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1281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First game you ever played on the PC? on: October 11, 2005, 09:14:43 PM
Speaking of elementary school, does anyone remember Wilderness Campaign and Odyssey on the Apple II? Those two games were awesome. They were sort of like a very primitive strategy RPG where you had to raise a small army, rampage through the countryside, and kill the UBG (ultimate bad guy).
1282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Conquest of Origin Systems on: October 11, 2005, 09:11:57 PM
What an incredibly SAD story. Origin was one of the best game companies in its heyday. Just about every old-time PC gamer holds the Ultima series (up to U7 at least) near and dear to their hearts. Wing Commander too.

Of course, this is yet another example of how EA is the anti-christ in the game industry. The sad thing is that the politics and bureaucracy there is not unique just to EA. It's that way in a lot of huge mega-corporations. As an ex-employee of Microsoft, I can attest to that.
1283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First game you ever played on the PC? on: October 10, 2005, 09:59:44 PM
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves on an Atari 800. An obscure turn-based RPG-type of game that allowed four player cooperative gameplay. My best friend and I would stay up all night playing that.

Even though it was not the first PC  game I ever played, I still hold Jumpman very dear to my heart. I can still hear the Jumpman theme in my head. I recently downloaded an Atari computer emulator and the Jumpman game image, and much to my surprise, I STILL remember the patterns I used on some of the levels.
1284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (10/10) on: October 10, 2005, 06:20:01 PM
I'll get Gretzky Hockey for PSP, but only if they fixed the horrible frame rate from the last version.

I want to see some reviews of SSX and LA Rush before I'll consider getting those.
1285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Funny Ebay Auction - Madden '06 on: October 06, 2005, 09:23:52 PM

Absolutely hilarious.
1286  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Are you <shudder> turning out like you parents? on: October 01, 2005, 12:30:07 AM
I find it amusing that when I was a kid, my parents used to say "what the hell is that garbage?" when they saw MTV.

The other day I was channel flipping, stopped at MTV and caught myself saying "what IS this crap??".

...the more things change the more they stay the same. :lol:
1287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I have a job interview tomorrow on: October 01, 2005, 12:23:57 AM
Just make sure you get those TPS reports in on time...
1288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Umm, MacOS running on a PSP? on: October 01, 2005, 12:21:09 AM
What's more impressive is that someone actually wasted hours of their life to get this to work.
1289  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Good Remote Control? on: September 30, 2005, 07:22:38 PM
I have this one:

You can find it online for under $200 these days. You can program a ton of macros on it. It does not have a touch screen but the buttons along the two sides of the LCD screen are fully programmable and can be labeled appropriately (you get three pages of customizable buttons on the LCD alone). All the programming of the remote is done through a PC and the software is pretty straightforward. It only took me about an hour to learn everything and set my remote up. Universal Remote Company regularly updates the software and is always adding more pre-made device profiles that are quick and easy to program into the remote.

As for durability, I've dropped it more times than I can remember and my one and a half year old daughter constantly plays with it/drops it/puts it in her mouth. No problems so far. The remote is built very solidly and does not feel flimsy or fragile at all.
1290  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you watch Anime? on: September 30, 2005, 07:08:51 PM
Yes, the Appleseed story gets pretty convoluted pretty quick. But the animation is so hypnotically beautiful that you just ignore the story after a while.

If anything, the first 15 minutes of the DVD is a good showcase for home theater sound systems and HDTV's.
1291  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you watch Anime? on: September 30, 2005, 06:36:07 AM
The Cowboy Bebop movie was good. Then I saw the recently released Appleseed movie on DVD.

Holy schnike. The animation was breathtaking.
1292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Whats in your TiVo? on: May 10, 2005, 09:32:23 PM
I'm assuming you mean shows in the Season Pass list.

I have:

Amazing Race
The Apprentice
American Idol
The Daily Show
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Queer Eye for the Straight Girl
Family Guy
Nanny 911

And of course, Battlestar Galactica goes back on the list once it season 2 is about to begin.
1293  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: April 07, 2005, 11:10:58 PM
+1 to Daehawk for a good trade.
1294  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sin City Impressions on: April 06, 2005, 07:00:59 AM
Apparently, Rodriguez says the eventual DVD release will restore all the deleted scenes that they shot, including a scene where Marv visits his mom to retrieve a gun. I believe this was a sequence that was in the original graphic novel.

The catch is that the deleted scenes will be reintegrated into the movie, but are only viewable in a separate story format, which essentially emulates the standalone graphic novel experience. For example, you can choose to view just The Hard Goodbye, which is the Marv story, and in that format, the beginning and end will apparently have title and credits, and the deleted scenes will be in that cut. If you view the entire three story arc as one long movie, you will only see the theatrical release, sans deleted scenes.

Sounds like a novel approach. I can't wait for the DVD release. A director's commentary track with Rodriguez and Miller will be really fascinating to listen to. Rodriguez's director's commentaries on his other DVD releases have been highly interesting and educational.

As for the movie itself, I enjoyed every minute of it. Sin City is not so much a movie as it is an experience in mood and imagery. It's definitely not for everyone, but personally, it was an amazing technical film noir experience.

...and all the women were smokin' hot. Even Jessica "won't show my goods" Alba.
Carla Gugino's body is stunning. I couldn't believe the mom from Spy Kids was buck nekkid in all her boobalicious glory.
1295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Classic games? Do I know 'em all? on: April 02, 2005, 12:30:18 AM
Used to love playing some real gems in my youth, which was a loooong time ago  :lol:

My list:

I used to have an Atari 800 computer, which was an awesome game machine:
Ultima III/IV/V
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves
Jumpman/Jumpman Jr
Blue Max
Silent Service
F-15 Strike Eagle

Later when I had a Mac Plus (don't laugh) and a PC:
Bard's Tale series
Starflight series
Might and Magic series
SSI D&D gold box series
X-Wing/Tie Fighter
Their Finest Hour/Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe
Steel Panthers
Carriers at War
King's Bounty
King's Quest series
Full Throttle
Sam and Max

I still play a lot of these game even today. I downloaded an Atari computer emulator and have ALL the old game ROMs I used to own back in the day. Jumpman still holds up well even today as an excellent platform arcade game.
1296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IT'S PINK! on: April 01, 2005, 07:24:24 PM
It's not a joke. I turned mine on last night at 12:30 am and the home screen was pink.

April cannot end soon enough...
1297  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Amazing Race 3/29 - I Hate Romber - spoilers on: March 30, 2005, 10:30:45 PM
I thought it was hilarious that the two brothers bought a couple of kids WWF wrestling t-shirts during the shopping challenge. Somewhere in South Africa, there are two lucky kids sporting some sweet shirts!

Ray and Deanna deserved to get eliminated. He accidentally whacks her in the head when they were pounding corn and he doesn't even have the decency to say sorry.

I like Rob and Amber, but each week I find myself cheering for the two brothers. They seems like a couple of really cool guys. The type who you could hang out with and have a good time. It was pretty emotional when they finished still in the race after all they went through.
1298  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / looking for an old...possibly broken...laptop on: March 11, 2005, 10:43:50 PM
The exact model of Thinkpad, I'll have to look at it when I get home from work tonight. I know it's a Celeron of some sort. Nothing terribly fast or exotic. Let's just say that it's not what one would consider a "gaming system".  It's around three or four years old I think. My wife only used it for word processing, but it does have a DVD ROM drive. When it stopped booting up, my first thought was that the hard drive broke. I don't know. Maybe that's all you would need to replace.

Well, it looks like the games you have available are things I already have or don't really have any interest in. I tell you what. I'll find out what the shipping cost is to send the laptop to you and depending on how much it is, maybe we can just split that cost. It can't be that much. Really, you are doing just as much of a service to me by taking it off my hands. My solution was to just toss it in the trash, but the wife wouldn't let me do that because it's environmentally bad.

Oh, and by the way Daehawk, check you PMs. I sent you a message.
1299  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / looking for an old...possibly broken...laptop on: March 11, 2005, 09:11:10 PM
Daehawk, I have an old IBM Thinkpad that no longer boots up. It's actually my wife's old system. We bought a new laptop to replace it so the Thinkpad now sits on our dining room table as nothing more than a paperweight.

You are welcome to have it in exchange for a game or two from your list of PC games.
1300  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Help me Movie / TV Buffs on: March 05, 2005, 01:12:16 AM
9 1/2 Weeks is the only instance I know of that has that particular Joe Cocker song.
1301  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Help me Movie / TV Buffs on: March 04, 2005, 08:26:29 PM
It's a scene from 9 1/2 Weeks with Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke.

It's not a comedy, but there are those who argue that it is, unintentionally.
1302  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Loonatics? [Updated with more loathsome images!] on: February 18, 2005, 10:21:46 PM
I think I just felt Chuck Jones, Mel Blanc and Carl Stalling turn over in their graves. What an insult to their legacy.
1303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 24 just gets better and better... on: February 16, 2005, 07:46:10 AM
Dang, Jack surprised me. When he was washing his hands in front of Mrs Araz, I thought for sure he was going to go into full extreme interrogation mode. When he gets focused on that, bad things happen to the people being interrogated. People lose their heads...literally (i.e. season 2).  Hope it doesn't mean Jack is getting soft.
1304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I'm 36 years old and I can't spell biscut on: January 31, 2005, 09:53:37 PM
I always shake my head when someone uses the word "voila" but spells it as "walla".

And something that longtime Gone Golders will appreciate: kriminal sopina!  :lol:
1305  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Battlestar Galactica on: January 28, 2005, 09:44:57 PM
Well at least you gave the show a chance. Unlike some of the really hardcore fanatical original Galactica fans who refuse to give it go and want Ron Moore's head on a stick.

I for one still really like the new Galactica. I haven't been this interested in a sci-fi series since the glory days of Star Trek: Next Generation.
1306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What, no 24 thread? on: January 25, 2005, 10:00:39 PM
It was shown in more detail in an earlier episode. It's some sort of sensory depravation technique. They turn out the lights, put a blindfold over his eyes and put on some headphones that emit a constant high pitched tone.  He's strapped to the chair and left there in the room for however long they need.

Personally, I think Jack's methods of interrogation are more effective. Shoot some part of his anatomy and he'll talk.
1307  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What, no 24 thread? on: January 25, 2005, 08:43:57 PM
That was the best episode in a long time. The first 15 minutes alone were outstanding. Jack Bauer kicks so much ass, he should have run for president. Terrorists around the world should run away screaming from his name alone.

Yes, it does seem like the writers have some thing about black women on the show. After 3 seasons of moles and infiltrators, you would think that CTU would step up their security and background screening.

William Devane is an awesome Secretary of Defense. Too bad the real life SoD can't kick butt like him.

Jack's girlfriend's estranged husband is the biggest wuss. It's the return of Mr. Bean! He might as well just go back to England because there is no way he can even compete with a terrorist killin', master interrogator, big balled hero like Jack.

Rumor has is that two major characters from the past seasons will be making a return, so folks who long for some of the familiar faces of old will be happy.
1308  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW system reqs on: January 12, 2005, 11:40:35 PM
Quote from: "Valael"
Quote from: "DevoutSinner"
Okay. I guess that's it. I'm in. Now if I could just find a freakin' copy.EB,gamestop, 2 BB's, and a circuit city, and no WOW to be found. Bastards.

I'd suggest trying to find a place online to get it.  It's sold out in most places and there won't be any more copies going out until Blizzard makes a few new servers and runs some tests (According the the press release they had on their site).

You can order a copy right now from the Blizzard online store. Just go to and click on the Online Store link at the top right. WoW is right there on the front page of the store.
1309  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Rear Projection TVs no good for gaming? on: January 06, 2005, 07:59:15 PM
Burn-in is not a problem on DLP televisions. I leave things paused on my Samsung 50" DLP all the time. Not sure about LCD televisions.

Burn-in is an issue on plasma TVs though.
1310  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Amazing Race - 01/04/05 on: January 06, 2005, 05:58:04 PM
Kris and John have the absolute best attitude playing the game. They don't get stressed out and bicker. They really enjoy each other's company. They manage to appreciate the places they go and things they see, and they still remain competitive and focused on the race. Jonathan and Victoria should learn from them that you can compete without being a bunch of whiney, screaming idiots.
1311  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Amazing Race - 01/04/05 on: January 06, 2005, 12:37:27 AM
Quote from: "gameoverman"
One question: It seemed to me that every team was supposed to ride that tram up the hill. Did I misunderstand that or was that optional?  I don't recall seeing Kendra and her bf use that tram.

Yes, taking the tram up the hill was optional. Freddy and Kendra walked up the hill instead of taking the tram and were the second to last team to check in at the pit stop. Gus and Hera took the tram and the producers edited the end to make it seem like they were in a neck in neck race with Freddy/Kendra for the last spot, but I think Gus and Hera got there much later than it was portrayed.
1312  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Amazing Race - 01/04/05 on: January 05, 2005, 07:03:08 PM
The amazing thing about Jonathan is that he treats everyone else EXCEPT his wife nicely. So far, he's given candy out to kids in Dakar, befriended some of the locals to be their guide, and last night, consoled Freddy when he was throwing his fit over getting clocked by the gate. It seems like he get off from berating his own wife as well as taxi drivers. Pretty ironic that he was standing over his puking wife calling her a drama queen since he is the biggest drama queen himself.

I'm disappointed that Hera and Gus didn't do the water polo challenge. It would have been pure comedy to see Gus's olympian physique in one of those little Speedo swimsuits.
1313  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Apprentice 11/18 Spoilers on: November 19, 2004, 06:01:36 PM
I found it hilarious that Maria got all defensive and totally denied being a control freak and ran out crying. And for the love of god, she needs to do something about the rapid eye blinking. Some of the lame cliches she was throwing out at the presentation in front of the Levi's president were terrible. Thank goodness she is finally gone.

Wes is such a spineless jellyfish. He crashed and burned TWICE as the project manager. At least he's consistent.

Ivana looked like she wanted to bitch-slap Jennifer when she butt in and got credit for doing a good job. If that team had lost, oh man, the boardroom would have been one hell of a catfight. Rowr!!
1314  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Scott Peterson Guilty! on: November 14, 2004, 06:33:52 AM
From what I can tell watching the coverage, the evidence that most likely convicted him was the hours and hours of taped phone conversations between him and his mistress, Amber Frey. Also, probably the fact that the bodies washed up a mile or two away from the site where he said he went fishing on the day Laci went missing.

As for the 1st degree vs. 2nd degree thing, he was convicted of 1st degree murder in Laci's case because the jury felt he purposely conspired and actively carried out her murder. He got 2nd degree murder in the baby's case because the baby died as a result of the mother dying. He didn't actually put his hands on the baby to kill him.

We won't know the exact reasons why he was found guilty until the penalty phase is carried out, the trial is completely over, and the jury can finally speak to the media. Plus, we'll find out why two of the jurors were dismissed.
1315  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Scott Peterson Guilty! on: November 12, 2004, 11:06:41 PM
Couldn't have happened to a "nicer" guy. The slimeball deserves to rot in hell.

It looked a little dicey at the end. It's very surprising a guilty verdict was reached so soon after two jurors were dismissed.  Rumor has it that the jury foreman who was dismissed supposedly told friends a while ago that he thought the evidence was "garbage" and that he would never vote for a guilty sentence and would do everything in his power to create a hung jury.
1316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 - It's ON! (impressions thread) on: November 09, 2004, 09:41:48 PM
Anyone playing Halo 2 on an HDTV? There are reports on many messageboards that in 480p widescreen, parts of the HUD are cut off on the edges of the screen.
1317  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Disneyland on the Cheap? on: November 09, 2004, 12:24:57 AM
Ah Disneyland. One of my favorite places to visit.

Anyhow, I'm assuming you are talking about discounts on tickets into the park when you ask about cheap deals. There's not much really. If you are a CSAA member, you can get a discount on tickets. Just show your CSAA member card when you buy the tickets. If you work at a large company, check with the HR department. Some large companies have discount cards to Disneyland for employees. In either case, the discount isn't a whole lot. Something like $5 off per ticket.

Unless things have changed since the last time I was there, when you buy a one day pass, you have to choose to go to either California Adventure or the Magic Kingdom. The one day passes do NOT allow you to go to both. You would have to buy a multiday pass to be able to visit both parks on one ticket. If I were you, I'd pass on California Adventure and do the Magic Kingdom instead. MK is larger and there is much more to do and see there. You'll barely be able to fit in the MK in a day. In fact, since you have a couple of 2 year olds in tow, I would count on not being able to see everything in a day. The one trap that I see families fall into is that they try to cram everything in as quickly as possible. This kind of adult pace is way too much for little kids. If you run them ragged in the morning to try and fit things in, they'll be really tired and cranky by the middle of the afternoon. When you get to the park, look over the map and try to plan out things that you really want to see/ride, and things you can pass on. Take your time, let the kids dictate the pace. Do that and they'll have a blast.

When are you planning to go? I would check the Disneyland website for park hours. In the off season, the park closes kind of early. 6PM I think. It shouldn't be very crowded at this time of year, especially during weekdays. In another few weeks, they should be ready to put up the Christmas decorations and that time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the park will be very crowded.

I usually go at least once a year, although I haven't been there in a couple now. I'm waiting for next spring to go again. It'll be the park's 50th anniversary.
1318  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / War of the Ring (Board) Game on: November 05, 2004, 10:38:03 PM
The eyes of Sauron sure look purty!  :lol:
1319  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cosplayers. Are these the alpha nerds? on: November 04, 2004, 05:58:38 PM
The one girl who says "I'm a doll...I'm a battle doll", I kept waiting for the line "...and this one time at band camp....".
1320  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Jon Stewart rips into CNN's Crossfire...on Crossfire on: October 18, 2004, 07:10:49 PM
I totally agree with Stewart's assertion that shows like Crossfire are not about debate and are about theater pretending to be debate. My father watches Crossfire and Hannity and Colmes on Fox and whenever I try to sit down and watch with him, I get a headache because all I see are a bunch of obnoxious "hosts" with pre-conceived agendas ambushing their guests and never letting them express their points.

Bravo to Stewart for doing what he did. Although he looked pretty depressed towards the end when he relized the two bozos only wanted him as their monkey boy.
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