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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: new 360 wireless steering wheel on: June 08, 2011, 02:03:40 AM
Looks like someone took a chunk out of the doughnut that came with Mario Kart Wii and painted it black.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metroid: Other M on: September 10, 2010, 01:42:37 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 07, 2010, 06:38:24 PM

Good review.  But you mention that the beam combining breaks canon... that's not true.  Other M is a sequel to Super Metroid, and in Super Metroid all of your beams stacked once you collected them (except for the Spazer and Plasma).  Yes you could turn them on an off but at the end you wound up fighting with a Charge/Ice/Wave/Plasma beam.

People keep complaining about the "authorization" system for upgrades as being stupid.  Maybe so, but you have to think: does it really change anything?  Not really.  Whether you "turn on" the upgrade, or find it laying on the ground it's really the same thing gameplay wise.  You get to a new area where you need a new upgrade to proceed, and you have to stumble around for awhile until you find it.  It's really the same as it's been in any Metroid game.

And really, if they had kept the upgrade system the same as before, people would just complain that it's stupid that she loses all of her upgrades at the beginning of the game.  It's kind of a lose lose situation for them.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Verizon Android Phones WiFi Hotspot Capability on: July 03, 2010, 03:44:54 AM
There was a post on Engadget just today the the Incredible would be getting a firmware update very soon that enables 3G Wireless Hotspot.  Currently it has only wired support.

I believe there is also an additional charge to do this above and beyond the standard data plan.  When I picked up my Incredible, they weren't to sure what that was (since it had only been out for like 3 days). 
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: May 02, 2010, 02:37:27 PM

Quote from: Tscott on May 02, 2010, 03:38:15 AM

Any videos that explain to stupid people (like me) how to get all the uber-super-cutscene-starting-killer moves to work?  For the life of me, I can't get those to work even under the most controlled circumstances while staring at pictures in the manual.

Have you tried the Challenge Mode yet?  There are 20 challenges per character, and the first 10 or so involve  having you do the basic special moves and the ultra combos.  It will tell you the controller motions you need to do with some feedback as to how you're doing.  The rest of the challenges have you do some of the other combos.  I find it really helpful, so try that.

And yes, when you pick the ultra at character select, that's the only one  you can do for that fight.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cell phone contract question for the experts! on: March 03, 2010, 03:47:52 AM
The MyTouch is "last years" model andriod phone.  You might be disappointed in that as opposed to the nexus one (slower processor, older os etc).

You might want to wait a month or two and see what happens with new devices coming out.  Rumor has it that Verizon will also be getting the Nexus One soon, and other carrier may follow.  HTC also has their own branded version of the nexus one (the so-called HTC Desire) and that may be coming to other carriers as well in a few months.

You're in the same boat as me: on Tmobile, just out-of-contract, wants a new Android phone.  But I've resigned myself to wait a few months and let some new phones come out to see where I want to go.

That all being said, if you must have it now, it couldn't hurt to call them.  One thing to note is that I think the N1 is sold by Google itself and not Tmobile, so Tmobile may not be able to do anything for  you interms of the N1 pricing since they don't actually sell it, they just support it on their network.
6  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Impulse 12 days of Christmas... on: December 18, 2009, 03:45:18 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on December 17, 2009, 11:12:08 PM

Its not down there in the tray. Im hoping it starts when I reboot. Clicking it opened the settings box but when I closed it it did not stay running in the tray.

It used to start automatically for me, but all of a sudden a few days ago it doesn't anymore.  And the option is checked to have it start automatically.  So you aren't the only one having problems with it.
7  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New HD & WIN 7 OS, can't run Steam(or any other) games anymore on: December 06, 2009, 03:21:50 PM
I also have installed Steam with no problems.  I installed it to C:\Games I did not have to change any permissions on any directories and I did not have to change any security settings.  I also have UAC enabled.

Your problem must be that you don't have it installed on your system partition.  Try creating a directory on your C: drive and then one on your games drive and make sure that the permissions on both directories match.  If not make change the ones on your games drive.  Also if you didn't do this, try creating the Games directory yourself in explorer rather than letting the installer do it.

Also if the account you run with is not an Administrator, you may have to run Steam as an administrator so that it has the proper privileges.  If your account isn't and administrator, try using and administrator account and see what happens.
8  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Harmony Remote: Buttons reversed on: November 26, 2009, 01:36:14 AM
You might want to try deleting the activity in the Harmony software and recreate it?  Maybe that will clear out the goofiness.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metroid Prime Trilogy on one disc - Wii on: September 08, 2009, 11:08:33 PM
I did notice that when the Ice Beam was charged the cannon no longer froze over and shattered when fired.  I remembered that one because it was a cool little attention to detail.

I sort of assumed it was taken out because of the motion controls.  With the Wii controls, you can see how you can quickly and easily move her arm around on screen in a much wider range than you could on the Gamecube.  It's possible that due to this those particle effects just didn't work anymore or they would have had to recode a lot of it to make it look right.  I can understand if they didn't want to do that.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any difference between XBox 360 Arcade and Pro? on: July 19, 2009, 02:12:49 PM
The new Arcades now have a bit of memory on the board instead of coming with an external memory unit.  Not a big deal if you have a hard drive.

I don't think the Arcade comes with any cables other than composite, but it does have an HDMI port, and if you already have some component cables it will work with those too.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA What's worth 800 points? on: July 10, 2009, 10:32:05 PM
Rocket Riot (tho there's never anyone playing multiplayer...)
Bionic Commando Rearmed
Outrun Online Arcade
Castlevania Symphony of the Night
Geometry Wars 2

That should keep you busy... really I play arcade games more than full retail games.
12  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Sound card woes on: April 03, 2009, 09:58:52 PM
I used to have an old Sound Blaster Audigy that survived through about 3 or 4 system upgrades but finally got rid of it due to funky driver issues and audio problems.  It seems to me that Creative cards are just junk anymore.  At this point, all of your audio mixing is done by the CPU anyway and Vista doesn't support hardware audio acceleration, so if you have audio on your motherboard you can use that and really not miss anything.  Modern CPUs are so fast that audio processing has pretty much no impact on performance.
13  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 360 Charge & Play problems on: February 15, 2009, 04:04:10 PM
The controller should charge when plugged into the PC.  The little red light on the connector should come on when it's charging.  However, the cable doesn't actually connect the controller to the PC, so you won't be able to use it to play games.  The cable is only for charging.  If you want to use the wireless controller for playing games on a PC you need the wireless controller adapter.
14  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Using Vista disc with different license code on: February 10, 2009, 12:41:30 AM
As far as I know, with Vista, Microsoft stopped doing the whole multi-disc release thing.  The same Vista disc will accept OEM and Retail product keys.  So you should be able to lend him your disc.  The only thing is that there are separate discs for 32 and 64 bit versions, so if he has 32 bit installed make sure you use the 32 bit disc.

That being said, it seems like you could just put in the Vista disc and select the Repair option.  If you do that you don't need to enter the product key at all, Repair is an option before you start the installation process and before you would enter a product key.  If all that's broken is the boot manager, that should fix the problem.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows XP on: February 07, 2009, 02:39:19 PM

Quote from: Darren8r on February 07, 2009, 05:34:43 AM

Quote from: Tokek on February 07, 2009, 12:49:36 AM

If it's a pre-built machine, which I believe you said HP, the serial number for the XP should be taped on the case of the PC.  You'll still need to find or borrow an XP home OEM cd though to reinstall.

I just checked my own machine, and the numbers dont match to what the magical jelly bean told me about my computer.
What does this mean?

If Windows was preinstalled at the factory, most likely they did not use the unique key off of your sticker but a generic one for all of them.  After all they mass produce these things and just burn one common image on to every hard disk they put out.  So it doesn't really mean anything.  If you ever need to reinstall, just use the XP disc with the key on your machine and it should work fine.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft + 120gb HD= on: November 18, 2008, 11:22:01 PM
Why are the 120GB drives on clearance everywhere?  Are they going to replace it with a bigger one soon?  I'm probably going to need one of these in the next month or so, I hope they'll be available.  I'd rather have something more than the 60GB kit...
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XboxLive] Question on gamertags on: November 05, 2008, 11:55:13 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 05, 2008, 07:40:37 PM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on November 05, 2008, 07:23:05 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 05, 2008, 07:05:06 PM

there's an option to retrieve your gamertag under the log in menu.  did that with a friend when he came over to play a while ago. 

but if he retrieved his account, his game save would be stuck on Hiccup's HD.  if your friend comes over to play a lot, it would be better to get a memory card to keep his game saves and profile on.  it can be useful for sports games or co-op shooters like this or army of two.

true, and my friend got into a problem later on with assassin's creed where he played the intro at my house, bought it later, went home and played it and missed doing something achievement related which made it impossible to get w/out restarting.  in a game like cod ww, with stats for online play, i wonder if it's stored on their servers or locally.  if it's server based, then he should be fine with just the tag, otherwise, a mem card would be better.

Yeah I'm pretty sure MS says not to recover your gamertag on anything but your own console.  It's not meant to take it to your friends house and log in.  You need to keep your gamertag on a memory unit and take that with you.  I don't know the details of what can happen, but they make it sound like things can get screwed up.  It's pretty lame the only supported way to do this is with a $50 piece of hardware.  Thanks a lot MS...
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox 360 - Sell me it, and why not arcade? on: November 04, 2008, 03:41:21 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 03, 2008, 11:34:48 PM

Quote from: egrudzin on November 03, 2008, 11:17:08 PM

Quote from: KePoW on November 03, 2008, 10:43:16 PM

Quote from: Laner on November 03, 2008, 08:27:37 PM

Quote from: pingwrx on November 03, 2008, 07:37:03 PM

What's the new Jasper build?
The Falcon motherboard has a 65nm CPU and a 90nm GPU.  Jasper has a 65nm CPU and 65nm GPU; so it should run cooler and use less power.

This is officially out in retail now?  I haven't kept up.

If so, how do you specifically tell?

They are not out yet so no one knows how to tell.  There were some reports that they were out a few weeks back but they were false.  Right now there are no confirmed sightings and no one knows when there will be.  Most signs point to "soon".

When the Falcons first came out it took someone to get one and crack it open to verify.  I assume the same is true for this.

BTW does anyone know of a handy guide for telling which one you have now?  I got one back from repair and I'm sure it's not the same insides as the one I sent.

Check this post for pics on how to tell:

Also there are plenty of ways to tell the Jasper from the old ones.  Most people seem to think attaching a Kill-a-watt to it to see how much power it draws will be the most reliable, since Jasper should draw significantly less power than a Falcon.  Also it might have a smaller power supply and I believe that the 360 lists its power usage on a label on the back so it's possible that will be updated as well.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox 360 - Sell me it, and why not arcade? on: November 03, 2008, 11:17:08 PM

Quote from: KePoW on November 03, 2008, 10:43:16 PM

Quote from: Laner on November 03, 2008, 08:27:37 PM

Quote from: pingwrx on November 03, 2008, 07:37:03 PM

What's the new Jasper build?
The Falcon motherboard has a 65nm CPU and a 90nm GPU.  Jasper has a 65nm CPU and 65nm GPU; so it should run cooler and use less power.

This is officially out in retail now?  I haven't kept up.

If so, how do you specifically tell?

They are not out yet so no one knows how to tell.  There were some reports that they were out a few weeks back but they were false.  Right now there are no confirmed sightings and no one knows when there will be.  Most signs point to "soon".
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Exceedingly Late to the Party on: October 27, 2008, 02:39:47 AM
The Elite also comes with an HDMI cable and a little dongle that lets you have 5.1 audio though an optical output and stereo through L/R RCA connectors.  If you need that adapter it's sold separately for about $40 online.  If you're going to use the component cables, or audio that comes out of the HDMI then you don't need the dongle.  HDMI cables can be had separately for < $10 online too.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Zune software update 3.0 on: October 04, 2008, 01:02:32 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 04, 2008, 07:55:03 AM

Just use the Play/Pause button.  You turn off the Zune by holding the Pause button for 3 seconds, and when you hit Play to turn it on it should resume from where you were.  If you were navigating the menus when it turned on just hit the back button until you get to the current play screen and you can hit play to continue from where you left off.  If it didn't resume where you left off I would think much less of it as a media device. 

I think he means that if you're playing music, and then play something else (podcast, radio, video, etc.) can you resume a song.  I can't find a way to do this, it doesn't seem to remember the last song played or anything it just starts from the beginning.  For videos and podcasts, if you do something else and come back there is a resume option in the menu.  You can resume music as long as you don't play any other kind of media.

That being said, I don't have any audio books, so I have no idea how the Zune treats them.  It does support Audible books now, so maybe those get a special resume option.  If they are treated just like any other music then I would think you couldn't resume them.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Zune software update 3.0 on: October 04, 2008, 03:01:19 AM

Quote from: Moliere on October 03, 2008, 10:00:12 PM

Did they add a "resume" option to audio files? Similar to how if you pause a video file and then go back to the video file later it gives you the ability to play it from where you last stopped. This would be really handy with audio books that have hour long files.

Don't know about audio books but you have been able to do this with podcasts since 2.0.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Zune software update 3.0 on: September 16, 2008, 10:57:40 PM
What the heck:

It's pretty awesome this stuff all works with all players back to the first gen.  My 20Gig is really happy right now.  Is there any way to add games other than the ones already on there?  Don't see an option in the software.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Getting a new LCD HDTV, Best Upscaling DVD Player and other advice? on: September 12, 2008, 11:40:27 PM

Quote from: JSL on September 12, 2008, 04:15:58 PM

We're going to check out some TVs at BB tonight. I hope to see the "Soap Opera Effect" in person. Any advice about what to look for or ask to see?

Also, if I don't go 120 Hz I can get a 46" LCD cheaper than the 40", which sounds appealing. Is there any negatives to going with the bigger screen size? I will basically be watching upscaled DVDs and playing Wii games on it.

I think there's something that should be noted here.  120Hz is not the same thing as the motion compensation technology (called AMP on the Samsungs).  The set always runs at 120Hz, and this supposedly useful to avoid some motion blurring issues with 60Hz sets.  Also you get the capability to run HD movies at their normal 24 fps with no conversion.  AMP is the soap opera effect, and if you don't like it you can turn it off completely, or only enable it for certain sources.  It also has 3 levels of intensity, the higher the setting, the more processing it does, and the more potential for artifacts and glitches in the picture.  Personally I leave it on low, I think it looks good, and it does eliminate some of the judder that you get with movement and panning cameras.

Another thing to note, in the case of the Samsungs the 120Hz sets have better LCD panels and different (probably better) processors in them and have other bells and whistles you may or may not care about (the 650 connects to the Internet to download stocks and weather, can play pictures from USB, etc...).  I'm not trying to spend your money here, just trying to give some perspective on why the 120Hz sets are more expensive.  It's certainly more than just the soap opera effect that most people talk about.

I have a 46" set, and while I initially thought it would be too big, I quickly realized that its just right.  I sit about 10' away and I think it's about perfect.  50" or more would be pushing it, and now that I see it 40" would look small.  The only real drawback to a bigger screen is that low res content (SD cable, Wii) will be blown up even bigger.  While the upscaler in the TV is good, it can only do so much... I was just thinking yesterday how fuzzy the Wii looks on it.  The 360 by comparison looks fantastic.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Getting a new LCD HDTV, Best Upscaling DVD Player and other advice? on: September 11, 2008, 10:19:20 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 10, 2008, 05:06:30 PM

If your TV has audio out, you may be able to send all data to the TV as digital audio/video via HDMI and then have the TV output the analogue audio signal to your (stereo) receiver. Unless it takes 6 channel audio you won't have positional sound though, and the TV would also have to support that.

If you have the option use HDMI.  It's simpler and not really prone to analog noise and interference.  That being said, for the small lengths of cable you'll probably be using, I doubt you'd be able to tell the difference between component and HDMI.

Remember that if you need new cables is your friend.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Getting a new LCD HDTV, Best Upscaling DVD Player and other advice? on: September 10, 2008, 12:38:36 AM

Quote from: Toe on September 09, 2008, 01:47:51 PM

I am not exactly what the issue is with my setup but I have a PS3 and a 52" sony bravia 120hz and there are some issues when I run the TV at 120hz and playing a BR movie. On still shots or shots were there is little camera movement, it looks super awesome (if the movie is a high quality transfer). But when there is significant camera movement there are some strange outlines around stuff and it does not look very good (it is annoying enough that I will turn the TV back down to 60hz most of the time). I have two different HDMI cables (one to cable box, the other to PS3) and have swapped them out to see if it was related to the cable, but I found no difference. So I am pretty sure its either the PS3 or the TV itself. I am considering going with a fully dedicated bluray player if they start actually cranking out high-quality BRs. (I have found that most BRs do not offer any substantial visual quality improvement over standard DVD). I might go buy one at someplace with a good return policy so I can try it out and return it if there is no improvement.

I mention the "24p" setting in my previous explanation of 120Hz.  I know the PS3 has this setting (but I don't own one so I can't say how to set it).  Try turning this on and see how it looks at 120Hz.  Also can you turn 120Hz off on the Sony sets?  I don't have that option on my Samsung, it's just always on.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Getting a new LCD HDTV, Best Upscaling DVD Player and other advice? on: September 10, 2008, 12:31:31 AM
About the 120Hz displays:  As far as I know none of them actually accept a 120Hz input.  At least the Samsung doesn't.  The panel is always refreshing at 120Hz and this helps in some of the video processing that it does.  Samsung has a technology called AMP (auto motion plus or something) and Sony and the other guys have something that's basically the same with a different name.  It's really just frame interpolation and attempts to make motion look more smooth and eliminate the "judder" effect when camera panning occurs.  It can be a rather odd effect, and some people really don't like it.  It's often referred to as a "soap opera" effect.  It's hard to describe, you just need to see it yourself to tell if you like it.  The Samsungs have a demo mode that turns the AMP on for half the screen and off for the other half so you can see the difference.  Head to a local big box store and ask to check it out.  You can also vary the intensity of the effect to make it more subtle.  Personally I leave mine on "low" all the time and have gotten used to it.

One other thing 120Hz does is for hi def movies.  Normally movies are filmed at 24 frames per second.  This is different from TV which is 30 fps.  A normal LCD has a 60Hz refresh rate.  30 frames divides nicely into 60, so each frame is displayed for 2 refresh cycles.  The problem comes with movies since 24 doesn't divide into 30 evenly.  So some kind of interpolation must be done to reconcile this.  This is where you see the 3:2 pulldown on a TV or DVD player tech spec sheet.  What it does is display the first frame for 3 cycles, the next for 2, the next for 3, and so on.  This produces some weirdness in the picture that the video processors have to deal with.  However with 120Hz, 24 divides nice and evenly, so each frame is displayed for 5 cycles, and there's no goofy processing needed.  Bluray players have an option to output at "24p" which means the player won't do the conversion to 30 fps, since the TV can handle it.

If you really want in-depth explanations of this stuff, check out the LCD forum on  If you have any other questions about the 650 please let me know.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Getting a new LCD HDTV, Best Upscaling DVD Player and other advice? on: September 08, 2008, 10:06:03 PM
I have the 46" version of that TV and it's really great.  While I have an upscaling DVD player, I've just got it set to output 480p, and let the TV do the upconverting to 1080p and it does a fantastic job.  Really, if you don't want to buy any more hardware, the TV has a great upscaler in it already.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Myth many CDs? on: September 03, 2008, 01:02:56 AM
Get it if they pay you $3 to take it away.  Better yet, don't even do that.  It's one of the worst games ever made.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Ends 30 Day Price Guarantee on: September 03, 2008, 12:45:29 AM
Well the TV I bought 2 months ago went down in price $100 in the 30 days after I bought it so I thought it was pretty awesome.  So not having it for me is a big deal.  I'll probably still use them.  The "stealth" removal of the policy is pretty annoying...
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft grows brain and drops the price of the 360? on: August 02, 2008, 02:36:03 PM

Quote from: kronovan on August 02, 2008, 02:24:09 PM

Doesn't the Elite also include a HD-DVD drive? Not that anyone in their right mind would pay extra for such a feature now.
If this rumor turns out to be legitimate, it's going to be interesting to see how well the arcade model sells at a price below the $200 barrier.

No HDDVD drive on the Elite.  But it does come with an HDMI cable (not a big deal) and the audio dongle that lets you use optical audio out with HDMI.  That sells separately for $50 or something.  And since I don't have a receiver with HDMI I need that...

Also it's black.  That's gotta be worth a few bux...
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft plays stupid - doesn't drop price of the console on: July 13, 2008, 10:37:04 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 13, 2008, 10:22:13 PM

so, are they going to be selling the 60 gig HD's separately without it costing 100+ bucks?

I think the rumor was that the 60 Gig stand-alone drive would be $100, and the 120 Gig stand-alone would drop to $150.  Not sure what happens to the remaining 20 Gigs floating around, but they may price drop them until they're gone as well.

MS is off their rocker with the price on these things.  Almost as much so as non-PS3 Blu-ray players...
33  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Hellgate only $19.99 at Microcenter on: June 06, 2008, 09:51:42 PM
It's $20 at Target and Amazon as well.  This might be a universal drop.
34  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Monitor suggestions? on: May 31, 2008, 02:38:22 PM
This site: has a list of games, and description of how well they support widescreen, and any hacks to get them to work.  I've had pretty good success with it.

For monitor deals, check out and on a regular basis and you're sure to find a great deal on something.  Dell regularly runs promotions on their sites.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WiiWare Impressions on: May 13, 2008, 02:54:16 AM

Quote from: The Grue on May 13, 2008, 12:31:13 AM

Quote from: Destructor on May 12, 2008, 11:03:46 PM

Yes, I realize that the technology is different, yadda yadda, but it's still the same basic thing in the end.

Or is it?

Yeah it's all flash, but they don't necessarily read and write at the same speeds.  I have an Asus EEE PC sub notebook.  It's got a 4Gig internal flash disk and an SD card reader.  The SD card is significantly slower than the internal flash, and they're both flash.  I can boot XP off the internal drive in < 20 seconds.  Off the SD card would take a few minutes.

So the comment may not be total BS, but it's still some pretty bad foresight on their part to not anticipate people running out of room.  I don't think deleting stuff to make room is that big of a deal, since I don't play all the stuff I've downloaded at once anyway.

A good idea might be to have the Wii auto-manage it's memory.  So you'd just have a list of the stuff you own and when you run a game, if you don't have it downloaded, the Wii will delete the game you played least recently and load up the new one.  At least that way you don't have to manage the add/delete yourself.  If they added some intelligence to it (i.e. hang on to the most frequently played games) it could mitigate the problem quite a bit.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC]Gears of War on: May 11, 2008, 01:57:18 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on May 10, 2008, 11:19:13 PM

got the game from a Microsoft Game Studios employee this week... spent a few hours cleaning off my hard drive and defraggling and installing (12GB footprint!) only to be greeted by a "Your PC does not meet minimum hardware requirements - Continue?" message upon boot (due to the Athlon 2500 processor). it defaulted to 640x320 resolution and the game itself looks like pixelated garbage. and what's with the "You must be signed in with a profile to save" thing?

Because it's a Games For Windows Live game  you really need a Live account to play it.  It's the same as the Xbox Live account if you already have one of those.  If not you can still get a free one for GFW Live games.  For some stupid reason GoW saves games linked to your Live account.  Don't know why they did this, since even when linked they don't survive a PC reinstall (just lost my save games thanks to this) and I've never been able to find the spot where is stores the saved games on disk either.
37  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Gaming in Vista on: April 29, 2008, 11:12:19 PM
Diablo II, Warcraft III, Starcraft and Halo all definitely work, and in fact, they will also be picked up and added to the Games Explorer when you patch them to the latest version.  You might get a compatibility warning when you install, and they might not run properly until you patch.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami Wii on: April 27, 2008, 02:23:15 PM
I've gotten about 13 hours in and while the controls aren't perfect, I'm not having as much trouble as some of you guys.

Some stuff I've figured out:
-If you read about the brush techniques in the menu, they have some pretty useful tips on how to use them effectively.
-When drawing, you can use the Z button instead of A and that will cause your lines to be straight.  This really helps for things like slash and waterspout.
-When drawing circles for bloom, make sure the beginning of the circle touches the end of the circle.  If it doesn't it almost certainly won't register.
-Sometimes you just need to move the camera position to get stuff like bloom to work.  If you fail a few times, try that.
-Amazingly the Dash move using the Nunchuck actually DOES work.  Initially I was just trying to flick my wrist which would cause me to dash around in random directions.  What I found is that I need to jerk my whole arm in the direction I want to go and then I dash in that direction.  If I do that it works great.  The problem is I get really sick of doing the exaggerated movements so I just don't bother with it.  I find the character moves fast enough that it isn't really necessary so far.
39  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Any way to keep BSOD on screen? on: April 23, 2008, 10:50:13 PM
I don't know what version of Windows you have but if you boot to your Windows CD (or DVD) and dig around the limited menus, you should see some kind of automatic repair option.  It won't blow anything away, but it will try to fix any damaged system files.  I've had it work a few times, but there's no guarantees.

Also you can try booting into Safe Mode, which might avoid loading the thing that is causing the BSOD and get  you into Windows enough to see what's going on.  I think you hit F8 right after the BIOS is done loading and right when the Windows boot screen is about to come up.  It should then give you a list and you can pick Safe Mode.  Once in Safe Mode you can check the Event Log and see if anything made it in there.

For the record, the setting to stop the auto-reboot on BSOD is: In the Control Panel open up the System Properties.  From there click the Advanced Tab and click the Settings button under the Startup and Recovery section.  On the box the pops up uncheck the Automatically restart option under the System failure section, and click OK a few times.  This is where it is in Vista, and I think it's pretty similar in XP too.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I love XM radio on: April 11, 2008, 10:11:45 PM

Quote from: rickfc on April 11, 2008, 02:39:30 PM

I just bought a used car with built-in XM receiver, and I was just wondering whether I should make the plunge or not.  My wife drives her car a lot too, so I was looking at buying her a receiver too.  What do you guys think?  I spend about 45 min to an hour each way on my commutes, and my wife spends A LOT of time in her car.

You might check out the XM website.  I think you can put in your radio ID and they'll set  you up with a free trial to see if you like it.  Even if there is no trial, you can just subscribe on a month-to-month basis and check it out.

I'll echo the other sentiments here that I really love it!
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