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4001  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Surprise! I got an extra $150 for Christmas! How to spend? on: December 31, 2004, 03:16:05 AM
4002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MechAssault 2? on: December 29, 2004, 05:49:11 PM
I was hopeful but the CG review has dashed my hopes.  I want an open single player game like the PC mechwarrior games.
4003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game similar to Jagged Alliance? on: December 29, 2004, 03:26:06 PM has the JA2 Gold Pack (includes Unfinished Business expansion) for $18. I'm pretty sure I played it after I got XP.

Silent Storm would be my other suggestion, though that depends on how "not the best" that laptop is. Silent Storm is a bit old now, but may still be a system hog for you.
4004  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 28, 2004, 09:02:58 PM
Quote from: "Vesper"
Quote from: "RunningMn9"
How does the remote deal with my 3-yr old turning my receiver on and off directly, not using the remote?

There's obviously no way for the remote to know about this.  However, if things are ever out of sync, you hit the "Help" button, which will ask yes/no questions to re-establish the correct state.  Also works if the IR gets blocked or the device doesn't respond for some other reason.

Or you throw a shoe at the receiver and hope you hit the right button.
4005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 28, 2004, 08:32:05 PM
Quote from: "Lee"
I want to use it with a Sony TV, receiver, amp, and a Motorola digital cable/DVR box. I pretty much hate having 4 remotes sitting around.

Pretty much same setup I am using (assuming there is a DVD player in there somewhere), I got the 676, but the 688 puts the DVR/VCR buttons a little closer to your fingertips (around the directional buttons).
4006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chessmaster question on: December 28, 2004, 06:47:23 PM
There is a tiem-limited demo on the website, I don't know if it includes all the features though.
4007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chessmaster question on: December 28, 2004, 06:40:23 PM
Quote from: "Zekester"
Does 10th Edition recreate the chess game played in Star Wars IV?

Sure... but you always have to let the wookiee win.
4008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 28, 2004, 06:16:57 PM
Quote from: "Vesper"
Really looking forward to this puppy.  smile

Worth every penny! Welcome to the fold.
4009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chessmaster question on: December 28, 2004, 05:28:49 PM
Chessmaster 10th edition has a section dealing with the openings. It's not really a tutorial as much as it's a reference. Something you can explore with some explanation about why you would do each thing.

It kind of works like a folder tree in explore, you click a white move and it opens up the responding black moves and gives a short note about the move (including name). You click on any of the black moves and it opens the responding white moves and gives a short note, etc... it goes several moves deep.

The Waitzkin Academy part of the tutorial helped me a lot with general tactics that I really didn't have a grasp on. There is antoher tutorial on the subject of attacking chess, but I haven't gotten in to that one yet.

The huge variety of cumputer opponents is really excellent as well... and up to the 1000 level they really move very fast too. smile I don't know about the higher level ones as I'm not up to that challenge. slywink
4010  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need a little eBay help here. on: December 28, 2004, 04:21:00 PM
If he really has a bunch of feedbacks like that, perhaps notify ebay? Maybe you could save the next guy.
4011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC Gaming version: Shut up! It IS time to reveal your GOTY on: December 28, 2004, 04:10:08 PM
Chessmaster 10th Edition

No other game has come close in time played or enjoyment for me.

Yah, I played HL2, Pirates!, WoW, EQ2, Sims2, Thief 3, CoH... but they just don't stack up.
4012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 28, 2004, 03:25:17 PM
Yah I checked out the guide functionality, but I would be too lazy to keep updating the guide regularly so I promptly forgot about it...

Very cool ability tho, so if I'm watching a movie and wondering if I forgot to set the DVR for something I can check the remote quick rather than stopping the movie and switching to cable.
4013  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 28, 2004, 02:57:39 PM
Very cool, Tivo may well be the greatest company ever. biggrin If the Tivo remote can handle it, I bet the Harmony remote could, and everything else for that matter.... not that you want to spend another $150 hehe.
4014  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Any Gamestop preown deals coming up? on: December 28, 2004, 02:18:30 PM
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"
I remember Gamestop having deals where you buy preowned games like buy 2, get the 3rd free. Does anyone know if one of those are coming up soon?

My local gamestop is having that exact sale at this very moment. I don't know if it is a store by store thing or national though. I picked up 9 used games yesterday...  don't tell the wife!
4015  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 28, 2004, 02:14:30 PM
I'm not sure how any remote could deal with 2 tivos... at least in the same room. It seems like they would both respond to any inputs?
4016  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV - good solution for not enough inputs on: December 28, 2004, 04:03:41 AM
Quote from: "Laner"
What model Denon is that coopasonic?  I've been looking for a receiver with multiple component inputs, but the most I've seen (at a reasonable price) is two.

Denon AVR-2105 $650

3 to 1 component video switching, 4 to 1 optical digital.

7.1 channel, 90watts per...


4017  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV - good solution for not enough inputs on: December 28, 2004, 02:06:35 AM
The next option woulf be a receiver with component switching. My current dream receiver is a Denon with 3 component inputs. It's about the same price as the switch above, but with other benefits.
4018  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV - good solution for not enough inputs on: December 28, 2004, 01:18:57 AM

Only $537... Tongue Should be a  simple thing to do, but I can't seem to find one cheaper wth component inputs and IR.
4019  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 27, 2004, 10:21:18 PM
Quote from: "SpaceLord"
You misspelled "Evar" in the title.

I had it typed that way originally, but I couldn't bring myself to submit it that way.
4020  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 27, 2004, 07:45:25 PM
Quote from: "Pyperkub"
One thing that some of the earlier Universals had a problem with was losing all your Macros when the batteries died.  Make sure you get one with a backup system (backup battery, other), or you will likely return it, like my roomate had to with his favorite Universal.  Otherwise you'll have to go through the hassle of reprogramming the remote frequently, as those universals can eat batteries.

Two things, memory is retained when the batteries are removed and even if you do lose all of the programming, you just need to connect the remote to your PC, log in to the harmony site and reload the programming (even if you throw your remote against the wall and have to buy a new one).
4021  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 27, 2004, 03:35:26 PM
Quote from: "Bulletpig"
If this gave me full functionality of all my stuff with one remote I would consider it.


That's specifically why I selected this one. It can control up to 15 individual devices. As new components are released support for them is added to the configuration web site. It has enough buttons for most everything, plus up to 6 custom label buttons on the LCD screen for each activity.

In fact, this remote can switch my TV to other inputs instantly, something the remote that came with the TV couldn't do (watching a DVD meant switching the video input 5 times, no more)!

It takes some setup time, collecting model numbers on your components, configuring extra buttons that aren't automatically configured, but in the end it's completely worth it to me.
4022  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Correspondence Chess (for the slow thinker) on: December 27, 2004, 03:20:49 PM
(I don't think this really belongs in the game forums, but feel free to move it if you do)

Help me get through the dullest week at work ever...

Browser based chess, play multiple games at once (max of 6 unless registered), you take a turn and it sends your opponent an email... when he takes his turn, you get an email. Nice way to play if you don't like the pressure of a timed game at yahoo.

Free registration required to play. If you are afraid of spam give me your email and I will send you an invite for a google mail account you can use just to be safe.

If anyone is interested, register and send a challenge to "coopasonic"!
4023  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 26, 2004, 06:19:03 PM
I really like the model I currently have. There are some great benefits.

Now I forget which reply I was responding to. biggrin
4024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 26, 2004, 04:57:47 PM
The make and model of all my equipment is printed on the front of all the equipment handily enough.

Quote from: "EngineNo9"
What is so hard about picking up the DVD remote and hitting play?

Old Universal Remote:
Hit the AMP button.
Turn the Receiver power on.
Switch the Receiver to DVD Input.
Hit the TV button
Turn the TV power on.
Press TV/Video 5 times to switch the video input on the TV.
Hit the DVD button.
Turn the DVD power on.
Play the DVD.

New Universal Remote:
Hit "Watch Movie" button.

/shrug Beats the hell out of socks for Christmas.
4025  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 26, 2004, 03:37:44 PM
Video card: $400
Sound card: $200
PC speakers: $300
Monitor: $600
Universal Remote: $130
Not having to explain to the wife how to play a DVD yet again: Priceless
4026  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / In the mood for a good action movie? (Dawn of the Dead 2004) on: December 26, 2004, 05:58:23 AM
Very much enjoyed it, way better than i expected!
4027  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 26, 2004, 05:51:35 AM
Web based setup of your remote, no silly "learning" crap where you popint the remotes at each other and press a complicated sequence of buttons.

Harmony Remotes Link

Basically, you connect the remote to your PC USB port with the supplied cable, install the update software, go online and enter in your A/V equipment Manufacturer and Model Number and it walks you through preferences for activities. Hit update and it downloads the configuration to your remote and poof, it works!

Here is a picture of the screen to customize the buttons.

I'll never have to show my wife how to do anything with the A/V equipment against, it's all automagical! The one I have is listed at $229 or so on the manufacturer site, but it can be had for ~$130ish from tigerdirect or similar online electronics site.

Best remote ever. (well perhaps some of those mega-pricy ones are better... but I hardly believe it!)
4028  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Advance Wars 2 GBA $9.99 at Best Buy on: December 23, 2004, 08:27:59 PM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
If I can actually find one, I will definitely have to pick this up!

same biggrin I have a best buy gift card from kicking all my co-workers butts at laser tag... been looking for something to use it on.
4029  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dracula 3000 - Worst ending EVER? on: December 23, 2004, 12:22:32 AM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
it had a SciFi (in space) element, where could we go wrong?

Dracula in space and you ask "where could it go wrong?"

Just in that statement it has already gone so terribly wrong.
4030  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Netflix - Christmas delays? on: December 22, 2004, 09:26:07 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
I'm having pretty much the same problem, and it makes me wonder if they aren't "holding back" on us .. heh.

As of this week I'm still getting stuff delivered overnight, two day turnaround in total. I had two of tuesday's new releases on tuesday.
4031  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / How do you clean your computer case? on: December 22, 2004, 08:39:48 PM
Quote from: "croman"
To clean it out, I buy a new case and swap everything over

I'm with croman.
4032  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Netflix - Christmas delays? on: December 20, 2004, 11:49:20 PM
Up through the end of last week I've been getting the same 2 day turnaround. We'll see if I get the new releases tomorrow.

It's nice to be grandfathered into the 4 at a time plan. biggrin
4033  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I told my son about sex tonight on: December 16, 2004, 04:31:35 PM
I never got the talk, it probably impacted me negatively... but I got by.
4034  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Board Games] Betrayal at House on the Hill on: December 16, 2004, 02:28:07 PM
Looks very cool!

amazon link for  the search impaired

Pictures of the board and such on amazon.
4035  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's in your wallet?!! on: December 16, 2004, 02:10:17 AM
Quote from: "SpaceLord"
If Capital One used more  ninja in their ads, I might get a card. If a card had a picture of a ninja , I would also be willing to get a card. :cool:

*submits suggestions to marketing*
4036  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / TGA for Firefox on: December 14, 2004, 07:03:14 PM
Quote from: "tru1cy"
Why not just convert them to JPG?

4037  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How does anyone surf with default IE? on: December 14, 2004, 06:52:02 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
Does anyone (by choice) still use IE without any pop-up stopping?

At work I do. Very few of the places I go have pop-ups though. (the "choice" here is I could be doing work rather than browsing slywink )
4038  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I need a manly moisturizer on: December 14, 2004, 05:07:20 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Can you buy it anywhere or do I have to go to some moisturizing product counter in a department store?  I'm not sure I could handle the embarrassment if I had to do that.

After you buy feminine hygiene products for your wife for the first time you are done being embarrassed abotu buying anything. Get over it. smile
4039  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need a gadget in the $300 range for Christmas on: December 14, 2004, 02:35:51 PM
I forgot about Harmony Remotes yesterday.

Good prices from on them.. coolest remotes ever (well other than the gajillion dollar remotes in high end home theatre stores).
4040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX ARCADE on: December 13, 2004, 08:39:32 PM
Also notice those are introductory prices... /boggle.

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