SkaBob wrote: Forza (like Gran Turismo) is a bit punishing if you don't drive like a real race car driver, and that can be frustrating if that's not what you're looking for.
SkaBob wrote:I played a demo of Dirt 2...it was...OK? It's hard to make a bad rally game, really. Lots of interesting game modes and such, but there's only so much you can do when there's no real concern for GRIP in the game...I'd say, if you're more of a racing sim fan get Forza, if you're more of an arcade racer fan get Dirt... Not that Dirt is super arcadey... It's definitely got it's arcade racer moments, but Forza (like Gran Turismo) is a bit punishing if you don't drive like a real race car driver, and that can be frustrating if that's not what you're looking for.
Frank Delicious wrote:I couldn't really get into Forza because of this. I like my racing games to be a little on the unrealistic side so I can have fun just driving around but that is just me. My co-worker is loving Forza 3 right now.
some call me...tim? wrote:Mmm, damn, that's good info, but still a tough call. I like arcadey and realistic racing games. I liked Forza 1, and what I've played of #2 I've liked. I haven't gotten hardcore enough to take off traction control or switch to manual yet though. I did play one of the Colin McRae games once I think, and that was too realistic for me, too tough to be fun. Hmm...decisions, decisions.
BLURR wrote:Hey Tim...if you need a router, check out the D-Link Xtreme N Wireless-N Gigabit Gaming Router with 4-Port Switch. It is very handy to have even if you aren't a gamer. It allows you to prioritize your connection to different devices. So if you want to make your 360 use the most of your internet connection while somebody is on the computer, you can set it up so yo have 80% of your connection and the computer uses only 20%.
some call me...tim? wrote:BLURR wrote:Hey Tim...if you need a router, check out the D-Link Xtreme N Wireless-N Gigabit Gaming Router with 4-Port Switch. It is very handy to have even if you aren't a gamer. It allows you to prioritize your connection to different devices. So if you want to make your 360 use the most of your internet connection while somebody is on the computer, you can set it up so yo have 80% of your connection and the computer uses only 20%.
Phew, that does look like it'd do the job handily, but man, if I were to get it from Best Buy, it'd cost nearly as much as my console! (I only shop at Best Buy as a last resort, but still....) I was hoping for something like a $20 solution. I live alone so I don't think I have to worry about too much bandwidth between devices too much. I'm thinking of getting this router which is still a bit more than I was hoping to spend, but looks like it should do all I need, and relatively hassle free.
If you currently do not own a router that can be flashed, which one should you go for? Well typically the goon recommended router is the Buffalo WHR-HP-G54. We recommend this router because it's supported by virtually all firmwares and has great range using the built in antenna. This router is also relatively cheap at ~$55 dollars and can be found online or at Best Buy/Circuit City.
"But Calculon, my $180 D-Link EXTREME N router with a gigabit switch is rock solid even when torrenting 100 Linux Isos at once." Alright, but you spent a large amount of money on a router that many people do have stability problems with, using a un-finalized spec and that has a gigabit switch that can not actually be used at gigabit speeds. If it works fine for you then great, but this thread is meant for people who do not want to spend large amounts of money on a consumer router, and do want to use third-party firmwares.
Pros: Supports many, many devices, has a completly original interface, a shitload of customization options, and is updated regularly.
Cons: Depending on the device can present some weird stability issues.
Notes: DD-WRT has a micro version that can be installed on late model Linksys WRT54G devices with gimped memory.
Pros: Easy to use, completly original, intuitive interface, many customization options, great QOS, and helpful real time graphs.
Cons: Does not support the multitude of devices like DD-WRT, and does not have as many options.
Notes: This firmware does not yet support the Buffalo WHR-G125.
Pros: Extremely customizable, very stable, supports a plethora of devices.
Cons: Not for the faint of heart; OpenWRT by default is just a command driven firmware with a limited web interface. Install X-WRT for a better web interface.
Notes: This firmware may be better suited for someone with command line experience and who needs a more customized environment.
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