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Entertainment / Steam Summer Sale
« on: July 17, 2012, 12:22:29 pm »
Hey guys, the Steam summer sale started last Thursday and has been going on for a while now. So I was wondering what goodies people have bought so far and if they're holding out for a daily deal or flash deal on any games in particular.

So far I've bought:
  • Binding of Isaac Wrath of the Lamb DLC
  • Alan Wake
  • Plants vs Zombies
  • The Witcher: Enhanced Edition (ROW)
  • The Witcher 2
  • Fallout 3 - Game of the Year
  • Age of Empires III: Complete Collection

I know that there have been a lot of other good sales but I already owned a lot of those games (e.g. New Vegas+All DLC, Skyrim, Civ5+DLC, Metro 2033, Trine 2, Borderlands, etc). I'm not holding out for anything in particular at the moment. So what about you guys?

[edit] I just realised that this is my first post on ZFGC in a year! So hello again everyone :)

Feedback / Simpler User Info
« on: June 24, 2008, 06:32:20 pm »
The way I see it is the current sidebar is really messy and has a lot more information in it than is necessary. I've attached an example of how I think it could be improved (the left is the current version, the right is my view of how it should be).

I couldn't find a rupee icon on ZFGC otherwise I'd have replaced "Rupees:" with that like I replaced "Constructive Posts:". Of course, personally, I'd remove the posts and rupees from message view entirely but it seems that the majority of members have wanted this in the past.

Feedback / This is totally wrong
« on: November 27, 2007, 09:38:53 pm »
You can't represent Chat Operators with a proprietary piece of software.

I do not use proprietary software. That means I do not use mIRC, I use XChat. It is free software.

Please remove the mIRC icon from our staff badges.

Other Discussion / Essential GTK/GNOME List
« on: November 11, 2007, 04:19:50 pm »
Essential GTK/GNOME List

Exaile Music Player
  • Plugins - Allow UI customisations and additional features to suit you
  • Themes - Introduced in 0.2.11
  • Amarok-like
  • Tabbed navigation
  • Lots and lots of features... check it out :P

XChat IRC Client
  • Plugin System (supports C/C++, Perl, Python, Tcl, Ruby, Lua, CLISP, D, and DMDScript)
  • CTCP, DCC file transfers and chats
  • Customisable
  • Basic functionalities found in most other IRC clients
  • Tab/Tree options

Abi Word
  • ...

  • ...

  • ...

  • Proprietary / Non-free

  • Loads Windows 9x/NT/2000/XP, Windows 3.x and DOS programs and libraries
  • "bug-for-bug" compatibility with Windows

This list is open to everyone, please post with your contributions, comments and questions. Just bear in mind that I may feature it on my blog later :)

Other Discussion / Redesign Frider Waves
« on: November 01, 2007, 05:29:15 pm »
-- Moderators: This is not an advert. It is a history and request for opinions and help in the redesign process. --

Hey guys,

I'm currently in the process of rebuilding Frider Waves (www.friderwaves.com) from, what could be considered, scratch. I'd like input from everyone here on how they think is best to do so. I'd also like interested parties to have a go at drawing up some blueprints of their ideas, mocking up some designs and just generally help in any other ways they can.

For those of you who aren't yet aware. Frider Waves is "an independent organisation that covers movies and other media as they're released". It was started in June 2005 by the three great founders: Kyle, Ben and myself. Originally we were mostly a games creation company. However our team only consisted of one good programmer, Ben, and after he left the team for personal reasons we were left in a bit of a problem. Kyle, who is an excellent writer, suggested that we change our focus to that of reviews and articles in particular and so we did. Since then we've covered quite a lot of media and now have a library of over 130 articles and reviews (87 of which Kyle is the sole contributor to).

We have our own trademark character called "Frider the Wave" (often referred to as "Frider") which was also created by Kyle. We have tons of art and images that were designed, mostly, by Lauren. (See below for "Frider Link")

What's wrong with the existing site? This is something you can help with. Take a look and tell us what you think is wrong/missing. Here's a few things that we've worked out ourselves:
  • SMF is a proprietary mess when it comes down to our requirements. Tailor-made forum software is much better in terms of ease, site-integration, etc.
  • Users should be able to submit reviews more easily. That's why an author-panel has been envisioned. This will allow users to write their reviews, save drafts, link them to their accounts, monitor the review process (quality control).
  • Assistance and suggestions like this should be easier via the site. People should be able to make suggestions, categorise them, monitor their development (if they're agreed upon) and such. A feedback-panel has been envisioned for this purpose. Perhaps a "development-panel" would be a more accurate name.
  • Members should be more integrated into the site. How exactly do you think this should be done?
  • RSS feeds are a must.
  • A search system became necessary once we hit one hundred articles/reviews. This should be able to filter out results based on article/review name, author, creation date and category.
  • The website should follow standards (XHTML, CSS as on W3C).
  • Non-proprietary versions of content should be available when available (e.g. Ensure that OGG is available where an audio download is. Probably alongside the proprietary format so as not to limit our audience).

Alright, So we need your help to form a better system. Come on guys

Admin Note: If we had an area for 'affiliation' this would be an affiliated website anyway, no need to consider this an advertisement, etc.

Feedback / Portal News
« on: November 01, 2007, 11:30:00 am »
Is there any reason the portal news isn't linked with the announcements board? Seeing as they're both ZFGC news it would seem logical to link them. Then you could just grab the data through SMF's SSI.php.

Feedback / Membergroup Badge
« on: October 23, 2007, 07:07:42 pm »
I don't know about other themes but the default one lacks a Chat Staff badge. ZFGC Staff are also lacking a badge.

Red and blue are taken by Administrators and Global Moderators. That leaves orange/yellow for Chat Staff and green for ZFGC Staff. I believe the Chat Staff badge has already been made and just needs to be uploaded.

Feedback / Unecessary Items on Navigation Bar
« on: October 08, 2007, 07:08:59 pm »

Firstly I'd like to say I like the new, clean adaption of the default theme. The search bar looks better where it is and the unnecessary member details have been removed. Relocating the "Unread Posts" and "Unread Replies" links to the navigation bar was also a smart move. However, the navigation bar now looks a little crowded and so I have come up with a few ideas that might clean it up a little.

1) This one's pretty simple. You're duplicating the search link as it's available next to the search box and also through entering a search term in the search box. So I suggest the "Search" link be removed from the navigation bar.

2) Remove the "help" link from the navigation bar. Come on, does anyone ever use it? It's just wasting space and making the menu look cluttered.

3) Lastly there's the profile link. I suggest this be removed and the username in "Hello [user]" link to the profile instead. The username would be better if it linked to the profile and then there's no need for the link on the navigation bar.

I hope you'll implement these ideas. I'm sure they would make the navigation bar much cleaner.

Other Discussion / *Eye Candy* Compiz Fusion Shots
« on: October 07, 2007, 04:24:39 pm »
This topic is for screenshots of Compiz Fusion in action on your home machine. All of these screenshots will should be eye candy for everyone :)

So, if you are using Compiz Fusion on your system then please take a few appealing screenshots and share them. Someone contribute some cube shots, why don't you? I didn't get around to taking any.

I'd also appreciate it if everyone uses thumbnails so that we don't murder people with slow connections or capped bandwidth. Photobucket automatically creates a thumbnail for every image uploaded and so does ImageShack. I can't say for other services.

Here's my selection of six screens. Some are showing off more effects than others. Simply click the thumbnails to see a full-sized version. The effects look a lot better live, in front of you!

Other Discussion / (Free) Vixta
« on: October 04, 2007, 01:08:16 pm »
I just thought you guys might like to know (especially the senseless Windows Vista fanboys) that a Fedora-based GNU/Linux distribution called Vixta is doing is in development. It is designed to be user-friendly and eye-catching, similar in look and feel to Windows Vista.

^ Click the image for more screenshots.

The only thing that Windows Vista has going for it is that some people like the graphical appearance. Well not that you have Vixta that's not a good argument. Take a look at it and mess around with Compiz Fusion in a Linux distribution. Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (7.10) comes out on the 18th October and is packed with desktop effects pre-configured right from the moment you put the CD into your drive. So there's plenty of choice.

Other Discussion / Listen
« on: September 27, 2007, 02:13:48 pm »

I just discovered this media player a few hours ago and, I've got to say, it fills a lot of my needs.

I'm a happy Gnome user and, as far as I'm concerned, KDE is a bloated desktop environment. It has one program that I really, really wish I had though and that's amaroK. Sadly I can't get this to work properly in Gnome (probably a good thing as I shouldn't be using KDE programs).

Listen includes all the features that you'd expect from an awesome media player: album management, missing cover downloader, lyrics lookup, Wikipedia and last.fm functions, customisability, on screen display options, library monitoring, visualisations, podcasts and more.

I urge all Gnome users to give it a look.

Other Discussion / Quality Hosting
« on: July 23, 2007, 02:27:14 pm »
I'm now interested in quality hosting services. Well, I've been interested in it for ages and haven't yet found a good enough host. I need to be able to use PHP5, MySQL, Mod_Rewrite, host multiple domains with the one package ("add-on domains"), have plenty of space and bandwidth, e-mail forwarding, etc.

I've been watching Surpass Hosting for a while and almost got a package with them but I'm glad now that I didn't because of the appalling IP bans that ZFGC shows they've been handing out randomly. Who has suggestions for a decent web host? I can't afford a dedi so it will have to be shared hosting.

Other Discussion / UK Residents Please Read
« on: July 21, 2007, 11:24:10 am »
So, recently I've been having issues with my ISP disconnecting me a lot when I consume a considerable amount of bandwidth in a short period of time. I'm using BT's "8" Meg broadband and, whilst it was a good service at first, the number of people who seem to use it have slowed the service down as well as caused BT to become Nazis about bandwidth consumption.

What I want to do is find a Internet Service Provider in the UK that will allow me to have a fast and stable connection without interruptions. Sadly I'm using ADSL which limits me to 8 meg connections... or does it? UK Online are offering a 22meg connection through something which is called ADSL2+. Their site says my maximum download speed would be approximately 16.5meg based on their ADSL2+ testing. This all sounds pretty good but I'm under the impression that ADSL2+ is all still very experimental.

I'm sick of being limited to 8meg connections. So what if it's a massive improvement over what we used to get in the UK? It's not good enough. We're still behind.

At the moment I don't live in a cable area so cable connections aren't an option. Although I only have one year of college left and my choice of University could easily be determined by wherever I can get the best internet connection seeing as I don't like the sounds of anywhere in particular.

What is everyone's experience with their ISP in the UK? Who should I stay clear of? Who do you recommend? Has anyone used ADSL2+? If so what do they think about it?

I don't think a good internet connection is too much to ask for in this age of technology.

Other Discussion / Which Operating System?
« on: July 02, 2007, 10:43:57 am »
I'm interested in which operating system people use excluding Apple and Microsoft operating systems. Please only post here if you're using an operating system that Microsoft and Apple are not the owners of. I'm especially interested in what Linux distributions people use but if you use another OS then please state it and tell me a bit about why you choose that operating system.

Other Discussion / Frider's on Fire!
« on: June 29, 2007, 09:40:07 am »
What do you think of my avatar? Frider the wave is smokin' hot. Don'tcha think? These beauty was drawn for me using the MSN drawing tool by our very own Klopestar. Give him a big round of applause for his excellent work.

So yeah, how would you guys rate Klope62's drawing skills?

Discussion / ZFGC Game Competition
« on: June 28, 2007, 09:25:33 am »
Who remembers the game competition that we had ages ago? Now, I'm talking about pre-GA here. Well Sol does and he's just located a copy that he downloaded of all the games that were entered. I know that quite a few members have joined the community since then as well as some never got the chance to play these in the first place.

Well, here they are :D

I personally recommend Octorock Conundrum ^_^

If you created one of these games then why not make a topic for it in the Completed Projects board? They are all completed games after all :P

There's 50MB of games here so I figured the best way to distribute them is a torrent. Everybody should have a torrent client. If they don't then I recommend uTorrent.

Download Torrent

Please keep seeding afterwards. That will ensure that everyone else can get the games just as fast - if not faster.

Sol edit: Should work now. Sorry guys :P

Sol edit: For those of you who insist on old-fashioned methods. Check here (thanks ZServ)

Entertainment / You're compensating for something
« on: June 27, 2007, 06:25:03 am »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2nvAFOk7x0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2nvAFOk7x0</a>

Yes, it's true. Everyone who drives fast is inadequate where it counts. Let that be a lesson to all of you. The Australians have the whole thing sussed. I know how fast you've all been driving lately and I'm going to tell the girls you like too.

Other Discussion / PC Requirements?
« on: June 24, 2007, 11:38:54 am »
I've been looking at videos of Compiz in action and I just thought, screw it. I was going to install XP on my desktop once I got around to buying the hardware and building it but now I really don't see why I should. I'll always have my laptop if I need to use Windows for something and then I can have my desktop PC running open source software.

I want to make full use of all the features in Compiz/Beryl so I'm wondering what hardware I should invest in. I want to build a powerful desktop that won't show annoying limitations in a year or two and that is supported by Compiz/Beryl. It's important that people realise I want to use dual-screens. Maybe around 3 matching LCDs.

Basically, when it comes down to selecting hardware I'm a complete newbie. I would like some help selecting hardware for the machine while maintaining an affordable price (not too sure what this is at the moment... whatever it is I'm going to work and save for like hell). I don't want cheap, negligent hardware. I want hardware that's going to suit me fine for quite some time to come. Basically everything I'll need for a nice desktop machine. If anyone could suggest some LCDs too that would be great.

Thanks ^_^

Other Discussion / BBC using Windows DRM?!
« on: June 24, 2007, 10:34:34 am »
Read Me: BBC's use of Windows DRM attacked by open source advocates

The UK's Open Source Consortium is quite right. This is disgraceful... DRM shouldn't be used, it's not like we won't be able to bypass it. BBC say they're going to provide something for Mac users? Well that isn't good enough. They're only going to support proprietary operating systems and they're using the tax payers money to do so.

I propose every member of this forum who lives in the UK write a letter of complaint to the BBC, Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading as the Open Source Consortium has done. With enough pressure they'll realise they can't do this.

Entertainment / Mark Your Spoilers!
« on: June 21, 2007, 05:04:37 pm »
It is common courtesy to include [Spoilers] at the start of your topic's title or before a post if it includes spoilers towards a game. Kleaver had a topic in this one's place before now but it only referenced Twilight Princess spoilers. With the imminent release of Phantom Hourglass I saw the need to expand this to cover the new release.

Here's how things are going to work. If your topic includes spoilers for a game I want you to add this to the start of the topic's subject. If I had a topic called "OoT Discussion" the topic would be changed to "[Spoilers: OoT] OoT Discussion". This way anyone who hasn't completed the game won't be shocked by spoilers when opening a topic.

If you didn't create the topic and are referencing spoilers in a specific post then please use a small font size such as 4 or lower. That way people won't come across your spoiler accidentally while reading through the topic.

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