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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon To Start Charging Tax In My State on: February 01, 2014, 11:06:50 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 30, 2014, 04:37:18 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on January 30, 2014, 04:14:49 AM

I thought that states without income tax make their money on property taxes. I know that's the story in NH, at least.

Yeah, that's what I always heard about WA when I lived there.

WA is hugely dependent on sales taxes. during the last economic downturn, the state was in trouble because people stopped buying so much stuff. this hasn't really recovered since then, so alternate funding is going to be needed at some point.
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games for Windows Live going away in 2014? on: January 12, 2014, 12:22:36 AM
current list:

of interest:

"Legacy Titles

    Simple product key check; requires internet access but does not attach the key to your Microsoft account.
    Activation limit between 10-20 (usually 15); Microsoft support can help reset the limit but will not reset a second time; after that you will need to buy the game again. "

i never knew that... >:{
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Unexpected XMas gift from Target: Data breach on: January 11, 2014, 12:21:41 AM

"Target is extending our offer of one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to all Target guests who shopped in our U.S. stores. We will be sharing more information about this offer next week."
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on: January 09, 2014, 11:08:24 PM
the trailer video of this makes it look like a Devil May Cry ripoff?
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bugbear's Next Car Game on: January 09, 2014, 04:01:06 AM
i am having fun with the early access demo. handles, feels, looks and sounds good. the physics are pretty nice. i apparently can't steer worth anything, tho.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old man winter sucks. on: January 08, 2014, 09:03:02 AM

Quote from: Caine on January 07, 2014, 06:34:36 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 07, 2014, 05:44:02 PM

Only from November through March.  The rest of the year, it's 60 and raining.

quoted for truthiness. 

* August temperatures are known to go into the 70's.  feel the heat

this is usually the driest area of the country in late July, fact.
127  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC speakers recommendation on: January 08, 2014, 04:51:29 AM

Quote from: Purge on January 06, 2014, 06:18:48 AM

The non-padded outer segments or the part that slides in?

Mine seem pretty firm, though the plastic may be a bit thin on the housing.

the part that slides in (to which the hinges are attached). i wrote monoprice and lodged a customer complaint on these. not sure what good it'll do, but i feel better now. wish they'd replace them... i slathered superglue on the new cracks, maybe it'll do something.

anyways, in my researching of cheap-but-good headphones, these newish models look like winners:
128  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC speakers recommendation on: January 06, 2014, 06:16:12 AM
yeah, i had no problem with the hinges... i just wish there were more of them. the extending bands (the parts that extend from the main body of the headphone band) are what i had a problem with - cheap, thin plastic. i looked up the reviews on and there are numerous complaints about this.
129  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC speakers recommendation on: January 05, 2014, 10:37:05 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 03, 2014, 08:40:49 PM

i have these, and while the sound quality is ok for the price point (or even good, for bass-y music), i was concerned about the build quality when i got them. adjustment is more about flexing the cheapy-feeling plastic to fit than using joints and hinges, and it seemed like they would break if flexed a little to far. i use them exclusively at work, and for no more than 4-5 hours a day (many days not at all) and even with this moderate usage, my suspicion turned out to be correct - the right adjustment band cracked almost in half after about 16 months of use. it is epoxied now (albeit with reduced adjustability from the glue repair) and i intend to keep using them, but i am seeing new cracks appear.

some people may not care for $23, but i would rather not replace my headphones every year and a half if i can help it.
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What Collector's Edition purchase do you regret most? on: January 05, 2014, 10:11:44 PM
i paid an extra $1.88 for the Deus Ex: Augmented Edition and never looked at any of the bonus materials. waaaah
131  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: looking for NEO GEO games/accessories on: January 05, 2014, 09:45:51 PM
it's a real one (the home system, or 'AES', straight out of 1990)
132  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / looking for NEO GEO games/accessories on: January 03, 2014, 09:10:29 AM
just got one. i currently have Samurai Shodown 1 & 2 and World Heroes 2. let me know what you have!
133  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: looking for SNES games on: December 16, 2013, 08:54:19 AM
pm sent
134  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / looking for SNES games on: December 05, 2013, 08:26:51 PM
i only have Super Mario World, Starfox and Mario Paint. looking for various games (other than sports titles). let me know what you have!
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How long will my "fixed" 360 work? on: December 04, 2013, 09:19:22 PM
i did the x-clamp repair on another xbox. it lasted about 2 months before RRODing again. gonna take a heat gun to the mother board, if i get it back.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How long will my "fixed" 360 work? on: December 04, 2013, 08:53:14 AM
my launch Xbox was covered under warranty repair... however, it did lock up while playing Two Worlds just this year - and i haven't used it that much...
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gaming Trend Giveaways!!!! on: December 01, 2013, 03:17:02 AM
is this where i leave post?
138  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: November 29, 2013, 09:00:42 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 29, 2013, 02:05:47 AM

The Binding of Isaac -50% $4.99 $2.49 (84)
 - DLC on sale

if you don't have this yet, wait for the remake next spring. no more Adobe Flash engine!
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thanksgiving Weekend Playlist - What are you playing? on: November 29, 2013, 08:56:32 AM
Finished Serious Sam 3 DLC (Jewel of the Nile). probably Slam Bolt Scrappers and Little Inferno next
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Job Promotion: What Would You Do? on: November 28, 2013, 08:53:22 AM
would you be happy as a manager?
141  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows Media Player keeps crashing. Any good alternatives? on: November 26, 2013, 08:46:09 AM

Quote from: TheAtomicKid on November 26, 2013, 02:00:49 AM

Originally built because of all the different containers and codecs in use from the anime fansub community.... mission successful.

ok, you got my attention. going to try this out.

EDIT: oh hey, it's using Media Player Classic, which was my second-place Windows suggestion (after VLC).

side note: the only thing i use default Windows Media Player for these days is for HDCD playback on compatible CDs. looking just now, i see there's a HDCD decoder plugin for foobar2k, so i guess i don't need WMP anymore!
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Giveaways!!!! on: November 26, 2013, 07:38:20 AM
143  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows Media Player keeps crashing. Any good alternatives? on: November 26, 2013, 01:48:04 AM
VLC is the stuff
144  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Persona Q and Persona 4 Dancing Announced on: November 25, 2013, 02:41:27 AM
i blame SEGA
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 19, 2013, 08:06:46 PM
also, i've found some people say E.T. (2600) is the 'worst game ever' more because it's _known for being known_ as such. yeah, it was programmed in six weeks, but i don't think this has to be the case - see this interesting article on one person's recent efforts to fix the game's bugs and take care of a few common complaints with the gameplay. (also gives you some insight into 2600 game code)

So, why do people hate E.T.? When it was released, it was well ahead of its time. It pioneered a lot of concepts that we take for granted in games today, but were unheard of in 1982 (Atari's Adventure and Haunted House had some of these features, but not all):

    It was one of the first home video games with a title screen.
    It featured an open-ended world with gameplay focused on exploration.
    It was completely non-violent. You can't hurt the bad-guys, and they can't hurt you. There isn't even any competition!
    You could complete the game. There are also several goals that you need to complete to win the game.
    There were multiple ways to complete goals. You can actually finish the game without falling in a single well.
    The game not only had an ending, it also featured an animated cut-scene as a reward.
    The game featured optional additional goals to complete (side quests).

While that seems like a great list of features, players in 1982 weren't prepared for that much change. You really needed to read the manual to understand the game and how to play it. As younger children were the primary audience, it's no surprise that it wasn't well received.

Of course, that doesn't explain why the game is so hated today. If we can identify the reasons why, we can try to address them. Here are the problems this page will address:

    The game seems incredibly complex. This isn't a real problem. Once you learn how to play, it's really very simple. You just need to read the manual, or watch a tutorial video, to understand it.
    The game is incredibly hard. It's difficult for novices to complete the game even on mode 3, the easiest setting. Fortunately, this can be fixed.
    You spend a lot of time accidentally falling in to wells. I believe that I know reason why this happens to so many people, and what can be done to fix it.
    E.T. is not green. I'm really surprised that this isn't a common complaint. We'll fix that as well.
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 19, 2013, 07:58:41 PM

Quote from: Hrothgar on November 19, 2013, 03:52:31 AM

More recently, I've tried to avoid awful games, but Geist and the Bionic Commando reboot had me intrigued.  I should have trusted reviews on those.

i talked with someone who did QA on Geist - i think i remember he said there was one part where you could run out of ammo at a critical point in the game, so the solution came to be - make ammo unlimited.
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 19, 2013, 01:22:33 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 18, 2013, 11:41:24 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on November 18, 2013, 11:18:29 PM

I'm sure I've played worse but the two that come to mind right away are Postal 2 and Painkiller.

Wait, the first Painkiller?  Or one of these late expansion/sequels done by other developers?

The first Painkiller was fun. later 'stand-alone expansions', not so much... many of those were done by modders and just made official.
148  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble WB Bundle 11/5 - 11/19 on: November 13, 2013, 09:44:00 PM
i have Mortal Kombat 3 on a CD somewhere. now i have the Steam version!
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Gaming Trend Cookbook (Crowdsourced nom book!) on: November 12, 2013, 08:58:40 PM
D&B Kung-Pao Tofu

Please double the amounts for leftovers!

1 14-ounce package extra-firm water-packed tofu, rinsed
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
1 Tbsp. lime juice (optional)
1 oz. hot chili paste
1 tsp. rice wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. “five-spice powder”
2 tsp. brown sugar
3 Tbsp. oyster-flavored sauce or 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. cornstarch or flour dissolved in 2 Tbsp. water
12 oz. broccolette crowns, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces (4 cups?)
3 small bok-choy
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch diced parts
1 onion
2 carrots
1 small minced fresh ginger
2 cloves minced garlic
6 Tbsp. unsalted roasted cashews (or peanuts)

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a baking sheet (or cover with foil) and bake tofu for 20 minutes, turning once. When done, stir-fry tofu and cashews/peanuts in wok with sesame oil.

In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, chili paste, vinegar, spice, sugar, oyster/soy sauce and cornstarch and stir until well combined. Put the baked and stir-fried tofu in there and allow to marinate for _at least_ 30 minutes (preferably several hours to overnight), mixing occasionally to coat tofu well. Set aside.

In a wok, large skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat, add the sesame oil, then sauté the bok choy stem, carrot and brocollette for 5 minutes, then add the rest of the vegetables and stir-fry for 3 more minutes.

Add the sauce and stir until coated.

Add the tofu and continue to cook until all pieces are well coated (cooking just until combined and heated through).

Serve with rice or noodles.
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 9 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 07, 2013, 03:22:23 AM
played the euro-football game on PS4 today. it seemed alright. also tried out Contrast, but that was nothing that couldn't've been done on PS3, i'm sure. overall initial impression was it's a PS3 with a better controller.
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/1/13 on: November 01, 2013, 07:07:21 PM
Serious Sam 3
Worms: Armageddon
Worms: Revolution
152  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS Wii U 32 GB w/ New Super Mario Bros + NintendoLand REDUCED on: November 01, 2013, 06:18:30 PM
PM sent - girlfriend might be interested.
153  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Weekly 10/31 - 11/7 Team 17 (Worms, Alien Breed) on: November 01, 2013, 04:54:26 PM
note that Worms:Armageddon has been getting updates/enhancements/add-ons over the past 11 years by a pair of coders who do it in their free time. at this point, the amount of customizable options in the game is insane... it's the definitive Worms title at this point - even more than the latest Reloaded/Revolution versions from Team 17.

to see the humongous list of changes, get the readme file from here

(if you still have the original CD, you can download the latest patch from Team 17's FTP site. yes, it works with 64-bit Windows OSes, including Windows 8.1)
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 31, 2013, 05:48:44 PM
are they consciously disabling/not providing some sort of hardware/software support for the CD-layer laser in the Blu-Ray drive on the PS4, or not at all including it in the manufacture of the drive? i'm guessing the former.
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Typing of the Dead: Overkill on: October 29, 2013, 10:14:11 PM
on sale at GMG right now for $8 after discount code.

also, you can use a LCD-compatible light gun to play the original version (included).
156  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / [PC] Typing of the Dead: Overkill $8 after discount at GMG on: October 29, 2013, 09:39:55 PM
yes, surprise release today!

Discount code: GMG20-50Z66-SCTEU

(Includes House of the Dead: Overkill. LCD-compatible light gun sold separately.)
157  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GMG Free copy of Civ V or Mafia 2 for voting in poll on: October 13, 2013, 10:10:11 PM
still working with GMG tech support to be able to redeem my copy...
158  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Indie Bundle 9 on: September 15, 2013, 09:20:36 AM
i finally got around to playing FEZ tonight and it is a wonder. will probably make my 'favorites of the past few years' list.
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bugbear's Next Car Game on: September 04, 2013, 03:37:17 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on September 03, 2013, 03:46:57 PM

This one:

which was the same company.  I bought it at launch, tried for months to get people to play it, then gave up and traded it in.

i didn't buy that one when it came out, as i read it wasn't too different from FlatOut 2 and was originally intended for Xbox360/PS3 (and eventually 'ported back' to Windows). i did eventually get it when it went to $2 during a Steam sale.
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NES Replay on: September 03, 2013, 12:40:33 AM

Quote from: Eel Snave on April 23, 2013, 02:10:10 AM

[pedant]arcade version of Arkanoid used a wheel, not a trackball[/pedant]

also, Clu Clu Land is still one of my all-time favorite NES titles. you have to play around with it a bit to get used to the controls, but it does make perfect sense after a while.
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