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1281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Advertisitng in Games on: October 20, 2004, 03:36:27 PM
Just wait until they can advertise underwear in your dreams!


Leela: Didn't you have ads in the 20th century?
Fry: Well sure, but not in our dreams. Only on TV and radio. And in magazines. And movies. And at ball games and on buses and milk cartons and t-shirts and written on the sky. But not in dreams. No siree!
1282  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Dell $750 off $1500+ laptop purchase on: October 20, 2004, 03:32:08 PM
Mine is currently being boxed up.  That was fast!  I had to call yesterday because the website somehow dropped my wireless option.  They were so swamped with orders that I was on the phone (to India) for 3 hours.  It sucked, but now I understand why.  What a great deal!
1283  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Rise of Nations and RON: Thrones and Patriots $10 each at BB on: October 20, 2004, 02:14:16 PM
Sweet!  I've been waiting for a killer deal on these.  Thanks for the tip, I'm off at lunch to snag 'em.
1284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Advertisitng in Games on: October 20, 2004, 02:05:03 PM
Capitalism ate my baby!

Advertising in some games fits, well, at least by the standards of ubiquitous ads in everyday life.  Sports games are what comes to mind first.  But I have been wondering when they were going to figure out a way to stream ads dynamically in to our games.  Obviously MMOGs are prime for this type of revenue stream.
1285  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's the last thing you've copied and pasted? on: October 20, 2004, 01:58:47 PM
Subject: How to possibly survive a heart attack when you are alone.

> A prominent  cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it
> to 10 people you can  bet that we'll save at least one life. Read
> this... It could save your life!!
> Let's  say it's 6:15 PM and you're driving home (alone of course),
> after an unusually  hard day on the job. You're really tired, upset and
> frustrated. Suddenly  you start experiencing severe pain in your chest
> that starts to radiate out into  your arm and up into your jaw. You
> are only about five k's from the hospital  nearest your home.
> Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it  that far.
> You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did
> not tell you how to perform it on yourself.
> Since  many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help,
> the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel
> faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness. However, these
> victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very
> vigorously. A deep breath should  be taken before each cough, and the
> cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep
> inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds
> without letup until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating
> normally again.
> Deep  breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the
> heart and  keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also
> helps it  regain normal rhythm.
> In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.  Tell as many
> other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!
1286  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thinking of buying an Apple computer on: October 20, 2004, 01:58:12 PM
I find the PC vs. Mac stuff pretty amusing.  Personally I could care less except that I develop Windows apps using Visual Studio .NET.  So my life has to have Windows machines in it.  My brother has Macs (artist) and I like messing around on them whenever I'm at his place.  Nice machines.  IF something came along that led me to develop for Macs I wouldn't hesistate at all.

It strikes me odd that people get upset about Microsoft's control over the software when Apple controls both the software and the hardware.  Considering my job I'm all for stability and would love to see more consolidation and standards in the PC market.  I guess the X-Box, while obviously a very specific use computer, is somewhat similar to the Mac biz philosophy.

I remember when I bought an iPod for my gf at an Apple store the clerk actually got pissy with me when I told him we were going to use it with Windows.  But there are plenty of elitists in any group.  I still cringe at those uber-nerds in the back of my computer classes who would get in to chest thumping constests over code.   :lol:

Oh yeah, go for it!  Macs are nice.
1287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where you're sitting right now.. let's see it! (56k beware) on: October 20, 2004, 05:23:00 AM
My office storage room / current project / spare bedroom.  Please excuse the mess.

1288  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What happed to gone gold on: October 19, 2004, 09:20:43 PM
Like some Hollywood style drama and tension?  Like to read?  Alot?

In a world with no GoneGold...
1289  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fall Movies on: October 19, 2004, 07:41:32 PM
Frothing at the mouth:
The Life Aquatic
The Incredibles

To a lesser extent:
The Machinist
Unleashed (this might be 2005 though)
Lemony Snicket
1290  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Do you want to have your GoneGold feedback verified here? on: October 19, 2004, 07:35:24 PM
Jancelot here and there.  I was over 10, but not sure of the exact #.  I believe ATB is one of the last people I traded with.

e-mail: [email protected]
1291  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Dell $750 off $1500+ laptop purchase on: October 19, 2004, 05:18:54 PM
Simon, that's really weird.  I just clicked on it earlier and had two windows open comparing it to the 8600 setup.'s gone.
1292  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Dell $750 off $1500+ laptop purchase on: October 19, 2004, 04:48:16 PM
Woot!  I just ordered this:

Inspiron 8600
Pentium M 1.6Mhz / Intel 2200 b/g wireless
15.4" WUXGA Display
128 MB ATI Mobile 9600 PROTURBO
60 GB HD
CD-RW/DVD Combo drive

Thanks for that link!  I've been wanting a laptop for a long time and decided to finally take the plunge.  Goodbye desktop!
1293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Riddick on PC looks purty on: October 19, 2004, 01:43:53 PM
The X-Box version is $30 now, too.
1294  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Go Astros !!!! on: October 19, 2004, 01:29:00 PM
As a life long Cardinals fan allow me to add:  Booooooooooo!  Tongue
1295  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Jerry Rice Trade Rumors on: October 18, 2004, 10:34:23 PM
That's surprising as Jerry Jones (Dallas) seems to be in to collecting antique players.  I would've thought he would be all over it.
1296  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Pf Changs on: October 18, 2004, 09:47:53 PM
We have both P.F. Chang's and Pei Wei around here.  I find both to be pretty meh food.  Not good, not terrible, just unremarkable.  I call it pop food as it follows the same format as pop music and pop movies: try be as unoffensive to as many people as possible.  Most of the clients remind me of the Starbucks couple from Best in Show.  That lettuce wrap chicken is chopped up so small that it's probably beaks and claws anyway.  Tongue
1297  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / [X-Box] Want X-Men, Fable, CoR - haves list inside on: October 18, 2004, 09:18:00 PM
Want for X-Box (excellent condition, no smoker please):
  • Chronicles of Riddick
  • X-Men Legends
  • Fable
  • Second Sight
  • Star Wars: Jedi Academy
Haves (everything in top condition, no smoke, except where noted):
  • Logitech Wireless Controller (used once, too small for me)
  • Microsoft S-Controller (barely used)
  • Gladius
  • Prince of Persia  (light wear on disc, but played through fine)
  • Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
1298  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Trading System Ideas/ Feedback on: October 18, 2004, 09:03:19 PM
Sounds great.  Especially the want-list part.  Cross-referencing the available with the wants and you could display who all has a game available immediately and perhaps an option to e-mail that person as well.

But be careful, if you build it, the asshats will come. slywink
1299  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Poor Taste] Rice your WRX, yo. on: October 18, 2004, 08:57:55 PM
Ok, the pic of the guy was in here (and his near-death friend) and now it's a link to felatio?  Hmm, crazy CGers.  Bad taste is one of those qualities that trascends ethnic boundaries.  Why someone would do this to a nice looking car and think it looks good is beyond my current level of brain damaged comprehension.  You can use this to show your children the evils of too much Need for Speed Underground.
1300  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So how was everyone's weekend? on: October 18, 2004, 04:36:06 PM
I had pretty good one.

-My birthday!  Met about 20 of my friends at Flying Saucer for drinks.  Around 11 we mosied across the street to a place that serves shots.  Thus begins the only bad part.  I was fed so many in a row, and had enough beers not to turn them down, that I blanked out for about 3 hours.  I never do that and always regulate my drinking!  But apparently I was very entertaining as I danced for everyone.

-no hangover!
-wake up to find my bud had dropped off Burnout 3 for my gift!
-watched some college ball
-went to a 1 yr olds b-day party
-saw Team America (f*ck yeah!)
-brain still rebooting from Friday so I went to bed early

-Cowboys lost frown
-Cardinals lost frown
-Red Sox win smile
-cleaned my place
-went to BB and picked up Midway Treasures Vol. 2 and Ren & Stimpy
-watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind  (great flick!)
1301  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Poor Taste] Rice your WRX, yo. on: October 18, 2004, 04:26:45 PM
Bwahahhaaha.  I'd hate to see how this guy dresses.

More pics here:
1302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL1 in Source not all it's cracked up to be on: October 18, 2004, 02:52:52 PM
Bummer.  I'll be cancelling my CE preorder and replacing it with the normal version.
1303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What compelled you to go Console? on: October 18, 2004, 02:35:47 PM
I had an Odyssey2 and a NES but became an exclusive PC gamer until I picked up an N64.  Since then I've owned a PS2 for about a year and a GC for about 6 months until I settled on the X-Box.  I just didn't have the time and money to play all 3 consoles and I enjoyed the X-Box the most.  Over the past 3 or 4 years my PC gaming has declined to the point where nowadays I even like playing FPS games on a console.  The couch, 5.1 surround and large TV are great.  But the main reason is that I work on a computer all day long, all week long and I just don't want to go upstairs and sit in my office in front of one at night anymore.  I still love the PC for the strategy and RPG games, but I would say that these days I pretty much a console gamer.
1304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Jon Stewart rips into CNN's Crossfire...on Crossfire on: October 18, 2004, 01:47:28 PM
I love Jon Stewart and The Daily Show.  People who watch the show know he has been pretty hard on Kerry's ambiguous platform and the whole Purple Heart thing.  Not as hard as he is on Bush, but he is a Democrat after all. smile
1305  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Haha, Nobody knows me in real life. Shall we Dance was good. on: October 18, 2004, 01:37:43 PM
I'll be collecting all your man cards at the door.  I like a couple of them every now and then, but I don't get all hard core about it like you guys. slywink  Amelie is really such a different movie that I'd put it much more art house than chick-flick.  But perhaps I'm just making excuses.  I liked Love Actually, When Harry Met Sally and Princess Bride (hey, if Amelie qualifies then so does this movie).
1306  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Chronicles of Riddick, FSW, and Fight Night 2004 + Others on: October 15, 2004, 07:49:22 PM
1307  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Any interest and getting a massive console classic package? on: October 15, 2004, 07:48:56 PM
There're a couple collectors around here who might be able to help you.  I think Rob_Merritt and another poster who just built display cases for his collection (HankRaptor maybe?).
1308  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 15, 2004, 07:39:46 PM
1309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Superpower 2 Impressions on: October 15, 2004, 04:19:33 PM
Really?  Well crap.  I assume the demo does as well.  I'll have to run the cleaner tonight to make sure.
1310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mortal Kombat: Deception Classic Characters Hack on: October 14, 2004, 10:23:32 PM

There's a Krypt Guide near the bottom of the list.  Is that what you're looking for?  I ended up using one for Deadly Alliance for the same reason.  I just wanted the fighters and arenas already!
1311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone pick up KuF yet? If so what are your impressions? on: October 14, 2004, 10:20:40 PM

It's doing pretty good at GameRankings.
1312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mortal Kombat: Deception Classic Characters Hack on: October 14, 2004, 08:35:32 PM

Found this link on slashdot.  Seems you'll need a modded X-Box to get the trainer though.  Perhaps this will be 'downloaded' unlockables in the future too.
1313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New PSP pictures and video on: October 14, 2004, 08:06:36 PM
Wow, that looks so great.  It has the horizontal configuration of the orignal GBA so it won't actually cause me to have pain in my hands anymore. smile  If the battery life is acceptable and the word-of-mouth is good then I'll be picking one up shortly after launch.
1314  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Anyone got Gladius for XBox? on: October 14, 2004, 07:49:09 PM
Did you ever close a deal on this wbs?
1315  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Everyone's List of Games - *closing end of 2005* on: October 14, 2004, 07:41:11 PM
For Trade:

Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow

Microsoft S-Controller (barely used and in excellent condition)
1316  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [xbox] Return of Wednesday racing? on: October 14, 2004, 07:12:52 PM
Last night reminded me of why I played nothing but PGR2 for about a month straight.  Lots of fun.  Especially playing with the gang.  I'm going to download those packs before the next session.  My birthday is this weekend and I know I'm getting Burnout 3 so I can hook up with you all on that one too.
1317  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 14, 2004, 05:40:50 PM
1318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Post your Collections/Favorites/Games finished thread on: October 14, 2004, 04:38:19 PM
Recently Finished (Starting July 1st):
  • Brothers in Arms
  • Chronicles of Riddick
  • Full Spectrum Warrior
  • Metal Arms
  • Oddworld: Stranger
  • Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

To go:
  • Jade Empire
  • Mercenaries
  • Star Wars: KOTOR 2

X-Box Collection:
  • Burnout 3
  • Chessmaster
  • Chronicles of Riddick
  • Crimson Skies
  • ESPN NBA 2K5
  • ESPN NFL 2K5
  • ESPN NHL 2K5
  • Full Spectrum Warrior
  • GTA 3: Vice City
  • Halo
  • Halo 2
  • Links 2004
  • Jade Empire
  • Mercenaries
  • Metal Arms: A Glitch in the System
  • Midway Collection Vol. 1
  • Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance
  • NCAA College Football 2004
  • Oddworld: Stranger
  • Prince of Persia
  • Project Gotham Racing 2
  • Rainbow 6 III
  • Rainbow 6 III: Black Arrow
  • Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
  • Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Star Wars: KOTOR
  • Star Wars: KOTOR 2
1319  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars Episode 3 Trailer - SPOILERS on: October 14, 2004, 03:23:43 PM
Quote from: "Sith Lord"
Please, please don't let this one suck. Please.

Ditto.  I'm probably setting myself up for disappointment again, but I can't help but be excited.  I want a movie that I can actually watch instead of just popping in for a few action scenes.
1320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Superpower 2 Impressions on: October 14, 2004, 03:10:09 AM
I haven't had too much time to mess around with it, but I have to agree with Charatan on the presentation.  For a game of this magnitude it's almost necessary to include a tutorial.  I'm going to have to wait for some play tips to start showing up before I can truly wrap my head around it.  Did you have better luck dbt?  You're one of strategy game masters so we're counting on you to figure it out and learn us all. smile
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