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I mentioned my medical check-up yesterday, which was fine, I received a clean bill-of-health. Unfortunately, when I was done, my car would not start, as the battery was dead. The good news is that I have roadside assistance (or in this case parking lot assistance) through my Verizon phone. The bad news is that is spite of being within walking distance of a couple of garages, it took well over an hour for help to arrive. I'm not sure if that's par for the course or not, but it seemed like too long, and if I had it to do over again I would have just walked to one of the nearby shops for help in spite of the rain.

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21. Re: SIRI Nov 18, 2011, 08:23  Blue 
 
Enahs wrote on Nov 17, 2011, 15:00:
If there are garages or autozones or whatever so close by, why would you even bother with roadside assistance?

You read my post where I asked myself the same question, right?
 
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20. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 18, 2011, 06:51 Dan =0)
 
I had a 1967 beatle

John, Paul, George or Ringo?

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19. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 18, 2011, 04:42 Hoop
 
I had a 1967 beatle for a few years it used to like spreading the rain evenly across the windshield like butter so the world became a blended blur of pretty colours.
Combined with the cab fogging up on reaching my destination I would unclench & kiss the ground.

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18. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 18, 2011, 00:18 DNForever
 
I wonder if you could have pulled the arm up? Would have looked real silly though. Wipers can be hellacious to get attached, even the easy hook kind.

nin wrote on Nov 17, 2011, 19:14:
DNForever wrote on Nov 17, 2011, 19:09:
My alternator died on the way to the airport in the rain and traffic a few months ago. THAT was a rockin' time! On that note, if any of you are ever driving and your windshield wipers start going slower and slower, you're not imagining things, your car's about to lose electricity.

I had a car, year ago, that actually tossed off one of it's wiper blades (thankfully the one on the passenger side) mid-swing, in the middle of a storm. It's was an older car, and I quickly noticed that the remainder of the metal arm was scratching the windshield, so I had to get out (in the pouring rain) and wrap it in duct tape (only thing I had on me at the time) to keep it from scratching the glass further.

Good times!


 
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17. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 17, 2011, 23:17 The Half Elf
 
nin wrote on Nov 17, 2011, 10:16:

OK, SR3 time - is anyone using a gamepad? After doing nothing but side missions, I did the first chopper mission last night, and, using a keyboard, was less than impressed. It almost felt like, while I had the W key pressed to move forward, it wasn't registering the CTRL key (I think it was) to dive at the same time.

Thought about trying a gamepad, but I'm not sure how well aiming might work then during gunplay.

The first few helicopter/vtol vehicles are a bit slow on the rise/lower controls, and will be better as you get more 'sporty' heli/vtol crafts.
As for the camera view, I haven't, but I also think it depends on the vehicle. for example a sleek sports car has a lower camera (closer to the rear of the car) and a SUV or larger has it a bit higher.

I have found I can actually fly a helicopter/vtol just fine with the keyboard/mouse and haven't had any issues at all with missions that require them

Batman and I were having a blast and I posted a picture or 2 of a mission were we doing in yesterdays Into the Black.


Other issue: Anyone found a way to zoom out the camera while driving? It seems awful close to the bumper, and I keep trying to use the mouse wheel (which only changes weapons) to zoom back. Also, I keep moving the camera up, so I can see further down the road, and it keeps snapping back down after a few seconds, so I'm constantly battling it.


Mild annoyances. Still having a blast with it!

 
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 17, 2011, 19:14 nin
 
DNForever wrote on Nov 17, 2011, 19:09:
My alternator died on the way to the airport in the rain and traffic a few months ago. THAT was a rockin' time! On that note, if any of you are ever driving and your windshield wipers start going slower and slower, you're not imagining things, your car's about to lose electricity.

I had a car, year ago, that actually tossed off one of it's wiper blades (thankfully the one on the passenger side) mid-swing, in the middle of a storm. It's was an older car, and I quickly noticed that the remainder of the metal arm was scratching the windshield, so I had to get out (in the pouring rain) and wrap it in duct tape (only thing I had on me at the time) to keep it from scratching the glass further.

Good times!


 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 17, 2011, 19:09 DNForever
 
My alternator died on the way to the airport in the rain and traffic a few months ago. THAT was a rockin' time! On that note, if any of you are ever driving and your windshield wipers start going slower and slower, you're not imagining things, your car's about to lose electricity.  
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 17, 2011, 19:03 nin
 


Hey hey! Deus Ex soundtrack just showed up! And while it's spelled correctly everywhere else, the white sticker along the top of the cd lists it as "DUES EX". Classy!
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 17, 2011, 18:57 xXBatmanXx
 
nin wrote on Nov 17, 2011, 18:04:
Thanks, Bats!


If you bought SR3 through GMG, check your account page - my preorder DLC was now listed there.


Amazon purchase, they didn't have any delay. I got my keys on the 11th and was ready well in advance. I was even playing 1130pm THE NIGHT OF THE 14TH!

I will be up for a couple hours of coop if anyone is up for it tonight.
 
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 17, 2011, 18:04 nin
 

Thanks, Bats!


If you bought SR3 through GMG, check your account page - my preorder DLC was now listed there.

 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 17, 2011, 18:01 xXBatmanXx
 
nin wrote on Nov 17, 2011, 10:16:

OK, SR3 time - is anyone using a gamepad? After doing nothing but side missions, I did the first chopper mission last night, and, using a keyboard, was less than impressed. It almost felt like, while I had the W key pressed to move forward, it wasn't registering the CTRL key (I think it was) to dive at the same time.

Thought about trying a gamepad, but I'm not sure how well aiming might work then during gunplay.


Other issue: Anyone found a way to zoom out the camera while driving? It seems awful close to the bumper, and I keep trying to use the mouse wheel (which only changes weapons) to zoom back. Also, I keep moving the camera up, so I can see further down the road, and it keeps snapping back down after a few seconds, so I'm constantly battling it.


Mild annoyances. Still having a blast with it!


While Elf and I were playing (I had 4 hours in already) I hooked up a xbox 360 gamepad to drive/fly for the same reasons. Way way better. I just keep the gamepad near the keyboard and grab it to do vehicles, then set it down so I can headshot everyone with the kb/m.

The camera snap bothers me on the cars as well. But I think there is an actual camera snap feature/button. I will check the menu when I get home.
 
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 17, 2011, 17:56 xXBatmanXx
 
I know there are a million mods for Oblivion 4, grabbed it for $5.00 as I have no idea where my discs are. I created a thread in our other forums, can someone list some must haves to mod. Thanks.

Bats.

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9. Re: SIRI Nov 17, 2011, 15:58 Verno
 
Enahs wrote on Nov 17, 2011, 15:00:
If there are garages or autozones or whatever so close by, why would you even bother with roadside assistance?

It's a perk that you might as well use and it was raining according to his comment. I get a roadside coverage package through a work deal and even if I broke down next to a garage I'd probably make the arrangements through it since it's covered.
 
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8. Re: SIRI Nov 17, 2011, 15:00 Enahs
 
If there are garages or autozones or whatever so close by, why would you even bother with roadside assistance?
 
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 17, 2011, 15:00 dubfanatic
 
I guess I'm lucky. The one time I've ever needed to call roadside assistance (through MasterCard), they told me it could take an hour for the truck to get there but it only took 15 minutes.
 
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6. SIRI Nov 17, 2011, 14:44 Steelcamp
 
Send my wife directions to hell!!!!
 
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 17, 2011, 13:37 PHJF
 
sloth = mario 3 flute
wrath = probably being a douchebag on microphone
pride = tf2
envy = wow id guess
greed = pokemon
gluttony = i have had no idea but cheetohs thing sounds right
lust = DoA volleyball
 
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 17, 2011, 13:17 s[caught]
 
Greed = Pokemon's 'Gotta Catch Them All' mentality
Gluttony = Cheeto stains on a 360 controller thumb stick

(I didn't sign up either)
 
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 17, 2011, 11:38 Veterator
 
What are the references on the videogame deadly sins comic?

See if you agree, cuz I'll be damned if Im going to sign up just to read their comments to check.

Sloth = Zelda flute
Wrath = basic headphones, no specific game
Pride = TF2
Envy = WoW
Greed = Pokemon? I have no other guess on this.
Gluttony = No idea what so ever.
Lust = Volleyball game girls?
 
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 17, 2011, 11:20 Creston
 
I've had to call roadside assistance a few times in the past two years (one for a flat I just couldn't off, and once for a wreck), and it typically takes 45-60 minutes for the dudes to show up. That seems pretty normal to me.

You may get lucky if a guy is free and happens to be near you, but otherwise roadside assistance calls a local tower, and if they're 30 minutes away dealing with another call, yeah, you're gonna have to wait for a bit.

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