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8401  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gone. on: October 06, 2008, 11:20:15 PM
as i surreptitiously posted in lidrgn's thread, my stepfather was in failing health the last few years and had recently degraded the last two months due to COPD.  partially from smoking, but primarily done in by an incident a few years ago which led to stomach acid being inhaled during his sleep.  that did more damage then the smoking and reduced his lung capacity to less than a third total.  well, he passed on about a week and a half ago, the same day as paul newman did, in fact.  he wanted to go home to die and be among his family before he did.  about 20 minutes after saying goodbye to his sister, he went to sleep and slipped away. 

i haven't mentioned it as i really haven't stopped long enough to feel anything about it.  that's partly why i have posted in other places as it let my mind segment a little.  reading rickfc's post brought this to the surface, so here it is. 

he was 59.  RIP Mr Magoo (his net name from ghost recon and every fps, racing, and every other online site he visited)
8402  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Long Absence on: October 06, 2008, 11:06:17 PM
i am sorry for your loss rick.  i know that hanging around here and shooting the news with whatever random topic i chanced upon has helped me, so i know it will help you to be around people here, in as much as that applies to internet forum posters.  hell, i haven't even posted my own version of this topic as i really didn't know what to say.  it seems easier this way and i hope you don't mind the slight derail as i did earlier. 

he had a long life and looked like a happy person to be around.  we can only hope for so much in life and he looks like he had a good one. 
8403  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [10/11/08] Arizona Welcome Home Party for our Favorite One-Eyed Asian Pirate... on: October 06, 2008, 10:58:05 PM
considering that i will be driving home at that time, i will ablige and be the designated non-drinker at the party (in spirit)
8404  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 06, 2008, 10:48:22 PM
official fake cover
8405  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 10/7 - the early edition on: October 06, 2008, 07:22:40 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 06, 2008, 06:34:51 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on October 06, 2008, 03:30:24 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 06, 2008, 02:26:50 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on October 06, 2008, 04:47:51 AM

New Blu-Ray releases:

Sleeping Beauty: Platinum Edition (3-disc)
With how much new BR releases tend to be ($25 range give or take, for a single disc), that's gotta be one expensive release.
$24 on amazon, if I'm looking at the right thing. 2 disc blu-ray plus the DVD

Wow. I'm impressed. I just might have to grab it then at that price.

i would too, but i already have the dvd for the daughter (3 y/oas of wednesday?!)
8406  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Palin opens mouth, useless comes out. on: October 06, 2008, 06:50:24 PM
the republican party needs to put a muzzle on her stat or she'll completely F everything up for them. 

the dems need to resolve this from their side and then take the high road. 

what a depressing year it is turning in to.
8407  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So... what do you think about the stock market today? on: October 06, 2008, 06:30:43 PM
damn.  i pulled up a ticker when i opened this page and it dropped over 60 points by the time i posted this.
9,599.63   -725.75   (-7.03%)

and back up, slightly
9,610.70   -714.68   (-6.92%)

that bailout really helped didn't it :rolls eyes

any expectations for end of week?  should we gamble our pennies on this?
8408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SPORE Impressions on: October 06, 2008, 06:16:46 PM
played in bits and made it to the space stage last week with a wholly belligerent race of dog-mouthed dragons who fly around in their viper VII trying to scrape together an existence next to a hippy race of bears and a grade A asshole race of something my dog pooped out.  why are they pissed at me?  i guess i ignored their requests for a handout one too many times and they really needed the money to fund a nigerian church or something.  both races seem to have a never ending supply of planetary semen as their colonies dot every system within three jumps reach from my home system. 

i have a weed trade with the hippies as i thought it would bring in the dope money, but all it does is make it possible for me to get a "really good deal" to buy it from them for all of the money i have.  turns out, the hippies are really pyramid schemers with an amway franchise.  they make the 419'er race look like amateurs.  they don't pack much into their ships however.  the one ally ship i could take with me blows up as soon as the enemy radar tracks it.

i hadn't saved in a bit, and after an hour or so, the A-holes declared war on me and proceeded to take 2 of my 4 colonies as i hadn't been able to get from one colony to the next and kill 8 heavily armed and health regenerating enemies with my pee shooter and complimentary missile gift (next best weapon costs almost as much as the hippie's cheapest bid price)  while they swarmed my one city and gave it a heavy kick to the groin.  after i finally respawned after getting shivved myself, i found that they had set up shop in my old city and were using my people to fly the grapes into what passed for their mouth.  oh yeah, and my more established colony was also gone too.  hoo-freaking-ray for me.  i went back with a vengeance and kicked them off my planet and found i couldn't make the other city surrender, so i had to raze it.  i got 14k from that and needed to spend 97k to restart my own colony.  that 97k is from the hippy race, not my own, btw.  they can help me seed the universe cheaper than i can.  am i missing something, or is the game now favoring another race to win? 

after losing half of my systems with no way to repopulate them and an enemy race who then attacked both my two colonies at the same time, i quit spore. 

maybe this whole limited install deal aint so bad after all.
8409  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/6) on: October 06, 2008, 05:39:28 PM
yup.  out of 18, i am day one with 4, highly likely to get 5 others

out of 9, only two are not sequels. 

thankfully, nothing this week. 
8410  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: BIA: HH for 360 - 39.90. 48hr madness. on: October 03, 2008, 10:10:56 PM

Quote from: mikeg on October 03, 2008, 10:07:10 PM

I saw that price yesterday but I cannot get myself to spend more than $30 for it.  Close but no cigar.

pretty much the same except i would probably shelve it until some time next year for this years big games, so i might as well wait and spend the $ elsewhere.
8411  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: October 03, 2008, 08:44:53 PM
+1 to frost for fast payment
8412  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here's a picture of bacon taped to a cat. on: October 03, 2008, 07:30:41 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on October 03, 2008, 07:21:27 PM

sadly, i have neither a cat nor a dog.  i do have a 3 y/o and a 7 month old though....

The 3 year old would think it was funny, and we can't have the tapee fully cognizant of the amusement factor. The 7-month old would definitely work though. A baby with something like a Fig Newton taped to its head could provide some entertainment.

it would work.  he always seems to have some item of food stuck in his hair.  he'd probably get a kick out of it.

recently, he's had a number of things on his head, many in fact placed by the 3 y/o:

his pants, sometimes with his head stuck in them
a metal mixing bowl
any concave shaped toys
backpacks, with or without books, crayons, stuffed animals, etc.
his food bowl
her food bowl
diapers (clean, thank god)
8413  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here's a picture of bacon taped to a cat. on: October 03, 2008, 07:24:36 PM

Quote from: mytocles on October 03, 2008, 07:06:46 PM

And, Caine, I'm old enough to remember when "regular" tape, ie not duct tape, was called Cellophane Tape. I'm sure that's what Metal is referring to.  But with that avatar of his, mmmm, mebbe not!  Unless, of course, you already knew what he meant, then uh, nvm! icon_lol

i don't think it's been called that around here for some time, but FotC brought the term back for me at least.  
8414  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here's a picture of bacon taped to a cat. on: October 03, 2008, 06:13:23 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 03, 2008, 06:04:48 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on October 03, 2008, 06:01:25 PM

I think we should hold a contest to see who can top this picture utilizing tape, an object, and their own cat.

okay...who has a dog AND a cat..that would frikkin' great!!!(prolly only a small dog would work,and try and 'wrap' the sellotape around the both of them)

sadly, i have neither a cat nor a dog.  i do have a 3 y/o and a 7 month old though....

and what's this "sellotape" stuff you keep talking about?  slywink
8415  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 2 LE gets the nerf bat on: October 03, 2008, 05:36:01 PM
i held the order open for a couple of days thinking that amazon would change the price down to match the same deal they had before, but nothing has happened other than them adjusting the full price down.  sorry amazon, but 6 dollar shipping plus tax puts your 3 dollar "sale" into the red. 
8416  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / BIA: HH for 360 - 39.90. 48hr madness. on: October 02, 2008, 11:27:51 PM
get it quick.  good for another 128hrs.  not sure how they figure the 48hr deal, but whatever.  they also have frontline for the 360 for 19.90.

if you want it, get it now as they often run out of the big deal games.

also this time are a bunch of gaming mice and some at real discounts.  one sandio retails for $80 is down to $10.  one review makes it sound pretty good, so i might grab this as a good backup to my wireless ms laser
8417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] War World Demo Impressions - Hands down the Worst Ever on: October 02, 2008, 09:02:02 PM
is this the same as the pc game from years back?  i remember that kobra really bought into the whole thing and tried to get people to buy into it.  the demo for that one was almost as bad.  the biggest problem i had was it didn't seem like a real game, just one of those small time korean developed online games trying to capture any part of the starcraft market.  pretty unpolished and much too twitchy.  i don't think i played more than 2 rounds before i deleted that one.
8418  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destroy All Humans!: Path of the Furon on: October 02, 2008, 08:58:47 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on October 02, 2008, 07:46:01 PM

Rise from the dead - thread.

I love these games.  But this just clinches the day 1 purchase for me:

The Crypto Bobblehead with pre-orders from Gamestop!!!  Game comes out around Thanksgiving/early December.

i need to find some good previews before i go in on this one.  if it's just MotS, i may sit this one out.
8419  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Press Conference (DSi, Mario & Luigi 3) on: October 02, 2008, 07:43:01 PM
i would assume that this new version has some built in preventions against hacking.  not that it matters, as it basically only adds a small camera on top of a homebrewed ds.  big yawn. 

this should have had vc capability in it.  that would have been a difference.  did they add a built in net browser or do you still need to fork over $ for the hard to find opera card?
8420  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: October 02, 2008, 07:34:48 PM
+1 to Kratz, Kestrel and Ridah for fast payment by all.
8421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Max Payne 3 on: October 01, 2008, 11:42:23 PM
well, the atmosphere in the warriors was pretty well done, imo.  very drab and depressing, and it really made the slums feel like the slums and not just a color scheme applied to a pretty place.  plus, it had some interesting mechanics to H2H fighting.  never really made it far enough to see if guns were involved, but i don't recall anything about them being in game, which makes a gun-centric max payne a bit of an odd choice for dev/game. 
8422  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man BD issues? on: October 01, 2008, 10:28:18 PM
great, even ps3 movies need an "install" to work  finger

hopefully this gets the studios to realize this before the next big bd live release hits the shelf or it's going to end up making people believe it's a problem with blu ray. 

that first comment is tongue in cheek if you didn't catch it.
8423  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: October 01, 2008, 10:21:48 PM
very accurate.  light on the funny, but it perfectly captures the frustrations many people had with the game.  even though i enjoyed it, i really wish they had worked on a number of things, all of which he mentions. 

boy, that last line is scathing though.  i got a feeling this one really pissed him off rather than just annoyed him.
8424  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 2 LE gets the nerf bat on: October 01, 2008, 09:32:18 PM
thanks for the update.  wow, that's pretty disappointing. 
8425  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man BD issues? on: October 01, 2008, 03:38:11 AM
expect any trouble returning this if it's unplayable?  i expect the worst from best buy's worst clerks.
8426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / so long C&C Tiberium :( on: October 01, 2008, 03:15:58 AM
despite having a well established reputation for releasing less-than-stellar games, EA has canned the promising fps for quality issues.  nuts to us i guess.

linky for the adventurous

"The game was not on track to meet the high quality standards set by the team and by the EA Games Label. A lower-quality game is not in the best interest of the consumers and would not succeed in this market."

much of the team is gone as well.  too bad, it could have been good.
8427  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: AFI Top 100 Movie Challenge on: September 30, 2008, 09:39:23 PM
interesting that many of the films i saw in a film appreciation class in college are not on the list.  most of the big ones were though (citizen kane, for instance) 

35 total though, so i need to catch up on some of the noticeable entries.
8428  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The mystery. on: September 30, 2008, 09:20:50 PM
that must mean he just got them installed, perhaps they were fresh out of nipples at the conversion clinic?  did they already take the "package downstairs" or were you too busy checking out his fake boobs to notice?  either way, it must be a lot closer to the day he can finally become the woman he always knew he was.  you should support his/her gender choice and be a good friend. 
8429  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: PC game sale on: September 30, 2008, 01:30:57 AM

Quote from: frost on September 29, 2008, 05:05:55 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 28, 2008, 04:40:09 AM

NFS: Underground

Am I reading this correctly?  you're only charging shipping for these games that don't have a price next to them?  If that's the case, I'll take these two, yo.

that's the case
8430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Colonization! on: September 29, 2008, 03:44:24 AM
ouch, that's pretty much sealed the wallet on this one for a bit.  i had this in my hands on friday and hesitated for some unspecific reason.  knowing that i would have given it only a short amount of time + your post makes it easy to put this on the back burner for a while. 

still, it's sad to have expectations go awry like that.  i have hope they patch this up a bit, as i really want to get into this some day.
8431  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Anyone Interested in BattleTech Novels? on: September 29, 2008, 02:35:06 AM
wow.  i have quite a few of those myself.  sadly, i think i am in the same boat calvin.  no time to reread them.

i also have the 14 volume vampire the masquerade clan wars books. 
8432  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / PC game sale on: September 28, 2008, 04:40:09 AM
i have a number of games to sell. not looking for any trades right now, paypal preferred. all prices set comparable to amazon and weighted against my need to get rid of them.

all complete in box used, unless otherwise noted.  quantities listed in parenthesis. 

shipping only ~2 per for reference.  let me know what your zip is when you pm me and i can figure out the amount.  also, i can dump the boxes if you really want them cheap.
battlefield 2
Joint Ops               (3)
Joint Ops:Escalation (3)
Toca Race Driver 2
NFS:Hot Pursuit 2
NFS: Underground (2)
NFS: Porsche Unleashed (3)
Lock On: Modern Air Combat(sold)
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004
Jane's F-15
Battlefield: Vietnam
Battlefield: 1942
Battlefield: 1942: Road to Rome
Soldier of Fortune 2 (found the box)
Starfleet Command 1 Gold (pending)
Combat Flight Sim 1
Call of Duty 1
AOE 1+exp (2)

shipping included.
5   Doom 3 (pending)
3   Doom 3 Resurrection (sealed)
10   Falcon 4 allied force
10   COH:  GOTY
3   No One Lives Forever (sealed)
3   No One Lives Forever 2 (sealed)
25   Call of Duty 4 (sold)
10   Microsoft Flight Simulator X Deluxe (sold)
5   F.E.A.R. Director's Edition
5   Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2(sold)
5   TOCA RACE DRIVER 3(sold)
10   The Command and Conquer Collection (C&C 2 +exp, Red Alert 2+exp, Renegade)(pending)

make offer - NASCAR Racing 2003 Season (can someone explain why this fetches up to $150 used?!)

no box for these ones.

shipping only.  manuals when listed
1nsane - manual
4x4 Evo(sold)
4x4 Evo 2(sold)
AOE 2 - manual
AOE 2: Conquerors
IL2 (sold)
SoF 1 - manual
Combat Flight Sim 2 (pending)
Combat Flight Sim 3 w/Guide(pending)
Flight Sim 2000 - manual
Flight Sim 2002 - quick start guide
Ghost Recon + Island Thunder + Desert Siege - manual (GR only)
Links 2001 - manual
Mechwarrior 3 - reference card
Midtown Madness
Moto GP 2
Nascar 4 - manual
NFS: Hot Pursuit - manual
Rallisport Challenge
Soldier of Fortune - manual
Viper Racing - manual
Warcraft 2 +Expansion

more to come.

random hardware.
shipping only - sb Live card with 5 1/4 drive bay "Live Drive"  (headphone/mic/midi) jacks on the front.
75 Momo leather racing wheel + pedals
70 Saitek X52 joystick + throttle
35 Nostromo N52 speedpad (2)
8433  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Can I borrow your copy of Vista? on: September 27, 2008, 10:47:14 PM

Quote from: Ridah on September 27, 2008, 07:02:42 AM

Quote from: Caine on September 27, 2008, 04:43:08 AM

i would be ok to burn a copy for you.  without the serial key, it's just a "useless blank" cd. 

I have a serial key, if you could burn me a copy that would be awesome =)

no problem.  send me your details and i will get you a disc out this week.
8434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 27, 2008, 10:35:59 PM

Quote from: Jancelot on September 27, 2008, 09:35:40 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 24, 2008, 05:58:36 PM

going back through the game the second time with all your powers, combos, and attributes is wicked fun.  just wish it was possible to go through that way on the harder difficulty and get the credit for it.

Um, do you start a new game with all of your existing powers?!?!  When I hit New it started me over with nothing to my name.  What the heck did I miss?  Oh, and let me throw in a pre-emptive  icon_redface

load the savegame of your last playthrough.  i was kind of annoyed too as it starts you out at the beginning and i got the impression that it had only saved my progress there.  turns out you can select any level once you load that save.  everything you have unlocked/found/upgraded will be there and you can keep upgrading everything by playing through again.  also, any found holocrons will not respawn, and are already  counted, so anything you find will be the leftovers.  it would be perfect if you could up the difficulty as i hoped, but it is massively enjoyable as it is.
8435  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Can I borrow your copy of Vista? on: September 27, 2008, 04:43:08 AM
i would be ok to burn a copy for you.  without the serial key, it's just a "useless blank" cd. 
8436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Farcry 2 thread on: September 25, 2008, 05:51:39 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 25, 2008, 03:52:29 AM

5 hours with far Cry 2.

My only WTF? about the article:

Save points can be found across the map, but they're thinly spread. Find yourself on the losing end of a gunfight and you could be pushed back to some thirty minutes beforehand. Without a checkpoint system to ease the passage between save points, the game can at times descend into a brutal slog. We've been assured that the final code will address these issues, and it's vital that it does as, in the code we were witness to, the fault was close to game-breaking.

they had damn well put Save Anywhere in the PC version!  I remember someone hacked the first one to put it in and eventually it was done via patch, but after the outcry from that they should have learned their lesson.

damn that's stupid.  having a hackneyed method of saving based on using a telephone/pc/unmovable journal is annoying, and more so in a game promising open ended freedom.  it was ok through most of far cry on normal because of the way the levels were designed.  plus, this isn't a horror game, so the whole threat of reloading is aggravating instead of enhancing the mood.
8437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox - Dead Space limited edition. $150 on: September 25, 2008, 05:46:03 PM
ea shows it knows just as much about cool CE's as it does about handling mmorpgs.   finger
8438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamefly kind of sucks on: September 25, 2008, 05:43:01 PM
i've had decent luck with them, and on average, get the game i have on the top of the list half the time.  got SW:FU the week it released, as well as alone in the dark and bourne conspiracy.  of course, i have had yakuza on there for a while, and even showing high availability, not shipped in favor of a game ~5 off the top. 

one thing that helps is to get the games you want before release on your list asap.  it seems they weight that fact against everybody else who wanted it later on.  each time i got the game on release week, i had sent back 1 on thursday/friday.  that's mainly because i don't seem to get the fast shipment thing any more. 

i look at it this way, i have played a bunch of games i would probably not bought, a number of games i would have been regretted buying, and a few that i would have bought and actually been satisfied keeping.  overall, it has been a good experience, even though it has been pretty crappy in the past at times.
8439  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I asked for a little off the top, and they took the whole thing. on: September 25, 2008, 12:24:36 AM
a kentucky man went in for a simple circumcision and came out a eunuch.

doctor claims that he found cancer and took the whole thing off, seemingly of his own volition, as the man was fairly certain he did not want his manhood reduced to that of a newborn baby. 

overheard by america's watercooler:  "Dayyyuuuummm"  america then proceeded to shrivel up like as though doused with a bucket of ice water.
8440  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do I turn in my man card? on: September 24, 2008, 06:13:53 PM
"i'd rent that"?

that's priceless man.  really, good work there. 

as for SitC,

'nuff said.  i wouldn't F it with ceekay's dick.
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