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721  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Zotac branded 8800gts 640mb for $120 on: June 03, 2008, 08:18:34 PM
wonder if a motherboard, memory and processor upgrade is worth it, for this card.  currently have an Athlon Barton 2500+ processor.
722  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Quiz: Super Mario Brothers Villian or Dinosaur? on: June 02, 2008, 10:38:54 PM
723  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Speaker Recommendation on: June 01, 2008, 07:51:03 AM

Quote from: disarm on May 30, 2008, 09:57:13 PM

i'm still using Altec's ADA885 (aka ADA890) 4.1 speaker system that i got as the top-of-the-line audio option with a Dell back in 2000, and they still stand as some of the best PC speakers i've ever heard...

those are the ones i'm using right now ... purchased online for $73 two years ago (including shipping)... they are pretty nice.
724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Points : the bane of online transactions on: May 30, 2008, 07:06:47 AM
boycott XBL...
725  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 30, 2008, 06:08:29 AM
how about, with the new forum, a totally new name and theme to go along with the reboot?
726  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FSorT Crusader: No Remorse on: May 30, 2008, 05:27:08 AM
i have DOSbox on my PC for the express purpose of playing this one game
727  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dune series - any good after the first book? on: May 29, 2008, 07:42:11 PM
i couldn't even get past page 70 in the original book. the constant 'thought balloons' were making me rageous and i had to stop.
728  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Any good laptop deals at or under $500? on: May 22, 2008, 11:19:05 PM
Everex Cloudbook?
MSI Wind?
729  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: GT Pay it Forward Freebies Thread on: May 22, 2008, 11:12:14 PM
i have both the US and RU versions of Silent Storm - the latter has it, and the former does not.
730  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: I know longer know computers: Sister in Law Question- Good Deal? on: May 21, 2008, 05:50:09 PM
sounds high to me
731  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: GT Pay it Forward Freebies Thread on: May 20, 2008, 10:30:05 PM
Deadzone: Sanitarium please?

i will offer up:

Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom

both of these have *everything included (manuals, books, promo inserts, etc) in the (huge) boxes. would prefer that they end up in someone's game library or for collection purposes - they are in pretty good shape.

Karma +1
732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gothic 4 to have new name and US/EU color palettes on: May 20, 2008, 06:57:26 AM
Gothic 4 Slapped with New Name
by Aaron Linde May 19, 2008 3:00pm CST tags: Gothic 4
The latest installment in the Gothic series has received an updated name and is now known as Arcania: A Gothic Tale (PC, PS3, X360), GameSpot reports.

Handled this time around by Spellbound Entertainment instead of series creator Piranha Bytes, Arcania's change of name is meant to grant the Gothic franchise a fresh start in North America, where it had been comparatively unpopular than in other territories.

Additionally, the latest build of the title reveals that the North American and European versions of the title will feature different color palettes featuring bright and colorful graphics and gritty muted colors, respectively. The alternate color palettes are the result of months of research between gaming preferences in either territory.

733  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: GT Pay it Forward Freebies Thread on: May 19, 2008, 10:19:31 PM
offering up: Sacred (discs only)

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

734  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Top 20 Arcade Games of All Time? on: May 16, 2008, 05:28:31 AM
in roughly chronological order, off the top of my head...

Asteroids (first game i ever got my initials in)
Rally X
Omega Race
Elevator Action
Dig Dug
Mario Bros.
Ikari Warriors
Hyperdyne Sidearms
Gauntlet II
Forgotten Worlds
The Ninja Warriors
Ninja Gaiden
Mars Matrix

will forever hate Street Fighter II for destroying arcades
735  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target clearance watch - April update! on: May 16, 2008, 12:48:10 AM

Quote from: JohnathanStrange on May 13, 2008, 02:37:37 PM

if you're still unsure of a game's worth at $7.48, then it was never meant to be.

736  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2008 on: May 15, 2008, 09:07:37 AM
The Life of Pi - Yann Martel
can i say i really did not care for this book... i am placing Yann Martel in the cadre of "Annoying Canadian Authors".

The Elephant Vanishes - Haruki Murakami
The Cat Inside - William S. Burroughs

also been poking around some Python/Ruby/Linux how-to books and some vegetarian cookbooks... not very enthralling reading, and i never get too far in them.

currently reading:

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien (book three of six)
737  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: May 14, 2008, 03:29:44 AM
+1 to st_dysan for the games
738  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does Quicken work? on: May 14, 2008, 01:12:33 AM

Quote from: FishPants on May 13, 2008, 05:27:42 PM

Just a note to any Canadians that are interested, all of this software is made for our American friends and does not port well (if at all) to Canada.  Which is a polite way of saying the software is useless and pointless for Canadians looking to utilize the features.

try GnuCash, mentioned above - it has a more international bent. AND IT'S FREE
739  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I dont want kids - a relationship killer on: May 11, 2008, 11:22:43 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on May 11, 2008, 02:08:52 PM

Children carry disease.

children *are a disease... a sexually-transmitted one
740  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: May 12 Postage Increase! on: May 11, 2008, 05:19:53 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 11, 2008, 03:43:15 AM

people still use the postal service for things other than Netflix?

i have pen pals i write to... with real ballpoint pens on actual notebook paper, stuffed into envelopes and stamped and dropped into the mail slot.

that being said, i still have a batch of 37 cent first-class stamps dating back to several price increases ago...
741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC]Gears of War on: May 10, 2008, 11:19:13 PM
got the game from a Microsoft Game Studios employee this week... spent a few hours cleaning off my hard drive and defraggling and installing (12GB footprint!) only to be greeted by a "Your PC does not meet minimum hardware requirements - Continue?" message upon boot (due to the Athlon 2500 processor). it defaulted to 640x320 resolution and the game itself looks like pixelated garbage. and what's with the "You must be signed in with a profile to save" thing?
742  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I dont want kids - a relationship killer on: May 10, 2008, 11:13:05 PM
being single is a far superior choice to being stuck in an unwanted/burdensome relationship
743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioware doesn't trust us (Mass Effect) on: May 07, 2008, 06:25:01 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on May 07, 2008, 05:41:14 PM

Did Bioshocks insane 5 activation copy protection really do anything?

that, and the disc media shipping without the executable... prevented me from getting it.
744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioware doesn't trust us (Mass Effect) on: May 07, 2008, 08:24:39 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 06, 2008, 08:57:21 PM

You make it sound like you think piracy had something to do with Company of Heroes lackluster sales.  It got ignored because it was yet another WWII game in the last wagon of a caravan of bandwagons, and was also yet another RTS game because their marketing did a horrible job at advertising the fresh take the game had on tactical combat.  It's now one of my favorite games but I wouldn't have even bothered trying a demo when it came out if it hadn't been for forumer word-of-mouth.

yeah. cool game, but i'm soooo sick of WWII themed everything, so i didn't buy it. done to death, and then some more. and then a bit more, and then a little bit on top of that. bleh
745  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / blee on: May 07, 2008, 08:04:59 AM
try disabling Compiz. video should work, then.

(it's a known bug with some.. or all? video cards. you'll also notice flickering on screens with 3D-hardware graphics - you can't run accelerated video on top of a graphics accelerated desktop. will be fixed in an upcoming version.)
746  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gardenburger availability on: May 02, 2008, 01:46:20 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on May 01, 2008, 06:12:51 PM

Quote from: Shinjin on May 01, 2008, 02:52:01 PM

We get them all the time at Meijer and Kroger (in Kentucky).

Kroger even had a recent sale on all of the Morningstar Farms stuff (not sure if it was regional) where everything was $2 a box (normally ~$4).

Same here actually. The Kentucky part too  icon_biggrin

i wonder if i've ever seen them that cheap. being vegetarian and a former meat-devourer, i live off the stuff. being that this is Seattle, they're available *everywhere and prices range from $3 (Trader Joes) to almost $5 (Whole Paycheck, PCC and other co-ops). you'd think with the higher rate of consumption, they'd be a bit less expensive, but noooooo... stupid cost of living.
747  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Portishead - Third on: April 30, 2008, 05:47:06 PM
it was an interesting experiment in how most or all 'hip-hop' influence from their sound was surgically excised, with a heavier emphasis on '60s style filmtrack atmosphere. once i got used to that, my initial (and only) impression was favorable. gonna get the CD from the library in a few weeks so i can hear it as it was meant to be heard, instead of a stream.
748  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / wanted: 1GB+ PC3200 RAM on: April 29, 2008, 08:26:42 AM
anyone have this for sale/trade? any brand is fine.
749  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tax Relief/Rebates start rolling in next week for direct deposit folks! on: April 27, 2008, 10:56:55 PM
the Feds are probably going to 'reclaim' mine
750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: good freeware pc game site? on: April 27, 2008, 09:03:44 AM
751  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Unreal Tournament 3 anyone?? on: April 24, 2008, 07:53:48 PM
i am available this weekend - UT2K4 is on my hard drive (and taking up too much space...)
752  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: HL2 Orange Box (PC) $32 - 48HR Special on: April 24, 2008, 07:47:54 PM
waiting for $20.
753  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Help me pick my first wireless router please... on: April 23, 2008, 11:59:07 PM
remember also the DS will only link to a supported router with WEP (or no) encryption, which sorta compromises your security if you don't want to change the settings every time you want to go online with the DS - no WPA for you!
754  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anybody got an HP 2133 Mini Note laptop? :) on: April 23, 2008, 06:48:57 AM
if you're using it just for word-processing purposes, why do you need Windows on it at all? with Linux, it'll be cheaper and might even run faster.
755  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anti-virus program needed on: April 22, 2008, 04:58:45 AM
Comodo (free)
756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A whole bunch of reasons it's still worth it to be a PC gamer on: April 21, 2008, 05:41:24 PM

Quote from: Chaz on April 21, 2008, 01:30:46 PM

I can definitely get it to run, and it looks nice, it's just that I know it can look nicer, and that bugs me a bit.  Everything else I've put on this machine, I can max out.

and thus my machine upgrade has been delayed once again... maybe i'll wait for full-speed PS2 and Xbox emulation. haha
757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] VC becomes completely useless thanks to hackers on: April 21, 2008, 07:53:19 AM
GP2X! the handheld made for emulation...
758  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A whole bunch of reasons it's still worth it to be a PC gamer on: April 21, 2008, 07:21:32 AM

Quote from: Chaz on April 19, 2008, 04:08:06 PM

Even my old 3+ year old machine was running most recent games (Crysis excepted) at some level, even if I had to live with graphical compromises.

I ran Crysis just fine on my 5 year old machine! of course, the video card was upgraded a while back to an ATi X1600 and there were still visual compromises made, but it still looked ok.
759  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are you listening to these days? on: April 19, 2008, 06:43:53 PM
the new stuff i've placed on hold at the library:

Accelerate   music cd
by R.E.M. (Musical group)
Date Placed: 04/03/2008   Pickup Location: Wallingford Branch
   Active   128 of 224 [ 121 active holds before you ]    01/08/2009
by Earth.
Date Placed: 04/03/2008   Pickup Location: Central Library
   Active   7 of 13 [ 6 active holds before you ]    01/08/2009
The Brit box UK indie, shoegaze and Brit-pop gems of the last millennium.   music cd
Date Placed: 03/09/2008   Pickup Location: Wallingford Branch
   Active   71 of 163 [ 64 active holds before you ]    12/26/2008

Dig, Lazarus, dig!!!   music cd
by Cave, Nick, 1957-
Date Placed: 02/29/2008   Pickup Location: Wallingford Branch
   Active   3 of 103 [ 2 active holds before you ]    12/17/2008
Distortion   music cd
by Magnetic Fields (Musical group)
Date Placed: 02/10/2008   Pickup Location: Wallingford Branch
   Active   126 of 307 [ 119 active holds before you ]    11/28/2008
Down in New Orleans   music cd
by Blind Boys of Alabama.
Date Placed: 04/03/2008   Pickup Location: Central Library
   Active   13 of 15 [ 9 active holds before you ]    01/08/2009
by Bon Iver.
Date Placed: 04/03/2008   Pickup Location: Central Library
   Active   28 of 61 [ 25 active holds before you ]    01/08/2009
Funplex   music cd
by B-52's (Musical group)
Date Placed: 03/12/2008   Pickup Location: Wallingford Branch
   Active   6 of 128 [ 5 active holds before you ]    12/17/2008
Last night   music cd
by Moby.
Date Placed: 04/03/2008   Pickup Location: Central Library
   Active   27 of 81 [ 25 active holds before you ]    01/08/2009
Lucky   music cd
by Nada Surf (Musical group)
Date Placed: 04/03/2008   Pickup Location: Central Library
   Active   126 of 150 [ 119 active holds before you ]    01/08/2009
Made in the dark   music cd
by Hot Chip (Musical group)
Date Placed: 04/03/2008   Pickup Location: Central Library
   Active   165 of 186 [ 153 active holds before you ]    01/08/2009
OBZEN (CD)   music cd
by Meshuggah.
Date Placed: 04/02/2008   Pickup Location: Wallingford Branch
   Active   3 of 12 [ 2 active holds before you ]    01/07/2009
The odd couple   music cd
by Gnarls Barkley (Musical group)
Date Placed: 04/03/2008   Pickup Location: Central Library
   Active   159 of 282 [ 151 active holds before you ]    01/08/2009

Robotique majestique   music cd
by Ghostland Observatory (Musical group)
Date Placed: 03/24/2008   Pickup Location: Wallingford Branch
   Active   144 of 206 [ 136 active holds before you ]    12/29/2008
Saturnalia   music cd
by Gutter Twins (Musical group)
Date Placed: 04/03/2008   Pickup Location: Central Library
   Active   95 of 113 [ 90 active holds before you ]    01/08/2009
Seventh tree   music cd
by Goldfrapp (Musical group)
Date Placed: 02/27/2008   Pickup Location: Wallingford Branch
   Active   30 of 174 [ 29 active holds before you ]    12/15/2008
This gift   music cd
by Sons and Daughters (Musical group)
Date Placed: 04/03/2008   Pickup Location: Central Library
   Active   51 of 61 [ 45 active holds before you ]    01/08/2009
WALK IT OFF (CD)   music cd
by Tapes 'n Tapes.
760  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Films I Love: RoboCop on: April 18, 2008, 04:50:37 AM
The movie should have had no sequels, spinoffs, etc made. Same with Starship Troopers... but there should have been a Showgirls 2...
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