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1321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Clean" Word Processor on: October 31, 2008, 11:46:04 AM

Quote from: Zero on October 31, 2008, 05:23:30 AM

I use a Mac nowadays more than windows...but on there I use WriteRoom.  Very minimal word processor - takes on the full screen, and actually does help me concentrate.  For Windows, use the sister program called DarkRoom.  I hope that's what you are looking for.

I didn't think it was going to be anything special, but the first time I ran DarkRoom I realized that I could now focus on just writing stuff. There were no auto-correction or improper grammer indicators, no pop up windows and no textbox showing me how much whitespace needs to be filled. Just a black screen, some symbols and a flashing cursor. Thanks Zero, its a great little program!
1322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: October 30, 2008, 01:18:42 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 30, 2008, 12:56:09 PM

Quote from: raydude on October 30, 2008, 07:10:10 AM

I took a Music Appreciation class in college that was colloquially known as "Clapping for Credit".

Where did you go?  We had the same course, but maybe that's a more universal thing than I imagined.

I'm guessing colleges have their own slag for these kinds of courses. We also had Geology 101 - Rocks for Jocks and another one was Physics for Poets. I went to Yale.
1323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero World Tour - First Review Out - 7.9 on: October 30, 2008, 10:12:54 AM

Quote from: The Grue on October 29, 2008, 11:34:54 PM

So, I just watched a Youtube video of playing Expert No Sleep Til Brooklyn using the GH drums. When playing with the Ion kit they chart hitting yellow and blue at the same time (which is awkward when you play on an Ion kit, because you should have your yellow hitting hand be your right hand and it should be crossed over so that you can't hit the blue cymbal at the same time because your arms are crossed).  So, what you end up having to do is hit the high hat with your left hand and the blue cymbal with your right.  Not good drumming.

On the GH drums, they chart you hitting yellow and orange, which isn't as awkward because the yellow pad is to the right of the red pad and so your arms aren't crossed.

So I took a look at that video and I thought I saw something weird when they showed the game drummer playing right when yellow and orange are being hit. It appears he's hitting hi-hat and one of the drums, but definitely not both cymbals at the same time. Its a nit pick but still kinda weird.
1324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: October 30, 2008, 07:10:10 AM

Quote from: The Grue on October 29, 2008, 11:45:04 PM


+1.  I'm all for "everyone has different musical taste" and all that, but Christ on a cracker...folks.....those Fab Four Fuckers did a good deal for rock music.  Their evolution from bubble gum pop to really experimental stuff for its time is nothing short of amazing.

Agreed. I took a Music Appreciation class in college that was colloquially known as "Clapping for Credit". Still, the professor knew his stuff and went from rock to jazz to classical and a few other styles. On rock he opened my eyes to the Beatles when he talked about how typical rock has 1 or maybe two tempo changes. With the Beatles, he said, some songs would change tempo and scale 3 or more times and would approach the compositional complexity of classical music.
1325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: October 30, 2008, 07:04:47 AM
Not this gamer. I'm still glad we got out of the CGA dark ages smile. No bitches for me!

Er, waitaminute...
1326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero World Tour - First Review Out - 7.9 on: October 28, 2008, 02:13:32 AM
So, something interesting that I came across in the xbox360 GHWT review on IGN. It said that the songs you unlock as a single character don't transfer over when that character joins a band. The band as a whole has its own unlocked song list. Is that true? Why did anyone think this was a good thing?

It seems to me that competition from this point out will be in DLC. So I'm crossing my fingers and waiting for Eagles and CCR to hit Rock Band. Or for the No Doubt singles album to come out.
1327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: October 22, 2008, 06:54:29 PM

Quote from: JayDee on October 22, 2008, 06:42:38 PM

As long as one side considers them free "bonus" tracks and others consider them as part of the package they paid money for, no one is going to agree.

Oh crap! I totally did not realize that DLC could be locked to a given version of Rock Band! So, are these 20 free songs only available to RB2 users? If so, then that sucks and sets a bad precedent, since I thought all DLC works for either RB or RB2. Of course, if this DLC is available to owners of the original RB game then I would think it would be free and bonus to them.
1328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: October 22, 2008, 05:00:59 PM

Quote from: JayDee on October 22, 2008, 02:32:48 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 22, 2008, 02:15:39 PM

Quote from: raydude on October 22, 2008, 02:09:45 PM

Quote from: JayDee on October 22, 2008, 02:04:16 PM

But to say that RB2 will have over 100 songs, make a huge deal about the 20 free songs (ie: include it on the game box as a "feature"), say initially that they are the songs that couldn't be finished in time for the disc's release

But the 20 songs ARE free. And they weren't in the game in time for release. What part of the advertising isn't true?


Exactly.  Anyone's perception that these would be super quality songs was false.  Harmonix delivered what they said they would.....20 free songs.  Again, I don't know how you read something that says 20 free songs and then go, "OMG!!!  We're getting Led Zeppelin and The Beatles."  (Please note, I know you didn't think these specifically, but I am illustrating how I can make the same illogical leap.)

I understand what you're saying completely, but I think you're misunderstanding the other side of it. Technically these songs aren't "free". If we are to believe HMX, they were supposed to be in the game but weren't finished in time for release. So when I dropped $60 for this game I was, in a way, paying for all 102 songs. So for them to release unkown (I haven't heard them so I can't comment on their quality) is misleading, and disappointing. I essentially payed for 80% of the full setlist and the other 20% has very little interest to me. Was I expecting the Beatles and Led Zeppelin? No, of course not. Was I expecting to recognize at least a handful of those songs. Absolutely.

Ahhh, so if they released the names of the 20 songs and said "You're getting these later" then everything would have been all right?
1329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: October 22, 2008, 02:09:45 PM

Quote from: JayDee on October 22, 2008, 02:04:16 PM

But to say that RB2 will have over 100 songs, make a huge deal about the 20 free songs (ie: include it on the game box as a "feature"), say initially that they are the songs that couldn't be finished in time for the disc's release

But the 20 songs ARE free. And they weren't in the game in time for release. What part of the advertising isn't true?
1330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero World Tour - Reviews? - New Videos on: October 19, 2008, 07:33:35 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 19, 2008, 03:55:21 AM

Quote from: raydude on October 18, 2008, 09:10:49 PM

Quote from: disarm on October 18, 2008, 08:42:00 PM

i love a lot of the song choices, but i can't say the look of those note charts is really winning me over...

So, I'm looking at the youtube clip for Sweet Home Alabama on expert guitar. Is it me or are they changing the fingering slightly for the same chords that get played over and over in the beginning? If so, how is that rationalized again?


Actually I am OK with that.  Some songs could use a little change up to keep it interesting.  After all it is still a game.

I guess finger changes made sense when it was only "guitar" in Guitar Hero. But now you've got a full band, along with the option to play guitar while singing. And when guitar playing AND singing I appreciate when the finger changes stay the same so I can let my hands go on autopilot for a few bars while I concentrate more on the lyrics. In the GHWT expert mode I now have to pay attention and see WHEN the fingering changes WHILE trying to sing? Thanks but no thanks.
1331  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: thoughts, reviews, spoilers galore!! on: October 18, 2008, 09:16:53 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 18, 2008, 08:08:34 PM

Even after checking our brains at the door we still had enough intellect to understand what crap this film was.   icon_frown

And so my faith in PeteRock and humanity in general is restored smile.
1332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero World Tour - Reviews? - New Videos on: October 18, 2008, 09:10:49 PM

Quote from: disarm on October 18, 2008, 08:42:00 PM

i love a lot of the song choices, but i can't say the look of those note charts is really winning me over...

So, I'm looking at the youtube clip for Sweet Home Alabama on expert guitar. Is it me or are they changing the fingering slightly for the same chords that get played over and over in the beginning? If so, how is that rationalized again?
1333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The latest Horse Armor - Soul Calibur IV on: October 18, 2008, 09:06:12 PM

Quote from: yossar on October 18, 2008, 08:37:55 PM

So if they had still produced the content before release, pretended that they created it after release, and then made you download the character, this would be fine?  You guys are weird. 

No, it would not be fine if they *made* one download the character. But as far as I know, the only way to *make* someone do something against their will is to threaten them in some way. Charging $5 for an optional bit flag is not equivalent to threatening someone to make them do something.
1334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The latest Horse Armor - Soul Calibur IV on: October 18, 2008, 02:19:52 AM
Apparently $5.00 isn't too steep for Kyle Stallock so Namco has priced the bit flag within one customer's comfort zone. If it wasn't in the comfort zone then Mr. Stallock would have said "Hell no! Not even if my gf witheld sex!"

The point being, if consumers actually voted with their dollars instead of whining while forking over the money then Namco (and other companies) would stop this kind of practice.
1335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero World Tour - Reviews? on: October 17, 2008, 05:31:32 PM
I went to a Best Buy near work for lunch today and they had GHWT on demo display, including a working drum kit!   eek
So I tried it out and it feels really good. The drum pad noise is fairly muted, and what noise it does make sounds more like drum noise than the clack-clack coming from the RB drums.

The drum set didn't have a kick pedal and the demo looked like it played the bass drum for you anyway. It did feel pretty neat having to move my hand vertically to hit the cymbals. The set also feels sturdier, probably because the pads are closer together and set inside a solid frame. I think the hi-hat cymbal kept dropping hits every so often because I couldn't maintain the score multiplier during hi-hat and snare drum beats. Or maybe I just suck  Tongue.

I'm no drummer so I can't comment on the charting other than to say it felt okay for the songs I played, and this was on hard difficulty. Its not apparent to me where I can do drum fills though, and it was kind of awkward trying to kick off the overdrive by hitting both cymbals.
1336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: September 19, 2008, 06:06:32 PM
One could simply say thank you.

Thank you Chaz and Harmonix.
1337  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Death of OPEC on: September 12, 2008, 02:43:13 PM

Quote from: map on September 12, 2008, 11:56:59 AM

I agree 100% about the natural gas. Get the pipeline to Anwar now.
Quote
This could've been handled 20 years ago, and it seems like our leaders today are willing to let the future generations to figure it out.

I am 59. I lived this.
 There is no Boogieman. We are the government. Our own complacency is ultimately to blame for anything the government does or does not do. We are where we are today because the vast majority of us found it to be the easiest path to take.

Please explain to me why more drilling will solve our problems? To me it sounds like just another "easiest path to take".
1338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SPORE names (for content sharing) on: September 08, 2008, 12:51:19 PM
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1339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alcohol, Porn and Smoking LESS dangerous than Games? on: August 21, 2008, 12:36:08 PM
Huh, so the poll explicitly named "Grand Theft Auto" as the videogame of choice, making it the poster child for all video games? I wonder how the poll would have skewed if they picked, say "Mario Kart Wii" ?  Which, IMHO, would probably be more likely to be played at a sleepover, with each of the sleepies getting a controller, over GTA which I don't think supports multiplayer split-screen play.


1340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Band of Brothers on: August 06, 2008, 07:15:34 PM
what PeteRock said.  nod
1341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: August 05, 2008, 08:14:54 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 05, 2008, 07:39:07 PM

Quote
Did Baman's morals change from BB? At the end of that movie he states "I'm not going to kill you, but I don't have to save you." Putting aside the contradiction of this statement why does he keep saving The Joker and not killing him. This guy is obviously a threat to everyone.

Read the comics. Batman's struggle to stop the Joker without breaking his "law" of not killing is a common theme that occurs over and over again. It's not inconsistent at all with the character.

But wait, how is not saving Ras Al Ghul from a train plummeting to certain death different from not saving the Joker from plummeting to certain death? In both cases on could argue that its not Batman who killed him, it was gravity, hence Batman doesn't break his "law".
1342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Empires of Steel - New game by BFC (published) on: August 04, 2008, 07:00:19 PM
new empires of steel overview video on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPGVMG_QAAU

It shows a bit of how the simultaneous order system works and the basics of gameplay. There is a higher quality video on the battlefront.com website.
1343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Exxon posts record high quartly profit...again on: July 31, 2008, 05:40:20 PM
I was just thinking the other day that I might be in the market for a hybrid SUV, since a little dudette is coming soon. So I saw this beauty:

http://www.hybridsuv.com/mazda-tribute/2008-mazda-tribute-hybrid-review

29 MPG city, 34 hwy

I was sold. Then I saw that they've only got a production run of 350 vehicles and only selling in California. WTF?!? Who the hell thought it would be a good idea to make a limited amount of what the public wants?
1344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Exxon posts record high quartly profit...again on: July 31, 2008, 05:31:27 PM
Thank you Exxon for providing me with excellent returns and a nice dividend. Oh, and thanks for the DRIP as well!
1345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Graphic Audio Books on: July 31, 2008, 11:42:04 AM
Whoa, they have the DeathLands series. IIRC, there were a few good sex scenes in the books. I wonder how they'll handle that? smile
1346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Math question on: July 31, 2008, 11:06:35 AM
So essentially, the right half of that drawing is all you need. Finding the angle was just extra credit smile.
1347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fall on: July 27, 2008, 03:55:22 AM
The contractor that fixed my house told me that he grew up in Arlington, but he wants to live somewhere where he can walk around in shorts and a shirt all year round. I told him, 'you're the first person who's ever said that who grew up here. Most people say they like the coming of winter, the cold, and the snow.'

He says, 'theyr'e full of crap. Tell me this, have you ever heard someone say "I can't wait to retire and move someplace where I can shovel snow in the winter?"
1348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A boba tea version of Starbucks - would you go there? on: July 24, 2008, 02:45:55 PM
Only if they offer the hot version of boba tea. Of all the places that sell boba tea (and I've been to ones in Hawaii and here in Virginia) why is the only one that sells hot boba tea in New York City's Chinatown?

Why can't people understand that on a cold winter's day the last thing you'd want to have is a cold boba drink? And that hot boba drinks really hit the spot?

Add a few appetizers like wontons and spring rolls, chairs and tables, and you have a good idea of what Saint's Alp Teahouse on 39th 3rd Ave in NYC is like.
1349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Back from Maui 08 on: July 22, 2008, 07:31:14 PM
Congrats! Glad you had a good time. I can't wait to go back and visit Maui again. Maybe next year <crosses fingers>.
1350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Empire:Total War] - Strategy fans should love on: July 18, 2008, 01:15:11 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on July 18, 2008, 03:32:39 AM

I was able to see the naval combat in person at the E3...all I can say is it looked amazing smile Werewolf

How do they handle fleet combat? Can you command individual ships to move independently or do they follow the lead ship? Can you give naval squadron commands like 'line turn', where the lead ship turns then each ship goes to where the lead ship was and then turns (i.e. like 'column left march' for marching drills) or 'flank turn' where all ships turn at once to the desired heading?

Do they require ships to be in command and control? I.e. ships have to see the lead ship (and his signal flags) in order to do anything. Or are they like the Borg and they can do whatever they want whenever they want?

I'm guessing the movement is dumbed down for these, so I'll wait for a mod that simulates realistic fleet maneuvering.
1351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 08 Coverage Begins! on: July 17, 2008, 06:49:46 PM

Quote from: TC Weidner on July 17, 2008, 06:08:24 PM

and yes< I understand for downloading a movie or just weekend viewing 1080 may not be necessary, but to own it, why would you settle for something inferior?   Prices will come down,they always do.

I'll buy in when said prices come down. As you say, they always do, so why rush into it?
1352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead - E3 character designs? on: July 16, 2008, 08:00:56 PM
http://www.left4dead411.com/news/2008/07/new-l4d-character-designs/

1353  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Axis and Allies - Game 2 anyone interested? on: July 11, 2008, 01:25:33 PM
In case anyone is still following, Game 2 is done. The Allies won after Germany capitulated and the allies worked together to weaken and invade Japan!
1354  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 05, 2008, 08:27:50 PM

Quote from: Moliere on July 05, 2008, 07:57:55 PM

Quote from: CSL on July 05, 2008, 11:24:21 AM

Quote from: Drazzil on July 05, 2008, 06:07:40 AM

I have been pondering this great document and the History of the United States of America for a while now.

No you haven't
Love the irony here when your very next statement is: "That couldn't have come off any more as any more cocky." Grammar check, ahem. I guess you really mean to say that Drazzil has a different viewpoint than the Noted Historian and is therefore wrong.


I prefer to think of him as a legend in his own mind. Seriously, just because his job lets him read more books than most people doesn't mean much.
1355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for things to do in Maui on: July 01, 2008, 11:53:09 PM

Quote from: naednek on July 01, 2008, 11:46:23 PM

Go snorkling on the quicksilver.  They take you out to the dormant volcano in the ocean (can't remember the name of it) where you see the most beautiful fish, the water is so clear, it's like looking at a fish tank.  They also take you to turtle bay, where you swim with giant turtles.  Depending on the year, they also take you out to the newest part of maui, they say the water is so clear there, and the dolphins hang out there.

Molokini Crater. Yeah we did that exact same snorkeling route - Molokini Crater then Turtle Bay. Man, you're bringing back great memories! Next trip back I definitely have to revisit Maui.
1356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for things to do in Maui on: July 01, 2008, 11:22:40 PM
Also, don't forget there's a superferry now that can take you and your rental car from Maui to Oahu. Just in case you wanted to do a day trip to Honolulu.
1357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for things to do in Maui on: July 01, 2008, 11:20:03 PM
+1 for Kaanapali beach. My wife and I went to several of Maui's beaches and found it to be our favorite. Its got the best mix of beach, surf, sand, and amenities.

We didn't get to do the road to Hana because she gets carsick easily and the Hana road is a lot of twists and turns. The thing you have to remember about doing the road to Hana is that its not about getting to Hana. Hana itself is not really anything special. Its about stopping along the way to see the various waterfalls and scenic points. I think really the point of getting to Hana is so you can turn around and head back. So, if you don't think of it as SPEEDING to Hana but just taking a lazy drive and stopping along the way you should find it fun.

We also did horseback riding at the Mendes Ranch. The two hour ride took us up in the mountains and then down to the shore and back to the ranch. The local guides are funny and you will never hear Hawaiian pidgin spoken quite like the guides speak it there. I had to pause a few seconds sometimes to parse it all before translating for my wife smile.

Snorkeling is excellent too.

As for food we loved this small place near the Kaanapali beach resort. Found it! Aloha Mixed Plate. Good food for cheap. You still won't go wrong if you ask the folks at the hotel where THEY eat. That's how we found a lot of the good places on Maui.
1358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Rockband] New owner - any tips? on: June 26, 2008, 01:54:31 PM
Most importantly, don't ever try to download from Xbox live with a PS3. That will just lead to frustration  slywink
1359  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Quiz: Star Wars or WWII Reference? on: June 17, 2008, 09:23:33 PM
Ugh, 1 wrong:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Maquis. And it was exactly because of DS9 that I missed it. I remembered hearing it in a sci-fi reference so went with both.
1360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spore Creature Creator to be released on June 17th (PICS!) on: June 17, 2008, 12:00:14 AM

Quote from: disarm on June 16, 2008, 11:38:11 PM

Quote from: morlac on June 16, 2008, 06:48:54 PM

Quote from: Tokek on June 16, 2008, 06:15:00 PM

Quote from: Purge on June 16, 2008, 02:54:03 PM

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Quote from: Dimmona on June 16, 2008, 04:42:56 AM

I shudder to think what other stuff we'll see get created with this thing:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-689194118682834081

That is just wrong on so many levels.  So why couldn't I stop laughing?

That video clip cost me half my coffee and lots of dirty looks.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

 eek icon_eek icon_lol icon_lol

Wow, go f*** yourself....literally!

while it is a little sad that someone spent the time to make that, it's actually pretty damn funny and i'm a little bit impressed  icon_smile

I wonder what special abilities that design gets?
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