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841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: September 18, 2007, 09:55:56 AM
842  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
843  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.
844  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
845  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
846  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....
847  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...
848  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!
849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft trying to kill PC gaming? on: June 06, 2007, 09:40:04 AM
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.
850  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'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...
851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap - free version on: May 31, 2007, 11:56:11 PM
nice.  servers are loaded right now, it appears.
852  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).
853  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"...
854  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
855  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 - it's a fantastic disc-bootable OS as well.
856  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: I need of a Free virus protection download. on: May 10, 2007, 06:34:27 PM
COMODO AntiVirus
857  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...
858  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?
859  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.
860  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
861  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. ...
862  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.
863  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?
864  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
865  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. 
866  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...
867  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)
868  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'.
869  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
870  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.
871  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: March 26, 2007, 12:06:28 AM
+1 to Hrothgar for freebies
872  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Hall of Fame Traders Look Here on: March 26, 2007, 12:06:02 AM
got it yesterday!  thanks
873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 10 Hardest to Beat Console Games on: March 22, 2007, 05:47:34 PM
Megaman 1 is freaking hard
874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GP2X - portable computer/console hybrid on: March 22, 2007, 12:24:30 AM
there is a Playstation emulator, but it's never going to reach the quality of the new one on PSP. some of the older 2D games are definitely playable.  if it's the only reason you're buying the GP2X, don't do it...  you can get a comparison of most of the major emulators vs the PSP here.

the NES, SNES, Genesis, GBA emus allow you to save at any point.  i don't remember about MAME (it has whatever features the original MAME has).  you'd have to look up the rest - it's not a feature i often use outside the systems listed above.

the unit is only available via importers in the US - i went through and they're reliable.

i really like this portable!  if you have any sort of tinkering bent, it's the only way to go with a handheld.  there is so much you can do with it.  i recently got a DS, played it for a bit, then went back to the GP2X, as the DS felt so limited and expensive compared to this.
875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anybody own a GP2X? on: March 21, 2007, 08:38:21 PM
the GBA emulator has improved immensely over the past week - runs a lot of titles at full-speed, now.

this device is awesome.  i'm on my second one, as i left my first one on the bus and never saw it again frown
876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GP2X - portable computer/console hybrid on: March 21, 2007, 08:34:48 PM
NES - works great, a few quirks (eg sometimes the music in Super Mario Bros will be twice as fast as it should be)

Genesis - awesome, no complaints and SegaCD support is coming along well (tho those games take up a fair amount of space on the SD cards)

SNES - ok.  getting faster; older games run fullspeed or nearly fullspeed.  transparancy support was just recently fully implemented, i believe.
877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GP2X - portable computer/console hybrid on: March 21, 2007, 01:07:13 AM
There has been much talk over the past dunno-how-many-years of the convergence of console gaming and the PC game scene.  Welcomed by some, lamented by others, but seen by many as inevitable... blah blah journo-speak, that someday is HERE NOW - witness Gamepark Holdings GP2X device.

The GP2X is of Korean origin, with its manufacturer born from the split with parent company GamePark (creator of the GP32).

i've now owned 2 of these units (left one on the bus and never saw it again)

from the website:
Product Name: GP2X-F100

CPU: Dual cores, ARM940T @ 200Mhz + ARM920T @ 200Mhz
Dimension  143.6mm* 82.9mm*34mm
Mass (w/o batteries): 161g/5.68oz (GP32 NLU: 163g/5.74oz)
RAM  64Mb
Storage  SD Card
Connection Type  2.0 high speed
O/S  Linux
Power supply  2AA
Display  3.5" TFT LCD
Resolution  320*240(QVGA)

Video Codec support: MPEG 1, 2, 3, 4, DivX 3.11, 4.x, 5.x and higher, XviD
Format support: AVI, MPG, MPEG
Audio Formats: MP3, OGG
Resolution  MAX 720*480
Frame Rate  Max 30 fps
Bit Rate  Video Max: 2500Kbps, Audio Max: 384Kbps
Caption  SMI

No. Channels  Stereo(L+R)
Frequency Rate  20Hz~20KHz
Bit rate sampling  16bit/8~48KHz 
Equalizer  Normal, Classic, Rock, Jazz, Pop

Additional Function
e-book, game

Image Viewer
Image Formats: JPG, BMP, PCX, GIF, PNG

Continuous playback time
Battery Life (2 x 2850mAh AA): 6 hours video, 10 hours audio

emulators are plentiful.  i've currently got Atari VCS, NES, SMS, Genesis/Megadrive, SNES, PCEngine/TG16, Atari Lynx, GB/GBC, GBA  NeoGeo Pocket, NeoGeo and of course MAME (v.34 romset) all running on it.  for computers, there's the C64, Spectrum, Apples, Atari ST - even an Amiga emulator that's a bit slow, but it tends to work... there is also an early build of DOSBox.

of particular interest is that it runs SCUMMVM, Exult (Ultima VII), Ur-Quan Masters (Star Control 2+), OpenTTD (Transport Tycoon Deluxe), some of the old id/3DRealms games (Commander Keen series, Wolf3D, Doom 1-2, Quake, Rise of the Triad, Duke3D, Shadow Warrior), Descent 1-2, Marathon 1-3...

as the devkit is freely available, you can program your own games/apps/whatever for it.  most games use SDL, and a preliminary OpenGL was developed recently.  if you want a Linux-y command line, you can download STerm as a shell prompt for Busybox.

should this portend the future of entertainment media, we're off to a good start.  if you have any questions, ask away or check these links for all the information you could want:
878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Devil May Cry 4 on PC! on: March 20, 2007, 07:10:20 AM
the PC versions are done by Capcom's Taiwan-ese or Hong Kong studio (forgot which), and are pretty bare-bones/minimal ports.  just enough effort is put into them so they run on fairly high-end Windows rigs without toooo many problems, and retail for $19.99 USD.
879  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Fallout Collection @ GoGamer $14.90 on: March 20, 2007, 07:05:00 AM

Quote from: Greggy_D on March 19, 2007, 07:44:51 PM

Do these run on XP without any issues?

since it came out in 2002, this reissue collection is meant to run on 2000/XP (and the system requirements actually don't say anything about ME or 98 being supported...)
880  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Hall of Fame Traders Look Here on: March 18, 2007, 03:22:02 AM
please add:

True Crime
Splinter Cell
Rogue Ops
Rails Across Americer

and send me your paypal so i can throw a few dollars at you
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