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1161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Darkstar One Impressions? on: August 15, 2006, 08:58:35 PM
Viral marketing!!! Tongue
1162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So... My dad has cancer on: August 15, 2006, 08:22:10 PM
Oh man, I feel bad for you. It sounds like a really difficult situation. Honestly, I don't think your dad has much of a choice about retirement. Radiation treatment is not a pleasant experience and depending on how intensive it will be, he's not going to be anywhere close to a physical state strong enough to walk, let alone do hard labor.

Financially, I think you should look into state and federal disability options, which is something different from social security. Your mom could help, but considering the emotional journey she is going to be on, going back to work will be difficult. If you and your brother can help, do it. Family is too important not to. If anyone in the family has 401K money, it might be an option to withdrawl it early. Yes, there will be a tax penalty, but it can be another source of funds to pay the medical bills. Same with investments like stocks and mutual funds.

LE's suggestion about worker's comp is also worth a shot.
1163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: U2K Infects QT3 on: August 15, 2006, 04:26:31 PM
The people over there are going to eat him alive and Tom Chick will ban his crazy ass.
1164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My job is becoming increasingly frustrating on: August 14, 2006, 06:31:28 PM
LE isn't about burning bridges. He's all about nuking the planet from orbit. It's the only way.  icon_smile
1165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica - When is season 2 coming? on: August 14, 2006, 06:28:49 PM
Yep. BSG is THE best series on TV, imo. Even better than some pretty good shows like 24 and Prison Break. I remember in the year before the new BSG started, the hardcore fans of the old, original, 70's Galactica were so violently vocal in their total condemnation of the new series, particularly over the fact that Starbuck was going to be a woman. Funny how we don't hear from these old school hardcore fanatics anymore.
1166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My job is becoming increasingly frustrating on: August 14, 2006, 06:23:51 PM
Well, Ron should at least have another job lined up before he does that. Kind of dumb to tell the boss to F-off and then end up unemployed because of it.
1167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/14) on: August 14, 2006, 05:27:23 PM
Okami? EBGames says Sept. 5.
1168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/14) on: August 14, 2006, 05:23:29 PM
Despite the terrible review at Gamespot, I'm getting N3. I don't mind the repetitive nature of the game and it looks fantastic. I'll also pick up Darkstar One.

I am interested in Dirge of Cerebus: FFVII, Xyanide, Deep Labyrinth, Konductra, and Freedom Wings, but I'll wait for reviews or impressions first. It could be an expensive week for me. Hopefully most of these game will suck.  Tongue
1169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising impressions! on: August 13, 2006, 03:00:50 AM
Sorry to interrupt the talk about the sadistic save system.

Has anyone beaten the three goons in the jeep? I want to take them out but cannot figure out how to do it. The guy in the back seat has a machine gun and he knows how to use it.
1170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / IBTC on: August 12, 2006, 06:52:58 AM
Goodbye cruel world!!!!
1171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Justin Timberlake's "Sexyback" makes me wanna DANC on: August 11, 2006, 11:42:04 PM
I concur. He's talking crazy scary. The only think I want to hear from TML is whether or not he nailed his boss yet.  Tongue
1172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kobra on: August 11, 2006, 10:53:56 PM
Ron, Kobra's been welcomed here with open arms and considering the somewhat incendiary nature of this thread both here and at OO, maybe it would be in everyone's best interest to just lock this thread up.
1173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Paris Hilton bitten by her Kinkajou!!! omg WHYYYY?! on: August 11, 2006, 09:47:01 PM
Funny how the California Dept. of Fish and Game warned her that it was illegal to have the Kinkajou. Guess she ignored that warning.

Just like she ignored the parking ticket being written up on her snazzy expensive car:

http://us.video.aol.com/video.index.adp?mode=1&pmmsid=1687061
1174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Legal Name Change on: August 11, 2006, 09:37:53 PM
I vote for Mergatroyd.

Or Mr. Bunnypants.
1175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is it the Weekend Again? 11/Aug/06 on: August 11, 2006, 08:40:34 PM
Whippin' zombie ass in Dead Rising mostly. Also hope to finish the normal skill level on Titan Quest. Finally, some Tales of Eternia if I can find the time.
1176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Paris Hilton bitten by her Kinkajou!!! omg WHYYYY?! on: August 11, 2006, 06:12:53 PM
Too bad it didn't have rabies.
1177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / at last.......bully on: August 11, 2006, 05:46:52 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
It'll make Thompson's head asplode.  I'll support that.  They've got my cash. smile


Ask and ye shall receive! Jack (ass) Thompson was on Attack of the Show discussing Bully along with violence in video games. Adam Sessler of X-Play was the designated pit bull to go after Thompson, while the CEO of Game Daily was the spineless marshmallow stuck in the middle. What frivolity!

Watch the video and be amazed:

http://www.g4tv.com/attackoftheshow/blog/AOTB/cat/84/The_Loop.html
1178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sega Genesis Collection for PS2 and PSP! on: August 11, 2006, 03:06:27 PM
Yep, I had the Sega CD version. I wonder which version is on the upcoming compilation. Probably the watered down cartridge version.
1179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sega Genesis Collection for PS2 and PSP! on: August 11, 2006, 06:20:40 AM
I may be the only one on the planet, but I am looking forward to Eternal Champion. I had it on the Genesis when it first came out. It was a freaking hard fighting game, but it had a lot of depth to it and it was different from all the Street Fighter clones coming out in those days.
1180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The marketplace Bomberman Act:Zero trailer makes me LOL on: August 11, 2006, 06:14:02 AM
This is like that pirate game from Akella that had the Disney Pirates of the Carribbean name tacked on at the last minute just to cash in on the movie name.

It's like another game was being developed and someone decided to tack on the Bomberman name just to cash in on the franchise.
1181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This made me emo... on: August 11, 2006, 06:08:47 AM
That post on OO just reinforces my feeling that there is a lot of mean-spiritedness over there, and sadly, it's the ones in charge there who foster that attitude.

I've been a member here since the day Gone Gold imploded and it's been nothing but great.
1182  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Problem with Firefox - Need help on: August 10, 2006, 11:56:04 PM
Personally, I've never had any problems with Firefox. I must be lucky.

Minor correction on that directory path. It should be:

C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox
1183  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Problem with Firefox - Need help on: August 10, 2006, 11:27:02 PM
Did you manually delete the hidden folder of settings and other junk in the Documents and Settings folder?
1184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kobra on: August 10, 2006, 06:31:42 AM
Personally I like it here much more than OO. There's kind of an overall mean spirited tone on the boards there that really turns me off.
1185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dead Rising impressions! on: August 10, 2006, 06:27:42 AM
Not much more can be said. The save system is very unusual and kind of lame. One other minor gripe I have is that there are an annoying number of "now loading" screens. It kills the flow of the game to have to wait for levels to load so frequently.

Unlike that 'other' Capcom zombie game franchise, the voice acting in Dead Rising is surprisingly good. I like the photo taking element which gives you something different to do. I found my first lawn mower and damn if that wasn't fun as hell to use.

Really great game.
1186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who said yes to TML's Advances? on: August 10, 2006, 12:25:26 AM
He probably wasn't impressed with her dowry. Tongue
1187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The next Sony gizmo to fail miserably on: August 10, 2006, 12:24:02 AM
I think the R&D people at Sony need to lay off the crack pipe.
1188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The next Sony gizmo to fail miserably on: August 09, 2006, 10:58:15 PM
It's called Mylo:

http://blog.tmcnet.com/blog/tom-keating/gadgets/sony-mylo-personal-communicator.asp

A small handheld device that does VoIP, instant messenging, photos, web browsing, and music. All for the low price of $350. I wonder who's going to buy one of these things. I give it a couple of years before Sony quietly discontinues it.
1189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Should I continue trying to woo my boss? *asked out both* on: August 09, 2006, 05:41:10 PM
This could end up as one of the most spectacular train wrecks in GT history.

TML should make sure he updates his resume before his date(s) because he's breaking every rule about work and dating ever written. And when the inevitable breakup/failure/confrontations happen, it will rip the very fabric of the space time continuum in one stupendous supernova of soap opera drama queen proportions that he'll need federal superfund money just to pick up the pieces of what'll be left of his shattered, stomped on, bombed out heart.

 :lol:
1190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (8/7) on: August 08, 2006, 05:10:32 PM
You guys are weak. I'm buying Dead Rising as soon as I can possibly get my hands on it, and I'll feel good doing it too!  Tongue
1191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / warning finally discovers the Xbox... on: August 08, 2006, 03:38:34 AM
I also recommend Ninja Gaiden Black. That one is a no-brainer. I second the recommendation of Metal Arms. Such a great game and a crime that it sold so poorly.
1192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Breaking into new areas of music on: August 07, 2006, 11:12:33 PM
Right now I am into trance, which is techno/dance. If you are interested in that sort of thing I found these on iTunes:

ATB
4 Strings
DHT
QED
Madison Park

Madison Park is more jazz/dance but still quite good. My favorite of the group is 4 Strings.
1193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Take the Gamer Test on: August 05, 2006, 07:36:15 PM
88% for me. Missed the stupid question about Tetris and on of the Quake questions.

Cool quiz.
1194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / C'mon!!!! C'MON!!!!! (NSFW) on: August 04, 2006, 11:50:11 PM
I want to know who Toshi is.

This reminds me of the scene in Lost in Translation where the Japanese hooker visits Bill Murray in his hotel room. Hilarious.
1195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I got a new job!!!! And it RULES!!!! on: August 04, 2006, 05:02:55 PM
Congratulations you lucky bastard!! Now go out and celebrate by buying a 50" plasma HDTV.
1196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Computer Gaming World no longer?? on: August 02, 2006, 10:37:31 PM
You know, I don't doubt Jeff Green's word that nothing other than the title will change, but for me, it's still a sad day because I've been reading CGW since it practically started back in the early 80's (yeah, I'm that old). For better or worse, the Computer Gaming World name MEANT something to me. There's a lot of good memories with CGW. I loved reading every bit of it cover to cover and I knew that the CGW name meant quality coverage of computer gaming. Sure, in the last 5-7 years thing have kind of fallen off due to internet coverage of gaming, but there's a part of CGW there that still feels like it did years ago. Compare it to the obnoxious PC Gamer and it's no comparison to me. And with a name like Gaming for Windows: THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE, there will always be the stigma that they are somehow being swayed by Microsoft in their reviews and editorials. Green says they won't, but we'll see how long that lasts.

I'll give the newly named mag a chance. It's still supposed to have the same crew doing the writing, but it's not going to be the same to me anymore. With the name change, it is no longer the old friend that I enjoyed spending time with every month. Now it's like every other generic magazine that I'll eventually stop subscribing to.
1197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Computer Gaming World no longer?? on: August 02, 2006, 06:46:54 PM
Well this came out of nowhere:

http://www.ziffdavis.com/press/releases/060802.0.html

CGW magazine will become "Games for Windows: The Official Magazine". According to Jeff Green over on the QT3 boards, it's just a name change with no change in editorial direction, content or review policy. We'll see how long that statement remains true.

Damn, I know it's "only" supposed to be a name change of the magazine, but I grew up with CGW. It doesn't seem right to change it to something as lame as "Games for Windows", or GfW(??).
1198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lindsay Lohan? Smacked down and PWNED!!!!!!! on: July 31, 2006, 11:41:27 PM
I guess she recovered quickly. She was seen partying in Las Vegas this past weekend.
1199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the...Ninety-Nine Nights demo up in the marketplace! on: July 30, 2006, 07:17:46 AM
I, for one, really liked the demo and I will buy the game. Yes, at first impression, it is nothing more than a mindless button mashing game, but on closer inspection, there is a fairly decent combo system that, if learned, is pretty cool. Lots of great looking moves and powered up attacks. I didn't have any problems with the difficulty of the demo level. Even with the pseudo-boss at the end. I think the key is to collect as many of the powerups and items that get dropped as possible. There are items that boost attack power, boost power, new weapons, etc. The graphics are definitely excellent. Particularly the intro movie. Voice acting was typically bad for a Japanese to English dub and the lines didn't even come close to matching the character lip movements. The AI controlled allies do seem pretty dumb, but they do attack enemies. Just not very well.

Personally, I think for a Dynasty Warrior clone, it's a lot better than the DW games. Like I said, I'll definitely buy the game when it comes out in a couple of weeks.
1200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Happy Birthday to Depward and TML on: July 29, 2006, 02:15:06 AM
Happy birthday you crazy kids! Now go play some games!!
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