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10721  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My issues with... on: October 27, 2006, 05:37:38 PM
There are different levels of addiction, though.  In the example you cited, I think anyone would agree that your BIL has a serious problem.    If he refuses to see it as a problem, then he does deserve some measure of contempt.  However, I think it would be more contempt for his stubborness/willfull ignorance of his family's well-being rather than contempt simply because he's addicted.  One doesn't always come with the other.

In my case, I was/am addicted to chewing tobacco.   I haven't hurt anyone else with my addiction.  I haven't yet had any health problems due to my addiction.  It was actually a very relaxing habit that I quite enjoyed.  However, I'm quitting simply because I wanted to save a few $$ each month and I knew that it eventually may lead to some health issues.  What about that sort addiction would deserve to be "looked down on"?

Not trying to troll here, I'm honestly just curious as to the reasoning.
10722  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 27/Oct/06 on: October 27, 2006, 04:50:04 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on October 27, 2006, 04:32:23 PM

Going downstairs now to pound out another member...

Dude, there are a few things we just don't need to know about you.   icon_wink
10723  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My issues with... on: October 27, 2006, 02:45:14 PM

Quote from: Kobra on October 27, 2006, 02:21:11 PM

Quote
nicotine activates reward pathways—the brain circuitry that regulates feelings of pleasure.
And World of Warcraft doesn't stimulate the same fucking receptors?

I knew someone would start googling up a bunch of shit MISSING the point.. The point is, REGARDLESS of the composition of the addiction, I have contempt because I feel *YOU* can overcome an addiction by using your noggin.  The very act of writing off an addiction as something "Uncontrollable and Insurmountable" is nothing more than surrender to the addiction itself.  People need to stop making excuses, and take responsibility for this.

I don't disagree that some of any addiction (be it cigarettes, WoW, or whatever) is mental, but for you to say that there is nothing chemically addicting about nicotine is flat out incorrect.  Hence the links.

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Of course this is well out of my field, I am just stating that is my personal opinion on all of it. I think addictive people are weak, and I have contempt for them.

 saywhat  To each their own, I suppose.  I've been addicted to a number of different things in my life, some of which were very chemical addictions and some of which were completely mental.   Some of them I've kicked, some are in the process of being kicked, and some I haven't.  It's so comforting to know that there's people like Kobra to look down on me for being 'weak'.
10724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy sales chart comparison on: October 27, 2006, 02:16:45 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 27, 2006, 01:24:12 PM

A DS remake would be interesting though.  I don't see a PSP remake happening considering the relative weakness of the PSP to the DS in Japan. 

At this point, I'll take Final Fantasy anything for the DS.  FF III can't get here soon enough.  What I would really kill for is a FF Tactics sequel (or remake) on the DS.  Man, that would be sweet.
10725  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My issues with... on: October 27, 2006, 02:14:10 PM

Quote from: Kobra on October 27, 2006, 01:42:51 PM

I have found nothing addictive in the chemical makeup of Cigarettes that isn't anymore addicting than eating a candy bar for example.  Or perhaps a cup of coffee. I just think the reason people get addicted is because they have addictive personalities that they can't overcome.

The National Institute of Health and American Heart Association (among a million others) would disagree with you.

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Research has shown how nicotine acts on the brain to produce a number of effects. Of primary importance to its addictive nature are findings that nicotine activates reward pathways—the brain circuitry that regulates feelings of pleasure. A key brain chemical involved in mediating the desire to consume drugs is the neurotransmitter dopamine, and research has shown that nicotine increases levels of dopamine in the reward circuits. This reaction is similar to that seen with other drugs of abuse, and is thought to underlie the pleasurable sensations experienced by many smokers9. Nicotine’s pharmacokinetic properties also enhance its abuse potential. Cigarette smoking produces a rapid distribution of nicotine to the brain, with drug levels peaking within 10 seconds of inhalation9. However, the acute effects of nicotine dissipate in a few minutes, as do the associated feelings of reward, which causes the smoker to continue dosing to maintain the drug’s pleasurable effects and prevent withdrawal.

Nicotine withdrawal symptoms include irritability, craving, cognitive and attentional deficits, sleep disturbances, and increased appetite. These symptoms may begin within a few hours after the last cigarette, quickly driving people back to tobacco use. Symptoms peak within the first few days of smoking cessation and may subside within a few weeks12. For some people, however, symptoms may persist for months.
10726  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My issues with... on: October 27, 2006, 01:32:15 PM
I feel your pain.  I recently quit chewing tobacco, and it's been very difficult.  One thing that helped is when someone over at OO told me that the cravings only last 7 minutes.  Whenever you get a craving for a cig (or in my case, a chaw), look at the clock and tell yourself that if you're still craving one in 7 minutes you can have it.  I've found that 99% of the time, the craving is gone when the time is up.   I'll also give a +1 to what Blackadar said.  Find ways to not be around smoke.  Throw away everything that will enable you to smoke (lighters, ashtrays, etc.).  Start paying for gas at the pump so you don't have to go into the store.  Steer clear of bars for a few weeks.  Try not to put yourself in situations where you're around smoke and it will be much easier.

Here's something that's worked for me.  It takes 21 days to make or break a habit, so set a goal of 3 weeks without a cig.  Plan on buying yourself a new game or going to a nice dinner when you succeed.  If you can, make yourself accountable to someone else.  Tell them that you're trying to quit and have them keep check up on your progress.  (hell, we'll bug you if no one else will.   Tongue)  And don't give up if you slip up and have a cig.  A moment of weakness is no reason to quit trying.

My 3 week no-chew mark is coming up on Monday, and I have to admit that I'm more than a little bit proud that I've been able to do it.  I've scheduled a day off of work to play NWN2 & FF XII as my reward.  smile   You're doing the right thing and most of us know how tough it is.
10727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy sales chart comparison on: October 27, 2006, 01:13:06 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 27, 2006, 05:29:35 AM

see,if number 7 has sold so well...wouldnt it be BAD business...NOT to do a remake/updated version for current next gen?(or maybe toned down version for DS)

Despite Square's repeated denials, I would be very, very surprised if we didn't eventually see a FFVII remake for one of this hardware gen systems.  Hell, it would practically give them the license to print money, so why wouldn't they do it?  I do wonder, however, if they're waiting to do one until they see how the hardware wars shake out.  If the PS3 actually ends up as gloom and doom as some are predicting, maybe we'll see the remake on the PSP or DS instead.
10728  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: October 27, 2006, 02:07:49 AM
Sheesh, I had forgotten how had Ghouls & Ghosts is.  Brutal!
10729  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: October 27, 2006, 01:25:02 AM
This week's update:

-  The first 3 Castlevania games
-  Contra
-  Super Contra
-  Silent Hill 2
-  Vampire Savior
-  Ghosts & Goblins
-  Ghouls & Ghosts
-  Serious Sam 2 (last weeks was actually SS:  The Second Encounter.  My bad.)
-  MDK

Damn good stuff that should keep me busy through the weekend.  And as hammered as they are right now, it might take through the weekend to get them downloaded!  (there's a 45 minute DL time for Contra right now) 
10730  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack Thompson, Contempt? on: October 27, 2006, 12:48:44 AM
Just in case anyone's interested, a video of Jack's contempt hearing is here.
10731  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 27, 2006, 12:40:25 AM




Um, ouch!!

10732  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Series on: October 26, 2006, 09:33:49 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on October 26, 2006, 08:46:50 PM

Quote from: depward on October 26, 2006, 06:53:44 PM

Not to offend, but good lord is this world series the worst I've seen.  Both Colin Cowherd and Jim Rome agree.

Well there is your problem right there.....Jim Rome....... icon_biggrin


Damn, beat me to it.  How Rome keeps a radio gig is beyond me.  I haven't listened to him in years, but let me see if I can guess his "take" on the series:

Listen up clones,




(ridiculously long pause)




You heard it here first




(longer pause, rustle papers)





the World Series






(pause, pause, rustle, rustle)





is gonna be wack.  I'm out!
10733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy sales chart comparison on: October 26, 2006, 06:10:07 PM
Yup.

EDIT:  Duh, just realized I goofed the original post.  It's been corrected.
10734  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy sales chart comparison on: October 26, 2006, 06:00:47 PM
I came across this link and found it rather interesting.  I have no idea how accurate it is (or even what language it's in), but it looks pretty feasible.  Oh,

Japonya Satışları = Japanese Sales
Diğer Ülkeler = Other countries
Toplam Satış Rakamı = Total Sales
Çıkarılmadı = Not released

The fact that FFVII sold nearly 10 million copies blows my mind.  Even at an average price of $30 (not sure what the percentage of original vs. GH is, so let's go with $30), that's $300 million dollars from a single game.  I guess I just never realized what a huge hit it really was.  I know it's probably the most accessible game in the series and was a technical wonder at the time, but RPG's are usually not a mass-market type of game.  I'm also curious how that compares to some of the other heavy hitters in the gaming market (i.e. Madden, Halo, GTA, etc.)

I'll be very interested to see how XII ends up.  I'm hugely excited for it, but the real time system is certainly going to be a radical change in the series.  It's something I'm very skeptical of, but I'm sure it will be implemented well.
10735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: October 26, 2006, 01:32:46 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on October 24, 2006, 07:53:17 PM

I'm sure alot of you have seen this already, but if not, this video shows off some of the character creation/gameplay.

Personally, I think I like the indoor areas more than the outdoor areas from the crappy videos I have seen so far.  Maybe the real version on my monitor will have me thinking differently, and it's possible other games have spoiled me with outdoor-type graphics.  Actually, I like the looks of the indoor stuff quite a bit though.

YouTube Video - Approx. 6 mins. long

This is one of the few games that I think actually looks far better in motion than it does in static screenshots.  The few in-game movies I've seen actually look rather impressive, while the still shots all seem very dull.  It's still not going to win any graphics awards, but most of my initial "Wow, this looks like complete ass" fears have been eliminated.
10736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lik-Sang is dead thanks to Sony on: October 25, 2006, 02:36:55 PM
I'd be interested to see a third party report on this situation.  I'm certainly not saying I can't see Sony doing this, but for all we know, Lik Sang could have been drowning anyways and decided to blame it on Sony instead of admitting that they were just going under. 
10737  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack Thompson, Contempt? on: October 24, 2006, 03:29:13 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on October 24, 2006, 02:23:46 PM

I'd love to see this idiot lose his law license so he can do less damage to the video game industry (he's obviously on a personal crusade based off his pure hatred for video games) but honestly I don't see a whole lot coming from this. Did you read his smart ass comments in response to Take Two?
Ah well.. I'm not going to read too much into it because this guy's BS rhetoric just stresses me out.  icon_biggrin

Actually, I'd love to see him keep doing exactly what he's doing.  He makes himself look like more of an idiot every single day, and keeps losing what little credibility he had to start with.  He's really the best anti-gaming crusader we as gamers could have hoped for.   Most people think he's nuts, anyone who does even the smallest amount of research can see right through his propaganda, and with the hundreds of developers and publishers, he only goes after one company (Rockstar).  I'd much rather have this nonsensical lunatic attacking the game industry (and constantly losing) than someone who is less crazy and knows how to hit where it might actually hurt.

Hell, Jack has basically become Rockstar's biggest promotional tool, and I'm sure his demented ranting and raving is helping to sell far more games than it's preventing. 
10738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: October 24, 2006, 03:19:43 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on October 24, 2006, 01:42:06 PM

Boys and Girls:

Thoughts on the graphics based on these screens?



Honestly, I still think they look pretty bad.  Actually, "bad" is probably the wrong word.  They just look very dated.  They look like something I would have expected to see a year or two ago, not from a new game with such hefty system requirements.

However, the more I hear about the story and gameplay, the less a concern the graphics become.  If the story is as good as is rumored, graphics could look like the original NWN and I'd still enjoy it.
10739  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/23) on: October 23, 2006, 01:54:33 PM
Nada for me.  Next week's going to be brutal, though.
10740  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 23/Oct/06 on: October 23, 2006, 01:53:01 PM
Put about 4 hours into Titan Quest and am on the last stretch in Egypt.  I might actually push through and try to finish it this week.  I also started Planescape Torment on Gametap.  Damn 2nd Edition rules are screwing me all up.  What was THAC0 again...?  slywink
10741  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [blog] What I learned last night on: October 23, 2006, 12:03:30 PM
I can't help but wonder if the boyfriend is as into this 'open' relationship as she seems to be.  May want to tread carefully there.
10742  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: October 23, 2006, 11:58:02 AM

Quote from: Xmann on October 23, 2006, 03:43:02 AM

The system requirements just reminds me why i'm giving up pc gaming.  Having to upgrade 2 times a year for games is just flat out stupid.  I had to upgrade for Oblivion and now probably for NW2?  forget it.

I hear ya.  This kept me out of PC gaming for the last couple years as well.  I just recently upgraded for Oblivion, and, thankfully, it should be enough for NWN 2.  I won't be able to run with all the bells & whistles, but well enough to play.
10743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: October 22, 2006, 05:07:35 PM
Gametap put up a new promo video last night.  Looks like this week's pre-Halloween update is a whole bunch of the Castlevania games.   Just keeps getting better!  icon_biggrin
10744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stronghold Legends Impressions. on: October 21, 2006, 08:32:46 PM
Probably a bargin bin title for me, as there's too many other things coming out in the next couple weeks.  I somewhat enjoyed the first Stronghold (just started it again through Gametap), but the second one didn't do much for me.  Definately put up some impressions though, as I'm curious to see how they did.
10745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sam & Max: Culture Shock REVIEWED! on: October 21, 2006, 07:51:50 PM
Just finished a few minutes ago.  Certainly a fun little game with plenty of LOL moments (more towards the beginning than the end), and I'm looking forward to the next installment.
10746  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Number of Sodas per week. on: October 21, 2006, 05:29:11 PM
I'm now going on two weeks without a single soda.  It's getting a little easier, but not having one with my nachos while watching football is brutal.  I'm also quitting chewing tobacco at the same time (again, 2 weeks without one), so it's been tough.  These last two weeks have become the ultimate test of willpower for me, but I'm succeeding so far!   icon_biggrin
10747  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPod turns 5 on Monday - have you ever owned one? on: October 21, 2006, 05:24:36 PM

Quote from: warning on October 21, 2006, 01:28:34 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 21, 2006, 12:50:59 AM

I was beginning to think I was the only person in the world who didn't have an iPod.  Glad to see I'm not.

My Verizion Chocolate phone works perfectly for my limited portable music needs.

You're listening to Skinny Puppy on a phone?   icon_twisted

Heh.  The sound quality is actually very good, and I can't tell any quality difference between it and the iPod's I've listed to.  My understanding is that it was designed as an MP3 player first and phone second, which really shows.   There's a few minor quibbles I have with it (the playlist limit of 50 songs drives me nuts), but overall I've been very pleased with it. 
10748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 20/Oct/06 on: October 21, 2006, 02:05:35 PM
Not sure what I'm going to play.  I'm pretty burned out on Okami & Titan Quest (about 30 hours into both), and don't really want to start anything new since NWN2 & FFXII are just around the corner.  I'll probably try and finish Sam & Max, mess around on Gametap games, play some Civ IV (I still haven't gotten around to trying that Fall From Heaven mod), and maybe brush up on Guitar Hero.
10749  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: October 21, 2006, 01:34:45 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on October 21, 2006, 04:51:31 AM

Want to make your own adventures?

Gamespot has Developer Diary #5 up, with a video if you want.

Have at it

Hmmm, I'll have to look at that when I get off work.  Couldn't figure out how to do a damn thing in the editor last night.
10750  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPod turns 5 on Monday - have you ever owned one? on: October 21, 2006, 12:50:59 AM
I was beginning to think I was the only person in the world who didn't have an iPod.  Glad to see I'm not.

My Verizion Chocolate phone works perfectly for my limited portable music needs.
10751  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: October 20, 2006, 11:32:52 PM
Put in my pre-order this afternoon and was very excited to get a link to the toolset.  Until I found out you have to DL 10 seperate 256 MB files, and their server is running at a blistering 210 kb/sec.

I'll be back sometime next week when I'm done DL'ing everything.  icon_frown
10752  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Massive FS List (Help a Brother Out!)DVDs Added on: October 20, 2006, 09:27:24 PM

Quote from: Calvin on October 20, 2006, 08:24:32 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 20, 2006, 02:42:33 AM

Just FYI, FFVII PC is going for around $25 on E-bay.  Might want to sell it there if you can.
Thanks gratch, already covered that above-old, slightly scratched discs only version-probably not worth anything on EBay.



Doh!  I are dum.
10753  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: October 20, 2006, 01:17:25 PM
+1 to Serlesh
10754  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Massive FS List (Help a Brother Out!)DVDs Added on: October 20, 2006, 02:42:33 AM
Just FYI, FFVII PC is going for around $25 on E-bay.  Might want to sell it there if you can.
10755  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sam & Max: Culture Shock REVIEWED! on: October 19, 2006, 10:05:39 PM

Quote from: VynlSol on October 19, 2006, 01:55:11 PM

Downloaded it last night, played it, finished it.

There were a few times that I laughed so hard I had to get up from my desk and tell my wife about it.

Mrs. Gratch actually stopped in the middle of the huge project she was working on to watch me play.  I can count the number of times that has happened before on 1 hand.
10756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: October 18, 2006, 09:59:44 PM
I love to give it a go, depending on schedule (mine's pretty screwy).  I usually play a pretty basic half-orc fighter. 
10757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: October 18, 2006, 09:56:58 PM

Quote from: Kobra on October 18, 2006, 08:31:55 PM

The only reason there aren't 2,000+ games on GameTap is because of the conversion process required to encrypt the games and get them to run right on Gametap.  I can tell you that when Gametap was in beta, they had already purchased nearly 2,000 games by that point. All they can TECHNICALLY manage right now is about 8-12 new titles per week.

If true* that is fantastic news.  I've been pleasantly surprised at how good the service is (I wasn't really expecting much), and yesterday's update was just epic.   My only problem is that with the huge selection, trying to find one or two games to stick with for any length of time is damn near impossible. 

*No offense to you personally Kobra, but I take everything I read on the intarweb with a truckload of salt
10758  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: October 18, 2006, 05:55:06 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 18, 2006, 05:32:13 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on October 18, 2006, 12:45:43 AM

She be GOLD

Release date of 11/1 should not be a problem.

11/1? It better fucking not come out on 11/1. Why?

I have FFXIII to play. And I wanna play that as well as this game the day they both come out.

You're getting FFXIII?  Damn, the rest of us are just getting XII.   icon_wink
10759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: October 18, 2006, 04:34:30 PM

Quote from: Kobra on October 18, 2006, 04:28:34 PM

Just don't try calling Gametap tech support.. 3 hours on hold, no answer.  Apparently they are swamped with new members right now.  My son ganked up his password and his account got locked for 24 hours and I cannot reset it.   mad

You really stayed on hold for 3 hours?   :icon_confused:

FWIW, the couple times I’ve called their tech support, they’ve been very good and very helpful.  Less than 5 minute wait both times, and both people were probably the friendliest tech support people I’ve ever talked to.
10760  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: October 18, 2006, 03:39:26 AM

Quote from: Calvin on October 18, 2006, 12:55:49 AM

very excited despite some craptacular character portrait screens. BUt releasing the same day as FF12 means im going to be waiting on this for 2 weeks biggrin

I'll be picking up both on 11/1.  Y'know, I suddenly feel a sick day coming on that just might hit on 11/1.   icon_wink

FWIW, despite the horrid looking screenies, this is still a Day One purchase for me.  I played the hell out of the original, and recently finished Shadows of Undrentide.  Crappy graphics & all.
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