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4081  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Vampire: Bloodlines $32.90 11 hours left on: December 03, 2004, 06:57:43 PM spend more money...on christmastime...
4082  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...
4083  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...
4084  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 of the best gaming experiences i've had in the last few years in fact.
4085  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 can try to catch or deflect...
4086  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."
4087  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 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...
4088  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 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's not a difficult process, but it is time consuming.
4089  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
4090  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!
4091  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"
4092  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...
4093  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 $ 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.
4094  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.
4095  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 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.
4096  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...
4097  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
4098  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
4099  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 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
4100  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 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
4101  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 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
4102  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'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.
4103  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...
4104  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: for which system? on: November 22, 2004, 01:03:04 AM
Quote from: "mytocles"
are these PC games?


yes they are...and a good deal.  i'd snatch it up if i didn't already have half of them...
4105  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
4106  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 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
4107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Level Help Thread on: November 20, 2004, 05:38:51 AM
Quote from: "hohum"
Help an old dude out guys. In the play on words level,  "Route Kanal" is the exit over the fence adjoining the dumpster? If so, my jumping skills need to improve markedly.

I've stacked everything I can find on top of the dumpster and still can't make it over the friggen fence.

On the other hand, if the dumpster plays no roll,  an obligatory DUH is expected but a slight clue would be greatly appreciated.

Us old folks need all the help we can get.

i just got out of that area yesterday, so i'd be glad to help...if i knew where you were talking about.  can you give a little more detail about your location?  that's a pretty long chapter, and there are fences everywhere...
4108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Level Help Thread on: November 19, 2004, 03:24:40 PM
Quote from: "Goonch"
Quote from: "BigRedCat"
Go to the attic.

I did that already. Am I supposed to lower the crane?

Are you supposed to try to find your way to the house that is in the back of the barn?


go to the attic and whack the barrel stuck in the crane winch with your crowbar...that'll make the crane drop and get things moving again.  there's nothing to do with the house.  by the way...did you notice the G-man standing by the bard as you approached?  you were being watched...
4109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's the truly scariest pc gaming experience you've had? on: November 19, 2004, 08:24:11 AM
i think the marine missions of AvP2 kept me on the edge of my seat pretty well...i enjoyed every minute of it though.  Doom3 has a lot of good moments that make you jump in your chair and keeps you on your toes.  Phantasmagoria was definitely an interesting game...not necessarily scary, but definitely had some really bizarre/disturbing moments.  they're all good games in my opinion and the tension level they keep up is one of the big reasons why.

i think i'll be entering the Ravenhold area of HL2 pretty soon...should be interesting to see if it lives up to the hype...:twisted:
4110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / First half of Rivalry Weekend kicks off this Saturday! on: November 19, 2004, 08:16:25 AM
not that i'm expecting it to be a good game by any stretch of the imagination, but IU and Purdue face off for possession of the Old Oaken Bucket on saturday.  too bad IU is terrible (my alma mater), and Purdue isn't looking so hot right now either...
4111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game of All Time Round 5 on: November 18, 2004, 07:13:49 AM

Planescape: Torment


Baldur's Gate 2
Knights of the Old Republic

i guess i'm a little bit of an RPG fan slywink
4112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Guess who came to my office and gave us his thanks for on: November 18, 2004, 05:22:19 AM
you should have asked him to "stick around" for a little while slywink

that still has to be one of my favorite moments from predator...although i think jesse ventura has all the best lines...

"This stuff will make you a god damned sexual Tyrannosaurus, just like me" - Blain biggrin
4113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [HL2] Is Gordon psychic? on: November 17, 2004, 07:20:43 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
ha.. I'll never forget Trespasser's "one armed rifle" animation. It's one of the goofiest things I've ever seen in a game.

i would have thought that honor belongs to looking at the heart tattoo by your cleavage to check your health...
4114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ANNOYED on: November 17, 2004, 07:36:10 AM
Quote from: "PaulBot"
I've got people urging me to get to the roof ASAP, and when it gets REALLY INTENSE, up pops "LOADING" in the middle of my screen for 30+ seconds.

Sheesh, what a mood spoiler....

i had that same reaction there, but it hasn't happened again yet.  every load i've come across since has occurred in a pretty benign area...usually right in front of a door, or as you're walking down an empty hallway.

and a neat little trick i found...
did you guys try playing with the little teleporter in dr kleiner's lab at the beginning (one that teleports a plant)?  i went to hit the button once and accidentally picked up the plant.  that gave me an idea...will it teleport other objects?  sure enough...i started putting other objects from around lab on the teleporter and it beamed them back and forth just like the plant.  pretty cool Cool
4115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 performance thread on: November 17, 2004, 07:23:42 AM
1GB DDR400-Dual channel
9800 Pro-128mb

i'm running at 1280x1024 with all the settings maxed, no AA, and trilinear AF...looks great and runs smooth as silk.  i tried bumping up the AA/AF settings and can get by with a little before it starts to slow down, but the difference in the image isn't significant (unless you slow down and stand still long enough to look for the jaggies), so i just turned it back down and enjoy a nice FPS.  very impressive performance for such a great looking game.

only "complaint" is that i do get that sound stuttering occassionally...usually pretty soon after loading an area, then it goes away.  it's really minor and doesn't detract from such a great game though Cool
4116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [hl2]New complaint - why do I need the cd in the drive?! on: November 17, 2004, 03:41:36 AM
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
Did anyone try just pre-loading the files from Steam and then entering your retail CD key?  In other words, do not install off of the CD's.

that's an interesting idea...i might try it at some point, but for now HL2 is all i'll be playing so i can just leave the disc in my drive.  that would be a great solution if it works though.

as for a no-CD crack...i have my concerns over how well that will work.  with the auto-update features of Steam, i wonder if it would ever cause a problem.  i'd hate to get an auto-update then be unable to play because noone has released a new no-CD yet...
4117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 16, 2004, 09:21:39 AM
Quote from: "Scoop20906"
For cripes sakes, what was the point of unlocking it if it has to check for the CD?
my thoughts exactly...i was a little surprised when the message to insert my CD came up.  unfortunately, given the nature of Steam and updates, i'm guessing that keeping a working no-CD crack may prove to be a real pain.  the game does use Securom for the disc check though, so it should be possible...

as for the game, i've played up to the point where getting shot matters and i'm pretty impressed so far.  the graphics and animations are very impressive, and i had a good time trying out the physics on a playground...pretty neat stuff.  it's 4:25am right now though...will have to pick it up again tomorrow...
4118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 16, 2004, 08:20:12 AM
Quote from: "Xmann"
ok i cant get the dl to start, anyone else?
try shutting down Steam and restarting...did the trick for me, and my d/l just finished!

i'm going in...have fun guys!
4119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 16, 2004, 06:32:49 AM
i was going to catch a quick nap before's not panning out though.  i was flipping through tv channels before i dozed off on the couch and came across Long Way Around, ewan mcgregor's motorcycle trip around the world, on Bravo...very interesting show.  so now it's 1:30am and i'm still awake.  only 90 minutes to go though Cool

has anyone else checked the Steam Network Status recently?  i think it's pretty interesting that the available bandwidth took a significant jump a little while ago...guess they're gearing up for the big moment...
4120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 16, 2004, 05:49:52 AM
Quote from: "warning"
Actually I'm doing you a favor.  The more we pad this baby to page 2 the faster time accelerates and the faster The Great Unlocking happens.

we'd better hurry then...still about 20 posts away from the 2nd page...
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