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Real Name Michael Rigs   
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Description A+-certified Master PC builder and Lifetime PC Master Race card-carrying member. A wannabe Journalism major, weather fanatic/storm spotter, WW2 buff (Pacific Theater) and rambling post writer extraordinaire!
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Signed On Sep 10, 2002, 02:12
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 4, 2018, 01:12 Rigs
 
Blue wrote on Mar 3, 2018, 10:01:
It's clear out there now, but not calm, as the high winds persist, presumably hunting for more vulnerable trees to separate from the herd.
StingingVelvet wrote on Mar 3, 2018, 22:14:
Lost power for 24 hours but no tree assaults, thank darkmatter.

You guys are so cute with your 'bomb cyclones' and 'Nor'Easters' and 24 hours without power. Wake me up when the gusts get over 125 and/or going on day 4 without power.

*Struts out the door, head up, chest out, like Hot Shit from having lived 20 years in Hurricane Alley*

Redmask wrote on Mar 3, 2018, 16:49:
Almost like a dog licking its own asshole.

Hey, bro, what you do on your Saturday Nights is totally your own business...just sayin'...


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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
15. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 3, 2018, 16:28 Rigs
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 3, 2018, 12:53:
I have better things to do.

Fine, you want to act like a child then be like that. Don't ever say I didn't try. This is the absolute last response from me you'll ever get. I'm done.

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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
13. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 2, 2018, 14:04 Rigs
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
10. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 28, 2018, 15:52 Rigs
 
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News Comments > PC CHRONO TRIGGER Released
13. Re: PC CHRONO TRIGGER Released Feb 28, 2018, 15:46 Rigs
 
It's kinda funny that I knew and adored the music to this game long before I ever knew about the game itself. In fact, I've still never played it. I'm not big on JRPGs, especially those from the 8/16-bit era. But the music, oh god, the music! It was a popular go to during VGRemix's heyday and how I learned of it initially. That music pulled me through a divorce, I don't know how much more of a recommendation a game's soundtrack needs...well, that and playing HALO...

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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
8. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 27, 2018, 18:47 Rigs
 
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News Comments > Hunt Down The Freeman Released
7. Re: Hunt Down The Freeman Released Feb 26, 2018, 14:32 Rigs
 
MacLeod wrote on Feb 26, 2018, 13:20:
One can only hope it's an adaptation of this fanfic... :p

(edited to the correct first part... cause you don't want to miss anything of this trainwreck)

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2945837/1/Halflife-Fulllife-Consequences
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John Freeman said "Zombie goasts leave this place" and the zombie goasts said "but this is our house" and John Freeman felt sorry for them becaus they couldnt live there anymore because they were zombie goasts so he blew up the house and killed the zombie goasts so they were at piece.

Epic. Truly, madly, deeply epic! 10/10. Best game. Best game!

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News Comments > Steam Top 10
13. Re: Steam Top 10 Feb 25, 2018, 19:28 Rigs
 
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Feb 25, 2018, 18:45:
I just bought Apocalypse and I'm determined to get into the late game... something I have not been able to do yet. I feel like there's a good game here, but I'm not seeing it. My biggest problem is comparing everything I do to Distant Worlds and end up coming out frustrated.

*nods enthusiastically* You're not the only one, my brother...not the only one...I think Distant Worlds spoiled every one that played it. It looks daunting but once you figure out the 'hook' then it's pretty easy, like opening your mind to a higher state of consciousness. Like taking Tylenol after Morphine, nothing else is the same...

I'm trying to cater to my inner-grognard and learn War In The Pacific: AE, Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa and War In The East. God help me.

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News Comments > D.I.C.E. Award Winners
14. Re: D.I.C.E. Award Winners Feb 24, 2018, 12:13 Rigs
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 24, 2018, 00:48:
I like how the awards misspelled NieR: Automata as NierR: Automata ^^

It wasn't Nier enough for an award, it had to be NierR...


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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 21, 2018, 13:48 Rigs
 
Yeah, glad Gunnar is ok...my roommate's wiener-dog (Dachshund) goes to the cleaners every other month and they clean out the ol' anal glands. I didn't know that was a 'thing' until then and I've been very hesitant to look it up online to see what it all involves, tho I am slightly curious. I mean, it can't be worse than watching pimple popping and tumor extractions all day on Youtube...I hope... Puke

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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Feb 21, 2018, 09:38 Rigs
 
Teddy wrote on Feb 20, 2018, 23:04:
It's the latter, or mostly so. Every time you perform an action, you gain some experience in that particular skill and leveling that particular skill gains you a point to spend on a perk every few levels.

I say mostly so, because some of the perks aren't attached to that, but rather to completing story quests. For example, the "perfect block" perk which is to say the ability to block someone swinging at you at exactly the right time instead of just holding your shield/sword up until they hit your block, is earned through completing a story quest where you are taught how to do so by a guard.

You can also spend money to train with the appropriate trainer, and you can read books (once you're taught how to read) to learn things as well. It's a fairly in-depth system and it goes a long way to making you feel like you're starting off as an incompetent rube, learning and improving as you go.

Outside of herbalism/alchemy I haven't found it to be particularly grindy. You gain skills as you use them in the game at a fairly reasonable pace. Sometimes (often in the early game) you're outmatched by enemies and it's better to run sometimes and look for weaker solo enemies. These guys don't just stand around and wait for you to finish fighting one guy before stepping in, they'll all mob you at once and cut you down within seconds if you're not careful.

So, basically, it's the Risen-series all over again, then, ja? Because that explains the exact way you progress in that series. Not complaining, just it sounds awfully familiar...

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
21. Re: My two 3Dfx video cards. Feb 19, 2018, 18:52 Rigs
 
Ant wrote on Feb 18, 2018, 17:48:
1. Diamond Monster 3D
2. Creative Voodoo 2.

The second card, is it an 8mb or 12mb variant? (I assume the first was 4mb?)

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News Comments > Morning Interviews
7. Re: Morning Interviews Feb 19, 2018, 17:15 Rigs
 
The Half Elf wrote on Feb 19, 2018, 14:19:
Garry Whitta... back when you could beat someone to death with the Xmas edition of PCGamer..

*hefts his brand new, still in the plastic wrap, copy of the December 1996 edition of Computer Gaming World onto the table with a loud THUD!*

Someone would like a word with you.

Given the outcry about my previous 'nostalgic' posts, I'll refrain from comment. It's your loss. Blame peer pressure.


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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
19. Re: 3Dfx History: The GPU's Great Turning Point Feb 17, 2018, 15:51 Rigs
 
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17. Re: 3Dfx History: The GPU's Great Turning Point Feb 16, 2018, 09:43 Rigs
 
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16. Re: 3Dfx History: The GPU's Great Turning Point Feb 16, 2018, 09:40 Rigs
 
Beamer wrote on Feb 16, 2018, 09:12:
We're all allowed our stupid, nostalgic rants we know no one else will read but feel good sharing. All of us. I'm certainly guilty.

His post wasn't incorrect for that, it was incorrect for glorifying any 3dfx card not made by Canopus. Amateurs!!!!! /gatekeeping

Thank you, Beamer...I think. At least there's one other adult around.

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13. Re: 3Dfx History: The GPU's Great Turning Point Feb 15, 2018, 21:11 Rigs
 
Nucas wrote on Feb 15, 2018, 20:38:
Rigs wrote on Feb 15, 2018, 18:59:
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 15, 2018, 16:13:
Rigs wrote on Feb 15, 2018, 15:14:
TLDR
Note: Btw, I know some of you start foaming at the mouth when faced with a wall of text but I'm not apologizing for it. No one is forcing you to read it. I'm not responding to any complaints about post length at all - ever. There's nothing wrong with it and if it bothers you, well, then maybe go to Youtube or Twitch for the shiny things that keep your attention, snowflake.

This was my takeaway.

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Oh stop, you probably read more in a single day than I do in a fucking week! Why don't you just admit already that you secretly adore my long posts and always have? See, it took me a little while but I'm on to you. They say that your harshest critics are always your biggest admirers. You're not someone that would waste time on something you don't care about...

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you know that guy in high in school who went around telling everyone he didn't care what they thought, but it seemed like he cared a little too much?

that is the stink clinging to your manifesto with it's incredible "if you didn't like this, you're the snowflake! i totally don't care because i said so!" postscript.

Sooo, had I not put that little note on the bottom, the post would have been fine? And wtf is with the 'manifesto'? You don't read more than two paragraphs at a time?! Christ...I don't think I've ever seen so many people get bent out of shape of something so trivial. Personally, that is. I see it nearly every damn day in the news. You do realize you're proving my point, right? You guys take this shit any more seriously, you're going to burst a vein in your forehead. Alas, do what you wish, say what you wish, I really honestly don't care, I just find it funny you all have a problem with reading a long post. So fucking childish...

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10. Re: 3Dfx History: The GPU's Great Turning Point Feb 15, 2018, 18:59 Rigs
 
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3. Re: 3Dfx History: The GPU's Great Turning Point Feb 15, 2018, 15:14 Rigs
 
I've spoken about my experience with my Voodoo2's before here a few times...how I was absolutely blown away, standing in absolute AWE watching (what was then) the tech demo of the first X (which became X:BTF two years later in 2000)! My fiance` had to literally drag my ass out of the store, I wouldn't leave even after nearly an hour and like twenty run-throughs of the non-interactive demo. I couldn't get enough. Then I got my Pentium2/400 on the now legendary ASUS P2B/Intel 440BX chipset board with 128mb of RAM, a Diamond Stealth S220/4mb/Rendition chipset (which I still have) and a Diamond Monster3D-2/8mb/Voodoo2 (which I also still have). I paid out nearly $5,000 at the time for the system, the cards alone were over a quarter of the price. The Monster3D-2 came with a LucasArts sampler CD which had cut down versions of Jedi Knight: Dark Forces 2, Shadows of the Emipre and X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter and another cd with Mechwarrior2 and Heavy Gear 2 (remember that old mech game no one talks about anymore?). In addition, I was buying just about any 3D accelerated game I could get my mits on - TAW (Total Air War), Independence War, Grand Prix Legends, NASCAR Racing 2/3, Indycar Racing 2, Viper Racing (lots of racing games, I was majorly into sim racing at the time, more so then even now), Sin, Half Life, Quake 2, Descent 2/3, Starfleet Academy, European Air War (EAW), Falcon 4.0, the Jane's sims...the list just goes on...

The problem I had was that within the first few days of getting my system and trying to play TAW (Total Air War), the screen would go black after playing for 5-10 minutes. I took the system back to the builder multiple times (it was the last system I had someone other than me build, besides buying a DELL in 2003) and every time, after keeping the system for a day or two, they'd tell me to pick it up, it was working fine. Yet as soon as I got home and set it back up, the same thing would happen every. single. time. Finally, I was super frustrated with being dicked around and felt that they should have been taking the situation much more seriously since I'd paid out $5,000 for the express purpose of playing games on the system. I did research of my own over the next week or so and came to the conclusion that the power supply (PSU) was the culprit, that it just wasn't putting out enough power to handle both video cards with everything else. The system builder wasn't really used to dealing with gaming systems as a whole, so they probably didn't know this but after explaining it to the owner, he still flat out refused to replace the PSU multiple times even though it was still under a full 2-year warranty. After a huge argument in his store a few days later, I promptly told him to go fuck himself in front of customers and his staff, I'd handle it for now on, which I did. I bought a new PSU and never had that particular problem again. Besides the DELL I bought with credit I had received as a gift in 2003, I've built every system of mine since, not to mention family and friends. The system builder was out of business (or moved, though I never found him again when looking) in less than a year. (I'm not implying that I caused it but it's pretty ironic since he'd been there for years before)

While all this was going on with the PSU, I tried another approach with Diamond, thinking maybe the Monster3D-2 card was faulty. Since it was also under warranty, they graciously offered to send me another Monster3D-2 card to see if that one worked and send the old one back to them after. Well, I got the new card, about the same time I got the new PSU and the problem was fixed. I noticed that the new card had no return sticker or anything stating where to send the 'old' card to. Instead of calling them, I feigned ignorance and just kept the new card as well, installing it in my system as an SLI setup! Yes, technically, I 'stole' it but they never asked for it back and I had no idea where to send it back in the first place (unless I happened to call them). They never called or wrote me, so I now had a bad-ass SLI system that worked as well as any top of the line one you'd see in the mags at the time. I remember fondly playing on that thing for years, mostly with NASCAR Racing 4 and NASCAR Heat online. In 2000, three years later, the SLI setup was becoming...quaint. It was time for a new videocard (one of those shiny new Geforce2MX's) that supported T&L (transform and lighting), which was all the rage and was needed to play my newest obsession, 1nsane! I also played a lot of X:BTF, which had released by this time.

While I no longer have the system itself (I do still have the motherboard box, along with the Monster3D-2 box), I sold it in 2004 for $150, I have the Stealth S220 and one of the Monster3D-2 cards. I would like to put together a new Win98 box to play some of those early 3D accelerated games that don't play well in Windows 7/10 these days. Hell, I might even have all the parts I need here, I just need the patience and time to put them together. That would bring back tons of memories for sure...

*Note: Btw, I know some of you start foaming at the mouth when faced with a wall of text but I'm not apologizing for it. No one is forcing you to read it. I'm not responding to any complaints about post length at all - ever. There's nothing wrong with it and if it bothers you, well, then maybe go to Youtube or Twitch for the shiny things that keep your attention, snowflake.


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