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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A good, basic FPS? on: March 01, 2015, 10:10:00 PM
i'm really into the arcade-y FPS games, if they've been done well. here are my recommendations:

can't believe Serious Sam hasn't been mentioned yet. SS3 tones down the mayhem of the first games, but i enjoyed it after the first two levels (specifically, once you get out of the museum) - enough to buy the DLC expansion for it, which is something i NEVER do. the HD remakes of First Encounter and Second Encounter are for sure worth getting, if you haven't played them yet. SS2 is different in several ways, but i would also recommend it.

the original Painkiller is also good; wouldn't bother with the standalone 'expansion' titles. did not care for the next game from the developers, NecroVision.

Hard Reset also qualifies, even though it's clearly from a small studio with limited budget, so i give it some slack (and bonus points for releasing a native Linux version at launch).

finally, Will Rock, though about a decade old at this point and an unabashed Serious Sam clone, is still fun. terrible dialogue and plot points and the game is generally nonsensical in a not-good way, but those parts are easily ignored. Dee Snyder of Twisted Sister is the voice actor of the main character, what? the developers of this game went on to do Time Shift and later, the Halo: Combat Evolved remake for Xbox360 and the 'Master Chief' collection for Xbone.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Game Recommendations - Update! on: February 28, 2015, 06:47:41 AM
Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
3  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: ASUS/AMD issues on: February 23, 2015, 08:45:55 AM

Quote from: Caine on February 23, 2015, 02:11:20 AM

and digging out drivers for the old X-FI sound card now that Creative stopped supporting it.

for sure i can't see myself purchasing another Creative product again (tho i've gotten quite a few in the past) - they cut off support waaaay too early on everything they make.
4  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: HDMI Troubles on: February 22, 2015, 11:39:29 PM
are the ports in the TV and receiver solid? not broken-wiggly?
5  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Time for a New Laptop on: February 09, 2015, 09:19:17 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on February 05, 2015, 08:41:48 PM

Our HP Envy has worm completely out.  It's time for a new laptop and I will never buy HP again.


i want to hear this story...
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/PC] Apotheon on: February 05, 2015, 09:37:32 AM
it's by the same people who made Capsized, so i'll be getting this at some point.
7  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free to a good home - HD DVD movies on: January 20, 2015, 12:32:12 AM
yep, i do want it.
8  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Gamepads... for the Mac on: January 16, 2015, 09:00:33 PM
OS X Mavericks and Yosemite actually ship with DualShock drivers! so yeah, PS3 controller support on Mac is much better than Xbox three-sixty.

http://theultralinx.com/2014/02/connect-playstation-3-controller-mac-os-mavericks.html
9  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Soundbar question for tv on: January 03, 2015, 12:12:36 PM

Quote from: Azhag on December 26, 2014, 01:59:15 PM

Dumb question, but just got my first soundbar. Is there any reason I would need to plug the optical cables directly from bluray or cable box rather than through the tv?

i assume you don't have a receiver? if not, then one reason i could think of would be to listen to CD/DVD/SACD/etc audio without having to power your TV on!

Quote from: naednek on January 02, 2015, 05:04:12 PM

to piggy back on this.

I'm looking into getting a soundbar and selling my speakers/receiver.  I just built an HTPC and I don't believe I have optical on my TV or my HTPC.  Is that the only way to connect?

HDMI or analog audio RCA jacks. although the Sony Blu-Ray player my coworker gave me has ZERO analog jacks on it (which is ridiculous, in my opinion...)
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 01/02/15 on: January 03, 2015, 01:25:16 AM
Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (solo and co-op with the s.o.)
RAGE (sp campaign)
Wreckfest (mp online)

maybe restart 1000 Amps.

s.o. is trying to finish the sp campaign in Destiny; dunno what she has planned for after that. she asked if she should get Dragon Age: Inquisition, to which i responded 'meh, dunno'.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a good arcade racer for PC or PS4 on: January 03, 2015, 01:15:34 AM
given that it's a collision that in real life would normally end in a disabled car, i can live with that behavior smile
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a good arcade racer for PC or PS4 on: January 01, 2015, 03:44:32 AM

Quote from: Gratch on December 24, 2014, 11:55:17 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on December 23, 2014, 09:19:07 PM

I just bought FlatOut: Ultimate Cargage for $5 on Steam. Might be up your alley.

Picked this up today, downloaded it, went to fire it up, and...nothing.  It goes throughout the initial install stuff, then the window disappears and nothing happens.  Apparently this isn't an uncommon issue, something to do with how it was initially integrated with GFWL.

Hopefully I can get it to work.    icon_cry

oh wait, you're 'Skinypupy' on OO, right? so you figured it out.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a good arcade racer for PC or PS4 on: December 31, 2014, 02:32:32 AM
(actually, i'm still looking for DiRT 2 and Blur, so i think i will post a want ad in the trading forum...)
14  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: DiRT 2 and Blur (PC or Xbox 360) on: December 31, 2014, 02:31:54 AM
let me know.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a good arcade racer for PC or PS4 on: December 31, 2014, 02:27:18 AM
Bugbear's Wreckfest is a lot of fun when playing online (one of the very few jokkis/folkracing games available!), but not a whole lot of content yet. at least the driving model and physics are solid. so for SURE check out the Flatout games (Flatout, Flatout 2, and Flatout: Ultimate Carnage aka Flatout 2.1), which are among the best of their kind available. i'm partial to the first one in the series, as it stays much truer to the jokkis spirit. keep far away from Flatout 3, which was not by Bugbear.

i would have also recommended DiRT 2, but it's no longer available on Steam. i guess DiRT 3 (rally) or GRiD 2 (street) would be acceptable backups, if you can't find it used.

i would have also recommended Blur (from the creators of Geometry Wars!), tho it too is no longer available on Steam (but physical copies can still be located). i am sure there are other arcade-combat kartlike racer games out there like this, but i don't know what they are.
16  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for AMD AM2 mobo or Socket 939 processor on: December 31, 2014, 12:12:37 AM
very interested in this! thanks
17  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for AMD AM2 mobo or Socket 939 processor on: December 29, 2014, 08:05:01 AM
trying to build a desktop computer out of cast-off/unwanted/old parts. i have the power supply, an AM2 processor (AMD 64X2 5200+), a few hard drives, 1GB DDR2 RAM and an artifacting-like-crazy nVidia video card i will try to reflow. i have a Gigabyte AM2 motherboard with some bulging capacitors that is super flaky with the power and video - looking to replace that.

alternatively, i can get a Socket 939 mobo for free, which means i'd need an appropriate processor for that.
18  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free to a good home - HD DVD movies on: December 06, 2014, 09:50:41 AM
i super want the Blade Runner set.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Motorola Droid on: December 05, 2014, 09:53:09 AM
i have a rooted Moto Photon Q (it's kinda like a Droid, right?) as a work dev phone and it's certainly nice enough to use. i miss the slide-out keyboards.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions on: November 25, 2014, 10:31:11 PM
getting this for computer, at some point.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: November 23, 2014, 11:10:12 PM
i liked Escape Goat a lot, but that came out in 2011. ..how many current games did i play this year!?! and what does it say that one of my most enjoyed games feels like it could have more or less been released in the late '80s?

maybe the Crimsonland remake, but the original version was released in 2002. hmmm.

i really like the pre-alpha for Wreckfest (aka Bugbear's Next Car Game), but it's still not officially released, so it doesn't count.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 15, 2014, 10:04:50 PM
i used to write rambling stories longhand, then jumped up to multi-page 'giant monster' adventure tales in grade school when i first encountered a computer word processor (Bank Street Writer on the Apple ][e!) - it made writing so much easier and more fun that i just kept going. probably my greatest achievement was creating the word "psychadelic", which was my made-up label for someone with psionic powers. (a classmate who was much more worldly than me in sixth grade asked me after reading my story 'so are they on drugs?' and i had no idea what she meant. she told me that 'psychedelic' was a real word, and i didn't believe her.) i eventually came to the realization after struggling to come up with non-action scenes that these stories were laughably terrible, so i stopped.

i have no ear for dialog and no patience for plot - drawing and other types of visual art are my strengths, not storytelling - so what i write now tends to be intentional nonsense that no one would be interested in reading... but it helps with clearing out and resetting the creative processes in the brain.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valkyria Chronicles PC = Yes Please! on: October 31, 2014, 10:12:03 PM
yeah, i think i will be getting this (don't have a PS3, and i have the sequel on PSP).
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: SLEATER-KINNEY IS BACK on: October 25, 2014, 08:07:23 PM
i have the new album on hold from the library. (i live in Seattle, so i guess i HAVE to hear this one by dint of proximity as KEXP is going to play it to death... speaking of proximity, anyone like Mary Timony's projects? she did Wild Flag the other year with Janet Weiss and Carrie Brownstein, and she's got a new band with some other people called Ex Hex.)
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: School shooting in Marysville, Washington on: October 25, 2014, 08:04:24 PM
one of my coworkers' friends knows the shooter's sister. that's how i found out about it..
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/360/PS3/PS4/PC]The Evil Within on: October 18, 2014, 10:40:13 AM

Quote from: siege on October 16, 2014, 11:53:12 AM

The story is garbage and the voice acting downright amateur.

how bad is it, on a scale of "Resident Evil" to "The House of the Dead"?
27  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Terra Battle, from the creators of Final Fantasy on: October 13, 2014, 09:25:01 PM
i will never ever pay for iAP, but i only play about one round a day, so at least it works out for me here. still would like to see this stupid business model abolished...
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Money pit so it seems. on: October 13, 2014, 09:16:00 PM
ugh. i suppose the walls were 'marked' as well.
29  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Computer Issues (Video Related) on: October 13, 2014, 09:12:29 PM
my Samsung LCD monitor (from 2004, i think - has an NTSC TV tuner and composite/S-Video inputs) will sometimes go blank after certain screen resolution changes. needs to be powercycled in order to display again.
30  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Potential bios and website problems on: October 12, 2014, 05:27:07 AM
i second everything above: yes, dead BIOS battery. if the system time is not correct, SSL is gonna throw a fit.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Money pit so it seems. on: October 10, 2014, 08:39:10 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on October 09, 2014, 10:55:57 PM

Finally bought a new $8,000 roof last week -- I can take the bucket out of my office, hooray!

doesn't having a leaky roof for that long lead to mold growth?
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 02, 2014, 10:25:48 PM
Windows X? (say that one out loud... maybe X Windows, hmmm)

Windows 2 (in binary)?
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Gauntlet on: September 27, 2014, 10:14:11 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on September 25, 2014, 07:39:46 PM

While a lot of us are having a blast with this, and it's for now the #1 selling game on Steam, it was definitely half baked in many serious ways.

what are the 'half-baked' parts?
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Moving into my house this weekend. on: September 23, 2014, 02:15:52 AM
Having a house would be nice...
35  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / looking to buy secondhand video card on: September 21, 2014, 06:13:05 AM
i currently have a GeForce GTX 275. wanting something at least four 'steps' up the ladder:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html

anyone selling?
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Nymphomaniac on: September 21, 2014, 05:16:12 AM
i have not cared for any Lars von Trier film i have ever seen. i really had high hopes for _Melancholia_, but i felt it did not live up to its promise/premise at all.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: September 15, 2014, 08:09:51 PM
i'm not playing this until it's done either
38  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Headsets on: September 07, 2014, 11:11:26 PM
which audio jack/soundcard is the headset plugged into, and which are the speakers plugged into?

do you have the mic settings in the (i assume Windows) control panel enabled/adjusted properly?
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Information Society fan? I have news for you.... on: September 04, 2014, 11:58:59 PM
as a native Minnesotan, i am obligated to like this group. anyways, they had a reunion tour (Kurt, James and Rob) back when _Synthesizer_ came out in 2008; saw them here in Seattle playing at a really crap venue (El Corazon).

if you haven't heard Psykosonik yet, do so. also from Minnesota, they released two albums in the early 90s on WaxTrax! and were clearly inspired by InSoc, but take a more overt 80s 'cyberpunk' tack in the lyrics (at least for the first album - they tone it down on the second). both albums are free streaming on the Soundcloud page.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 1 on: September 04, 2014, 11:46:07 PM
my office is just across the road from Clink Stadium. missed Soundgarden! bleh.
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