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5201  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 1 Tera Byte CD.. on: April 07, 2008, 03:13:07 PM
Please may I have a couple of the CDs from that spindle?  Thmbsup
5202  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is This Site Really Down? on: April 07, 2008, 02:10:15 PM
Okay this is weird. The site that was down for over 30 hours is now back up and I can access it just fine, but Down For Everyone Or Just Me? is still showing it as down.
5203  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your happiness right now on: April 07, 2008, 10:07:07 AM
Get me some Kool-Aid and my happiness scale will be 110%! And I'm not even making references to drugs or cyanide. I just like Kool-Aid.
5204  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Saga - An MMO RTS on: April 06, 2008, 05:51:29 PM
I just got an IM from p3lb0x who told me he is really enjoying the game and explained some of the questions I posted about previously. I asked him to post his response here and he said he will, after he wakes up.

But a quick summary of what he said: He says he agrees the tutorials suck (and that's all I've played) but the game gets a lot better after that. He said that tutorials only allow 50CP for units, so even though my experience level allowed me to command 55 CP, that was only for quests that allowed that much.

As I mentioned before, the verdict is still out for me. I'll try playing the game with p3lb0x and await his response in this thread as well. If you're still on the fence about whether to try this game or not, I still recommend signing up for an account to get the free booster packs in the meantime.
5205  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is This Site Really Down? on: April 06, 2008, 04:29:27 AM
Is this what it says when it's down for everyone?

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It took me about a minute and a half to get that page. Now it loads instantly when I retry.

EDIT: Apparently you're not supposed to include the http:// -- Now it shows something:

[attachthumb=#]
5206  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: DonationCoder map - Sauerbraten FPS fun on: April 06, 2008, 01:47:50 AM
Here's a tip: If when you join the DC Map it looks like you're out in space, like this:

[attach=1]

Then the textures are NOT showing up properly! Here's how to fix them so they look like the screenshots Wreckedcarzz posted in the original post. Just type:

[copy or print]
/exec data/default_map_settings.cfg

And voila! You've got the map looking the way it was intended!

Another fun thing is that instead of everything having 100% light there are lights placed throughout levels for cool lighting effects so if you type in:

[copy or print]
/calclight

It will calculate the lighting. I just have to warn you about a couple of things. First of all, this can take a long time depending on your computer. Another thing is that as of now, the lighting isn't completed on the DonationCoder map so if you do this half of the map will be very dark, so it's probably not worth it on this map at this time.
5207  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Saga - An MMO RTS on: April 06, 2008, 01:36:02 AM
Okay. I've played 3 tutorial levels and here's what I think so far.

I'm still pretty confused. When you start a level you are given the choice to deploy units, but it doesn't seem to indicate the limit. There's something called CP, which each unit takes up, and in my base it says deployable 55 CP. So I tried to deploy two units (units are actually more like squads of units. Groups of the same type), one with 27CP and one with 28CP (adds up to 55CP) but it would only let me deploy one unit. I don't know if it was because of CP or because you only get to choose one or what.

Anyway, I don't really know what I'm doing, and the tutorials aren't exactly crystal clear. Plus, you're presented with a lot of options that aren't even explained. When you start the game, you are shown your Nation, which is like a SimCity layout thing with limited, specific places you can build things. There's lots of options for building things or building your army and stuff like that but you only get a brief explanation of what something does when you click on a building or a setting. So I know I have the choice to build a farm and a house, but I'm not sure where it would be strategic to do so, since I am limited in the places I'm allowed to build. Should farms go outside my gates or inside the protection of the walls?

As I play, about every two minutes (just a rough estimate) the music begins to stutter and I learned that means that the game is going to lock up for a few seconds before resuming as normal.

Also, the game has crashed on me 3 times already, and I've only played 3 levels that each took me maybe 5-10 minutes each. Apparently there are a lot of crash issues with the game. And perhaps I should mention that this is a new game. It went RTM (so to speak) just a month ago, on March 4th, 2008. As anyone who has played an MMO at launch, it's always bumpy beginning. So yeah, lots of bugs, apparently, and plenty of crashes. Two of the times it crashed on me was after completing a mission. There's a cool little feedback survey you can take where they ask you about 5 questions such as how long the quest took, how easy/hard it was, if the reward was rewarding enough, and then also a textbox for comments/bug reports. It's kind of neat to see that built right into the game because it gives you the idea that they'll use it to improve the game. But anyway, 2 out of 3 times so far after submitting the survey, the game crashed on me. The other time it crashed was before I even started a battle. I just logged in, it was loading up my base, and then it crashed.

As my race, I picked the Dark Elves (because they are the Magic type, and I pretty much always go for Magic. Also, the buildings look really cool, IMO), and they have a kind of volcanic, dark, burnt out textures that make the game pretty dark and the landscape barren. When I played the first tutorial I felt like I couldn't see what was happening, but I didn't notice it so much in the second and third tutorials.

Some things that seem neat: Apparently you can play every quest with other players. Even the tutorials. I haven't actually tried this because I don't know yet if that involves killing each other or if it's cooperative and if death/destruction is permanent or what. Plus I wouldn't want to try it with someone I don't know at this point.

So right now I'm afraid I can't say too much positive about it. It definitely has a rough start, and the crashes are (obviously) pretty bad. However, it is an MMO and MMOs always start out with lots of bugs and kind of have to use the general (and usually paying!) gamers to find and report them.

Verdict: It's still out, and I'm not sure about the final judgment. It definitely has a lot of room to improve and may end up being a great game once the big bugs are squashed. I have only played the 3 tutorial levels, and so far as far as gameplay goes, I don't see myself playing this game very much unless other people I know join up and play with me. However, the actual playing with others online and conquering other people's Nations may be quite fun. I just haven't tried any of that yet.
5208  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: DonationCoder map - Sauerbraten FPS fun on: April 05, 2008, 11:56:51 PM
I actually meant the Hamachi network name...

Just FYI: Hamachi is not necessary to play on the Sauerbraten server.
5209  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Saga - An MMO RTS on: April 05, 2008, 05:10:05 PM
Well at least sign up for an account on the website (tentatively) because if you sign up today using the referral, you get 10 booster packs (not sure what they do yet cause I haven't played) for free, which normally costs $30.
5210  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: DonationCoder map - Sauerbraten FPS fun on: April 05, 2008, 02:46:18 PM
Mouser and I played for a few minutes on the default map. The DonationCoder map wasn't uploaded so I couldn't show it to him. He said it was fun and he'd try it out again later.
5211  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Saga - An MMO RTS on: April 05, 2008, 02:29:38 PM
I just noticed that today's Game Giveaway of the Day is Saga.

Saga is an online, persistent Real-Time Strategy game (MMO RTS). It can be registered for $20 but doesn't have monthly fees. It's one of those games where you can optionally spend real money for booster packs or items in game.

Quote from: GiveawayoftheDay.com
SAGA is a persistent world RTS in an epic fantasy setting. Players collect troops, build armies, conquer new lands and build up kingdoms, complete with resource collection, city building and peasant management. SAGA’s features include massive armies, multiplayer questing, guild wars, espionage, and an auction house for trading troops and spells.

SAGA has no subscription fees. Players pay as little or as much as they decide, by purchasing ‘booster packs’ of random troops and spells, which are traded and customized to create the strategic army of choice for each player. Give Away Of The Day Subscribers start with 10 Free booster packs, which would normally be sold for $29.95. Your account will be credited with the bonus products only if you register on this page, http://www.playsaga.com/intro_gaotd/ while the promotion lasts.

These free accounts will have all game options available with the exception of trading and hardcore PvP battles (you can still PvP in scrimmage mode, a battle type that does not permanently damage your city).

I haven't played it yet, but it actually looks pretty cool.

Be sure to download it today and register it today at this website. Also, if you need convincing to just try it, be sure to watch the video.
5212  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Flash Animation - Walk in the Woods on: April 05, 2008, 02:12:25 PM
What the crap?
5213  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PC Games that DON'T Use an "Arcade"-Type Portal? on: April 05, 2008, 02:02:47 PM
Wal-Mart or Target or any Brick & Mortar place with electronics. In the video games section are a bunch of really cheap casual games.
5214  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: DonationCoder map - Sauerbraten FPS fun on: April 05, 2008, 01:50:30 PM
i tried joining and got in spectator mode and could never figure out how to start playing.

When was that?
5215  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: DonationCoder map - Sauerbraten FPS fun on: April 05, 2008, 01:22:56 PM
My computer officially out of commission. So I've installed Sauerbraten on this one. :-)

Servers are named like this: mapname, playstyle: I.P., Servername.

So right now the Server for this thread is listed as "labyrinth, coopedit: 130.13.135.145, DonationCoder"
5216  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 25 interesting things that you learn about computers only in the movies on: April 03, 2008, 10:49:01 AM
Worst of all, i hate this thing that you can see in 95% of spy movies :
- Hey what's this ? There, this little dot in the background ? Zoom 8000% please...
- Ok, done.
- Hmm, looks like a face but it's blurry, sharpen the image...
- Done.
- Wow ! It's the killer !

I hate that. I hate that i hate that i hate that i hate that i hate that. In 24, they even zoom on a picture taken from Jack's cell phone to read a serial number on a object in a terrorist's pocket. I hate that.

I totally agree! I don't watch much TV, but what I do what is usually crime shows (Law & Order, or CSI) and they are terrible about this! I saw one CSI episode where there was something ridiculous like a parking lot security camera photo of the murderer approaching a vehicle, but with his back to the camera so they couldn't identify him... until someone noticed his reflection in the vehicle's side-view mirror. Sure enough:

"What's that in the mirror?"
"I dunno. Let me zoom in on that."
"That's blurry! Can you clean that up?"
"Sure!" *presses one button*
"Aha! It's a name tag!"

That all started with Blade Runner, remember? Harrison Ford zoomed in on a picture of the "skin job" stripper and her snake prop until he could read the id number micro-stamped on one of the scales.

(how many dpi can you freaking fit in a jpeg to be able to do that? ack.)

Yeah but that was the future. Maybe that is possible in the future.

Also, I really hate how CSI has started using a projection/holographic screen like what we first saw in Minority Report. Well, I guess the interface isn't the same since it uses a touch screen/table thingy instead of cool gloves in the air, but still!

Also, the police can search for anybody using any criteria on anything and they'll find a result in less than ten seconds. They might have to filter the results a couple times, but sure enough, the programs they use were written in such a way to accept any command to cull the list!

And another thing: Anyone see that episode of that really stupid TV show where a drug dealer hid secret information in his Xbox game? The criminal was middle-eastern, so naturally the game was Prince of Persia. Anyway, they had to get to "Level 10" of the game (which is stupid for all sorts of reasons, because for one, there aren't any levels in the game.) You got the idea that they tried for hours to do this, with a whole room full of people watching one guy playing it. Dying again and again and again. Then the guy who I think was the main guy of the show looked over and there was a young woman holding her hands in the air as if she was holding the Xbox controller, pressing air-buttons, playing the game.

You can't really air-play a game like Prince of Persia because if you "press left" or "jump" using your air-buttons but the person actually playing presses right or doesn't jump, then you're completely out of sync with what's happening on the screen.

But anyway, the guy who sees this young woman doing this kicks the guy off who's been dying for the past 3 hours and within a few minutes this young woman gets to level 10, at which point an Excel Spreadsheet opens up in the middle of the game with the secret information.

So this guy hacked his Xbox and a video game (on a disc!) to display an excel spreadsheet, and he makes a living selling drugs?

How many levels of stupid can you get in a 5 minute segment of TV? Er... Not counting Reality TV... or Soap Operas... Er... Okay well I guess it just comes naturally to TV.
5217  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to install a driver in XP Setup without a floppy drive ??? on: April 03, 2008, 10:26:01 AM
I had this same problem two years ago when I got my new computer and decided not to include the ancient floppy drive. My PC wouldn't recognize my SATA drives without a floppy.

It was suggested to me back then to use nlite but after several ISO burns that led to BSODs during installation or immediately upon booting Windows for the first time, I declared it a failure.

But I'd love to get it to work. Should I ever need to reinstall Windows XP on that machine, I'll be very, very unhappy.
5218  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gmail's "Custom Time" April Fools Feature! on: April 02, 2008, 12:02:11 PM
And I just noticed this one for Google Calendar: Google Wake Up Kit
5219  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Sony BMG Sued For Using Pirated Software on: April 01, 2008, 07:25:49 PM
Why is this something to laugh at? I guarantee every major corporation in existence can find at least one pirated app on one of its machines. There are very few which dont rely on it. Most just never get caught.

It's just hilariously ironic. As Deozaan pointed out, Sony has been at the forefront of "anti-piracy" efforts in the music industry. Now they've just been caught with their pants down. It's awesome! cheesy

I rather doubt any judge will have a lot of sympathy for Sony when it comes time for trial if they don't settle out of court.

It's also hilariously ironic in the same way that gamers laugh about the New York Senator person who lost his job because of links with Prostitution Rings or whatever, since he was a major proponent of anti-game legislation because of all the bad things you could do in Grand Theft Auto... such as pick up prostitutes.
5220  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Sony BMG Sued For Using Pirated Software on: April 01, 2008, 05:39:10 PM
Why is this something to laugh at? I guarantee every major corporation in existence can find at least one pirated app on one of its machines. There are very few which dont rely on it. Most just never get caught.

It's funny because it makes the consumer feel vindicated for all the Sony rootkit garbage that has gone on because of their anti-piracy measures. Most of those other major corporations you speak of probably aren't as invasive or restrictive to the consumer in how they try to deal with piracy, and that's only if piracy applies to their products.

Honda, for instance, don't have much you can easily pirate. It's fairly easy to track down someone who steals a car (or at least find the car) than it is to find people who steal software.
5221  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More April fools stories on: April 01, 2008, 05:24:15 PM
Don't forget to add youtube to the list.... all featured video's have a lil something something behind it. smiley

5222  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Sony BMG Sued For Using Pirated Software on: April 01, 2008, 05:12:43 PM
April Fool's?

EDIT: Guess not. The original (French) article was published on March 21st.
5223  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kodak (Complaint) on: March 31, 2008, 12:34:00 PM
So when I was trying to find names and addresses of people I decided to use Kodak's contact form to ask. I was a little misleading in my request, but it got some information. The response is funny as well. Both are below:


5224  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: RAPIDSHARE.COM sucks! on: March 31, 2008, 12:05:15 PM
Of all the rapidshare links I have ever seen posted anywhere, I can't remember one that was for a legal stuff.

I don't know about the majority of it, but just yesterday I was feeling the same way here about the captcha. I was trying to download some graphics for Dwarf Fortress and I had to try the captcha a couple times because those dogs and cats made it too hard to see the letters.
5225  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: mp3 Audio OUTPUT volume normalizer? Any such thing? on: March 30, 2008, 12:55:36 AM
...
I think overall it feels a bit quiet
...
Good ear (I think)!

I'm pretty sure ReplayGain normalizes to 97% volume... I can only offer guesses as to why...

According to the website, it normalizes to about 89db. And yeah, most of my music was in the 90-96db range.
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