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681  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Questions about the HD Changeover Feb 2009 on: October 22, 2008, 09:51:53 AM
the funding for the converter boxes was provided as part of the initial sale. no taxpayer money was used for that.

as for coupon-subsidized converter box recommendations, here are the three best, in descending order of quality:

1) Channel Master CM-7000 (available at Frys - also the most expensive, but it goes on sale sometimes)
2) Zenith DTT-901 (available at Circuit City and a lot of RadioShacks) - the Insignia NS-DXA1-APT box you can get at Best Buy is a clone of this. i have the Zenith and it's nice enough.
3) DigitalStream DTX9950 (RadioShack)
682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row 2 for PC or 360? on: October 07, 2008, 03:14:14 AM
why not just plug the 360 controller into the PC...?
683  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kidney Stones, holy crap... on: September 27, 2008, 10:17:31 AM
taken from the web:

Diet plays an important role in the development of kidney stones, especially in patients who are predisposed to the condition. A diet high in sodium, fats, meat, and sugar, and low in fiber, vegetable protein, and unrefined carbohydrates increases the risk for renal stone disease. Recurrent kidney stones may form in patients who are sensitive to the chemical byproducts of animal protein and who consume large amounts of meat.

High doses of vitamin C (i.e., more than 500 mg per day) can result in high levels of oxalate in the urine (hyperoxaluria) and increase the risk for kidney stones. Oxalate is found in berries, vegetables (e.g., green beans, beets, spinach, squash, tomatoes), nuts, chocolate, and strong tea. Stone formers should limit their intake of cranberries, which contain a moderate amount of oxalate.
684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trials 2 on: September 25, 2008, 01:47:58 PM
and if 'free' sounds even better, go for X-Moto:
685  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Turtle's post-travel sale - updated with PSP and DS for sale on: September 25, 2008, 11:26:21 AM
Jump Ultimate Stars
686  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Turtle's post-travel sale - updated with PSP and DS for sale on: September 25, 2008, 12:54:07 AM
Turtle - i haven't received my item either.

i know you're on here, as you keep posting messages in the forums, but ignoring the PMs i sent you isn't the right path to take.
687  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Metal Slug Anthology [PS2] on: September 22, 2008, 11:07:39 AM
i'd take it if i had a Wii...
688  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: Metal Slug Anthology [PS2] on: September 20, 2008, 10:06:54 AM
i don't think i've seen this one up for trade before...
689  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How has the economic downturn affected you? on: September 19, 2008, 12:47:03 AM
i was laid off two months ago so my company could hire someone to do 80% of the work i did for about half of the wages i was making. still haven't found a job yet. i would be getting tons of recruitment emails this time last year and earlier this year... but there's almost nothing.
690  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: GT Pay it Forward Freebies Thread on: September 16, 2008, 04:57:14 AM
putting up The Mark of Kri for PS2. found this at Half-Price Books -  i already own it, but i couldn't stand to let it languish there. great visual style, animation and controls make this one of the better PS2 games, IMO.

Karma = 1
691  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Nintendo Gamecube controller on: September 16, 2008, 04:55:34 AM

Quote from: Jag on September 15, 2008, 09:02:28 PM

I have 2 for the Wii which i'll never use. I'm pretty sure they are the same type as the gamecube ones.

PM sent
692  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Your First PC on: September 15, 2008, 01:45:28 AM
after some years of borrowing Apple ][e machines from school, we almost got an Apple ][gs, but almost at the last minute my dad decided we should go for an IBM compatible - an 8Mhz 286 (with a Turbo button to boost it to 10Mhz) with 640x480 EGA monitor, 20MB HD and 640k of RAM in 1987. unfortunately, PC games weren't the greatest back then, as many were still released with CGA graphics and verrrry few ever took advantage of the high-res EGA mode... i remember the original SimCity and Microsoft Flight Simulator 3 were some of the exceptions. first game we got with it was Gauntlet, and it didn't look much like the Amiga and Atari ST screenshots on the back...

sound cards weren't readily available til 1989 - we got an AdLib that year.
693  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bicycles on: September 13, 2008, 07:31:37 AM
biking in the rain is a pain in that you have to clean your bike and re-oil the chain afterwards. you get used to riding in it, tho.
694  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: Nintendo Gamecube controller on: September 12, 2008, 10:39:42 PM
let me know if you have one.
695  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: I have $500 and my dinosaur PC needs upgrading on: September 12, 2008, 07:10:34 PM
what happens when you install more than 2 GB of RAM in an XP 32-bit OS machine?
696  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: September 12, 2008, 07:05:04 PM
+1 to Calvin for going above and beyond
697  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Turtle's post-travel sale - updated with PSP and DS for sale on: September 12, 2008, 08:31:42 AM
requesting status on purchased item...
698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOG to Sell Cheap Downloads of Classic PC Games on: September 12, 2008, 04:48:30 AM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on September 11, 2008, 05:00:31 PM Perimeter worth getting?

if you like RTS games, i strongly recommend checking it out. at least try the demo...
699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DRM] Red Alert 3's DRM crapola revealed on: September 11, 2008, 01:43:26 AM
i also passed on Spore and Bioshock due to the DRM, as well as Valve's newer Steam-only stuff - despite my wanting to play these games.

i have purchased indie games online with activation in the past, but those titles were also much under $20.
700  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Speaking of Fantasy Football.... on: September 06, 2008, 09:52:03 AM

701  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: August 28, 2008, 11:09:31 PM
+1 to Spigot for the freebie
702  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: GT Pay it Forward Freebies Thread on: August 25, 2008, 12:55:16 AM
F.E.A.R. Director's Edition (PC)  - will take!

Karma = 0
703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ready for the NEW 8-bit Mega Man game? Mega Man 9 is coming soon! on: August 25, 2008, 12:42:09 AM

Quote from: Destructor on August 24, 2008, 08:48:23 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on August 24, 2008, 07:39:46 PM

Nintendo, please, give me a new Mario game like this.  I would love a new 8-bit style 2d Mario. 

As much as I love old-schooling it, I'd rather they make a 2D Mario with 3D graphics. Just make sure that Mario is restricted to the 2D plane.

the old pixel approach would be an improvement - getting rid of the cheesy fake-Italian voice overs and the dopey 3D rendering style.
704  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: GT Pay it Forward Freebies Thread on: August 23, 2008, 09:23:41 AM

Quote from: mikeg on August 22, 2008, 10:49:38 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on May 19, 2008, 10:19:31 PM

offering up: Sacred (discs only)

EDIT: mikeg, can i get Dark Messiah of Might and Magic?


Did you ever get this from me?  I never came back to this thread I think til today. 

yup - i sent a PM to you when i got it.
705  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / anyone need a Devil May Cry [PS2] DVD case/liner/manual? on: August 15, 2008, 02:54:01 AM
i somehow lost the disc years ago... so if anyone has just the disc and wants the art+manual, i will send. conversely, if anyone has just the disc and wants to get rid of it... contact me as well. (it's the non-Greatest Hits version, if that makes a difference)
706  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: August 14, 2008, 11:03:27 PM
The Pandora is looking pretty cool...
707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ready for the NEW 8-bit Mega Man game? Mega Man 9 is coming soon! on: August 14, 2008, 11:29:03 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on July 08, 2008, 01:52:37 AM

Quote from: Eel Snave on July 07, 2008, 10:12:44 PM

Yeah, I'm not sure this is the right direction for them to go.  I think it's a cool idea, but I would prefer to see something along the lines of 3-D rendered characters and backgrounds in a sidescroller.  I really want to get behind this, but I'm having trouble doing so.

BTW, one of the limitations, if you remember, is that certain parts of the music would cut out when certain sounds played.  There's also the aforementioned sprite flicker, and limitations on sprite sizes.  I'll bet this team is dusting off all the things that Capcom WANTED to do during their NES heyday and never really could.

I think you are right, since they aren't really sized limited they can expand the music, make better animations, add things like parralax scrolling and multiple layers to each level etc. I too would've liked to see this idea on more of a SNES type level, but I can get behind this. I think they could do more color wise but then it wouldn't be Mega Man if they did.

i read that the dev team is limiting themselves to what was possible on the NES system. you will be able to toggle flicker and slowdown in the options menu.
708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bit Off Topic - Looking for Good, Cheap Drawing Application on: August 14, 2008, 11:19:55 AM
i also recommend Inkscape...
709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed PC lawsuit by Ubisoft (over "leak") on: August 11, 2008, 10:09:40 PM
i was waiting for it on PC, but didn't get it as the system specs turned out to be quite outrageous... and the reviews were not good.
710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [POLL]360 game installs on: August 11, 2008, 10:59:37 AM
my xbox has no hard drive
711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Had to put our two dogs down today.. on: August 10, 2008, 09:44:06 AM
there are no winners here today...
712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Braid on: August 07, 2008, 05:21:51 AM
this reminds me of a Flash game, Chronotron - give it a try.

713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 for PC to not suck? on: August 06, 2008, 10:33:49 AM

Quote from: Ridah on August 06, 2008, 07:41:22 AM

I don't understand what point you're trying to get across. That RE5 will be a faithful console port?

that would precisely be it. indications seem to be that it will be.
714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 5 for PC to not suck? on: August 06, 2008, 01:46:06 AM
RE5 is being developed in Capcom's "Framework", which is a cross-platform engine (for XBOX 360, PS3 and PC). Devil May Cry 4 used this, and the result was a much* better-ported game - the reviews i've read have said that the PC version was exactly like the console, and very nicely optimized.

quote from here: "I have read, not sure if it's been discussed here, but this engine stuff from Capcom is a major change for Japanese developers. Previously they had built games from scratch each time, shunning the Western practice of engines such as UE3.0. So I just think that aspect is very interesting."
715  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flavors Of Entanglement: New Alanis Morissette Album on: July 31, 2008, 02:38:29 PM
the awesome review from allmusic on _Jagged Little Pill Acoustic_:
716  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF DS Games (FF4,FFTA2,AC,BBA) on: July 31, 2008, 01:59:30 PM
717  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First review of 'The Dark Knight' on: July 29, 2008, 09:21:54 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on July 28, 2008, 12:50:05 PM

Yeah, there isn't a drop of blood in the whole movie.

that's not example,
Spoiler for Hiden:
there's when the murdered copy-Bat slams into the window hanging from the noose - blood splat on the glass.
718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me find a game on: July 28, 2008, 06:26:47 AM
the Elite remake, OOlite?
719  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RoboCop by Darren Aronofsky? on: July 26, 2008, 11:37:08 AM
i've only ever seen The Fountain, which was pretty good, if a bit plot-holed.
720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I want to play through all the major PSX RPG's on: July 20, 2008, 12:09:47 AM
added this to my googlereader.  wondering to see what the fuss on some of these japanesey games is all about... i tried out ChronoCross in 2006 and lost interest after about 10 hours.
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