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4401  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need a little eBay help here. on: December 31, 2004, 09:12:11 PM
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
Can't you leave a comment/response under feedback if you get dicked?

Doesn't matter - your feedback rating is still dinged.
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The scammers are few and far between.  The majority of the buyers pay and there is no funny business.  You should leave feedback upon receiving payment.

You're right - most are good ebayers, but it only takes a few negatives to make your feedback look really bad.
4402  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 31, 2004, 05:15:31 PM
Quote from: "Vesper"
Quote from: "coopasonic"
Pretty much same setup I am using (assuming there is a DVD player in there somewhere), I got the 676, but the 688 puts the DVR/VCR buttons a little closer to your fingertips (around the directional buttons).


Actually that's the 680.  The 676/680 are nearly identical other than where the buttons are located (and the 676 has interchangable colored faceplates.)  

The 688 on the other hand, you should avoid at all costs.  It has a very poor layout.

Well that sucks... does anyone know how the 676/680 handle Tivo?
4403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Maniac Mansion Remade on: December 31, 2004, 07:16:13 AM
Quote from: "EddieA"
Retro Remakes is a great site for information on remakes of old games like these.

Awesome - i just bookmarked it.
4404  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need a little eBay help here. on: December 30, 2004, 01:20:59 AM
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
And when I'm the buyer, I never leave feedback until the seller does.  As a seller, you should ALWAYS leave feedback if you receive payment.


What if they're trying to pull a scam, leave you negative feedback for no good reason, has buyer's remorse (I've had this happen for high-price items - they change their mind then leave negative feedback because I wouldn't give them a refund!), receives a damaged product and doesn't bother to contact you to rectify the situation, etc.?  I've been burned too many times by leaving positive feedback as the seller, then didn't have any recourse when the buyer leaves me negative feedback for one bogus reason or another.
4405  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What adult type games like Resident Evil 4 are Cube bound? on: December 29, 2004, 11:53:24 PM
It's also coming out for the PS2.

As for more exclusive "mature" titles heading to the GC, I doubt we'll see many (if any at all) before the next nintendo console hits the shelves.
4406  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You can donate to Red Cross for Tsunami relief at Amazon on: December 29, 2004, 11:31:50 PM
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
On the front page of Amazon.com, there a BIG link to donate to the American Red Cross via Amazon.com. As of right now, 47367 people have donated $2,713,371.49. Absolutely amazing that this small amount of people have come up with almost 1/10 of the US response (which is rather small IMHO).


Well, it all comes out of our pockets one way or the other - I'd rather it be given voluntarily.  smile
4407  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Looking for thoughts on an MP3 player on: December 29, 2004, 04:20:19 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Fireball informed me last night that the Flash-based version of the iPods will start hitting soon, right after we leave naturally.


Don't worry - they're still rumor and speculation at this point.
4408  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need a little eBay help here. on: December 28, 2004, 11:27:13 PM
Quote from: "Raven VII"
Firstly, on the leaving feedback thing, he only emailed me to let me know that he didn't get the item yesterday. I was trying to leave feedback, a positive one, last week because after two weeks, I assumed he got it and he did pay fairly promptly.


Whenever I'm the seller, I *never* leave feedback until the buyer has left theirs.  Too much room for the exact situation you described (as well as others).

If the guy insists on pushing the issue, I'd email him a scan of the receipt, and offer a half refund.
4409  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Earthquake! on: December 28, 2004, 04:28:42 AM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
I wanna know why the US sends relief to all the world's countries when something happens. Do any of them ever send us anything when we have a disaster likea hurricane or anything?

Not to my knowledge.

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Why cant the US spend the money and food on our own homeless and needy?

I mean was'nt China part of the countries that got hit? They have what...2 billion people? Surely thier own can take care of them. A small poor country I can understand. But why must we be the world's babysitter when our own go without?

Ever hear of welfare or the bazillion other social programs that are consistently being taken advantage of?  I'm all for helping those less fortunate, but just throwing money at anyone who wants it as we currently seem to be doing is wasteful.
4410  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Questions About The Circuit Workout (Paindome?) on: December 28, 2004, 04:01:00 AM
I remember that article... it was basically the following:

100 sit-ups/crunches
50 push-ups
50 pull-ups
Run 1 mile

No breaks in between.  That'll take about 30 minutes, and you'll definitely feel it in the morning.  And I'd suggest throwing in 50-100 hindu squats for good measure smile
4411  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV - good solution for not enough inputs on: December 28, 2004, 03:46:02 AM
What model Denon is that coopasonic?  I've been looking for a receiver with multiple component inputs, but the most I've seen (at a reasonable price) is two.

I'm currently using an Audio Authority 1154 component switcher - http://www.audioauthority.com/1154pr.html - it allows for four component devices with either analog or digital audio - there's no remote, but it'll automatically sense the device you turned on and switches accordingly.  I have mine tucked behind the rest of my equipment and have never needed to get up to switch devices. It's not bad for the price ($175 when I bought mine last year)
4412  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Reggie White dead! on: December 27, 2004, 04:53:45 PM
You can take the trolling back to OO.  I realize his views are controversial, but I have no desire to get into it with you.  And thanks for the reminder as to why I never registered over there.
4413  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / If you could change your skin color ... on: December 27, 2004, 04:47:23 PM
I would like to be a few shades darker, so that the swarthy latino charm I feel on the inside would be apparent to all.... arriba la raza!!!
4414  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Extreme Makeover Home Edition- biggest steaming pile of crap on: December 27, 2004, 04:46:02 PM
I miss Extreme Makeover: Face Edition... much more entertaining, and far less manipulative.
4415  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Reggie White dead! on: December 26, 2004, 06:46:50 PM
I'm not a big football fan, but I always respected Reggie White as a person - sorry to hear about this... must be particularly tough on his family considering the timing.
4416  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dukes of Hazzard Pic on: December 26, 2004, 06:21:08 AM
ok.... see, the original Dukes of Hazzard were country boys (never meanin' no harm).  That pic just screams "white trash".  There *is* a difference...
4417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Steam auto-update questions on: December 25, 2004, 09:48:59 PM
Thanks for sharing.
4418  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Merry Christmas to all! on: December 25, 2004, 08:09:24 PM
Merry Christmas boys and girls!

My haul this year was fairly small, but it's all good - I had more fun getting/making gifts for everyone else.
4419  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Random Fighting Discussion on: December 23, 2004, 03:23:08 PM
Vagabond - learn how to use that "quote" button just below the subject line... those <<<< at the end of the OP's text aren't noticeable enough - it makes it look like the first paragraph of each of your posts is your own.
4420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / "Topless teen wins trivia game ban" on: December 23, 2004, 03:16:44 PM
Sounds like a publicity stunt... though that would be giving the intelligence of the creators too much credit.
4421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DEMO] HL2 on: December 23, 2004, 07:23:37 AM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
Except that Zekester and his $55 aren't alone.


Well duh - that goes without saying.  I'm sure Valve weighed the value of Steam and the potential lost sales, and determined the loss of a relatively few number of purchases was worth it.  And considering how many people *have* accepted the Steam method, they made the right decision.  People can complain about it and refuse to buy the game, but I don't think Valve is too worried.
4422  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DEMO] HL2 on: December 23, 2004, 01:12:34 AM
Quote from: "Zekester"
It's their bat, ball and diamond?
That's a totally ridiculous statement.
No offense, Purge, but last I checked they were a company trying to make money.

...and they still haven't got mine, even though i want to give it to them.
All they need to do is eliminate the Steam requirement.

And they've determined that doing business through Steam is worth more than your $55.
4423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GOAT of the Year Voting: PC edition on: December 21, 2004, 04:30:32 PM
Steam raped my puppy and kicks old ladies down the stairs!!!11
4424  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Home Theatre help needed! Updated 12/23 with purchases! on: December 20, 2004, 07:07:38 PM
Quote from: "lokiju"
Quote from: "ericb"
What is OO?


As I found out a couple weeks ago, it's the other place many GGers went to.  It's called octopus overlords, not sure if we are allowed to link to it?


I don't see why not -

http://octopusoverlords.com
4425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GOAT of the Year Voting: PC edition on: December 19, 2004, 04:23:59 PM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
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Maybe if you define "spyware" as any sofware that connects to the internet...  


..and if you took the time to read the Privacy policy of Valve, which explicitly states they reserve the right to collect personal identifiable info and track your activites online with Steam.  And they also left a loophole that states if they contract with a third party, they can give them information without your prior approval...

So, in your universe, what exactly does spyware do?


(I Love these guys that think if it isn't titled "Spyware 2.0", then it's completely benevolent.)


Spyware generally implies that it's installed secretly, running in the background, without your consent.  You have to choose to install Steam, and you can turn it off at will.

As for tracking activities online - you don't think id/blizzard/any MMORPG dev doesn't keep detailed info on who is playing what on their online games?

(I love these guys that think if it simply connects to the internet, then it's completely malevolent.)
4426  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [R] Is there a GOD? The F.A.Q. on: December 17, 2004, 10:34:51 PM
Here I was, hoping for something clever...

I was sorely disappointed.
4427  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 Shortage: Grrrr..... on: December 17, 2004, 06:16:36 PM
Quote from: "Raven VII"
Quote from: "croman"
Quote from: "unbongwah"
Quote from: "ATB"
The real question is, why would anyone still want a ps2 when it's been proven that the XBOX is clearly superior?   :wink:

Tell you what: if you'll point me to the Xbox emulator which will let me play Katamari Damacy, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy X / X-2 / XII, Jak, Ratchet & Clank, Gran Tourismo, Devil May Cry, and everythine else in the PS2's exclusive library, I'll give you a cut of what I make off of eBaying my PS2...

 Cool


Every console has exclusives..

Now point me to something that shows me how I can play MAME along with the 2000+ games on the PS2 (on my big screen), Genesis, Atari, Super Nintendo, Nintendo..  Stream to my MP3 library on my server, etc..

Then I will say that the PS2 is better.   That is not likely to happen however smile

Btw, do not even get me going on the whole memory card thing.. grrr..


Do you realize that all of those activities require a mod chip? And do you realize that a mod chip = no XBox Live for you? I wouldn't exactly use those uhm, "features" in a debate about which console is better.

Most chips allow you to also install a switch which will disable the mod chip for Xbox live use...
4428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I've given in: Time to for an XBox on: December 17, 2004, 12:46:33 PM
You criticize KOTOR for being a 50 hour movie, then list Xenosaga 2 as being an example of a "good" RPG? lol... The previous Xenosaga was the epitome of movie-as-RPG, and the new one doesn't look to be any different.
4429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC Gaming version: Shut up! It IS time to reveal your GOTY on: December 17, 2004, 01:45:49 AM
Half-Life 2, no question.
4430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GOAT of the Year Voting: PC edition on: December 17, 2004, 01:15:31 AM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
Like you all don't know that I'm voting the shitbag company that tried to force spyware onto my computer....


Maybe if you define "spyware" as any sofware that connects to the internet...

Besides, delivery system != game
4431  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / For parents: How old to watch Lord of the Rings? on: December 17, 2004, 01:10:27 AM
Quote from: "SuperHiro"

As for whether letting kids watch the EE's... well that depends on the kids.  What are the last movies they've seen?  Have they ever seen something with the same level of violence (and a few graphic deaths?)?


And even if they have, is exposing them to more of the same a good thing?  Just because a kid can "handle" it, doesn't necessarily mean it's wise to let them view it.  I think the LOTR movies are excellent and tell a great story with a positive message, but there's still a lot to be cautious of.
4432  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / STEAM Tags on: December 16, 2004, 09:14:55 PM
ldenson - though I'm hardly ever on.
4433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GOAT of the Year Voting: PC edition on: December 16, 2004, 05:14:19 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
Quote from: "ChrisGwinn"
One of those games shows up in gamerankings list of the ten lowest-rated PC games of the year.  Three show up in the top ten.  How could this possibly be a good way to determine which is the most god-awful terrible game of the year?  More like "Which well-received game didn't you like?"


Or "Which popular game is it currently cool to hate?"
smile

WINNAR!
4434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GOAT of the Year Voting: PC edition on: December 16, 2004, 03:55:23 PM
Most of those choices are ridiculous... it looks like a GOTY poll, not a GOAT poll.
4435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA actively seeking to corner the entire sports gaming marke on: December 16, 2004, 03:53:09 PM
Quote from: "raydude"
Wouldn't it be simpler to just *NOT* buy crappy EA sports games?

I mean, who is being hurt here?

The unsuspecting consumer?
Caveat Emptor I say. If Joe Blow can't be bothered to do research and read reviews then he deserves to blow $50 on a bad football game.  If EA is the only game in town then send a message by NOT BUYING THE BAD GAME!

The hardcore gamer?
Is there a hardcore gamer who honestly cannot find another genre to play in his backlog? Maybe this will finally get us to dig into that stack of unplayed games.

The developer?
Anybody who was hoping to wow the world with football AI can take his AI skillz and use them to beef up FPS, RTS, or TBS AI. All types of games can benefit from an AI whiz kid, not just football.  Ditto for graphics programmers, music, etc.

Think about it. EA paid a pretty penny to get exclusive licensing. That money has to be made up in profit from selling games. If the games don't sell well, then the licensing becomes a liability. The key point is:

BAD GAMES MUST NOT BE BOUGHT!

So think about that next time EA puts out a sports game. Spread the word. Tell your friends: IF THE GAME DOESN'T FIT, DROP IT AND QUIT.

It'll fix the situation better than a petition.

You'd be surprised how many people own a PS2, a copy of Madden, and that's it.  And they'll buy next year's, and the next year's, and so on.  They couldn't care less about the situation or the relative quality, unfortunately, as they have nothing else to compare it to.
4436  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Good jobs while going to school on: December 16, 2004, 03:39:43 PM
UPS pays relatively well and has flexible hours.
4437  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / For parents: How old to watch Lord of the Rings? on: December 16, 2004, 02:09:13 PM
Quote from: "ericb"
To be honest the movies are no darker or more violent that the majority of cartoons now on cartoon channel or nick


lol... such as?

No seriously, I'm curious - I watch a lot of both CN and Nick cartoons, and haven't seen anything even remotely approaching LOTR in those terms.  I'm having difficulty remembering the last time Spongebob or Tommy Pickles cut swaths through hundreds of Uruk-hai smile  Unless you're talking about the 2AM anime-fests, and I doubt many young kids are up that late (At least they *shouldn't* be)
4438  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / For parents: How old to watch Lord of the Rings? on: December 16, 2004, 04:38:47 AM
I'd have a hard time showing them to anyone under 10.  Besides the violence and dark imagery, which would be too much for most young'uns, I doubt most kids have the attention span to sit through any single one of them.  *I* don't have the attention span to do that smile  I'm going to have to force myself to watch the entire ROTK SE sometime over Christmas vacation smile
4439  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Phrases I hate. on: December 16, 2004, 04:36:51 AM
Another one...

Describing something good as "Off the <noun>"

Off the "chain" (this one particularly bugs me)
Off the "hook"
Off the "heezee"
etc.
4440  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Phrases I hate. on: December 15, 2004, 05:13:20 PM
I've been waiting five years for "bling bling" to disappear from the pop lexicon...
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