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121  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bachmann won't seek re-election on: June 01, 2013, 06:08:38 AM
i grew up in a town that currently falls under her jurisdiction.  i have no words.
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the first video game you ever purchased? on: May 27, 2013, 06:00:01 AM
i think it was Astroblast for the Atari 2600, from the Kay-Bee Toys $0.99 bin. (it's a port of Intellivision's Astrosmash)
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is the first album you ever purchased? on: May 16, 2013, 08:17:44 AM


i'm pretty sure i've never been able to listen to the whole record all the way through. i should try it now...

(technically, my parents paid, as at the time i was too young to get much of an allowance)
124  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Soon we'll be taxed on internet purchases on: May 10, 2013, 07:18:04 AM
i used to be against the idea back in the 90s/00s, but i've come around to thinking this is now a good law to enact (on several levels, even).
125  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: computer upgrade question (AMD sockets) on: May 06, 2013, 08:13:37 PM
so it looks like upgrading the processor with the current socket wouldn't make much of a difference; good to know.

i didn't expect AM3 to be 'obsoleted' so quickly, tho...
126  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / computer upgrade question (AMD sockets) on: May 05, 2013, 03:28:00 AM
i'm looking into upgrading my machine to handle a larger, higher-resolution monitor - the one i'm using right now is a 17" Samsung SyncMaster 170MP from 2003. originally i thought i would just switch out the video card... then i thought that the processor might bottle-neck the graphics performance, so then i'd need a new one of those... but my motherboard is AM3 and has no update for AM3+.

questions are:

1) would my machine's performance be bottle-necked by a decent ATi video card? and if so,
2) is the best possible AM3 processor really going to make much of a difference over my current one? (if not, then swapping out motherboard and RAM and reinstalling OSes becomes necessary.... which i'd rather not do, at this point.)

system specs:
8GB (4x2GB) A-DATA Gaming Series 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (running at 1333 speed)
AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AMD 770 AM3
Socket AM3 PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333) ATX Motherboard Retail
HIS Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
1.5TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 HD
SilverStone ST50F 500W PSU
127  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Have: Street Fighter IV (PS3) Want: Street Fighter IV (XBOX360) on: April 22, 2013, 05:46:21 PM
maybe a longshot, but would anyone want to trade?
128  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: Bioshock Infinite (PS3) + original Bioshock + ME3 or SSX on: April 15, 2013, 03:50:53 AM
my gf would've been interested, if she hadn't already purchased ME3. (but still hasn't started on it, yet)
129  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gabby Gifford's Husband tires to save baby sea lion from dog attack on: March 28, 2013, 07:40:40 AM
and you're not supposed to bring pets on many beaches as well, right?
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on: March 25, 2013, 02:42:17 AM
Revengeance 2: The Revengeancing
131  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Bioshock Infinite PC deals - Amazon, Green Man Gaming, Gamefly on: March 20, 2013, 11:24:02 AM
does Amazon have XCOM thrown in now as well?
132  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: New York's Proposed Cap on Soda Size Gets People Fizzing on: March 16, 2013, 09:01:26 PM
Seattle has done the same. i'd been toting around mesh/canvas bags with me for some years prior, so it works out.
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can you truly cut the cable? Getting away from the cocks at Cox. on: March 03, 2013, 05:01:22 AM
OTA TV works for me. 70's Dr. Who reruns on Tacoma public television Saturday nights!
134  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [contractor costs] Replacing gas furnace and air conditioning in condo on: February 06, 2013, 08:18:51 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 06, 2013, 02:10:16 AM


True sign of age is getting more exciting reading about your furnace purchase than your gaming PC purchase.  icon_razz


i dunno... had i gone into the trades, "HVAC" would have been my second choice after "electrician". i'm fascinated by cooling systems!
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are You Stepping Into the Next Gen? on: February 02, 2013, 11:57:06 AM
'no' for several reasons.
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I Be Optimistic About Avril Lavigne's New Album....Answered! on: January 17, 2013, 05:41:22 AM

Quote from: hepcat on January 16, 2013, 02:01:44 PM

I brought myself out of my doldrums yesterday after rediscovering the greatness that is Half Man Half Biscuit.  I dare anyone to be grumpy after listening to even one of their songs.  With song titles like "Fuckin' 'Ell, It's Fred Titmus!", "Lord Hereford's Knob" and the above linked "Took Problem Chimp to Ideal Home Show", simply reading their song list makes me laugh.


Quote
If youíre going to quote from the Book of Revelation
Donít keep calling it the Book of Revelations
Thereís no ďsĒ, itís the Book of Revelation
As revealed to St John the Divine
See also Mary Hopkin
She must despair
Youíve got a shit arm, and thatís a bad tattoo
Youíve got a shit arm, and thatís a bad tattoo

Authentic celtic bandÖ

there is also the greatness of Stump
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation 2 R.I.P. on: January 12, 2013, 09:50:17 AM
best moment: finally getting to play Katamari Damacy and quickly realizing it was better than i had hoped it would be.  still one of the best capital-"G" Games of the past decade and one of my all-time favorites.

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 07, 2013, 08:09:00 AM


-Playing the demo for Metal Gear Solid 2 which came with Z.O.E. games


GOOD GOD THIS WAS TWELVE YEARS AGO
138  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Trading XCOM (360 Version) for Skyrim (360) or Dragon's Dogma (360) on: December 11, 2012, 05:38:17 PM
My gf would like to trade Skyrim for XCOM.
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NES Replay on: December 01, 2012, 03:29:11 AM
Adventures of Lolo is one of the all-time greats on the NES
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gaming Trend's Countdown to the End of the World Giveaway: Divinity Anthology on: December 01, 2012, 03:22:29 AM
you can make a twitter account specifically for the purpose of entering contests. use a spam email address and pseudonym in account setup. (that's what i did...)
141  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Bridge Constructor free, for a time, with a catch... on: November 28, 2012, 06:11:21 AM
i was just remembering this game this week! good to finally get it.
142  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / error message when attempting to access PC/Console Games forum on: November 23, 2012, 09:06:23 PM


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143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Just discovered that my baby likes instrumental Afrobeat funk on: November 22, 2012, 07:34:10 AM
get some Tony Allen for that child ASAP
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: November 19, 2012, 08:49:15 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 27, 2012, 07:30:55 PM

Beastwars.

this is the working name of the game i was working on for my Java class!



i listened to the first track of that album and to me, the vocalist kinda sounded from the same place as Jaz Coleman (Killing Joke)
145  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! PSN+! Almost all Vita Owners have PS3! PS3 Bundle? on: November 17, 2012, 09:27:55 PM
i still haven't seen anyone using or own a Vita in the wild, much less gotten a chance to try one. lots of mobile phones (and 3DS systems) tho.
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wachowskis debut new film, and btw Larry's a girl now on: November 16, 2012, 09:24:25 PM
saw this last night - i think it was good for some of the casting experiments (though i noticed there are no white people playing black people, only asians... that's kind of a cop-out!) and the overall theme, but it really didn't hang together otherwise. the original story probably works better. also, ... i think i haven't really formulated my thoughts on it. the Wachowskis are weird in that their films have Hollywood-y trappings, but i don't hate them like i would with those.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If Weed is Legalize Nationwide, Will You Celebrate 420? on: November 11, 2012, 02:45:27 AM
for medicinal uses, smoking the plant is the worst, most unhealthy way to ingest THC. eat or vaporize the oil instead.
148  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Anyone want a free retro gaming system that plays NES & Genesis games? on: October 31, 2012, 07:38:43 AM
i'm on it!
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good Tactical TBS Games? on: October 24, 2012, 08:39:45 AM
Silent Storm is still too much fun.

for modern games, King's Bounty series.

on PSP, i have to mention Jeanne D'arc...
150  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Monitor going blank after switching from/to full-screen mode on: October 12, 2012, 07:21:16 AM
also happens when changing resolution, once in a while. this is only a 'sometimes' problem, but when it happens, it will occur several times in a row. powering off and then powering on the monitor will display the graphics properly again.

suspecting a monitor or video card issue... mmmmaybe even power supply. has this ever happened to anyone?

Samsung SyncMaster 170MP monitor
HIS Radeon HD 5770
Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 Mobo
AMD Phenom II X4 925 CPU
151  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / iControlPad 2-open source Bluetooth controller with game controls and keyboard on: October 07, 2012, 01:40:03 AM
i have the first iControlPad, and it's a neat device. it still gets firmware updates, a year and a half after its release. this new one has a keyboard in addition to the analog and digital controls.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1703567677/icontrolpad-2-the-open-source-controller


152  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / replacing analog controller on Sony PSP-1000 on: September 03, 2012, 12:19:00 AM
so the stupid nub kept falling off, until the socket finally split. i attempted to glue it back onto the PSP, but all i managed to do was dent the surface of the analog controller mechanism and now it doesn't work correctly. it looks like the replacement is simple, but i'm wary of buying an inferior component - what are the best places to order from? i don't mind spending a few more dollars if i can be assured of getting a quality or OEM replacement.
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA putting itself up for sale? on: August 19, 2012, 08:03:33 AM
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/374794/20120817/electronic-arts-ea-games-sale.htm

no official word yet, but this is probably a natural development for several (perhaps... many) reasons...
154  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: HAWX 2, From Dust, Silent Hunter 5, Driver SF - $1 on: August 18, 2012, 10:31:50 PM
thought about it, but the UBI DRM is not one i want to support.
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Rise of the Triad returns on: August 04, 2012, 08:31:05 AM
DOG MODE
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Rise of the Triad returns on: August 04, 2012, 07:15:05 AM
i was not expecting RoTT 2... ever

hopefully it's just as ridiculous as the first one was
157  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: In the market for a new laptop for pharmacy school... on: July 19, 2012, 06:31:53 AM

Quote from: JCC on July 19, 2012, 12:51:11 AM

One other thing Pete, since money is tight, don't waste any money on Office. Just download Open Office for free.

or LibreOffice. i prefer it to Microsoft Office myself. there's also Google Docs Drive.
158  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Xbox 360 wireless adapter on: July 04, 2012, 07:46:05 AM
network adapter, correct. either is fine.
159  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: Xbox 360 wireless adapter on: July 02, 2012, 08:21:27 AM
TSIA
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSN/XBLA] Nexuiz on: June 30, 2012, 10:11:58 AM
the Linux version had bots. it's very UT2K4 in playstyle.
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