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4161  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / SP2 worth installing? on: October 30, 2004, 06:17:47 AM
i've been running SP2 since the initial release date and haven't had a single problem so far.  WinXP is still stable, all my games continue work, so i can't complain at all.  i say go for it Cool
4162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game of All Time Round 1 Part 2 on: October 26, 2004, 06:43:55 PM
Unreal Tournament 2004
Crusader: No Remorse
Baldur's Gate 2
System Shock 2
Star Wars: X-wing
Thief 2
Need for Speed: Porsche Edition
Baldur's Gate
Knights of the Old Republic
The Secret of Monkey Island
Interstate 76
Civilization 2
Deus Ex
Star Wars: Tie Fighter
Longbow (i assume this is the Jane's game???)
4163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Now THAT's a cool controller on: October 26, 2004, 06:37:47 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
I'm not sure I can use a controller that's smiling at me the whole time. It'd just be too creepy.

i used to say the same thing about using a Mac...biggrin
4164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game Of All Time Tournament - CG Edition on: October 22, 2004, 05:38:18 AM
Quote from: "Falator"
The fact that diablow was before baldurs gate on that list and you are ok with it has just damned you to rpghell also! Tongue Preprare to spend an eternity playing final fantasy clones! :twisted:

for the record...i've never been able to get into the Diablo games at all, while BG (and every other Infinity engine game) are some of my favorites.  i'd rather spend an eternity pulling out my own toenails and using the pieces to gouge out my eyes than miss out on games like BG in favor of playing poor FF clones forever.  BG will get it's chance in the other side of the brackets soon...

and my picks for this round...

Jagged Alliance 2
Wing Commander 3
Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns
Total Annihilation
Theif: The Dark Project
Sam & Max
Dungeon Keeper
Icewind Dale
Quake 2
Longbow 2
Planescape: Torment
Magic Carpet
Aces of the Pacific
4165  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Turtle Beach sound cards on: October 22, 2004, 05:30:16 AM
the benefits aren't limited to someone with a surround system though.  like jessie said, EAX adds environmental effects to sounds...things like reverb, echoes, dampening of sounds that you're hearing through walls/objects.  it's really kind of hard to describe without hearing it for yourself, but it really does make a big difference...and each new version of EAX has made everything sound a little more realistic.  if you don't have a surround sound system, you still get many of the EAX benefits...and you would be surprised how well some games are able to mimic surround using only 2 speakers now.  it's all pretty impressive and developers are getting better at taking advantage of the abilities all the time.  when i got my new pc about a year ago, i made the switch from an old SBLive! to an Audigy2-ZS, and the difference is amazing...way more than i expected Cool

as for cost, you can pick up an Audigy2 for about $70 at Newegg...or you can get the Audigy2-ZS for $92.  the most obvious difference between the two is 7.1 channel surround support with the ZS (only 6.1 with the regular Audigy2)...not an issue if you don't have a surround setup.  it really is a great card though, and i do think you'd notice an improvement over your old TB-SC...even without a surround setup.

maybe someone else who has made the change will jump in and back me up...
4166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game Of All Time Tournament - CG Edition on: October 21, 2004, 08:32:39 PM
Quote from: "Falator"

oh and the fact that diablow is on that list and baldurs gate (any one) is not has just damned you to rpghell! Tongue

this set is only half of the bracket though...still have another 64 games to vote on for the side Cool
4167  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Turtle Beach sound cards on: October 21, 2004, 08:25:52 PM
the Audigy2 is a great card...regardless of what people may say based on older products.  i've been using an Audigy2-ZS for about 10 months and it's been absolutely driver/software issues, and the sound is incredible.  the SC may have sounded good a few years ago, but there's really no comparison to hearing the latest games with EAX 4.0HD on a nice surround system...
4168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where you're sitting right now.. let's see it! (56k beware) on: October 21, 2004, 11:30:26 AM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote from: "gilgamex"
I notice a couple of you have the Antec Sonata Case. I really like the look of that case and am thinking of getting one. Are they as quiet as Antec claims?

I don't know what your threshold but its pretty damn quiet in my opinion.  Sitting here now, with no noise in the background and the house completely quiet and I can *barely* hear it and that's when I'm trying to.  Great case.

i'll second this opinion...the Sonata is very quiet, is built extremely well, and looks great.  the only audible noise coming from my Sonata is the soft sound of the stock Intel HSF on my cpu...replace that, and i'd have a near-silent system (not far off now).  i've had my Sonata for about 10 months now and would recommend it to anyone Cool
4169  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Great deals on Ram, where? on: October 20, 2004, 02:10:00 AM
he's in canada though...newegg isn't an option...
4170  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Great deals on Ram, where? on: October 19, 2004, 09:09:32 PM might be a good place to can find the specific RAM for you mobo here.  they sell quality memory, and the prices are usually pretty good...not to mention that they ship worldwide.  i've ordered from them in the past and have always been very pleased with my purchases.
4171  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: October 19, 2004, 07:52:40 PM
i'll do my best to make it on wednesday, but i can't be there until after 10pm EST/7pm PST.  have to watch Smallville...looks like clark is going to meet a young Flash Cool
4172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars...SPOILERS! on: October 19, 2004, 03:11:21 AM
and that, my friends, is how sci-fi is meant to be done...absolutely brilliant Cool
4173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Pf Changs on: October 17, 2004, 07:24:32 AM
it's not just a west coast restaurant...we have one here in indianapolis that i've been to a couple times.  personally, i don't see what the big deal is about the place.  the food is pretty good, but i've had better chinese for a more reasonable price.  i've also tried the lettuce's not bad, but nothing to really go crazy over.  to each his own i guess...
4174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New LotR: Return of the King EE footage! on: October 16, 2004, 05:35:50 AM
a new trailer for the EE of RotK is now available at (and a larger version here).  you get to see a few excerpts from the new footage, as well as hear a few comments from jackson and elijah wood.  looks like they're adding some great stuff back in this time Cool


the mouth of sauron...aragorn confronting sauron through the palantir...the fate of sarumon...faramir and eowyn...gandalf confronting the witch king...

it's all there and looks great...the next two months can't pass fast enough!
4175  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: October 16, 2004, 01:17:54 AM
for the record...i started with the list that crumsteel just posted and made a few corrections.  for example, "Map Pack 1" and "Map Pack 2" refer to "Community Bonus Pack 2, Vol 1 & 2," and all of those 1on1 maps make up the "DM-1on1 Map Pack."  the map names on that list aren't exact either, so i tracked down the right ones and included the links.  the only one i didn't link was the ECE pack because it's a large file that's easy to find...use whatever link gives you the fastest download

what i'm trying to say is that everything in my list and crumsteel's are essentially the same...i just used some more accurate names in mine.  it's all the same stuff though Cool

(plus i added the WinXP maps)
4176  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: October 16, 2004, 12:25:57 AM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
I was just trying to get on there and it starts downloading a bunch of stuff. One of the files is kind of big and I end up with like a 45 minute wait for the download to finish.

I've already downloaded like 2 gigabytes with of extra crap for UT2k4, and I still don't have whatever's on the server? I don't have the hard drive space for one game to keep sucking it up like this  :evil:

here's what should be a complete list of the necessary downloads...

UT2K4 Version 3323 Patch

Community Bonus Pack 2 - Volume 1
Community Bonus Pack 2 - Volume 2

Flag Pack 2004
UT2K4-Editors Choice Bonus Pack
UT 2004 WinXP Levels

DM-1on1 Map Pack

once you have all those, you should be set for a while...with the exception of the small UAdminMod file that zaxxon updates occassionally.
4177  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: October 15, 2004, 10:18:31 PM
i'm in for tonight and can make myself available just about any time.  if we can agree on a time, i'll do my best to be there.  otherwise, i'll check in once in a while, or feel free to shoot me an IM Cool
4178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Blockbuster Rates on: October 15, 2004, 02:53:16 AM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
So, does your BB have any video store competition disarm or is my theory completely off the rocker?

i live in a pretty densely populated area right along a strip of shops and restaurants, so there is some competition.  within 5-10 minutes drive of my apartment, i think there are 2 BBs, one Hollywood Video, and a couple Family Video stores.  the BB stores might be trying to compete with FV...i've never been there, but i think they do have pretty low rental rates.  i know that HV still charges about $3-4 for a rental.  i guess that could be enough competition to drive rates down...
4179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Blockbuster Rates on: October 14, 2004, 11:52:17 PM
hmm...sounds like you guys are getting kinda screwed.  my local BB has been doing 1-day rentals for $2 on any release for a while now.  rent a movie any day of the week, and it's due back by midnight the next day...keep it longer, and you pay $1 for each additional day.  you also have the option of paying the old rates up front if you know you want something for more than a day or two ($3.49 for a duration dependent on age of the movie).  i live so close to a BB that i never need a movie for more than one day...pick one up the day i plan to watch it, then drop it off when i go out the following day.  i've actually found myself renting more often now that it's a little cheaper.
4180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My son is 6 today! here's what we got him.... on: October 14, 2004, 10:32:57 PM
here's a little interesting Microman/Tansformers history for you...

did you know that Takara's Microman/MicroChange toy line from the 70s-early 80s was the first predecessor to the Transformers?  in the early 1970s, Hasbro licensed its GI Joe action figure line to Takara, who then created their Combat Joe line of toys.  robot figures were very popular in japan at the time, so Takara next turned the 12" GI Joe toy mold into a transparent transforming cyborg toy line...they made the Combat Joe body out of clear plastic so you could see the cyborg parts inside (see it here).  those cyborg toys were then shrunk down so that it would be easier to sell playsets and vehicles for them...and Microman was born.  in the early 80s, the Microman series was revamped into robots that transformed into vehicles, and they created the MicroChange series of robots that turned into everyday objects (microscopes, cassettes, guns).  in 1984, the Microman toys made a circle back to the US when Hasbro licensed them (as well as the Diaclone toys, another spin-off series) and renamed them Transformers.  the original Megatron TF from '84 (Walther P38 handgun) was actually a Microchange first released in japan in 1980...Optimus Prime was originally released by Takara in '84 as part of their Diaclone line (named Battle Convoy).  once Hasbro had licensed the transforming toys from Takara, they worked with Marvel comics to create a backstory and names for all the characters...and the Transformers mythology was born.  when the Transformers became a hit in the US, Takara re-imported the toys (and cartoons) back to Japan, where they were hugely successful and brought an end to the already dying Microman series.  Microman disappeared until the late 90s, when they were resurrected by Takara for both their 20th and 25th anniversary.  now that the Transformers are becoming popular in the US and japan again, we're seeing more and more imports of the latest iteration of Microman.  pretty interesting story if you're much of a toy collector Cool

that said, i'm more of a TF Microman toys in my collection.  i think the highlight of my small collection is the 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime (Masterpiece Convoy in japan)...12" and 3.5 pounds of die-cast transforming goodness.  it's by far the coolest TF ever released and is definitely more of a collector's piece than a kid's toy due to its complexity, but it's an awesome addition to any toy collection.  the other great Transformers available now are the Alternator/Binaltech line...detailed replicas of real-world cars that are second only to 20th Anniversary Optimus for being the best TFs ever.

but i don't really know anything about Transformers toys...i'm 25 years old and don't play with that kiddy stuff anymore...paranoid
4181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best commercial! on: October 14, 2004, 05:23:53 AM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "disarm"
i've made all of them available here for your viewing pleasure...enjoy! Cool

I haven't laughed so hard in some time. Thank you for the laughs. biggrin

i'm always happy to bring up the commercials again...can't let something that great fade into the past.  i guess it's fairly obvious after watching them why they didn't run for very long though biggrin
4182  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: October 13, 2004, 11:58:29 PM
i'll be watching the debate (and Smallville) tonight as well, but i'll be able to play for about an hour once those two guys are done dodging questions, lying, and bad-mouthing.  so anyone else interested in some action at about 11pm EDT (8pm for the west-coasters)?
4183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: my new toy on: October 13, 2004, 11:43:42 PM
Quote from: "Geezer"
ok -- maybe this should go in hardware, butthat place is relatively dead...

nice looking laptop...but what the hell is a "butthat"? biggrin
4184  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Please identify the cable in this picture, SATA? on: October 13, 2004, 11:31:41 PM
i think you've got it right already.  it looks like a SATA cable and power adapter to me Cool
4185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best commercial! on: October 13, 2004, 02:17:50 AM
i still think the commercials from a few years ago are some of the funniest i've seen.  the original one featured them trying to shoot gerbils out of a cannon and through the center of the O in their name.  unfortunately, their aim was a little off...

they had a whole series of them that were all great...the gerbils, releasing rabid wolves on a marching band, tattooing their logo on the foreheads of daycare kids...great stuff.  unfortunately, it wasn't long before they were pulled off the air...turns out someone must have been offended...

i've made all of them available here for your viewing pleasure...enjoy! Cool
4186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Desktop, what do you have (56k) on: October 13, 2004, 02:14:19 AM
here's mine...same thing i've been looking at more almost a year now.  one of these days, i'll find the time to come up with something new...

(click the thumbnail for a full-size pic)

i use StyleXP to change my theme, and was lucky enough to find a guy that made matching skins for WinXP and great Cool
4187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / CG Music Thread - What are you listening to? on: October 13, 2004, 01:39:12 AM
i just picked up Sum41's new album Chuck on a whim while i was dvd shopping at BestBuy this evening...All Killer, No Filler was a fun punk/pop album, so i figured what the hell (doesn't hurt that it's only $9.99 either).  

so what do i think?  they went a little different direction this time and i'm really liking what i've heard so far.  they have a few mellow songs this time around, but the majority is an interesting punk/metal mix that actually makes for some really kick-ass songs.  if you're into punk and hard-rock/metal, i'd recommend checking it out
4188  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Microsoft .Net question(log in) on: October 13, 2004, 01:31:04 AM
ahh...egrudzin caught my mistake.  now that he mentions it, i do remember that the actual account created by .NET was 'ASPNET.  in any case, you can still disable it and everything works fine.  i actually deleted the account entirely without any trouble...the .NET framework works fine without it there.
4189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Ken Jennings Thread on: October 13, 2004, 01:27:22 AM
tonight's show was pretty good...although ken still had another runaway win.  they had a great category titled "Tricky Questions" and stumped everyone with the first clue...

The total number of each animal that Moses took on the ark

One of the other contestants said 2 and got it wrong...then ken rang in with "one of each" and was wrong as well.  everyone felt a little stupid when alex pointed out that the answer was zero...noah took animals on the ark, not moses biggrin
4190  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Microsoft .Net question(log in) on: October 12, 2004, 11:18:03 PM
there is an even easier way to fix this than using TweakUI...although i do think that every WinXP user should have TweakUI available for all the other great things it can do...

for some reason, when you install the .NET, the generic "Guest" account is automatically activate.  the result is that people who have previously only had a single account that logs on automatically start seeing the login screen.  the solution?  you can either use a utility like TweakUI to set automatic logon for your usual account, or you can go to 'User Accounts' in the Control Panel and turn off the 'Guest' account (click on 'Guest' under "Pick an account to change," then click on "Turn off the Guest account").  

both methods work, but disabling the Guest account gets to the root of the problem, while setting an automatic logon just gets you around it.
4191  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: October 12, 2004, 04:15:58 AM
all the server info is at Zaxxon's UT Server Stats page...complete with a real-time list of who's playing, and logs of every match played since the demo was first released Cool

zaxxon...just a little thought about the server/stats...
is there a way to list all the mods/maps currently in use somewhere on the stats page?  that info might be worthy of a link somewhere that isn't dependent on a forum post...if it's not too much trouble...
4192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [xbox] Got KOTOR, now what?? on: October 12, 2004, 04:10:58 AM
i say open it up and give it a shot.  it really is a great might be surprised.  if it doesn't work out, you can still trade/sell it away Cool
4193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday (10/12/04) on: October 12, 2004, 03:44:52 AM
i'll be picking up Invader Zim vol. 3 tomorrow...been anxiously awaiting the chance to finish the set Cool

Doom, doom, doom, doom, doom, doom, doom, doom, doom, doom...
4194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Geez - take your shoes off when you enter someone's hom on: October 12, 2004, 03:19:50 AM
Quote from: "Exodor"
Who the hell came up with this Columbus day stuff?  Most of us don't get the day off, but God forbid we try to mail something or do some banking.

i've been working at the VA hospital in Indianapolis this month, so i got the day off.  sometimes working at a government facility has its advantages Cool
4195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DSL Recommendations that aren't Roadrunner on: October 11, 2004, 05:57:22 PM
i've been with SBC/Yahoo! for almost a year and a half real complaints so far.  my service has been consistent and you'll have a hard time beating the price...i pay $29.95/month, but the most recent deal is $26.95 i think.  i've had a few billing issues when i started and renewed my service, but they were actually pretty good about getting things worked out when i contacted them.
4196  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Buy 1 board game get 1 free on: October 11, 2004, 05:52:45 PM
thanks for the heads-up RW...i'll be heading to TRU later today Cool
4197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game Of All Time Tournament - CG Edition on: October 11, 2004, 05:29:53 PM
Unreal Tournament 2004
Tie Fighter
Baldur's Gate 2
Planescape Torment

i'm with zaxxon...5 doesn't seem like enough.  there are so many more great games i'd like to put on that list...
4198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [FAQ] GoneGold on: October 11, 2004, 04:31:49 AM
looks great...very nice work  thumbsup

one small comment though...
the white text on silver bars can be a little hard to read if the text is small.  for an example, look at the last silver bar at the bottom of a can barely see the words "Display posts from previous" before the option boxes.  that's a very minor issue though...otherwise a great theme.  thanks mike!
4199  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: October 11, 2004, 04:27:17 AM
Quote from: "CSL"
Bah I just uninstalled it awhile ago when you guys were playing after the new edition content was released.

you uninstalled UT?  my god man...what were you thinking??? biggrin

i don't think i've ever uninstalled any version of UT...only time i've not had it installed since i got the original was short bits of time right after a reformat.  personally, i don't even know why they include an uninstall with the games. own personal form of crack
4200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: October 10, 2004, 05:16:55 PM
Quote from: "Zaxxon"
Ninja Gaiden?  I remember that shot, just can't remember the game for sure!

Damn my aging brain!

you are correct Mr. Zaxxon!
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