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4441  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.
4442  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.
4443  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.
4444  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.
4445  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.
4446  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
4447  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 -
4448  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GOAT of the Year Voting: PC edition on: December 19, 2004, 04:23:59 PM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
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.)
4449  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.
4450  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...


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...
4451  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.
4452  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.
4453  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
4454  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.
4455  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / STEAM Tags on: December 16, 2004, 09:14:55 PM
ldenson - though I'm hardly ever on.
4456  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?"

4457  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.
4458  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:


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.
4459  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.
4460  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)
4461  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
4462  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"
4463  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...
4464  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Far Cry for those who have finished HL2 on: December 15, 2004, 05:09:56 PM
Far Cry was fine, though I got stuck at the sinking boat with the helicopter, and never had the desire to go back to it.
4465  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How does anyone surf with default IE? on: December 14, 2004, 08:43:03 PM
Yeah, I generally don't make a habit of visiting sites that are heavy on the pop-ups.  If sites that I do visit regularly start with the popups, they get removed from my bookmarks pretty quickly.

Still, I use Firefox simply because I've gotten addicted to tabbed browsing.
4466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The worst game you played this year. on: December 13, 2004, 08:05:09 PM
Maybe not the worst, but the first one to spring to mind was Wings of War.  Even for $15 the week it was released, it was terrible.
4467  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for Riddick for PC: 3-for-1 deal inside on: December 13, 2004, 05:44:22 PM
Quote from: "lokiju"
So does this mean Commandos 3 and Nascar Thunder 2004 will not be a part of the $19 sale you had offered a few posts up?  I PMed you, but it seems to be in my outbox even though I sent it 2 hours ago...   :roll:

They stay in the outbox until the recipient reads them.
4468  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone here have total shoulder reconstruction surgery? on: December 13, 2004, 05:35:12 PM
A girl I've been dating is a gymnastics coach, and apparently a lot of injuries are occupational hazards - she's had total shoulder reconstruction, and the said it was between 4-6 months recovery time.... I don't have much info other than that.
4469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NINTENDO DS-THE TICKLE ME ELMO! on: December 13, 2004, 05:32:37 PM
Quote from: "HankRaptor"
According to the Wall Street Journal the Nintendo DS is the tickle me Elmo this year.. Im happy for Nintendo they needed a hit... this has been a bad year for the Gamecube...

Yeah, 'cause those bazliion GBA SP's they've sold over the past 18 months isn't bringing in the bling slywink
4470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP Battery Life... even worse than originally thought. on: December 13, 2004, 01:57:25 AM
IGN's take -
4471  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Blade Trinity - How is it? on: December 11, 2004, 08:58:23 PM
I'll never be able to get past Ryan Reynolds as that whiny little snot from "Fifteen"
4472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My 2004 pc gaming year in review on: December 10, 2004, 09:27:27 PM
Quote from: "SuperHiro"
Man this list is nothing compared to MY LIST
Combine this with a classic story and it's hello urine in my pants!

Haw haw  :lol:
4473  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How old are you? on: December 09, 2004, 10:07:26 PM
I celebrated the third anniversary of my 29th birthday this year.
4474  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where to find an 8MM movie projector? on: December 09, 2004, 07:16:56 PM
Something else to think about - I had about an hour of 8mm movies transferred to DVD by a guy in Chicago - he did a great job, and was much less expensive than all the other places I checked...  quick turnaround too.  He did color correction and image restoration that simply playing them on an 8mm projector won't do.

Email him at [email protected]
4475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 Shortage: Grrrr..... on: December 09, 2004, 06:26:02 PM
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
Doesn't the network adapter come standard with the new PS2's?

Now it does.  For those of us that bought PS2s between 2000 and last year, it's another $50.

And the HD is only used for one game, isn't it?

NOW it is - since they've chopped it from the PSTwo, you can be sure no one else will support it.  :evil:  I'm betting a lot of people were willing to shell out the $$$ for FFXI because they thought the hardware would be used more in the future.  Sony to consumers:  PSYCHE!!!11
4476  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Former Pantera (now Damageplan) guitarist shot dead on: December 09, 2004, 05:13:25 PM
Quote from: "Torfish"
Rumor mill in full swing.  I'm at work.  Is there someone watching the news on TV?  Can you confirm if Vinnie (Dime's brother) is okay?

Everything I've heard says he's fine (physically, anyway)
4477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ok so how do I play HL2 if the comp has no internet? on: December 09, 2004, 03:46:06 PM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"

If you haven't had the game for that long, perhaps you could try returning it to the store? Let me know you can't even play the game because it requires an internet connection which you don't have. Tell them you were mislead by the box.

Which would be a lie, as it clearly states on the box "Internet Connection Required".  Not "recommended", but "required".
4478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nindendo Ds : Brings GBA Games To Life on: December 09, 2004, 03:35:20 PM
dangit... don't make me buy another Nintendo handheld smile  My biggest gripe with the GBA SP was the lousy screen....
4479  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Any advice? on: December 09, 2004, 01:55:20 PM
Well, hindsight is always 20/20 - it might have been a good idea to say that keeping the car was contingent on her holding up her end of the bargain.  But it's a little too late now. Never mind me - I'm just thinking out loud smile
4480  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Former Pantera (now Damageplan) guitarist shot dead on: December 09, 2004, 01:30:17 PM
Holy Crap -

Yeah, I worshipped at the altar of Pantera for a year or two in the early 90s... even got to hang out with them and White Zombie early on during the Vulgar Display of Power tour.  Still have my signed backstage pass somewhere...
RIP Darrel.

Here's the local story:


I typed up my Pantera story on mah blog:
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