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DC Gamer Club / Sniper Elite for $2 on Steam
« on: March 17, 2010, 10:16 PM »
Hello,

I personally have never played this game and don't know anything about it, but mouser is always talking about how it's one of his favorite games ever, so it caught my attention today when I saw that it is on sale on Steam all this week for just $2.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/3700/

I bought it, but can't play it since my gaming PC doesn't have an internet connection at this time, so I can't download it yet.

IT BETTER BE GOOD MOUSER! I bought it on your recommendation alone!

327
Living Room / Windows doesn't recognize HDD.
« on: March 14, 2010, 11:06 PM »
Hi folks,

I recently found some old HDDs and decided to put them into my pc to see if they still worked. After all, I had them removed because I thought (but wasn't sure) that they were going bad so they were replaced with new HDDs.

Anyway, I've got one that is recognized in the BIOS but doesn't show up in Windows 7, not even in the disk management. I thought that was a little strange, so I booted into an Ubunto LiveCD and Ubuntu at least recognizes there is an HDD there. It doesn't display the contents of the drive but it tells me the label and even knows enough to say it may be failing since it has a lot of bad sectors.

So I tried booting back into Windows 7 and before it booted, it made me run scandisk/check disk on that drive, and as expected, found a bunch of bad sectors and unreadable files and stuff, but when it finally finished booting into Win7 it once again does not indicate the drive exists at all.

I figure the drive is toast, and I certainly don't care about salvaging whatever data may be on it, but I'm really interested in finding out why the drive just seems to disappear in Win7 (ultimate, 32-bit) but everything else (BIOS, Linux) recognizes the drive is there.

Anyone got any ideas?

328
Living Room / Jetpacks are real!
« on: March 11, 2010, 11:09 PM »
I just found this:


I want one!

329
Living Room / Webmail spam.
« on: February 25, 2010, 05:20 PM »
Am I the only the only one who sees the humor in this? (image has been blurred in some places to protect the innocent)

Hotmail's SPAM Protection.png

Aside from the humorous oxymoron this image provides, can anyone offer explanation on how this would work?

It's an e-mail from a friend, but it's obviously spam. Normally I'd think she just got a virus but how would a virus get access to her webmail account? Maybe a trojan/keylogger? Maybe her password was compromised?

I've actually received spam from two friends recently (in the past couple months) who use Hotmail accounts. I haven't been paying attention to the Weekly Tech News that Ehtyar normally puts out, has the recent Hotmail account compromises been in the news lately?

330
Living Room / The interwebs are run by magic?
« on: February 16, 2010, 07:43 PM »
Maybe Google are getting a little too confident in their abilities?

Sort by Magic.png

331
Found Deals and Discounts / Trine on Steam for $5.
« on: February 10, 2010, 10:44 PM »
There's no Steam news item announcing this 75% off sale for Trine and no indication as to when this sale ends. So I'm not sure when the special started or when it will be over.

Trine is a fantasy action game where the player can create and use physics-based objects to beat hazardous puzzles and threatening enemies. Set in a world of great castles and strange machinery, three heroes are bound to a mysterious device called the Trine in a quest to save the kingdom from evil…

The gameplay is based on fully interactive physics - each character's different abilities help the player battle an army of undead and defeat hazardous contraptions. The player can at any time freely choose whoever is best suited for the upcoming challenge or puzzle: The Wizard is able to summon objects to help solve puzzles and create new ways to overcome obstacles, the Thief uses her agility and dead-on accuracy to swiftly surprise the monsters, and the Knight unleashes mayhem and physical destruction wherever he goes.

Lashiec says Trine would go in his Best Games of 2009 List even after only having played the demo.

Trine on Steam also has Steam Cloud support, meaning your save data is saved in the Cloud and available at any PC you log into your Steam account from.

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General Software Discussion / "Pointer" Directories in Windows
« on: February 02, 2010, 09:05 PM »
So I've really been interested lately in something that has been mentioned a few times on these forums. I don't know what they're called, but basically you can create a "pointer directory" that doesn't really exist, but just points to another directory located somewhere else in your computer.

This way you can have something like:

C:\Users\Username\Documents\My Dropbox\Games\Diablo II\Saves\

Which really puts all the files in:

D:\Games\Diablo II\Saves\

As you can see from the example, one of the purposes I have for this is to back up/synchronize files from places that don't tidily fit into the normal DropBox folder.

Any help on what these "pointer directories" are and how to make them would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Hello,

This idea may not qualify for a coding snack because it actually comes in a few parts, some of which might be simple enough to be a coding snack, but others I'm sure would likely require a much more involved process.

Part 1: What I'm looking for is a website that would allow a person to create an account under which the user could then set recurring tasks that can be checked off or tracked.

Ideally it would have an API so that a mobile app can be made for cell phones (I currently have an Android phone, so that would be my request).

So for example, I might have a goal of reading a book for 30 minutes each day. At the end of the day I could bring up my tracker and check off that I fulfilled the daily task.

But say I wanted to expand my social horizons and make new friends, so I might have a goal of talking to three new people a week. At the end of the week I could either have a boolean result (goal met or not) or a fraction (2 out of 3 talked to).

The idea is to make it very simple with only a few options for simplicity's sake. But to have a few options such as daily, weekly, and monthly tasks with boolean (check box) tracking or tally (2 out of 3) tracking.

Then the true beauty of the whole thing is that from the database kept, you could gather all sorts of statistical information, so you can track your progress and improvements over long periods of time.

I'm typing this all up from my cell phone at 2 AM (which I'm sure you can imagine takes quite a while) because I thought it was a great idea and didn't want to forget about it. I'll flesh out this post a bit more when I am at a PC with internet in the next day or two.

If you have any comments or questions, go ahead and post them, but please understand I know I didn't explain very well because that would take way too long on my mobile and I need to sleep, so as I said, this post will be fleshed out more in a day or two.

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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / NANY 2010 Final Release: Leap of Faith
« on: December 10, 2009, 01:41 AM »
NANY 2010 Entry Information

Application NameLeap of Faith
Version1.2010.08.18
Short Description sisyphus.gifw
Supported OS Windows
Web Page http://lof.deozaan.com/
Download Link Leap of Faith (2.4MB)
System Requirements
  • Windows XP/Vista/7
Version History
  • 1.2010.08.18 - Fixed buggy goal thingy as reported by Stoic Joker
  • 1.2009.12.31 - NANY Final Release
  • 0.2009.12.10 - Playable
AuthorDeozaan
Screencast
Credits
  • I'd like to thank Hamradio who took the time to make me a few graphics, which unfortunately did not make it into the final release. Your time and effort are appreciated.
  • This game powered by Torque Game Builder.


Description
This is a Platformer game where the objective is to climb to the top of the screen and reach the goal.

Features
Contains Proprietary Paradox Technology: Every level is unique, yet they're all the same!
Implements amazing Greek technology!
Provides at least 10 seconds of amusement!1

Screencast


Screenshots
Leap of Faith.gif

Usage

Installation
Unzip and run the exe.

Using the Application
Use the arrow keys to move left and right. Use Space Bar to make a Leap of Faith2 and try to reach the goal. You'll know it when you see it.

Uninstallation
Delete the Leap of Faith folder.
WinXP: Delete the \Documents and Settings\User Name\Application Data\Craven Entertainment\ folder.
Vista/Win7: Delete the \Users\User Name\AppData\Roaming\Craven Entertainment\ folder.

Known Issues
The game will not run properly if the path contains non-ASCII characters. So if your Windows username uses non-ASCII characters, don't try running it on your Desktop or from within other folders in your User directory.


1. No guarantee is made pertaining to the amount of time, if any, this game amuses you.
2. No faith required. If you wish to play without faith you may press W to jump and R to randomize the level.

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I can't believe there isn't an Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala thread yet. I couldn't find one in a search so I thought I'd take the liberty of starting the semi-annual Ubuntu thread. ;)

I just installed Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala and the Netbook Remix onto my wife's laptop and my netbook respectively using Wubi. I thought I'd share my thoughts and experiences I've had so far with Karmic Koala. Just remember, any time I'm talking about my netbook, I'm referring to the Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Any time I'm talking about my wife's laptop, I'm referring to Ubuntu Desktop Edition.

I'd also like to apologize in advance for using Windows terminology to describe Linux/Ubuntu/Gnome things. I know it's not right but I don't know the appropriate names for some of these things, so I just go with the closest thing to what I do know, and that's Windows.

The Good:

* This is the first Ubuntu release that recognized my WiFi adapter right from the get go. On all previous releases I've tried (8.10 and 9.4) I've had to go through a somewhat convoluted process involving downloading the drivers, building them, doing some other stuff I don't understand, and doing some more stuff I didn't understand so that it would load them up automatically every time I booted up Ubuntu. And then if there was a kernel update I'd have to do some of those steps again because they were apparently set up to work only with a specific kernel. Admittedly I don't know exactly everything I'm talking about, so some of my terminology may be wrong (especially concerning the "kernel update") but it sure is nice having the WiFi work just from the beginning.

* Ubuntu One, which is basically a 2GB Dropbox for Ubuntu users. I actually haven't used it yet, but I like Dropbox and I like free online storage/sync so I think it will be useful.

* Ubuntu Software Center. This is a really nice and clean interface for installing lots of packages. It's basically a prettied up version of the Synaptics Package Manager but I think maybe SPM had access to more things than the USC. Applications are organized by category (Games, Programming, Accessories, Graphics, Audio & Video, etc.) which just makes it so easy to browse and find what you need.

* Empathy is the new(?) all-in-one IM client similar to Pidgin, but this one is integrated with the system and when you're connected you can actually see and set your status from the "Start Button" (that thing with options to log out or shut down, etc.) in the top right corner. I'm not really a fan of all-in-one IM/IRC clients in general, but I like the integration of Empathy and Ubuntu.

The Bad:

* Oddly enough my netbook's Ethernet adapter doesn't seem to work when I plug a cable into it. This is especially strange considering that my WiFi works fine, but plugging in a cable doesn't seem to do anything.

* Speaking of network/internet, almost no internet browsing works without first disabling IPv6 in Firefox (use About:Config and search for IPv6).

* It doesn't recognize my netbook's built in webcam. I thought the Netbook Remix was built with netbook hardware specifically in mind? Or does that mean only the Atom processor?

* The screen brightness flickers from bright to not-so-bright for about a minute on my netbook--until the OS has had time to figure out the battery status (i.e. until the battery icon appears in the "tray" or whatever it's called in Linux).

* Mouse problems on my netbook. If I touch the touchpad it breaks the mouse functionality. I'm not sure what the problem is. The mouse cursor still moves around the screen, but clicking doesn't work properly. It's almost as if whatever I'm clicking on doesn't have focus. So I click all I want and nothing happens. I should also note that I always use an external USB mouse because my right mouse button is broken on the touchpad. But if I accidentally touch the touchpad while typing, neither the USB mouse or touchpad clicks will register. And since I can't figure out how to access the "start menu" (restart, logoff, etc) with keyboard shortcuts, I'm forced to use Ctrl-Alt-Del and use the keyboard to restart the computer completely. Additionally, if I unplug the USB and plug it back in (or if it wasn't plugged in when Ubuntu booted) the USB mouse doesn't work at all. And since using the touchpad completely breaks the mouse clicks anyway, I'm pretty much forced to boot the machine with the mouse USB dongle or else I have to restart it again. This problem has been resolved since I fixed my right mouse button on my touchpad.

* I still can't get Ubuntu to play DVD movies on my wife's laptop. I've downloaded VLC and extra restricted stuff but something keeps breaking during installation or download or something so nothing knows how to run a DVD. In my opinion, if it doesn't just run DVDs out of the box, then it doesn't "just work."

The Ambiguous:

* Netbook Remix layout is almost completely different than the desktop edition. It has been a little difficult figuring out where everything is. It's a little like making the change from XP to Vista/7. You know almost everything is there, but you're not sure where to find it. There's a permant (and huge) side bar which is akin to the Windows Start Menu-> All Programs. It has categories you click on and then to the right it displays all the (huge) icons/"shortcuts" to the programs for that category. You cannot hide this and it is always there. If you have an application running then that application will display on top of it, but basically this permanent "All Programs" menu is your desktop. And instead of showing rectangles for running applications in the "task bar" it just shows the program icon, much like Windows 7, except whatever currently maximized program is running will fill up the rest of the "task bar" with the application title and an X to close it. There is no button to minimize or un-maximize, though clicking on the icon will minimize and double clicking the title bar will un-maximize, much like Windows functionality. I wouldn't really say any of this is good or bad. It's just different and takes some getting used to.

* It's Ubuntu. Once it's installed, then what do you do with it? Besides uninstalling it (ha!)? As a Windows user, I'm still mostly lost on what to do in Ubuntu. It's cool to install, fun to download things and try them out, but ultimately I'm at a loss for reasons to use it as my primary OS, or even regularly for that matter. Typically what I find myself doing is booting Ubuntu whenever someone asks a question about it so I can show it to them (most "John Q. Public" people I know don't even seem to realize there are other OSes besides Windows, with the exception of possibly understanding that Macintosh has something a little different.) or booting it just to download all the latest upgrades and wiggle the mouse around a bit looking for something to do with it before ultimately going back to Windows.

Final Thoughts:

As a gamer, I'm surprised at how many games are readily available and cataloged for download right from the get go in Ubuntu. But ultimately I'm always returning to Windows to play the games I really want to play. But if Internet and DVD & MP3 playback worked out of the box, I think Ubuntu would be perfectly suitable for the every day average user who just browses, types things up in a word procesor, and listens to music/watches movies on their machine. I'd probably be able to get my wife to convert to Ubuntu on a permanent basis if that was the case.

EDIT: Updated status of mouse problems.

336
Developer's Corner / Testosterone and Competitive Play
« on: November 04, 2009, 01:57 PM »
Danc over at LostGarden has written an interesting article on how competitive games reward or punish different groups of players.

Lately I've been digging into research on testosterone. Over the past decade, scientists have been placing players in competitive situations and then measuring how their testosterone fluctuations predict future behavior. What you find from looking at the studies is that both winners and losers will leave your game if they are placed in a set of predictable situations involving dominance, luck, and friendship.

There are four points that have experimental support:
  • How playing with friends affects the testosterone in winning and losing players
  • How playing with strangers affects the testosterone in winning in losing players
  • How perception of the role of luck or skill in the outcome affects the testosterone of players.
  • How players differ by pro-social or pro-dominance inclination.

337
Found Deals and Discounts / Everything Half-Life 55.8% off!
« on: October 17, 2009, 10:06 PM »
Half-Life hero Gordon Freeman won GameSpot's All Time Greatest Game Hero award by 55.8% of the vote. In honor of winning that award, Steam is offering all games Half-Life related for 55.8% off this weekend only.

Half-Life Games on Steam

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Hi all!

My sister asked me to help her set up a simple website for her photography business. Her needs seemed simple enough to me that I thought I could do it with a WordPress site. However, there are a few specific needs she has that I'm having a hard time finding plugins for.

Basically what I need is some sort of Photo Album plugin that allows for multiple albums and the option to password protect certain albums. The reason for this is that she wants to be able to have her customers view proofs of the photos and she wants to password protect photos, especially those of children.

Also acceptable would be a (cheap or free) webservice (Flickr?) that already does something like this and then a WordPress plugin that integrates that webservice into WordPress.

Any tips and help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance.

339
Found Deals and Discounts / World of Goo: Name Your Price!
« on: October 14, 2009, 03:14 PM »
World of Goo is celebrating it's first birthday by allowing you to buy the game at any price you choose.

WoG_orderButton_bday.gif
(on the linked page, scroll down and look for the above image)


World of Goo is a great game that has been mentioned at this site before: Click here to see the previous thread about World of Goo.

If you haven't gotten it yet, now is the time!

340
DcUpdater / Drag and Drop not working in Windows 7
« on: October 10, 2009, 12:01 AM »
I just installed DcUpdater on Windows 7 and in the options where I set the directories of where to look for update files it says "Drag and Drop enabled"

But I can't drag and drop from Windows Explorer. The mouse icon turns into a circle with a slash through it.

341
Found Deals and Discounts / Left 4 Dead for $15 (50% off)
« on: September 29, 2009, 03:25 PM »
Hi everyone!

Steam is having a sale to commemorate some new (free) DLC called Crash Course. So now you can buy Left 4 Dead for 50% off, which is $15 USD, or you can buy a 4-pack for $45 USD (which is essentially buy 3 get 1 free).

Left 4 Dead on Steam.

As always, I'm willing to gift the game to anyone for whatever reason can't buy it themselves. Just PayPal the money to me first (and a little extra to cover PayPal fees) to paypal (at) deozaan (dawtt) com and be sure to include a note on which game(s) you want and what e-mail address you want me to send the gift to.

342
Living Room / Help with Toshiba Portege M200 Tablet PC
« on: September 22, 2009, 01:19 PM »
Hi all,

A friend of mine has a Toshiba Portege M200 Tablet PC that's so infested with viruses and who knows what that the PC doesn't even know how to run exe files anymore. Nothing runs except Internet Explorer.

My friend would have just formatted and reinstalled himself, but the machine doesn't have an optical drive. I have an external drive I can plug an optical drive into, and have done that. But I can't figure out how to get the machine to boot from CD. I don't even know how to get into the BIOS.

Pushing F8 brings up an advanced boot menu which has options to boot into safe mode or reboot or boot normally, etc. Pressing F2 or F12 shows a few images: The first one looks like 3 CDs stacked on top of each other. The next one looks like a single CD. The next one looks like an SD card and a floppy disk. The next one looks like two computers networked together. And the final one looks like a stick of RAM.

I interpret these to mean: Boot from HDD, boot from CD, boot from floppy/removable media, boot from LAN, and possibly access BIOS? The problem is that they all go straight into booting Windows except boot from LAN, which tries to access something on the LAN.

So I can't tell if the machine even recognizes the external (USB) optical drive because I can't check the BIOS and I can't figure out how to get the machine to boot from CD. It does recognize it from within Windows and even launches the Auto Run menu, but when I click the button to install Windows it doesn't do anything, probably because the machine doesn't know how to run exe files.

Does anyone who has used a Portege, perhaps even this model, have any tips on how to get the machine to boot from CD or get into the BIOS? I don't have the instruction manual or any of the original information that might have come with the Portege.

Any useful information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Living Room / Game Du Jour SURPRISE!
« on: August 29, 2009, 02:16 AM »
Did anyone else just get a strange email from the Game du Jour notification/subscription thingy?

I think their subscription list was hacked, because it was like a goatse-like game with accompanying screenshot. But today's Game du Jour is Depths of Peril.

I'm sure we'll hear more about this soon.

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Okay, so when I first was learning programming, I learned to create code blocks with the curly bracket on the starting line, like so:

Code: ActionScript [Select]
  1. function myFunction() {
  2.   // multiple lines of code here
  3. }

But since I've been using Torque Game Builder and coding in TorqueScript, the standard practice is to open the block of code on a new line so that the opening and closing brackets are lined up:

Code: ActionScript [Select]
  1. function myFunction()
  2. {
  3.   // multiple lines of code here
  4. }

That's fine and all, and I've successfully made the transition in coding style, and this topic isn't really about the personal preference of where to put the opening bracket of a code block. The question really is, how does this style work when immediately opening up another block of code, for example from an else statement? This is how it seems natural to me, coming from my background putting the bracket on the same line as the code that indicates I'm about to open a block of code (see line 4 below).

Code: ActionScript [Select]
  1. if (statement)
  2. {
  3.   // multiple lines of code here
  4. } else {
  5.   // multiple lines of code here
  6. }

But if I'm trying to stay consistent with putting opening brackets on a new line, should I do it like this?

Code: ActionScript [Select]
  1. if (statement)
  2. {
  3.   // multiple lines of code here
  4. } else
  5. {
  6.   // multiple lines of code here
  7. }

But then that looks weird, so should it be

Code: ActionScript [Select]
  1. if (statement)
  2. {
  3.   // multiple lines of code here
  4. }
  5. else
  6. {
  7.   // multiple lines of code here
  8. }

But then the else looks strange all by its self.

I'm confused... Any tips and reasons on the "proper" or "best" way to handle this?

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General Software Discussion / Chrome Experiments
« on: August 24, 2009, 04:51 PM »
We think JavaScript is awesome. We also think browsers are awesome. Indeed, when we talk about them, we say they are the cat's meow – which is an American expression meaning AWESOME.

In light of these deeply held beliefs, we created this site to showcase cool experiments for both JavaScript and web browsers.

These experiments were created by designers and programmers from around the world using the latest open standards, including HTML5, Canvas, SVG, and more. Their work is making the web faster, more fun, and more open – the same spirit in which we built Google Chrome.

One of the featured experiments is something called Twitch. What's cool about it is that it's a series of tiny switch games that take anywhere from 10 seconds to a couple of minutes to finish, and they open up in a series of different windows that all are connected. Take a look at (and click) the image for more information about Twitch.



large.png


Note that these experiments are generally only tested/designed to work with Google Chrome and may not work in other browsers.


from http://www.chromeexperiments.com/

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Adventures of Baby Cody / United States of America
« on: July 30, 2009, 12:27 AM »
I'd be happy to welcome BabyCody to the US of A!

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Living Room / Google Voice!
« on: July 16, 2009, 02:05 AM »
I just received an e-mail this evening inviting me to try out Google Voice (USA Only for now). I'd never heard of it until I received the invitation and I'm not even sure how I got signed up to be invited. I wasn't invited by any specific person.

So what is Google Voice? To be honest, I'm still not entirely sure. They gave me a free local phone number that anybody can call (and it was activated immediately). I can set it up to forward to any of my "real" phone numbers. When I signed up, I started out with a voicemail in my inbox, which was automatically transcribed for me:

Welcome to Google Voice! Google Voice gives you a single phone number that rings all your phones, saves your voicemail online, and transcribes your voicemail to text. Other cool features include the ability to listen in on messages while they are being left and the ability to make low cost international calls. To start enjoying Google Voice, just give out your Google Voice number. You can record custom greetings for your favorite callers or block annoying callers by marking them as SPAM. Just click on the settings link at the top of your inbox. We hope you enjoy Google Voice.

Here are a few things I think sound cool about the service: Since I already have a Google Android phone (G1) all my contacts in my phone are in my Gmail and in my Google Voice account. Also, there's an application for the Android phones so that you can have the mobile phone use Google Voice for all calls, international calls only, or no calls. And I can put a call widget online:

Call Widgets can be put on any web page, and allow people to call from that web page. When somebody clicks on the widget, we call them and connect them to you. Your number is always kept private. You can create multiple call widgets and have different settings for each of them.

The about page says that Google Voice invitations are only being sent out to users of Google GrandCentral, but I've never heard of that until today. Maybe I was invited because I'm using a G1? Or maybe I signed up for something several months ago and simply forgot entirely about it? I don't know. But Google Voice seems interesting, so I'm going to start using it and see how it goes.

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Back when Google Chrome launched, I downloaded the beta, played with it for a few minutes and promptly uninstalled it. Dismissing it as pointless and redundant (not to mention not nearly as good as Firefox).

Recently I found out my brother uses Chrome and I asked him why and he mentioned a couple of things that got me interested in trying it again: It launches faster than Firefox and each tab runs in its own process so if one tab crashes it doesn't bring down the entire browser.

Has anyone else been using it for a while now? What do you think about it?

I noticed it doesn't have (true) extensions and thus AdBlock, so it's annoying to have ads showing up on websites I've never seen them on before, but other than that, what's the general consensus for people who have been giving it a try?

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This game was just recently released in Japan for the Nintendo Wii's WiiWare service. It will be coming to the NTSC-U and PAL regions at a later date. It actually looks really fun and seems like a great idea for a new take on the Tower Defense genre.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles My Life as a Dark Lord may have a name that's similar to predecessor My Life as a King, but the two games are nothing alike.

Although not immediately apparent, Dark Lord feels like a unique take on the tower defense genre. Like a tower defense game, your goal is to strategically position troops to make sure that advancing enemies aren't able to make it from a starting point -- the base of your tower -- to an end point -- the top of your tower.

Different from tower defense titles, you have the added element of having to add new floors to your tower in real time in order to house your troops. The floors themselves have gimmicks, which can be used to attack enemies or heal monsters depending on the floor type. They also have HP and can be destroyed if directly attacked by the enemy multiple times.

Take a look at the website (click the image below) for some videos of it in action.



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from Joystiq.com

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I got an e-mail from TigerDirect advertising this powerful system for $1700 + about $50 shipping.

TigerDirectPC.jpg

Well, my eyes got wide and I felt that yearning desire like a child who had just seen the coolest bicycle in the window of a store but knew he (his family) couldn't afford it.

So I wondered if I could take a look at the specs and build something approximately as powerful for less money. Oddly enough, neither the processor nor the motherboard were in stock at TigerDirect so I turned to NewEgg. At first I was going to try to build the exact same machine, but when I found out that the motherboard is also out of stock at NewEgg, I started looking for substitutes (which also help cut down on costs). This is the machine I came up with:

Case: Antec Performance One P180 Silver cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower: $140.
Motherboard: MSI X58 Platinum SLI LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard: $220.
GPUs: 2x EVGA GeForce 9800 GT Superclocked Edition 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI-E 2.0 x16 SLI: $130x2 = $260 - $40 Mail in Rebates (MiRs).
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC: $120 -$20 MiR.
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920: $280.
RAM: 12GB (2x CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Model TR3X6G1600C9): 2x$100 = $200.
HDD: WD Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5": $100.

Extras:
CPU Fan: Thermaltake CL-P0508 110mm CPU Cooler : $60
Thermal Gel: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound: $9.
WiFi Adapter: LINKSYS WMP300N 32-bit PCI Interface High-speed Wireless-N: $65.

Total: $1454 (before Mail in Rebates) + about $10 shipping since most of these items have free shipping. There are $60 of Mail-in-Rebates so at the end of it all it will be just over $1400.

The only thing that I can tell that is missing from the original PC advertised at TigerDirect is a DVD-RW Dual Layer, but I have one in an older computer I could salvage. Also a keyboard and mouse, but once again I could salvage both of those from my old computer. Oh yeah, and the TigerDirect PC comes with Vista Premium 64-bit. I have Vista Ultimate 64-bit from an MSDN subscription as a benefit for being in college for Computer Science, so I don't need to buy the OS.

I could probably also salvage my wifi card from my old PC and I probably don't really need the Thermaltake CPU cooler since the Core i7 comes with a fan and heatsink.

My question(s) though are:

1. Can anything really make use of 12GB of RAM these days? Naturally I'd have 64-bit Vista on it until I got Windows 7 (RTM?). I am a gamer and I like to have tons of applications open at the same time, but isn't 12GB overkill?

2. Is there anything in this list that has a substitute that is just as good but costs less? Or maybe something that is better but costs the same? For example, are the GPUs sufficient? I'm looking for a good trade-off between cost and power (not electricity). I pretty much picked these two GPUs because they were the ones (or similar to the ones) in the $1700 PC. Or maybe something on this list that just isn't good quality and I really ought to spend more money for high quality hardware? For example, is the PSU sufficient or should I go for a 1000w PSU?

3. Is there anything NOT in this list that should be? Am I forgetting something important like cables or connectors or something that should be obvious and is necessary like a CPU? Is anything glaringly incompatible with something else in this list? I didn't consider, for instance, making sure there are 64-bit drivers for Vista for the WiFi Adapter. I almost didn't think of getting a Thermal Compound, either.

Just remember that the more expensive this thing gets, the less likely it is that I'll be able to buy it. The cheaper it gets, the more likely it is I'll be able to buy it. However, the less powerful it gets, the more likely I'd rather wait until prices come down or until I have more money so I can still consider it a (realistic) dream PC.

And just for reference, here's my current machine's specs:

Case: Not sure what brand, just some mid-tower ATX case.
Motherboard: Abit uGuru AX8 K8T890.
GPU: EVGA GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB 2xDVI.
PSU: Antec EA-380 (380w) 80 Plus.
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3500+ (2.25 Ghz).
RAM: 2GB (2x 1GB) (not sure what speed or anything else about them).
HDDs: 880 GBs (80GB Maxtor SATA, 300GB Maxtor SATA, 500GB Western Digital SATA).

Other:
WiFi: U.S. Robotics Wireless MAXg PCI.
Optical: NEC DVD-RW Dual Layer (ND-3550A)
CPU Fan: Thermaltake A1
Keyboard: EluminX Sapphire.
Mouse: Logitech Trackman Wheel (which is going bad... :( ).
Monitors: ViewSonic VX992 (19" LCD) and DCLCD (19" LCD).
Speakers: CodeGen S3-001 45W 2.1 speakers.

EDIT: I are good at teh English.

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