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1801  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.
1802  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.
1803  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.
1804  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.
1805  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.
1806  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where is OO? on: December 28, 2004, 10:49:17 PM
CG rules, OO drools!

1807  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?
1808  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.
1809  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.
1810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mystery game... Can anyone identify this? on: December 28, 2004, 03:57:50 PM
That's it! Thanks, Bastard! slywink
1811  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?
1812  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.
1813  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?
1814  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.
1815  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.
1816  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.
1817  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!
1818  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
1819  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.
1820  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?

1821  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?
1822  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.
1823  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
1824  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Flashing banner ads: anyone else want them to stay off?? on: December 20, 2004, 12:12:36 AM
1825  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.
1826  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?
1827  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?
1828  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?!)
1829  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?
1830  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.
1831  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Need some help with a power supply... on: December 17, 2004, 08:31:41 PM
That's new information to me... I've only built one system before this one, and that one has a PSU on/off switch, so I was confused.

Thanks guys, guess I'll check the connections and try again.
1832  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Need some help with a power supply... on: December 17, 2004, 07:33:25 PM
Umm... but then how could the motherboard get power in order to control the PSU? If the PSU isn't turned on, and isn't suppling power to the motherboard, the motherboard cannot control the power supply in order to turn it on... You're talking about a catch-22.

And the front panel isn't even connected to the PSU itself.

Oh, I don't think you understand what I'm talking about. I need to turn the PSU ITSELF on, not the computer as a whole.
1833  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Need some help with a power supply... on: December 16, 2004, 05:54:43 PM
I have no idea what the model of the PSU is, it came with a Lite-On case (model WT-6402). Well I've mostly finished building the PC, and went to test it. But I found the PSU to lack a switch (you know, the big 0/+ switch that you flip to turn the PSU on). How do I turn it on? I tried just plugging the cord in, but got a complete dead PC. Absolutely nothing happened, the PSU doesn't even turn on.

Is there a different method that some PSU's use to turn them on? Or something? Or is the PSU DOA?
1834  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / ever heard of this card? on: December 15, 2004, 03:24:22 AM
It's an Intel Extreme Graphics chipset-based card, almost all are made for onboard graphics, and yeah they're the shit.

But frankly, WoW's minimum requirements aren't that high. I'd wager that card can run WoW fine, abeit with toned down graphics.
1835  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / GMail Invite search on: December 14, 2004, 12:01:37 AM
I'm out too. You should've jumped on the bandwagon back in Aug, there's a overabundance of invites back then.
1836  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's up with those recurring and lingering colds?! on: December 13, 2004, 11:56:51 PM
Throughout my life, I was rarely sick. I only get colds once a year, if that. Well, until this fall. All the sudden, I got 3 colds within 2 months! The first was mild, went after a couple days. The second, three weeks ago, was very nasty, due to a ear infection that occurred at the same time. Then again the past Friday night, continuing into today, and I barely feel any different from Saturday! Small throat sore, a burning sensation when breathing through the nostrils, and a fatigued feeling towards the end of the day.

What is this? Whatever it is, it sucks!
1837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 Shortage: Grrrr..... on: December 13, 2004, 06:28:43 PM
Quote from: "croman"
Quote from: "unbongwah"
Quote from: "ATB"
The real question is, why would anyone still want a ps2 when it's been proven that the XBOX is clearly superior?   :wink:

Tell you what: if you'll point me to the Xbox emulator which will let me play Katamari Damacy, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy X / X-2 / XII, Jak, Ratchet & Clank, Gran Tourismo, Devil May Cry, and everythine else in the PS2's exclusive library, I'll give you a cut of what I make off of eBaying my PS2...


Every console has exclusives..

Now point me to something that shows me how I can play MAME along with the 2000+ games on the PS2 (on my big screen), Genesis, Atari, Super Nintendo, Nintendo..  Stream to my MP3 library on my server, etc..

Then I will say that the PS2 is better.   That is not likely to happen however smile

Btw, do not even get me going on the whole memory card thing.. grrr..

Do you realize that all of those activities require a mod chip? And do you realize that a mod chip = no XBox Live for you? I wouldn't exactly use those uhm, "features" in a debate about which console is better.
1838  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Any advice? on: December 11, 2004, 04:05:48 AM
Just asking, but... You said she quit night school because it's too stressful? Yet kept her job? I have to ask, why not vice versa? In my view, school would be more important than a part-time job, especially at her age.

I have no idea of your situation, though, so please take no offense.
1839  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What should I do? (stolen money) on: December 10, 2004, 04:36:29 PM
Quote from: "dmd"
So is this "slippery slope" thing kind of like Godwin's Law?

"Slippery Slope" is a informal logical relevance fallacy.

Anyway, nothing really happened, I hide my wallet better, and there had been no further incidences. And the roommate finally gave me back the $20 he owe me. Did he actually steal that $40? I'll probably never know. I'm over it now.
1840  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Developing a work ethic AKA getting my pathetic self in gear on: December 10, 2004, 04:01:52 AM
I agree with two points in this thread.

First: GET BUSY! I'm exactly the same way when I'm not busy. I waste days and days just doing absolutely nothing. But when I am busy... I get busy.

Second, major in something you enjoy. I didn't realize how important this is before.When I first went to college, I went to a technical college and majored in business management. And I hated all the classes I had. I HATED math, and hated all the technical classes I took. Honestly, I realized I was in the wrong place. It got so bad that I flunked not one but TWO classes. I had time to withdraw though, so my GPA was spared, thank god. But after that, I transferred to another, more conventional liberal arts college, and am now majoring in philosophy. And loving it. The classes actually engage me, and I actually want to take part in the discussions.

Think about it, if you hate your current major, what makes you think you'll like your job?
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