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1761  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Know your Jackass on: October 23, 2008, 12:33:44 PM
I think Palin *is* America's Deadliest Catch. Hey-ooooooooo! Be sure to tip your waitress.
1762  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy on: October 23, 2008, 12:29:46 PM
I will be the dissenting voice and say I dig it. I've heard several of the leaked tracks of the album, and while they're not earth-shattering by any means, I still love Axl's voice and it's cool to hear new material from him. I don't consider it a true Guns N Roses album (it's not GnR without Slash & Axl as a MINIMUM), but I'll probably end up getting it.

There's obviously going to be a lot of backlash against this CD because of the long wait. It's not going to live up to the incredible hype built around it, and there's still a lot of anti-Axl sentiment floating around which is going to impact people's perceptions even further.

1763  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Is the player base leaving on: October 23, 2008, 12:23:59 PM
I didn't take the Wanderers poll, so add another one to the "staying" pile. I have no plans on going anywhere. The only game that could possibly pull me away is Darkfall, but even that is so hardcore I'm considering staying with WAR for my more casual PvP fix.

1764  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Know your Jackass on: October 22, 2008, 05:40:50 PM
Those are not donkeys, those are mooses. (After skinning and antler removal).
1765  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This one's for the Conservatives on: October 22, 2008, 02:25:56 PM
Yeah, I have a hard time believing that some of my fellow conservatives actually believe this stuff. It's sooooo over-the-top compared to what Obama supporters say about McCain. It's yet another in a long line of reasons why I can't pull the lever for McCain this year. The fear-mongering, slander, lies - it's just too much. I can't support that kind of behavior.
1766  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [10/20] How I Met Your Mother - Spoilers on: October 22, 2008, 01:05:30 PM
My wife and I hate Stella, so this was good news to us. Ted's got an awesome life living over a bar and hanging out with his friends, and that controlling New Jersey bitch wants to steal it all away. Good riddance.  icon_razz

I think this season has been great on the drama side, but not as consistently funny as previous seasons. (Though the hamburger episode was spectacular!)
1767  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Questions about the HD Changeover Feb 2009 on: October 22, 2008, 02:23:03 AM
My city was the first in the country to make the switch, which we did at the beginning of September. It went off without a hitch. I have heard that our market was chosen because it would be easy though (something about not having to change channel lineups), so there may be some small bumps in the road for the rest of the country. I'm not sure what our population was that was still using rabbit ears, but I imagine there are some more rural/poorer parts of the country where the percentage would be much greater than our town.
1768  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [MMO's] How much do you play? on: October 21, 2008, 03:35:06 PM
Generally around 2 hours a day, like Arclight. Weekends it's sometimes a bit more, so overall I'd say 15-20 hours a week.

My time has been shrinking, however, as between going to work out and trying to catch up on all the fall TV shows I have less time in the evenings than I normally do. I expect this next couple of months to be particularly bad between the flood of good games coming out and the holidays.

The MMO I stayed with the longest was EQ1. Played that one for 2 1/2 years straight, took a break for a few months, then played another year. Second longest was EQ2, which I stayed with for about 2 years. All the other MMOs I've played (and I've played nearly all of the major ones) I've lasted anywhere from two to six months.

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For YEARS my wife gave me shit about the amount of time I spent on PC games.  She finally relented when she realized that:

A.  It wasn't going to change.
B.  I could be doing a lot worse things on the Internet
C.  I could be out doing things she wouldn't like
D.  She spent the same amount of time in front of the TV, which I don't watch

My wife and I had that argument shortly after we got married. All it took was a few horror stories about her friends' husbands out drinking or cheating on them, and she suddenly realized me being at home under her watchful eye wasn't such a bad thing after all. She's come around to the point now that she actually enjoys playing PC games, and oddly enough loves to watch me play games on the 360.
1769  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Is the player base leaving on: October 20, 2008, 12:55:51 PM
WAR was one of the fastest-selling MMOs in recent memory; like Conan, which also had a huge initial player base, I'd expect some drop-off now that we're hitting the one-month mark. I don't know that this early it tells us anything about the success or lack thereof - it just tells us that a lot of people buy MMOs and don't subscribe after the free month, a fact we already knew.

The other factor may also be the PvP focus. If you had a lot of WoW players coming in droves not realizing that PvE was playing second-fiddle to PvP, they may have been turned off. I don't think WAR has the universal appeal that WoW had because of the PvP-centric gameplay.

At any rate, I think WoW should be taken out of the equation when measuring MMO success. It is in a class by itself, and any attempts to compare any MMO to WoW in the subscription numbers department is going to fall short. A much fairer comparison would be to look at where WAR stands in regards to EQ2, Age of Conan, Lord of the Rings Online, etc.

1770  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 3rd Debate - Obama in a romp, says CBS poll on: October 16, 2008, 04:18:54 PM
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These polls, though, in effect neuter their power. Who needs pundits to tell us how these debates will play with the voters when we can ask them directly?

I totally agree. I fully expected the media to pounce on the McCain comeback story, but within 5 minutes of watching post-debate coverage I knew they couldn't do it without sounding delusional.

As far as the "Kill Him" story is concerned, Secret Service says the report is unfounded.
1771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The saddest music video you've ever seen? on: October 16, 2008, 04:14:17 PM
My current kick is a guy named Jamey Johnson. Has a nice old school George Jones/Merle Haggard type of sound. (In fact, one of his songs is "Somewhere Between Haggard and Jones." There are some other "modern" country artists I dig - I like Sugarland, even though they have crossed over and I don't consider them real country. I love Brad Paisley, Brooks and Dunn. Then there are a lot of in-betweens I like - guys that are still making records but have been around forever - Randy Travis, George Strait, etc.

I'll take one of the Outlaws, Johnny Cash, or Patsy Cline/Loretta Lynn any day of the week over all of them, however. I have a bit of a love/hate with Garth Brooks. On the plus side the guy is a tremendous performer, and there's no question that he helped make country music mainstream. I like a lot of his songs. On the down side, he never really wanted to be a country music singer, so he's always seemed a bit of a sham to me. Somebody who happened to be really good at something his heart wasn't really into.



 
1772  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help settle an argument (Americans only!) on: October 16, 2008, 04:04:52 PM
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But I have been:

    * Lit
    * Drunk
    * Gone
    * Shit-faced
    * Fucked-up
    * Shot
    * Done

I'll raise you a "Three sheets to the wind."
1773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 16, 2008, 12:19:18 PM
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Why not just buy surround sound speakers for your PC?

I've actually got decent surround sound speakers for my PC, but they don't compare to my home theater surround sound setup.
1774  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The saddest music video you've ever seen? on: October 16, 2008, 03:13:37 AM
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I can imagine a lot of reactions to that video, but if you think that was cheap, hackneyed, and shitty, then:

(1) You must have a deep hatred for country music.

(2) You have no soul.

I hate it, but I love country music. I just love real country music, not country-pop crossover crap that is saturated with glurgey tear-jerkers like this.

Here's an example of real country music conveying a sad song:

Horse Called Music

This is the Randy Travis version. I prefer the original Willie Nelson, but this was the only video I could find. This is a real country song. Sad and beautiful without being schmaltzy or the plot of something you'd see on the Lifetime channel.
1775  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help settle an argument (Americans only!) on: October 16, 2008, 03:06:27 AM
I agree with my fellow Americans.
1776  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wanna vote for us? on: October 15, 2008, 08:28:51 PM
In! Good luck.
1777  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: October 15, 2008, 08:27:10 PM
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This whole 'blurring the lines between villians and heroes - they really don't have any idea how to do it, do they. I can't see the good in Sylar. He never once showed a moment of being good and yet, we're supposed to believe he is 'trying to be' good now.

You might have just hit on what is bothering me the most this season. "Blurring the lines between good and evil" doesn't mean suddenly just making everybody the opposite of what they were without giving any good explanation why. Now perhaps this whole season is about slowly revealing their motivations, but it's sort of a bass-ackwards way to go about it and is really pissing me off.

And Suresh's abrupt character change can't even be explained away by that theory.

I wish they'd just go back to the formula of Season 1. A bunch of heroes getting together to kick ass and save the world. Why does it have to be so fucking complicated?
1778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 15, 2008, 07:02:53 PM
This might be the first time I choose the console version of a shooter over the PC version. The temptation of playing this on a 42" screen with surround sound is almost too much to resist. Especially with Halloween coming up!
1779  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [Presidential Election] Undecided? on: October 15, 2008, 05:23:38 PM
I came out 74% McCain, 73% Obama. Thanks for the help, quiz!  Roll Eyes

(On a serious note, I had already made up my mind to vote for Obama).
1780  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [warhammer] patch 1.03 on: October 15, 2008, 03:25:07 PM
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A “new mail” icon has been added to the edge of the minimap to alert players when new mail messages have arrived.

Thank you! Talk about one of your all-time overlooked features. Now just fix the mail system (which is actually slower than the actual US post office, I'm convinced), and I'll be happy.

Good to see they're still tweaking the pet control too.
1781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Call Of Duty:World At War Beta Impressions on: October 15, 2008, 12:22:19 PM
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Calling in dogs is...eh.  Nothing special.  They can be killed fairly easily, you're really only in trouble if you don't see them or get 2-3 on you at once.

I actually like the fact that you can kill them fairly easily, because it gives everyone a chance to help stop them and doesn't slow gameplay down so much. I always hated the helicopter in CoD4 because unless you brought a rocket launcher or were willing to waste a ton of ammo, you couldn't stop the thing. Everyone would end up just ducking in a corner and waiting it out, which brought things to a screeching halt. That wasn't so bad every once in awhile, but when people were spamming helicopters it got real old. At least with the dogs I feel like I can continue playing normally, I just have to be a little more careful about watching my back.

And I agree on artillery vs. air strikes. I don't know for sure if artillery is any more effective than air strikes, but it sure *feels* that way.
1782  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Prison Break - Fall 2008's Best Unwatched show? on: October 15, 2008, 12:14:09 PM
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Sarah in a bikini top......

Yeah, I think my wife is growing annoyed with my Sarah crush this season. The bikini tops aren't helping. The Weghted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you.
1783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/13) on: October 14, 2008, 08:51:02 PM
Nothing for me this week, though I will be renting Dead Space provided I can get my grubby little hands on it. Any other time of the year Saint's Row 2 would be a must-buy (I loved the first one), but it has been shoved way down to the bottom of the pack considering the flood we'll be getting over the next few weeks.
1784  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [warhammer] more experience! on: October 14, 2008, 07:04:56 PM
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magus pull im looking at you

In my social circle, we call that the "suck hole." And yes, it needs to be nerfed with extreme prejudice. I don't want to hear the sounds of rittch throwing up on Vent.

1785  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man 2 on: October 14, 2008, 05:42:01 PM
Well, Robert Downey, Jr, looked a lot like Don Cheadle when he wore his black makeup in Tropic Thunder. So they could just get him to play both roles!
1786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Call Of Duty:World At War Beta Impressions on: October 13, 2008, 08:27:37 PM
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Bah, I kinda like the older weapons in terms of gameplay.  It's a bit more interesting to have a mix of weapons other than, everyone and their grandma has an automatic.

I agree, I fully plan on going with CoD5 even if the rest of the group is hesitant. However, I'm afraid we'll have a few holdouts. We started gaming together with Ghost Recon, Ghost Recon 2, GRAW, then CoD4. They've never played anything but modern military, so it might be a jarring transition for them. Still, from what I've heard from them so far they're all planning on at least giving it a shot.
1787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Call Of Duty:World At War Beta Impressions on: October 13, 2008, 06:51:33 PM
I've been playing over the weekend, and will have a preview up this week.

It feels like they decided not to mess with success, and ported over pretty much everything from CoD4 while adding some new quirks and putting more game modes, more maps, etc. That's a good thing, because I was terrified that this game would be a huge step backwards.

I'm no longer worried about it being a good game - from what I've seen so far if you enjoyed CoD4 you'll enjoy this one. My biggest area of uncertainty is how the fan base of CoD4 will take to going back to the WWII setting and the more primitive weapons. At the end of the day, though CoD5 adds more of everything, it certainly doesn't add enough to render the previous game obsolete. So I'm guessing my CoD4 group will be running both games in parallel for a little while. I just can't see some of those guys trading in their laser scopes and helicopters for iron sights and attack dogs.  icon_biggrin
1788  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [warhammer] more experience! on: October 13, 2008, 06:36:52 PM
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Very true.  It's no fun getting rolled 500-8.  In addition, no matter how well you perform, you don't get shit for XP.  You're better off leaving the scenario and re-queueing.

Yeah, I was in one the other night where I got 200xp for a full 15 minutes of play. Argh. I could have made more than that in 10 seconds killing ONE mob!

On the other hand, I've also been on really good Order teams where I was making 13k every 10 minutes. At my level (24), that's equivalent to 3-4 quest turn-ins. So maybe it ultimately all evens out.

I don't know what the answer would be. I really don't know details on how scenario XP is calculated, but I think it's safe to say it needs to be tweaked. I know healers get shafted pretty bad, because I think it's largely related to damage output.
1789  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [warhammer] more experience! on: October 13, 2008, 05:00:37 PM
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IF and I say again, IF there were as many Order tanks in Scenarios as Destro you might be able to come to some balance conclusions. But there isn't. No one wants to roll a Dwarf for looks reasons and many don't like the High elf look for Sword masters.............equals a big lack of Order tanks.

I totally agree. I've played many scenarios where Order has NO tanks whatsoever. Destro always seems to have at least 3-4. If I had known at launch how great the tank disparity was, I would have definitely rolled up an Order tank of some sort.

I'm not disputing that there are balance problems, however. I have faith they'll be fixed eventually. The game's only been out three weeks, and it will take time for things to settle out and for the developers to have good data on what things are true imbalances and what things are just matters of perception.
1790  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [warhammer] more experience! on: October 13, 2008, 02:51:14 PM
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So you want to grind exps? To me that makes the "journey" a chore and un-fun. They only have so much content so all they can do it add more exp grinding or shorten the time it takes to level.

I think some of us just want the journey to last longer than a few weeks. When I settle down with an MMO, I'm looking for a game I can play for 6 months or more. If I can max level in a month, there's not much incentive to keep playing for those other 5 if all I'm doing is repeating the same end-game content over and over again.

1791  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Why are there no Warhammer Online Impressions thread? on: October 10, 2008, 03:14:54 PM
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Unfortunately levels do mean a lot. The scaled level thing just can't compensate for people who have 'real' items and levels. Things that should be obvious (White Lion against a Destruction mage for example) just don't turn out when you're 14 scaled to 18, and the target is 21.

Yeah, this is the reason I'm looking forward to maxing out. Gear and player skill will still be a big part of PvP then, but at least the level factor will be removed. Still, compared to most games' implementation of PvP, I guess WAR does a fairly good job making scenarios accessible to a wide level range.

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And there's one SEVERE problem right now, IMHO. There are NO diminishing returns when it comes to roots, slows, and knockbacks. So a group of 3 mages can keep a melee group locked down indefinitely, and there's not a bloody thing that they can do about it. Ranged attacks overwhelm melee, especially when melee can't get into range to do a damn thing.

Yeah, hopefully they will tweak that as time goes on. It doesn't bother me a great deal right now because I got a snare/root break, but I'm not sure all classes get one. It's also a little easier on me because if they don't catch the lion on the snare he can often attack them even if I'm stuck.

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Oh, and if you happen to jump into a Scenario where one side has far more healers than the other - just leave. Insta-cast dot heals (that don't require you to face your target, so you can just click on your team via the group bar while running), when piled up on multiple members via multiple healers, make one side nigh-indestructible.

Healers healing healers = doom. I've run into a few like that. It makes it significantly worse when your team doesn't know how to identify and take down healers. I can't count the number of PUG scenarios I've been in where people will hammer on one tank all day long and totally ignore the healer over there keeping him alive indefinitely.




 
1792  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Why are there no Warhammer Online Impressions thread? on: October 10, 2008, 12:16:47 PM
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Order on my server wised up to TA now. I've won 17 of the 20 games(yes i been keep track for RP research). It's so easy to win. Here's the key, screw the bauble. You get 3 points every 5 seconds. You get 10 points per kill. If you have a good balance of healers, tanks and dps you can easily win off that alone.

Kublai introduced me to a good strategy for TA last night. The bauble is not hard to take back - it has a DOT on it that increases over time that slowly kills the carrier. So what our group was doing was inching up slowly, picking off a few strays, then rushing the bauble carrier once the DOT started hitting him hard.

I've played a lot of scenarios so far, and there are so many factors involved (team class mix, overall levels, gear, etc.) that it's just hard to say which scenarios are unbalanced and which are not. I know there are some where it is obvious (Destruction closer to flag or whatever), but I'm talking scenarios where there is no blatant advantage for either side. I've had my ass handed to me 3 times in a night in one scenario, then 10 minutes later gone in and destroyed the other side by a ridiculous margin. It certainly keeps things interesting.
1793  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Patch 1.02 on: October 10, 2008, 02:58:39 AM
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OK.  Tested this out and it works about 90% of the time.  The other 10%, I think the War Lion just tells me to piss off.

Thanks for the tip!

Ahh...I think I see my problem. I tend to keep my lion in passive mode by default, so I have more control. But perhaps that is what is confusing it. Tomorrow night I'll try leaving him on guard mode and switching to passive to bring him back rather than trying to issue follow commands in vain.
1794  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What movie should I watch on Halloween? on: October 10, 2008, 02:56:27 AM
The Haunting is a great choice. It's amazing how much scarier it is than the stupid CGI remake.
1795  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What movie should I watch on Halloween? on: October 09, 2008, 07:58:56 PM
I'm really excited this year because Halloween is falling on a Friday night. We've already got our house decorated for the kids, and I plan on watching a ton of horror movies while passing out candy. I hate when Halloween falls on a weeknight and I can't stay up all night for a big movie marathon.
1796  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What movie should I watch on Halloween? on: October 09, 2008, 07:36:11 PM
My big three Halloween movies are the original Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the Exorcist. I've bought about every special edition of all of those on DVD that has come out.
1797  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Patch 1.02 on: October 09, 2008, 06:44:00 PM
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I'm a squig herder and usually just switching it to passive and it comes running back.

You might be right. I think some of my perceived "non-responsiveness" may simply be not being patient enough. When the lion chases someone halfway across the zone, I sometimes forget that calling him means he actually has to run all the way back. Hopefully that speed buff on him will help.

P.S. I love killing squig herders.  icon_twisted
1798  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Prison Break - Fall 2008's Best Unwatched show? on: October 09, 2008, 01:53:38 PM
You don't get it, man. Society is their prison. They're breaking out of society's laws and restrictions, which are like steel bars holding them down. Their teamwork, despite their individual differences, is like a metaphorical clothes ladder. Each one tied to the next to complete the whole.  paranoid
1799  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Patch 1.02 on: October 09, 2008, 01:45:25 PM
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so, in other words, one only has to move their toon a little bit and they'll still be able to exploit this?

Technically yes, but at least now someone can kill them and not have to worry about them getting XP when they respawn.

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YK:  Can I play my White Lion without getting frustrated yet?  I'm not certain I understand why they can't make pet A.I. work like WoW or EQ2?  Maybe they weren't perfect, but the pet commands were easy, yet the pet responsiveness in those two games was great.  I don't really visit the official forums much, but I'm curious if War Lion owners are complaining about this, or it's simply not a big deal to them.

Yes. As Ken pointed out, the disappearing bar bug seems to be fixed. I played for a good 2 1/2 hours last night popping in and out of scenarios and PvE and didn't have any problems. The only thing I don't like is that once the lion attacks, I wish the follow command would call off the attack and have him come back. As it is, I think you have to issue a Stop command, then a Follow. But that's nitpicking at this point, because overall the pets function a lot better than they did after the last patch. I'm hoping that eventually they'll get to the responsiveness level of the WoW hunter pets.

I'm really enjoying this class now that I got a +50% speed combat tactic for the lion. I equip that for scenarios/RvR, and I no longer have to worry about people outrunning the lion. Just wind him up and let him go.  icon_smile
1800  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: October 08, 2008, 08:52:16 PM
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Took me about 4 hours to get everything just the way I like it and then I spent about 5 hours installing games, tweaking them, etc..  I noticed a marked performance hit in many of the games.  For days this bugged me.  Then I decided to replace the 2 gigs of 5300 DDR2 memory it currently had with 4 gigs of 6400 DDR2.

Vista is like a fine automobile. You can't just drive her around using cheap regular unleaded and expect to get optimum performance.  icon_smile
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