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1241  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Taxes... Sigh on: March 18, 2007, 01:22:15 AM
This happened to me last year and this one.  My wife works less than 32hr/week and it seems both the Feds and State (California) do not take out full taxes for part time work.  At least that is what it appears to be, her W4 claims married with one deduction and they are taking a total of $7 every two weeks for federal taxes!  Yikes no wonder I almost get divorced every year when I use TurboTax online and watch the real time refund calculator in the corner go from me getting $2000 back based on my W2, to owing $1000 after inputting my wife's data.  I need to find a way to fix this.
1242  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Formula 1 2007 Thread - Round 1 - Grand Prix of Australia on SATURDAY on: March 18, 2007, 01:07:27 AM
A fan of Sato?  That guy is crazy and now that he has a car in the top half of the grid who knows what destruction he may wreak?  Ohh  I think I'm a fan too  icon_biggrin.  Good to see some young drivers up front and Hamilton in his first race weekend?  Fantastic qualifying.  This is the first I heard about the "clone" cars of Aguri, RBR and one other, interesting to see if Stryker's complaint will come to anything.

The one tire maker tightened things up a bit for qualifying, no 0.9 sec gap between Michelin and Bridgestone as in years past so in theory we should see a very close race but Alonso really stood out last year from the drivers on the same tire, interesting to hear he may have graining issues with front Bridgestones due to his aggressive style.

Turn up the volume, Formula One begins now!!!

1243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 16/mar/07 on: March 18, 2007, 12:43:48 AM
I will continue my first time playing God of War (note the lack of a 2 added on there).  I don't know how far I will get as I just finished the challenge of Hades in Pandora's temple and man did I hate those spinning blades.  I hear it will get worse for me when I actually reach Hades but I'll try to carry on,  I have such difficulty with timing puzzles like the blades and also one part in the challenge of Posiden that took me forever to get right.  I hope to finish so I can move onto GoW2 soon.
1244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/12) on: March 12, 2007, 08:16:13 PM
Isn't Silent Hunter IV for the PC out this week (3/15)?  If so that goes on the list, maybe God of War 2 but I'm still fighting along in the first episode so maybe I can wait on that one.
1245  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Formula 1 2007 Thread - Round 1 - Grand Prix of Australia on SATURDAY on: March 12, 2007, 08:11:25 PM
I'm in!  I was reviewing what my Tivo had scheduled to record and was excited to see the F1 season starting (I have a season pass for it on both Speed and CBS).  I'm hoping for a great season and while I liked Michael Schumacher a change in the order will be nice, kinda like when Lance Armstrong retired from the Tour, sad to see him go but ready to see who steps up to replace him.

I have to say I'm rooting against Kimi but only because he gives such bland interviews in a monotone voice  icon_biggrin.  Alonso should be fun to watch if the McLaren's have reliablity issues as in the past.  Still waiting for the Toyota money machine to get a respectable car on track, each year they hype em up and they don't deliver.  I feel for Davidson going from testing the decent Honda to driving the Super Aguri (maybe they really improved it this year?).

I don't have a pick but Massa would be pretty good.
1246  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Could you live without broadband? on: March 12, 2007, 08:33:07 AM

Quote from: gellar on March 12, 2007, 01:42:51 AM

It'd ruin my WoW addiction, but I don't think that'd be a terrible thing.  That being said, have you checked to see if Sprint or Verizon has EVDO service out there?  It's fairly fast and not terribly expensive.


I've played WoW on a 24k connection before, it actually runs fairly well.  I used a 56k connection and while I didn't go on any instance runs it was perfectly playable with my lag showing at about 500-750ms vice the 120ish ms I get at home.
1247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War, what am I doing wrong at the Hydra? spoilers if you haven't play on: March 12, 2007, 02:52:26 AM

Quote from: rrmorton on March 12, 2007, 01:50:38 AM

Your tenacity in the face of absurd adversity is an inspiration. The Golden Cock Monkey is within you.

AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHH!!!!  The hydra has been defeated!  Rental copy of the game got me past it but somewhere in the back of my mind I'm wondering if I'm just teh suck at GoW since it was still pretty hard to get the buttons presssssssssed (hydra spasm there) fast enough, I had to grab hold of it over 8 times to get the mast broken but I could see the difference during the times I actually dented it, lots of blood pouring out of the head when I was jabbing the buttons quickly.  Still I couldn't see any real difference in my button presses between my successful tries and my many abject failures.  Once my thumbs rest up and my ego heals I may try the hydra using my copy and see if it actually works or indeed it is a bad copy.  I hate to think what is in store for me in upcoming areas if I had so much trouble with the first boss.

1248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War, what am I doing wrong at the Hydra? spoilers if you haven't play on: March 12, 2007, 12:11:42 AM
Ok plan B,  rent a copy of the game and see if I can get past the Hydra and hope my copy is only broken in that section.  I wonder if I can have a save for the normal difficultly and Hard (forget God mode, never going to happen) on my internal memory card?
1249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War, what am I doing wrong at the Hydra? spoilers if you haven't play on: March 11, 2007, 11:35:01 PM
Son of a ...

Well I've tried many times and by my counting I got the Hydra to hit his head on the mast six times without any change, the mast is intact and he still has 75% health.  I checked out a game faq just to see if I was missing something and found this;

========================Main Hydra==============================================
MAJOR UPDATE: There seems to be a glitch in newer copies of GoW... If you can't
smash the Hydra into the mast or you've smashed him into the mast 3+ times...
Then you've got a defective copy/Ps2 control.

Son of a Gold.....

wait a sec thinks I,  I'll just break out my old PS2 and try it on that and I won't lose any time because I have the sweet 60gig PS3 with it's memory slots to transfer my saved game onto my PS2 card.  Hmmm where does this thing plug into anyways?  I review my memory card options on the PS3,  Compact Flash- check!   SD cards-check!  Sony memory stick-check!  PS1/2 card slot-ummmm nope not gonna happen cowboy mad.  Gotta buy some addon card reader to get that done.

Son of a Golden Co.......

Damnit!  Ok well the PS2 is out anyways and the Hydra isn't too far along in the game so I'll just run over to it and see if the game will let me past the Hydra.  One thing goes right as my PS2 S-video connector pins are bent (who know when that happened?) but I can use the cables included with the PS3 to hook it up with composite connections and it works fine (but no progressive scan for me  crybaby).  Now that I have a few runs under my belt it only takes a half hour at the most to get back to the Hydra where...........

it still doesn't work!!!!!!!!!!!

Son of a Golden Cock Monkey!!!!!  How on earth do you add bugs to a game after it has been out for 2 years?  I can't even find the receipt since I bought the game a month ago and only now got around to playing it once I got the PS3.

Thanks to rrmorton for the thread on OO that this is a direct copy of.  If you can find the original thread it is a very funny read.
1250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] MotorStorm Impressions on: March 11, 2007, 11:14:54 PM

Quote from: Hetz on March 11, 2007, 09:29:44 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 11, 2007, 09:25:11 PM

Back on topic, I've posted my MotorStorm review on the front page.  What'cha think?


Great review! smile

Yep good review but I'm still on hold to buy this due to single player issues.  My work hours pretty much eliminate me from MP during most of the week and Sat night so I need a strong single player element in order to get my money's worth.  I don't want to get caught in a Chromehounds situation where almost all the meat of the game is in the MP.  I'll probably try to rent it in the next week or so and see about the SP aspect.
1251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War, what am I doing wrong at the Hydra? spoilers if you haven't play on: March 11, 2007, 05:34:09 AM
All right I'll try all those suggestions, guess I'll go put a shirt on  paranoid

Thanks for the input

1252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / God of War, what am I doing wrong at the Hydra? spoilers if you haven't played on: March 11, 2007, 02:24:59 AM
Got the the Hydra and took care of the two side heads but the main boss seems unkillable.  I've hit him many times and gotten the screen to show the icon for me to press the O button which I do.  I follow that up with many pressings of the O and I lock on to the jaw of the beast and struggle against it for awhile but it will then break loose and I start hitting it all over again.  I have repeated this over and over but nothing ever changes, I just wrap him up by the jaw and strain against him. What do I need to do to get past him? 
1253  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTOfficial PS3 Network Name REQUEST THREAD on: March 11, 2007, 12:04:37 AM
ZinfanGT is online and ready to be added to the list
1254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Heavenly Sword on Heroes this week on: March 08, 2007, 09:46:19 PM
Finally watched my Tivo'ed Hero's and I have to say the game looked awesome.  After that snippet I have to declare IN!!
1255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Motorstorm Review - IGN on: March 06, 2007, 05:09:45 PM
Still on the fence after reading some of the 8.5+ reviews along with the sub 8 ones.  The lack of single player depth hurts along with vehicle's in the same class having no differences among themselves, one motorcycle is the same as the next.  I'm sure in the full game there is an option to turn off the music, I prefer my racing done using motor sounds only, heavy metal is distracting and not to my taste anyways.  After playing the demo I have to say lack of rumble features is pretty big, this game seems made for it (I hope Sony can get this issue worked out sometime soon).  I'll kid myself and say I'm going to wait a bit on this title,  I hope it lives up to its hype once it hits the stores.

1256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just got a PS3 on: March 06, 2007, 01:23:26 AM
Threw in the towel (for now) on the wireless setup and ran a LAN cable to my PS3 and now you can find me as ZinfanGT on the playstation network.  Downloading the Motorstorm demo atm, can't wait to check it out.  I hope Sony updates the software to allow background downloads and the ability to start the console without starting the game inserted in the drive, things I like on the 360 after they added those features.
1257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just got a PS3 on: March 05, 2007, 11:25:42 PM
Grats on the PS3, I picked up one on Saturday night along with Resistance and F1.  I'm having trouble getting it to hold a connection for very long so have yet to complete the setup for an online account.  I did download the update to my PC and transfer it over to the PS3 and that was a great feature that saved me tons of time. 

I am a little ways into Resistance and just got to the first area that didn't make me feel like I was on rails.  I know most FPS's are on rails but this one seemed not to disguise it very well in the opening sections.  I like the graphics but think Gears is a good on the 360.  I want to try the Motorstorm demo but with connection issues that is not possible atm, so I'm not sure if I'll be getting it this week or holding off until more reviews come out or I can get the demo.  If I ever finish off the account setup I hope to be Zinfan_OO on the network, I'll post back if I get it done.

I am going to try F1 tonight and I hope it takes me back to the days of Microprose's F1 Grand Prix game that I had a ton of fun with back in the early 90's.  Spa here I come (gotta try the el rouge corner).
1258  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/26) on: February 26, 2007, 06:44:04 PM
Hmm F1 is out for the PS3?  Very tempting to  buy the console and get that game and WallyMart had a PS3 last time I was in there.  The downside is I'm not great at car setup and Ron's review is giving me second thoughts.  Ahh well I'll give it some more time to tickle my brain and then make my decisions.  Probably next week though.  And SSX for the Wii is a distinct possibility.
1259  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: BEHOLD! The Cake made of.... on: February 23, 2007, 09:58:35 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on February 23, 2007, 09:36:02 PM

I take it nobody has ever had shepherds pie? I's the same thing. Just looks like a cake. Not sure I'm following "omg that's so vile!"

Looks good to me?

+1 from me.  Meatloaf and potatoes? bring it on!
1260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 10 game franchises that need to go away on: February 22, 2007, 04:40:38 PM
Can't agree with Tony Hawk's name on the list.  TH8 is a great game that got rid of that THUG gameplay and returned to the style of TH 1-3 which I really like.  I have Downhill Jam for the Wii but can't comment much on it since every time I fire up the Wii, Zelda takes the stage.
1261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 9/Feb/06 on: February 10, 2007, 11:03:28 PM
WoW for sure and maybe some Zelda on the Wii.
1262  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Adventuring life of Semaj..... (mildly 56k unfriendly) on: February 01, 2007, 06:34:55 AM
I'd suggest Camp Majocia (?) in Feralas but those quests ramped up from lvl 40-42 initially to 45-46 for the second step.  Too high for my lvl 41 priest so I'm looking for another zone to quest in.  I started the SoS crock collection and got one meat from over 10 kills which didn't seem to be an efficient way to level.  I'm going back into the Badlands for a few more quests but most of them seem to lead to Uldaman and I don't have a group to run it with.  Too bad all the Arathi highlands quests turned into group quests into Stormgard as that zone seems to be the correct level for my character.  I enjoy your write up and I wish I took screenies of when I killed a 44 hunter in STV after he jumped me, of course I died too but watching him try to bandage up while my dot's took him out was pretty fun.
1263  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Another "What TV Should I Buy" thread on: January 30, 2007, 09:30:25 AM
Ok not sure if this will help but is your coax cable into the tv coming from the cable box?  If so you may want to try bypassing the box, going from the wall outlet right to the tv.  I'd check it out myself but while I have a Vizio tv I use Directv for my service.
1264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/29) on: January 30, 2007, 09:09:27 AM

Quote from: pingwrx on January 30, 2007, 03:27:35 AM

Battlestations Midway depending on impressions.

Add a +1 for me as well (360 version)
1265  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Adventuring life of Semaj..... (mildly 56k unfriendly) on: January 30, 2007, 04:25:36 AM
Nice and I guess it is about time for "Druid adventures in Dustwallow Marsh"?  I just hit 40 with my undead priest and was thinking of heading into the hinterlands but it seems the levels may still be a bit high.  I refuse to go back to STV, I hates it, hates it!  Good write up.
1266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlestations: Midway on: January 27, 2007, 09:48:51 AM
I think I'll get this early on, now if I can just get my 360 back online after shuffling the components of my system around.  I guess my wireless hub isn't in a good spot at the moment.
1267  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tag - what's yours mean? on: January 25, 2007, 09:06:50 AM
Mine dates back to the days of Ultima Online when they added the Napa server and I needed a character name, first name Zinfan last name Dale.  Geekey when I write it down but it has lasted me quite a long time.  My XBL name OtterChaos comes from another board where my login is Otter which stands for Over The Top'ER (this was a golf board and over the top described my biggest swing fault and the reason I no longer play that wretched game).
1268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 22/Jan/06 on: January 23, 2007, 07:47:04 AM
Consoles sat idle as I learned the ropes in the WoW battlegrounds.  I need to get the Wii back in action and progress in Zelda as I really like the game.  Damn you WoW the princess isn't going to save herself and she isn't hiding out in the Arathi Basin mines either so release your hold on my time.
1269  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/22) on: January 23, 2007, 07:42:27 AM
Nothing for me this week.  I'll be wallowing in the WoW battlegrounds as I just got hooked on them and have lots of equipment to earn.
1270  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW: Burning Crusade Impressions on: January 18, 2007, 09:32:35 PM
My impression is it looks great on my new 47" LCD  ninja

I need to clean up the wires a bit and center the TV under the picture.  It is hard to get a decent picture without reflections, the red bloom in the center of the pic is from the camera flash that I put my hand over to reduce the glare and the windows are letting in quite a bit of light.

Rolled up a Blood Elf warlock and have only run through the starter zone so my impressions are very limited but I do like it so far.  Had no problem getting past the quests as Blizzard really made re-pop's fast and easy.  I remember starting in the newbie dwarf zone and having a heck of a time trying to kill certain named mobs due to the vast crowd in there with the same goal in mind, not so this time.
1271  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The GT Pet Thread (56k) on: January 16, 2007, 10:33:49 AM
Cider (in drawer) and Star

Sadly Cider passed away last summer  icon_evil
1272  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Lost" series coming to an end. on: January 16, 2007, 10:25:28 AM

Quote from: walTer on January 15, 2007, 11:46:09 PM

I agree that this is a good thing...this season has really been bad for the show-- as stated before, it seems like the show is really ....lost...maybe a time limit will help the show- I have been very disappointed in the show so far this season.

Plus, an end date ( like B5 which was great) is IMHO a good thing, much more so than a hastily slapped together finale-- read *ENTERPRISE*--- yuck!

Best ending?  St Elsewhere...anyone remember that?   Just fantastic.

Didn't see St Elsewhere but I liked M*A*S*H's final episode.  I also heard the end of Six Feet Under was pretty good, I never watched the show but may get the entire series on DVD if it shows up on sale.
1273  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Better Film Trilogy on: January 16, 2007, 10:13:37 AM
I went with LoTR as I've read the books many times and the films did a decent job of putting the world of Middle Earth on the big screen.  That being said my one main gripe of the films was the depiction of Shelob, the spider just didn't project the horror that comes across in the book, and Faramir.... Ok my two main gripes are Shelob, Faramir and no scouring of the Shire..... My 3  main gripes (ok we know where this is going so I'm stopping).  I do think the Balrog was my favorite scene across the 3 movies.
1274  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Burning Crusade is Gold on: January 10, 2007, 10:50:13 PM

Quote from: javahead on January 10, 2007, 07:30:11 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on January 10, 2007, 06:29:24 PM

No hurry for me, my priest is only lvl 36 so I have a ways to go to get to new content (I had a few lvl 60's on another server but I don't want to go back to them).  I'll check and see if Walmart has the collectors edition, they usually are 3-4 days behind the release date on putting them out but as I said I'm happy to wait.

Well, to be a Devil's advocate, you can pay $25 to transfer a 60 to another server (within certain restrictions). However, I don't think it is the end of the world if I can't get my hands on a copy till February. My wife is salavating over the CE, but after SWG I've come to realize the CEs aren't that amazing in short term.

The last three games I bought online didn't show up at my door until at least 2 days after release. One I had to wait a whole week (stupid Thursday release made me eat the weekend too).

It's not the server (lightbringer) that they are on, it's just when I restarted I decided to go Horde and to try something I never played (healer).  I'm having a lot of fun on the RP/PVP server (venture company) and trying out the horde side of things.  I never was much into raiding before so my characters (Tiny, note I didNOT call them toons smile ) are pretty low on the equipment side of things.  Will the priest be different?  Don't know but I have gotten invites to run a few instances that I never got with my mage/rogue/warrior.  Anyways I will get TBC, and I hope to run down a CE version of it (I have the original CE).
1275  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Burning Crusade is Gold on: January 10, 2007, 06:29:24 PM
No hurry for me, my priest is only lvl 36 so I have a ways to go to get to new content (I had a few lvl 60's on another server but I don't want to go back to them).  I'll check and see if Walmart has the collectors edition, they usually are 3-4 days behind the release date on putting them out but as I said I'm happy to wait.
1276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 10 years of Diablo and on: December 31, 2006, 10:21:39 AM
Every time Diablo comes up in our conversation, my friend has to remind me he was one of the 1000 beta testers and his name shows up in the final credits  icon_mad
1277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GamingTrend Best of 360 - Prelim on: December 22, 2006, 09:23:28 PM
Gears of War was fantastic
Saints Row
Tony Hawk 8 - I really like the way the gameplay seems to head back to the days of TH 1,2 and 3 and away from the THUG model.
1278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: The Savior is Born! Long Weekend Edition 22/Dec/06 on: December 22, 2006, 09:20:15 PM
I'd like to say Zelda on the Wii and some more Tony Hawk and CoD3 on the 360 but if I had to bet I'd put my money on leveling my undead priest in WoW.
1279  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: FFXI took my MMO virginity - now I wants me some WoW on: December 21, 2006, 10:41:19 PM

Quote from: Destructor on December 21, 2006, 02:02:44 PM

Quote from: Toe on December 20, 2006, 07:54:08 PM

For my priest it was more mana efficent to wand a mob down when it hit 40-50% health and heal the damage afterwards than it was to use mana to DPS a mob down all the way. Yeah, the mob died faster, but it cut into my mana too much. The amount of mana regened during wanding is substantial if you have decent spirit (this was all the way to 60th also, not just the early years).

One way of doing it, definitely. What did I use to use when I soloed (feels like forever ago)... Fire up PW:S, pull with the shadow DD spell, SW:P, Mind Flay, and then wand the mob down as it pounds uselessly on the shield. Rinse and repeat until you fall asleep.

I like playing my priest after doing Warrior/Rogue/Mage before.  The few instances I've run have been a bit hetic but different enough to make it interesting.  I've started full shadow spec so far and when I solo I like to pull with Mind Blast, Mind Flay till they get close, SW:P and then shield.  Follow that up with some more Flay or Blast depending on how far down their hp's are and finally wand em down.  Probably not the most mana efficient but it works well for me and very little down time.  Many paths to 60 I guess and the one I'm on dosen't have to be the quickest as I'm enjoying taking my time to lvl up and learn the priest class.
1280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tony Hawk Project 8 - Huge combos? on: December 20, 2006, 09:22:31 PM
I still struggle to this day with just tapping the button vice holding it down.  Grinds are a perfect example, I ollie onto the rail and press Y but instead of releasing Y and trying to adjust my tricks I find my self still holding it down for the whole time.  If I could get rid of that instinct then I'd be able to add more tricks to each grind/air/whatever.
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