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#61 Yamato

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:38 AM

I can't believe three people thought my comment reference Shipwreck buying a PC on a whim was serious... April Fools Forum Police!


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Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:54 AM

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#63 clay_bones

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 12:32 PM

I thought the whole bit with CheapyD grilling Wombat on ram was gold. Laughed my ass off. Why is everyone so uptight? Aren't we here to have fun? Kick back and enjoy the show. ;)

Thank you CheapyD, Shipwreck, and Wombat for the laughs. Looking forward to PC game talk in the future.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 01:36 PM

I loved the show guys, great fun! Loved the part where Wombat was trying to talk about RAM, while he obviously had no idea what he was talking about. Nothing wrong with that Wombat, but I was surprised you didn't just take it like a man a moved on. Great show guys!

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 04:34 PM

The part you guys didn't mention in the 38 Studios Curt Shilling story is that he's one of those Tea Party wack jobs that complain government shouldn't be involved in our lives, railing about government bailouts. Then took out a huge government backed loan and will likely declare bankruptcy sticking it to the public. A Boston sports radio writer summed it up perfectly here: The Hypocrisy of Curt Shilling

#66 AriesDog

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 04:38 PM

Cheapy and Shipwreck, if you're going to get into a PC gaming make sure to pick up a wired Xbox 360 controller (not a wireless with a recharge cord) for those times you want to play with a gamepad. It's something often overlooked.

#67 Hiei69

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 04:45 PM

I built my first ever gaming PC last November. My Xbox 360 has seen so little use since then (with the exception of Tales of Vesperia). Playing games like the Witcher 2 and Starcraft II is just amazing on PC. The significantly cheaper cost of games is also great. I can't even imagine paying the ridiculous console prices for games that could be had for half price or less on a Steam or Amazon sale.
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#68 yruluis

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 05:06 PM

I built my first ever gaming PC last November. My Xbox 360 has seen so little use since then (with the exception of Tales of Vesperia). Playing games like the Witcher 2 and Starcraft II is just amazing on PC. The significantly cheaper cost of games is also great. I can't even imagine paying the ridiculous console prices for games that could be had for half price or less on a Steam or Amazon sale.



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#70 serenitygod

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 02:32 AM

however, Cheapy should not break promises as I have noticed three times he has broken the Cheapy promise for burping/farting. Someone has to hold you to your word and I am ok with being that person.
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#71 Clue

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 03:04 AM

Cheapie demanding Wombat explain RAM. Twilight zone!!!

RAM ... is just volatile storage. Turn the power off and your lose whatever you had stored in RAM.

Unlike a hard drive which permanently stores the data and programs.

Difference is RAM is way way way faster. That's why computers have RAM.

Pretty accurate. In general the CPU has direct chipset bridge access to RAM which is what makes it faster to read from as opposed to a hard drive. The OS loads items that are being/about to be used into RAM so the CPU doesn't have to wait for the information to process.

It's why when you have less RAM than needed for a program things run slower, the OS has to cache data to a hard drive and swap it in and out of the RAM continuously as opposed to dumping all the data at once into RAM to be accessed as needed.

In theory you can run a computer without RAM (not in the sense of loading an OS or programs as most people think of them but you could send machine language commands), though it would have to be a very specialized chip set. I wouldn't be suprized if a refrigerator or something had a CPU not using RAM.

The R in RAM is kind of misnomer now, as the way modern OSes generally load the RAM is anything but random. It more burst data access now. RAM is more accurate for the memory in say a graphing calculator nowadays.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 03:48 AM

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 04:16 AM

I thought the whole bit with CheapyD grilling Wombat on ram was gold. Laughed my ass off. Why is everyone so uptight? Aren't we here to have fun? Kick back and enjoy the show. ;)

Thank you CheapyD, Shipwreck, and Wombat for the laughs. Looking forward to PC game talk in the future.


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#74 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 04:44 AM

It's too bad that you guys aren't going the CAG route and building those PCs yourselves since it's not only cheaper, but it'll help you better understand what all goes into making your machines do what they do. You may think you don't know enough about how to do it, but they've simplified the process enough that anybody could do it with some time, patience, and a little homework. If the extra dough is worth it to you guys, then that's a fine alternative.


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#75 metallicoholic

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 06:07 AM

I'll be curious next week to hear what Cheapy thinks of Max Payne 3 considering his aversion to more difficult games. I'm playing through the game on medium difficulty and by the start of Chapter 4 I had died 23 times. So many cheap deaths in that game. So so many.

Much like Shipwreck said about other Rockstar games, I've played about four hours of MP3 and I'm already feeling like I don't want to finish it. The game is tremendously polished and well presented but it just isn't fun at all. It feels like Rockstar went out of their way to disuade you from using bullet time. Whenever you jump into the air to shoot some guys down, some unseen enemy pops up and tears you apart as soon as you hit the ground. There's way too much reliance on cover.

That being said, I'm hoping Volition eventually makes a fun version of Max Payne and I can play as Cheapy D in it.
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 03:33 PM

It's too bad that you guys aren't going the CAG route and building those PCs yourselves since it's not only cheaper, but it'll help you better understand what all goes into making your machines do what they do. You may think you don't know enough about how to do it, but they've simplified the process enough that anybody could do it with some time, patience, and a little homework. If the extra dough is worth it to you guys, then that's a fine alternative.


The value saved is often overstated. I've been shopping for a pc and decided to load all the components from a Digital Storm build into a Newegg cart. The difference was about $150. I've built enough pc's so that its no longer fun, and $150 is well worth the price of not having to deal with it. Earlier in the thread someone mentioned building for $500...yeah that isn't gonna happen. Just quick estimate with very vague (but conservative numbers):
100 mobo
250 cpu
100 case
50 ram
100 OS
100 HDD
150 video card
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$850 already

Also, I would be extremely hesitant to suggest building to people that are unfamiliar with the current pc world. That seems like a recipe for disaster.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 05:14 PM

I know I'm a little late to the party on the Call of Duty Vita discussion, but I always see Call of Duty Zombies sitting in the top 100 or so of the ITunes chart dosn't it stand to reason that people want Call of Duty on anything they can get it on, regardless of whether the experience is inferior to the console?

#78 stormrage360

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 07:22 PM

Shipwreck's description of all the luxury cars in South Florida is pretty dead on, any tom dick and harry here usually has a shit house and a leased luxury car, bunch of narcissistic assholes trying to impress each other.

Glad you went to the Marlin's new stadium, Ship! I knew about sections of the stadium A/C being too cold but didn't think it was THAT cold. I'm excited to visit it next weekend when I go home for the holiday.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 09:19 PM

Decent podcast... although It seems to be getting off track and not being much of a game podcast anymore.


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Posted 21 May 2012 - 01:56 AM

So none of your Apple products were new enough to play Diablo III? Blizzard does a good job of making its games Mac friendly. Let us know how you like the gaming rig ship.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 12:24 PM

The value saved is often overstated. I've been shopping for a pc and decided to load all the components from a Digital Storm build into a Newegg cart. The difference was about $150. I've built enough pc's so that its no longer fun, and $150 is well worth the price of not having to deal with it. Earlier in the thread someone mentioned building for $500...yeah that isn't gonna happen. Just quick estimate with very vague (but conservative numbers):
100 mobo
250 cpu
100 case
50 ram
100 OS
100 HDD
150 video card
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$850 already

Also, I would be extremely hesitant to suggest building to people that are unfamiliar with the current pc world. That seems like a recipe for disaster.


I just hope the ibuypower place Shipwreck ordered from does a good job putting it together.

I bought my PC from Cyberpower in 2007, and they jammed the IDE cable so tightly against the bottom of the video card that the cable got worn thru in a few days and my DVD drive kept randomly disappearing. It took me a month to realize it wasn't a software problem, and that I needed to replace the IDE cable.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 03:31 PM

I love the show, BUT I gotta take issue with Cheapy's malaise about the E3 press conferences.

Cheapy, there are many people that would jump at the chance of being in your position. Sure call me jealous, but you get to go to LA and see stuff that only a few will. Enjoy it, because you never know when it will go away or maybe you won't have the means to attend. I remember a couple of years ago when E3 wasn't a reality and everybody was bitching about how they missed it. I don't want you to take these opportunities for granted.

BTW - I loved the Wombat ball-busting over the RAM!

#83 Backlash

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 04:26 PM

I love the show, BUT I gotta take issue with Cheapy's malaise about the E3 press conferences.

Cheapy, there are many people that would jump at the chance of being in your position. Sure call me jealous, but you get to go to LA and see stuff that only a few will. Enjoy it, because you never know when it will go away or maybe you won't have the means to attend. I remember a couple of years ago when E3 wasn't a reality and everybody was bitching about how they missed it. I don't want you to take these opportunities for granted.


I agree. Hearing Cheapy whine about the press conferences or having too many exclusive appointments with publishers/developers was a bit like the whole "first world problems" meme. :(

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#84 PhaperPlane

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 07:46 PM

I think with Cheapy and Ship (and hopefully Wombat in the future) starting to play PC games - this may attract more listeners to the podcast.

I sure do hope Cheapy livestreams something other than Tribes, perhaps a little Team Fortress 2? Could make a good excuse for a CAG game night with Cheapy livestreaming it.
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 08:00 PM

What was CheapyD doing picking on Wombat so much this week, it didn't seem funny really, more angry.
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#86 Xtrminatr

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:01 PM

I can't believe three people thought my comment reference Shipwreck buying a PC on a whim was serious... April Fools!

I found it funny that Ship was nice enough to explain his decision to another CAG who seriously criticized him.
I won't lie though, I wish my gaming account had enough funds to purchase a gaming PC... right now my gaming account consists of about 30 dollars a month which I utilize to purchase used games from gamefly... thank CAG for Gamefly!!!!!!!! [insert Tebow gesture here!]


I wish my gaming account had enough money in it to buy a pinball machine and THEN a gaming PC. I'm moving to Ohio!

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 12:34 PM

The value saved is often overstated. I've been shopping for a pc and decided to load all the components from a Digital Storm build into a Newegg cart. The difference was about $150. I've built enough pc's so that its no longer fun, and $150 is well worth the price of not having to deal with it. Earlier in the thread someone mentioned building for $500...yeah that isn't gonna happen. Just quick estimate with very vague (but conservative numbers):
100 mobo
250 cpu
100 case
50 ram
100 OS
100 HDD
150 video card
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$850 already

Also, I would be extremely hesitant to suggest building to people that are unfamiliar with the current pc world. That seems like a recipe for disaster.

I may have been the post mentioning $500 PCs. I stand by that, it just takes buying components on sale over the course of a long while. For example, I got a $90 Phenom II, that alone is a huge savings (I know most people want i7s or the higher Zambezis, but there is something to be said about buying the best of last year's models). I think my case was $30, got one 4GB stick of RAM for $25, $75 mobo, $50 HDD, Windows 7 on sale for $80 and a 6850 for $130. $500 isn't going to get you the best of the best, but I can run any game that comes out and I never feel like it under-performs.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 05:31 PM

I love the show, BUT I gotta take issue with Cheapy's malaise about the E3 press conferences.

Cheapy, there are many people that would jump at the chance of being in your position. Sure call me jealous, but you get to go to LA and see stuff that only a few will. Enjoy it, because you never know when it will go away or maybe you won't have the means to attend. I remember a couple of years ago when E3 wasn't a reality and everybody was bitching about how they missed it. I don't want you to take these opportunities for granted.

BTW - I loved the Wombat ball-busting over the RAM!


I agree with you. I'm jealous and I'll be the first to admit it. Hearing Cheapy moan about something I would give my left nut for left me feeling pissy.
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#89 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 06:55 PM

The value saved is often overstated. I've been shopping for a pc and decided to load all the components from a Digital Storm build into a Newegg cart. The difference was about $150. I've built enough pc's so that its no longer fun, and $150 is well worth the price of not having to deal with it. Earlier in the thread someone mentioned building for $500...yeah that isn't gonna happen. Just quick estimate with very vague (but conservative numbers):
100 mobo
250 cpu
100 case
50 ram
100 OS
100 HDD
150 video card
---------
$850 already

Also, I would be extremely hesitant to suggest building to people that are unfamiliar with the current pc world. That seems like a recipe for disaster.

This is CAG. Any time you can save some money and not have to rely on questionable third parties, it's a good thing.

If they had something like Tested's How To Build A PC video running while they work on it, it really wouldn't be all that hard to build it as long as Cheapy and Shipwreck are smart enough to take their time and not force anything into the wrong slots.



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Posted 22 May 2012 - 08:33 PM

A few questions for episode 203,304:

Do you think that the age of the current console generation has any bearing on your interest in PC gaming?

Don't you think this represents a missed opportunity for the console companies, considering there are thousands like you who are considering PC gaming everyday who didn't before?

Full disclosure: I am not a PC gamer.

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People don't just play portable consoles on the go, they play at home on the couch while their roommates or family watches TV.

Marquee titles are what the Vita needs. I can't see how Wombat could argue whether a good FPS like Battlefield or Call of Duty done well on the system would help sales of the system. It is not only a and obvious fact, but it will be a requirement for the system to pick up it's dismal sales.

Full disclosure: I own a Vita, and I like it a lot, but I never play it. Not enough sticky content.

And I like it when Cheapy is being a 'dick'. It's fair game for him to f- with for our entertainment. Comebacks aren't totally necessary, your audience can tell when he's really being a jerk to you, Wombat.
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