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Real Name Michael Rigs   
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Description ATI lackey - Hardcore PC gamer (simRacing, flight-sims, space-sims, strategy/wargames) - PC builder/troubleshooter (25+ years) - Weather fanatic (especially winter storms, blizzards and Nor'Easters)
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 End Game DLC Announced
1. Re: Battlefield 3 End Game DLC Announced Dec 21, 2012, 22:14 Rigs
 
Dirt bike? Dropship?! WTF?!


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News Comments > Star Trek: The Video Game in April
20. Re: Star Trek: The Video Game in April Dec 21, 2012, 22:07 Rigs
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 21, 2012, 20:15:
I wouldn't expect you to understand Star Trek...or what constitutes a decent "flick" for that matter.

I strongly disagree with that statement, Cutter. One's opinion of the new 'vision' for Star Trek has nothing to do with one's Trek fanboy status. I happen to like the new one and I'm definitely a major Trek fanatic. I'm really looking forward to the sequel next year, too. To be honest, while I loved seeing the TNG cast on the big screen, the stories they were using for plots were getting seriously stale and cliche'd. It was obvious to most, whether we wanted it or not, that it was time to move on. Sure, they could have put in another movie or two. Hell, everyone thought ST IV was the last, then V (god forbid) and then VI. Nimoy and Shatner are getting old, there's no way around it anymore. I love them to death but like the possibility of seeing another 'Lethal Weapon', you just had to wonder...how? Sure, they could do a 'pass the torch'-type of story to a new crew but I think the way it was handled ultimately (in the 2009 film) was more interesting. Yeah, time travel and alternate realities, blah, blah. I know. But once the cat was out, you had no choice but to skin it...er, uh, I mean you couldn't put it back in the bag again. They went there in IV and in 'Generations' and then in 'First Contact', so, wth, why not, eh? They did a good job with the acting and the visuals and respecting most of the previous series design. Obviously not everyone was going to like it. There are die hards that think the Enterprise re-design was sacrilege. So be it. The fact is what it is. This is the path they chose to take and barring getting a hold of billions of dollars and the rights from Paramount's cold, dead, bloated corpse, we're just gonna have to make the best of what we get. I thought they did a good job, I really do and I enjoy watching it. It doesn't slow down much and things are constantly moving ahead. It could have been worse! Uwe could have gotten a hold of it! Then where would we be?

Those that mentioned EGA Trek, it's funny you bring that up because I was just playing that this afternoon! I love it! Such a simple, easy to play game but hard to master. Almost like a game of solitaire or checkers/chess. Really wish there was an updated-ish Window-native version. If I knew programming, I'd do it myself. Just a straight port with a minor graphical update. Nothing more. FTL kinda of fills the role, but in different ways. You know another game like that is 'Rules of Engagement 2' (and the first one also). A little more in-depth but same kind of premise. Not Trek-related but you can tell it was at least influenced by it. (Check it out here if you haven't heard of it) I have ROE2 and used to have the whole box with manuals and everything but sold it. Now I can't find the manals anywhere! They were really thick, like 300 pages or so, too and detailed, with a very intricate background story. Wish I could find the manuals online in a PDF. Even replacementdocs.com only has the manuals from the first version. No one seems to have the second.

That Artemis space-sim is a blast! You have to have like six or seven PC's/tablet's/notebook's hooked up and/or networked to get it going but once you get over that hurdle, wow! Like was said, pair that with a Bridge Commander-type sim... *drool* Drool

Now I'm gonna go play some more ROE2 and EGA Trek, you got me thinkin' about it...I should be workin'!


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News Comments > Into the Black
7. Re: Into the Black Dec 21, 2012, 07:37 Rigs
 
I was wondering on FB yesterday how many crazies are going to 1. Try to make something happen if it doesn't on it's own and 2. Blow their tiny brains out if even so much as the power happens to flicker or the cable goes out...and then I realized, well option #2 isn't such a bad thing, maybe a 'thinning out of the herd' is what being 'reborn' is all about, yes?


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News Comments > Out of the Blue
34. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 20, 2012, 20:29 Rigs
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 20, 2012, 19:08:
mag wrote on Dec 20, 2012, 17:32:
Alright, here we go. Nothing clever, this time. Just some straight up (terrible) picks.

Falcons, Raiders, Dolphins, Bengals, Patriots, Colts, Cowboys, Redskins, Rams, Chargers, Packers, Texans, Broncos, Bears, Giants, 49ers.

Lots of hard games this week. Steelers are falling apart, but the Bengals can't win against Pittsburgh at home. Rams vs. Bucs is... hard. Giants vs. Ravens? Which good-but-collapsing team will win? Ugh. Rooting for a Ravens loss just because it'll help the Bengals. 49ers vs. Seahawks should probably be wild.

Pats, Packers, Broncos seem like the only sure things, this week.

I'd call the Falcons, Redskins, and 49ers a lock as well.

I swear if the Giants lose another one like last week I'll...I'll!...ah, who am I kidding, I'll whine and complain like a little girl like always... Sigh

NegaDeath wrote on Dec 20, 2012, 18:25:
crypto wrote on Dec 20, 2012, 17:47:
Having worked at a Cingular call center in the past (the horror) I can attest to that business practice. Call center reps are barely trained to the point where they no longer drool on the keyboard. The technically minded and experienced reps were encouraged to answer forum posts in between calls.


Oh wow, you too, eh? I worked in the Ocala, FL call center in mid-2003. I can definitely confirm what you're saying. I had three weeks of 'training', in a class of over 30. The first week on 'the floor' we lost 10 right off the bat. My 'team' was hardest hit as me and one guy were the only ones left. I had NO idea WHAT THE HELL I WAS DOING! None. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Zero! They taught us things in class that NEVER came up in the real world (like advanced physics and calculus to be a taxi driver). They gave us two 'real life' calls and let us sit in with other reps for some calls while the teachers disappeared. I couldn't ask anything and the guy I was with was either a complete asshole or was trying to show off. He was an absolute dick to everyone he talked to and then would smirk and giggle about it after. My teacher tried to do his best but some of us were just really untrainable. I left after two months when I got sent to the ER for exhaustion (not from the job but other life issues at the time) and then back in the hospital a little later for a bad case of the Flu. They didn't give me any leeway on the sick days and I used a whole years worth in a week or so. I actually got into a major argument with the staff 'upstairs' about this and my final paycheck and wouldn't leave until it was settled, on a Saturday, which meant the district manager had to come in to sign it. Too fuckin' bad. I never went back after that. The only thing he cared about was getting back to his golf game.

On top of all that, your calls (ALL of them) were recorded and gone through and graded. Supposedly, every quarter they would sit you down and go through some of them. Now this might be a good way to work out any problems that come up but I didn't like being 'on a leesh'. Plus, I had a problem with taking calls personally, which is a major no-no apparently. My 10 year customer service career ended with that job, I'll never do another...


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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 20, 2012, 12:58 Rigs
 
nin wrote on Dec 20, 2012, 11:22:
I second the suggestion to go on to DSL Reports (or 'Broadband Reports', whatever the hell) and tell them. They usually get things done quickly...failing that, Blue, you know your loyal followers here will gladly 'spread the word' to every site if you wish it, you need only give the word...

Consumerist!

Understood! We have a Code Blue Consumerist Alert! Waiting on confirmation of Pancake activation!...

Maybe we can turn this into an internet meme phenomenon, one last time before the world ends? Yes, To Youtube! (and 4chan!)


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This comment was edited on Dec 20, 2012, 13:08.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 20, 2012, 11:07 Rigs
 
Holy crap, my last two picks came out right? Geez, I was rockin' a 6-8 record before those two. I wonder how many I can manage to absent-mindedly win this time?

My choice cuts for this last free week, in on Thursday in case we don't live to see Saturday...(then again, that would mean no games either...aeh, God most have football up there in Heaven, right? Because the Devil has football in hell, but it's 'REAL' football, as in SOCCER...BWAHAHAHA!!!)...*ahem*...Falcons, Bills, Steelers, Redskins, Packers, Rams, Raiders, Cowboys, Pats, Texans, Colts, Jets, Broncos, GIANTS! (*cringe*), Cards, 49ers

I second the suggestion to go on to DSL Reports (or 'Broadband Reports', whatever the hell) and tell them. They usually get things done quickly...failing that, Blue, you know your loyal followers here will gladly 'spread the word' to every site if you wish it, you need only give the word...

And if you happen to have forgotten the word, it's pancakes...

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - WarBirds 2103
1. Re: Ships Ahoy - WarBirds 2103 Dec 20, 2012, 10:46 Rigs
 
Uh, Blue...*points up at the headline*...2103? I think it's 2013, yes?


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News Comments > Steam Stops Selling The War Z
27. Re: Steam Stops Selling The War Z Dec 19, 2012, 17:15 Rigs
 
Why do I get the impression that the feeling on the servers now that this has devolved into a mess is akin to that of when Galactica rammed the evil Cylon colony and everything went ape shit? IOW, a total clusterfuck...

'Starbuck! Jump the ship!'



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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 19, 2012, 16:13 Rigs
 
PHJF wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 15:14:
Don't make me laugh, that Nintendo-style pinball was never good for more than a minor distraction. Pro Pinball completely trounced it.

Are you completely mad?! Seriously?

Ok, whatever floats your rubber ducky...I'll stick with my Epic, thank you...


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News Comments > THQ Files for Chapter 11; Plans Sale
14. Re: THQ Files for Chapter 11; Plans Sale Dec 19, 2012, 16:10 Rigs
 
RollinThundr wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 16:04:
Rigs wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 15:52:
So...umm, where'd all that bundle money go?

Plus, if they were to give Volition permission to go ahead with Freespace3, they'd be rollin' in it in no time! (Yes, I live in a fantasy world, doesn't everyone?)



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The smoldering ashes of Interplay still retain the rights to Descent and Descent Freespace.

BLASTED! Foiled again!


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News Comments > Steam Stops Selling The War Z
7. Re: Steam Stops Selling The War Z Dec 19, 2012, 15:54 Rigs
 
*thinks about the whole development of WarZ*

*laughs so hard, can't make a proper post*

This shit is GOLD! You can't make it up, you just can't, no one's that funny, it's not possible...


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News Comments > THQ Files for Chapter 11; Plans Sale
9. Re: THQ Files for Chapter 11; Plans Sale Dec 19, 2012, 15:52 Rigs
 
So...umm, where'd all that bundle money go?

Plus, if they were to give Volition permission to go ahead with Freespace3, they'd be rollin' in it in no time! (Yes, I live in a fantasy world, doesn't everyone?)



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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 19, 2012, 13:43 Rigs
 
That's actually a cool read...especially the comments by ol' Danny Thorpe (Maxis) who, as previously said, made it originally as Full Tilt. Wow. Am I getting old or frakin' what?! Best PC pinball ever made? No contest - Epic Pinball for DOS...'EPIC' indeed...


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News Comments > Need for Speed Most Wanted Ultimate Speed Pack
3. Re: Need for Speed Most Wanted Ultimate Speed Pack Dec 19, 2012, 12:01 Rigs
 
Oh, yeah, look at that, another game with the same damn cars as every other 'unique' racer...

When do I get to ride in the 'Griswald Family Roadster Truckster'?


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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black Dec 19, 2012, 09:27 Rigs
 
Sepharo wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 00:50:
NegaDeath wrote on Dec 18, 2012, 23:30:
Ok yeah that was pretty great.

Edit: Damnit now I'm going back and reading all of them.

Haha that's what I did after work for an hour on my parents' Christmas present that I'm giving a 2 week test run.
Something about 2560x1600 on a 10 inch screen makes everything look amazing.

'Two week test run'...sure..ah ha, we got ya, just testin' it out...


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News Comments > Medal of Honor Warfighter: Zero Dark Thirty Map Pack
15. Re: Medal of Honor Warfighter: Zero Dark Thirty Map Pack Dec 18, 2012, 19:42 Rigs
 
Flatline wrote on Dec 18, 2012, 15:31:
Yeah, the Omaha Beach landing, while essentially a railroad, was a genre-defining moment. There aren't many military shooters that manage to match up to that. I wonder how it holds up today, ten years after all the derivatives...

Also, when are we going to have a AAA Korean War shooter? Every other war has been humped to death.

The Omaha beach map was pretty intense and I actually liked the re-do in Pacific Assault, coming onto, I think it was, Tarawa. I'm a big WW2 Pacific-theatre buff, so Pacific Assault was a good run through along with AA. CoD at the time (and even now), is just too chaotic, everything happening at once, all too fast. I actually like the Rambo-type, one-man-versus-all kind of shooters. NPC's getting my kills just pisses me off...


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News Comments > Medal of Honor Warfighter: Zero Dark Thirty Map Pack
4. Re: Medal of Honor Warfighter: Zero Dark Thirty Map Pack Dec 18, 2012, 13:16 Rigs
 
ASeven wrote on Dec 18, 2012, 12:59:
Less than 200 people playing on PC. Wonder if EA will do another MoH and crash and burn all over again.

In the hopes that I don't have to eat my words...again...I'm gonna say that they'll probably let this franchise rest for a while now, thank god...You'll probably see it again in a few years back in WW2 or maybe even Nam, depending on what way the market leans. I'll just sit here and play the originals, when MoH meant kick-ass WW2 shooter... *breaks open the War Chest*


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News Comments > Iron Sky: Invasion Demos
2. Re: Iron Sky: Invasion Demos Dec 18, 2012, 13:13 Rigs
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Dec 18, 2012, 11:26:
What if I wanted to play from the side of the moon Nazis?

I was thinking the same thing...haha...


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News Comments > Frontier Layoffs
20. Re: nothing to see here, move along Dec 17, 2012, 22:29 Rigs
 
nin wrote on Dec 17, 2012, 18:17:
Aaaaaand your new account is on the twit filter...

Mine too...


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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 16, 2012, 21:35 Rigs
 
Ant wrote on Dec 16, 2012, 19:41:
Prez wrote on Dec 16, 2012, 16:59:
PHJF wrote on Dec 16, 2012, 13:18:
I don't know what I would do with all that downstream, and I almost never upload things, so my 25/1 for $30 a month is plenty enough. Downloads from Steam are 1.5-2MB/s any time of day, so paying for any more would seem like a silly luxury.

You only pay $30 for 25mb/s down?? Shocked

Comcast charges me $75 for 25/3, and another $50 for VOIP. No wonder I'm poor!
Try $52.99 for 15 (used to be 10 a few weeks ago)/1 in L.A. area for non-promotional price. Also $3.95 for leased cable modem.

I'm not quite sure the spread on price, but here in west-central FL (hour north of Tampa), we pay $145/month to BrightHouse (TimeWarner) for 10/1, VOIP and about 200-channels of cable, nothing premium, non-promotional. That also doesn't include fees, taxes, sacrifices to the Gods, and a new $4 modem-rental fee. It was mentioned some months ago that we were going to be upgraded to 15/1.5 but I don't know if we qualified for that or not. Our speeds really haven't changed much, I get a max of 1.3/mbps down during downloads. I got smart, though, with my torrents after they started throttling my connection. Unfortunately, for some reason, the modem/router/mta-combo...thing we have didn't take kindly to that and would promptly take a header into the seldom-used feature of 'looking like it works but really doesn't' mode, dragging the VOIP kicking and screaming with it, not letting us online or use the phone until it was rebooted, which involves physically removing the battery from the screwed-in compartment underneath the box and letting it 'stew' for five minutes in the corner to think about what it's done. After this, I plug it back in, wait for it to reacquaint itself with old friends, play 'Slap, Slap, Handhshake' with the server and let us back online again and be able to call Grandma and assure her we're not purposely ignoring her calls. *sigh*

Sounds like fun, yes? The kicker? If I tried to re-start my torrent download, this would all repeat within five minutes. Thus providing me with something to pass the time that was wholesome fun for the whole family. Finally, I ticked a seldom-noticed option in uTorrent to randomize the port everytime it was started. This one feature saved the router from breaking several world records in Wireless Router Distance Throwing...

And in other news...

Oh Eli...there are few words to describe my utter disappointment... With still two games to be decided this week, I don't think it'll make much of a dent in my appalling record, which, right now, stands at *cringe* 6-8...ugh...Did anybody have a good weekend?

Though, for some reason, when I see this, I can't get Scorpion's 'GET OVER HERE!' out of my head, and then a crack of thunder as the poor boy is slammed to the ground...'Ooh! That's gotta hurt!'...Indeed!


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