I got past the initial learning curve and easily feel this is one of the best games, let alone RPGs, that Iíve played.

Only annoyance is that the BDtS content is currently borked with the Steam version, but Bioware says it should be fixed shortly.  Oh well, give me an excuse to go through the game again.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sent Xbox in for repair...what if it's not a RROD?? on: January 02, 2009, 10:36:02 PM

Quote from: JayDee on January 02, 2009, 07:00:30 PM

Apparently they don't fix them here in Canada, they just swap them out for refurbs and send the broken ones to the repair centre in the U.S. to be fixed.

I don't think that's just a Canadian thing, but pretty standard wherever they're sold and break.  While I would rather get my original unit back, I'm sure that would add several weeks to the wait.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The current Rig-Crushing title? on: January 02, 2009, 03:49:48 PM
Some quick picks:

1) Crysis and Crysis Warhead: Good for pushing graphic cards to their limits.  I really enjoyed both games as well.
2) GTA IV (PC version):  Good for testing CPUs.  Quad core pretty much required, but strangely doesn't seem to care as much about GPUs.
3) Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Seems able to eat up whatever your CPU/GPU can throw at it.
4) Assassin's Creed: Another port that also seems to be pretty CPU/GPU demanding.  Decent game with gorgeous graphics.
5) Stalker: Clear Sky.  With all graphics set to max, makes my SLI GPU's cry.  Havenít gotten far into the game, so canít comment on how fun it is.

I'd pass on Far Cry 2, it seems to run surprising well on lower end hardware, and I thought it was a pretty dull game.
Fallout 3 looks great (and is probably my favourite PC game from last year), but also seems to run well on older hardware.  Oblivion is also a classic, but I don't think it will push any new hardware to the limit (though it still looks pretty).
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good book for LucasArts fans on: January 01, 2009, 04:09:31 AM

Quote from: Destructor on January 01, 2009, 03:03:15 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 31, 2008, 10:19:04 PM

it would have been cool if they had done a collectors edition with a DVD or 2 containing all their in house games.

The fact that they're charging $60 (or $37.80 via Amazon) for the entire thing makes me wish they did the above too just to make the book more worth it.

Don't pay the list price.  I found it for $40 (CDN) without much effort.  Not saying the book isn't worth it (nice heavy glossy paper with full colour images on most pages), but you can certainly get it for less.

And yes, a DVD of their games would have been great.  All I can say is I just finished downloading ScummVM, and I'm digging through my old CDs (and maybe bittorrent depending on their condition) next. slywink
115  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: New Post Flag Problem? on: December 31, 2008, 08:59:02 PM
I should clarify, it's the "veryhot_post.gif" image that won't load on my browsers.  I know Leo said it's the new post icon, but veryhot_post.gif is the one giving me the red X.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Good book for LucasArts fans on: December 31, 2008, 08:55:19 PM
Thought Iíd pass along a recommendation for a great book that fans of Lucasarts will really enjoy.  Itís called Rogue Leaders and itís written by Rob Smith (former PC Gamer editor).  Itís a very nicely bound 250+ page hardcover featuring the history of Lucasarts.  Iíve started skimming through it, and it seems to have a pretty good overview of all the Lucasarts games leading up to the present.  While not overly detailed, it still has a lot of history and trivia about the company, their staff and their games.  Some highlights include Tim Schaferís job interview (he accidentally admits to pirating one of their games) and a few details about the two Full Throttle sequels that got axed.  The book is filled with huge full colour spreads of concept art, screenshots, storyboards and scripts.  Very highly recommended.  As a gamer who started out playing Lucasarts adventure games, itís a great trip down memory lane.

USA Today review
117  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: New Post Flag Problem? on: December 31, 2008, 06:03:32 PM
Nope, using Windows Vista and XP on my PCs.
118  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: New Post Flag Problem? on: December 31, 2008, 02:24:13 AM
Yep, getting the same problem.  All 3 of my PC's won't load the image.  I'm getting the red X placeholder in IE7 and just blank space in Firefox (like in Leo's image).  Any ideas what the problem is?
119  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: IE won't start on: December 30, 2008, 09:49:12 PM
IE not starting isn't a problem, it's a blessing. biggrin

Somewhat more seriously, is it possible for you to nuke the login and recreate it?  Probably the easiest solution.  If not, IE not starting is usually related to either some messed up temp file or a problematic add-on.  First nuke all IE temporary files (cache, history and cookies).  If that doesnít work try starting IE with the "-extoff" command line to see if some third party software is to blame.

If that still doesnít work, try re-registering your ieproxy.dll file.  The process is explained in this KB:
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: metacritic's 2008 top 10 on: December 27, 2008, 04:23:39 AM

Quote from: jblank on December 26, 2008, 04:18:35 PM

Also, how is Gears of War II reviewed better (on average) than Fallout 3?

Review scores are relative, not absolute.  While they may be a good indicator of the general quality of the title, theyíre not a means to definitively compare games, especially across genres.  I wouldnít put much value into where a game places on the list, just that it does place on the list.
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