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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Armada [by the author of Ready Player One] on: July 19, 2015, 08:47:02 AM

Quote from: Caine on July 14, 2015, 02:15:12 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on July 14, 2015, 01:49:08 PM

Absolutely hated RPO.  Poorly written Mary Sue of a novel full of nothing but pandering geek affirmation.  Reviews make Armada sound even worse. saywhat
Forge, we are of the same mind.  The more I read it, the less I liked it.  Your review perfectly sums up how I feel about it. 

a book existing soley of references is bad, but what really galls me is it wasn't even done cleverly! it was a really lazy excuse of a story; i bailed near the halfway point (the S.O., who was also reading it at the same time i was, came to the same conclusion and also quit.) anyone conversant in trivia and retaining memories of semi-forgotten cultural signifiers and minutiae could bang out some reference-laden schlock wrapped in a generic tissue of a plot, and become an instant subcultural darling with little effort, i guess. so there's your 'get rich quick' scheme - it's still a market that has not been tapped out. do not underestimate the power of nostalgia and mimicry.

82  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: Wip3out Special Edition [PlayStation 1] on: June 10, 2015, 07:08:48 AM
kind of a long shot, but i'm looking for this title - only ever released in Europe.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Netflix] Sense8 on: June 07, 2015, 03:52:01 AM
as a non-Netflix subscriber, i am going to try to find a way to see this. i usually appreciate the interesting things the Wachowskis _attempt_ to do, even if they fail at it.
84  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Any opinions on Chromebooks? on: May 06, 2015, 08:13:01 PM

Quote from: Caine on May 05, 2015, 03:24:34 PM

In retrospect, I should have been writing on the same device I was testing on as I caused the browser to crash and lost the post.

if you use browser extensions, do check out Lazarus Form Recovery. works well
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kung Fury on: April 22, 2015, 07:26:24 AM
i'm waiting for the SelectaVision release. or maybe Spectrum will show it.
86  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Now Free on EA's Downloader Service That I Refuse To Call By Name: Syndicate on: April 14, 2015, 11:32:18 PM
the upcoming list of free games, i am sure
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Binding of Isaac... on: April 10, 2015, 12:23:43 AM
finally found out there's a new secret level - i had been spending all my time on the Cathedral/Chest, and didn't know that if you beat Sheol five times you gain access to the "Dark Room" (in the old game, Cathedral and Sheol would go to the Chest - now they separate.) wish i had known that earlier!
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Binding of Isaac... on: April 07, 2015, 09:13:04 PM
anyone playing Rebirth? it's worth getting if you liked the original - there's enough new content and such to make it still interesting (Steam says i've now put about 100 hours into the remake.) funny thing is i've gotten so used to the keyboard controls that i still don't use the (now-included) gamepad support - i find the keyboard is more accurate. very important when trying to get that coin in between the floor spikes...
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who: the original series on: April 07, 2015, 08:38:14 AM
now watching them all in chronological order. i'll get to the nuWho around 2018, at my current rate; just started on the Peter Davison years (fifth Doctor, early 80s - the S.O. can't stand Tegan's 'horribleness' - said she was worse than Sarah Jane, heh)
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GOG "Reclaim Your Games" initiative on: April 03, 2015, 03:58:39 AM

pretty cool what they're starting to undertake here - enter the CD/DVD-key from your retail boxed product, and add it to your library with no DRM. i redeemed my copy of Shadow of Chernobyl just now (which just happened to be the last ever brand-new-release-week-boxed-game-from-a-brick-and-mortar-store i ever purchased).

Initial titles:

Editions released worldwide:
-S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
-S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky
-S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat

Editions released only in CIS & Russian territories:
-Mount & Blade: Warband
-Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword
-Eador: Genesis

This is just the start of something much bigger. We plan to add more titles to the list in the future - it's a long and complicated process that involves negotiating with multiple parties and a scavenger hunt to retrieve forgotten key-databases - but then, we are on a mission here, we'll do whatever it takes.
91  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Blackjack's new gaming rig on: April 02, 2015, 06:56:30 AM

Quote from: TheAtomicKid on April 02, 2015, 05:53:22 AM

7 year warranties as a side bonus smile

i have had to go through three warranty power supply exchanges over the past decade or so. for the most recent time just last year, Corsair actually upgraded me to a 80 PLUS Gold model from the Bronze one that broke, since it was no longer made. it was also a slightly higher wattage rating, with the downside that it now exceeds what my UPS is rated for.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: March 31, 2015, 05:18:34 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 31, 2015, 05:08:44 PM

April's PS+ list is out today.

Nothing I intend to grab but it does have some good looking stuff.

you have to try Never Alone
93  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Blackjack's new gaming rig on: March 28, 2015, 10:20:24 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 27, 2015, 10:43:19 PM

It's not a brand I ever imagined buying until I did a little research last few days.  icon_smile

Blackjack got an eMachines! 

oh wait
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Book] Ready Player One on: March 26, 2015, 06:25:03 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on June 05, 2012, 12:04:30 PM

Quote from: Crusis on September 09, 2011, 03:25:57 PM

55 or so pages in and I am already sick of the Bobisms. I hate how everything is explained like the narrator is telling the story to a class of ten year olds. Show, don't tell. ARGH! Still, the 80's stuff is nice and nostalgic.

I'm surprised there aren't more negative opinions in this thread as I found the book to be rather poor.  Along with the Bobisms the main character is a major Mary Sue (or Gary Stu) if you will.  Nothing interesting is ever really done with the 80s stuff, and it's really mostly just name dropping or describing how something happened in a movie or game.  He goes well outside the 80s before and after with references as well, really it's just a geek affirmation piece, you like this thing right, well you know what it's cool to like it!

i agree that the book was absolutely painful reading - i had to quit it a third of the way through (which is something i hate doing, but when it has to be done...)
95  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / PSN flash sale on: March 20, 2015, 09:53:38 PM
best prices i have ever seen from Sony (mostly PS1 and PS2 ports, PS3 download titles and PC indie ports):!/en-us/flash-sale/cid=STORE-MSF77008-9_FLASHSALE15ALL
96  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS - 3DS XL (price drop) on: March 20, 2015, 06:23:16 PM
PM sent - a coworker might be interested in this.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Doctor Who: the original series on: March 19, 2015, 04:11:09 AM
for the past 25 years, Tacoma public television airs the episodes from the mid-60s to the late-80s on Saturday nights IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER, and the S.O. and i try to watch every week. (and i set the VCR to record if we're not home). KBTC has a special pledge drive every six months just for these reruns, as the BBC charges $30k a year for the privilege.

anyhow, i will say i have only ever seen one episode of 'new Who', but i am a lifelong fan of the original series. i grew up on Tom Baker's and Peter Davison's episodes in the late 70s and early 80s, so i always thought the fourth Doctor was my favorite (and Leela was my favorite companion), but having now seen a pretty sizeable portion of the shows, i think the second (Patrick Troughton) is the best. Romana was clearly the smartest companion, but she was a Time Lord, so maybe that's not a fair comparison... also, the original episodes with William Hartnell are pretty good, and quite a bit different in feel than later years - a good change of pace from a lot of same-y 70's plots.

98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Aurora tonight on: March 19, 2015, 01:01:34 AM
what time?
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kiva - Microlending to the less fortunate on: March 17, 2015, 07:54:14 PM
i did some loans on Zidisha; it's certainly an eye-opening experience. from my first borrower:

"Apologies of having not payed my weekly amount to zidisha account,it has delayed due to the county government of Nakuru that swept away our stores on 29th December last year taking away the stock that was inside.They claim of having notified people to vacate the place for the expansion of the highway. We never received the notice from them.More than 3000 people have been affected me included.Apologies of not having paid and not notifying you at the same time.Am half way to bringing my stock back and move to a nearby store that i have constructed.Kindly i request that you give me two weeks to reconstruct myself and start paying my loan as usual.Apologies once again.Hope you understand what am going through"
100  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Occasional crash/drop to desktop from games SOLUTION on: March 17, 2015, 07:44:16 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 17, 2015, 01:28:14 PM

Awesome, thanks for posting all that. Need to check out your PS as while I don't have any crashes, what I do have are odd background 'machine' noises / static that I hear with the headphones on when there's no other sound. Nvidia and Realtek here.

that's just electrical interference, isn't it? happens because the audio hardware isn't shielded/is too close to the computer's internals.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Remember when Worms was good? on: March 17, 2015, 06:54:38 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 15, 2015, 07:39:31 PM

There was a PC game that predated Worms by quite a bit (a cookie to anyone who can find the name of it)

the original was called "Artillery"

(and in the most popular modern-day incarnation of this genre, we have Angry Birds)
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Remember when Worms was good? on: March 15, 2015, 04:08:39 AM

Quote from: Caine on March 14, 2015, 06:39:44 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 14, 2015, 04:24:23 PM

Wow, I had no idea.  I wish I could see how many people are playing before re-buying it.  Thanks for the info.
I'm on mobile or I would pay the direct link.  Look up the game on steamcharts.  That will tell you how many peak and current players there are and it keeps track since the game went live.

Got the link.  Not a big group on steam.  Is this available through other stores?

no idea - i still have the original CD and used to use Team17's WormNet (which is still up: ). i don't play online anymore, as people are too good. never got into 'proping'.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Remember when Worms was good? on: March 14, 2015, 12:18:25 PM
that's because most people are still playing Worms: Armageddon, which was still being updated semi-unofficially as of two years ago:

with all the updates it has now, modern OS compatibility, new features, customization and current mod support, there's really no reason to bother with any other version. check out the readme, the changelog is huge.
104  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Media player software recommendations? on: March 12, 2015, 05:13:56 AM
MPlayer, end of story
105  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Display driver NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode Driver stopped responding... on: March 08, 2015, 06:56:26 AM
anecdote: i had the same symptoms when some capacitors started leaking on my old ASUS mobo (how many years ago was that? 14?). replaced it with a cheapy from ECS and it worked fine after that.
106  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Now Free on EA's Downloader Service That I Refuse To Call By Name: Syndicate on: March 06, 2015, 06:04:51 AM

Quote from: Purge on March 05, 2015, 02:45:12 PM

I'd like to see them give away the Crusader series (No regret, No remorse)

they gave away Crusader: No Regret last summer!
107  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Now Free on EA's Downloader Service That I Refuse To Call By Name: Syndicate on: March 04, 2015, 10:06:04 PM
the reason is more that they stole the name from one of the studios they gobbled up...

(and i'm not a huge fan of Steam, either)
108  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Now Free on EA's Downloader Service That I Refuse To Call By Name: Syndicate on: March 04, 2015, 07:07:03 AM
 ninja2 ninja
109  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: RAID 1 questions on: March 03, 2015, 09:23:04 PM
ok, sounds like RAID 1 is a go. still researching, but for sure i'll be using Linux's software RAID rather than the 'fakeRAID' that the mobo's BIOS offers.
110  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / RAID 1 questions on: March 03, 2015, 04:45:33 AM
i'm building a little home server for the S.O. with Ubuntu and two identical HDDs. this server will be used for backing up a MacBook and media storage/streaming.

is it worth it to install this system with RAID 1 for data redundancy, or would setting up rsync from one drive to the other be a better idea?
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Game Recommendations - Update! on: March 02, 2015, 09:13:50 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on February 28, 2015, 02:43:43 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on February 28, 2015, 06:47:41 AM

Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

I actually have this on the PS4 and haven't really tried it yet, maybe I need to.  It looks weird...But I've heard great things about it.

the game is mostly a mystery when you first start it - you're supposed to figure out things as you go, and you're expected to die a lot (a lot a LOT at first). luckily it's made to be replayed, repeatedly.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A good, basic FPS? on: March 01, 2015, 10:10:00 PM
i'm really into the arcade-y FPS games, if they've been done well. here are my recommendations:

can't believe Serious Sam hasn't been mentioned yet. SS3 tones down the mayhem of the first games, but i enjoyed it after the first two levels (specifically, once you get out of the museum) - enough to buy the DLC expansion for it, which is something i NEVER do. the HD remakes of First Encounter and Second Encounter are for sure worth getting, if you haven't played them yet. SS2 is different in several ways, but i would also recommend it.

the original Painkiller is also good; wouldn't bother with the standalone 'expansion' titles. did not care for the next game from the developers, NecroVision.

Hard Reset also qualifies, even though it's clearly from a small studio with limited budget, so i give it some slack (and bonus points for releasing a native Linux version at launch).

finally, Will Rock, though about a decade old at this point and an unabashed Serious Sam clone, is still fun. terrible dialogue and plot points and the game is generally nonsensical in a not-good way, but those parts are easily ignored. Dee Snyder of Twisted Sister is the voice actor of the main character, what? the developers of this game went on to do Time Shift and later, the Halo: Combat Evolved remake for Xbox360 and the 'Master Chief' collection for Xbone.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Game Recommendations - Update! on: February 28, 2015, 06:47:41 AM
Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
114  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: ASUS/AMD issues on: February 23, 2015, 08:45:55 AM

Quote from: Caine on February 23, 2015, 02:11:20 AM

and digging out drivers for the old X-FI sound card now that Creative stopped supporting it.

for sure i can't see myself purchasing another Creative product again (tho i've gotten quite a few in the past) - they cut off support waaaay too early on everything they make.
115  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: HDMI Troubles on: February 22, 2015, 11:39:29 PM
are the ports in the TV and receiver solid? not broken-wiggly?
116  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Time for a New Laptop on: February 09, 2015, 09:19:17 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on February 05, 2015, 08:41:48 PM

Our HP Envy has worm completely out.  It's time for a new laptop and I will never buy HP again.

i want to hear this story...
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/PC] Apotheon on: February 05, 2015, 09:37:32 AM
it's by the same people who made Capsized, so i'll be getting this at some point.
118  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free to a good home - HD DVD movies on: January 20, 2015, 12:32:12 AM
yep, i do want it.
119  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Gamepads... for the Mac on: January 16, 2015, 09:00:33 PM
OS X Mavericks and Yosemite actually ship with DualShock drivers! so yeah, PS3 controller support on Mac is much better than Xbox three-sixty.
120  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Soundbar question for tv on: January 03, 2015, 12:12:36 PM

Quote from: Azhag on December 26, 2014, 01:59:15 PM

Dumb question, but just got my first soundbar. Is there any reason I would need to plug the optical cables directly from bluray or cable box rather than through the tv?

i assume you don't have a receiver? if not, then one reason i could think of would be to listen to CD/DVD/SACD/etc audio without having to power your TV on!

Quote from: naednek on January 02, 2015, 05:04:12 PM

to piggy back on this.

I'm looking into getting a soundbar and selling my speakers/receiver.  I just built an HTPC and I don't believe I have optical on my TV or my HTPC.  Is that the only way to connect?

HDMI or analog audio RCA jacks. although the Sony Blu-Ray player my coworker gave me has ZERO analog jacks on it (which is ridiculous, in my opinion...)
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