Hello, everyone. I'm a Texan that is fascinated by anything Soviet and Stalker is my favorite series of games, bar none. With each new mod it becomes a new game. When I'm depressed, I play Stalker. When I'm bored, I play Stalker. When I'm happy, I'm playing Stalker. Thanks to kind and talented people like david.m.e. and the rest of the modders, I feel like I have a home here. None of this would be possible without this glorious set of games. Oh, the bio stuff? I'm a writer, three times divorced and happy being single. That's pretty much it. Favorite games are Stalker, Fallout 3, Dragon Age 1&2, Mass Effect, (only played the first), Far Cry 1&3, (hated 2), Divinity: The Dragon Knight Saga, Lost Odyssey, Red Faction Guerrilla, (playing Armageddon now), Deus Ex, (original and new one), The Suffering, (best horror since Silent Hill), Silent Hill 1,2 and 3. I love RPGs, I've played games like Morrowind and Oblivion. Skyrim didn't impress me.

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I read something, I forget where, that insinuated that "running through the streets of Pripyat, site of a terrible tragedy, shooting willy-nilly" pays a disservice to the lives lost there in the past.
I completely disagree. I feel that anyone that is a true Stalker fan knows and shows the utmost respect and sorrow at where we find ourselves. I haven't found anyone that plays this game as a COD-type of game, (not to disrespect COD), running around killing and whooping with glee. We know we are on sacred ground and it isn't somewhere we would necessarily choose to be, but we have a job to do.
My most anguished-over image/place is the Ferris Wheel at Pripyat. The carnival equipment was there for the upcoming May Day festivities and was set up but hadn't been used yet. The Chernobyl accident happened a couple of days before May Day. The government initially did nothing, hoping to keep it under wraps, (I assume), plus the Plant Manager didn't know how bad it actually was since all the instruments were fried.
As a result, three days passed before evacuations were begun. During that time the city decided to open up the rides to keep the children occupied. What no one realized until later was that radiation was being carried on the winds, meaning that any high place was getting the most rems.
Everyone that rode on that Ferris Wheel died. There was also a railroad bridge nearby that had a good view of the burning reactor and many people flocked there to see the "otherwordly, multi-colored" flames. Everyone on that bridge died and it is now called The Bridge Of Death.
I studied up on all this as a direct result of playing these games.
I have cried sometimes upon seeing pictures of Pripyat before the accident, (I have one posted, a parade) 
I take all of this seriously and I don't know of a true Stalker that does not.
We honor their memory by keeping the spirit of Pripyat alive in our hearts and minds.
And in our games.

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grazegrabber
grazegrabber Apr 10 2013, 12:46pm says:

Hello, firstly thanks for stating that spoiler alert for Bioshock, I'm going to be having a go at that soon, I just received it from play.com.
Anyhoo regarding the new NS attempt, they are probably zip files so you will need 7zip or winrar.
1. unzip to your HDD
2. copy all the extracted folders(if they extract to a folder called NS or some such go into those folders and copy all folders)to a gamedata folder in your SOC directory.
Or they may be DB(database)files in which case you should go to your SOC directory back up all the DB files. Then copy NS over and replace the original files.
If those instructions are as clear as mud, please don't hesitate to ask, lol.

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OnoSendai58
OnoSendai58 Apr 12 2013, 7:41pm replied:

Yeah, the torrent page didn't mention 7zip and Winrar didn't work for me. With 7zip I highlighted all the files and 7zip automatically started up and did it's job. Went like a breeze. Excellent mod, stable, beautiful, (check out the night sky) and killer music, too. The files turned into gamedata, bin, etc. Simple matter of copy/paste after that.
Now if I can figure out how to shrink the HUD...
Thank you for the reply, by the way. Much appreciated.

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OnoSendai58
OnoSendai58 Apr 10 2013, 8:21am says:

BIOSHOCK INFINITE

*SPOILERS FOR THE GAME, DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU'VE FINISHED IT!!*

Why am I posting about this game here? Because I'm about to play it and, thanks to the internet, I know what's going to happen. And I dread it. Why? Because in the game your character, Booker, gives his young daughter to slavers to pay off his gambling debts.
In real life, years ago, I signed away my rights to my only daughter when she was a baby because I was a miserable drunk at the time. My ex-wife had met and married a good man who wanted to adopt our daughter to raise as his own. I knew he would be the father I couldn't be at the time.
I still cry every Father's Day.
I have never looked forward to/dreaded playing a game before. This game is provoking conversations all over the world, you owe it to yourself to play it. Even if I dread it.

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OnoSendai58
OnoSendai58 Apr 3 2013, 2:13pm says:

Pripyat.com

The website for Pripyat. They have radiation readings at the city and the power plant, they also sell Pripyat t-shirts and are taking donations for a 3-D model of Pripyat.
Fascinating site.

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OnoSendai58
OnoSendai58 Apr 7 2013, 9:22pm replied:

Also Secret Trails 2.

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grazegrabber
grazegrabber Apr 9 2013, 7:58am replied:

Hello OnoSendai58, I was wondering how much difference you noticed regarding the power of the guns from the older build of ST2 to the more recent all in one. I found the all in one's guns over powered. And if you have found an easy fix. I tried to put the old gun settings over the newer ones but CTD was all I got.

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OnoSendai58
OnoSendai58 Apr 9 2013, 8:13am replied:

By the way, hello, my friend.

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OnoSendai58
OnoSendai58 Apr 9 2013, 8:13am replied:

A lot stronger, I thought I was suddenly a better player, lol. I don't mind because I have nerve damage in my hands and have to use a controller. Tell you what , go to david.m.e's page here, (in my friends' list), and ask him. The man knows everything about Stalker.

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grazegrabber
grazegrabber Apr 9 2013, 9:55am replied:

I thought they were. I too felt like king of the zone. I did start playing the older version long ago but glitches and a poor translation put an end to it. I did ask david, I totally agree he is so very helpful, it was he who said maybe dropping the older files over the top may work.
It is a very good mod so I may just have to spend time adjusting files. it's just finding the time.

Happy hunting S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

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OnoSendai58
OnoSendai58 Apr 9 2013, 11:30am replied:

Yeah, I tried it a year ago and could not get past a gamebreaking bug.
Happy Hunting, my friend.

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