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3121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Websites You Check Every (Day, Week...whatever) on: August 06, 2009, 05:12:35 PM
GT
Guild website (Wanderers)
Macrumors
Gizmodo
Engadget
Touch Arcade
3122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] More(bid) to Love on: August 05, 2009, 11:08:20 PM
I continue to be morbidly drawn to the show after last night's 2nd episode.  There is definitely a lot of making out going on pretty quickly - is the regular Bachelor show like this too? 

As far as exploitation, I'm still a bit confused.  Clearly the show is edited to make the girls appear genuinely wanting to love and be loved.  And they edit the guy to be about as nice as I think possible under these bizarre conditions.  Of course for all the talk about how what's important is on the inside, he seems to just be into bigger girls, so the physical thing is still a huge part of it (no pun intended).  I was telling a friend about it, to which he asked if I thought he really just preferred big girls or if he was content to settle with them.  That would be an interesting question to posit on the show, or bring in a couple of smaller girls to see how he reacted to them.

The swimsuit portion was... wow.  Won't say much more than that.  My boy Luke is HUGE, when he did a cannonball into the pool I thought the entire place would explode into nothingness.
3123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paula Abdul leaves American Idol on: August 05, 2009, 11:02:14 PM
I'm definitely going to miss her inane banter and "you're so magical and beautiful and wonderful" babbling, plus the constant fighting with Simon.  Actually I wouldn't be surprised if this wasn't just a marketing/bargaining ploy, with maybe Simon and Ryan bringing her back in at the last moment.
3124  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: August 05, 2009, 11:00:30 PM
Actually, my birdy really enjoyed the short time he tried CO, and was a big fan of CoH/X series as well - he was just surprised that they felt so similar (even combat) when he thought he had read the exact opposite.  He definitely didn't get the feel it was too console-ish.  But again, all this based on less than an hour.
3125  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: August 05, 2009, 09:04:44 PM
I don't feel like digging through 9 pages of this thread, but I could swear someone was saying how different CO was from CoH/X.  A little birdy who just ran the tutorial today seemed to indicate the exact opposite, that the game felt tremendously like CoH/X, at least at the outset.  Curious. 
3126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] More(bid) to Love on: August 04, 2009, 09:43:32 PM
While I'm not normally a dating show fan, I've caught a few episodes of Bachelor/ette over the years, as well as some of the oddball ones where gay guys pretend to be straight, that Momma's Boys show from Ryan Seacrest, and some of the mish mash of date shows on MTV.

Last night I found myself morbidly curious to check out Fox's latest experiment (guilty pleasure?), More to Love.  If you haven't seen the ads, it's basically the Bachelor with fat, errr, plus size, people.  I have a bevy of mixed feelings while watching the show.  The basic format is as annoying as any of the others, basically standard fare with 20 chicks vying for the attention of one guy.  The "big" difference in this case is that our bachelor is a 300 pound, 6'3" mass of beef who likes "curvy" women and wants to get to know them on the "inside" not just for external beauty. 

So now you have this show which ostensibly is set up to watch (make fun of?) a bunch of fat people.  On the surface it sounds like an "honorable" goal, to have a show more representative of "regular" overweight people who are OK with being overweight and attractive in their own ways, both personality and physicality-wise.  But given that one of the upcoming episodes has the chicks all wearing swimsuits, my guess is the producers are not necessarily going for the high road.  Subsequent clips show a lot of crying and in-fighting between the girls, and you can't help but wonder if there is even more exploitiveness than normal when you are using (nominally) a cast that's already filled with low self-esteemers.  Of course you can say they all signed up for it so they deserve what they get.  I guess being gay and having gained a significant amount of weight over the past few years, I tend to be more sympathetic towards these girls and their insecurities, which makes the show that much more uncomfortable to watch.  And of course the more uncomfortable I am with it, the more I want to see it lol.

Then there's the guy.  He's definitely a cutie if you like big teddy-bear type guys.  Great face, and he comes across like a genuinely nice guy.  But still there's something off, I can't quite say what.  He doesn't come across as being sleazy when he tells you he likes "big girls" - and yet there's still a discomforting sense of it when he makes out with one after another, or cuddles with 2 of them at once.

I don't know if I could soberly recommend this show to anyone, but I have to admit I am morbidly fascinated.  Stay tuned.
3127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Lost] Does it make sense? on: August 04, 2009, 09:22:33 PM
If you are annoyed in Season 2, you will very likely become even extremely annoyed in Season 3.  I believe they lost the biggest chunk of their viewership during this period, for a number of reasons.  But keep sticking it out, things start to really turn around towards the second half and end of Season 3.
3128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [ABC] Defying Gravity on: August 03, 2009, 10:46:37 PM
I thought it was OK, the one on Fox was definitely better.  Of course it's not like there's anything that great on during the summer anyway (except True Blood!), and certainly it's nice to see a sci-fi series on a major network.  I found it relaxing and just entertaining enough to keep me awake.

I like Ron Livingston, and the blond chick (she was the evil younger sister in 24 Season...3 I think) was decent.  The one thing I didn't like was the "Grey's Anatomy" effect - their starter plotline was almost 100% ripped from Grey's Anatomy (new intern has one night stand with boss the day before they start training).  You add the voiceover and it's suddenly Grey's Anatomy in Space.  Add a touch of Lost flashbacks and you've got the ultimate ABC mash-up.

I think there's some potential depending on what the "secret" of "Beta" is - maybe they have some alien in there with them that they have to take somewhere.  Or that the aliens on earth are in control of the flight and are sending them all to their doom.  That could be interesting depending on how quickly they can move the plot along.

3129  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: August 03, 2009, 06:23:47 PM
The Wanderers ( the-wanderers-guild.com ) are now "recruiting" for Champions Online, so please head on over if you want to join up with us.  It would be nice to have some of the beta veterans here to offer advice/help/ideas on how we can hit the ground running. 

At present we have no plans to recruit outside of GT and our own playerbase.  We have a relatively small group right now, I'm estimating about 20ish people who have expressed interest (though I wouldn't be surprised to see this bloat to 50+ at release), so hopefully we can maintain a smaller laid-back guild feel. 
3130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "iPhone is much more powerful than Wii" on: August 02, 2009, 04:57:39 AM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on August 01, 2009, 09:33:59 PM

Quote from: rittchard on August 01, 2009, 05:15:43 PM

I'm on my iPhone now so I don't have easy access to the links, but keep in mind the newest 3GS version has graphics capabilities and features supposedly comparable to whAt can be done in Half Life 2, I think it is some version of Open GL 2 FWIW. I find it hard to believe the Wii doesn't have a faster processor and more RAM though.

Edit: here's the link I was kind of referring to

http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives/2009/06/iphone-3gs-gpu.html

And if someone ported Half Life 2 to the 3GS the battery would last five minutes. And if you played it while it was plugged in the iPhone would be too hot to hold in your hands after 10 minutes. That's why these power debates are so silly. The iPhone has a whole set of limiting factors that will prevent it from ever using even half of its theoretical maximum performance.

I love this negative attitude some people have about mobile hardware  Roll Eyes.  I was discussing this same topic elsewhere and someone else said basically the same thing as above.  If every engineer took that same mindset (essentially just giving up) every time they ran into a tradeoff/compromise on a particular problem, there would be no more engineering progress.  I'm sure some naysayer was probably poopooing the idea of effectively surfing the web on a mobile device even just a few years ago, and yet here we are today with devices that do exactly that.  Isn't it plausible that software engineers will be able to optimize code and still create some incredible effects without generating excessive heat?  Or that battery life will continue to  improve?  Or CPU efficiencies will increase enough to compensate, or some combo of all the above?  Why immediately take the most negative stance and say such and such absolutely can't be done?  I just don't get that mentality.  But then again, I *am* an engineer, so I have to have at least a somewhat optimistic attitude or I wouldn't have a job  icon_wink
3131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dragonball Evolution on: August 01, 2009, 06:28:59 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 29, 2009, 06:47:16 AM

I saw this tonight, and like Speed Racer it was actually pretty entertaining and surprisingly they did a good job on the visuals.  too bad it bombed so we'll probably never see a sequel.

Both Spike and the lead actor (Justin Chatwin) have been quoted talking about a sequel in the works, supposedly it's already written.  But I think it did so bad I'd find it hard to believe it would get OK'd.

Personally I enjoyed the movie but I have pretty low standards for this type of stuff, and I had never seen any of the cartoons or game so I had no reference to compare it to.  The lead guy was pretty cute and sincere, and I always enjoy Samurai Girl in anything she's in.  Not sure why they opted to go for a basically unknown Caucasian actor but I liked him regardless.  Emmy Rossum was an odd casting choice and she looked kind of weird as Bulma.  Chow Yun Fat was amusing but also kind of an odd role for him.

All and all an amusing film with decent special effects, more entertaining than the recent Chun Li movie which I also saw.
3132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad? on: August 01, 2009, 06:09:35 PM
Whatever it is I'm sure I'll grumble about the price and then order one immediately after.  Actually I'd be satisfied and excited simply about a giant iPod Touch.  As much as I love my iPhone and my MBA, there are still times when I wish I had something bigger than the iPhone for browsing, etc but lighter and smaller than the MBA.  I know I've touted how great the lightweight-ness of the MBA is, but I can imagine a touch screen experience being more satisfying without a keyboard and in an even lighter package.  I don't think I need full OS X, but I would like a full browser experience (flash and java).  So maybe a lighter version of OS X or a fuller version of iPhone OS 3.0 to keep it cheaper.  If this allowed them to come in at a $599 or $699 price point to better compete with netbooks and Kindle, all the better!
3133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "iPhone is much more powerful than Wii" on: August 01, 2009, 05:15:43 PM
I'm on my iPhone now so I don't have easy access to the links, but keep in mind the newest 3GS version has graphics capabilities and features supposedly comparable to whAt can be done in Half Life 2, I think it is some version of Open GL 2 FWIW. I find it hard to believe the Wii doesn't have a faster processor and more RAM though.

Edit: here's the link I was kind of referring to

http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives/2009/06/iphone-3gs-gpu.html
3134  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Twilight the MMO on: July 29, 2009, 06:25:44 PM
Will there be a quest where you do absolutely nothing for 3 or 4 months because you are so devastated that Ceekaypire dumped you?  (see New Moon).
3135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Lost] Does it make sense? on: July 24, 2009, 06:36:49 PM
Yeah, what's really interesting to me is how much of what we see later in Seasons 4 and 5 is set up in Season 2 (which I'm watching now).  There are certain lines and scenes I just watched in S2 that carry much more weight given what we know happens later (and considering what might happen in S6).

Spoiler for Hiden:
I do hope we find out about Libby - I had completely forgotten her connection to Desmond and the boat, not to mention the connection with Hurley in the funny farm.
3136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone here have DirecTV? on: July 24, 2009, 06:29:59 PM
I've had Directv for over 2 years and it's been pretty good.  I do have a landline but it's not hooked into the unit nor has it ever been - however when I signed up I did it through Verizon and everything was "linked" in terms of the account, and they still seem to like to use my phone number as the account link.

That said, I recently called to ask them about moving service over.  The lady was kind of a bitch and basically said all of the specials they had were for "new customers" only.  She made me feel like being an "old customer" was like being a leper, but whatever.  So I'm planning to cancel their asses.
3137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: July 24, 2009, 06:27:13 PM
The iPhone is so last year, now it's time for iTablet!

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/07/24/apples_much_anticipated_tablet_device_coming_early_next_year.html
3138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I told you not to trust the Roomba's! on: July 23, 2009, 11:51:04 PM
On a serious note, does anyone have or has anyone tried these out before?  I was considering getting one but it just seems like such a small device couldn't do a whole lot of vaccuming.
3139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] NBC's Meteor: Path to Destruction on: July 23, 2009, 11:48:00 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on July 23, 2009, 04:53:55 PM

I forgot to watch or record it.

Count yourself lucky.  It was horribly inane and irritating, at least the second part that I saw.  They kept interjecting these side stories that I just found downright obnoxious.  Like CK, I was rooting for the bad guy to just kill some people off, even though he was pretty annoying himself.  Then I started hoping one of the stupid little kids or his mom would die.  It's never good when you can't stand any of the characters.

I ended up fast forwarding through the majority of it just to see how they handled the climax.  Which was basically just a pretty girl typing on her Panasonic Toughbook and spouting coordinates to save the world.
3140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Lost] Does it make sense? on: July 23, 2009, 11:43:13 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 23, 2009, 07:42:21 PM

So, the GF and I started watching Lost now, and is a bit more than halfway through the first season...

I'm a bit baffled about this, since it seems clear to me already, that we are NEVER going to get any explanations if I'm right... Also, there are some outright wierd things happening that seems to be there JUST because its cool to wierd.

So, I guess my question is, will the series make sense? Or is it just character development and not plot that drives the show?

Oh, and I HAVE to know about the polar bears...are they there because the kid wanted them to be there?

Lost is probably my all time favorite TV show, and that's saying a lot as I've watched a TON of TV.  I've now watched every season at least twice, closing in on my third time.  Each time I discover more nuances to the show and it's a pleasure to see the gorgeous production values particularly on Blu-Ray if you get a chance. 

That said, if you are a plot junkie who needs answers, you may find the show unsatisfying.  The writers typically dole out "answers" in small bits at a time, and generally every answer they give you is serviced with 10 new questions.   Does the series make sense?  Yes and no and maybe.  The show delves into mystic and scientific strangeness as well as time travel, so saying it "makes sense" is all relative.  Without seeing the final season, it's hard to say if the show will be self-consistent (though it tries to be for the most part).

Season 1 is for the most part about character development and kind of Survivor-esque.  Season 2 starts to change the show's dynamic and by 5 it has really reached more of a full blown sci-fi type of atmosphere.  If you like the core characters, though, I encourage you to stay around for the whole "ride" - and pray like I am there is a great payoff come next January.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The polar bears are there for a much more generic reason than the boy willing them there, which you don't learn until season 3 (I think).  However it's never explicitly said that the boy didn't influence their appearance on the island.
3141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Prison Break: Final Break on: July 23, 2009, 12:12:53 AM

Quote from: Punisher on July 22, 2009, 09:05:58 PM

I don't think it is supposed to be in addition to the series finale, I think this was supposed to be instead of.... I think this one was supposed to make it possible for more shows...


Nope, from what I read it was filmed after the series finale was already completed, and intended to fill you in on what happened to Michael in particular in the missing time between the events shown in the finale.

Quote
The shocking series conclusion was just the beginning. Secrets revealed and mysteries solved. The truth will blow you away.

Also info in this article (lot of spoilers but he warns you first):

http://www.buddytv.com/articles/prison-break/prison-break-assessing-the-lea-28944.aspx
3142  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Is there a way into the Aion beta? on: July 23, 2009, 12:06:10 AM

Quote from: Alefroth on July 22, 2009, 08:41:20 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on July 22, 2009, 06:19:50 PM

Ugh thats a terrible way to have a beta. Ive never purchased a single MMO that I wasn't in the beta for. I need to know before I buy on a MMO.

Believe it or not, the purpose of a beta isn't to give people the opportunity to see if they like it or not.

Ale

Agreed.  I think a significant issue nowadays is that "beta test" has been equated with "free demo."  The problem is just because you want to view it as a free demo doesn't mean that's the company's intent.  They may be load testing or looking for specific bugs to show up, who knows.  I wish that companies that intend their open beta to be a demo to just call it that.  If not, I would hope that players understand that they are signing an agreement for a TEST of software.  I try to always view it as a privilege when I get to do a beta test, not a right.
3143  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: So, what do you think the big MMO of the fall will be? on: July 22, 2009, 11:34:42 PM
If they both come out on time, I'm personally going with Champions Online.  For those that are interested in joining up again, I belive this will be the "official" choice for The Wanderers guild as well.  We will likely be doing a much smaller, more laid back and casual guild for CO so hopefully it will be a fun atmosphere.  There's been very little interest in Aion for us, and from what I saw during beta, I don't believe that's going to change much.  The flying was cool, the main quest line seemed promising, but other than that it felt less interesting to me than the free Asian WoW clone Runes of Magic.
3144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone try U-Verse? Better than cable? on: July 22, 2009, 08:34:49 PM
Well I made an appointment for next Friday so we'll see how it turns out.  I'm still leery about the whole address thing - for some reason putting in the true address which includes "West" and a Number comes up empty, but ignoring the West on the street name brings up all services are available.  I thought they'd be able to check the general area to be sure but the lady I worked with couldn't tell.

The one DVR thing confuses me a bit - assuming one person is watching a show on one TV, can another person on a different TV access anything that was previously saved on the same DVR?  Is it kind of all network based so no one needs to be directly on the DVR itself?  How much space does it have and can you add external storage?
3145  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: THinking of buying first desktop in about 5 or 6 years-help! on: July 22, 2009, 08:29:53 PM

Quote from: StriderGG on July 22, 2009, 05:10:27 PM

Quote from: warning on July 21, 2009, 10:16:43 PM

I'd just wait till the end of Oct or Nov and get one with Windows 7 installed.

IIRC, if you buy a system before Oct, you will be getting an upgrade coupon that will allow you to upgrade to Win 7 for free. Not sure if it's true and definitly check if your retailer supports this.

I disagree with Rittch' first post and agree with the second one. smile

You have to be careful with the update - not every computer from every manufacturer "qualifies" for the free upgrade.  I think Dell is pretty explicit about which ones do and don't.  I was disappointed to find out recently the cheapy Gateway I bought for my parents didn't qualify.

What do you disagree with on my first post?  Is the 4350 good enough or are you saying go with the i7 instead of the E8400?  In terms of gaming performance, I think the Dell would actually outperform everything thus far listed here since it's got the 9800GTs in SLI.  The E8400 is a really nice/fast processor; frankly I felt like I had better overall speed back when I was using that over my present i7.
3146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Prison Break: Final Break on: July 22, 2009, 06:27:09 PM
This was just released on DVD/Blu-Ray yesterday.  Caught me by surprise, I hadn't heard of it.  Apparently the producers put together 2 more episodes after the series finale, not sure exactly why as they had no commitment to air it.  I guess Fox decided not to air it, so it was released to DVD.

For fans of the series, it has a little bit of everything, including most of your favorite characters, and is a pretty dramatic, hardcore story with decent action and emotional resolution.  If you enjoyed the series, I'd say it's definitely worth at least a rental.

Spoiler for Hiden:
While I love the Sarah character, it was a bit much to see her get beat up and tortured yet again.  Does this chick have the worst luck or what?  Still it made for a cool small storyline, and you got to conclude the series with another prison break!  Plus have the resolution of finding out how Michael dies.

I was actually hoping they would move the timeline years ahead again and show that Michael actually survived, but for whatever reason they decided to keep it secret from everyone.  Maybe the electric jolt from his sacrifice (they never show him dead right?) cured his brain issue and they lived secretly happily ever after.  That's how I'm going to think about it anyway  icon_smile
3147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple tells M$ to stop with the ads? on: July 22, 2009, 06:14:44 PM

Quote from: gellar on July 22, 2009, 02:06:41 AM

I really like the form factor of the Air, but the damn thing only has 2GB of RAM and ZERO option for adding more.  It's absurd.

gellar

How much RAM do you really need though, seriously?  WAR is a RAM hog and it plays fine on 2GB.  I suppose if you are doing heavy photo editing or something?  My stupid work computer, which pretty much handles everything from large CAD drawings to hardcore Electromagnetic and harmonic balance simulations, runs fine on 2.4GHz processor and 2GB RAM.  Honestly as much as I am a RAM whore, I really wonder how much people really "need" for their true usage.
3148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: League of Legends & Heroes of Newerth on: July 22, 2009, 06:04:14 PM
While I like all 3 of the games and each has nuances that make them slightly different from each other, if I had to choose only one at the moment, I'd pick LoL.  The store format alone in LoL makes it the winner between the 3 for me, it's really that much better than DG or HoN.  The "metagame" building up of your character, while I am a bit concerned about, is also a great addition.  Overall I felt LoL was friendlier and easier to get into than HoN/DG, which allows you to focus more on the playing of the game.  My one biggest complaint in LoL is you seem to reach the level limit too quickly and there is no variation in your skill picks (aside from when you pick them).

Still, there are things in HoN I also like a lot, and the graphical presentation in DG is a level above either of these 2 games, so it's a tough comparison.
3149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iPhone: Words with Friends (free online scrabble) on: July 22, 2009, 05:19:33 PM
I've got 4 games going now, including with Don and Tok.  Pretty neat concept and I like that you can chat in the game as well. 

It's interesting to see how much luck is involved in Scrabble-type games.  I've always considered myself a pretty average player of these things.  But due primarily to luck of the draw, I am doing horribly against one of the random players but pretty well against Tok.   
3150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: League of Legends & Heroes of Newerth on: July 22, 2009, 01:32:04 AM
Do you have recommendations on any classes that are "easier" to play?  I typically do better with ranged and hit and run, but I'm open to suggestions if there are classes that are easier to learn the game.
3151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iPhone: Words with Friends (free online scrabble) on: July 21, 2009, 11:26:56 PM
Ditto, I tried both the free and paid versions.  User name: rittchard
3152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iPhone: Words with Friends (free online scrabble) on: July 21, 2009, 11:03:20 PM
I just saw this listed too, looks cool!
3153  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: THinking of buying first desktop in about 5 or 6 years-help! on: July 21, 2009, 10:01:17 PM
Now of course if you don't mind the bargain sites, I always go back to cyberpower, this one came in at $902 US, you get the i7 AND a top notch graphics card (GTS 250).

CASE: New! CoolerMaster Elite 310 Mid-Tower Case with See-Thur Side Panel
Neon Light Upgrade: NONE
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans
POWER SUPPLY Upgrade:  420 Watts Standard Case Power Supply
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-920 2.66 GHz 8M L3 Cache LGA1366
COOLING FAN : Intel LGA1366 Certified CPU Fan & Heatsink
MOTHERBOARD: GIGABYTE X58 GA-EX58-UD3R 2 WAY CROSSFIRE/SLI DDR3
MEMORY: 3GB (1GBx3) PC1333 DDR3 PC3 10666 Triple Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 1GB 16X PCI Express (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
HARD DRIVE: Single Hard Drive (500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)
Optical Drive: (Special Price) LG 22X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Dual Layer Drive (BLACK COLOR)
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
SPEAKERS: None
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
MODEM: NONE
KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
USB PORT: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
OS: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium w/ Service Pack 1 (64-bit Edition)
3154  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: THinking of buying first desktop in about 5 or 6 years-help! on: July 21, 2009, 09:51:58 PM
I saw the build you mentioned on the Dell site.  Personally I would forgo the i7 in favor of a better graphics card based system.  Unless you plan to be doing something specific that you feel the need for a quad-core.  I believe the 4350 is really on the low low end for gaming but I could be wrong.

Anyway, for the same price at Dell, you can get:

Intel® Core™2 E8400 (6MB,3.0 GHz, 1333FSB)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition SP1, 64-Bit
XPS Standard System Cooling
1Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis
Microsoft Works 9.0
SLi, Dual nVidia GeForce 9800GT 512MB
2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 2 DIMMs
500GB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache
Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
No Monitor
Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
No speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)
No Keyboard
No Mouse
Black Bezel Chassis
My Accessories
Norton Internet Security™ 2009, 15-Month, English
Dell Online Backup 2GB for 1 year
Also Includes
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 9.0 Multi-Language
Windows Vista™ Premium
Dell Remote Access, free basic service
3155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple tells M$ to stop with the ads? on: July 21, 2009, 08:26:44 PM

Quote from: Brendan on July 20, 2009, 04:03:43 AM

Quote from: gellar on July 20, 2009, 03:37:38 AM

Lenovo quality is utter SHIT compared to the old IBM stuff.  They aren't the tanks that the old Thinkpads used to be, sadly.  I won't buy anything but Apple hardware now for laptops, bar none.

You really need to try the x301.  Best build quality of any laptop I've owned, including my macbook.  The keyboard has no flex and the case is completely solid. With the SSD, the thing is completely quiet and doesn't heat up at all.  I heart it so very very much.

The X301 is actually quite an interesting laptop for this thread in particular.

Lenovo Thinkpad X301
Brief Specifications  Core 2 Duo SU9400 1.4 GHz, 13.3" Screen, 1440x900, 64.0 Gb HDD, 2048 Mb RAM, DVD-Multiburner, 802.11a/b/g/n wireless, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, Bluetooth, Windows Vista Business, 3.16 lbs, 3 years Warranty, Camera, 3-cell battery, Fingerprint Reader, TPM 
Your Price   $1,899.00     

Macbook Air
2.13GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 1066MHz frontside bus
2GB Memory
128GB solid-state drive1
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
$1799

These units obviously compete for the same ultra lightweight portable space (3 pounds-ish).  Aside from the DVD burner in the X301, the MBA has a far faster processor, much better 3D graphics, and twice the SSD space - for $100 LESS.  In this case, Apple actually has the cheaper/value product   Tongue
3156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone try U-Verse? Better than cable? on: July 21, 2009, 05:53:23 PM
I'm considering Dish as well.

Oddly enough the Uverse site now says it's not available at my new address - just a couple weeks ago it was giving me the full listing of options.  Bleh.
3157  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online Producer's letter on: July 21, 2009, 04:56:52 PM

Quote from: Hotfreak on July 21, 2009, 12:16:42 PM

Zealots are actually the mirror class of runepriests; Archmage and Shaman are mirror classes.

I always had a problem with this mirror class system.  It seems that the only way they found that they could "balance" it was to make the skills pretty generic.  In fact, everything in WAR seemed generic and formulaic to me.

Yeah, unlike WoW where they just let the 2 sides have the EXACT same classes  saywhat
3158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: League of Legends & Heroes of Newerth on: July 21, 2009, 04:52:15 PM
Kossack, I have to agree with you - for whatever reason in the 3 games I've found the HoN people to be the worst.  It's really unfortunate because as I mentioned above from my LoL experience, it just takes one ass to ruin your entire play experience. 

It doesn't help to have the green arrow noob thing - the game I entered last night was titled "Players New to the Game" or something like that, and it was pretty clear that I (and maybe one other guy) were the only 2 n00bs.  Luckily they weren't particularly hostile so I did get to play through the whole game and even with my suckitude my team managed to win somehow. 

Unfortunately with the pressure from the hostility of real players, it makes it tough to really learn and practice the game.  Hopefully if we get a large enough group in one of these games, we can resolve it by just playing amongst ourselves.  And hopefully Hark will play with hand in his pants to make it more fair  icon_razz

I'm "rittchard" in both LoL and HoN, I've added Hark and Tals to my friends list.
3159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone try U-Verse? Better than cable? on: July 21, 2009, 04:45:40 PM
I'm moving soon and trying to make a decision on what to do for TV, internet, etc.  I do like Directv, but it's been getting more and more expensive, and they weren't willing to offer me anything significant to stay on with them when I moved.  U-verse sounds like it has faster internet but they seem so new that no one I knows has tried them, and the few things I read seem to indicate maybe their HD quality is not good.  I've never had good luck with Time Warner Cable but they are the only other option, and probably the cheapest.  FiOS I believe is not available.

Any help?
3160  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online Producer's letter on: July 21, 2009, 12:32:19 AM

Quote from: jersoc on July 20, 2009, 08:53:26 PM

WAR's biggest problem is the engine. It's just god awful. From the key presses to the horrible animation of such and the horrendous frame rate issues. RvR was boring because you would never actually fight a real player, if you did your FPS dropped to 10 and you couldn't fight them anyways. One of the biggest reasons I don't stick around. I can't play a MMO where the MM makes it unbearable to play.

This is kind of odd - I've also heard others who had more tech problems with WAR than AoC.  My experience has been the opposite, I've run WAR on every machine I have, from laptops with on-board GMA4500 to 9400M all the way up to my desktop GTX295.  On the low-end laptops, framerates have always held steady and playable on low graphics (and sometimes medium) settings even in larger scenarios.  On the high end it plays incredibly well even with a ton of folk in RvR.  I know they've done a lot of optimization over the patches as well.  I'm not sure what you mean by the keypresses, but I do recall one of the big patches early on changed the response times.  Personally I never had any issues so I'm not sure how much a difference it made.   Although AoC is visually more appealing, the WAR engine has been top notch for me performance-wise.
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