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Dajmin
S2 licensed
Aren't we all?

And just as I was posting, what should be handed to me? Suck it up, bitches

Dajmin
S2 licensed
That'll teach you to go for the expensive option then, huh?

Don't think I'm getting my copy today, but that's okay because I just got a loan of Alone in the Dark from my girlfriend's sister's boyfriend. That'll keep me going til Forza 3 plops down on my desk
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Lucky you
I'm hoping mine is going to be in today's mail round but not holding my breath.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
The whole point of "testing" something is to try and work out what's causing any problems. Just because a graphics card is powerful doesn't mean it can't have issues. You work out what it isn't so that you then know what it is.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Of course not, but that doesn't mean it's worth the risk.

I've had that horrible STD swab. Feels like it's about a foot wide as well.
Everything came back negative though, so I'm still in the game!
Dajmin
S2 licensed
From the horse's mouth. Problem solved!
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Quote from danowat :Is there anything you HAVEN'T got a spreadsheet for?

Yes. But I'll remedy that eventually I like spreadsheets; they appeal to the OCD part of my brain!

Quote from senn :Just pull the network cable out of your xbox lol. Surely the 360 doesn't save the date you first played a game?

That's what I'd be worried about. It tracks all of your played games, so it must have the first date a game was played somewhere.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
I felt like being random, I thought it was funny

I've spoken to Microsoft about the chance of the game arriving early and they have advised that if it does I shouldn't play it until the release date because of their "pre-release ban" rules. But I don't think I've got the willpower to not play it if it's sitting in my hand, begging to be played.

I have an offline account I use for exploring the US releases. But would a nearly-unused account be more or less likely to flag up suspcious activity than one that's used all the time? And if my copy is legit then why should I feel the need to hide it?

I mean, if I wasn't a geek who had a spreadsheet (yeah, shut it) to track release dates I might just assume that the release date had passed and that I was able to play the game like any normal person.

Maybe I'll email them back and tell them to bollocks.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Ah, but you would be before the discovery

It never fails to surprise me how easily conversations go off-topic
Dajmin
S2 licensed
I hate the hazard perception test. Things that I'd count as a hazard, it doesn't, and things that I wouldn't count as a hazard, it does. Annoying.

Bear in mind it's just things that would cause you to change your plans. So something brakes in front of you - click. Someone crosses the road - click. Someone opens a parked car door - click. Cyclist about to swerve - click.
In your example I'd click both when you first see the lorry and when it's indicating to join the carriageway - because the stupid test can't always decide what rules it wants to go with.

You're allowed 15 clicks in total, with an instant "wrong" on the 15th click, so it's best to just click on the off-chance if you see something happening. You won't pass 14 unless you're just clicking all the time.

If you'd given a bit more notice I could've sent you the software I used that comes with a load of official videos as well as a load of custom-made ones in the same vein.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Like discovering a pre-op trans-sexual while getting hot and heavy, I'm confused and excited today - this was waiting in my inbox this morning:

Quote :Your Order Number(s):
xxxxxxxx/x

Qty Description
1 Forza Motorsport 3 with Exclusive in-game M3 E92 BMW [Xbox 360]

We are pleased to advise that your order, xxxxxxxx/x, is now on its way!

According to the tracking notes it's actually dispatched as well, so it should arrive in the next couple of days. Them pre-empting the postal strikes may actually work in my favour
Dajmin
S2 licensed
The NHS was a brilliant system when it started. The problem with it now is privatisation.

There's cost-cutting everywhere, and for the most part that means staff. When sisters ran wards, they didn't take crap from anyone. They kept the nurses in line, they dealt with lairy patients, they told the doctors what their department needed.

Now that it's run as a business (ie, for profit) it's a crap service. You can't run something like a health "service" at a profit without sacrificing something. And in this case, it's the quality of that service.

Losing nurses might save them millions per year, but that means less people around to deal with triage stuff like stitches and minor burns. Them reporting to a "department" which understands nothing about what the job entails and only cares whether what's "needed" affects their bottom line profits doesn't help anyone but the people sitting on their huge piles of money.

So the US could benefit from the old NHS, but not the privatised version. I'd go private in a heartbeat if I could afford it, because at least then you get seen and treated before you die.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Just got another email from GAME (the bloody spammers):

Quote :Thank you for preordering Forza Motorsport 3 recently from Game.co.uk.

The biggest benefit of preordering with Game.co.uk is that we ship all of
our orders to arrive on release day.

Unfortunately, Royal Mail postal strike action is set to occur next week.

But have no fear! We are working hard to beat the strike with alternative options
to get your game to you for release day.

For this reason, you may see some activity on your account over the next few days.

Dont panic, thats just us preparing your order!

Regardless of the status of your order your preorder bonus will be emailed for release.

Thanks again for preordering from Game.co.uk.

Happy racing!

Dajmin
S2 licensed
In that case he just got lucky
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Got mail yesterday saying my payment had been authorised and it was waiting for dispatch. That's what they always do though - the aim to have it arrive on launch day, but sometimes they reach you early. And no, you don't get into trouble if that happens (so I hear).
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Doesn't someone awesome have an amazing spreadsheet with that kind of info on it?
Dajmin
S2 licensed
I know I'm pretty excited about getting my copy, but I'm not that impatient that I won't survive another week without it. Particularly when I'd run the risk of a global console ban.

You 360 hackers know it's not profile-specific, right? They ban the entire box from Live.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
If it was going to be a completely powerless object, it wouldn't need a full tyre model. It would be reasonable to assume the wheels were locked in position (brakes seized? Left in gear with handbrake?) and a similar friction level to default cold tyre rubber could be applied to the contact area on the ground. No real tyre model necessary.
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Dajmin
S2 licensed
Quote from Klutch :I'd punch her in the face for making me listen to her terrible music too

That's more or less what I said when I heard about it. I was all like "ah, my plan is coming together"

Yeah, I'm a sick man but she bugs the hell out of me. All reality TV people do.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
I'd still rather have "fun to play" than "totally realistic". Hell, CoD4 and Halo 3 are about as far from realistic as you can get, but still make up some of the most played online console games ever.

Butwhat happened? It WAS about the physics, now you sound like you've lost your direction.
Dajmin
S2 licensed
But I could easily point to a rigid suspension setup in LFS and complain that it had a total lack of bodyroll and that the physics were crap - wouldn't make it true
Dajmin
S2 licensed
Well then I guess it'd have to be the PS3 version then, eh?
If they had any sense, they'd sell local versions via Amazon or something. Like Gaming Lagoon (or whatever it's called).
Dajmin
S2 licensed
As do I

I almost have enough PTZ for the Guitar Hero 5 bundles. Of course, it's impossible to get anything while they have nothing in stock. I complained about that to them a while ago, that we're answering market research questions and getting nothing in return. Hopefully they'll actually add some stuff soon.
Then I'll have to decide which version of GH5 to go for
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Dajmin
S2 licensed
You shouldn't compare them because a mass-market product is always going to have shortcuts or assists that a hardcore niche product doesn't have to. Console gamers typically use a joypad, so having complete 1:1 100% accurate physics running at 1000Hz modelling each and every part of the suspension and engine is pointless because they won't feel it. Whereas on a PC, anyone who buys a product like that will already have the relevant equipment to get the best experience out of it.

A replay is also not a great way to judge something. LFS multiplayer replays can hope about all over the place, so you could argue that you shouldn't play that because you don't want to be in a race with cars randomly disappearing. When it comes right down to it, it doesn't happen enough when you're playing to make the difference.
Likewise, external views of missing body roll are not a great way to judge an experience which is, and always will be, totally different when you're in the driving seat.
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