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1801  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What classic tv show car would you choose.... on: January 09, 2005, 05:33:25 PM
Mr. T's van from A-Team, no question!

That van is FAST!
1802  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is a Flash iPod on the horizon? on: January 07, 2005, 09:17:45 PM
*This is rumor, this is NOT factual information*

Nah, it'll have a screen... it'll be the same width as the iPod mini, but two lines shorter. And it'll be 1-2 GB, starting at about $150. It'll be announced at MacWorld San Francisco on Tuesday at Jobs' keynote.
1803  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why ConsoleGold is bad for my marriage... on: January 05, 2005, 12:52:46 AM
I wanted to do something JUST like that. Can you give me the PHP script for it? I'm too lazy to re-learn PHP and write one. :p
1804  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Windows XP tweaks for performance and stability? on: January 01, 2005, 06:10:14 PM
I'm installing Windows XP on a low-end system for a very illiterate user. I want to slim Windows XP down to improve performance, and tweak it so that it can stand up to abuse a bit longer. I've not delved into Windows for almost 2 years now, and have gotten behind on all the new tweaks, and forgotten the old. So can anyone give me a checklist of what I should do?
1805  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where is the traffic? on: January 01, 2005, 01:03:31 AM
Yeah, I agree this site could use a bit more traffic.

So tell all your friends about this site! Ask them if they want something better than IGN? Something better than GameSpot? Want to go to a site where the people actually give two shits about you? Then go to!

</ad voice>
1806  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Windows 98 or Windows XP? on: December 31, 2004, 11:38:19 PM
I got this built low-end system, seems to boot fine. Now it's time to install Windows on it. But which Windows? On one hand, the system only has 256 MB of RAM, so XP will probably run like a dog on it. But on the other hand, the person who'll use this is a total computer illiterate, and will probably get a million viruses and malware on his first day, and Windows XP has more protection again those... At least a bit more idiot-proof. He's connected to the internet by a cable modem, and nothing else - no firewire or anything. XP comes with a firewall doesn't it? Understanding Ad-Aware and Zone Alarm, is beyond this user. So what do I do? What software do I install before handing it over to him? Preferably software that runs in the background, that he'll never realize is there.

I would've just told him to get a Mac, but it's way out of his price range.
1807  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PS2 on Ebay?? on: December 31, 2004, 08:28:12 PM
Which is excellent for us sellers!

More suckers, please.
1808  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / GMail Invite search on: December 30, 2004, 06:14:48 PM
I have 6 invites also. Let me know if you want any.
1809  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / WTB Original NES system on: December 30, 2004, 06:08:55 PM
I've got a NES that's working as good as could be after 20 years. I'm willing to give it up for the right price or games. Whatcha got?
1810  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Odd Problem on: December 30, 2004, 05:40:17 AM
Hey, you stole my location!

No fair!
1811  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wednesday time waster on: December 30, 2004, 02:18:18 AM
It's pretty easy once you get the hang of it. I got 10 before I got bored and quit. Took about 4 misses before I got it down.
1812  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Do you want to have your GoneGold feedback verified here? on: December 29, 2004, 05:33:52 PM
I can also verify that Ascendant is the same Ascendant from the GG forums.
1813  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Orphaned Strategy Guides? on: December 29, 2004, 05:23:32 PM
I don't really care about the rules here. If you want them, you got them. Just email me your address, and those books will be yours.
1814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Holy ****, does Max Payne ROCK or what?! on: December 29, 2004, 04:52:15 AM
Quote from: "Zekester"
You liked the 'dream' level, too?

Well, they're not as bad as I heard, I did enjoy the parts when you are walking around "Max's house", infused with other things you saw during the same. The surrealism and wackiness is awesome. But the maze and the follow-the-blood-trail, oh did those suck the big one. But they're such small part of the game they don't really detract from the game as a whole.
1815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Holy ****, does Max Payne ROCK or what?! on: December 29, 2004, 02:23:18 AM
I don't even remember when I got this gem, sometime last year in a GG trade maybe, I'm not even sure. Whenever it was, it was a while ago. I put it aside in a pile of games that "I will get around to later". Well, I decided to install and fire up Max Payne last week because I am cleaning house, and decided to at least open it and play it a little before I get rid of it.

A week later, I'm at the last level. And I cannot believe what a GEM I had all along! This is a fricking amazing game - super-fun gameplay, super-fun bullet time physics, very cool level design, gripping storylines, unique noir-comic style, this game has it all. I am now tempted to go right out and buy Max Payne 2 right after I finish up with the first. The idea of the Havok physics engine running under a Max Payne game just boggles my mind!

For the few of you who didn't play this game yet, GO GET TO IT! NOW!

I just wish they would port the Havok SDK to the Mac so they could consequently port Max Payne 2. That game is almost literally the only game that kept me from selling my PC.
1816  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where is OO? on: December 28, 2004, 10:49:17 PM
CG rules, OO drools!

1817  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need a little eBay help here. on: December 28, 2004, 10:41:11 PM
Firstly, on the leaving feedback thing, he only emailed me to let me know that he didn't get the item yesterday. I was trying to leave feedback, a positive one, last week because after two weeks, I assumed he got it and he did pay fairly promptly.

As for shipping, I shipped it in a cushioned envelope (it's a college textbook), the addresses are written right on the envelope, so there's no labels to come off. It was sealed securely. I sent it via USPS First Class, I don't have the recipt anymore, because as I said I assumed he got it - in my experience as a eBayer for a while, most people never let you know they got the item. Sometimes they leave feedback, sometimes they don't, that's all I know. I didn't offer insurance/confirmation. The item is $25, so I won't be TOO upset if I ended up having to refund him.

EDIT: just dug through the trash, found the recipt! Now... what do I do?
1818  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need a little eBay help here. on: December 28, 2004, 09:18:17 PM
Yep, I read it, and he did exactly the same thing to quite a few other people. I also checked the feedback he left others. Same thing.  But I don't know how to combat this.
1819  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need a little eBay help here. on: December 28, 2004, 04:17:46 PM
Well, the auction ended almost 3 weeks ago, and when I tried to give him feedback last week, I couldn't, seems the time has expired... so I don't think he can leave feedback for me. And checking his feedback, he only had 78%.         So I suspect he's not all that trustworthy. So since the feedback opportunity expired, I can just not give the money back, there's nothing he can do about it...

Ethical? I don't know.
1820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mystery game... Can anyone identify this? on: December 28, 2004, 03:57:50 PM
That's it! Thanks, Bastard! slywink
1821  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need a little eBay help here. on: December 28, 2004, 03:52:26 PM
Scenario: Person paid for item. I shipped item. Two weeks later the buyer emails me informing me he never got the item. What am I supposed to do here?
1822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mystery game... Can anyone identify this? on: December 28, 2004, 05:43:01 AM
Definitely not Athletic World... The characters are "street" kids - mean-looking, baggy clothes, caps, etc, classic examples of 1990's obsession with rap and black culture, you know what I'm saying? And not realistic either - they're cartoony.
1823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mystery game... Can anyone identify this? on: December 28, 2004, 03:11:49 AM
I'm trying to remember the name of this game... It's for either the NES or the SNES, I can't recall. It's a game consisting of various sports games with street-wise kids - I remember one is a swimming game where you fight the opponent while racing - you can jump over to his lane, or swim underwater to his lane. The view is facing the front of the two racers - they swim towards the screen, basically. The other is a street fist fight on a street or basketball court, I can't remember. The other is some kind of throwing contest, but I can't even remember what you're throwing. It came out sometime in the early 1990's.

That's all I can remember... Can anyone identify this game?
1824  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Questions About The Circuit Workout (Paindome?) on: December 28, 2004, 03:07:11 AM
It was Trent Steel IIRC. He doesn't post here, at least I never saw any of his posts. He may be posting over at Octopus Overlords.
1825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone play The Getaway for PS2? What's the word on it. on: December 28, 2004, 03:03:25 AM
It was a pretty cool game, more like Mafia than GTA3. Nowhere as good as either, but it's decent.  If you can get it for $9.99, get it! Definitely worth $10.
1826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Demo and Source impressions on: December 26, 2004, 05:37:07 PM
I was also underwhelmed with the demo. The graphics certainly does look gorgeous, no question. The physics engine is also very nice. But the game feels a bit loose. I really don't know how to explain it, it's all over the game - from the way the object floats in front of you to the way the zombies take shots and die - when I shoot them, they don't flinch or anything, then suddenly when they take enough bullets, they fall down. And every one of them falls down the exactly same way.  When I throw something at a guard, he didn't flinch at all. The object bounced off him, then he runs after me. Looks... strange to say the least. And in the beginning, when you had to trick a guard into moving out of the way of a opening so you can get through. It's so bizarre to lure him away, then go through, then stand right there, and he goes back to his post, looking at you. He didn't even go after you - you've passed with unauthority didn't you?

Needless to say, I was underwhelmed. Maybe it was because of the hype, I don't know. Maybe I'm crazy, but I thought Max Payne 2 used the physics engine better than HL2 did.
1827  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Flat Screen TV pros/cons on: December 25, 2004, 05:03:31 PM
Why hasn't anyone mentioned front projectors? They give amazing picture quality (good ones, anyway), and can go excess of 100". Not everyone has the right space setup for them (room that can be made dark, large blank space on wall, etc), but if you do, check them out!
1828  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DEMO] HL2 on: December 25, 2004, 04:52:41 PM
Okay, I played the demo. And it actually convinced me that Half-Life 2 isn't worth buying now. Maybe I'll buy it for $10 someday, but I wasn't all that impressed with the demo. I don't know why - the graphics are gorgeous, the physics engine is nice... but for some reason I feel like it doesn't fit together too tightly... the game sort of feels... loose. It's hard to explain. I don't hate the game at all mind you, but it's not worth the hassle with Steam AND $55 right now. I have the exactly same feeling with the original Half-Life. Plus I hate Steam. Thanks demo for saving me $50! slywink
1829  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Newegg Stumbles on: December 20, 2004, 05:05:31 PM
They're always busy, I've tried calling today, hit redial about 6 times and I couldn't get through.
1830  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is Resident Evil 4 coming to Xbox? Have heard rumors. on: December 20, 2004, 04:59:22 AM
Maybe because it was an abomination that killed the series for me?

1831  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Orphaned Strategy Guides? on: December 20, 2004, 04:42:39 AM
Nah, it covers the original MGS for the PS1. I'm assuming you meant MGS 2: Substance, right?
1832  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is Resident Evil 4 coming to Xbox? Have heard rumors. on: December 20, 2004, 03:53:16 AM
They also published Gamma Onimusha, and announced Mega Man Anniversary Collection for the XBox. They don't do much, but they do publish for the big Box.
1833  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Orphaned Strategy Guides? on: December 20, 2004, 01:08:22 AM
Hey guys! More free strat guides!

All are Versus Books books:

Perfect Dark
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Donkey Kong 64
Resident Evil 2
Metal Gear Solid
Dino Crisis
Resident Evil 3
1834  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Flashing banner ads: anyone else want them to stay off?? on: December 20, 2004, 12:12:36 AM
1835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / your 'classics i finally played this year' list on: December 19, 2004, 05:32:05 AM
Classics? This year is the Year of Mega Man for me. I've played, and beaten, Mega Man X2-X5, and the classic series Mega Man 1-7. I am now playing part 8. smile

I've also played and beaten Final Fantasy 5 and 6 earlier in the year. Not to mention Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Secret of Mana and to speak of more recent games, Onimusha and Onimusha 2.
1836  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Good, quality PSU recommendations? on: December 18, 2004, 09:58:02 PM
Having been stung by the Cheap Bug, and getting what I paid for with a really POS PSU, I decided screw with money, I'm going to get a GOOD quality PSU.

But I'd like to keep it reasonably priced - the machine is a very low-demand system - a 2200+ Sempron, 256 MB of RAM, onboard sound/video, one CD burner, one 7200 RPM HD.

So I'd guess I'll be fine with a 250-300 watt PSU. Any recommendations on brands, etc?  On my current system I have a Antec 420w PSU, and it's been trustworthy, so I like Antec. But their PSU's are a bit pricey. What do you guys think?
1837  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Newegg Stumbles on: December 18, 2004, 04:45:15 AM
What's the number you called them at, PaulBot? I keep getting a busy signal when I try to call them. What gives?
1838  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Need some help with a power supply... on: December 18, 2004, 04:35:39 AM
Well, I give up; it's official. Either that PSU is DOA, or static did in the mobo (I feel the latter - someone picked up the mobo to check it out before I could stop him... ugh).

I'm going to do a RMA on them both, swap the mobo with the same one and swap the case for something else (it's truly a crappy case, and I've decided that all PSU's with no power switches must die. Argh, that wasn't fair! How am I supposed to test the PSU if only the motherboard can control it?!)
1839  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Need some help with a power supply... on: December 17, 2004, 10:28:51 PM
do I have to have them all connected for it to work? Or will just the power switch connector suffice?
1840  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Need some help with a power supply... on: December 17, 2004, 08:47:27 PM
Tried everything - the connections are correct, I tried connecting it both ways, etc. It doesn't work.

What really sucks about this is that EITHER the PSU or the mobo is DOA. It could be one of the either, or both. **** this piece of shit.
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