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7641  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Expecting Snow...Need Suggestions on Supplies on: February 21, 2009, 02:35:43 AM
perhaps 101?
7642  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Expecting Snow...Need Suggestions on Supplies on: February 21, 2009, 02:31:53 AM

Quote from: gellar on February 21, 2009, 02:26:25 AM

Quote from: hepcat on February 21, 2009, 02:18:13 AM

still holding a grudge, eh?   icon_lol

Me?  Over what?

gellar

oh...i get it.  wink wink.   icon_biggrin
7643  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Expecting Snow...Need Suggestions on Supplies on: February 21, 2009, 02:18:13 AM
still holding a grudge, eh?   icon_lol
7644  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Expecting Snow...Need Suggestions on Supplies on: February 21, 2009, 12:21:50 AM
got a deep dish gino's east frozen pizza and all the above items.  I'm set.  bring it on, mother nature.
7645  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Expecting Snow...Need Suggestions on Supplies on: February 20, 2009, 10:38:27 PM
updating list now.  forgetting booze is unpardonable.  i apologize for this oversight.
7646  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Expecting Snow...Need Suggestions on Supplies on: February 20, 2009, 10:37:06 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on February 20, 2009, 10:34:57 PM

You should consider picking this up and reading it while snowed in.


  Claws in, Miss Kitty, claws in.  
7647  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Expecting Snow...Need Suggestions on Supplies on: February 20, 2009, 10:31:31 PM
We're supposed to get 2 to 4 inches of snow in the Chicago area tonight and tomorrow.  If recent events are any indication, this will turn into 212 to 374 inches by midnight.  In preparation for this apocalyptic event, I'm stopping at the grocery store to stock up on items that will carry me through the weekend and help me survive until Red Cross digs me out of my 2nd floor apartment on Monday afternoon.  I suspect that my week following that will be spent acclimating to the new frozen world that awaits me.

Here's my short list:

1) Hard Dough Pretzels - 1 box
2) Frozen Pizza
3) Diet 7up - 6 pack
4) 2 small boxes of Goobers
5) A blow up doll to toss out on the tundra to distract roving bands of starving wolves.  (this is my story, and I'm sticking to it)
6) A 12 pack of Becks and enough Grain Alcohol to cause temporary onset blindness for 12 hours.

Any more suggestions? 
7648  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Streaming videos from your PC to the Xbox 360... on: February 20, 2009, 06:37:38 PM
check out their site for more info.

As far as I know, you can access Hulu, Netflix (although the 360 will do Netflix on its own), Youtube, CBS, etc..  As for Fox, the Playon site says that fox shows are available through Hulu, but I don't know if Playon accesses Fox.com directly.  You can poke around their forums and see, or just send them an email asking about that.
7649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Streaming videos from your PC to the Xbox 360... on: February 20, 2009, 06:32:43 PM
Sorry Pete, I wasn't trying to be an ass, I just wasn't sure what your level of familiarity was with your home system and I didn't want to come across as an even bigger ass by assuming it was too little.

For what you want, Playon is really your only option.  You can use TVersity for streaming movies that are downloaded and stored on your PC, but for movies/shows that are viewed on your computer by accessing a web site (like Hulu or Fox.com) you'll need something like Playon. 

Of course, there are always bit torrents (a form of peer to peer file sharing) but that requires some work in finding the files, downloading them, etc..   Truthfully, I think Playon is going to be your best bet.  Try the free trial and see what you think.  If you don't like it, just uninstall it.  No harm, no foul.

P.S.  using a Tom Cruise character from a movie about auto racing in an analogy???  If I could reach you right now, I'd smack the gel out of your hair.
7650  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising new video on: February 20, 2009, 05:22:13 PM
Operation Flashpoint was my first real experience with online gaming in an FPS with a huge map.  I still remember being amazed that I could take a helicopter and just fly around for long stretches of time, then set off to find a battle. 

I also remember with great fondness sneaking through the woods in the SP portion of the game, praying that no one would see me.

OP had such great atmosphere.  I hope they recapture it with this sequel.
7651  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Reviews are trickling ou plus impressions. on: February 20, 2009, 04:05:34 PM
I'm not going this year due to some training I'm taking that will occupy my saturdays from april until september, but next year you'll have to join us for our annual Origins convention gathering in Columbus...if you're a boardgamer/rpg'er that is.
7652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Reviews are trickling ou plus impressions. on: February 20, 2009, 04:01:23 PM
I grew up in New Philadelphia, which is about 70 miles south of Cleveland and about 35 miles south of Canton...the home of both the Football Hall of Fame and Marilyn Manson.
7653  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Reviews are trickling ou plus impressions. on: February 20, 2009, 03:57:17 PM
I'll be returning someday to the land of my birth.  I can't live without Amish cheese, Corell's potato chips and Mid's Spaghetti sauce for too much longer!
7654  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Reviews are trickling ou plus impressions. on: February 20, 2009, 03:52:07 PM
Would I lie to a fellow Ohioan???   icon_biggrin
7655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Reviews are trickling ou plus impressions. on: February 20, 2009, 03:06:41 PM
I'm running it on an E6600 with an 8800GT and I've got everything maxed out.  It runs smooth as silk for me.  You may not be able to go to ultra settings with that setup, but I would think that you could easily do high or medium with no issues.
7656  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Streaming videos from your PC to the Xbox 360... on: February 20, 2009, 02:44:12 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 20, 2009, 05:29:20 AM

So I've installed TVersity and all of a sudden my 360 can see my PC.  So now how the hell do I watch TV shows?   icon_confused

Fox won't let me download Lie to Me, Hulu isn't supported by the 360, and so how do I now watch stuff?

Pete, give Playon a try, at least for the 14 day trial.  I have trouble using it with TVersity, but I just shut one down when I want to use the other.  Playon is as close to plug and play as you're going to get.  Sure, it's 40 bucks, but that's a one time fee and it's really worth it.  The quality of the shows on Hulu when streamed to an HDTV leave a little to be desired, but it's watchable.

By the way, how is your network set up?  If you're using a router, try putting your 360 in the DMZ (check your router to see if it has the option, although most do nowadays).  That will get you past most of the port issues that cause most problems when streaming to your 360 from a PC.
7657  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Reviews are trickling ou plus impressions. on: February 20, 2009, 02:26:52 PM
I can see both sides in this instance.  I would certainly be annoyed if I'd gone through what rittchard had to endure after buying it retail.  The only words of comfort I have is that once it IS running through steam, you'll basically be set for life and never again have to worry about looking for the disk, trying to find the key, etc.  icon_smile

by the way, i did buy my copy through steam and it keeps prompting me with the code when I start the game up, telling me that I'll need to enter it somewhere.  However, after hours of game time, I've yet to see DoW2 prompt me FOR this code.   icon_confused  Any idea if i do need to enter this somewhere?  or if it has it registered using that code automatically after i bought it through steam.
7658  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where would you live? on: February 19, 2009, 09:56:50 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on February 19, 2009, 09:41:07 PM



Plus, then I could throw eggs at Ron's house. smile

you honestly think you'd make it past the defense perimeter??
7659  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Holy Crap Monoprice (cables) on: February 19, 2009, 09:40:40 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on February 19, 2009, 07:25:11 PM

My daughter recently lost her usb charger/sync cable for her ipod nano.  Apple wants like 30 bucks, monoprice  $1.38.

I've used them for years for HDMI and other tv cables, but I didn't think to check for mp3 cables.  Thanks!  I just ordered a replacement sync cable for my taped up old one I used with my Zune for 3 bucks, as well as a wall charger for about the same price.  Those cables at best buy would've set me back about 40 or 50 bucks altogether!
7660  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Register your retail copy of Unreal Tournament 3 on Steam - coolness! on: February 19, 2009, 09:33:08 PM
I switched over to the steam version using my retail key last week.  Anyone know if i can install the PhysX pack for UT3 that Nvidia released a while back?
7661  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where would you live? on: February 19, 2009, 09:30:32 PM
Lidsville.

Barring that, somewhere in upper New England.
7662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]GTAIV:The Lost and Damned on: February 19, 2009, 09:22:27 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on February 19, 2009, 02:18:24 AM

that is the most pointless graph i've ever seen.

as pointless as this one?

7663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Reviews are trickling out on: February 19, 2009, 02:34:41 PM
My impressions after one hour of game time last night are generally favorable.  The SP portion feels more like Diablo than it does an RTS to me.  I love the customization of the characters, the leveling up via xp and the unlocks you can get from putting points into their version of stats.

Question for those who are further into the SP game than I:  I only played the intro mission in SP and part of the 1st mission on the campaign map.  It appears that they're are multiple planets that you'll have to fight across according to the menu bar at the top of the map screen.  Is this correct?

Quote from: ydejin on February 19, 2009, 12:06:37 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on February 19, 2009, 11:47:39 AM

Does anyone know if there's a pdf manual for the steam version?  If so, where? 
There is.  In a standard installation it should be in:

C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\dawn of war 2\Manual

also, you can go here
7664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Reviews are trickling out on: February 19, 2009, 02:52:02 AM
same here.  i was weak.  i really have been doing pretty good lately.  only buying games on sale.  but the combo of the world map campaign and customizable units wore me down...that and it's snowing right now and i'm bored.   icon_wink
7665  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A long time battle is over. I'm now a CCNA on: February 18, 2009, 08:27:46 PM
Good job!  My goal this year is to finish up my MCSE and then start picking up some mssql 2005 certs starting next year.  It's always good to keep your skills up to date...especially in this market!
7666  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC World's Top 10 PC Games of All Time on: February 18, 2009, 07:16:05 PM
Count me in as another person disappointed that X-Com didn't make it onto that list.  Its absence casts a shadow of doubt on the list's veracity, IMHO.   icon_wink
7667  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I hate cable TV on: February 18, 2009, 05:06:31 PM
I usually call Comcast twice a year and threaten to leave for one of their competitors in Chicago.  After a few minutes of my outlining how much cheaper the other guys service is going to be, the Comcast rep usually gives me the "6 month new customer deal" on my services.  I routinely only play 20 bucks a month for my cable modem in this manner. 
 
Recently, I dropped down a tier on my cable television, however.  It saves me about 40 bucks a month, and I lost very few HD channels.  However, for some odd reason, it drops Sci fi HD and Sci Fi SD.  Fortunately, Battlestar Galactica is thrown up on OnDemand approximately an hour after it airs, so I'm not missing anything other than those dreadful "Sci Fi Original Movie" events.
7668  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Reviews are trickling out on: February 18, 2009, 02:40:20 PM
Oooh, they're using a world map for the campaign like that found in Soulstorm and Dark Crusade?  I did not know that.  I was going to pass on this one, but I loves me the campaign maps.  Ever since I first encountered that feature in Rise of Nations, I've loved it over the linear mission design. 
7669  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: non-subtitled series on: February 17, 2009, 09:17:56 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on February 17, 2009, 09:11:30 PM

As someone who has permanent hearing loss from repeated exposure to small arms fire and bigger shit blowing up in my general vicinity,

How long have you been an inner city high school teacher?
7670  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24: Season 7 (spoiler tags are certain!) on: February 17, 2009, 09:13:43 PM

Quote from: Scraper on February 17, 2009, 08:20:12 PM

Is it just me or is Ike Duboku one of the dumbest criminal masterminds around.
Spoiler for Hiden:
The dumbass is in the US illegally, he abducts the president's husband, and then he has the nerve to have an American girlfriend who has his cell phone number. Not only that he uses her address to route bank funds, basically giving the feds a big stinking glowing red arrow pointing right to him. Dumb ass. On top of that he has the nerve to just walk around town after kidnapping the Presdient's husband. If the President was using her brain she would have issued a state, local and fed manhunt for the dumb ass as soon as she knew he stole the CIP device. Also, Jack has Duboku's cell phone number, can't they use that as a starting point to track his cell phone location via satellite?

Spoiler for Hiden:
  Was he wearing a hat?  It's my experience that wearing a hat (or, in some cases, glasses) while on a television show will cause even your closest relatives to not recognize you.
7671  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: February 17, 2009, 08:34:24 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 17, 2009, 08:30:26 PM


On of my main problems is whenever I get in a helicopter I seem to get shot down really quickly.

I discovered that if i started zigging and zagging whenever a red blip appeared on the mini-map, I could avoid rocket fire 90 percent of the time.  Just start moving your joystick left and right rapidly while staying in a somewhat straight line and most of the missiles will overshoot or undershoot you.
7672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: February 17, 2009, 08:21:31 PM
I command thee...AWAKE!

I picked up Mercs 2 at Target after spotting it on the clearance shelf for 15 bucks.  I'd wanted it when it came out, but the mediocre reviews prompted me to wait.

After about a solid week of playtime, I have to say that I disagree totally with those reviews.  I had a blast with mercs 2.  I even finished the game, which is quite rare for me.  The only downside is that it was a rather short experience (probably about 16 hours total).

I didn't play through most of the racing missions since they usually just end up ticking me off, but I did take all the outposts for each faction.  I also ran every storyline and non-racing based missions I could find.  Oh, and I did pass on quite a few of the HVT and destroy missions since they always ended up screwing up my faction standings and biting me in the butt when I tried to return to the campaign missions.

It really was quite fun.  And I only ran into a couple of annoying bugs during the entire game (stuck in a tree at one point, and enemy AI that would just appear and stand there if I was too close to their spawn point).


7673  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are you doing with your tax refund? on: February 17, 2009, 07:38:23 PM

Quote from: Moliere on February 17, 2009, 07:36:02 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 17, 2009, 07:31:40 PM

135 bucks from federal.

16 bucks TO state.

50 bucks to turbotax online.

Apparently, I will be celebrating my tax refund with a well deserved coke icee...
Breaking even is my goal every year. You should be happy. Just make it a cherry coke icee.

heretic!  the only true icee is the coke icee!  any more talk of cherry or other fruit flavoring contaminating the blessed coke icee will result in my smacking you should we ever meet!
7674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Next Xbox - What to Expect on: February 17, 2009, 07:35:40 PM
The ability to put game saves on an online server.  That way when the console inevitably goes bad, you don't lose any progress in your games.   icon_wink
7675  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are you doing with your tax refund? on: February 17, 2009, 07:31:40 PM
135 bucks from federal.

16 bucks TO state.

50 bucks to turbotax online.

Apparently, I will be celebrating my tax refund with a well deserved coke icee....

7676  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Im making peach dumplings today on: February 17, 2009, 07:29:55 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on February 17, 2009, 07:27:51 PM

Hmm...can we have another picture to take that one out of my mind...ack frown

7677  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WWII photos in color. on: February 17, 2009, 07:17:46 PM
They were bigoted, small minded and astoundingly inhuman at times...but man, did those nazis know how to dress.
7678  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Im making peach dumplings today on: February 17, 2009, 07:10:45 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on February 17, 2009, 06:57:07 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 17, 2009, 06:48:30 PM

Will you be wearing one of those aprons that have a bra and panties drawn on the front?   Tongue

Pics?   crybaby

Those dumplings do sound tasty though smile

7679  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Im making peach dumplings today on: February 17, 2009, 06:48:30 PM
Will you be wearing one of those aprons that have a bra and panties drawn on the front?   Tongue
7680  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: February 17, 2009, 06:39:46 PM
Life in the Bennett household:

Dad:  Claire bear, how was your day?

Claire:  Great dad! 

Mom:  That's good to hear. 

Dad:  I'm so glad we adopted you!  I didn't realize how much your mom and I wanted a child.

Lyle:  Uh...

Mom:  That's right!  Until you came along, we felt unfulfilled.  I don't know how we made it through without someone to love and care for!

Lyle:  Yeah...uhh

Claire:  I love you, mom and dad.  And I love you too, kid who lives in crawlspace!

Dad:  Who are you talking to?



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