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3961  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LotR: EE Slipcase has Arrived! on: January 29, 2005, 10:15:02 PM
i made a post about the availability of a near-free slipcase for the LotR:EE DVDs from NewLine back in december, and just wanted to let those interested know that mine showed up in the mail today.  i got an e-mail on thursday saying that it had shipped, and it was dropped off with the mail today Cool

the box looks great...i think it's the same as what you get in the store if you buy the EE trilogy set, but that's not a bad thing by any means.  anyone else received theirs yet?

if you didn't request one yet, they're still available while supplies last...click on over to this website and order yours for only $3 shipping Cool
3962  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TimeWarner Increases Speed! on: January 27, 2005, 01:16:10 AM
Quote from: "Ibby"
Comcast upped our throughput a year or two ago, and there are rumors that they're going to do it again.

it's more than just a rumor now...it officially made the news a little over a week ago.  have a look Cool
3963  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: January 25, 2005, 03:17:17 AM
count me in! Cool
3964  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Question regarding HL2 License on: January 25, 2005, 03:13:54 AM
you can transfer HL2 to another person as long as you're willing to give them access to your Steam account as well.  for that reason, it's best to use a random name for your Steam account rather than something personal, and be sure to keep that account strictly for HL2 if you intend to give it away later.  if you have registered any games other than HL2 on the same account, you would be giving up access to them as well.

does that make any sense?  i think someone around here did sell/trade their copy of HL2, so maybe they could fill us all in on how it went...
3965  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: January 22, 2005, 12:34:34 AM
i'll be there...hope to see lots of other faces in the game as well! Cool
3966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What was the Last Game you were Addicted to? on: January 21, 2005, 05:17:54 AM
Unreal Tournament 2004 - i started playing the demo almost a year ago, and i've been hooked ever since (due in no small part to playing on zaxxon's server).

Half-Life 2 also had me for a while, but the addiction to that one starts to wear off once you've finished the game a time or two.  UT2K4 just never gets old Cool
3967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Codename: Gordon = Genius on: January 21, 2005, 03:00:06 AM
i was playing Codename: Gordon the night HL2 was released....gave me a way to pass the time while i waited from 3am EST on 11/16.  it is a fun little game with a good sense of humor.  it reminded me of another old game called Abuse...fun side-scrolling shooter from about 10 years ago Cool
3968  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: January 20, 2005, 03:39:42 AM
Quote from: "crumsteel"
I am ready for some UT. Who is up for some this weekend, Friday or Saturday?

i can make it in this weekend...just need to know which day Cool
3969  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / VoIP - Internet Phones on: January 18, 2005, 03:20:58 AM
Quote from: "hitbyambulance"
Quote from: "disarm"
there are also free internet-based phone services that let you make PC-phone calls.  the only catch is that the person with the PC has to initiate the call.  i used to do it all the time as a way to save money on long distance calls when i was away to college.


what services are these?  i haven't seen free PC-Phone services for years.

maybe they don't exist anymore...like i said, it's been a few years since i used a service like that.  i wouldn't be surprised if the free ones have disappeared now that providers have realized they can make some money on the service.
3970  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / let the harrassment of peyton manning begin! on: January 17, 2005, 02:33:21 AM
Quote from: "Devil"
Manning is a fraud.

It's nice to put up silly numbers against high school teams in a dome, on a rug. Come outside and play a real team and he'll lose EVERY TIME.

Same old story.

i would hardly say Manning was to blame for the Colts loss today...but i'm not going to waste my time trying to argue that point with you...
3971  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thinking of getting Halflife 2, but... on: January 16, 2005, 09:47:45 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Iuy HL2, other than the...2-3 levels with those insanely fucking annoying antlion stupid ass creatures, its one of the best shooters of all time.

i thought the antlions were some of the coolest parts in the whole game...
3972  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / VoIP - Internet Phones on: January 16, 2005, 07:01:50 PM
unfortunately, it's been several years and i don't remember the site i used.  i'll see if i can come up with a link and will post it here if i figure it out.  it's not something i've used for quite a while, so free services may be hard to find now that people have started to charge for it.  the one i used was a website where you would enter the phone number you want to call...it made the connection, and you talked through a mic to the person using a phone on the other end.  i'll see what i can come up with now...
3973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thinking of getting Halflife 2, but... on: January 16, 2005, 05:36:26 PM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
OK, You guys all seem to miss one of the important anti-steam arguments that 'conspiracy nuts' like myself have.  I'm all for downloadable content delivery from the developer.  IF that's all steam was about (and On-line play), I wouldn't care about Steam.  However, I DON'T like having to install their personal ptp client software on my PC, doing god knows what, just so I can play a single player game (Which is all I wanted to do).

where do people come up with all the misconceptions that Steam is secretly performing other tasks in the background?  you install HL2 and Steam, authorize your copy, and download the latest updates...after that, Steam sits quietly in the background and does nothing until it validates your game again or grabs another update.  it isn't a piece of P2P software that is acting behind your back...
3974  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / VoIP - Internet Phones on: January 15, 2005, 06:34:06 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Now, I have to say this - there are free communication services out there, but they require both ends to have a headset, programs, configurations, etc.

That's why you have to pay for this - it allows you to chat with anybody who has a standard phone via the internet.

there are also free internet-based phone services that let you make PC-phone calls.  the only catch is that the person with the PC has to initiate the call.  i used to do it all the time as a way to save money on long distance calls when i was away to college.
3975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 how far through am I? -- SPOILERS -- on: January 14, 2005, 11:30:26 PM
Quote from: "ChrisGwinn"
Quote from: "jonsauce"
Quote
The bits between Ravenholm and the Buggy were my least favorite levels in the game.


There wasn't alot in there, but I really enjoyed the firefight right before getting the buggy.  I've shown that part to many people and each time I play through it it goes differently.


I had issues with all of the headcrabs underground.

there's actually a pretty simple way to make it past all those headcrabs in the mine without getting hurt.  don't expect to have an easy time if you just jump right in though...
3976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thinking of getting Halflife 2, but... on: January 14, 2005, 05:08:59 AM
actually, you could probably get it cheaper at this point by finding the boxed version on sale somewhere.  downloading it from Steam is convenient and the larger packages are a good deal if you're interested in the other games, but they have yet to drop the price on a barebones copy of HL2.  the Bronze package via Steam is essentially the same as what you get in the box...it goes for $49.99 through Steam, but some other stores now have it for less.  the HL2 Silver package is still a good deal though...if you're interested in Day of Defeat Source of HL1:Source...

if you decide to pick up a boxed copy, you can take some comfort in knowing that one of the patches has already removed the CD-check so you don't need a disc in the drive anymore Cool
3977  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is a Flash iPod on the horizon? on: January 11, 2005, 04:09:51 AM
Quote from: "Fireball1244"
Then it appears you may prefer the iPod mini.

as the owner of a 20GB iPod, i still can't understand the appeal of the iPod Mini...unless you absolutely have to have a cute color.  it's not all that much smaller than an iPod, and you get a whole lot less for your money.  it's just my opinion, but i really don't think the very slight size difference and saving $50 makes up for losing 16GB of storage.  to each his own though...
3978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Another Half-Life 2 question (AI allies) on: January 11, 2005, 01:58:00 AM
like stiffler said, you start to pick up allies quite a bit in the second half of the game.  the first time that i can remember is when you start to meet some resistance fighters at locations along the highway.  you get helpers quite a bit in the later half, although the term "allies" is sometimes not entirely fitting slywink
3979  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 how far through am I? -- SPOILERS -- on: January 11, 2005, 01:51:26 AM
don't worry, you still have a ton of great gaming to go...you ain't seen nothin' yet slywink
3980  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need help burning cd's in itunes on: January 09, 2005, 09:39:51 PM
Quote from: "Xmann"
thanks disarm for the help, got it solved

cool...good to know that worked Cool

just out of curiousity, what was the problem-causing program?
3981  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What classic tv show car would you choose.... on: January 09, 2005, 07:59:23 PM
KITT...no question about it
3982  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / El-Producto wants a gamecube... lots of stuff for sale. on: January 09, 2005, 08:58:04 AM
i sent you a PM about Falcon 4...
3983  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need help burning cd's in itunes on: January 08, 2005, 10:53:08 PM
i just typed in "itunes error 4310" in Google and may have come up with an solution you can try...

there are a few reports of this happening to people who have other disc burning software running in the background/system tray.  close out any programs like that you may have running, then try burning with iTunes again.  apparently, the error may have something to do with multiple programs monitoring the drive at the same time.  in the explanation i found, the guy was running Roxio Drag to Disc and had to shut it down.  here is the link to what i found...look about halfway down the page (at the june 19th entry).  it's not much, but it's worth a shot if you have anything else running...
3984  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Players on: January 08, 2005, 10:51:21 PM
i bought a Sony DVP-NS415 for a little over $100US a couple years ago and it's been a great.  it's never given me any trouble reading discs, and the picture/audio quality is great.  they've released new models since then, as well as dropped the price, but i'm sure the quality is just the same.  i quick search around the web comes up with a couple nice Sony players that should be in your price range...check out the Sony DVP-NS525 for one that should be right around the $100CAD range Cool
3985  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Which DVD/CD Burning software do you use? on: January 08, 2005, 05:00:38 AM
Newegg has the NEC 3520A in an OEM version with software in three different colors...for an additional $3, they throw in a copy of Roxio EMC Basic.  just look for the ones listed as "OEM w/ software" and you can pick up the drive and Roxio for $67.99 (+$4 s/h).  they're available in beige, silver, and black.

i'm on the verge of buying one myself, but i'm holding off just a little bit longer to see some opinions on the 3520.  i'm sure NEC has made another great drive, but it does use different hardware than the 3500.  i'm waiting to read a few opinions/reviews just to make sure there aren't any kinks to work out.
3986  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: January 08, 2005, 04:06:23 AM
i just want to say thanks to everyone who showed up to play tonight...was awesome to see the gang back together and kickin' ass.  it's been far too long since we got a good crowd together, and it was great to be playing again.  great games from everyone!
3987  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: January 08, 2005, 12:11:13 AM
count me in...have been anxiously awaiting a chance to get back in the action Cool
3988  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Halftime Show sucked pure ass on: January 05, 2005, 11:14:11 PM
Quote from: "Xmann"
I purposely did not watch because i would rather eat hot coals than listen to Ashlee Simpson sing.  However, i did catch the last 30 seconds and did anyone else hear what i thought was boos from nearly the entire crowd when it was done?

i think you're right...that definitely sounded like massive booing when she finished.  the first two performers (kelly clarkson and trace adkins) were at least bearable, although the first girl seemed to be having some trouble with her monitor earpiece (after they finally got her a working mic)...it is quite a bit harder to sing in a situation like that when you can't hear your own voice, but that doesn't justify it all.  ashlee simpson was nothing short of horrible...her voice is awful, she couldn't keep time with her backing track, and her 'dancing' was ridiculous.  maybe the boos will teach them a lesson about either scaling back the show (which few care about anyway), or getting some real performers.
3989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Your anticipated games of 2005 on: January 05, 2005, 11:03:19 PM
i'm anxiously awaiting the chance to play KotoR 2 and GTA:SA on the PC...and knowing that they're good already doesn't my patience any.  other than those, there's not a lot i'm really excited about.  Republic Commando could be fun, and STALKER has always had potential, but the anticipation for those is nothing like this year with Doom3, HL2, and VTM:BL.  i'll admit that i'm not really up on all the game releases expected for this year though...
3990  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Retail CPU question on: January 05, 2005, 10:46:30 PM
Quote from: "Zitterbacke"
You can get two versions: boxed (with cooler and therefore paste/pad applied), or tray (plain CPU without cooler and paste/pad)

boxed = retail
tray = OEM/white box
3991  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars Vanity Fair Spread - Everyone on: January 05, 2005, 03:43:52 AM
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
Where's the ghost of Alec Guiness?

he's over on the left, right by lucas...they just made him look more like ewan mcgregor to improve the continuity.
3992  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Retail CPU question on: January 05, 2005, 03:35:09 AM
a "retail" Intel CPU comes with everything you need for the install.  the chip and the heatsink/fan are separate, and the heatsink has a pre-applied thermal pad.  all you have to do is drop the CPU into its socket, lock it down, then clip the HSF into place on top.  the whole process is very simple and you don't need anything that isn't included in the retail box.
3993  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Whats your background?<desktop> on: January 04, 2005, 04:09:37 AM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
Hey disarm, what skin is that you're using for windows and what program is it in? It's nice and clean, and I haven't found anything that looks that nice yet. I use windowblinds, as I find stylexp borks several things on my PC for some reason.

bad news for you then...that's a theme for StyleXP slywink
i've been using StyleXP for almost two years now without any trouble and think it's a great program (and it doesn't hurt that i won a free registration key).  what version have you tried in the past?  they released v2.0 about a year ago, and they've had several updates since then...maybe the latest one would work.

as for the skin, it's just one that i stumbled across a long time ago at this site.  the one i'm using is called Chrome4[XP] 2nd Generation and can be downloaded here.  i really like the theme because it's very compact, clean, and the dark color looks great.  when you download the style, it also comes with several other versions in different colors than black that look pretty good.  finally, it didn't hurt that the same guy made a matching theme for Trillian Pro that i use as well Cool

i took another screenshot with the Start menu open, my Trillian contact list up, and an open window to show the full theme.  you can check it out here
3994  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Whats your background?<desktop> on: January 04, 2005, 12:27:58 AM
i switched my desktop for the first time in about 9 months when HL2 was released.  here's what i'm looking at right now...

(click the pic for a full size image)
3995  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best music download site on: January 03, 2005, 04:20:13 AM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "Xmann"

any that don't require a monthly fee?

iTunes

not only is iTunes completely free (until you buy something), but they also do not require any personal info for registration to the iTunes Store until you're actually making a purchase.  you can download the software and browse to your hearts content without giving up an info (with the possible exception of an e-mail address...i can't remember anymore).  even if you don't buy anything from iTunes, it's still a great music player and even has quite a few good internet radio stations built in Cool
3996  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best music download site on: January 02, 2005, 06:09:26 PM
Quote from: "dangerballs"
Avoid Sony Connect at all costs.  The software is buggy and the format will only play on Sony products.

i loaded up the Sony Connect software to take advantage of a few free downloads that i had received...i'll agree that it does indeed suck.  their proprietary format will only play with the Sony Connect player or a Sony device, although you can burn the tracks to an audio CD then re-rip them in whatever format you choose.  it's definitely not the best service available though.
3997  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best music download site on: January 02, 2005, 06:08:46 AM
personally, i really like the iTunes service from Apple.  you can download individual songs for $0.99, and you can usually save a little on full albums...most are $9.99 even if they have more than ten songs, but some are more.  they also have 30-second clips of every song available for purchase, and they're the same quality as what you buy (no low-quality samples).  i've been using iTunes to preview a lot of albums before i buy them in the store...being able to hear high-quality 30-second clips of every track on an album is very nice.  to top it all off, the selection is pretty impressive...there are obviously going to be things they don't have, but Apple has done a very good job of getting labels to participate.  i've only gotten a few songs from them, but the quality has always been very good.  it is worth noting that iTunes does use Apple's proprietary AAC format for purchased music, but the iTunes software can burn those (as well as other formats) straight to disc.  if you need mp3s instead of AAC for some reason, you can always burn the AAC files to an audio CD, then rip them back into mp3 format.

aside from the music store features, i've been using the iTunes software to organize my music collection for more than six months now, and organizing a large library of music couldn't be easier.  the ripping features also work well if you want to load up some of your own CDs, and burning audio CDs is quick and easy...create a playlist, click 'Burn,' and you're all set in just a few minutes.  the iTunes software is a free download and is great for playing back music even if you don't buy from them.  i highly recommend checking it out Cool
3998  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where is the traffic? on: January 02, 2005, 05:46:52 AM
i think sites like this also tend to draw in a lot of college students that are away from their high-speed campus connections right now...
3999  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows 98 or Windows XP? on: January 01, 2005, 10:39:38 AM
Quote from: "Raven VII"
On one hand, the system only has 256 MB of RAM, so XP will probably run like a dog on it.

it actually won't run that bad with 256MB of RAM...unless you have an really slow processor to go with it.  i ran WinXP on a P3-733 with 256MB for about a year before i got my new rig and it wasn't bad at all...not noticeably slower than Win2K that was on before i switched to XP, and a hell of a lot more stable than Win98/Me that i was using before that.  when i first switched to XP, i only had 128MB of RAM and performance was still reasonable...the increase to 256 did make a noticeable difference though...
4000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's with so many games having "paper sleeves" a on: December 23, 2004, 06:11:12 AM
while i'm definitely a supporter of cd cases over sleeves (even slim cases are good), i don't like the idea of a complete switch over to DVD cases.  as it stands right now, there are a few games that still give you a decent manual or a few other extras in the box.  once every company switches over to DVD-style cases, i think we'd have to officially say goodbye to any kind of significant printed manual.  i'd be perfectly happy with the current small boxes as long as we start getting some kind of case for the CD/DVD inside.
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