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841  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Do people with Skype Use VoIP? on: August 23, 2005, 06:03:01 PM
mobiles are freakin' expensive...

just wanted to point out this pretty neeeat service i've been using recently:

http://www.voipbuster.com

it's a downloadable VoIP program that lets you call mobiles/landlines in the US, and landlines in some major countries of the world, for extremely low cost (a flat fee of 1 euro for 4 months, right now, as it's in beta).  rates for calling mobiles in other countries is about the same as Skype-Out.

i paid my $1.27 and now i'm making lots of LD and international calls. sometimes the voice quality is rather choppy, but usually it works just fine.
842  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: August 22, 2005, 09:03:02 AM
also adding:

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

karma now at +7
843  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Trouble with Radio Shack PSX-USB Adaptor on: August 19, 2005, 10:42:56 PM
have you tried unplugging both controllers, then plug in the PSX controller first?
844  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: August 16, 2005, 04:25:48 AM
i'm adding The Hulk (Vivendi Universal) to my list of giveaways.
845  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / I have a stack of old records I need to get rid of? on: August 12, 2005, 05:30:46 PM
post list!
846  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / HOLY CRAP!!! VOLTRON Movie Announced!! on: August 03, 2005, 05:48:24 PM
since we're talking about Voltron, these should be mentioned:

Centibestial King GoLion
Armored Fleet Dairugger XV

(the series from which the 2 cartoons were ripped off from)


the Space Battleship Yamato movies?  i'm a big fan of old anime, but couldn't get through the first one... will have to try again.
847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Playstation 2 Controller on PC? on: August 02, 2005, 07:20:57 PM
if you plan on playing dance-type games with PS dancepads (like StepMania), the Radioshack adapter is not a good choice.  you can't hit two directions simultaneously.
848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Worms 4 out?? (Nanostray, too??) on: August 02, 2005, 07:16:58 PM
worms 4 IS 3d.... ugh

didn't care for the last two games.  the fun factor was really trashed with the move to 3D, for me.  clunky graphics, horrible interface...
849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FSW on pc SUCKS!!!!!! on: August 01, 2005, 10:31:01 PM
i've never gotten the sound on this game working correctly - it's really stuttery and poppy (Turtle Beach Santa Cruz and Nforce2 Soundstorm).
850  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Do people with Skype Use VoIP? on: July 30, 2005, 12:25:40 AM
Quote from: "ElijahPrice"
Yeah, sunrocket has been pretty good.

Interesting feature.  Just put your list on aboard and call randomly?  Is there like a random call feature or a profile so that you have some clue who you are going to talk to or is it just a list and you click and say, "hello?"


i don't remember the particulars of how your SkypeMe! mode is displayed to other people (is it in the directory?  elsewhere?), but it's simply a setting one can activate or deactivate (alongside other settings such as Away, Online, Invisible, etc).
851  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's so interesting about "MUSIC"? on: July 29, 2005, 04:47:53 PM
you probably haven't found the music that's clicked, yet.  more exploration is needed.
852  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: July 29, 2005, 02:36:47 AM
+1 to greeneggsnham.  the USPS pulled a stunning maneuver and turned a 'priority' priced shipment into an overnight...!
853  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Do people with Skype Use VoIP? on: July 27, 2005, 12:55:40 AM
Quote
So you are saying your a skype to voip convert?


if you have, say, Sunrocket service (which i checked out yesterday and it seems better than either of the two services i listed), that doesn't wholly negate Skype's raisin day entree (ie SkypeMe).  i think they can co-exist.

i should've been a bit clearer - "SkypeMe" mode is a setting on Skype which puts you on the 'call me if you're bored or whatever' list and makes it easier for people to find you.  at the other extreme, you can also choose to not have yourself listed on the directory, and block everyone, if you want.

i've met some cool people (due to their randomly calling me) on Skype.   it's definitely something to try out.
854  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: PS2 + games + etc. **Lower price** on: July 27, 2005, 12:41:11 AM
i have a friend who would be interested in the PS2 by itself, if it were sub-$100.
855  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Do people with Skype Use VoIP? on: July 25, 2005, 07:32:03 PM
i haven't yet purchased minutes through them, although their international calling rates seem to be OK.  i haven't had too much success in getting friends to download the software and keeping it running all the time.  it is a good way to meet random, outgoing people from around the world, certainly (leave SkypeMe mode activated and see where you get calls from...)

i was planning on going through another VoiP provider in lieu of Verizon when i move out of my current place.  Lingo or Voicepulse look to be the best for me (read: cheap).
856  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Do people with Skype Use VoIP? on: July 25, 2005, 07:16:18 AM
just to clarify:

the free service on Skype is limited to calling, or recieving calls from, other people with the software installed on their machine.  all the extras (calling landline or mobile phones, voice mail, et al) cost money.
857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Good TA like game on: July 19, 2005, 06:51:46 PM
Perimeter?
858  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Impressions: RoboRally re-release on: July 16, 2005, 08:32:24 AM
got a chance to play this tonight with five other people.  i had never played the original, but got enough of an impression on what it was like from other people to know how it played.  according to the other players, the new version is basically a tweaked and better-balanced revision. it plays pretty much the same, almost exactly as i had envisioned it - it's Turtle LOGO with conveyer belts and lasers.

how fun was it?  enough that i purchased my own copy - it's the first board game i've purchased in years.  definitely worth a look - see if your local games store has a demo you can play.
859  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: July 15, 2005, 06:31:22 AM
Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord received from Grundbegriff.  


EDIT (08/06/05): PIFF karma now at +6
860  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: July 15, 2005, 06:26:15 AM
+1 to Grundbegriff for the freebie.
861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Divine Divinity: what's the final verdict? on: July 11, 2005, 09:26:49 PM
this is the only game i could never get to work on my computer.  it'd randomly crash when entering a building - tried latest patches and allsuggestions listed on the official boards (short of rolling back my ATi driver back to some unspecified version); nothing helped.  it's too bad, as it did look to be pretty good.
862  Gaming / Analog Gaming / New Release: Shadows over Camelot on: July 02, 2005, 08:22:39 AM
played this tonight with three other people:

there's a lot to do - it's one of those cooperative games where it's all the players vs. 'the board', and there's a lot of side-quest mini-games to do, as well as player special abilities.  it was pretty cool at first, but the fun started to diminish when too much strategy was coordinated (even though the cards themselves weren't announced), and one player started telling the other players what to do in order to achieve desired victory conditions in each mini-game - winning is easily achieved when that happens.  it should be noted that we were not playing with loyalty or traitors, so that undoubtedly influenced the difficulty.
863  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Around the World in 80 Days on: July 02, 2005, 08:17:59 AM
tried this out tonight:

it seems to have a lot of potential for little nuances during gameplay, since there are a number of gameplay elements (time passed, position in the world, current turn leader, possession of cash, travel and event cards in hand, the detective marker, the bonus tokens and the randomness of balloon flight) that affect each other in many different ways. will have to give this more time - it looks like it would be much more interesting with more players.
864  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Impressions: RoboRally re-release on: June 30, 2005, 08:59:07 PM
yeah, it's out now.  going to the game store tomorrow to have a look at it.
865  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Please recommend a Free Email Client to replace Outlook Exp. on: June 06, 2005, 07:09:00 AM
Thunderbird
866  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: June 01, 2005, 01:25:58 AM
PS1 controllers received!  thanks.  feedback left.
867  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: June 01, 2005, 01:25:10 AM
+1 to Raven VII !
868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Atari Flashback 2.0 on: April 30, 2005, 12:24:28 AM
Battlezone looked much more colorful than i remembered it.  heh

auugh! i wanna play robot tank now.
869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Atari Flashback 2.0 on: April 29, 2005, 09:37:47 PM
oh, and 4) looks more like Millipede, but i could be wrong
870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Atari Flashback 2.0 on: April 29, 2005, 09:36:33 PM
1) is Air/Sea Combat (AKA Target Fun, when it was included with the Sears VCS),

2) is actually Robot Tank by Activision, which is one of my all-time favorite 2600 games,

8) looks like an Activision game, but I don't know which one.
871  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Impressions: RoboRally re-release on: April 20, 2005, 06:51:51 AM
Game is now released! see here...

Impressions are a few posts down....
872  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What would YOU do? on: April 17, 2005, 09:41:55 AM
under no circumstances give her money, but giving the book back (along with an explanation of how you fair you feel this situation is).

i also wouldn't really trust her, after this.
873  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: April 06, 2005, 01:40:06 AM
Return to Zork and Perfect General 2 have been claimed.

new additions:

Sudden Strike (Strategy First)
Navy SEALS (ValuSoft)

EDIT: reclaiming two karma points for Neverwinter Nights and Wizardry 8 - never received.  Karma now at +11.
874  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD's, Extra Features, Whatnottery on: March 30, 2005, 11:59:40 AM
neither have i... but i own like, less than 15 DVDs (and they're mostly music video compilations)

one thing that can go to hell, however, are animated menus.  they're usually stupid-looking and add unnecessary extra time to menu navigation.
875  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / XIII for PC is $9 at Gamespot on: March 30, 2005, 11:54:11 AM
it was -$5 at EBGames a few months ago ($5 - $10 gift cert) - that sold out waaay before i could get to it, tho.
876  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: March 29, 2005, 12:45:47 AM
darrvid - you have mail.  Zork will be sent soon-ish.
877  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: March 21, 2005, 11:35:47 PM
+1 to Mytocles for the free batteries
878  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: March 16, 2005, 03:53:18 AM
+1 to Serlesh for the freebie.
879  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / WTB Massive Assault on: March 12, 2005, 10:30:15 AM
be sure to get online when you get this...
880  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ever heard of FullSail? on: March 09, 2005, 08:41:17 AM
there used to be a website called "fullsailsucks.com" with quite a few disappointing testimonials from students..  i'd be wary.

i went to Digipen last year - the art program there is very demanding (i was in the RTIS department, but have some friends going for an art degree from there.  most seem on the verge of failing out in their second year of the four year program.)
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