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681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis and UT3 (PC version) bombing? on: December 15, 2007, 11:48:10 PM
i was totally looking forward to both games... but the UT3 demo looks not very good on my computer (and it won't apply the graphical settings properly), while the Crysis demo refuses to run at all.
682  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTB/TF Nintendo DSLite on: December 15, 2007, 01:55:29 AM
how about
http://www.gp2x.com
683  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Opera or Firefox? on: November 30, 2007, 12:16:39 AM
Opera is fast, i like it for that.
684  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: The difficulties of moving to HD lighting in games. on: November 21, 2007, 01:22:02 AM
graphics artists also like working in shuttered caves
685  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 9/07) on: November 09, 2007, 09:14:46 PM
+1 to Gratch for the DS title
686  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: [PSP] looking for Loco Roco on: November 03, 2007, 08:14:51 PM
thanks
687  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / [PSP] looking for Loco Roco on: November 03, 2007, 12:03:41 PM
is going to be a present for a friend.
688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: H-Gate London Demo.....Can we talk? on: October 22, 2007, 09:47:27 AM
i'm going to have to force myself to get further into the game - the first five minutes of the demo were preeetty dull.
689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RE4 Suggestions on: September 20, 2007, 05:17:18 AM
you might also have discovered, if you did not patch the game right away, that shader support is completely missing.  downloading the patch and enabling shaders will make the game *noticeably slower (like with STALKER) - hope your PC can handle it...
690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London - Elite or Pleb? on: September 19, 2007, 03:17:58 AM
if this becomes a trend in the future, it would make it very easy for me to save money by not buying games anymore..
691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: September 18, 2007, 09:55:56 AM
HEY ... HEY
HIER KOMMT ALEX
VORHANG AUF
FUR SEINE HORRORSCHAU
692  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oh God, please say he did this. on: September 18, 2007, 06:36:26 AM
"O.J. Simpson played on The Naked Gun and Roots
But as of now, he is a hardened criminal"
-Wesley Willis
693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Cave Story - is it really as good as people (supposidly) say it is? on: August 15, 2007, 08:25:15 AM
play it past the first 15 minutes or so - it does* get fun after that.
694  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 6/07) on: August 14, 2007, 10:37:24 PM
+1 to mikeg
695  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Some oldie but fairly goodie PC games FREE. Just pay shipping. on: August 01, 2007, 03:37:29 PM
i'm interested in Myst 4
696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: All-time PC gaming disappointments on: June 13, 2007, 09:19:58 AM
oh yeah.  Dungeon Siege.  that was even more of a disappointment than Max Payne. barely....
697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Survival Horror Shooter in the Works on: June 06, 2007, 09:53:21 AM
what about Eidos' _Touch the Dead_... other than it looks kinda lame...
698  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / [linux] openSUSE 10.2 on: June 06, 2007, 09:50:26 AM
i stopped using SUSE after they were bought out by Novell (and switched to Ubuntu), but the eye-candy is pretty nice with this newest build.  KDE has never looked better - finally 3D acceleration has been optimized from the start!
699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft trying to kill PC gaming? on: June 06, 2007, 09:40:04 AM
Quote
Because frankly, if it wasn't for gaming, a whole lot of us would already have Macs, or be running Ubuntu Linux and never looking back.

i'm nearly there - running Ubuntu on my desktop and i recently purchased a secondhand G3 iBook. if the "Games for Windows" initiative goes just how Microsoft wants it (eg. micro-payments/pay-for-content/monthly subscriptions), i don't see commercial Windows gaming having a place in my future.  as it stands, the only "triple-A" title released over the past two years that i've had any desire to play is Civilization IV.  i also have little interest in MMORPGs.
700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: All-time PC gaming disappointments on: June 05, 2007, 08:45:08 AM
Carmageddon TDR 2000 - i shouldn't have expected a masterpiece in the first place, but they somehow managed to remove all the fun that i had had in Carmageddon 2.

Serious Sam 2 - classic example of an 'overproduced' game.  Croteam got an actual budget for the sequel and went crazy on the animations, models, physics, cutscenes, making it bigger and shinier... and i gave up at the swamp level, not too far in. a bunch of little differences all over the place that add up to a less habit-forming playing experience.  and the first two games have some of my favorite gaming experiences ever..it's weird.

Max Payne - built a whole new computer based on the 'optimal' system requirements i read in a PC Gamer preview - then found out the game itself was a dull Tomb Raider-like shooter (minus  the acrobatics) with a really overdone Chandler-wannabe narrative.  it may be a wee bit of an overstatement to say i started to lose faith in the current gaming industry due to this experience... maybe...
701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap - free version on: May 31, 2007, 11:56:11 PM
nice.  servers are loaded right now, it appears.
702  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Sabayon Linux on: May 31, 2007, 12:59:21 AM
Sabayon is based on Gentoo (the ultimate configurable Linux OS) and Ubuntu is based on Debian (traditionally, the most stable Linux distro).
703  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How the **** did Concrete Blonde never hit it bigger than they did? on: May 22, 2007, 11:36:31 PM
the last two albums (_Group Therapy_ and _Mojave_) were rather uninspiring, but i've got all their other ones, and have seen Johnette Napolitano solo and the Concrete Blonde reformation (in 2002, i think?).  how could you not* like "Still in Hollywood"...
704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hacker Evolution released [UPDATE!] on: May 12, 2007, 10:36:02 AM
a text parser in a modern game feels surprisingly fresh and different...

also, i have been getting into Linux BASH stuff, so it is also comfortable and familiar
705  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need to Resize a XP Partition; Which Tool? on: May 10, 2007, 07:57:26 PM

Quote from: kronovan on May 10, 2007, 07:28:10 PM

How well will Gparted work for resizing a drive that already contains an installation of XP and a multitude of games?
 I really don't want to have to reinstall all my games and I don't have any backup medium large enough to do the entire drive; game saves and patch downloads are currently backed up.
I haven't worked with any flavour of Linux for about 5 few years, so I'm a little hesitant with this solution. If others have used this for scenarios like mine I'm willing to give it a try. I also don't have a clue where you get the Linux Live CD-ROM; how do I aquire it?

i've used it in a situation similar to yours and it works great.  i really recommend the Knoppix liveCD  http://www.knoppix.org/ - it's a fantastic disc-bootable OS as well.
706  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: I need of a Free virus protection download. on: May 10, 2007, 06:34:27 PM
COMODO AntiVirus
707  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Gamecube, GBA Player and Component Video Cable! UPDATED on: May 03, 2007, 05:30:02 PM
i'd pay $25-$30 for the Gamecube (i don't have one yet).  and i'd rather give the money to someone on GT than some unknown person on craigslist...
708  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Wanted: Xbox: Indigo Prophecy & Psychonauts on: April 27, 2007, 01:06:37 AM
how much would you sell Fahrenheit for?
709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Halo 2 for Vista - ALL PC GAMERS READ!! on: April 24, 2007, 09:00:46 PM
i was holding off on playing it, but after i found out it was 'Vista-only'... i went and bought a second-hand Xbox copy for $8  frown

i honestly don't know if i want to install Vista... or deal with Microsoft-anything if i can possibly help it.  i'm at the point where i'm really leaning towards keeping XP as a secondary installation and going with Ubuntu on the desktop and OSX on the mac laptop.
710  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Games You've Taken Time Off Of Work/School To Play? on: April 20, 2007, 11:39:07 PM
i wonder how much of college i missed due to Doom/H(eretic)(exen)/Marathon/insert early-mid-90s 3D shooter
711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Public transportation too expensive? on: April 20, 2007, 11:27:05 PM

Quote from: raydude on April 19, 2007, 02:30:04 PM

Quote from: Calvin on April 17, 2007, 08:23:05 PM

(walk several blocks to metro both ways, sit with smelly disgusting regular people, etc)

Weird. When I rode the metro to go into DC on a weekday during rush hour I just saw people in business attire or in uniform.

i think that's what he meant. ...
712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Xbox) Burnout 3 vs Burnout Revenge on: April 19, 2007, 09:52:22 PM
i've only ever played the demo for the new Burnout on a friend's Xbox360, and that was just for a few minutes - but it was enough that i thought i should get the game for my own (old) Xbox.

traffic checking was fun, too bad 3 doesn't have that.
713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / (Xbox) Burnout 3 vs Burnout Revenge on: April 19, 2007, 07:11:02 PM
i just got the former recently, but haven't had a chance to play it yet - i thought 3 was the latest title in the series.  is it significantly different enough from Revenge to have been worth getting?
714  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: April 18, 2007, 12:17:35 AM
+1 to helot2000 for the trade
715  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: My PC wargames gathering dust for yours on: April 09, 2007, 09:24:15 AM
i've been interested in Korsun Pocket ever since it came out, but as i'm a wargame tyro, i don't have much in the way of trade...  umm Europa Universalis, and maybe Massive Assault.  and i lost my copy of Barbarosa to Berlin. 
716  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2007 (Keep It Updated) on: April 08, 2007, 12:14:40 AM
have about a year of books to report on!

Freax: The Brief History of the Computer Demoscene, Vol.1
- Tama'r Polga'r
Computer "demos" are a form of digital art and programming prowess combined - and from an underground which has only become slightly more mainstream in the advancing years.  this book attempts to chart the history of the scene  from the Commie 64 to the Amiga.

The Doors of Perception / Heaven and Hell - Aldous Huxley
"Brave New World" author takes mescaline and discovers the ego-less world.  Best peyote advertisement ever!  Huxley is able to convey a sense of the altered experience in a way that intrigues, not bores (unlike, say Philip K Dick).

Sputnik Sweetheart - Haruki Murakami
Narrator falls for best female friend, but she's attracted to a MOW (Mysterious Older Woman).  Like in all Murakami books, the younger woman disappears and there is an inner journey required to try to find her, stuff doesn't happen, etc. 

Euthypro, Apology, Crito & Phaedo - Plato
The days leading up to Socrates' execution, presented mostly as a dialogs.
What is worth living (and dying) for?  Socrates talked it and walked it - virtue par exemplar, classically speaking.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler
- E.L. Konigsburg
Claudia and Jami run away from home and live in the Metropolitan Musesum of Art for a week, and uncover a mystery about a Michaelangeo-esque sculpture of unknown origin.  I never read this when I was younger, so I finally got around to it...

L’Inferno – Dante (Ciardi translation)
i don't get what the big deal on this book is.  maybe i have to read the original italian or whatever.. goofy and laughable.

On Bullshit - Harry G. Frankfurt
A shortish treatise on how "bullshit" is different from lying (in that the latter, the speaker knows that what they say does not correllate with the facts; while the bullshitter cares not at all if what they speak of is false or not) and a few theories on why the practice is so widespread.

You Can’t Win - Jack Black : one of the better memoirs i've ever read, and definitely one i'll be re-reading in the future.  this tale of a hobo/thief's life and times at the end of the 19th century was direct inspiration for Wm. S Burroughs' autobiographical material.  Black has a very readable direct-and-level writing style, and some of the 'getaway' tales he relates make it impossible to put the book down.

Old Twentieth - Joe Haldeman : isn't 'The Forever War'.  kinda predictable.

The Lilies of the Field - William E. Barrett : picked this up off the 'classics' shelf at the library, cuz it was short - worth the time investment.

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal - Christopher Moore : nice attention to historical setting and atmosphere .. but definitely annoying to read.  a lot of his writing is just straight-up cringe-inducing..

A Dirty Job - Christopher Moore : clunky exposition and same complaints as above, but the concept behind this one seemed to fit Moore's writing tone better.  he knows how to carry on a running joke.  still, i don't think he has much of a 'style', and i kept wishing this one was written by Neil Gaiman...  not sure if i should read any more of his books.

Don Quixote, Book I - Miguel Cervantes (Edith Grossman translation) : more comic than i thought it would be!  lots of digressions, and the story really isn't about Don Quixote and Pancho so much as it is commentary on.. pretty much everything?  maybe i'm reading into it too much.  some masterfully written passages, in the old style of speaking.  for a story that appears to eschew fairy-tales, the descriptions of (imaginary) fantastic elements and the use of hyperbole go over quite well - Cervantes knew his source material!  Book II will be started sometime later this year.

Pafko at the Wall - Don DeLillo : pretentious, overwrought writing about something i don't really care about (baseball).  at least it was short...
717  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Help me buy a PSTriple! 360+PS2+PSX+DS+PSP+GBA+Mac Software+BSG+Import Liquor on: April 04, 2007, 06:19:27 PM

Quote from: depward on April 03, 2007, 06:07:08 AM

Hard to find liquor in the U.S.
*Obviously for those 21+ years of age.  Will need to prove age if interested*

I have a never-been-drunk unopened bottle of hard-to-find liquor in the U.S.  It was obtained in Spain. 

how would you ship this one?  (and i may be interested)
718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 first-party Wii titles "Indefinitely postponed" on: April 02, 2007, 09:18:15 AM
a person i know who works for Nintendo confirmed that HAMMER is 'dead'.
719  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: March 30, 2007, 10:07:34 PM
+1 to Nakor
720  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. For Sale on: March 26, 2007, 11:11:34 PM
there always seems to be at least a few copies of a new game on here shortly after release, usually from people who need to buy everything right away (even if they might not necessarily be into it), or bought into the hype threads and found the game wasn't for them, or it doesn't run well on their system and their store doesn't take returns for some reason (or they don't feel like returning it themselves), etc.
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