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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Rock n' Roll Frontman on: October 27, 2004, 06:57:33 PM
Well in terms of pure rock and roll, I gotta go with Morrison whipping it out in Florida.  The guy was a self indulgent tool, but certainly a great 'frontman'.  Musical ability not withstanding.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best Cast Ever in a Movie on: October 26, 2004, 06:10:49 PM
The answer is Twins.

Devito and Schwarzy.  'nuff said.

123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Dating] Frequency of calls early on? on: October 25, 2004, 07:59:07 PM
IME you've really got to go with your gut.  Each woman is different.  Younger girls tend to be more fickle and play more games.  Older women tend to appreciate the thoughtfulness a bit more, but take things more seriously.  

If you think she's not thinking about you, you are probably right.  Ideally what you will get is telephone reciprocity even early on.  You call, She calls, you call, she calls and so on.  If that doesn't show up, she's either seeing someone she likes better or she's super old-fashioned.  

I really think you can't go wrong just being straightforward and honest.  Treat her like a friend you are planning to meet up with and make the normal amount of contact for that.  I think it is in the man's interest to not get into lengthy phone conversations unless she initiates.  Even if it feels weird, it's important to make yourself in demand.  Always be nice, always be courteous, always be responsible, DON'T be easy.

my $0.02.

Good Luck.  I wish I was having this problem right now. slywink
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / If GG could be saved, would it be worth it? on: October 23, 2004, 01:29:53 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"

Your post has been reported.

125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Advice on buying a used car? on: October 22, 2004, 12:29:16 AM
If you are willing to consider smaller cars (you mention Ford Focus) you should consider the Honda Civic.  I'm an Accord driver myself but those civics are gonna be right in your range and almost as nice.  Hondas hold their value amazingly well.    

No I don't work for them.  No I don't sell cars.  :lol:
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wrong numbers on: October 20, 2004, 07:49:08 PM
I got the exact same collect call, Johnson County Correctional Facility,  like 8 times.  One Saturday it was at like 6am too.  Must be some bullshit scam.  Needless to say I never accepted the call to find out.  I'm relieved to hear that someone else got the same, at least its not just me.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Counterstrike:Source, is it safe to go in the water? on: October 20, 2004, 06:58:24 PM
The water is safe.   I've been playing nightly and the only unenjoyable experience I've had relates to unbalanced skill levels on the teams.  People need to take a responsibility on public servers to change teams when they are uneven and not stack the best players on one side, even if it means splitting up a clan.

Other than that little niggle, I find it more fun than CZ/1.6 and WAY prettier.  There are only about 9-10 maps right now (dust, dust2, aztec, piranesi, cobble, chateau, havana, office and italy ???) and only a single player model for each team, but these are not big issues.  

Personally unless people are abusing the voice channel for social discourse or TK'ing on a FF server, I don't find the community too annoying. This is still CS.  Plain and simple.  Like it or not, its the most popular online FPS ever and there is a good reason for it.

BTW:  I'm 'earbiter' say hi if you see me out there.  I'm usually on <50 Ping West Coast servers at night.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA questions of all sorts on: October 20, 2004, 01:57:28 AM
Not stupid at all.  I used this one:

It's a bit on the heavy side but it has a built in circuit breaker as well I believe, so you don't blow out your GBA.

If you are only visiting Western Europe, i.e. West of Czech Republic, South of Scandinavia then that should be all you need.  They have these ones with 6 different plug sets, but that's overkill IMO.  If for some odd and unlikely reason your hotel room doesn't have the right size plug you'll get it at the next stop.
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA questions of all sorts on: October 17, 2004, 08:15:21 PM
I took mine to Europe in May.  I didn't end up using it as much as I thought but it is GREAT for those first couple sleepless jetlagged nights.  On trains I find that I like meeting people from the surrounding area when possible.

For recharging, I bought an EU converter/transformer at Brookstone right before I left and brought it along.  I saved the box so I was able to return for a full refund on my return.  I won't be going back over there for at leats a year. This method should work well for you.  If you try to buy the converter over there you will probably get taken advantage of by the tourism industry.

Hope that helps.  Be sure to visit Amsterdam.

EDIT: just thought i'd mention that the best thing I did this trip was to not bring ANY toiletries except a toothbrush and toothpaste.  Those products may all be purchased in any city at reasonable prices, and you can throw them all away before returning home.  No risk of mess in your bags, and more room for toys and souvenirs.
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Road Rage on: October 17, 2004, 12:01:38 AM
Oh just reading about this stuff puts me on edge. The mind zotch seems like the funniest idea at least.  Any power that makes someone shit themselves is pretty funny to me though.  

Driving on the Southern California freeways is almost always the worst part of my day.  Why did you guys have to bring this up? Tongue
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Slightly unusual picture request (geek alert) on: October 16, 2004, 08:24:59 AM
I apologize for not meeting your request.  However I thought I'd say from personal experience at a friend's house that I find the stretch mildly disorienting for a short time but I find the brain adjusts.  It can be odd at times, but for those cases most of these TV's feature a FULL mode also, which will slightly trim the top and bottom to fill the whole screen.  This rarely eliminates anything valuable from the image and maintains the proper aspect ratio.

The main advantage to the TV at that dimension as I see it, is Widescreen DVD and High Definition Television.  Many would say that the superior performance in these media sufficiently outweighs the mild inconvenience of the other issue.
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Major PC Love today on: October 16, 2004, 08:15:56 AM
Incredibly considerate and an excellent business move.  Well Done.
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who Knew?: Pokemon is Fun on: October 16, 2004, 01:20:09 AM
Quote from: "Beer Goggles"
Quote from: "Thin_J"
This thread is evil.

You heard me. Evil.

I think everyone who posted should be banned.

You know the crazy part is six months ago I would have posted the same thing. Tongue

But I thought, "this franchise has been consistently succesful in every incarnation.  It can't be just kids playing it, they have no money."  I looked at reviews for them over a long period of time.  And finally there was a brand new release at an awesome price.  

It was money well spent.

Its a great game concept, and disturbingly addictive.  I do wish it had more action ala Megaman Battle Network but aside from the pace of the battles at times, one of the better GBA games in my Ziploc baggie of 20 or so.

So what if it was spawned by satan?

134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who Knew?: Pokemon is Fun on: October 15, 2004, 07:16:15 AM
I've actually had the same thoughts as Stardrifter and Ascendant above.

It's irritating not being able to remember what counter you need. In LG.FR there is this Pokedex that records what you know about each pokemon.  After you have the type recorded in there you should be able to view that in battle.  

And, I also agree that random starting Pokemon would improve replayability significantly.  Since its unlikely that I am gonna hang with any 8-12 year olds to trade or battle with the cart. will become way less attractive after once through. Obviously Charmander kicks Squirtle and Bulbosaur completely. =D

Someone kill me now.
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Counter-Strike? on: October 15, 2004, 07:09:02 AM
I was in the beta for its duration, though I haven't enlisted retail yet. Probably this weekend.

To answer a few of the above questions:

The recoil is distinctly different.  The game almost feels identical except the weapons are just different.  Not bad just not the same. As said above, pray and spray is pretty much finished except at point blank.  The weapons have to be used in a much more patient and deliberate manner.  This may contribute to the feeling of a slightly slower pace.  The models actually run at exactly the same speed as 1.6 AFAICT.  Oh and the grenades have finally become something that CANNOT be ignored.  I easily spent my first year at CS never buying a single nade and never really being bothered by others'.  Smoke and Flash have become so effective that you can't miss it.

In the beta there was rampant speed hacking on the non-secure servers.  I assume this has only been elaborated not squashed.  I would reccomend using the server filters by Geographical area, maxping, and cheat prevention.  I had much better experiences when I chose my server carefully, same as 1.6/CZ.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RTW: Factions and Units. on: October 15, 2004, 06:52:49 AM
I've really enjoyed a short campaign with Briton.  Somehow slaying the Gallic King in battle while pushing a two prong front through France was just sooooooo sweet.  Plus the Britons get Head-Hurlers.

Yes, if you haven't seen them, they hurl human heads.  Talk about a terror weapon.

British Light Chariot Archers are quite effective too.
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gone Gold ending, what I think no one realized... on: October 15, 2004, 06:23:03 AM
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who Knew?: Pokemon is Fun on: October 14, 2004, 07:17:53 AM
Well, I guess this is something of a confessional.  I'm 29 and a business professional, who finds himself playing LeafGreen in the Souplantation on lunch breaks, or lying down in the dark at night for bedtime. (Gotta love that SP)

I'm sure at times I must have publicly shunned the entire franchise for its invasive kiddie consumerism (Chin-poko-mon?).  I never gave it a chance.  I figured for $25 with the free wireless adapter I may as well try a remake of a classic.  

Fawk.  I can't wait to figure out how to evolve my Pikachu.  How absurd.  Anyone else with this (not-so) private shame?
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Question about Gameboy Color Cartridges on: October 14, 2004, 07:09:30 AM
I bought a preowned GBC MarioGolf recently at my local GameSlob and it wouldn't hold a save.  They DID accept the return, but I presume the jerks just resold it depsite its essentially useless state.  The cart was at least 5 years old.  1st and only time I've actually seen that happen, but it certainly brought to my mind the same concerns you've expressed.
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Skinny on Rich (and Gonegold somewhat) SEE 1ST POST EDIT on: October 14, 2004, 06:58:22 AM
Well, not much to say that hasn't been said.  I found GG 3-4 years ago, probably through a link on majorgeeks or 3dspotlight (now techspot) Rich's updates really drew me in.  Eventually like all of you the forums took over.  I'm happy we had the chance to get to know Bill the last couple of years though.

I'm interested to see what happens next, and would gladly contribute a slice of my gaming budget to reviving the community if need be.  Its hard to explain but the vastness of the internet seems somehow emptier and more boring than last week.  I find myself staring at the about:blank page wishing I had a really active forum of mature gamers to go visit and read.  And then I hit the old URL just to be sure its gone. still.

Rich La Porte I salute you and what you have done for gamers.  My only wish is that abandoning the site may speed your recovery.

GG Forums was the finest community on the web, (well with the notable exception of a certain game developer who shall not be summoned to sully this occaison) and I am deeply sad to see it go.  But perhaps Blackhawk & Co. mean business and this is in fact not the end, but a new beginning.

Game On.
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