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4401  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished games list (2005) edition: Keep it updated! on: January 07, 2005, 08:28:49 PM
Doom 3 [PC] 02/13/2005
4402  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 - 9.8, 5/5, *9.6gs*...temptation official! on: January 07, 2005, 07:29:23 PM
Awesome deal!  I can wait a couple of days for nearly $20 off... (after tax)

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After playing Devil May Cry it would be hard to go back to the RE method of controlling your character

I hated the DMC control method... You'd be pushing right to make your character go right.  He hits a scene change, and your still pushing right, but now the character is going some other direction.  Just as awkward as the so-called "tank" contol scheme IMO.
4403  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Man who pointed laser at jet could get up to 25 years + fine on: January 07, 2005, 07:22:31 PM
I'm just surprised he was able to aim it with any accuracy... hitting a jet at 3000 feet with a handheld laser?
4404  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tom Petty & the Music Industry on: January 07, 2005, 07:16:27 PM
Quote from: "dbt1949"
As I don't buy very many new relaeases I don't feel the pinch as much as some.

Best Buy in particular is really good about low new release prices - it's not unusual to get first week releases for $9.99.  I know I bought both U2 and Velvet Revolver's new discs the first week for that much.
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Prices I think have gone down but in the late 90s, $23+ for a single cd was the norm.

Where do you live (edit: MD, duh)?  I can say with certainty that I've never seen a domestic single-disc release for $23 in my neck of the woods.  Granted, I don't purchase as many discs these days as I used to, but throughout most of the 90s, I was at the wreka stow *every* week buying something, and never saw prices anywhere near that high, even at the expensive shops.  $18/19 was the absolute max, and even then it was the exception, not the rule.
4405  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tom Petty & the Music Industry on: January 06, 2005, 10:34:20 PM
Nice article - I agree with a lot of it, but I noticed this old chestnut yet again:

"3. It's ridiculous to make people pay twenty dollars for a CD"

Honestly, who pays $20 for a CD?  I know of a couple of stores that sell them for that much, but I don't shop there!  I go one of the dozen other shops in the area (or go online) that has CDs at a much more reasonable price.  I can't remember the last time I paid more than $13 for a CD (with the exception of imports).

Other than that, Mr. Petty is spot-on.
4406  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Old Extended Play Hostess. on: January 06, 2005, 09:55:01 PM


*whinny*  

biggrin
4407  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Old Extended Play Hostess. on: January 06, 2005, 09:39:35 PM
You mean ol' horseface?
4408  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Grim NUmber? How vain are we? on: January 06, 2005, 05:15:45 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
I would imagine a news report stated something along the lines that the American death toll due to the flooding is a grim number of 34, and then they proceeded to completely gloss over the 149,900 other casualties that are actually native to the land.

I'd say that's some pretty offensive reporting.

Well, untill we have a link or a source or *something*, there's not much to talk about, really...
4409  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Electric guitar questions on: January 06, 2005, 02:10:57 AM
Quote from: "Zekester"
Well, I had a couple gift certificates for about $100/apiece at BestBuy, CircuitCity and MediaPlay.

I was hoping to piece it from each place, but MediaPlay has a combo setup for about $150.

Well, at that price range and with those packages, they're all equally bad smile  I'll freely admit I'm a guitar snob - I've spent more on my guitars and amps than I have on cars.  But honestly, they're the worst quality you can get. I agree with the poster above - spend the gift certificates on CDs, then go to a real music store or a pawn shop (you can find some great deals there).  You don't have to spend a bundle to get a decent starter guitar/amp, but you're not going to find them at Best Buy.
4410  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GOAT of the Year Voting: PC edition on: January 06, 2005, 02:04:38 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Laner"
But the worst game of the year?  Nah.  
By far the most disappointing, though.

High profile, hyped-out-the-ass games make messier, gorier splats when they bomb.  Thus Doom 3 is a very valid choice as a GOAT.

While that's some, uh, colorful imagery, I disagree with your rationale.  It's just as specious as voting for HL2 because you dislike the delivery system.
4411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GOAT of the Year Voting: PC edition on: January 05, 2005, 10:02:09 PM
Quote from: "Gryndyl"
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "jimmyorr99"
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "jimmyorr99"
For all you guys that voted for Doom3, why?
Two words:  Monster closets.


Fair enough I guess....

Big whoop - the original Doom had "monster closets", so at least it's consistent with the Doom world smile  It just didn't bother me like it does some people.


For me it was that within the first 15 minutes of gameplay you had seen everything that the game had to offer. Apart from the brief departure for the visit to hell you spent the entire game in the same dark room and hallway with the same pipes and lighting effects and pseudo-sci machinery waiting for monsters to jump out and go RAAR! when you hit their trigger point.

Yeah, now that I can agree with.  But the worst game of the year?  Nah.  It's much better than the worst game of the year just on technical merit alone.  And it *is* fun - just not enough variety to keep me interested the whole way through.
4412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Your anticipated games of 2005 on: January 05, 2005, 09:58:09 PM
FEAR
KOTOR 2
The Movies
Dungeon Siege 2
Republic Commando
4413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GOAT of the Year Voting: PC edition on: January 05, 2005, 09:49:35 PM
Quote from: "jimmyorr99"
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "jimmyorr99"
For all you guys that voted for Doom3, why?
Two words:  Monster closets.


Fair enough I guess....

Big whoop - the original Doom had "monster closets", so at least it's consistent with the Doom world smile  It just didn't bother me like it does some people.
4414  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / thanks for the info.... on: January 05, 2005, 09:44:01 PM
Quote from: "shaggydoug"
Quote from: "ChrisGwinn"
If you like the Atari Anthology, pick up the first volume of Midway Arcade Classics.  Good fun.


Got that as well.  Also a collection from Namco that had Galaga, Dig-Dug, Pole Position and Pac-man on it.   My wifes favorite is actually Galaga which surprised me.   I figured she'd be into the Centipede on the Atari more.

- shaggy


Centipede just isn't as fun with a gamepad.  It really needs the trakball...
4415  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars Vanity Fair Spread - Everyone on: January 05, 2005, 06:02:05 PM
Quote from: "jimmyorr99"
Mark Hamill looks like shit also, he looks like hes 60!


Close enough
4416  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lightsaber in Kotor 2 on: January 04, 2005, 04:01:37 PM
Man, I don't think I cracked 30 hours with KOTOR 1, and I thought I was being pretty thorough smile
4417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [video] new F.E.A.R movie on: January 03, 2005, 05:36:13 PM
Try Quicktime or Real player
4418  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Electric guitar questions on: January 03, 2005, 05:01:15 PM
Quote from: "Zekester"
I'm double-posting this here and at OO just in case  :wink:
Does anyone have suggestions for a beginner's setup?
And how much should I expect to spend?

The better question is, how much are you willing to spend? smile  And how long did you play before giving it up?  I wouldn't want to recommend a bargain basement guitar to someone who had been playing for a while.
4419  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What adult type games like Resident Evil 4 are Cube bound? on: January 02, 2005, 06:25:44 AM
Used copies are going for as little as $9 -

http://half.ebay.com/cat/buy/prod.cgi?cpid=1059590305&domain_id=1794&meta_id=4
4420  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where is the traffic? on: January 02, 2005, 06:22:22 AM
/Laner stares off into the distance as a lone tumbleweed rolls by...
4421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GOAT of the Year Voting: PC edition on: January 01, 2005, 09:28:18 PM
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
I'm just not sure why people have a problem playing the game online if they're already online.  You do realize that by merely opening a connection to 'the internet,' you're putting your computer at a risk far and beyond what Steam is capable of, don't you?


Maybe they are using dial up and don't want to tie up their phone lines for hours? A guy I know at worked has AOL and tried to get HL2 to work in offline mode. It refused. If he plays it online, when he disconects the phone line (since he doesn't want to tie up his voice line for hours) his computer switches to desktop and Half Life 2 crashes.

I think we've identified the problem...
4422  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / You can donate to Red Cross for Tsunami relief at Amazon on: January 01, 2005, 04:19:13 PM
Seriously.  Greggy_d - you've made your point... let  it go smile
4423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ico worth $6.99 on: December 31, 2004, 11:37:01 PM
$6.99?  Shoo-doggie - it's worth at least $7.45!! smile

No, that's a great deal for an excellent game.
4424  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.
4425  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?
4426  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.
4427  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.
4428  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.
4429  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
4430  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.
4431  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.
4432  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.
4433  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
4434  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)
4435  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.
4436  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!!!
4437  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.
4438  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.
4439  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...
4440  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Steam auto-update questions on: December 25, 2004, 09:48:59 PM
Thanks for sharing.
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