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4041  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How old are you? on: December 10, 2004, 05:26:22 AM
26...born 11/17/78 Cool
4042  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where to find an 8MM movie projector? on: December 10, 2004, 04:47:27 AM
having the old film put onto VHS or DVD is probably the best option.  sure, there's a little nostalgia to actually showing them with a projector, but it's important to consider the age of that film.  it does weaken over time and every run on a projector runs the chance of breaking the strip.  just something to keep in mind...
4043  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gilligan Gooner on: December 10, 2004, 04:42:44 AM
Gilligan Gooner has to have been one of the best reality show casting choices of all time...absolutely perfect for a Gilligan.  i've only seen the first couple episodes, but that guy was constantly one of the most entertaining parts of the show.  watching him try to climb into a hammock was great, and seeing him run the pedal-power shower for rachel hunter (then get stuck doing it for everyone) was priceless.  Gooner was definitely a much better choice than that other gilligan guy.  

and the one Ginger is really hot too slywink
4044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Morrowind must have mods on: December 08, 2004, 07:55:18 AM
you should check out Teleshphoros' List O' Mods.  it is by far the best list of Morrowind mods i've ever found, complete with descriptions and download links.

you might also want to have a look at this thread over at OctopusOverlords about the Morrowind Plug-In DVD put together by Blackhawk (an idea started at GG).  the official distribution effort is over, but it's a great disc if you can get someone over there to send you a copy Cool
4045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need level names for HL2 on: December 07, 2004, 04:11:48 AM
here's the complete list...although it's not necessarily a good indicator of how much time you have left.   you will be able to tell how many sections you have left though...  

Chapter 1 - Point Insertion
Chapter 2 - "A Red Letter Day"
Chapter 3 - Route Kanal
Chapter 4 - Water Hazard
Chapter 5 - Black Mesa East
Chapter 6 - "We Don't Go To Ravenholm..."
Chapter 7 - Highway 17
Chapter 8 - Sandtraps
Chapter 9 - Nova Prospekt
Chapter 10 - Entanglement
Chapter 11 - Anticitizen One
Chapter 12 - "Follow Freeman"
Chapter 13 - Our Benefactors
Chapter 14 - Dark Energy
4046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just beat HL2 *Spoilers* on: December 07, 2004, 12:44:59 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
So that's what I've pieced together and it makes more sense now. That Vortigon was a tricky one to find though. After you defeat the Combine HK Helicopter at the end of the airboat sequence, you open a gate. Drive to the far back corner of that next section and you'll see two sewer grates. The one on the left is slightly open. Climb onto your airboat and boost yourself up in there. Haul ass through the sewage and at the end is the Vortigon.

there are a few Vortigaunts in the game that run through that same bit of dialog.  i found the one you mentioned, but you can get all that info at an earlier point as well.  talk to the one who puts the gun on your airboat after he has given you the gun and he'll run through the same speech.  they definitely give a lot of information that helps to clear up a few plot points Cool
4047  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: December 05, 2004, 05:50:50 AM
i was looking at the stats page tonight and noticed we've come up on a couple more interesting milestones for the server...

first, you guys broke 2000 Player Hours tonight (2004 to be exact).  on top of that, it looks like we'll log our 3000th match sometime in the next couple nights of play...only 16 matches away.  i'll be back in a couple days to do my part! Cool
4048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time, Final Round! on: December 04, 2004, 10:58:10 PM
Baldur's Gate II

that's a very tough decision though...PS:T is an amazing story and great use of the Planescape world.  i've gone with BG2 in the end, however, just because of the sheer scope of that game.  while PS:T tells one of the best RPG stories i've ever experienced, i think the massive world in BG2 makes it a more impressive accomplishment overall.  they've both exceptionally good games though...two of my all time favorites.
4049  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Finally Friday on: December 04, 2004, 09:11:36 AM
Quote from: "ElijahPrice"
And Disarm, first is your name after Smashing Pumpkins?  I hope so.  Second, good luck with the interview.  HL2 will be a blast tomorrow so have a good time.


yep...my name came from the Pumpkins song.  the first time i played Quake online (back in '97), i had to come up with a name, and that song just happened to be playing in my room at the time.  it seemed like a neat name and somewhat appropriate for playing Quake, so i went it.  now, seven years later, it's still online persona Cool

thanks for the well-wishes on my interview...hopefully it will go smoothly.  at this point, i think i'm more concerned with hoping for decent weather during my drive than anything else...
4050  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Video Cards on: December 04, 2004, 04:22:19 AM
i have a 9800 Pro in my rig (with a P4-3.0ghz) and it still runs everything great...definitely still a very reasonable card that will keep you ahead of the curve a little longer.  that said, the nVidia 6600GT does look like a better choice performance-wise if you can afford to pay just a little bit more...
4051  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: December 04, 2004, 04:17:11 AM
good games tonight guys...was good to have some UT action again Cool
4052  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Friday Frog on: December 04, 2004, 04:16:45 AM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Bud.....

weis...
4053  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Suddenly I want a Cheeseburger on: December 04, 2004, 04:16:08 AM
have you seen the new Monster Thickburger commercial where the girl sticks her whole fist in her mouth yet?  they've got some marketing geniuses over at Hardees right now Cool
4054  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Finally Friday on: December 04, 2004, 04:14:25 AM
not much happening here...but that's not always a bad thing.  i just fnished some UT2K4 with the CG/OO crew on zaxxon's server, and i'll be loading up HL2 for some action soon.  tomorrow is pretty much a lazy day off...no plans and no responsibilities for the day, so i'm just gonna kick back and relax.  then on sunday i hop in my car for a drive from Indy to St Louis...residency interview at Washington University on monday morning.  exciting isn't it?  :?
4055  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Vampire: Bloodlines gogamer.com $32.90 11 hours left on: December 03, 2004, 06:57:43 PM
must...resist...urge...to spend more money...on myself...at christmastime...
4056  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Paris Hilton fascinating? Uh, no on: December 02, 2004, 07:35:49 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
I saw that commercial..i remember Barbara asking her something like "Are you really that ditzy and ignorant or is it all an act?" HAHAHA get her Barb!

i caught that in the commercial...and oddly enough i'm curious to hear her answer.  i totally agree that she's a spoiled no-talent skank who has had way more than her 15 minutes in the spotlight.  

as for South Park last night...i missed the episode, but the local rock radio station played the 'Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset ' commercial this morning...pretty damn funny.  i just wish i had seen the show...
4057  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Ken Jennings Thread on: December 02, 2004, 05:43:37 AM
Quote from: "telcta"
A&E had a Biography special on Jeopardy and they had a clip of one show where during Final Jeopardy, a lady next to him wrote her answer as "What ever Ken wrote down".

i saw that episode and thought it was hilarious...of course he did get the question right and won by a pretty significant margin.  from her expressions when her answer/question was revealed, i couldn't tell if she was trying to make a joke or was being a smartass out of frustration over ken mopping the floor with everyone...
4058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 2004 Game of the Year on: December 01, 2004, 07:15:08 PM
it was a tough call for me, but i went with UT2K4 on that list.  no other game this year has received the amount of play time that i've given to UT...nothing else has even come close.  while i think HL2 is a magnificent game, i gave the vote to UT simply because of the amount of my time that it has taken up.  there hasn't been another game this year that holds my attention for hours on end like UT2K4.  i'll probably play through HL2 a few times, but that experience only lasts so long...for me, UT never gets old.

if i were to vote based on initial impressions without consideration for lasting value, HL2 would definitely be my GOTY...one of the best gaming experiences i've had in the last few years in fact.
4059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Fans Enjoy! on: December 01, 2004, 05:16:30 PM
Quote from: "jessie"
what do you do when you see someone running toward you with a DESK floating in front of them?

run the other way, no matter the size of your gun.

or try using your grav gun to counter the throw...you can try to catch or deflect...
4060  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game - Round 2 on: December 01, 2004, 09:15:51 AM
Quote from: "Fireball1244"
"How do you think we fund this little operation? We're not exactly the March of Dimes."

and that would be Blade Cool

my next one...

"Childhood's over the moment you know you're gonna die."
4061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS Where Can I get it? on: November 30, 2004, 11:45:00 PM
if you lived in indiana, they're available all over the west side of indianapolis...my local EB still has several, wal-mart is loaded, and BestBuy still has a stack of them on the shelf.  i'm still surprised to hear it's so hard to find in other places...
4062  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / How often do you reinstall Windows? on: November 30, 2004, 07:03:19 PM
before WinXP, i would either reinstall or upgrade at least once a year.  win98/Me needed to be cleaned out periodically due to slowdown, but the newer OSs are much better about taking care of themselves.  i've been running the same XP install on my gaming rig for about a year now without any trouble...my backup rig has had the same XP install for a couple years now and still runs great.  personally, i'm glad i don't need to reformat all the time now...it's not a difficult process, but it is time consuming.
4063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 6 on: November 30, 2004, 05:33:58 PM
Planescape: Torment
Baldur's Gate 2
4064  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOTR Time Again - Holy crap! on: November 30, 2004, 12:05:41 AM
you beat me to it!  i just finished watching this and was coming here to post slywink

some of the video is a repeat, but there is some great new footage in there as well.  only 2 weeks to go!
4065  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game - Round 2 on: November 29, 2004, 10:58:43 PM
Quote from: "stuntgibbon"
"Perhaps, on your way home, someone will pass you in the dark, and you will never know it... for they will be from outer space. "

and the guy who thought Miller's Crossing was obscure quotes Plan 9 from Outer Space... slywink
here's a new one...

"If the good Lord had intended us to walk he wouldn't have invented roller-skates"
4066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS on: November 29, 2004, 10:51:57 PM
Quote from: "ElijahPrice"
Isn't it pretty much sold out everywhere?

my local EB still has a shelf full of them...
4067  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / EB Black Friday sale on: November 29, 2004, 09:28:00 PM
i went online at about 11:30am on friday to get Call of Duty for $9.99...no way i was going to an actual store that day.  i chose the cheap shipping and it went out saturday afternoon...was really surprised to find the game in my mailbox today.  two business days from order to delivery by USPS media mail is pretty impressive...especially considering how many orders they must have shipped this weekend.
4068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Level Help Thread on: November 29, 2004, 05:37:52 AM
Quote from: "jonsauce"
You are supposed to go down the shaft.  Don't jump across from one to the other, just kinda drop down either clockwise or counterclockwise.

yep...the shaft is the way to go, and it's actually pretty easy if done correctly.  if you look at the beams, each level has a beam that slopes down at stops about halfway along a side...drop off the end of that beam to the one below and you can't miss.

one other word of advice...stay on the lowest beam and take out some of the headcrabs from there.  the room at the bottom is loaded with them, and it's much easier to stay where they can't reach you.  it's actually possible to take them all out before you hit the ground.
4069  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Recommendations for DVD viewing software? on: November 26, 2004, 05:44:12 AM
i've been using PowerDVD for several years now and it's the best i've found...works great and is loaded with features.  a lot of people also like WinDVD, but i gave that one a shot and wasn't as impressed.  either one of them will do a good job though...and i can just about guarantee that one of those two is what came with your drive.
4070  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half life 2 and pants pooping. Funny story with Spoilers. on: November 24, 2004, 01:10:51 AM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
I'm at that part now, and just had a funny moment. You know those whirly-blade things in the middle of the road that you can turn on .. I turned this one on, and it got one kill then the blade flew off, so I started using the loose blade as a weapon.  On one shot, I fired the big blade thing and it cut a zombie in half but the blade hit the wall behind him, and shot back past me, hit another wall behind me, then careened right back into me, KILLING ME.

LOL. physics rule thumbsup

i had a similar situation, except i had a sawblade bounce back.  that's when i learned that they don't always stick in the walls...
4071  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / RC cars as a hobby. on: November 23, 2004, 06:35:50 PM
Quote from: "ericb"
Not to hijack the thread but if anyone has their old RC cars/parts laying around and wants to get rid of them then shoot me an email.  Possibly buy or trade (console, PC, DVDs, other electronics).

this reminds of the only problem i have with my R/C car now...
my Ultima II is over ten years old now and parts are getting harder to come by all the time.  it makes me a little more reluctant to go crazy with it because i never know if i'll be able to find a replacement part next time something breaks.  one of these days, i need to have a look on eBay and see if i can find someone selling the same car cheap, or at least a lot of spare parts...or i could just use that as another reason to get a new car sometime Cool
4072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half life 2 and pants pooping. Funny story with Spoilers. on: November 23, 2004, 06:31:12 PM
Quote from: "Atragon"
IMO, those are the worst part, they're too fast and jumpy to reliably nail with a sawblade.

a shotgun blast to the face really slows them down though slywink
one of my favorite moments in that area was when i did manage to catch one with a sawblade.  the zombie was bounding across the rooftops and took a leap straight at me from a higher building.  i saw it coming the whole time and waited until it was airborn, then let the sawblade fly...the blade sliced it in half in mid-air a good distance away, but the zombies forward momentum caused both halves to land right at my feet.  that was probably one of my coolest moments in Ravenholm Cool
4073  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Video card Question on: November 23, 2004, 02:50:44 AM
Quote from: "ebane67"
Isthere anywhere i can look that has good, informative reviews and/or comparisons of graphic cards? Being on a budget, i would like to know what cards are affordable but 'decent'.  I can spend about 250 bucks.
Or can you guys give me any hints?

i would recommend checking out the video card reviews over at Anandtech.com and Tom's Hardware...both sites put up new comparisons of cards at different price levels just about every time a new card is released.  Tom's Hardware put up a Graphics Card Buyer's Guide last week that does a good job of summarizing all the latest offerings.  Anandtech probably has something similar on their site if you look around a little Cool
4074  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / RC cars as a hobby. on: November 22, 2004, 11:46:14 PM
i got a 1/10-scale electric car years ago and got somewhat heavily into the R/C hobby for a little while.  while it does require an initial investment of at least a couple hundred dollars, the long-term costs aren't terrible as long as you don't abuse your car too much and find yourself needing to replace parts all the time.  i would say that gas-powered cars are more popular right now, but they do have disadvantages...more expensive, more complex, and they make a fair amount of noise.  i never got into gas, but i'd love to get try it out sometime when i have a little more disposable income again.  

electric cars, on the other hand, are mechanically pretty simple, typically cheaper, and they're quiet enough that you can play around your house without bothering the neighbors.  one downside to electric cars that i think anyone interested should be aware of is the short run-time for a fast car...the faster the car, the quicker it will drain your battery pack.  charging a battery usually takes anywhere from 15-30 minutes, then you get about 5-7 minutes of running time before you need another charge.  those few minutes are an absolute blast though.

my first real car, a Kyosho Ultima II, was relatively cheap...spent about $250 to get up and running (car, radio, battery, charger).  it's an addictive hobby though and wasn't long before i was upgrading every part i could to make it go just a little faster...i was determined to beat my brother's RC10 Team Car.  we had a great time racing both on the road and off, and even took the cars out to an empty parking lot and used my dad's police car to clock them one day.  after countless upgrades and tweaking, i managed to get 27mph out of my little car.  like i said before though, speed comes at a price with electric cars...my 49,000rpm motor drains a 30min charge in about 5 minutes.  i put that thing through hell and it still runs like new today.  i even took a few pics Cool

My Kyosho Ultima II - outside & inside

i think R/C cars are a great hobby.  you can get started relatively cheap and invest as you become more serious.  a good car can take quite a bit of abuse, and you can always repair them as long as you have the money for parts...unlike the cheap cars at wal-mart, a good car is built yourself and can be just as easily taken apart for repairs.  R/C cars are fun if you like to work with your hands and build/dismantle/tweak stuff...can even learn a little about electronics, engines, and transmissions/gearings while you're at it.  i even branched out a little and bought an electric speedboat eventually...those are a lot of fun as long as you don't let the battery run out in the middle of a pond (been there, done that).  my ultimate goal is to try a helicopted someday though Cool

i think the best thing to do starting out is head to a hobby shop that deals in a lot of R/C gear and see what's available...check out gas vs. electric, onroad vs. off, and see what you like.  if you want to check out R/C car magazines, i'd recommend picking up an issue of R/C Car Action.  i got that mag for years and it was always good...only cancelled because they started to focus almost entirely on gas cars and i was into electric.  i would also recommend Tower Hobbies as a good place to do some shopping.  they've been around for years and sell damn near anything you can imagine at a reasonable price...i guess you could say they were my "newegg of the R/C world" back in the day slywink
4075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 22, 2004, 10:33:38 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
One thing that struck me in Ravenholm, is that Valve is saying to us ... here's your toys, have fun! the way they set things up, they really let the player enjoy himself.  Shooters are fun because you get to kick ass, and Valve understands that. They let the player kick ass in a big way.

i did my best to carry a saw blade  (or some other heavy object) just about everyplace i went in ravenholm and hardly used any ammo as a result.  the place really is a big playground from the grav gun, but the atmosphere and enemies keep it interesting...and Father Grigori is a great character.  my best moment in Ravenholm involved a fast zombie coming at me across the rooftops...as it jumped in the air from a roof above me, i launched my trusty saw blade, sliced him in half in mid-leap, and watched the body parts fall right at my feet.  it was a great moment and just one of many awesome scenes in the game so far Cool
4076  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / good, free firewall? on: November 22, 2004, 01:40:32 AM
while ZA is probably going to get the most endorsements around here, i'll throw another name into the mix...

Outpost Firewall from Agnitum

i used the free version for almost a year on my old PC and it works really well...it's still there, but i don't that system has been relegated to a backup now.  i decided to give ZA a shot on my newer system just to be different and have stuck with it...there's very little difference in the two, and both do their job well though.
4077  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Miss Digital World contest on: November 22, 2004, 01:34:05 AM
the link did work earlier and i checked out a few of the shots.  some of them are pretty impressive, but a lot of them could use more work...
4078  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: for which system? on: November 22, 2004, 01:03:04 AM
Quote from: "mytocles"
are these PC games?

thanks,

yes they are...and a good deal.  i'd snatch it up if i didn't already have half of them...
4079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Counterstrike: What's the deal? on: November 20, 2004, 05:56:41 PM
Quote from: "DonD"
And both had offline modes so you don't feel like an idiot / team liability online.

if you want to spend some time learning the levels, you can start your own server in which you're the only player and just take the time to explore.  get to know the areas and try out the different weapons a little...because it's your server, you can set the starting money and buy times really high and try everything out.  i've never played CS before and that's what i was doing while i waited for HL2 to unlock Cool
4080  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Level Help Thread on: November 20, 2004, 07:25:11 AM
Quote from: "hohum"
Appreciate the reply disarm.

Let's see if I can pin point the location!  You come up a flight of stairs and encounter a myriad of fences. Directly ahead is an opening to a stairwell and/or an oil tanker which leads to the other side of the tracks. After numerous encounters with baddies which I solved,  I can only find one possible way out. I returned back across the tracks, up the stairwell and immediately to my right is a dumpster with a number of blue plastic trash cans. The dumpster is on my side of a rather tall fence, separating the location where I eliminated a bunch of baddies while on the other side of the tracks.

i loaded up that area again and found exactly what you're talking about...at the very beginning or 'Route Kanal' right?  here's what you need to do...

first off, forget about jumping that dumpster and getting over the fence...that's not the right way.  you need to stay on the opposite side of the tracks...walk across the top of the train cars to the ladder on the other side and go through the small building (break the boards blocking the doorway with your crowbar).  as soon as you go out the back doorway of the building, there's another fence with a gate in it (to your left) that you have to open (and kill a few Combine guys).  go through the gate and around the corner of the building and you'll see another fence...directly in front of you are the tracks and you'll have to kill a few more guys across the way.  you should see a section of the fence that is actually bent over...jump over that low point in the fence and you should be on your way again Cool
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