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881  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Hall of Fame Traders Look Here on: March 17, 2007, 01:45:05 AM
Future Tactics
882  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Casual Games- Should we cover them better here at GamingTrend? on: March 13, 2007, 11:41:13 PM
'casual' is just a marketing buzzword.. it's just shareware in the Modern Era.  haha.

i would like to see these covered, as most of the games that fall under this casually-named 'casual' heading are also indie titles, which is where i do my day job (and i do want a stronger indie presence for GT).
883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CGM down for the count on: March 13, 2007, 11:35:39 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 13, 2007, 09:43:30 PM

And here may be why they went under:

that would be really lame if that were the reason.
884  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS/T: Advance Wars: Dual Strike (NDS) on: March 13, 2007, 11:17:22 PM
still waiting for a response...
885  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Hall of Fame Traders Look Here on: March 13, 2007, 09:53:38 AM
1) Stubbs the Zombie!
2) Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven
3) Twisted Metal Black
886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trackmania United on: March 13, 2007, 09:47:33 AM
i played Trackmania Nations with my Xbox gamepad and it was fine. 
887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Psychonauts PC with 360 controller on: March 13, 2007, 09:44:23 AM
i play it with the (old, huge) Xbox controller and the XBCD drivers - it handles very nicely.  i can't imagine the 360 controller being worse.
888  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS/T: Advance Wars: Dual Strike (NDS) on: March 11, 2007, 07:38:31 AM
889  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: House Clearing Sale on: March 07, 2007, 09:11:55 AM
what's the model number on the Altec Lansing headset..
890  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Could it be my power supply? on: March 04, 2007, 12:12:17 AM
it does sound like the PSU is dying (and i had an Antec that failed on me as well)
891  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Arcanum and Space Rangers 2 on: March 03, 2007, 10:04:55 PM
i will trade you my copy for God of War
892  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trackmania United on: March 03, 2007, 02:37:44 AM
it uses 'Starforce Lite' icon_confused

Protection Technologies used a different strategy with the game Trackmania United: a Lite version of Starforce is present, without the StarForce drivers, with the game asking for the original CD every three days.
893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Indie Game Sites? on: March 02, 2007, 10:48:21 PM is all freeware - this is where i discovered Spout and all the ABA titles.  many neat indie Japanese games..
894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trackmania United on: March 02, 2007, 10:44:57 PM
as soon as they kill the Starforce requirement, i'm all over it.
895  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Master of Defense - free download, today only on: March 02, 2007, 10:41:28 PM

give it a try...  it was winner of's 2006 Strategy Game of the Year award.
896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: G.O.O.D. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. P.R.E.V.I.E.W. !.!.!.!.! on: February 20, 2007, 02:34:00 AM
it should be noted that i can still play most *new* games on 'high' detail settings with my Radeon 9700 Pro.  a lot of people seem to think that if a video card is nearly five years old, it's obsolete... heh.
897  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: February 06, 2007, 02:17:54 AM
+1 to Simon for the freebie
898  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Stuff on: February 01, 2007, 07:54:24 AM
899  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Stuff for sale, games and movies on: January 29, 2007, 07:38:13 AM
i'll take A Scanner Darkly
900  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Please recommend a good freeware MP3 ripper/encoder on: January 21, 2007, 06:07:00 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 15, 2007, 08:43:36 AM

I think WMP only lets you rip to various WMA qualities, MP3, and WAV.

..thus why i don't use it.
901  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Please recommend a good freeware MP3 ripper/encoder on: January 11, 2007, 11:01:57 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 05, 2007, 05:14:28 AM

I don't want to cause waves, but what is wrong with just using Windows Media Player?  What features are you looking for that aren't available there?  It's all I really use, but I have pretty archaic needs. 

is it possible to rip Vorbis OGG with WMP?  it must be, but it's gotta be kind of a pain.
902  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: casual games? on: January 09, 2007, 02:45:51 AM
or you could use like, a square, a circle, a diamond, a star, etc... 9 different shapes

Kakuro uses simple addition - give that a try, if you're so inclined

Stiffler - have you tried Word Krispies yet?
903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OMG!! Possible GoW for PC? on: January 09, 2007, 02:39:02 AM
the original Halo is still my favorite online FPS game (beating out Unreal Tournament, Battlefield, blah blah whatever you'd care to name) .  i've played it many, many hours on PC, and only about 2 on Xbox.
904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut 2 demo on: December 11, 2006, 03:47:03 AM

Quote from: Windows95 on December 04, 2006, 05:05:24 AM

The dartboard minigame drives me nuts, lots of times I scored but the game registered a miss.  icon_mad

this is one of the 'refinements' to the dartboard game that i was talking about - there are certain sections of the dartboard 'highlighted' (shown in the upper left-hand corner) and you have to throw your driver through that particular ring or wedge section - otherwise it says you 'miss' even though you hit the target.
905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut 2 demo on: December 11, 2006, 03:42:35 AM
i've played the original FlatOut quite a bit, and just got the demo working.

initial impressions:
FlatOut 2 has enhanced physics models over the first one, with a lot* more objects and junk on the racetrack.  the graphics have been worked over as well ...  i won't say 'enhanced' as the original game did (and still does) have very nice graphics, with incredible natural lighting.  FO2 looks more '2006 gfx trendy', with a lot of HDR-like lighting and some exaggerated motion-blur effects.  it runs very nicely with my Radeon 9700 Pro with detail set to "Very High", tho it does pause briefly now and then (usually when a lot of graphic detail is suddenly displayed on-screen) - it did that on the original FlatOut as well, so i have to figure out how to alleviate those pauses. sound effects are about the same, and the 'unsigned band' soundtrack of the original has been replaced with the likes of Audioslave and Rob Zombie - due, no doubt, to the increased development budget.  doesn't matter much to me, as i just turn the music off anyways.  it bothers me how some of the car models are overly shiny and new looking; while you can still get rusted-out patched-together heaps in FO2, i liked the original game in which all the crusty-lookin' cars looked like they were specifically re-assembled for dirt road rally races.  the control over your car is more precise than in the first game (though i did like the 'driftiness' of the first one) and the full-on collision situations where your driver is flung from the car have been reduced, with more wide-open tracks and easily-destroyable obstacles.

i'm not sure i like the refinements made to the minigame sections, but that may be just personal taste speaking. demolition derby mode is much improved in a number of ways over the first game - the damage model on your car seems to have been made more robust, and you can even lose wheels. 

unfortunately, one can't navigate the main menu with the game controller - it's all keyboard driven, unlike the first game!  boooo to that.  FO2 does* play very well with a gamepad (i use an Xbox controller) with full rumble support.  i have not tried a steering wheel, as i don't have one.  replays still have a limited command set, and you still can't save them for later viewing.

overall, i like what i see of this game so far, even if it is a bit 'big-budget' and more accessible. it's in no ways resembling a sequel failure along the lines of, say, Carmageddon TDR 2000 vs. Carmageddon 2.  i would recommend that if you like either FlatOut or FlatOut 2, to definitely check out the other game. both bring different aspects of arcade-y rally racing to the table, and aren't redundant, especially since the original FlatOut can be quite difficult.
906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut 2 demo on: December 05, 2006, 02:35:54 AM

Quote from: Scott on December 04, 2006, 08:26:45 PM

This is something I'll consider when the 360 wireless controllers finally work on the PC.  I can't wait for the device that allows this.  Otherwise, this doesn't look as fun w/out a good controller.

does it have to be wireless?  you can already use any other Xbox/360 controller with the PC with a USB adaptor cable (either purchased or constructed).  i play the first FlatOut on my PC with the original Xbox controller.
907  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Hardware Review: Microsoft Habu Gaming Mouse on: December 01, 2006, 11:48:31 PM
i like tall mice (where you can rest your mitt on it) - a lot of mice are too low-profile, including my IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0.  what are good recommendations?

(also, i still like using the original Xbox controllers)
908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any good Freedom Force 3 news? on: December 01, 2006, 12:32:14 AM
they could just keep using the same engine (or modify it, too) and throw the next issues up on Steam for $14.99 or $19.99.  they really ought to take the comic book model and run with it... maybe even more frequently-released missions for a cheap price.
909  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: November 11, 2006, 12:36:51 AM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on November 10, 2006, 11:58:18 PM

I am using the Ubuntu Server OS...can't wait to get it installed and working.  Does anyone have any suggestions before I continue with this endeavor?

haven't installed server before...
910  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: November 08, 2006, 11:21:06 AM

Quote from: Ibby on August 17, 2006, 04:39:31 PM

Why bother with Knoppix when I could use Ubuntu?

it does appear that the Knoppix liveCD is much* faster than the Ubuntu one (or any other liveCD i've tried).
911  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: November 08, 2006, 11:17:23 AM
been using this for a bit longer.  getting the 3D drivers for my Radeon 9700 actually wasn't nearly as difficult as i had feared, and in the process, i've become slightly more comfortable with editing the xorg.conf file. hah. also fine-tuned my monitor settings (refresh rates, especially) and it looks really nice now.

i managed to make my Intellimouse non-detected for a while, but realized that i had chosen a wrong mouse option in the X11 configuration 'wizard' (solution: pick 'IM', not 'Explorer').  i switched my speaker system to the SoundStorm audio for the time being, and it works fine with that.

still some stuff i gotta do (Automatix2 to grab all the codecs), and there are a few outstanding problems, like amaroK not detecting any music CDs in my DVD drive.  i also have to install a few games.  i downloaded the Darwinia linux patch, but haven't gotten it to work yet.  will be also getting patches for Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, Heavy Metal: FAKK, and possibly UT2K4.  i saw there's a linux version of Jagged Alliance 2, but i don't know if there's a patch for the Windows version.
912  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: October 30, 2006, 10:03:49 AM
ok... i'm able to use the mouse and keyboard with Edgy Eft on the second attempt (i'm typing this post from the liveCD runtime session right now).  it does come with Firefox 2.0, cool.   everything (including web connection) is running pretty slow, due to the OS running from the CD (tho Knoppix liveCD is much speedier).   some web sites (like are taking for-ev-er and a day to load.  it seems to use a 'smoothtype' sort of font display like WinXP has, but i wish to disable it  -ok that was easy, but it looks like crud.  back to 'best shapes' font.    OpenOffice looks really nice on Linux - it rather looks like MS Office 95 on Windows.  need to get it to recognize my Turtle Beach Santa Cruz soundcard, rather than the nForce2 SoundStorm integrated audio, and to change the resolution/refresh rate.  both are now fixed, mostly.  more impressions later.
913  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: October 27, 2006, 08:39:56 PM
gonna try it out this weekend, probably.  i have some space reserved for it on my new HD...

UPDATE:  it took a really long time to load off the CD, including a part where it seemed to freeze up completely (this was during the logo/bouncing progress bar part).  when the desktop appeared, it displayed a "There was an error starting the GNOME Settings Daemon. etc etc" message, and the system refused to respond to keyboard and mouse input.  you could see the mouse cursor in the middle of the screen, but it wouldn't move.  i ran a disc integrity check on the CDR i burned, and there were no errors.  i'll try again tomorrow.
914  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: October 27, 2006, 06:46:32 AM
oh yeah, Edgy Eft came out yesterday.
915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS1? on: September 29, 2006, 10:50:32 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 29, 2006, 05:43:09 PM

To answer your question though - the old PS1s were crap and were guarenteed to burn out after so many hours (cheap plastic holding the CD lens in place). The remade ones were much better in that aspect.

i have an old PSX which is on its way to death - cinematic videos are stuttery, and it's failed to load a game once, so far.  based on the symptoms, the laser assembly is malfunctioning, which is apparently a common problem with these units
916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it gay for a straight, white male to own a pink DS? on: September 23, 2006, 11:11:53 PM
it's not pink, it's light red
917  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And your 2007 Transformers are... on: August 24, 2006, 10:25:43 PM
*@&#ing michael *@&#ing bay is directing... did anyone actually believe he would stay true to the source material?
918  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Music question on: August 24, 2006, 10:08:40 PM
919  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: August 23, 2006, 08:51:19 AM
i have an Ubuntu ISO i got from bittorrent to replace SUSE 9.2 on my current machine (dual boot with WinXP using GRUB) ... now, how do i do the replacement?  do i have to manually wipe out the SUSE partition, and... do what with GRUB?
920  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: New Forum Feedback in HERE please on: August 12, 2006, 09:22:41 PM
i like the shift to new software. more functionality is always good. 

my only suggestion would be to disable the displaying of the 'print' button.
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