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3961  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox RPG's - the future just got **much** brighter.... on: February 24, 2005, 10:04:41 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Nice score for Microsoft.

But remember he's also responsible for the Final Fantasy movie as well....

i may be in a minority, but i actually thought the FF movie was pretty entertaining...
3962  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: February 22, 2005, 03:06:41 AM
damn...sorry guys, but i can't make it tuesday night.  i'm working late shifts in the ER for the next couple days (4p-1am), then one overnight on thursday.  i'll be back in action for the weekend though.  have fun! Cool
3963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KotOR2 - Light or Dark? on: February 17, 2005, 09:46:01 AM
i just started playing a couple nights ago and decided to go Dark Side this time...i went Light on my first run through KOTOR.  i'm enjoying it so far, but it is tough to make myself pick the Dark options sometimes.  i often feel like i can get more info from people if i'm not a totally evil bastard, so i try to play nice with some people while still going in an overall evil direction.  for example, i could easily be a total ass toward Atton and mock everything he says, but instead i sweet-talk him a little just to get influence...then i go talk about badly about him to Kreia because she seems to dislike him as well.  he seems to have a little bit of a mean streak hidden under the surface, so i think it'll work out having him on my side in the end.  it's actually pretty interesting to play people just so they'll follow you better later in the game...and i'm interested to see how it all works out over time.  i'm still pretty early in the game right now though...just getting started on Telos...
3964  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Email App? on: February 16, 2005, 12:59:28 AM
Quote from: "kathode"
Gmail will soon support POP3, if they don't already..

gMail has officially had POP3 support for quite some time least a month, and probably close to two.  i've not tried it out, but i've heard that it works great.  the only bad thing about POP3 for gMail is that you lose a lot of the things that i think make it great.  in my opinion, the labeling and sorting options of gMail are it's greatest feature...and they're lost with POP access.

that said, i use a combination of web-based e-mail and Outlook.  i have a couple school/business addresses that are run through Outlook, then i log into gMail for other stuff.  i also have a Yahoo account that i tend to give out if i sign up for anything online...keeps a lot of the extra spam in one place.
3965  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Was the Gargoyles animated series really this good? on: February 16, 2005, 12:53:10 AM
Quote from: "Autistic Angel"
Gargoyles suffered from the same problem as Batman Beyond and Invader Zim -- although they're animated, they just aren't intended for young kids.

Gargoyles is an excellent series, featuring complex characters, fully-fledged multi-episode story arcs, and some surprisingly deep themes.  It draws a lot of its insipration from Celtic and Norse mythology, especially as the series matures into its second and third seasons, and the Gargoyles universe is uncommonly well realized by the end of its run.

my thoughts exactly...some great cartoons have disappeared simply because they were on a channel that went for the wrong target audience.  i never watched much Batman Beyond, but Invader Zim and Gargoyles are both great series.

like AA said, the real strength of Gargoyles were the ties to really gave the show extra depth.  they also liked to work in a lot of Shakespearean references.  while adults find it interesting, those kinds of things go right over the head of most kids watching the show.  a shame really...
3966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / @#$%&@#$% Freaking ATI! I want my HL2 as promised! on: February 13, 2005, 01:18:30 AM
Quote from: "Dafones"
Uhhhhh .... I didn't think you were able to sell a used copy of Half-Life 2.

you can sell/trade your copy away as long as you're also willing to give up the Steam account that goes along with it.
3967  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Battlestar Galactica on: February 12, 2005, 11:33:23 PM
Quote from: "MrZubbleWump"
I have a question.  One of the things that the president did in the mini-series was to order everyone to start having babies.  So why would the Galactica (I am assuming it has the largest population in the fleet) order it's crew to not have relationships with each other?  It seems like if you need to repopulate the population quickly then ordering your crew not to have relationships will make that tricky.

what happens if most of the women on Galactica's crew wind up pregnant in the near future though?  it's not long before you have to worry about a ship full of women who may not be able to perform all their necessary duties in the event that wind up in battle again.  it's a big risk to take....
3968  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / @#$%&@#$% Freaking ATI! I want my HL2 as promised! on: February 11, 2005, 11:55:53 PM
sounds to me like you were the unfortunate victim of two mistakes that could happen to anyone...not some conspiracy to screw people out of their money.  i never understand all the rants about companies intentionally trying to rip people off when it sounds like they're doing everything they can to straighten the issue out once it's brought to their attention...

i'm sure it is frustrating, but mistakes are bound to happen once in a while when you're processing information on thousands of people.
3969  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: February 11, 2005, 07:53:06 PM
you can count me in for tuesday night...should be fun Cool
3970  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Firefox Extension Recommendations on: February 10, 2005, 09:22:11 PM
Quote from: "ElijahPrice"
Hey Thanx so much disarm...I am not so clear on the Tab Clicking Options just yet so I will hold off.  Do you actually use it a lot?

i don't necessarily use TCO a lot, but i do have it set to do a few specific things...mostly using double-clicks or the middle mouse button.  i have it set up so i can double-click any tab to refresh its contents, or double-click on an empty space of the tabbar to quickly refresh all my tabs.  the other option i have set up and use frequently is clicking the middle button on empty space in the tabbar to open the current tab in its own window...quickest way i've found to do that so i can actually look at two pages simultaneously.  other than those couple things, i don't use it for much more...haven't bothered to set up anything for Ctrl/Alt/Shift-clicking anything.  those are a few functions i liked with Tabbrowser Extensions before i quit using it and TCO was the easiest way to get them back Cool
3971  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 2 - anyone seen it yet? on: February 10, 2005, 09:01:37 PM
just picked up my copy from BestBuy for $39.99...they probably had at least 15 more copies on the shelf.  my local WalMart also had a shelf loaded with them, but were charging the regular $50.

now i have a dilemma though...finish VTM:Bloodlines, or shelve it for a bit to play KotoR2.  i am still pretty early in Vampire...just recently got to Downtown...:?
3972  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kotor 2 Question on: February 10, 2005, 05:46:53 AM
i haven't seen any official numbers yet, but keep in mind that the install for the original KotoR was about 3.5GB.  it's probably safe to assume KotoR2 is at least that big, and i wouldn't be surprised if it's actually a little more this time.

for what it's worth, i currently have 23 games installed on my PC that i've played in the last 14 months since i got my new gaming rig...occupying a grand total of 48.8GB.  my single largest install is UT2K4 with a ton of extra maps and mods that weigh in at 8.43GB.  in my opinion, it's definitely worth the investment to pick up a larger HD if you can scrape together some money...i just keep installing and playing, and can go back to any game at any time Cool
3973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 2 - anyone seen it yet? on: February 10, 2005, 05:32:21 AM
i haven't actually seen it in-store yet, but there was a labeled spot on the shelf at a Target in Indy yesterday (2/9), so they must be expecting their copies soon.  i'll be checking the stores when i'm out again tomorrow Cool
3974  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Firefox Extension Recommendations on: February 10, 2005, 05:27:59 AM
i only have a few...but they're ones i'd have a hard time doing without...

Tabbrowser Preferences
Tab Clicking Options
Super DragAndGo

an extension to improve tabbed browsing is a must.  i started out with Tabbrowser Extensions, but it's a little buggy and the version i had didn't work with some Javascript...great extension, but needs some more work.  i'm able to do some of the same major functions with a combo of TB Preferences and TC Options.  IEView is great for those pages that won't display right in firefox...right click the window and choose 'View in IE'...couldn't be more handy.  and of course 'DragAndGo' far one of the slickest search utilities available for firefox, and one that everyone should check out.

all four of those extensions are available on MozillaUpdate Firefox Extension site
3975  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Aquafina can kill you on: February 07, 2005, 05:58:06 PM
the same thing will sometimes happen to marathon runner...although they don't always die from it.  in their case, they sweat out a large amount of salt, then take in large volumes of end up hyponatremic and it is potentially lethal if severe enough.
3976  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Tony Hawks Underground 2 (PC) $10 at EBgames on: February 03, 2005, 09:14:11 PM
hmm...that's tempting...
thanks for the link Cool

update: grabbed it at my local B&M EB this afternoon!
3977  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 03, 2005, 09:11:22 PM
damn...and i thought i had it bad scraping my car in the winter...
3978  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Survey] What do you do for a living? on: February 03, 2005, 09:10:37 PM
i'm a 4th-year medical student, anxiously approaching graduation day in early May.  after that, i'll be a licensed MD starting my residency training...and finally getting paid again! Cool
3979  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just bought an N64.. on: February 02, 2005, 10:03:08 PM
i still have my N64 and pull it out once in a while...lots of great games, even if they do look a little dated.  as for must haves...

Conker's Bad Fur Day - easily one of the best N64 gameplay and a great sense of humor.  be warned, however, that those easily offended by foul language or jokes about bodily functions should stay away...BFD is probably the most mature N64 game released.  the humor and pop culture references make for great fun though Cool

i'll also second the votes for Banjo Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64 if you're into platformers...i do think BK is the better of the two though.  Goldeneye is still a fun FPS that holds up pretty well.  if you're into kart racing, i have Diddy Kong Racing and liked it a lot...better than Mario Kart in many ways.  Mario64 and Zelda:OoT stand out as some of the best in their respective series.  there really are a lot of great games that you can pick up for a low price now.  enjoy the new system!
3980  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LotR: EE Slipcase has Arrived! on: February 02, 2005, 03:42:25 AM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
Umm... excuse my total ignorance here, but I have a question:

Is there a LotR Extended Edition Trilogy out yet?  What I mean is, all three extended versions in one gigantic set that can be bought together?

Or are you guys talking about buying the Extended Edition of each of the 3 movies individually?

I realize I should know the answer to this already, but I don't.
If there is... would there be any reason to purchase the 3 extended editions seperately versus buying the 1 humongous extended "pack"?

like Jancelot said, there is a trilogy set available now that gets you all three EE films in the slipcase...goes for $78 at Amazon now.  you may even find it slightly cheaper at other places if you shop around a little.  a lot of us bought each of the EE films as they were released over the last 3 years though...that's what this slipcase request is all about.  for only the cost of shipping ($3),  those of us who bought the movies over the last three years can get the nice slipcase to hold them all.  

is there an advantage to buying them separately if you don't already own any of them?  not really...unless you manage to find some place that sells them individually at a price that would add up to less than the trilogy set.  i know the total amount i paid for all three EE films over the last few years is less than the cost of the trilogy set now...
3981  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why is it so hard for them to honor our rebate requests? on: February 02, 2005, 03:31:23 AM
i've always had good luck with rebates as well (most from BestBuy)...always gotten everything i was owed without any effort beyond the initial mailing.  maybe i've just been lucky that way...
3982  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Got a medical question here on: February 02, 2005, 03:29:17 AM
Quote from: "Xmann"
Anyone have any experince with Lipitor or Niacin?  The Doc has initially told me he wants me to try 1000mg of Niacin for a couple months in hopes that'll lower it without going to Lipitor.  Only thing i've read about Niacin is to make sure you don't get synthetic.  Anyone use Niacin and can recommend a brand and where online to get it cheap?

one of the biggest problems with niacin is that it causes flushing, hot flashes, or itching for a lot of people soon after they take a pill.  your doctor will probably tell you to try taking a 325mg aspirin about 30 minutes before you niacin dose if this turns out to be a problem for you...eliminates or improves that little side effect for most people.  it's a relatively common problem, but is usually easily corrected with aspirin.  for some people with cholesterol that is not terribly high, a little niacin is all they need...and it's relatively cheap.
3983  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: February 01, 2005, 05:36:43 AM
Quote from: "Rage"
Great games, the last match, im not going to even try to say that Disarm didnt outplay me, but he was right, I should have taken him on tomorrow-I just got worn out and slowed down enough that he had no problem with me. I really look forward to playing him again-

you are right that it does take a little out of you to play several intense matches in a row.  i'm game any time you want a kept me on my toes and i'd love to duke it out some more Cool
3984  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: February 01, 2005, 04:03:42 AM
good games tonight everyone...had fun as always Cool
3985  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 on over to this website and order yours for only $3 shipping Cool
3986  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 officially made the news a little over a week ago.  have a look Cool
3987  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
3988  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...
3989  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
3990  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
3991  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 side-scrolling shooter from about 10 years ago Cool
3992  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
3993  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 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.
3994  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...
3995  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...
3996  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 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...
3997  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...
3998  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.
3999  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"
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...
4000  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 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
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