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4521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Goldeneye: Rogue Agent -- Worth Preordering? on: November 14, 2004, 12:13:28 AM
I doubt this game will make many waves... the original Goldeneye was so notable because it was the first really well done console FPS.  But since then Halo has more or less stolen that particular distinction, and I doubt Rogue Agent has a chance of topping or even matching Halo 2.  It may very well be a good game in it's own right, but simply being a sequel to Goldeneye doesn't mean a whole lot nowadays.
4522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Microsoft to release three versions of Xbox 2 on: November 13, 2004, 03:40:57 AM
Quote from: "Tebunker"
Give me 5 solid years and fade it out in the SIxth, Nintendo was still selling NES games into the mid nineties, and you could get SNES games up till the late Nineties. PSX was still heavily supported 6 years after release until the PS2 took off in 2001.


Those are also three of the most popular consoles of all time - the undisputed "winner" of each respective generation.  Simply due to that fact they are going to have very long shelf-lives - they are the exception, not the rule.

You can't hold all consoles up to those same standards.  Especially now that there are simultaneously three strong, viable console manufacturers (arguably for the first time ever).  The competition is much greater, meaning there's much more pressure to phase out the current generation sooner rather than later.
4523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Atari Console? on: November 12, 2004, 08:16:35 PM
Quote from: "Gratch"
I'd was initially excited about the Flashback, until they said it only came with about 20 games.  Hell, I can go buy one of those joysticks that has about that many games in it for $20.


True... I thought it was originally offered with 30 games.  Either way, you could get a real Atari 2600 + 20 somewhat common games for not much more than the Flashback:

http://www.4jays.com/atari2600.11.html

Scroll down to the Junior Special Package... It's $70, but I'm sure you could find a similar lot on ebay for less.  I'd rather have that anyway - there's just something about playing the real thing.
4524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game of All Time Round 4 on: November 12, 2004, 05:47:04 PM
Left:

Ultima VII
Half-Life
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Ultima V

Right:

Unreal Tournament 2004
Diablo 2
Knights of the Old Republic
Deus Ex
4525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 early release legal question on: November 12, 2004, 03:47:08 PM
Quote from: "Punisher"

2) While a $200+ video would certainly help, I don't believe that it is required. Also, there are many places without broadband


Broadband isn't required for steam - especially if you buy the physical media. 56K is more than sufficient to authorize your copy.

Yes, there are going to be a few people who can't authorize their copy for whatever reason.  But it's a very small number - certainly not enough for Valve to worry about.
4526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Official Half-Life 2 Time of Release!!! on: November 11, 2004, 07:20:35 PM
Quote from: "Chaz"
Quote from: "PaulBot"
Quote from: "Chaz"
Man, part of my reason for going with Steam was so that I'd be able to play it before I had to go in to work on the 16th and start selling it.  One of the most annoying parts of working in a game store is having to spend the entire day selling the games you want to play to other people while you can't play them.  

Even better is when they come in and ask, "So, how is it?"  How the hell would I know?  I'm busy selling you your copy so you can go home and play it!


Do I sense some pent up hostility here??

Snicker  biggrin


Just because we serve you doesn't mean we like you.


Lewl... I'm going to put that on my office door
4527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Microsoft to release three versions of Xbox 2 on: November 11, 2004, 06:57:34 PM
Quote from: "CeeKay"
That ticks me off.  

'Here's 2 different versions of the X-Box Next but we have a third that will be released a year or so from now.  Of course if you want that version you'll either have to wait to play all of these cool games or you can buy one now and the other later.'

Double dipping at it's finest.  :evil:

Is there some reason you couldn't sell the first version? There's always going to be someone who's perfectly happy with the last year's model.  Or just wait until the penultimate one is released?

Not to mention that this is all just rampant speculation until MS actually announces something.
4528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How to throttle your WoW torrent upload on: November 11, 2004, 03:56:21 PM
Use this version of BT - allows you to set your own upload rates

http://ei.kefro.st/projects/btclient/
4529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: What will you do to play it on the 16th? on: November 11, 2004, 03:12:10 PM
I'm taking off the entire week of Thanksgiving, so I can wait a few days, then completely dive into it (and Halo 2, and Medal of Honor: PA, and Call of Duty: UO, etc. etc.)
4530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warren Spector leaves Eidos, Ion Storm! on: November 11, 2004, 03:10:31 PM
It's really sad that people are willing to crucify a developer based on one misstep, despite a back catalog of great games.
4531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / should I get KOTOR on: November 11, 2004, 03:08:48 PM
Quote from: "JLu"
That said; I think KOTOR2 is more or less stand alone, except for a plot point or two from the first one?


Yes, including the biggest plot point of them all.  

Edit: Very well Kevin - though I think the original post was more than vague enough.
4532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Edit: Make me want an Xbox - and tell me what I should know on: November 11, 2004, 01:31:51 PM
Quote from: "juniordan"
I got one on Sunday....

because it break and will break I am sure everyone here has bee thru at least one or more Xbox (owned for over a year at least).


:rolleyes:

Whatever... I bought my Xbox on day 1, and I've never had a problem with it.  Not even a single disc read error.  Why don't you go to the local gamestop or EB and ask them how many broken PS2s they have returned to them?  (hint: it's a lot)
4533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / should I get KOTOR on: November 11, 2004, 01:10:15 PM
Might as well - it's already available for $10 fairly frequently,  so I doubt it'll get any cheaper.  And it was a great game for $50 - at $10, it's an absolute steal.  And I'd definitely play it before KOTOR 2... too many spoilers!
4534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I like Steam a lot more tonight: backing up games on: November 10, 2004, 07:34:43 PM
A nice gesture, but it was pretty easy to back it up even before - just go to the SteamApps folder and copy all the .gcf files - takes two DVD-Rs, and made the transfer to my 56K connection at home a lot less painful smile
4535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Atari Console? on: November 10, 2004, 07:32:02 PM
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "ebane67"
All I can say is...Jaguar...
I dont think I will fall for it again.


Eh... the Jaguar was put out by the Atari of old.  The current "Atari" is just a renamed Infogrammes... that's the only connection between the two.


Not entirely because all this console talk is coming from Atari Labs (Atari US) which is close to the original Atari in location and several ex-atari developers do work for Atari Labs. One of the Flair II (aka Jaguar) does.


Really?  Hmm... interesting.  Hopefully there is something to the rumors.
4536  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / check out what this ebayer got mailed to them on: November 10, 2004, 06:00:43 PM
After reading through the whole drama, it appears that they *were* dirty Depends, but it was just dirt from being in the seller's garage, not human waste.  Still - when you ship stuff in diapers, you better be sure they don't look even remotely used.
4537  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Another freakin Star Wars RTS on: November 10, 2004, 05:40:11 PM
I thought the SW RTS that was based on the "Age of (something)" engine was supposed to be good?
4538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Atari Console? on: November 10, 2004, 04:52:19 PM
Quote from: "ebane67"
All I can say is...Jaguar...
I dont think I will fall for it again.


Eh... the Jaguar was put out by the Atari of old.  The current "Atari" is just a renamed Infogrammes... that's the only connection between the two.
4539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Atari Console? on: November 09, 2004, 10:39:46 PM
That is the first I've heard of it, and I've been hanging out at AtariAge a lot lately.  I'd love to see a retro-console that could actually play the old cartridges, but I seriously doubt that will ever happen.
4540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Firefox 1.0 (official) released on: November 09, 2004, 10:35:01 PM
Wow - I installed the new non-beta version today and didn't even realize it.  Cool smile
4541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I have succumbed to consolitis! on: November 09, 2004, 05:02:56 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
Quote from: "JCC"
The thing is you're really NOT playing a FPS on a console. You are playing a First Person adventure with shooting in it. There's a big difference.


:roll: Aw crap, not *this* again. She's got a freakin' arm dedicated to shooting. Shoo-ting. Shoe T'ang. Blammo. Batteries not included. See store for details, offer good while quantities last. This coupon carries no cash value, and forgot it's credit card at home..


Indeed.  The "first person adventure" nonsense is nothing more than a lame excuse for "The GC's controller sucks for FPS games".
4542  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What happens when the U.S. has overdrawn its loans? on: November 09, 2004, 05:00:28 PM
Quote from: "Falator"
How about we invade a country for no reason to get our population's minds away from "non-important" issues? wait a second... :?


Or make up conspiracy theories to get the population's mind off of it.  That'll work too.
4543  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How are the Ipods? on: November 08, 2004, 09:42:58 PM
Quote from: "Torfish"
Is the process of dumping your CD's songs into the iPod one or two steps?  Can you 'rip' the songs from the CD directly into the iPod or do you have to download them to your PC's hardrive first?  Just trying to figure out how much time per CD it will take me.  


No, it won't rip directly to the iPod.  The way iTunes works, is it will rip the audio to your hard drive, then you either manually drag the files from your iTunes Library to the iPod, or set it to automatically sync whenever you connect the iPod.

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How many 4 minute songs takes up 1GB?  Estimate of course.

Roughly 200-250, depending on bitrate.

Quote
Can you easily delete a song from the iPod?

As easy as adding a song.
4544  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TIVO Questions attn: Jeff Jones on: November 08, 2004, 04:15:51 PM
If you're comfortable with the command line a la DOS or Linux and opening up your PC, it shouldn't be a problem.
4545  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ban on Gay Marriage a winner in 11 states. on: November 06, 2004, 04:52:30 AM
Fair warning: if you think the idea of a higher power is for fools and weaklings, you might as well skip this post.  This assumes that the reader - at the very least - believes we're not the result of some cosmic accident.

Quote from: "RPGHero"

1.  Jesus said whoever hasn't sinned throw the first stone.


Immediately afterward he said to the woman "I don't condemn you.  Now  go and sin no more."

Notice what he said... Jesus didn't say "I don't condemn you - now go and sin all you like - it's no biggie."  You can't embrace the first part and ignore the second.  Homosexuality is a sin - both the old and new testaments support this.

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I have never met a Christian who has never sinned, and quite frankly we all sin in little ways, some in big ways.


Absolutely.  But there's a huge difference between A) screwing up in a moment of weakness, admitting you made a mistake, then moving forward and B) Living a lifestyle that is sinful, claiming it's OK simply because the world says so.  

I have messed up in some huge, collosal ways.  But I don't try to justify it and twist God's word to make it OK so I can continue along that course - I do my best to "go and sin no more".

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It worries me that the number of Christians who attend church regularly is slipping and yet most of us can't seem to see why.


The mainline denominations are hemmoraging members something awful - that is true.  But smaller non-denominational churches are growing at an enormous rate.  The reason is pretty simple though - the mainline churches - United Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, United Church of Christ - preach a very liberal gospel (not liberal in the poltiical sense).  They go way beyond the "love the sinner, hate the sin" to embracing *everything*, no matter how contrary it is to the Bible.  They have an attitude of "here's the different sides of the issue, now make up your own mind - all truths are equally valid".  I'm not making this up or exaggerating - I am in regular contact with the leadership of one of the biggest denominations in the world - this is straight from their mouths.

But that's the problem - if the mainline denominations are embracing this pluralistic theology, where all roads lead to heaven, what do they have to offer people?  I can get that doctrine from everywhere else - I have no need for the church in that case.  But as much as some try to force the notion that there is no right and wrong, the human heart has a need for answers - we need Truth (capital "T" intended).  And that is why the smaller, evangelical (oooh, there's that scary word) non-denoms are booming - they offer answers.  Not mealy-mouthed, muddled-middle theology.

OK, that's way off on a tangent, but something I think about a lot.

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We need need to start reaching out and pulling our brothers and sisters in and not staring out through our home and church windows and cursing those who won't join us just because we feel we are chosen.


I agree 100% - but I worry about the churches you are in contact with, because that is not the attitude of the ones I see.  I think Christians *do* need to reach out to gays, without embracing the lifestyle and saying it's OK.  It's an incredibly fine line, and unfortunately most Christians tend to go way off the mark in either direction, myself included.  It's something I struggle with constantly.

Anyway, that's all I have to say on the subject - I'm sure the usual suspects will flame this post to ashes, but that's fine.  Have at thee!
4546  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P] Fun with exit poll statistics on: November 05, 2004, 06:31:47 PM
Quote from: "Sepiche"
Quote from: "VynlSol"
Found this link out on the intraweb:

http://www.nielsbuus.dk/rod/2004election_by_iq.png

Ha!  That's great. smile


It's also a hoax

http://www.sq.4mg.com/IQstates.htm
4547  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cosplayers. Are these the alpha nerds? on: November 04, 2004, 08:36:19 PM
Quote from: "Bob"
Cosplayers can't be nerds.   Cute girls cosplay.


Yes, but not all cosplaying females are cute.  I'd wager that most of them aren't - it's just that the few cute ones tend to get the lion's share of the attention.
4548  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cosplayers. Are these the alpha nerds? on: November 04, 2004, 08:34:58 PM
Quote from: "Jancelot"
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "Jancelot"
As much as those people are complete nerds that guy doing the interview came off as a complete ass.


How so?  He didn't do much more than stand there and look confused... which is exactly the reaction I would have in that situation.


As much as I think they are a bunch of weirdos I gues I'm just in to the live and let live philosophy in life.  They're not hurting anybody or anything but their chances to get laid.  He went in to an anime convention for the sole purpose of making fun of them.

Where exactly was he openly making fun of them?  I guess that's what I'm not seeing... making confused (yet funny) faces while they're going on about being "destroyer of souls" and whatnot isn't mean spirited, IMO.
4549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: Countdown to November 16 on: November 04, 2004, 06:27:43 PM
I did my Silver pre-order today...
4550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sonic Mega Collection Plus on: November 04, 2004, 06:24:26 PM
I'm not a huge Sonic fan, but I'll probably pick this one up... lotsa games for a great price.
4551  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kate Hudson. Wow. [56k] on: November 04, 2004, 06:04:31 PM
Quote from: "croman"
Best I think she has ever looked is in Almost Famous.  She was just gorgeous in that movie.


See, I heard that constantly before I saw Almost Famous - how she "glowed", etc. etc.  

Then when I actually saw the movie, I was completely underwhelmed.  She's cute, but that's about it.
4552  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cosplayers. Are these the alpha nerds? on: November 04, 2004, 04:23:50 PM
Quote from: "Jancelot"
As much as those people are complete nerds that guy doing the interview came off as a complete ass.


How so?  He didn't do much more than stand there and look confused... which is exactly the reaction I would have in that situation.
4553  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: November 04, 2004, 03:48:03 PM
+1 to karapcik
4554  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / (P) Ashcroft resignation... on: November 04, 2004, 02:21:04 PM
Quote from: "Falator"
The Country will never be united as long as the Religious right is so fanatical..


Hmmm... Funny how tolerance - the mantra for those on the left -  seems to be a one way street.  The anti-religious demand it from Christians, but yet are only "tolerant" themselves towards ideas they agree with.  I've seen none so fanatical as those who blame the "religious right" for every ill.
4555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 3 on: November 04, 2004, 04:05:55 AM
Left Side:

Heroes of Might and Magic 2
Ultima VII
Half-Life
Warcraft II
The Secret of Monkey Island
Rise of Nations
Planescape: Torment
Ultima V

Right Side:

Unreal Tournament 2004
System Shock 2
Diablo 2
Grim Fandango
Starcraft
Knights of the Old Republic
Deus Ex
No Vote
4556  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ban on Gay Marriage a winner in 11 states. on: November 03, 2004, 11:00:07 PM
Quote from: "Gratch"

I find it abhorrent that the main requirement for marriage boils down to the presence of a penis and vagina rather than the love and commitment that two human beings share.


Why limit it to human beings? That's pretty narrow-minded.
4557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Scrapland (PC)?? on: November 03, 2004, 08:35:39 PM
Quote from: "Jumangi"
Don't understand what the point of putting his name on it is for. I guess is because his name is failry unique as I doubt you would get barely 1 in 100 gamers who could tell you anything about the guy.


*shrug* An additional sale is an additional sale, I guess... is EA publishing this one as well?  They were responsible for his name being on Alice.
4558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 has no manual on: November 03, 2004, 08:32:00 PM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
O.Dogg & Raptorred, thank you for keeping my ever-dwindling faith in humanity somewhat alive.  It's good to see some people who can understand 'principle' rather than 'immediate observation'.


In principle, I *still* couldn't care less if the manual is included with games that don't really need it.

Better?  Tongue
4559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game of All Time Round 2 Results and Tie-breaker on: November 03, 2004, 08:28:37 PM
Quote from: "Scuba-V"
Round 2 results:
Damn anyone who voted for Heroes 2 and Ultima 7!!!  


Like, whatever, and stuff smile

Ultima 7 is hands down the best RPG I've ever played.

I'm disappointed that Gabriel Knight 2 fared so poorly, but it was up against the almighty ( :roll: ) Civilization 2
4560  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ban on Gay Marriage a winner in 11 states. on: November 03, 2004, 08:22:23 PM
Quote from: "Gratch"

Here's my solution.  Separate the institutions of religious "marriage" and legal "civil union".   Make it so consenting adults can enter into a legal civil union that allows them the legal benefits we currently associate with marriage.  Tax breaks, benefits, etc., etc.  Take the entire religious aspect completely out of it.  Now, if those same people (gay or straight) want to get "married" in the eyes of whatever church they belong to, they are welcome to do so.  Now everybody gets the same legal benefits, and they are free to choose whether or not to make their union a religious affair.  Why is that such a stretch?


Because the gay lobby has already shown they will not settle for "civil union".  They want to redefine marriage to mean whatever the heck they like... to the point of it meaning absolutely nothing.  Which is the ultimate goal.
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