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361  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?
362  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.
363  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).
364  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."
365  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.
366  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Wide Screen or Standard Screen on: May 03, 2009, 02:58:18 AM
367  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.
368  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?
369  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.
370  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.
371  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?

372  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.
373  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.
374  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
375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stock market game/simulation for PC? on: March 09, 2009, 05:13:47 AM
376  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.
377  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.
378  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)?
379  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.
380  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.
381  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.
382  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.
383  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.
384  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?
385  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.
386  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.
387  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).
388  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.
389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 PC! Now with the worst copy protection scheme I've ever... read about on: December 03, 2008, 10:42:41 AM
Sounds almost as bad as Steam. I think I'll go ahead and pass on this one.
390  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Couture vs Lesner on: November 18, 2008, 04:12:58 PM
He's an extremely respectful fighter. Outside the ring he doesn't talk trash or make dumb guarantees. Inside the ring he's completely calm and collected and he never panics. When he has a guy hurt, he has a great killer instinct. He'll beat a guy senseless and when the referee calls it, he'll help the guy up and give him a pat on the back. That's Fedor.

He has a brother, Aleksander, who also competes in high level MMA, and a brother, Ivan, who is still in training.

Since he spent most of his career fighting in Japan, he's beaten his fair share of Japanese feeder fish and freak shows, but he's also fought kick boxing champions (Mark Hunt, Semmy Schilt, Mirko Filipovic, Hong Man Choi), world class wrestlers (Mark Coleman, Matt Lindland, Kevin Randleman), and Jiu Jitsu black belts (Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Renato Sobral, Ricardo Arona), many of whom were highly ranked at the time.

In his last fight he embarassed former UFC HW champion Tim Sylvia, and in his next fight he'll take on another former UFC HW champion in Andrei Arlovski. Disappointingly, a fight against top contender Josh Barnett has yet to be put together (doesn't seem like Josh wants the fight). Besides that, most of the remaining top heavyweights were (or are) in the UFC, though Allistair Overeem is starting to come alive.

His greatest MMA achievements are his two wins over Big Nog, who is quite similar to Fedor in the way he handles himself inside the ring and out.

And yeah, he is a bleeder. Interestingly, he's spent most of his career in promotions that disallow elbow strikes to the face. Elbows are legal in the UFC, and they have been the cause of quite a few nasty cuts, which will be something to think about if a deal ever does get inked (don't hold your breath).
391  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Couture vs Lesner on: November 18, 2008, 10:54:08 AM
Age: Fedor is only 32 years old, which is amazing considering how much he's accomplished. To put it into perspective, Brock Lesnar is 31, Anderson Silva is 33, Chuck Liddell is 38, and Randy Couture is 45. The guy has almost 30 MMA wins and a number of Sambo championships under his belt. Like Randy though, conditioning is not a factor for Fedor. He always comes into a fight ready to go full bore for 25 minutes.

Submissions: Fedor is one of the most skilled submission fighters in MMA (16 submission victories in 29 wins = 55% submission win rate). Randy is not (2 submission victories out of 16 wins). Because there are no elite HW strikers out there (yet?) that can stop his takedowns, submissions will most likely remain Brock Lesnar's biggest weakness throughout his career.

(Fedor vs Hong Man Choi)
(Fedor vs Coleman II)
(Fedor vs Lindland)

Chin: The closest Fedor has ever come to being knocked out is when he took a huge right hand to the head from Fujita (similar to Lesnar's hit on Randy, actually). He didn't go down and he submitted Fujita in the same round.

(Fedor vs Fujita)
(Fedor vs Randleman)

Punching Power: Randy has outstanding ground and pound, but Fedor is the best. He has also showed numerous times that he can floor his opponents with brutal shots while standing.

(Fedor vs Goodridge)
(Fedor vs Sylvia)

The scary thing about Brock Lesnar isn't his takedown ability--it's the fact that if he continues to improve his striking, he may not need to use it. Then you have a guy that can beat you on your feet, and is also extremely difficult to take down, which is a powerful combination (see: Chuck Liddell's reign over the LHW division).

But we'll see how he does in his next fight, which will be against a submission specialist in either Frank Mir or Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
392  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good post-apocalyptic music? on: November 16, 2008, 01:31:15 AM
How about Leonard Cohen - Everybody Knows or perhaps Chris De Burgh - Spanish Train. Possibly Chris Rea - Road to Hell.
393  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friday the 13th Trailer on: November 16, 2008, 12:58:42 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 15, 2008, 10:42:39 PM

Wow. Just wow.  I knew the series was bad, but reading those plot caps makes it sound like the stupidest set of films ever made (right behind independence day).

I thought they were the stupidest set of films ever made.
394  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wife lost her job, disability woes, unemployment - I need your advice. on: November 14, 2008, 07:37:30 PM
Read a jpinard thread.
395  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Couture vs Lesner on: November 14, 2008, 07:03:48 PM
Well he beat up a Japanese can, lost to a former Champion in Frank Mir and then humiliated HW gate keeper Heath Herring, so not really. But the UFC HW division is currently pretty weak beyond Couture (Champ), Nogueira (Interim Champ), and Mir (Facing Interim Champ). Werdum certainly deserved the shot ahead of him, but he just got his ass knocked out a couple weeks ago.

So I don't have much of a problem with him getting the title shot.

A man that size with that strength and that grappling background always has a chance to beat somebody in this sport (much like a strong striker always has a punchers chance). He has a particularly good shot at beating guys without strong submission backgrounds, and while Randy has many talents, he hasn't really shown strong submission skills throughout his career. That's not to say he doesn't have any though; he just prefers to pound his opponents out. That being said, he tried--for what seemed like an eternity--to choke Tim Sylvia out and couldn't finish the job. And Brock Lesnar doesn't have a neck.

So yeah, it's a much better fight than what the records would lead you to believe. Hardcore MMA fans are fairly split when it comes to calling this fight, with the majority of them actually going for Lesnar (from what I've seen anyway).

I urge people to check out this card, but especially UFC 92, 93 (free on Spike), and 94. I'll just highlight some of the uh...highlights.

UFC 92

Light Heavyweight Championship bout:  Forrest Griffin vs. Rashad Evans

Could anyone have predicted this two years ago? Forrest beats Chute Box prodigy Mauricio Rua and then LHW Champion Quinton Jackson back to back to gain the UFC LHW belt? Then Rashad Evans brutally KO's Chuck Liddell to get a title shot. Two TUF Reality TV fighters on top of the most talented division in the sport.

Interim Heavyweight Championship bout:  Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir

The second greatest fighter in the history of the sport defends his Interim Title (which he earned by choking Tim Sylvia out while Randy Couture was out of the UFC this last year) against another Jiu Jitsu black belt and former Champion in Frank Mir. Winner faces whoever takes Couture vs Lesnar.

Light Heavyweight bout:  Quinton Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva

The third showdown in this epic LHW rivalry. In the previous two fights (which were both classics) Wanderlei brutally knocked Quinton out with knees to the face. Wandy is arguably the best 205 pounder MMA has ever seen (though many would argue Liddell holds that claim) and is coming off a vicious KO of Keith Jardine. Quinton is coming off felony hit and run charges and a loss to a red headed guy named Forrest. Do not miss this fight.

UFC 93

Light Heavyweight bout:  Rich Franklin vs Dan Henderson

Former UFC MW (185) Champion Rich Franklin takes on former PRIDE WW (185) Champion Dan Henderson. Before Anderson Silva came in and took over the division, this was pretty much the 185 pound dream fight. Well we get to see it now, even if it's not to determine who is the best of the best.

Light Heavyweight bout:  Mark Coleman vs. Mauricio Rua

MMA veteran Mark "Roid Rage" Coleman and PRIDE MW (205) Grand Prix Champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua fought once before in a fight that saw Shogun unfortunately dislocating his elbow while attempting to brace himself from a fall. A melee ensued, Wanderlei Silva's neck was stepped on, and we've been waiting for a rematch ever since.

Oh and we get to see it free on SpikeTV.

UFC 94

Welterweight Championship bout:  Georges St.-Pierre vs. BJ Penn

Two of the top five pound for pound MMA fighters in the world going at it with a belt on the line? You can't beat that. They fought once before with GSP pulling out the close decision. Since then BJ has made the UFC Lightweight Division his own (and nobody is taking it from him). It's been said that whoever wins this fight will get a shot at Anderson Silva (hey another top five pound for pound fighter) and his Middleweight Title. I guess you can beat that.

Light Heavyweight bout:  Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva

Two undefeated (and top contender) Brazilians duke it out to see not only who gets to keep the spotless record, but most likely who gets the next title shot. Many think Lyoto is the future of this division, including his good friend and training partner Anderson Silva.
396  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Crichton dead at 66 on: November 05, 2008, 09:16:01 PM
While not my favorite author, I did somehow happen to read some of his earlier work. You know, when I was younger.

Seriously though, I love the hell out of Jurassic Park, and ironically I grabbed it off the bookcase again last night and read a few chapters just because I saw it sitting there. Congo, Sphere, Andromeda Strain, Eaters of the Dead, and a Case of Need are the others that I've read and enjoyed. Oh and I can't forget Twister.

Suck zone.
397  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So... other candidates besides McCain and Obama? on: October 28, 2008, 11:25:19 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on October 27, 2008, 02:45:53 PM

I am not a McCain supporter, but the attitudes of some of the Obama supports here almost makes me hope McCain does win.

Of course. If Obama/Biden wins, that's cool because it's the better ticket. If they lose, you get to listen to the howling from the leftist forums. It's win-win.
398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommend me the most immersive RPG that ISN'T Oblivion or Fallout 3... on: October 25, 2008, 03:38:54 PM
Also, Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines.
399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommend me the most immersive RPG that ISN'T Oblivion or Fallout 3... on: October 23, 2008, 09:55:46 PM
Baldur's Gate 2

I'm going through this one for the first time (I'm on Throne of Bhaal now) and I have to say it really is a wonderful game. It has a bit of a learning curve if you're not familiar with D&D (I'm still not entirely sure if Weapon A does more damage than Weapon B, and I still suck at spell casting) but it's well worth the effort.

Knights of The Old Republic

Taris drags a bit but once you get beyond it the game opens up and becomes much better.
400  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Overclocking my 7800GS? on: October 21, 2008, 11:48:02 AM
Destructor is probably referring to nTune, which kind of sounds like what you're interested in. It's an applet that runs in the (new) nVIDIA control panel (I think it's listed as "Fine Tune" or something) and it can automatically overclock and test to find the "optimal" settings for the CPU, FSB, Video Card, etc.

I wouldn't recommend using it to OC your video card, though. It certainly can't determine (in)stability better than you can yourself. It may see that the computer hasn't crashed and determine that the settings are stable, when in reality the screen is a garbled mess because the memory is clocked way too high.

Just bump the core/mem speed, test it out by playing a demanding game for a while, and keep an eye out for heat, artifacting, and other issues. There really isn't much else involved. Looks like you've already accomplished your mission...

For what it's worth, I gave it a whirl a couple weeks ago just for shits and giggles, and from what I saw it worked as advertised. It overclocked a bit, tested, overclocked some more, crashed, pulled back a bit, finished.

I wasn't expecting much since it was all stock, non-overclocker parts. It ended up boosting the PCI-e from 2000 MHz to 2900 MHz (I'm not sure what that accomplished in terms of performance), the A64 from 2000 MHz to 2380 MHz, and the 7600 GT core about 80 MHz, while leaving the video memory alone completely (because it sucks apparently). I only ran it with those settings for a couple hours but it seemed stable. A bit of a performance increase, but not really worth risking the shortened life-span, I guess.
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