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  1. Don't kick yourself too hard! I bought it on release day (preordered) only to bring it home and realize that my machine is running Windows 7 32-bit, and the game requires at least 64-bit in order to run. Almost clawed my eyes out over the course of an entire weekend of Steam troubleshooting before I isolated the directory containing the executable and got the "Not compatible with this version of Windows" error message to confirm my suspicions. So now I'm deciding between buying it for PS4 and waiting to update.
  2. I don't know about that. I haven't heard any talk of archiving outside of the Star Wars boards, and it would be a little difficult to include the original titles under the SWG umbrella.
  3. What? You can't pin this whole rap on me! But, no, in all seriousness, if a mod is asking us to stop, we probably ought to.
  4. Never played, huh? I'm actually in the same boat. Umm...no pun intended. You're right; the place is hopping now. ^ Get it? Hopping? Rabbits? "PUN POLICE! WE HAVE YOU SURROUNDED! COME OUT WITH YOUR HANDS UP!"
  5. Yes. BTW, The Dig now holds the title of deadest forum on LF. Someone should change that...
  6. Hehehe...Trevor. Hehehe...dye packs.
  7. While I'm not sure if his death was deliberate, I'll elaborate more on that later in the post. Regrettably, you're exactly right. It's a sad day in journalism when the National Enquirer can honestly boast that it's broken stories before the mainstream media got hold of them. The age of conspiracy theories being the stuff of curious volumes you would shove on the bookshelf above your bed is gone. A lot of conspiracy theories aren't even theories anymore. I'm still shocked that so many people acted as if Edward Snowden's 2013 global surveillance disclosures were news. The federal government has been wiretapping unchecked since at least the 1960s, and probably earlier. I wouldn't say I'm unconvinced; in fact, quite the opposite: I'm completely convinced that there were questionable circumstances surrounding this officer's death. I believe that it was at least a suicide under duress. The question is, what sort of duress? Was it personal, as in the guy's fear that his career, good name, and impending retirement benefits (most police departments offer at least some, although I understand that some have done away with pension plans for officers) were about to be derailed by a criminal investigation, and quite possibly prison time? Or did some outside party have an effect on his actions, perhaps striking some sort of suicide pact with him of the sort the SS offered to Rommel when he was implicated in a plot to kill Hitler? Imagine what kind of dirt the department has on any potential whistleblowers that's keeping the truth suppressed, as well. But you make a good point. Sadly, I'd bet money that this little shenanigan will disappear from the media radar before the truth is uncovered. By the way, great to see you return after several weeks of inactivity, Avlectus!
  8. Glad to hear you enjoyed the article. Look forward to more appearing on the website within the next few days, if all goes well.
  9. Carwil

    swg emu

    I may be picking up a Starter Kit online in the next few days. Found some that go for about thirteen bucks online, but it depends on how much the N64 accessories I need to pick up cost. Big question is, I don't suppose there's any way to circumvent the need for a physical game client, is there?
  10. Carwil

    swg emu

    I'll be sure to do that. I'm actually planning to do some online shopping here in the next two weeks. I'll probably pick up The Dig, Grim Fandango, and certainly a copy Galaxies. Would you recommend any particular version of the game?
  11. Dug up some additional information on this story last night. Apparently, the "criminal activity" the headline alluded to was him embezzling massive amounts of money from some youth organization he was involved in leading over the course of years. Story I heard goes that he committed suicide because he knew he was going to take the fall for it. Makes sense, I mean, his reputation would be ruined, his family would receive funny looks in the streets, and his name would forever be mud. I even understand that some family rescinded a donation in the amount of $15,000 to the guy's family after the truth of the matter came to light. But here's the intriguing part: as advanced as forensic science is in this day and age, you *cannot* tell me that the cops failed to peg this fellow as a suicide following their investigation...if one was even launched. You want my two cents, I think they covered up the suicide as an officer killed in the line of duty as a PR stunt.
  12. I dunno if I'd call that cynicism or a good understanding of probability...anonymity does strange things to people, and as more people begin using the Internet for social and leisure purposes, statistically there's a greater possibility of hostility with the advent of more users. Irrelevant, but somebody could cite that if they ever need to write an analysis of Internet subculture...
  13. So your problem is resolved? Stick around and become part of the community. You'll find that it has a lot to offer, and big things are coming.
  14. Alright, so I noticed a few discrepancies between your earlier dxdiag dump and the specs you last reported. How did you transition from [OS] Name=WinXP Version=Windows XP v5.1 build 2600 Service Pack 2 Service Pack=None Status=Pass to this? Windows 10 Home 64-bit AMD A8-6410 APU with AMD Radeon R5 Graphics 1600 x 900 3,312 MB On a game as old as KotOR, you've got to expect some serious problems in attempting to play the game on such a new OS. I should also add that Windows 10 is still in the early stages of development; the paid version hasn't even hit the market yet, so there are bound to be a few kinks in the process. I know for a fact that Windows 7 sucks at emulating older games, even with compatibility mode on. I would recommend downloading an older OS that's no longer supported (such as 98 or XP) that is KotOR-compatible and running the game that way. Most non-supported operating systems for Windows are now legal to download, as they fall under the abandonware umbrella. That would be a good first step. In addition: [Video] Video Card Name=AMD Radeon R5 Graphics Video Memory=4096 Desktop Resolution=0x0x0 DirectX=DirectX 9.0c ( OpenGL Version=4.5.13399 Compatibility Profile Context 15.201.1101.0 OpenGL Vendor=ATI Technologies Inc. OpenGL Renderer=AMD Radeon R5 Graphics ATI Driver=(null) Vid Card Status=Warning Vid Card Driver Status=Fail GL Status=Pass DX Status=Pass Looks like you've got some driver issues after all. Your ATI driver seems to be missing, your card itself may need a closer examination, and the card driver itself failed the diagnostic. *EDIT*: I also recommend downloading and installing any official patches for the game. Someone else is bound to have experienced similar issues in the past.
  15. You aren't trying to use a recording program, perchance, are you? FRAPS is known to crash KotOR games upon cutscenes, and there's the opening credits right after character creation. I presume you're using a physical copy of the game, not a pirated or Steam version? Can you tell us where you bought the game? Cross-reference your video specs with those listed on the back of the game case, as well as update your drivers. Alternatively, rule out that problem by choosing to play one of the available cutscenes from the "Movies" section of the main menu. If you're able, then your machine is KotOR-compatible and the problem likely lies in the game itself.
  16. I think ed has may have a point. I personally don't see any harm in setting up and promoting boards that appeal to traditional gamers. Worst case scenario, they don't attract any new users and can easily be removed.
  17. As you might have inferred from the title, Senator Ted Cruz has introduced legislation that is currently making its way through Congress, proposing bringing back the draft. As far as I know, we haven't had the draft since Vietnam, but with tensions in Iran and North Korea heating up and Syria tearing itself apart, there's no telling what war we'll wind up being involved in in the next few years, and the impending Presidential election makes the future even more clouded. You can read all about it in this article: https://shelbycourtland.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/the-draft-is-being-reinstituted-on-january-1-2016/ The article was the only remotely reliable source I could locate on the matter. It's an op-ed sort of deal, but feel free to cross-reference the information for yourself. I'd just like to hear some thoughts on this. Personally, I don't think it'll be passed, and I'm sure Obama will veto it if it makes it to his desk, but you never know in politics.
  18. Where there's smoke, there's fire, and there's a considerable amount of smoke here. But, the first possibility I would consider is that it's always possible that the media is hyping up the story up for ratings. For the mainstream media, "extensive criminal activity," could mean selling untaxed cigarettes to your friends or J-walking. But, I wouldn't write the whole story off, seeing as not even the media has sunk so low as to begin reporting *complete* B.S. So, a cop a month out from retirement is reported killed, then a carefully planned suicide with evidence of criminal activity cropping up...from an armchair detective's perspective, could it be possible that his blunder could've created bad PR for the department, leading to a suicide under duress that then served to create positive PR by painting the guy as a martyr killed in the line of duty?
  19. Most of the Star Wars boards receive a few posts each week, even if they aren't particularly meaningful. The KotOR and TOR boards see the most activity out of any. The board for the Dig hasn't been posted in for over two years. But I know what you mean.
  20. That's an excellent point. There is even lore established in the EU to support the existence of time travel and trans-dimensional travel in the Star Wars universe, with a several different explanations for both. The Force is yet another unexplored explanation that could have been utilized. I've said it before, but the EU was inconsequential to the movies. Even on the rare occasion when it did impact the continuity of the films, its ramifications were negligible at most. Disney scrapping the entire EU sort of reminds me of someone throwing out the key codes to a new PC game because they're too ignorant to understand what they're used for. Granted, in this case, Star Wars won't be rendered useless and inoperable as would the game in the analogy, but the principle is the same. But referring to the above as well as Nyliram's comments, Disney still had a slew of avenues available to them that would have allowed Episode VII to remain EU-compliant while not cutting the main characters out of the picture. The trailers that have been aired thus far imply to me that the two new protags are going to be exceeding Luke, Han, and Leia in terms of screen time, anyways. All in all, this is what happens when you turn over one of the most successful science fiction film franchises in history to the goons responsible for flanderizing Mickey Mouse into a Saturday morning educational cartoon for children.
  21. Yeah, you're right. I actually figured some of it out the other night when I checked my HoloNet alerts in the ship and found out about Makeb. I also saw the SOR quest droid on the fleet, and I'm several chapters into KotFE. But thanks for the reply nonetheless, Rogue!
  22. Carwil

    swg emu

    Excellent. I missed out on Galaxies, but I've done a considerable amount of reading on it online in the years since SOE pulled the plug on it, and it sounds like a completely different experience (in a good way) from TOR. I'll have to give it a try.
  23. I believe the rationale is that a new website with its own domain holds more appeal in this age of the Internet (the better part of several pages in this thread was spent decrying the death of the forums platform) and represents a way to consolidate years upon years of accumulated community posts while placing LFN at the spearhead of the Star Wars renaissance with a website that can stay updated in real time. Another plus is the ability to present news and articles on up-to-date subject matter in the streamlined format in which posts can be presented (think of a news feed on the homepage, as opposed to a registration process and then having to rifle through forums, subforums, and pages of threads). People are lazy on the Internet these days. They don't always feel like clicking through layers and layers of organization to find the information they want. In addition, although I may be mistaken, the website hasn't replicated the format of LF. It's a conventional website with links back to LF, and everything posted on there will show up in a forum here, but the idea is to encourage migration to the new website without completely axing LF. I'm sorry if that doesn't answer your question...I'm involved as a low-level writer. Lynk or Canderis would be the one to ask.
  24. I'm not so sure. The lack of spaces and random capitalization are both hallmarks of spambots. Either way, his spam is beginning to give the regular bots a run for their money. I second the motion for a ban.
  25. I just tried out KotFE for the first time last night, and my expectations were blown out of the water. The storytelling is a throwback to KotOR, the experience is almost cinematic in feel, and the combat and leveling are streamlined to the point that I was able to enjoy the story for the first time rather than worrying about whether or not I was going to survive the next fight or be sent all the way back across the map to a medcenter. Finished three chapters in one night and plan to finish the rest this weekend. I was highly impressed. Leveling up in TOR felt nearly impossible after hitting level 20 or so. Now, though, EA's made a smart move for once in streamlining the process so that the game's not ultimately about leveling anymore (or at least that's not its primary focus). I had my doubts about TOR a few months ago, but I think it's truly turning around for the best now.
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