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321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Take bets on how long my "new' 360 will last. on: December 17, 2008, 12:32:00 AM
my last replacement has been going strong for awhile now (maybe a year or so). I bought a notebook cooler with a USB cable, the kind that sits below and blows cool air upward, so I recommend getting one of those
322  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Warning - This Thread Contains Killer Bunnies on: November 23, 2008, 06:30:55 PM
http://www.angryalien.com/0504/shiningbunnies.html
323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick a space game to play/replay on: November 21, 2008, 11:10:12 PM
Evochron is alot of fun. Not as polished, but really well done with alot of content
324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good post-apocalyptic music? on: November 17, 2008, 04:07:05 PM
Zoe Keating - Legions(War) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUDI256PY4E

Blondie - Attack of the Giant Ants http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsjcqbzvF4k

Devotchka - The Enemy Guns http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGs_liHHX4o&feature=related

Sleep - Dragonaut http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj9IAvv32wE

Nick Cave - Mack the Knife http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3_2zbZwDlM

Ministry - Breathe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO0nfoV771s (NWO or So What are good choices too)

Black Sabbath - Solitude  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQBT5Gwp2A0&feature=related (Hand of Doom is a good choice too)

Pink Martini - Que Sera, Sera http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK_A8BR8_3w

Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Rapture http://mp3.rhapsody.com/siouxsieandthebanshees/therapture

also, almost anything by Sleep Chamber, although the album "Sleep, or Forever Hold Your Piece" stands out to me if you can find it
325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What movie should I watch on Halloween? on: October 09, 2008, 07:53:19 PM
there is a french movie called Inside that'll scare the crap out of you....I would make certain you watch the Unedited version

aside from that, I recommend Ghost Story, The Changeling, and Company of Wolves
326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A very amusing short film on: September 30, 2008, 03:59:32 PM
that's from Creature Comforts...it used to be on TBS, but I think they moved to Animal Planet

http://www.creaturecomforts.tv/
327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cigars on: September 04, 2008, 07:02:02 PM
I really recommend The Edge by Rocky Patel, or anything Gurkha makes.

I good source for reasonably priced cigars is http://www.cigarbid.com/ - it's like EBay for smokes


If the cigar thing doesn't work out, you could always get him a nice lighter, something engraved maybe.
328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo clones: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly :) on: July 28, 2008, 11:55:06 PM
Vagrant Story is wicked fun....you can play that and Diablo on your PSP which is nice
329  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: looking for some older games on: March 01, 2008, 04:31:34 PM
it is? wow, that's very cool, thanks for the heads up!
330  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / looking for some older games on: February 29, 2008, 10:38:28 PM
looking for some stuff I missed out on, mostly spacey shooters as I just replayed Freelancer. Anyway, here's the list:

Darkstar One
Tachyon:The Fringe (i swear i had this, but I can't find it)
The first Independence War (just started number 2)
Freespace 2 (haha, just tossing that one out there)
System Shock 2
Star Wolves, either one
Aquanox 1 and 2
Stalker
SWAT 4
the pc version of Crimson Skies
Vampire the Masquerade:Bloodlines
Silverfall (i saw on gogamer that an add-on is out, anyone have it?)
The Witcher
Sins of a Solar Empire
C&C3

anyway, shoot me a pm and we can hammer out a deal. I have stuff to trade plus some green paper that people seem to like.
Two Worlds

331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Co-Op me (Xbox 360 only) on: February 21, 2008, 04:18:29 PM
Lego Star Wars is fun, and Ghost Recon 2 was alot of fun co-op. Gears of War is really good as well.

I think the Blazing Angels games offered co-op play, but I never played them. Crackdown offered it and while I enjoyed the game I never got the chance to team up with anyone.
332  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Good Fantasy or SciFi Boardgame for 11 year old? on: February 21, 2008, 05:02:44 AM

I'd suggest Nexus Ops as a good pick...it's kind of like Risk in a way, can be played in about an hour and has a neat setting.

That said, Talisman is probably my first choice. The rules are a little complex, but well written. The learning curve is moderate, a couple of games and you will have it down. Highly recommended, two thumbs up! Here's a link to the website, the trailer shows some artwork and has a clickable picture of the game where you can learn more about it: http://www.blackindustries.com/
333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Evochron Renegades on: February 21, 2008, 04:32:12 AM
anyone play this one? I just replayed Freelancer and I'm awaiting Darkstar One, but this caught my eye.

I might replay Tachyon and IWar 2 to complete my month o' space sims
334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sci-fi book suggestions on: February 07, 2008, 05:58:16 PM
I guess it takes a sci-fi topic to get my lurker arse out of my shell, but I read alot so here goes....

A Fire upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge (as well as it's sequel)

Old Man's War by John Scalzi (there are two sequels to this one)

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman (again, a couple of sequels, although they aren't as good as the first)

Armor by John Steakley (he also wrote Vampires, which they made that horrible movie out of, but Armor is really quite good)

Gateway by Frederick Pohl (I think there may be 6 books in the series, very well written and fun)

Starship Troopers by Heinlein (excellent read, nothing like the film)

anything written by Charles Stross, but Glasshouse was really good

Passage at Arms by Glen Cook (he also wrote those Black Company novels)

Spares by Michael Marshall Smith (very trippy, but cool)

More than Human by Theodore Sturgeon (TS was actually the inspiration for Vonnegut's character Kilgore Trout)

Titan by John Varley (first of 3)

In the Ocean of Night (first of 6 and honestly, it's kind of weak. The series however is pretty good, so if you can make it out of the gate you are in for a decent ride)

Runner by William C. Dietz (it has a sequel, but I haven't read it yet)

Bloom by Wil Mccarthy (i've reread this one a couple of times, it's excellent)

anything by Richard Paul Russo (I think Ship of Fools was mentioned and the Carlucci books are super good)

Hardwired, Voice of the Whirlwind, and Angel Station by Walter John Williams

Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny (they made a bad film out of it, but the book is cool)

Non-Stop by Brian Aldiss

Way Station by Clifford Simak

Icarus Hunt by Timothy Zahn (i really enjoyed his Star Wars novels as well)

Hyperion by Dan Simmons (first of 3 i think)

anything by John Brunner (The Shockwave Rider is largely thought to be the first true Cyberpunk novel)

anything by Alfred Bester (although The Demolished Man is a favorite of mine)

I also recommend the Gaunt's Ghosts novels by Dan Abnett (they are set in the Warhammer 40k universe and really stand apart from the rest)

enjoy!



335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's a great song by The Who? on: December 22, 2006, 04:32:20 PM
"Behind Blue Eyes" is hands down their best song. "Won't Get Fooled Again" should be played by everyone in America every election day. "Happy Jack" is the best of the lesser known songs. "Eminence front" can be fit into a variety of film situations.

You'd be surprised how many of these songs you already know. They have leaked into the collective unconscious.

The Who down in Whoville kick serious ass, the riffs from the raff doth always surpass
336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: question regarding Titan Quest on: December 09, 2006, 10:28:18 PM
ah well, that sucks, but at least it's playable. Now if they just work out the kinks in NWN2, i'll dive into that one.

Thanks for the info smile
337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / question regarding Titan Quest on: December 09, 2006, 09:35:04 PM
so, I finally got around to playing Titan Quest, and it's pretty cool, but I'm getting pretty questionable performance. I'm running an AMD dual core 4200, a 7900gt card, 2 gigs of ram and a Creative X-fi for sound.

The problem is stuttering. I set everything at medium, with Vertical Sync set on(otherwise I get some weird ghosting on my LCD). I installed the dual core optimizer that AMD put out, and that helps a little, but I still get random slowdowns and stuttering. It's definitely playable, but kinda aggravating, especially because I feel that my system should be able to handle it with everything close to max.

Anyone have anything similar happen or have any ideas?
338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies for the Halloween Weekend on: October 29, 2006, 09:05:13 PM
Prince of Darkness is a really good one, oftentimes overlooked. The original Texas Chainsaw is always fun, and the remake of that one is cool too. Maybe Last House on the Left? And I always thought Children of the Corn was freaky
339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One really stupid iPod question, folks on: October 18, 2006, 07:09:55 PM
my wife wife and I use different Windows user profiles. We draw from the same files, but our libraries in Itunes are different. Makes it much easier to manage.
340  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Socket 939 verus AM2 on: August 11, 2006, 12:15:57 AM
wow, i came here looking to post the exact same question. This place is awesome, thanks guys

Hey, if i spec out some upgrades and post them, you think you folks could see if they are decent?
341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Behold the first great artist of the 21st century.... on: July 21, 2006, 05:37:27 AM
are any of them for sale? I like Pink Champagne quite a bit
342  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Get this....Little Man breaks some records! on: July 20, 2006, 02:11:36 AM
man, I dig lowbrow comedies if they are even moderately witty (hell, Dodgeball is a favorite of mine). Nothing about Little Man strikes me as even vaguely amusing. It looks like one of those fake trailers that pops up sometimes, only to turn out to be a PSA (like the cell phone ones you see in theaters somtimes), or a commercial (Tiny House comes to mind).

Here's a thought, something that honestly gets proven to me every single day...

Think of how stupid the average person is. How ignorant or self centered, small minded or easily amused they seem. By definition, half of all people are even more so.
343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lamenting on the past - Favorite RPG of all time on: July 18, 2006, 06:08:27 AM
Phantasie II - my first intro to role playing

Wizards Crown - a real gem. Crazy tough, but worth it if you went forwards with it.

Faery Tale Adventure - not true RP, but memorable to me nonetheless.

I remember really liking Legacy of the Ancients as well....


Believe it or not, i've never played an Ultima game
344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone play Rise of the Kasai? [PS2] on: July 11, 2006, 02:19:05 AM
for what it's worth, if you haven't played the first game (Mark of Kri), it was one of the finest games ever made and RotK is pale in comparison.
345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Superman Returns! on: June 30, 2006, 03:14:12 AM
you can tell this was made by a fan, for the fans...my buddy and I counted no less than 9 comic covers done as scenes in the film. It was amazing.

I'm kind of floored but the criticism it's receiving in the media. It really just proves that anyone can criticize anything and it doesn't mean dookie...
346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Scientology is insane. Video proof. on: June 27, 2006, 01:24:21 PM
i live in Clearwater, the spiritual center of this insanity, and see proof of this nonsense every single day. And yeah, that's pretty much what these folks are like...
347  Gaming / Analog Gaming / What would make the perfect game store? (need ideas) on: June 06, 2006, 02:48:55 PM
my biggest reason for avoiding gamestop/EB is pushy salespeople.

I expect to be acknowledged when I walk in the door, but past that just make yourself available for questions. I despise getting locked into a situation where I have to be a rude prick in order to disengage from them or to say no to the 50 million thing some drone is trying to sell me. The best salepeople are like the best waiters - available, yet invisible.

That being said, selectively hire and pay well. Hit other stores in the area and see what they are doing and how their staff is. If you find someone that impresses the shit out of you, try to lure them away to work at your store. Always take care of regulars, and by that i mean the ones that actually spend coin, not the hang-arounds that loiter at the counter.
348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Worst Movie of All time candidate on: February 21, 2006, 05:43:09 PM
i'm surprised to see some of these flicks on the WORST movie list. Bad maybe, but most were still moderately redeeming in at least a small way

and with that I present......


The Master of Disguise, starring Dana Carvey


I dare you to still through the whole thing....
349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What are some good fantasy movies? on: February 10, 2006, 06:15:03 AM
Would Time Bandits qualify?

i dig on Jason and the Argonauts too
350  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Remember gun-kata? on: January 17, 2006, 08:17:53 AM
wasn't that a british tv show or miniseries or something? I saw one episode and it was pretty good (all i remember was it was british and had vampires)
351  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Good hostage movies? on: December 29, 2005, 04:22:08 PM
Would Phonebooth qualify? I kinda dug that one...
352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm a little stuck on Quake 4, need tiny spoiler... on: December 22, 2005, 03:05:46 AM
I ran behind a wall or beam or something and jumped out periodically to lob grenades at him, worked like a charm
353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Icewind Dale novels.........where have i been? on: December 18, 2005, 08:35:46 AM
All good books, although some shine more than others. Incidentally, Bob is a really nice guy...I worked for Waldenbooks right out of high-school, and he came in once every 8 months or so for a signing. Used to send us really neat stuff he got from his publisher as well, cool posters and advance copies and whatnot
354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 worth getting if you don't have??? on: November 23, 2005, 03:27:59 AM
In my opinion, yes....I would put it visually above Xbox games like SC:Chaos Theory or Rebel Commando, which i personally thought looked fantastic considering the age of the system. Particles and lighting are much improved and the little touches stand out alot. No real jaggies either, which is cool. I have mine plugged in through composite cables and I'm really happy with it.

I had the same fears, regarding missing out visually due to not owning an HD set, but for me it's been proven a non issue. I really can't imaging spending more than 600 or so on a television.

and on a side note, for some reason Need for Speed Most Wanted is my favorite game, eclipsing even PGR3 and Perfect Dark Zero...kind of surprised me
355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 worth getting if you don't have??? on: November 22, 2005, 08:01:50 PM
I have a regular 32"tv and it's looks fantastic...i'm sure HDTV is impressive, but i'm pretty happy with what I have
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