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3841  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Proc/Mobo/RAM/PSU For Sale on: November 15, 2007, 01:33:10 AM
damn, wish I had money. 
3842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kane and Lynch Pwned on: November 14, 2007, 02:00:32 PM
not much of a surprise
3843  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Rock Band Party] Dry ice fog health and safety concerns... on: November 14, 2007, 01:20:13 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 13, 2007, 10:13:33 PM

For our upcoming Rock Band party on December 1st we've been discussing fog options, as you simply cannot have a Rock Band party without fog, and I've run into some health and safety concerns, not necessarily for us, but for our dogs.

I initially considered a fog machine, but every article I've read has warned about inevitable residue from the "fog juice" used in the machine (a combination of glycol and water).  Most of what I have read has said "you will have residue on everything in your home if you use the machine indoors", and I am not willing to risk residue on everything in our home simply for Rock Band fog effects (perhaps some may question whether I am completely comitted to the Rock Band experience if I am not willing to sacrifice all of our worldly possessions for the good of virtual rock and roll, but my Angus Young costume should more than make up for it).

And so in place of manufactured fog we've been considering the combination of dry ice and warm water as dry ice is fairly easy to find at any local grocery store and we have a limitless supply of warm water from our faucet (our grocery stores have coolers complete with dry ice gloves and blocks of dry ice individually wrapped for easy shopping).  However, carbon dioxide is one of the byproducts of dry ice sublimation, and dropping dry ice into warm water accelerates CO2 generation.  I've read a series of studies investigating potential health issues stemming from use of fog effects by actors in stage productions, and no real correlations have been made.  Except for warnings about asphyxiation. 

Because dry ice fog increases the level of CO2 in the room, asphyxiation becomes a concern.  We will have both our back door and our front door open, along with fans moving the fog from our back patio through our living room and then out our front door, so we'll have ample ventilation for all party attendees and the fog will remain at the lowest point in the room (the floor) because it has a higher density than the surrounding air.

But Nala and Simba inhabit the lowest point in the room (the floor).    icon_eek   And so asphyxiation becomes a real concern for them.  And I have now unfortunately been considering abandoning our plans to have fog as part of our Rock Band party atmosphere for the safety of our dogs (who will inevitably be lying down on the carpet as we all play, placing them "right in the thick of it" if you will). 

I was wondering if my concerns are a bit overprotective and with enough ventilation they should be fine, or if it would be ideal for us to abandon plans to utilize dry ice fog for the safety of our pets (and any virtual rockers who collapse from excessive play).  Obviously we wouldn't have continuous fog throughout the party, using it from time to time to add to the atmosphere, but even in small doses I worry about Simba's and Nala's safety.

Any advice or input stemming from prior experience would be appreciated.  Thanks.

you do know, dogs can go outside right Tongue
3844  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Xbox 360 and stereo hook up on: November 12, 2007, 07:43:18 PM

Quote from: gellar on November 10, 2007, 05:43:10 PM

You can't tear away the cables from each other to give you the leeway you want?  They should be designed for that.  If for some reason they can't, go to radioshack or order 2 of these from monoprice.com:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021803&p_id=656&seq=1&format=2

You should be able to find a cable that has two bundled in as well.  Make sure you get a M/F cable though... M/M won't work.

gellar

Unfortunately, the cable that came with doesn't tear apart.  So I'll guess I'll buy those cables.  Thanks for your help gellar.
3845  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: alvin and the chipmunks on: November 12, 2007, 04:46:46 AM
could have sworn that Tom Hanks was playing Dave.  In any case, it looks bad.
3846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher on: November 11, 2007, 08:13:15 AM
I finally got the game, it runs smooth when playing, but the movies while very nice looking runs like a slide show.  I know it uses the game engine for their cut scenes with higher detail, while it's nice looking, is there a way to make them less choppy?  Since it runs off the engine, if I lowered settings should it increase performance?

I have a AMD 3400 2gigs of ram and a ATI 1650 pro with 512 mb ram.
3847  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Xbox 360 and stereo hook up on: November 10, 2007, 05:26:23 PM

Quote from: gellar on November 10, 2007, 04:42:29 PM

Little confused here.  To get non DD5.1 audio to a stereo, you just need to take the red/white RCAs and plug them into your stereo's input.  Nothing harder than that.  Basically plug it in just like your DVD player.

gellar

The problem with that the audio cable that came with the xbox 360 don't give much leeway.  I have my xbox 360 on the top shelf and the stereo on the bottom.  The cables themselves only seperate about 4-6 inches.  I need to have the video cable go to the switch box, and with 6 inches of seperation, I can't put the audio cables down to my stereo.

_________________
|                        | 
|Xbox 360            |
|_______________|
|Switch               |
|DVD player         |       TV
|_______________|
|                        |
|Stereo               |
|_______________|
3848  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Xbox 360 and stereo hook up on: November 10, 2007, 04:07:34 PM
Ok, I need to get my xbox 360 hooked up to my stereo system. 

I have a crappy entertainment system, and someday I'll be cool and have an HDTV and 5.1 speakers, but I don't, thus I'm not cool like Gellar.

I have an old zenith tv that doesn't even have any RCA components.

I bought a switch at Radio shack to manage my dvd and xbox360.  I have my dvd on channel 2 on the switch, and my xbox 360 on channel 3.

Each channel has the Red White and Yellow plugs.  How do I get it to where my xbox 360 can have sound coming to speakers.

I think I have my dvd audio going straight to the stereo system, by passing the switch. 
3849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Impressions on: November 10, 2007, 04:00:36 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 09, 2007, 04:37:02 PM

Many have been praising this game, and I've been so caught up in the buzz that I've been practically stalking our mail delivery person up until Kato's extra copy of COD4 was finally delivered to my office, anxiously anticipating my opportunity to play.  And I agreed with every positive comment made about the game the moment I started the SP campaign.  And then I played MP.   :x

Over at OO someone commented about the MP exprience and I used their comments as a starting off point to explain my own issues:

Quote
I found it easy to get into and do pretty well in multiplayer.  There's a snap to target mechanic with the sights and the left trigger that takes quite a bit of the frustration out of targeting with a thumbstick....you get your crosshair close and pull the left trigger to look down the sights and it moves the rifle quickly and qutomatically onto center target...  It does this while your moving the rifle up into position to look down the sight and feels very good and immersive and it totally helps a guy like me who isn't a pro at aiming with a thumbstick to do pretty dang well in multipalyer...

I actually had the complete opposite experience.  I tried to use the snap to target mechanic, and I don't know if I was always too far away from an enemy, but it didn't happen anytime I used the left trigger.  Ever.  I don't know if it is weapon-specific, but it didn't happen for me with the M-16 (I was pretty excited about it when I learned about it in the SP training mission, but then in MP it didn't happen at all).  I also did not find it easy to do pretty well in MP.  I can hold my own in most shooters, especially Halo and Gears of War, but when I played in my first COD4 MP game I felt like I instantaneously developed down syndrome.  I couldn't tell friendlies from enemies, I couldn't even find enemies, and when I did and started firing I'd be killed from across the board by a sniper I couldn't even see.  For having such amazing graphics, I find the HUD to be cluttered and confusing, and I have a ton of trouble seeing people on-screen.  In Halo I can see who I'm supposed to be firing at, I can determine friends from enemies, and I even can tell where I was killed from or why.  In COD4 I could barely make out enemies until they were right on top of me, and 99% of the time I was not killed by the person I was looking at, but some sniper I never even knew was there.  Step out from behind cover, die from sniper shot.  Lather, rinse, repeat.

Also, I always felt like I was struggling to find enemies, but I felt like I was at least doing an okay job hiding in cover, moving around slowly, and being careful about making my way through the map, trying not to Rambo myself to a quick death.  And yet I would still die before even knowing what the hell was going on.  When I'd see the replay from the person who killed me I looked like a drunkard accidentally stumbling into a war zone when I was instead just looking for the wrist-band booth so that I could gain access to the Octoberfest pavilion.  It was humiliating.   

I also found the first weapons available to new players to be awful.  The gun sights, while realistic, are difficult to use, firing from the hip doesn't work very well, and they seem to have very little stopping power.  In R6 you fired at the targeting reticle and you can use the gun sight for better accuracy.  But, you could fire from the main FPS view without needing the scope at all times.  I found myself in a number of gun fights and was always killed by a better weapon, never having much of a chance.  I also did not enjoy playing with more experienced players because they were playing with much  better weapons with better scopes, more stopping power, and I felt like I was skipping through the flowers with my pop gun and Thundercats lunch box on my way to play "cowboys and indians" with my friends and found that they were using real weapons against my cork on a string. 

Needless to say, my initial impressions of MP were that it was the worst MP experience I have had to date.  Even though the game has some amazing features, I think some playability was sacrificed for realism.  After all, this is still a video game, and even though realism is necessary for a game like this, it still needs to be fun to play and playable, and so far it was not at all fun to play and didn't feel playable in the least.  Plus, most shooters are easy enough for me to pick up and play.  Not so with COD4.  It was like learning to play all over again from scratch.  Years of FPS experience seems to be flushed right down the toilet.  I felt like a 4-year-old with an alcohol problem that had lost his thumbs in a tragic sweatshop paper mill accident.

Last night I turned off the game out of pure frustration and had no desire to even go back into the SP campaign.  Perhaps part of it is due to a very long week full of stress and long hours at the office, but after being so excited to play COD4, all it did last night was ruin my evening.  I even woke up pissed off this morning because I had such an awful time playing last night.

I just hope that with time and practice the game will become more accessible for me.  Plus, I think once I unlock new weapon types and the ability to customize my perks it will open an entirely new aspect of gameplay for me.  The current weapons available to me are difficult to use (at least in my opinion), I don't yet understand what kind of player I should be (what kind of class would fit my play style - i.e. dying a lot), and I had about as much fun playing as I did having Harkonis hang out by our spawn point in R6 with a sniper rifle picking us off like metal ducks at a carnival.

And in the same breath I see so much potential in this game.  Now that I've calmed down I really want to try it again, but I need to play in a private party with lesser experienced players if I'm going to have a chance to learn how to play the game.  The matches last night just felt too unfair with most players being of higher level and playing with more advanced weapons while I ran around with the aforementioned pop gun.  Unfortunately, I have to continue to be frustrated by ranked matches in order to unlock some of the game's MP features.  I'd like to think that with practice and playing a bit more (and figuring out what the jumbled mess of icons on my HUD mean) I'll eventually improve.  And because of the game's potential I'd like to keep playing.  But if I continue to have expriences like last night I fear I will disappoint Kato and take away from his good gesture by wanting to seek counseling for anger management issues caused by an inability to play a damn videogame.

I want to keep playing and be part of the OO/GT MP craze.  But last night was not fun.  At all.

For the first time I think I actually need help from the better players.  Many of you have played with me and know that I am able to hold my own in shooters, and yet last night I felt like I didn't belong playing COD4 or any other videogames for that matter.  I want to play and I really think that I'll enjoy this game if I give it a chance, but last night was awful.

Help me GamingTrend Kenobi.  You're my only hope.     

Pay it forward...

I'll give you my address Tongue
3850  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hawaiian Pizza on: November 10, 2007, 04:54:15 AM
was over at the in-laws tonight and had pizza.  We ordered 1 hawaiian pizza.  Yummy!  The other choice was some other pizza that had BBQ sauce on it.  My father in-law loves it, nobody else does, so he didn't get what he wanted biggrin
3851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kane & Lynch on: November 09, 2007, 03:34:56 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 09, 2007, 12:32:25 PM

Quote from: Calvin on November 09, 2007, 04:51:40 AM

That video to me showed that K&L has the potential to be a majorly bad game. Bad graphics, horrible voice acting from Lynch, awful, dull shooting. Ugh. I could not be more turned off by that video.

The shooting is what really stood out:

1. The guy had a heckuva time hitting anything- which is fine cause they were swerving- but it seemed that even where he did hit it didn't really do much.

2. There's a clip in that vid where he has the cop hanging out the door lined up perfectly and he must get off 3 or 4 shots and nothing happens to the guy.

3. At the end when he throws the grenade at the police cars it goes down the tunnel and nowhere near where the cars were. 

Blech!

Oh and as mentioned above, the lanuage is gratuitious.  Sure, hardened bad guys will speak tough talk, but every other word is just plain wanton.  The guys in HEAT didn't talk like that. slywink

but in pulp fiction they did. 

When I first rented that, I had to take it back to the rental store.  Too much swearing just for the fun of it.
3852  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Squirrels. Why did it have to be squirrels? on: November 08, 2007, 01:27:46 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on November 07, 2007, 11:30:32 PM

So I hear scratching and assorted sounds right above my head as I'm working in the home office this afternoon. I go outside and investigate but I see nothing. I hear a noise though coming from the vent right outside the office windows. I grab my trusty MagLite, head up into the attic, and see what I can find. I see two squirrels apparently getting it on right over where the office is. I can get to them, but I'm not wearing gloves or carrying, you know, firearms. I close the attic door and head outside to see if I can find where they came in and sure enough I think I may have discovered it. I need to get onto the roof to confirm it but if it is where I suspect then it's easy enough to seal it off.

The trick is on how to get rid of the squirrels themselves. I'm wide open to suggestions here so if you have any ideas then I'd love to hear 'em.

talk to daehawk
3853  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hawaiian Pizza on: November 08, 2007, 01:27:03 AM
I grew up on Salami and Pineapple Pizza, my dad called it Hawaiian but a real Hawaiian pizza uses Canadian bacon
3854  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: F*ckVan.com on: November 06, 2007, 01:43:16 PM
despicable
3855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassins Creed New Video on: November 05, 2007, 01:36:57 PM
the whole AI standing around while you fight is bugging me.  There's a part in the comcast video where your character is taking on 20 guys, but only 1 or 2 at a time.  He has his back  to the other soldiers, and the soldiers just stands there watching.  I'll keep it on my wish list, but I think I'm going to wait and see if I don't get it for Christmas.
3856  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 9 on: November 05, 2007, 05:01:21 AM

Quote from: slackerjoe on November 04, 2007, 03:28:41 AM

Eagles-Cowboys Sunday Night

Everything else on Sunday leading up to it is just an appetizer before the main course. 

Eagles need to win this game.  Plain and simple their season is on the line.
I've got a good feeling that McNabb will carve up the Dallas D (just any decent QB has done this season) and the Eagles D will finally make some big plays and get some picks against Romo.  Dawkins coming back should be a huge emotional lift for the defense and I'm banking on another Lito Sheppard INT-return TD vs Dallas.




ouch
3857  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / MOVED: Help with a couple of viruses? on: November 04, 2007, 04:02:06 PM
This topic has been moved to Hardware / Software Hell.

http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php?topic=23366.0
3858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MOVED: Pretty good game rental deal at Hollywood Video on: November 03, 2007, 11:48:43 PM
This topic has been moved to Steals and Deals.

http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php?topic=23360.0
3859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Console debate] Which console do you WANT to "win" and why? on: November 02, 2007, 12:33:00 PM

Quote from: Calvin on November 02, 2007, 07:04:03 AM

Ridah, really, with all due respect, what in the world is a thread like this going to accomplish?
to resurrect hetz? Tongue
3860  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How Does One Go About Getting A Lawyer? on: November 01, 2007, 12:35:04 AM

Quote from: Simon on October 31, 2007, 04:30:53 PM

Two words: Denny. Crane.

awesome!

I was going to suggest to ask around at your church, but I doubt you'd find many there Tongue
3861  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A-Rod opts out of Yanks! on: October 30, 2007, 12:47:11 PM

Quote from: Devil on October 30, 2007, 01:22:46 AM

We should start a new "Top 10 Hated Teams" list!

Poncho, get on that!


10 Raiders
9 Lakers
8 Dodgers
7 Raiders
6 Lakers
5 Dodgers
4 Raiders
3 Lakers
2 Dodgers
1 Raiders
3862  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Animated Avatars? on: October 25, 2007, 04:05:45 AM
nope, animated avatars is not allowed, if you see them, report the thread.
3863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kane & Lynch on: October 25, 2007, 12:06:38 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 24, 2007, 01:19:54 PM

You're right, I was looking at the guy by the bridge and not the one that pops up in the upper left.  I didn't notice it when I was looking for it and probably wouldn't notice it when I was playing.  Not that it's excuseable because of that, but it certainly doesn't scream "terrible game" to me. 

I just don't like enemy spawning.  That's what ruined NOLF 2 for me, and other games.  It's so blatent, they could easily disguise it to where they pop up in a near by room and come out a door or entry way, but instead games like NOLF 2 they would pop up right behind you.

The AI in K&L looked a bit shoddy, they stayed in one place at times, just looked like a game that came out 3-5 years ago.
3864  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: reset other account on: October 24, 2007, 11:47:39 PM

Quote from: Beer Goggles on October 24, 2007, 05:17:47 PM

Cool, Knightshade can make people disappear.

i thought that was obvious once Rich at GG went missing Tongue
3865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kane & Lynch on: October 24, 2007, 04:01:30 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 24, 2007, 02:19:51 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on October 24, 2007, 12:24:47 AM

Game has never looked good for me.  Videos that come out look more and more disappointing.  Plus it's made by IO Interactive  banned

I don't know, I actually enjoyed Freedom Fighters from IO Interactive.  And as far as the video goes, it looks like the guy was just hiding behind the pillar thing after that incendiary grenade went off. 

you can clearly see him pop up, he wasn't even crouching behind anything, it's just poof, "hi, shoot me"
3866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kane & Lynch on: October 24, 2007, 12:02:52 AM
I think I'm going to take this off my list...

http://www.gamespot.com/video/939210/6181494/videoplayerpop?

Watch this video and around the 35 second mark you'll notice enemy pop up (past the bridge) and the fact the AI looks horrible.
3867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 Warranty question on: October 23, 2007, 11:44:44 PM
He sent in his warranty from MS.  So my question is, when he exchanges the broken Xbox 360 that he bought from TRU, will the warranty from MS cover the one new one, or does he have to pay $50 again to cover the new xbox
3868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Warranty question on: October 23, 2007, 01:01:10 PM
My friend got an xbox360 as an anniversary present about 2 weeks ago.  Friday and Saturday night it started locking up.  He's going to take it back to TRU where he got it.  We tried taking it back last night, but the display door was jammed.  Anyways, he sent in his warranty for the broken xbox360 about a week ago.  If he returns it at TRU for a new one (which they said they would) will that warranty transfer over to the exchanged box?  I told him to write the serial # down for the damaged box just in case.
3869  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Can we just get an Xbox 360 hardware sticky thread? on: October 22, 2007, 11:52:09 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 22, 2007, 02:22:03 PM

Quote from: naednek on October 22, 2007, 12:46:29 PM

well if you like, we can always merge them.

still bitter about that, eh?  not a bad idea though- merge them all together, call the sticky 'All 360 that have gone to Nirvana'....

bitter about what?
3870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Number 5 on: October 22, 2007, 11:47:14 PM
grrr I was hoping to have answer by the time I got home, so I can tell him if it's cool to do this...

His xbox 360 was manufactured on 7/7/07 you'd think it be lucky Tongue
3871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Number 5 on: October 22, 2007, 12:54:22 PM
My friend got an xbox360 as an anniversary present about 2 weeks ago.  Friday and Saturday night it started locking up.  He's going to take it back to TRU where he got it.  We tried taking it back last night, but the display door was jammed.  Anyways, he sent in his warranty for the broken xbox360 about a week ago.  If he returns it at TRU for a new one (which they said they would) will that warranty transfer over to the exchanged box?  I told him to write the serial # down for the damaged box just in case.
3872  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Can we just get an Xbox 360 hardware sticky thread? on: October 22, 2007, 12:46:29 PM
well if you like, we can always merge them.
3873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ignore on: October 21, 2007, 03:10:29 PM
it will be easier to ignore now...
3874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I Must be Dreaming; There's a 360 in My Living Room! on: October 20, 2007, 03:02:25 AM
and I here I thought you were going to say you came home to find a xbox 360 in your living room supplied by your wife/gf
3875  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 6 on: October 15, 2007, 12:41:53 PM

Quote from: Goldchamp on October 14, 2007, 02:20:05 AM

Cowboys WILL win. Mark my words

good thing you didn't mention which game...
3876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sports Forum has been merged with Console Forum on: October 14, 2007, 09:32:35 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on October 14, 2007, 07:43:13 PM

Can we still ban Eduardo at least?

we're banning everyone who voted yes
3877  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Circuit City sucks on: October 14, 2007, 07:04:15 AM
I remember when EB games used to price match, the store you were price matching also had to have their items in stock in order for them to give you that price.

FYI Frys has the orange box for $36.99 until this Tuesday
3878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MOVED: Any Albatross 18 players? on: October 14, 2007, 12:26:28 AM
This topic has been moved to Console Gaming.

http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php?topic=20682.0
3879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MOVED: NHL2k7 open challenge to Gaming Trend. on: October 14, 2007, 12:17:59 AM
This topic has been moved to Console Gaming.

http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php?topic=20719.0
3880  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Recount - Do we need to merge Sports with Console? on: October 13, 2007, 07:31:21 PM
just haven't had the chance to do it.  I think with the  upcoming redesign, this has been put on delay.  Be patient, it will happen (unfortunately)
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