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1761  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / [Sold] EVGA GTX 260 896-P3-1265-AR - Brand New on: August 30, 2009, 02:56:32 PM
I'm selling an EVGA GTX 260 896-P3-1265-AR. I received this as a replacement under warranty for my old 8800 GTX card and don't need it since I've since upgraded to a GTX 275.

The card is brand new straight from EVGA in an OEM box. I opened it only to check the contents. I've got some new cables from my old 8800 that I can throw in as well.

Here's a link:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814130398

Asking $115 shipped via UPS insured. Figured I would offer it to my friends on OO/GamingTrend before I put it on Ebay.

1762  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hope for Narnia? on: August 29, 2009, 12:42:27 PM
I agree Caspian was horrible. I was bored to tears during that movie; I can't imagine being a kid and trying to sit through that yawn-fest.

I've always been pretty meh on the whole Narnia series anyway. I think I may have just discovered them at the wrong time - I was too old or something when I read the series. By the time I got around to reading them I was already heavily into D&D, DragonLance novels, etc. Narnia seemed like such light fantasy fluff that it bored me. I appreciate the books on a literary level though.
1763  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] H2 on: August 29, 2009, 12:38:51 PM
Yeah the whole partial face thing just dropped the scary factor down to nil. I generally like Rob Zombie's movies, but fucking with The Shape's mask borders on blasphemy.
1764  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rob Zombie to butcher the Blob on: August 29, 2009, 02:14:23 AM
That's a waste. The 1988 remake was pretty darn good, and about as far as you could take a modern rendition, in my opinion.
1765  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Band names... on: August 29, 2009, 02:12:37 AM
Caballus

It's the second half of the horse's scientic name, equus caballus. Don't ask me how to pronounce it though.  icon_smile
1766  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood season 2 on: August 24, 2009, 01:29:52 AM
Yeah, I'm really glad I stuck with it. The first episodes were drubbed by critics as well. I have a friend who hated the first episode so bad he has refused to watch another, despite me trying to convince him what an excellent show it has become. His loss.
1767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wheel of Time games will require you to curve your Balefire on: August 17, 2009, 02:30:41 AM
I really hope they allow you to map your own controls. I'd really rather use Shift as my braid tugging button and Ctrl as my skirt smoothing key, rather than the other way around.
1768  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazingly good shows that died WAY before their time on: August 16, 2009, 03:31:35 AM
Deadwood and Carnivale, on HBO.

Carnivale was the most heartbreaking because though Season 1 started out slow, Season 2 was some of the best television I've ever seen. Then it just ended with no resolution whatsoever.
1769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Steve Tyler Falls off stage on: August 14, 2009, 10:49:17 PM
I saw them with Motley Crue a couple of years ago. Was an awesome show. I know they're probably not as good now as they once were, but since I never got to see them in their prime, I was pretty excited. Steven Tyler certainly didn't act like a 60 year old, and his voice was still rockin. How he got out there and put forth that kind of energy for an entire show at his age without drugs boggles my mind.
1770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 13, 2009, 10:01:36 PM
We'll have a review for it next week at release!
1771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood season 2 on: August 13, 2009, 12:42:37 AM
I've read books 1 & 2, and so far I think the show blows them away.

Charlaine Harris tends to write in a very compact, no-nonsense style. Nothing wrong with that, but it does mean she blows through plot points at a rapid pace. There were multiple occasions in the first two books where I had to go back and re-read a page or two because she revealed a major plot point in just one sentence and kept moving, leaving me totally confused. This also means that secondary characters don't have nearly the depth that they do in the show. After watching the show and then reading the book, you start viewing the novels as 300 pages of missed opportunity because Harris doesn't really explore anything (plots, characters, mysteries) to any real depth. Thankfully the show fixes all that. The books also tend to get a bit cheesy in places, and I noticed the show wisely sidesteps those areas.

Ultimately it boils down to the fact that the books are light chick-lit vampire stories. They just can't compete with the excellent writing and production values of an HBO series.

1772  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Achievement Unlocked] You Haz Babby! on: August 12, 2009, 02:20:29 AM
As promised, a couple of pics. She literally was the YellowPrincess for awhile today as she got a touch of jaundice. Fortunately she made a speedy recovery. Fortunately this little girl takes after her mom - I've got a picture of YQ as a baby and you can hardly tell them apart.




1773  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Achievement Unlocked] You Haz Babby! on: August 10, 2009, 08:39:36 PM
Just to pile on to the baby multiplier combo, Anna Kate (aka YellowPrincess) was born this morning at 3:23am. 7lbs, 6oz, and 20 1/2 inches long. Mom and baby are doing wonderful; very smooth labor all in all. Will add some pics when I get home tomorrow - the hospital network makes it difficult to host pics easily.
1774  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I haz a baby too! on: August 10, 2009, 04:40:33 AM
Congrats!!

I'm thinking of getting one of those - doc says it should be another hour or two.  saywhat
1775  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HOLY CRAP IT'S BABY WEEK! on: August 02, 2009, 04:22:34 AM
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Still waiting....lazy little kid.

I know the feeling. For various reasons (the way my wife was feeling, the cramping, the way the baby was so low) we had it in our minds that we'd have an early delivery. We're now +2 days past due date and my wife has barely dilated.

The doctor is going to induce on Sunday if we don't have her before then. The wait is agonizing though.

I described it to my wife as a combination of waiting for Christmas and anticipating the first day of a new job. Equal parts joy and terror.  icon_smile
1776  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you love that everyone else hates... on: July 19, 2009, 04:04:21 PM
My number one would probably be Lost in Translation. Loved it, bought the DVD, have watched it multiple times. I've met so many people who loathe that movie and think it's a boring waste of time. I thought it was brilliant.
1777  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What books need a movie on: July 12, 2009, 08:41:25 PM
I just finished "The Lies of Locke Lamora" by Scott Lynch and think it would make an excellent film. It's a fantasy novel, but magic is relegated to specially trained Bondsmages and some minor alchemical enchantments. It concerns a thief named Locke Lamora and his crew who set out to pull off a big heist against a wealthy noble and get caught up in the political machinations of what passes as the "mafia" in this setting. The characters are colorful and brilliant (Locke is a master of disguise, his pal Jean is an enormous but highly skilled fighter). The world is also highly imaginative (one of the city's most popular pastimes is watching people duel sharks!) and would lend itself to plenty of eye candy.

 
1778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lucasarts announcement Monday on: July 06, 2009, 07:44:58 PM
I'm in for LOOM.

The first computer game I ever bought was Ultima Worlds: Savage Empire. Got it home, bad floppy disk. Took it back to Babbage's, but they didn't have any more copies left. The guy said I could either get my money back or just put it towards a different game. I looked around and the box for LOOM caught my eye. It looked a lot like some of the adventure games I had played on Apples in school, so I decided to take a chance on it.

Many hours of fun later I had finished my first PC game, and have been hooked on LucasArts adventure titles ever since. LOOM has a lot of sentimental value for me, and I really can't wait to play it again.

I'm also very much looking forward to the Secret of Monkey Island remake. When it came out I bet I played through it 3-4 times, but haven't played the original since. Will be fun to see if I still remember all the puzzles.

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis will be another likely purchase. Had a blast with that game back in the day. 
1779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I want my...I want my...I want my M:tG on: June 25, 2009, 12:38:56 PM
It's less about the button mappings and more about the flow between phases. You get used to it after awhile, but when you first start it can be a little frustrating.
1780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I want my...I want my...I want my M:tG on: June 25, 2009, 03:36:43 AM
Well for starters, make "A" the continue button like every other game on the planet.

1781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I want my...I want my...I want my M:tG on: June 25, 2009, 02:16:51 AM
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Obviously, that would've never happened in a regular game.  Incredibly frustrating to have what should have been an amazing come from behind victory turned into a stupid defeat.  It was made worse when the rematch featured his deck cranking on all cylinders, with tons of fatties hitting the table on his side, and with me drawing a single lava axe for direct damage for the entire game.  Boo on that.

Yeah, that's part of the reason I harped on the controls so much in the review. They're not difficult controls to learn, and everything is right up there on the screen - but something about them just didn't naturally flow for me and I found myself hitting the wrong button and missing timings all the damn time. The absolute worst was after trying ten times to beat one of the AI opponents, I finally had her on the ropes. I was about to absolutely crush her with a bunch of Giant Growthed War Elephants/Worms. I ended up hitting the wrong button and SKIPPING my attack phase. On her turn she handily took me out. Grrrrrrr.
1782  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Father's Day. on: June 22, 2009, 02:15:57 AM
My very pregnant wife and I went out to eat/movies today to celebrate. I got a lot of "Happy Early Father's Day" remarks.  icon_biggrin
1783  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you prefer your beer? on: June 20, 2009, 03:24:49 AM
I drink draft beer when I'm out at a restaurant and want something to go with a hearty meal.

I drink bottled beer when I'm relaxing at home or cooking on the grill.

I drink canned beer when my only goal is to get hammered as quickly as humanly possible.
1784  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy 5 in the works on: June 19, 2009, 06:32:45 PM
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I've seen many movies, and typically I either enjoy a film or I do not.  I not only did not enjoy The Kingdom of Crap, but it left me feeling angry at its close.  You really have to fuck up Indiana Jones to actually piss people off, almost as if it was intentional.  Because it takes real effort to screw something up that badly.

The only thing that even came *close* (though it still doesn't equal it) is what I felt after walking out of The Phantom Menace. I had stood in line for 3 hours to attend the midnight showing. I had partied with other Star Wars geeks in the parking lot. We were on the news. There was an excitement and energy I've never experienced before when we were finally all in the theater and the Star Wars logo and theme music came on and everybody started cheering. It was pure magic. Then for the next two hours I sat through Jar-Jar, a boring-ass plot about fucking shipping blockades, fart jokes, the most annoying kid in the universe, and the cherry on top - midichlorians. Walking out there was a palpable sense of disappointment hanging in the air like a fog. Oh, everybody walked out talking about how awesome it was, but there was a flat dead tone in their voice, as if they really didn't believe what they were saying. They were just trying to retain some little scrap of the magic that had existed before we walked in the theater.

But even THAT was closer to disappointment and sadness rather than anger. I felt partly responsible for The Phantom Menace - as if maybe I had just gotten my hopes up too high. That maybe I was forgetting that Star Wars was for kids, and as an adult I couldn't possibly fully appreciate it on that level again.

Indy 4 was all of the above, plus pure unbridled anger. Anger for being fooled again. For watching George Lucas not only shit on my childhood for Phantom Menace, but two more Star Wars films and NOW another franchise. It was like I was paying money to watch a madman burn my photo albums and destroy my happy memories. I'm still angry about Indy 4. I've never felt that way about any other movie. Not even poor sequels or movies I just didn't like. I usually just forget and move on. But Indy 4 is like the straw that broke the camel's back. It encompasses everything I hate about Hollywood, and its total destruction of everything I loved about movies probably won't be equaled until Ghostbusters 3.

1785  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy 5 in the works on: June 19, 2009, 01:48:57 AM
Let me guess. This time Indy and son are fighting Bigfoot in the forests of British Columbia. In one riveting sequence, Shia surfs down the back of the Loch Ness Monster. Indy is dropped into a volcano but escapes death thanks to quickly dipping his feet in spring water and sprinting 1/4 mile over molten lava to safety.

F*** you George Lucas and the childhood rape machine you call your modern film career. And f*** you too Steven Spielberg you alien-obsessed douchebag.
1786  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's Your Concept of Time Like? on: June 18, 2009, 11:08:17 AM
I'm extremely anal about being places on time, and early if at all possible. It's a combination of politeness, respect, and just the fact that I'm logical-minded, number-oriented, and being late throws that off. This was reinforced in my college management class in which my professor would close and lock the door at precisely 9:00 am. If you weren't in class, in your seat, you missed the lecture.

There is nothing that stresses me out more than having some friends say, "Hey, let's go see that movie!" ten minutes before it starts when I know the ride to the theater is going to be MINIMUM twenty minutes. When I go to a movie, I want to get there early enough to find a great seat and watch every preview. I can't believe with as expensive as movies are there are people who don't want to squeeze every drop of value out of that dollar.

My wife, on the other hand, has no concept of being on time. She's generally 5-10 minutes late to work every morning (thankfully she works in an environment where this is acceptable). I have to practically force her out of the house to be anywhere on time, as she always dreams up some time-consuming chore or errand she has to do at the last minute as we are walking out. Drives me nuts.

It's funny how that may relate to sense of time, as I never use an alarm clock. I magically wake up within 5 minutes of when I'm supposed to. My wife, on the other hand, will have it go off 5 or 6 times before she gets up.

My in-laws are even worse. They will be GUARANTEED 20-30 minutes late for anything. It is now a routine habit that if we want them to be somewhere by 6:00, we tell them to be there by 5:30.

1787  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] The Final Destination on: June 15, 2009, 02:24:48 PM
I'll be there. I love the FD series, and can't wait to see what kind of kills they pull out for the 3D version.
1788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ghostbusters Poll on: June 10, 2009, 08:24:31 PM
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my worry is why they seem to be recycling all* the bad guys from the previous movies? shouldn't they be doing something new if this is a new installment?

There is a storyline reason behind it, and from what I've read that recycling is only a fraction of the entire game. I can understand why they did it - I imagine I'd be mighty disappointed if I finally got to play Ghostbusters on a next-gen system only to have no Slimer or Marshmallow Man in sight.

As far as it being any good, IGN has already given it an 80/100. I imagine it will be a solid, if not spectacular, effort. I'll play it no matter what - I'm too big a GB fan not to.
1789  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bing, Microsoft's new search engine on: June 09, 2009, 09:47:47 PM
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I used it once to search for a video.  I liked the way that each video result showed the video in the preview.  That could be useful for porn.

It's also why Bing is now being completely banned by my work's web filter. I doubt it's going to be embraced by corporate America.
1790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 is upon us on: June 03, 2009, 12:28:14 AM
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Or body movement- how do you move forward in a first person or third person action game.  Walk in place?  Gimme a break.

I was reading an article by a guy at E3 that actually got to demo the Natal with a racing game. They used a simple scheme where putting his foot forward accelerated and shifting it back braked. He said it worked very well and was a lot of fun. You could apply the same thing to a first person shooter.

If the technology is there, developers will figure out a way to utilize it and make it fun. There was a time when people said pretending to play music on a guitar shaped controller was a stupid idea. Or putting a touch screen on a portable gaming system. Why stifle innovation in our favorite industry before even giving it a chance? We're living in exciting times. It's kind of frustrating to see all the negativity when for the first time in decades we're seeing real creativity and innovation applied to video gaming to make it more immersive.
1791  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor Tocantins on: May 05, 2009, 01:01:10 AM
Coach is the guy you love to hate, and for that reason I hope he sticks around. I guess I have a higher tolerance for him than most because I understand him in a sense. I knew a guy JUST like him in high school. This kid just lived in his own universe, and he 100% believed every lie that came out if his mouth and was completely dedicated to the persona he had built up in his mind. It was quite fascinating.

I was also surprised by the Sierra hate. It reminded me of the way the Family Guy family treats Meg - just totally dumps on her at every opportunity for no apparent reason.  icon_biggrin What's even more bizarre is that as much as they claimed she was stupid, she (like Sugar) always seemed to know exactly what was going on. My only consolation out of all that was that I'm 150% positive Jeff will be bringing up Coach n' Cunt's bald-faced lying at the reunion show - this time with tape to prove that Sierra was telling the truth.
1792  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Next fall's tv schedule starting to come out... on: May 05, 2009, 12:57:31 AM
I agree with PR_GMR on Fringe. I feel it's just starting to hit its stride. While I don't really care for the lead, Walter and Pacey  icon_biggrin are terrific. I was bothered a bit by the fringe science stuff at first, but once you learn to accept it as this show's reality, things get fun. I kind of like that they don't fall on the "supernatural" crutch like so many other shows - even if the scientific explanations are crazy, the show IS called Fringe. It's supposed to be way out there.

Dollhouse has been a colossal disappointment for me. It lacks the wit and personality of Whedon's other shows. Their only bit of comic relief is the incredibly annoying geek; otherwise it's quite a glum, depressing show. Eliza Dushku, as much as I liked her in Buffy, can't sustain the lead in a series - it's amazing to me that she can't even play a brain-wiped girl without sounding like a bad actress.

Thank GOD they put Knight Rider out of its misery. Worst show on television.
1793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Plants vs Zombies (demo is out) on: May 05, 2009, 12:43:09 AM
I'm not a big fan of tower defense type games, but I had a blast with this demo. Which is good, considering I'd already pre-ordered based on my blind faith in PopCap.  icon_biggrin

What's going to make this game great is the sheer number of plants available, and the strategy in choosing which to have in your arsenal. I've already figured out a couple of good strategies, and I'm sure this is one of those games in which people will be discussing "best builds" for a long time.

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So how much of the game did we get to play? Is the day 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, etc just one of the 50 days in the game or did I go through eight of the days already? If I didn't even finish one day, then this is a pretty big game! I didn't use the potatoes at all and I just got the chomper plant when the 30 minutes was up.

I don't know for sure, but I think that's just one day. I'm guessing this based on the fact that we only unlocked a small fraction of the total number of plants, and because one reviewer said he'd already put 30 hours into the game. Apparently there are a ton of unlockables in this game between the mini-games and puzzle/survival modes. Plenty to keep you busy.
1794  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: May 04, 2009, 08:50:26 PM
This is going to be my big weekend project. I've been dying to reformat my Vista-64 machine due to some niggling issues, but was trying to hold off for Windows 7. RC is good enough for me, based on all the positive impressions.

Fortunately I don't run a lot of critical software - if the 1-2 games I play run on it and Office works, I'll be a happy camper.
1795  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tim Burton-Alice In Wonderland on: April 24, 2009, 11:37:57 AM
Yeah, that makeup is a little Ziggy Stardust for my tastes, but I'll give Tim the benefit of the doubt.
1796  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 24, 2009, 03:52:59 AM
I think Chris definitely deserves it over Gokey - Chris has really grown into an artist that has his own style. Gokey is a technically proficient singer, but the dude has zero personality when he sings. He reminds me of David A. in that respect (no offense, Rittch!)

Honestly I don't know why Gokey keeps getting such lavish praise (though Simon finally did beat on him a bit this week). At this stage of the competition, you need to be showing not that you can sing, but that you can make records people will want to buy.
1797  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tim Burton-Alice In Wonderland on: April 23, 2009, 09:46:22 PM
Oh yes. I adore Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. That is indeed an impressive cast. Can't wait.

 
1798  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you REALLY believe that extraterrestrial life has visited Earth? on: April 22, 2009, 06:01:52 PM
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There are far too many stories of people saying they saw something (going back to ancient civilizations even) to just dismiss the idea completely.

People used to also say they saw vampires. They used to burn witches at the stake. In the 1800s all kinds of prominent, otherwise credible people were 100% convinced you could communicate with the dead. I believe the idea that aliens are visiting earth is yet another myth along these same lines.

I can foresee a time 300 years from now when people look back on folks in the 20th/21st century and laugh at the notion that we used to believe in aliens visiting earth. Of course, by that time we'll all be believing in something like extra-planar time-traveling lizard people.
1799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 04/17/09 on: April 17, 2009, 08:39:03 PM
Gonna bust through Flock for XBLA for review. Have an MMO beta tonight I'm excited about, and for the rest of the weekend will settle in with some Lord of the Rings Online. If time permits, I also need to get back to The Last Remnant (PC).
1800  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: April 16, 2009, 09:30:19 PM
DOH! Uh...err...I mean....why should I care?   icon_wink
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