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  1. I just realized I haven't logged in in 3+ years... is it me or is time moving a lot faster this decade somehow? It doesn't feel like too long ago that I went to install C&C3, more hyped than I'd been about anything else in quite a while, and that was around 10 years ago. I want to go back and do it all again; even with the other franchises I grew up with enduring now, having this one solely maintained by the fan base, even with new mod updates and content coming out somewhat regularly, still makes it seem like there's emptiness in my life. Hm, I didn't hear anything about that, interesting. Hopefully everything is picked up and resumed, even if it's just one series, before those of us that grew up on the franchise die of old age (or anything else, really).
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    Another sad day in America

    So you sincerely believe that because power corrupts (I won't argue that detail), and there's corruption in govt., that our govt. is willing to kill its own people to motivate the survivors/witnesses to become patriotic and hell-bent on killing muslims or whatever? Sorry, but that's not how things work. Our govt. is much more resourceful than that; if they really wanted to carry out something like that they'd have used either more bombs, more powerful bombs, or both, for maximum impact. 3 dead compared to other terrorist attacks that have happened here and at our embassies overseas isn't very impressive, even counting the survivors that had limbs blown off. We don't MAKE anyone blame us for ANYTHING. YOU chose to blame us. You act as though we're brainwashing foreigners with the same crap you're accusing us of being brainwashed of. I'm sick of watching idiot after idiot calling us the sheeple of the evil government when all it does is paint you as sheeple of your own kind's ignorance and arrogance. Knock it off already.
  3. It'd be nice to support devs that don't work for EA... just saying. Anyone with real talent and common sense either needs to step up and try to work their way into a position where they can change EA, or find another publisher. That way we know who and what to support. More to the point, EA definitely doesn't seem like the kind of company that likes to allow modding AND DLC in the same games unless there's a tight-knit community that comes to an easy majority regarding the matter. There are exceptions, of course.
  4. Don't think I've posted in here yet... but here:
  5. Of course we're spoiled, we were spoiled when game makers put a single price tag on their games, released it, and patched them every so often for free. Simple. If the customers, us, deem that additional content is worth paying for, we'll do that. Otherwise we're best left alone. Supporting DlC markets and microtransactions only means you're in favor of companies that would rather not leave the games just open enough for us to mess with ourselves. In case you forgot, the communities we're in started in part due to gaining mod options that weren't sanctioned by the devs, and against the publisher's terms of use, but they didn't really do anything to lock down those games (and they still don't, not worth it anymore) and shouldn't. We aren't entitled to freedom in how we play games but why the blue hell are we taking it in stride when the devs and publishers would rather line their pockets to give us what they THINK we want rather than let us make what we want ourselves and plug it in and probably distribute it? I will agree about the World of Tanks model, but EA !=wargaming.net. They're NOT going to do things as fairly or efficiently no matter what they say, and if we just take it on the chin we're saying it's okay for them to do it. I'm in agreement that done right, DLC/microtransactions can be a good thing, but that's a case by case basis and I'm against it here because I know with EA involved it WON'T be a good thing.
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    What's in your Rig?

    Finally got my graphics upgraded for the games coming next year and well beyond (chiefly Gens 2 and Bioshock Infinite): http://i.imgur.com/d6E1P.jpg http://i.imgur.com/96eop.jpg Yes, it's dusty, yes, I have a couple of errant wires where I otherwise wouldn't have them, but I won't make a big deal out of it. Specs are otherwise the same as before, aside from a Samsung SSD830 128GB, which also runs like a damn dream. Firmware update was extremely easy and problem-free, too, and updates for Samsung SSDs are non-destructive and can be performed in place from within Windows on the drive itself with zero issues; just hit the update button in Magician, select the update package file, run the updater, reboot, log into Windows, reboot again, and it's done. Back to the card, there are some problems with eVGA's 670s right now but it's mainly with the SCs and normal 670s with SC serial numbers (do I even want to know how that **** happens?), any affected SC buyer will get free advanced RMA, cross-shipping, and a free upgrade to the 670 FTW edition, which uses the GTX680's PCB. All in all an epic company to work with, it's almost a shame mine hasn't had the stuttering/artifacting/driver crashes that affected some others. None of my games are very demanding by modern standards, so they all run like water. Red Alert 3 was about the only thing that would put the screws to my old card with everything turned up at my native res, but with the 670 it's almost TOO fast.
  7. Kotaku's article says Victory Games is the production studio, so I have no idea why they weren't mentioned in the trailer.
  8. Just shown on the VG awards, and it said "Coming 2013". THE WAIT, IT CRUSHES ME.
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    What's in your Rig?

    There's some stuff about it here, exact info was provided by a friend of mine. http://en.community.dell.com/support-forum...1.aspx#19806421
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    What's in your Rig?

    QUOTE (zocom7 @ Saturday 13th August 2011 10:58 PM) Rig 3: Case/PSU: Custom midsize tower with power @ 300W Motherboard: ECS CPU & Cooler: Intel Pentium 4 @ 2.8 ghz (can be overclocked to 3.4 ghz) RAM: 2GB DDR PC2700 RAM Video: EVGA GeForce 6200 LT @ 256MB DDR2 HDD1: Western Digital 80GB HDD2: Maxtor DiamondMax 40GB (backup only) Optical: Sony 18x CD/DVD Burner, Sony 52x CD-ROM Sound: Sound Blaster Live! Value (separate) Display: HP 19" widescreen LCD monitor Speakers: NEC 2-channel stereo speakers Input: NEC keyboard and Lenovo mouse OS: Windows XP Pro It may not look nice but I was thinking of retiring this "last resort" rig with the exception of that LCD monitor. I was hoping to move my Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium and the EVGA GeForce GT 220 into my fastest rig soon. My oldest rig has those speakers, they're actually sorta decent for how old they are. Anyway I just realized I haven't posted in this thread for a while so I'll show off what I have now: Dell U2410 rev.A02 (if you have one with a slide-out tag showing a newer revision, that only indicates a change in the manufacturing process/location; rev.A03 is made in Korea, rev.A04 is made in Mexico, and rev.A05 is made in the Czech Republic. I might have 3 and 4 mixed up but it's majorly correct.) Logitech G500 (was using this on an Xtrac Pads Ripper but the sensor freaks the hell out on it for some reason so I had to stop) Ducky DK-9008 mechanical keyboard (Cherry MX Brown switches) + Ideazon FANG gamepad (bought before Steelseries took over the company) Swan D1080MKII08 speakers Logitech analog headset and C600 webcam (would have gotten a Microsoft Lifecam Studio but they didn't have any) Same case as before, cooling supplemented by a Panaflo U1BX rear exhaust fan, Scythe S-Flex G bottom intake fan, and 2 Panaflo H1BXes for front intake assist. These fans plus the San Ace on the Hammer are controlled by the Sunbeam Rheobus at the front. Foxconn Blood Rage X58 + Core i7 920 + 6GB (3x2GB) Corsair Dominator 1600MHz @ 8-8-8-24 Xigmatek Thor's Hammer CPU cooler + Sanyo Denki San Ace 9G1212H1011 Same sound card and graphics as before, I plan to upgrade to the next best upper-midrange nVidia card, or a Radeon 7970 if that doesn't turn out well as a product Seagate 250GB 7200.12 boot drive + 7200.11 640GB and 7200.12 1TB storage drives; I intend later to knock the boot drive up to either a Samsung SSD830 (already reviewed @Anandtech) or an Intel 520 (reviewed, but publishers are under NDA for a few more weeks and so cannot put the reviews up yet) Corsair HX850 power supply; for efficiency and cosmetic purposes I intend to upgrade this later to a planned series of revisions to Antec's high-end power supplies, which will have MUCH better modular cabling than before Samsung DVD burner, don't care to remember the model Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 (will be Ultimate when I get the SSD) Those that remember, I was using a G.Skill Falcon 64GB SSD a while ago, however it bricked itself after some sectors became corrupted, likely as a result of suffering multiple brownouts, no thanks to our power company. No worries about that anymore, though, now have a CyberPower 700w UPS, which has lead-acid batteries; this makes it incredibly heavy for its size but the batteries are quite cheap and easy to replace. Also visible at the top of the desk is a throw blanket; I might need it in a week, today our high is in the mid-80s, this is the last summer-like weekend for us; next week we're right under an upper trough pulling north-Pacific moisture, cooling our high temps down to the mid-upper 50s and putting lows near freezing. So yeah, I might need that throw blanket until it cools down even further so as to justify banging on that thermostat there to turn the gas fireplace on.
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    Error loading ZH or Generals

    I guarantee you that causes more problems than it solves. ONLY use one antivirus, honestly I've had a stellar experience with MSE and Avira, though Avira returns more false-positives and you have to mess with it a bit to force the popup ad off. I don't know why it's considered a good idea to make 3 AVs work together even if you succeed in doing it. If you haven't tried either one of those 2, wipe your AV configuration COMPLETELY and try one. If you refuse to do this then there's no point in asking for help since you also won't listen to us when we say it's a problem doing it the way you are now.
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    What's in your Rig?

    Keep in mind that a write cycle is only complete once the ENTIRE drive is written over, and consumer SSDs are rated for tens of THOUSANDS of write cycles; so no matter how you use it, the SSD will outlast most of the rest of the system.
  13. Each daughterboard has 2 nF200SLI bridges on it, and (I THINK) a control module to allow the daughterboard(s) to communicate with the main motherboard (which is what the fans cover). Those that are unaware, Donanimhaber has turned out a crapload of inside info ahead of product releases in the past year, but because it's all in Turkish, only a small percentage of users can even read it, let alone parse what Google Translate pukes out.
  14. The GPU core itself doesn't have memory. About that other thing you said... wtf are you talking about?