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  1. BlackListedB

    BluRay for all.... Next Gen viewing!

    You're right about the time line in regards with Sony's commitment to BluRay via Playstation 3, setting a precedent for optical disc introduction via PS2 and 3, Blu Ray was the major cost, costing Sony $100 USD per unit because they couldn't get a sell through price consumers were up for as Panasonic learned some years before with the original 3DO (Goldstar, now LG, made their own version of 3DO hardware) $599 I believe was the original SKU retail price. Nearly a year after Microsoft Xbox360 with plain-jane DVD-ROM What locale are you in where there's no HD retail? Did you have access to HD-DVD prior? (Xbox expansion drives were oddly supporting non-gaming only) I'm most happy that BluRay can be used for HD expansion based on it's size I suppose. With PC's graphics cards offering capability for the new format, I imagine, should be somewhat easier for PC home theater users then those who want stand alone
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    Do you act "in-character"?

    I didn't see this was so dated a thread, but I try and do my online character as close to myself as possible, since I'd like to envision an alter-ego if you will, impose yourself into the virtual game environment, that said, however, I still do everything I would refrain from in the actual World. As for how characters behave, most of their characteristics I assume you've gleened from the plot cut-scenes, since they could have any number of modus operandi that appearance belies
  3. BB King... aka Blues Boy, has sadly passed on, PBS station giving more to the story then I first heard informing of his demise. BB King has been an institution of American Blues guitar and vocals. He was not only big in stature, but MASSIVE in influence. Words of reflection in the news by way of Facebook and Twitter came from Eric Clapton, Mike McCready (of Pearl Jam), and others, but the good side is his tenacity at performing and setting an enduring example and influence. He lived to the age of 89, and for several month was off the road suffering from the effects of his diabetes. He was in hospice and died in his sleep. I expect a number of tributes, and I'd expect all guitarists to have some feelings on the matter. In his book, Don Felder told of seeing BB King ... just barely, in the 1960s, at the end of the decade, if memory serves, and the large influence it had on him... Not only was Don Felder a key Eagles guitarist for many years in their heyday, but he ALSO TAUGHT a young Tom Petty guitar!
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    What exactly happened?

    I can get the email PW part of GTAForums, but I snuck on twice before, and it's not something they really take lightly. You have to get a legitimate staff assist, and I did once I was unbanned originally thanks to Waddy, Yep, that Waddy... Tim Waddington. He's contacted me both at GTAChronicles and Xbox Live and we're still on each other's XBL friends list, but he's a very quirky guy, not too talkative and long Absent without Leaves... hahaha I noticed some old names on GTAF just checking the official forum section, and it could have been by my own absence that some members came back, but I honestly NEVER got the hostility angle. I wanted everyone to be in agreement that GTA was one if not THE favorite game we all shared in common. It makes no sense to be a hater and not relate on any level. To add, someone within that little group of Bad Apples making life terribly difficult, and the cause for all the high blood pressure, he opined to me that I must gain his respect. That's the absolute wrong way of thinking. You give respect out of being a good person, despite how / or what you think about others, you can't know a person until you've walked a mile in THEIR shoes, and most will NEVER really know how that person feels or adjust to life, they can't expect to know that person from their inner-perspective. You can earn respect, but don't expect it! haha
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    GTA5-PC-Hardware feedback

    Guys, I'm pretty sure we did do a speculation starter thread for PC or laptop gaming results with GTA5 for PC, but I had planned to see what Intel delivers next for a new build up, and sale of my original H55 based Biostar/CoolerMaster rig. I had bought a used 8800 nVidia Geforce Ultra that turned out to be near DOA, works but with tons of artifacts on screen. Could get repaired, but by now, fairly out-dated. The other morning (VERY early) I went out to restock my drinks, and as I was coming in, had a feeling I should check the dumpster (by the door actually!) and sure enough, someone had thrown a PC in, partially cannabilized, as it turns out in setting it up for testing with it's missing parts coming from my own over-stock... I found the CPU alone is worth $200 on EBay!!!! The machine is an HP Elite desktop, in poor shape case wise, but basically a bare-bones build since the interior parts remaining were the mobo, PSU, and wiring... sans SATA cable and optical/HDDs. After a good cleaning, I fired it up and ran spec check software, turns out due to one bad fan, they seemingly tossed the rig away!! The model has a 6 core 2010 dated CPU, the Phenom II x6 1100T model, that's 3.3Ghz and 6MB L3 cache, according to the software, it has a 3MB L2 cache, maybe accounting for the higher pricing on eBay, compared to other Phenoms. I normally would stay with Intel, but this affords either a build of the 6 core CPU AMD system or selling it with other gear to build another rig. I'll likely offer it for sale and build it as I go... until it sells. DDR3 in four slots allows only 16GB maximum, but still not bad, Firewire support, 6 SATA slots, plenty of USB (no 3.0 on this one though) and 460-480 watt power supply. The CPU is 128 watts IIRC so it's the higher of the two introduced (95 watt for the lower power version) and according to CPU-World in multi-threaded apps like GTA5, the AMD might even out-perform a lesser Core I7!! Their comparison states that the Core i7 might out perform the AMD with single threaded applications, however. I actually had a enough spare DDR3 to fill the board with 6GB of 1333Mhz RAM. Just need the right PCI-express graphics for this bad boy. The 1050Z Hewlett Packard originally shipped with a BluRay drive, and I still have the first recorder (Pioneer) that I bought, so even that can go into the system (a standard LG multi-recorder as well). Who ever had the system last managed to bend the upper half of the casing trying to remove their hard drives and opticals and the closing panels and front were missing, but all in all, not to shabby a find for FREE! The PSU or Power Supply Unit is HP factory branded OEM with the system, and lacks two 6 pin graphics card power plugs, however, I did find it had one that had never been used (originally an ATI Radeon HD6670 was shipped with this)
  6. I priced eBay and local store Microcenter cards for PC, the most expensive is nVidia's top Non Titan card (which MC doesn't carry) the 980GTX with 4GB of GDDR5 Ram, the other option for far less is a card using 4GB of DDR3 Ram, that maybe GDDR3, but it doesn't help with info on the retail boxes. Some if not most cards only have 1GB of GDDR5 and a 128 bit memory bus. I wish we could move past that bottleneck, somehow there's some engineers who don't see it being a continued set back....!?!?!? Anyway, prices for cards I'd consider up to that major hot nVidia 980 are $70 to $560 at present. Typically a GTX Titan sells for $1000, unless you can find it cheaper! A report in the press I also looked at says that nVidia is proudly showing off yet another GPU core successor, what that means is even the best of the best will be yesterday's news eventually! We're waiting for Skylake and new Core i7 Intel CPUs, but this article suggests within a year, new nVidia GPUs as well!!
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    Heck yeah, a movie! Finally!

    Maybe, but I see it only as 6 degrees of Separation
  8. On YouTube, VH1C, Michael Schenker and Kirk Hammett jam!!!

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    What did you dislike about GTA 3?

    One of the earliest memories is hearing there was some secret location along the top of the map, I loved exploring these open World games, and GTA3 really helped define a direction not only for the series, but reinvent the premise with a better scope on reality and the underworld/crime world. It also defined how you played the game in it's future variations. So much has come out of the making of GTA3, it's a watershed moment in video game history!!
  10. Free episode segments on YouTube for the new That Metal Show season on VH1 Classic!!!

  11. BlackListedB

    George Miller's return! MAD MAX; Fury Road

    Commercials for the film are more frequent then ever, and Bounce terrestrial HDtv (SDTV?) network is airing the 1985 Beyond Thunderdome this weekend, if not already... I assume there's a bit of a tie-in promotion?! haha Sorry to double post, but I am anxious to see this do well, it may well be the last one George Miller helms and has written. It's started off as a story spec script long before even filming began, as I understand it, based on a germ of an idea George had. I don't know how fond he is of this classic cult favorite, but I would love if Mel Gibson would reprise if not cameo in the film, he really owes his career to the Mad Max franchise, however, he's starred in The Bounty, Tim, and Gallipoli as well, around that time.
  12. The trailers for the continuing Australian franchise look as good as the new JJ Abram's STAR WARS in terms of big screen enhanced by today's technology thrills and spills. I'm thinking this is one to catch on the biggest screen possible! Sans Mel Gibson as Mad Max originally, I'm sure you'll lament that fact, but I'm glad George wrote, directed, ... and finished it!!! It was delayed for a long time since the project was slated to begin in Tunesia when the Arab Spring took place, things seemingly got progressiviely worse from then on, so it's a minor miracle he completed it!
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    Grand Theft Auto V Now Available for PC!

    I am waiting for the new Intel CPU rollout and pricing, and hoping to sell a few of my old PCs and laptops, but I did check the closest store, the controversial TARGET shopping center (controversial because of data breach and firings likely resulting from the fallout in the aftermath of that data breach) Target had 4 copies the day after release when I checked, upon two other return trips in the last week, they have two remaining PC copies, but no where is there a price listing, is it $60 USD comparable to the console new releases, or higher or lower?
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    Starting all over again....

    I keep seeing New York City on TV or movies, and thinking, LIBERTY CITY!! Like when they had to close the Statue of Happiness, er, Liberty because of a bomb threat, turned out to be false, but I was like.... WTF?!?!? Lemme ask you then, you feel RAGE has evolved, or more or less re-written by now, from the ground up? There was a major length of time delaying the original game because it's key was bridging the console gap, being multi-platform. I got the feeling Rockstar might hate me for just mentioning the Houser's history and typing Hot Coffee, but it did cause a near paradigm shift for Rockstar and the industry, there were a few games who had to change such a tact, like BMXXX, The publishers had to step in and say 'too much' but for Rockstar it was a case of them not being intimate with the USA game channels, they felt it would be more or less like making an R-rated movie in game form, that anything that might pass the muster in the film medium would translate the same to interactive entertainment, but most of you guys know there's a sort of 'Nintendo is for kids' mentality that translates to video games over all. That old idea from the outsider's point of view has been pushed to change because video games really evolve through the hardware evolution firstly. The software only comes as a result of what hardware can offer in the experience picture. I was never trying to court controversy myself bringing it up, I felt the historical significance is part of the bigger picture Something fans and people who don't get the picture should be aware of, because the real story is not the hype on a poster or billboard, it's good and bad together as the path to success or infamy! haha
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    What exactly happened?

    Oh, I think I know what an attack on my posted thoughts and principles is, I'm now over 45 and I learned the hard way in the 1970s and 1980s what bullying is, it's a problem whether on GTAForums, Social Networking or in the real world group of people. I might not have perfect 'antenna', but I know what I see between the other people's posts and how people have related to me. Just look back over my posts on record at GTAForums, they're still there. Most of the people who I would call haters are haters. They can't accept difference of opinion because I was warned to shape my participation there within some confine of their ideals. That I just cannot abide. It DID NOT break any real forum rules, and the forum rules I did break were when I first joined up, listing fall 2003 on record. I did multiple things wrong, and that all adds up over the years, because GTAForums holds you accountable for ALL mistakes you make. It's on permanant record. Just look again at the stats, it's there in black and white. That said, it's far less mentally stressful here and in other forums, so that's an encouraging thing in terms of promoting why it's better here and elsewhere. The large diverse numbers of ACTIVE members is the main thing GTAF has going for it, but the bad apples leave SUCH a BAD taste in your mouth, it's all that weighs on my mind at the end of the day. Oh, and Nate, I mean avoiding my posts by virtue of me being the most active, but again, a forum I operate in like I did with three people devising GTAChronicles from it's very origin, a template with all the good value of GTAForums without the mindgames. The favorite sections I've tried to revive which seems like theft of digital idea perhaps, but it allows everyone who's willing to abide, play by fair rules, use a gaming forum for things that are plain entertaining...not to mention, INFORMATIVE!
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    Jose Gonzales new album out!

    To jog some's memory, if you don't have RDR handy! And.... new.... Should have checked the spelling, I just wanted to post before I forgot! haha
  17. Hope I got the spelling right. Just browsing the news-stand magazines out now, and Guitar World features an article on Jose Gonzales. most know him from his epic song added to Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption, a game mostly filled with slight musical cues, but two more rather epic songs transition key chapter sequences in the game, and though this maybe unique to Rockstar San Diego for RDR (2) or in the future, the song proved so evocative that during a live performance and demo (IIRC) Jose himself performed the song in front of an RDR backdrop. Worth checking out his new album for more acoustic gems and fantastic fret-work
  18. Apple Watch is a waste without an iPhone data companion, I believe

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    Starting all over again....

    Early word is modding the ICEnhancer over to GTA5 seems possible, I haven't seen a lot of evidence yet, just one or two mentions about mods, and when I was temp'd at Rockstar's Newswire, I was hoping to address the evolution of RAGE, if someone posting there might think along the lines that GTA 4's underpinnings and GTA 5 evolved from that, might allow the same 3rd party software patching
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    What exactly happened?

    Diversity is all we should hope for, I add things that I think tie into at least my idea of entertainment, if not related in some ways to Rockstar, GTA, or gaming as a whole. I wore out my welcome it seems on a number of older forums I'd joined, but keep in mind, the most vocal of ALL PARTICIPANTS will ALWAYS be those who object loudest. You never, or rarely hear from people saying things are going along great, and they have no qualms. It would help me and others to have some better online communication so that things aren't as easily misconstrued. However, what I abhor is people being mean because that's how they operate. They should have learned better when they were raised to treat people the way YOU yourself want to be treated. Keep in mind what you like in terms of others' appreciation and how they relate to you and endeavor to do the same. @Nate10, I figured we'd got off on the right foot here early on, but you seem to be bothered more then a bit by me at this stage. I probably asked you to join me on the gaming online segment (PSN, XBL) but I don't see you there now. The thing you seem to suggest is just posting frequently that it's hard to avoid my posts, well, I can avoid reading anything I don't share interest in, I suppose curiousity MIGHT get the better of you, but I put things in that may or may not get a reply because I don't expect the success we once had, and the amazing amount of replies one gets at GTAForums, that just won't happen anywhere else other then YouTube or Facebook, Twitter is still pretty active too, I think most people do prefer Facebook over all the other social networks. What I hate is all the damn email updates from both! They flood my in-box! hahaha
  21. Added a comment to R* Newswire, it's been held for moderation, wonder what that means!?

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    What exactly happened?

    Considering how defensive you've become over some people not being interested in what you have to say, I think you fear rejection a whole lot more than you actually are subject to being rejected. You're false in assuming people avoid your posts to single you out, and even more false in thinking people can't choose to avoid you. I reject the notion I'm wrong without facts, or in partiality, correct. I also object to people calling me 'creepy' which they've done, at GTAForums in particular. It comes across as not liking people so you poll for a ban on them participating in a forum where all walks of life SHOULD be represented. I present the absolute truth to the best of my ability, but I am human, I also make mistakes. You and everyone else in the room and the World are privy to error. Yes, I'm lonely a lot of the time, my friends all have let life get in the way... of fun!! I'm blamed for lack of multiple users active posting, or not in so many words, I'd stay away from 4Chan on what I'd heard about it. I'm not a Jerry Springer Reject, as I was also called. I'm a loner in many ways because of asbergers I suppose. Also I'm an introvert in a public social setting. I use Twitter and Facebook but I don't like them as much as standard forums, but I learned to ween my participation from the earliest days, where I spent hours online at a forum like GTA or in Usenet tech chats, BCRich Handmade Forums, circa 2002
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    GTA Fiver PC Benchmark worth noting...

    GTA on all platforms, now...finally we can see Rockstar move away from spending all it's time on GTAOnline.... Well, not likely.! hahaha I think it will be awhile with both consoles and PC supporting one iteration of GTA that a complete follow up is still some years off as of this posting. I keep a landing page marked for Techspot since the daily news often already gets coverage on TV and cable, but as Techspot is concerned namely with computer technology, their chance to benchmark GTA on PC is worth taking a look at. http://www.techspot.com/review/991-gta-5-pc-benchmarks/ Pop on over to their website and you'll see the link, plain as day. The benchmark should enlighten all those poor souls who've flooded RockstarGames' Newswire for days if not months now... Near endlessly. Asking if their hardware will cut the mustard. Benchmarking with hands on, final release should let you know what they've determined from an objective view point
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    What exactly happened?

    I have to add to the quote off the first page, forgive my double post, but people not coming to some forum because I'm there is just unwarranted on their part, as I said, I never single people out to get them to feel unwanted, why are they in the right if they do that, no matter it be me or you or anyone else?!?! Fact is, I'm a mature gamer, mistakes I make I can readily admit to, and people not posting because of me have their own issues. I post a lot because that's how I think a forum should work, as most of you lament the lack of participation, so do I. You need not agree with my feelings to partake in a forum, all discussions for topics that fit within reason are welcome, GTAC's mission statement was precisely to point things like this out, we wanted there to be no feelings of ill-will or being made to feel ostracized
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    GTA V PC crash

    The specs you give are low entry Sandy Bridge, second generation Intel Nehalem, 4GB in total is alright for system RAM, but I checked specs using Vista32 bit on my G73 Asus and it's still sharing system RAM even with high level discrete graphics vRAM (Mine's a 1GB dedicated GDDR5) OEM computers might run worse then those made for gaming, but Dell's XPS predates their purchase of Alienware. The boutique is not so highly valued as it once was, but Dell's been offering ATI and nVidia discrete for ages, even in non XPS machines. I think that allows minimal gaming, but I tried running GTA San An PC on a Dell with Quadro FX700 and 128MB RAM, it just couldn't cut it. I used a Dell E6410 with Core i7 and Quadro X3100m (IIRC the model video used) and it ran San Andreas much better, but again, a 2005 game ruhning on 2010 hardware! It's just going to demand a lot. Sandy Bridge should at least allow use of GTA V as it will work with GTA IV. The 5 year old GTX460 once was harelded as was the earlier ATI HD Radeon 5870. I'd like to see how that one stacks up with GTA V. Also 1 GB dedicated RAM Sharing system RAM comes to just under 2GB, exact spec I forget. Here's the introductory G73 review, Republic of Gamer Asus series; http://www.techpowerup.com/130470/asus-launches-republic-of-gamers-g53-and-g73-notebooks-featuring-the-geforce-gtx-460m.html