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4441  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.
4442  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
4443  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.
4444  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / STEAM Tags on: December 16, 2004, 09:14:55 PM
ldenson - though I'm hardly ever on.
4445  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!
4446  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.
4447  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.
4448  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.
4449  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)
4450  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
4451  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.
4452  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...
4453  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.
4454  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.
4455  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.
4456  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.
4457  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.
4458  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
4459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP Battery Life... even worse than originally thought. on: December 13, 2004, 01:57:25 AM
IGN's take - http://psp.ign.com/articles/572/572563p1.html
4460  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"
4461  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:
4462  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.
4463  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]
4464  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.

Quote
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
4465  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)
4466  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".
4467  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....
4468  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
4469  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:  http://www.nbc4i.com/news/3983630/detail.htm

Edit:

I typed up my Pantera story on mah blog:

http://www.lanedenson.com/weblog/2004/12/dimebag-darrell.htm
4470  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Charlie Brown Christmas allways gets me... on: December 08, 2004, 07:51:22 PM
Quote from: "Pyperkub"
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "Sparhawk"
I actually think Charlie Brown Christmas is boring. The music is great, but the actual show is just a snoozefest. I thought that when I was a kid too, so it's not just an adult thing for me.


That's why I like it so much.  It's the antithesis of the Christmas season in many ways - it's low-key and quiet, unlike the high-stress, high-pressure hurry that threatens to crush us mere mortals during December.  There's plenty of OMG XMAS SANTA COMING!!!!11 specials - Charlie Brown is a nice change of pace.


Exactly.  One thing I was disappointed in last night though was the second 1/2 hour.   It did a decent job of maintaining the spirit, but I really hated the 'quick-cut' storyboarding.  It was rather jarring after the pacing of the original.  It appears as if it was done in 2002 or so, after Schulz passed.


Yeah, there have been a couple of "sequels".... on the DVD, there is a second show which was made in the mid 80s, and it just doesn't compare.  It's OK, but lacks the magic of the original.
4471  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Charlie Brown Christmas allways gets me... on: December 08, 2004, 06:20:04 PM
Quote from: "Sparhawk"
I actually think Charlie Brown Christmas is boring. The music is great, but the actual show is just a snoozefest. I thought that when I was a kid too, so it's not just an adult thing for me.


That's why I like it so much.  It's the antithesis of the Christmas season in many ways - it's low-key and quiet, unlike the high-stress, high-pressure hurry that threatens to crush us mere mortals during December.  There's plenty of OMG XMAS SANTA COMING!!!!11 specials - Charlie Brown is a nice change of pace.
4472  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for a Commodore 128D (or, it's retro time again :) ) on: December 08, 2004, 04:56:51 PM
Last time, Warning hooked me up with a great Atari 2600 system... now I'm on the hunt for a Commodore 128D system - the big brother of the ubiquitous Commodore 64.  If anyone has one of these they'd be willing to part with, drop me a PM - thanks!
4473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which games will you pack away with your system? on: December 08, 2004, 01:40:22 AM
Quote from: "vagabond"
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Yeah, not a bad post up there, but it could use some paragraphs.



First of all what difference does it make and how does that have any relevance to the topic?  Secondly, a paragraph is started when a new thought or idea or topic is broached. Not for appearance or to suit somebody else who doesn't have a clue what should be where to start with. I will tell you the same I used to tell some of my mentally challenged college professors. You can't tell me how to punctuate MY sentence, nor when to paragraph MY thoughts. It tells much more about your own failings that you try than anything in regard to myself. How about we stick to the topic at hand?


If you want people to take your ideas seriously, you need to put them down in a manner that is easily readable.  We have grammar rules for a reason.
4474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR 2 : The Sith Lords Impressions on: December 07, 2004, 10:35:17 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
I'm shocked to see LE take shots at an X-Box exclusive!!  :shock:

It's so out of character for him.  :roll:

 :wink:


Yes, we wouldn't want any "counter-culture backlash" now, would we?  confused
4475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The games you've been playing on: December 07, 2004, 10:23:59 PM
Half-Life 2
WinVICE - Commodore 64 emulator
KOTOR 2 (as of tonight)
Halo 2 (eventually)
4476  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Bunch of PC games for sale or trade on: December 07, 2004, 08:57:57 PM
PM sent!
4477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR 2 : The Sith Lords Impressions on: December 07, 2004, 08:47:55 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "vagabond"
About ten hours in, the game is almost exactly like the first in pure gameplay.
Ugh.

I won't be buying this, then.  Ever.


Yes, we know.

OTOH, I'll be picking it up today on the way home from work.
4478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which games will you pack away with your system? on: December 07, 2004, 08:47:13 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
Really, Laner? None of the GTAs? None of the Jaks or Ratchet and Clanks? Not that crazy ball game - Dynasty something or other? Nada?

Nope... I have GTA 3 & VC for the Xbox (and I'm not a big fan of the franchise); I don't really care for platformers - I've played a little of the Jak/Ratchet games, and they just don't appeal to me; while Katamari Damacy is neat, it's not something I see myself hanging on to indefinitely.
4479  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time, Final Round! on: December 07, 2004, 05:02:25 PM
Bah - I abstain.  Both Half Life and KOTOR are much better than the finalists.
4480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-Box as an HDTV DVD player on: December 07, 2004, 05:00:32 PM
Absolutely - much better color separation, sharper picture, no interlacing, etc.

You wouldn't buy a $2000 stereo just to listen to 8-track, would you? smile
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