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361  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I'm going to replay STALKER on: September 15, 2009, 04:43:38 AM
If your computer isn't good enough to run it with dynamic lighting, do not let that deter you. I originally ran the game with static lighting on my A64 3200+ 7600GT computer and it ran beautifully and still looked very good.

Despite the numerous problems (especially Pripyat onwards), this is still one of my top 3 FPS games ever. I typically run it with the Oblivion Lost mod.
362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tropico Reloaded Giveaway on: September 09, 2009, 03:04:08 AM
Yeah, I'd also like to say thanks to GT for doing this giveaway. I can't wait to try these games out.
363  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tropico Reloaded Giveaway on: September 05, 2009, 04:46:56 AM
The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.
364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tropico Reloaded Giveaway on: August 19, 2009, 06:22:52 AM
Country: Canadia
Leader: Pierre LeChuck
365  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mermaids spotted....'Splash' Fantasies can continue!! on: August 12, 2009, 12:51:23 AM
366  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Help, my computer stopped working and I can't power up! on: July 18, 2009, 08:09:54 PM
If it's the computer and not the surge protector you have it plugged into (make sure you hit the reset button on that in case it got tripped) then it pretty much has to be either the PSU or motherboard.
367  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: UFC 100: GSP vs Alves, Lesnar vs Mir on: July 08, 2009, 11:11:31 PM

Quote from: gellar on July 08, 2009, 01:50:30 AM

2) Barnett is the consensus #2?  I'm now not sure you know what consensus means, which explains your inability to spell it.  He's arguably top 5.  Mir would destroy him, Nogueira's already beaten him, and I'm reasonably certain Lesnar would fuck him up too.

Josh Barnett is bigger, stronger, and about as talented a grappler as there is in MMA. I'm not exactly sure how one could arrive at the conclusion that Frank Mir would "destroy" him. I don't even think he would beat him. Maybe in a Jiu Jitsu tournament...

Quote from: gellar on July 08, 2009, 01:50:30 AM

3) It's heavyweights - no one cares anyway cause there are exactly four worth a crap in the world.

And what four are those?

There are a number of up and comers that should interest you. Guys like Cain Valasquez, Junior Dos Santos, and Shane Carwin, for example. Gonzaga is still young but he's well rounded and a real threat to any opponent.

The competition level for GSP, Penn, and Anderson Silva really is not greater than the competition level for the heavyweights (the UFC heavyweights, I mean). I think any of the four heavyweights I mentioned above have at least as good a chance at winning the belt than any lightweight, welterweight, or middleweight with the exception of Alves.

Penn owns the LW division; I would be very surprised if Kenny Florian or Diego Sanchez beat him. Nobody else is even close. Who's going to compete with Georges St. Pierre? Alves is the last real challenge. And who at 185 is going to beat Anderson Silva? Hendo or no one. If Vitor comes back I'd love to see the fight, though.

Quote from: gellar on July 08, 2009, 01:50:30 AM

4) GSP OR Alves fighting a tree would be more entertaining than Mir/Lesnar OR Fedor/Barnett.

No, I'm pretty sure it wouldn't.

Quote from: gellar on July 08, 2009, 01:50:30 AM

5) People Fedor has not beaten: 1) Frank Mir, 2) Brock Lesnar, 3) Randy Couture - meaning he hasn't beaten anyone worth a crap since Nogueira or CroCop since 2005.  People Fedor has beaten recently: Tim 'I'm gigantically fat' Sylvia and Andrei 'Glass Josef' Arlovski.

People Frank Mir hasn't beaten: Everybody but Brock Lesnar, Nogueira, and Tim Sylvia years ago.
People Brock Lesnar hasn't beaten: Everybody but Gatekeeper Herring and Old Man Couture.
People Randy Couture hasn't beaten: Everybody but Tim Sylvia, Gabriel Gonzaga, and Pedro Rizzo a decade ago.

Don't try to compare Fedor's record to any of the three mentioned above. There is no comparison; he's beaten more legitimate heavyweights than all three of them combined. He destroyed two of the most successful UFC heavyweights back to back and you're talking down about him because of it. What? Did you want him to like, beat both of them at the same time?
368  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Pirate Bay bought for $7.8 million on: July 06, 2009, 07:55:30 PM
It basically says "Yeah it's wrong, but I'll just steal it anyway because I don't want to pay for it! lolz0rz."

I'm not sure you could classify that as an argument, by definition.

"They ripped us off on CDs..."

How did they do that, exactly? They set the price. You concluded it was worth the price. You bought it. Seems about as fair a transaction as there could possibly be. If you didn't think it was worth the price and you bought it anyway, that just means you're an idiot. It has nothing to do with you getting ripped off.

He spends the first half of the article explaining how free will always win out ("It doesn't matter how cheap they make their service. They just can't compete with free.").

And his solution to the problem? "There will never be a solution to piracy until they can provide us with a product that is actually worth what they are asking us to pay."

So he's a retard. That's really the only conclusion I can arrive at.
369  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Minor hardware problem on: July 03, 2009, 03:37:37 PM
Power Supply might be going.
370  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Pirate Bay bought for $7.8 million on: July 01, 2009, 02:57:02 AM
Uh, can you tell me how it is stealing?
371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "Please pirate our games. Thanks. With Love, EA CEO" on: June 29, 2009, 01:24:48 AM
Fuck EA.
372  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What was that game where... on: June 25, 2009, 03:41:28 PM
I thought it was a very good game. The visuals, music, story, different races / units, and interface were all well done.

You can get it at GoGamer for $10. I would be surprised if you didn't consider it money well spent.
373  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: loaves of bread on: May 27, 2009, 11:26:52 PM
Yeah why don't you store it in the freezer or at least in the fridge?
374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Terminator: Salvation on: May 16, 2009, 05:16:45 AM
Wake me when this 3rd person, over the shoulder, hide behind cover trend dies out.
375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Platformers on the PC? on: May 14, 2009, 06:39:42 AM
Psychonauts is very good, though I've never tried to play it with the keyboard. People seem to like Beyond Good & Evil as well, but I found it to be pretty buggy. You can play it with a mouse and keyboard, though (in fact I'm not sure it supports gamepads at all without some extra software).
376  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Funniest Out-of-context text on: May 11, 2009, 03:54:26 PM
"As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."
377  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Megan Fox in a tight, tight corset! on: May 07, 2009, 05:46:29 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on May 07, 2009, 04:02:46 PM

Megan Fox ruined herself in my eyes. That's her loss.

I wish this wasn't sarcasm so I could laugh. Well, I guess I can pretend.

Heh! ha *cough* *splutter*

Well, you all know how laughing sounds.
378  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Wide Screen or Standard Screen on: May 03, 2009, 02:58:18 AM
http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/
379  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: sudden slowdowns while gaming on: April 16, 2009, 01:17:00 PM
Yeah I would say that's most likely your problem. 110c for the graphics? Yikes, but not totally unheard of. But 100c for the CPU? I've never had a CPU go over 65c, and I thought I was skirting the edge of acceptability there. Unless mobile chips are designed to be significantly more heat tolerant than their desktop counterparts, I'd say those are far too high.

Solution? Only game in a walk-in freezer / the arctic. Also, make sure any vents are clear, any fans are working properly, etc.

Also, clean your desktop. That won't affect the temperature, but...dayum.
380  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / On warranties and unnatural bad luck. on: April 09, 2009, 10:03:37 AM
A few hours ago while chatting on IRC I noticed something wrong with my hard drive. I heard the dreaded *click* followed by the sound of it spinning down, and then a few seconds later spinning back up. I immediately started backing up my data to DVD knowing it could keel over at any moment. While doing so a couple tooltips popped up from the system tray notifying me of corrupt data.

So I rebooted and ran Checkdisk, which found a number of bad sectors and proceeded to toss the pertinent data. Then I began to wonder; hey, this drive isn't that old--I wonder if it's still under warranty. So I open the case, snap a picture of the S/N and then head to Western Digital's website. I enter the S/N and am greeted with this:



Yes, my drive started to bite the shit a mere two or three hours after its three year warranty expired.

How do they know?
381  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Pirates Seize Ship Crewed by Americans on: April 08, 2009, 05:58:37 PM
Generally speaking, Somalis can't shoot for shit.
382  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of duty - World at war, or CoD4? on: March 30, 2009, 11:52:54 PM
Funnily enough I was just replaying COD4 and I get right to the very end and ...

Spoiler for Hiden:
"Sgt. Bartlett" runs up and pistol whips the three remaining enemies, killing them all; including the main antagonist that I was supposed to finish off. So Price tosses me the sidearm and I'm left with nothing to do. I've finished it twice before (Regular and Veteran) and never had this happen, so I thought it was a pretty amusing bug.
383  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 9800gt sli vs 260gtx?? on: March 30, 2009, 10:07:58 PM
Some people still don't have Fraps permanently fixed to their hard drives?



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384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Achron on: March 28, 2009, 01:55:23 AM
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time had that feature and I think I recall a shooter on the Playstation 2 that had it as well...maybe not.
385  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: F-22 crashes near Edwards AFB on: March 26, 2009, 01:03:50 AM
Now the only thing not crashing is the stock market.

But really, I'm sure this is just another one of those deals where the news gets a couple aircraft crash stories and now it's an epidemic and they're going to give front page coverage to every downed aircraft in the civilized world. 

"Next up: Is it still safe to fly? We ask the experts!".

Well, until a couple blonde haired, blue eyed girls get kidnapped.
386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wasn't there a mod to run Diablo II/Diablo II LOD at 1024x768? on: March 17, 2009, 03:47:20 AM
D2 MultiRes
387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stock market game/simulation for PC? on: March 09, 2009, 05:13:47 AM
388  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ever wonder what a trillion dollars looks like? on: March 06, 2009, 09:19:20 PM
I was expecting "would reach halfway to the moon" or "would circle the globe three times" or at least "would fill Texas stadium 3/5 of the way to the top".

I'm unimpressed.

Do it with dollar bills.
389  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic on: March 05, 2009, 11:21:39 PM
Just like MLB!

I like the idea of the WBC. In fact, were it not for Fantasy Baseball this is the only Baseball I'd have any interest in whatsoever.
390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: download STALKER free on: March 04, 2009, 06:28:22 PM
Is it more or less what S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Oblivion Lost was supposed to be (that the mod of the same namesake tries to replicate)?
391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: X3 Terran Conflict? on: February 24, 2009, 11:00:50 PM
X3 is only $9 on Amazon right now. Depending on the price of Terran Conflict, you might be better off buying X3 first to see if you enjoy it.
392  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Plane crash in Buffalo, NY on: February 14, 2009, 11:00:38 AM
It means it nose dived while banking sharply.
393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HELP..Battlestations Midway controls on: February 08, 2009, 09:02:42 PM
I read this thread, said to myself "I know I'll go dig this game up, go through the huge install, and then I bet he'll say "nm I figured it out".

Good thing I'm only 80% through the install.
394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Empire: Total War Steam REQUIRED? on: January 30, 2009, 07:03:32 AM

Quote from: cheeba on January 29, 2009, 09:17:28 PM

Hence that very easy option of right-clicking on the game in Steam, clicking on Properties and disabling updates. It's literally a faster process than it took me to type that sentence.

Nice in theory, except the first time you load Steam up after the game installation, the update automatically starts and you can't stop it or disable updates until its finished. So, not a very useful feature afterall.
395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Empire: Total War Steam REQUIRED? on: January 29, 2009, 08:10:12 PM
Steam generally stays updated on its own if you're always connected to the Internet, and Steam is always in online mode.*

Forcing people on slow connections to download the huge patches for modern games is bullshit (and depending on the connection and the size of said patch, could pretty much render the product unusable from the start).

Let's say hypothetically that Company of Heroes was a Steam game; how long would it take somebody on 56k to update the game before they were able to play it? I have the box version and I was able to play it immediately after installation.
396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Empire: Total War Steam REQUIRED? on: January 29, 2009, 07:44:09 PM
Close! You...

- Install Steam.
- Update Steam.
- Install game.
- Activate game, which in my experience with HL2 and Ep1 meant sitting there for half an hour or more decrypting and unlocking files.
- Update game (not an option).
- Hope offline mode works (most likely won't).

As opposed to the typical copy protection schemes of the last 15 years or so where you...

- Install game.
- Type in CD-Key (usually).

Now which one is the bigger hassle, again?
397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Empire: Total War Steam REQUIRED? on: January 29, 2009, 05:32:27 PM

Quote from: morlac on January 29, 2009, 04:48:29 PM

There is zero difference between this method and entering a code off of some lame ass code wheel from the 80's.  It's just amother form of copy protection, and much simplier, less obtrusive and problem prone that just about any that I can think of.

That's funny, because Steam is by far the most complicated, obstrusive, and problem prone copy protection scheme I've ever used.

And yes, there are numerous differences between Steam and the "lame ass code wheels of the 80's". Differences such as...needing to install and update an annoying program (Steam) with one, and not having to install anything with the other. A pretty clear distinction, I think.
398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Serious flightsimming: f4: af and il-2 on: January 27, 2009, 02:14:24 AM
Well hell, if I had known it had come so far I would have picked it up at Big Lots when I saw it there for $6.
399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 PC! Now with the worst copy protection scheme I've ever... read about on: December 04, 2008, 11:58:57 PM
That's cool. Try it with a boxed copy without broadband.

I'll see you in a few days (maybe).
400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 PC! Now with the worst copy protection scheme I've ever... read about on: December 04, 2008, 09:12:03 PM
Some of my favorite Steam features:

  • Absurdly long install times, even with boxed copies.
  • Forced updates to both Steam and the individual games.
  • An offline mode that at best is almost completely pointless (still forces you to download huge updates), and at worst doesn't work at all (my experience with it as of late).
  • Forced player data collection.

I may be the most anti-piracy person on this forum, but even I think this shit is unacceptable. I don't even play online games, so why the fuck should I have to put up with it? When the cashier hands me my change, that should be the end of the relationship between company and player. I don't need you forcing me to spend untold hours updating your programs before I can even use them, and I also don't need you peaking over my shoulder at every turn to see how I'm coming along.

I won't be buying any more games that require Steam, obviously. Unfortunately, since the entire world disagrees with me, we can expect other developers (such as Rockstar) and publishers to follow suit over the next few years. Should be a wonderful new age of PC gaming.
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