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721  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.
722  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
723  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.)
724  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.
725  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.
726  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.
727  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
728  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: good freeware pc game site? on: April 27, 2008, 09:03:44 AM
729  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...)
730  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: HL2 Orange Box (PC) $32 - 48HR Special on: April 24, 2008, 07:47:54 PM
waiting for $20.
731  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!
732  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.
733  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anti-virus program needed on: April 22, 2008, 04:58:45 AM
Comodo (free)
734  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
735  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...
736  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.
737  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.
738  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...
739  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trackmania Nations Forever...sans Starforce? on: April 17, 2008, 08:01:37 PM
i'll get it this weekend!
740  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Ziff-Davis bankruptcy reorganization (1Up, EGM etc.) on: April 15, 2008, 08:17:27 PM
i was offered a job at a mobile phone advertising company. pay wasn't bad, but... ugh. i instead took a contract QA position working on Halo 3, which was the most intensely hellish job i have ever worked. 12 hours a day, 7 days a week for weeks on end...
741  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: What's the easiest to program a game? on: April 14, 2008, 10:40:35 PM
i made my first game (a point-n-click adventure in the style of the LucasArts and Sierra titles) in Macromedia Director, which is now Flash. it really wasn't overly difficult. i can only imagine it's gotten easier now with the new abilities and tools available. i would recommend Fenix, but there's not so much tutorial information available in English.
742  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HT Showdown: Yamaha vs Sony (Yet Denon somehow Wins) on: April 12, 2008, 09:41:53 PM
743  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 09, 2008, 12:20:26 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 08, 2008, 11:32:32 PM

You guys are welcome for as long as it takes.  smile

and not a minute longer
744  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF XBox360 power supply, power cable and/or component cable on: April 06, 2008, 01:25:44 AM
does anyone happen to have just the 360 PS for sale/trade? or component video cable?
745  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: 360 and a couple BC xbox games for sale on: April 04, 2008, 10:29:53 PM
what happened with your 360?
746  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is suffocating Pc Gaming... Ill tell you what. on: April 03, 2008, 11:28:26 PM
i've found i play very few new games anymore - i've been big on emulators for some years now, and lots of older stuff on PC and consoles.
747  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MS Office or on: March 21, 2008, 04:30:47 AM
given the choice between the two suites, i'll go for OO.o
748  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anybody got an Eee Pc? on: March 12, 2008, 08:25:18 AM
"Games tested on the Eee PC

This is a small list of games that have been tested on the Eee PC 4G."
749  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anybody got an Eee Pc? on: March 11, 2008, 01:22:35 AM
also would like to bring your attention to the Pandora, which will be out soon. Smaller and tailored for games (and the spiritual successor to GamePark's GP2X):
750  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: I'm Moving Again Trade List! on: March 08, 2008, 12:00:05 AM
third (or forth or whatever) on monitor
751  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Timeshift - $29.99 for PC or 360 on: March 07, 2008, 11:57:07 PM
but how does it compare to WILL ROCK ?!?
752  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Latest drivers/control panel for ATi Radeon Mobility 7500? on: March 01, 2008, 01:00:47 AM
so would Catalyst 6.5 (or the Omega equivalent) work?
753  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows XP SP3 on: February 28, 2008, 03:25:12 AM
XP SP3 doesn't automatically install the 'windows genuine advantage' trojan, does it?
754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC gaming alliance (industry effort) on: February 14, 2008, 03:53:42 AM
i'm wondering how a Windows machine is considered a 'real computer' when it doesn't have this:

(CMD.EXE is neutered MS-DOS!)
755  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 1/08) on: February 11, 2008, 09:43:46 PM
+1 to Raven VII for payment
756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is the SNES the Best Game Console Ever? on: February 07, 2008, 01:44:34 AM
Hell no. Odyssey^2
757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games finished in 2008 - console and PC... go! go! go! on: January 27, 2008, 10:14:58 AM
Future Tactics: The Uprising [PS2]
758  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Future Tactics: The Uprising on: January 27, 2008, 10:00:59 AM
it came out at the $19.99 price point a few years ago, but i just finished it. as one review put it, it's a 'turn based shooter' (obviously created by a British studio - Zed Two - as evident in the art style and dialog). lite-tactical elements with an interesting implementation - in how each turn plays out, it shows how the 3D Worms games from Team 17 could* have been made more fun than they were.

shots are made with a mini-game style aiming system. characters can find upgrade (as well as first-aid) in the field, granting new abilities. surprisingly, the game has a decent deformable terrain system, destroyable structures and large objects that can be blasted with firearms and cause a great deal of bodily damage on impact with friend or foe. craters, buildings and the like can be used for cover, as the monsters use line-of-sight to find you. there's also a multiplayer hotseat mode, and you can create custom one-off battles.

there are downsides to being developed as a budget title. the art style is very simple. enemies can run into the water and drown, fall off cliffs or otherwise injure themselves for no good reason, but it happens infrequently enough that it's amusing to watch. some mission objectives are unclear, and you can't get an overview of the battlefield before you take your first turn of the match. although the story is mostly dull, usually silly and lacks potential, it doesn't get in the way of the game itself. the first few missions are quite difficult at first, as you are completely overpowered by the opposing forces and must survive any way you can.

you can find it second-hand for cheap on PS2 (the version i'm playing), GC, Xbox and (in Europe) Windows PC platforms. (and it's on the Xbox360 backwards-compatible list.)

good review with many screenshots here

759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forum Challenge - Abolishing the Backlog on: January 23, 2008, 09:07:50 AM
my backlog goes to sometime in the mid-'80s. currently working on The Legend of Zelda and The Adventures of Lolo [NES]. it's too late for me. save yourselves!!
760  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cats vs Dogs on: January 13, 2008, 12:11:20 AM
no option for both

i'm into all animals, tho i think i'm more of a rodent person.
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