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4561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 has no manual on: November 03, 2004, 06:41:28 PM
Quote from: "O.DOGG"
I don't see Half-Life 2 having no manual as a problem. What I do have a problem with is seeing that having no manual has not affected the game's price in any way. I remember the excuses for high game prices - the printing of the box and manual but now there is no manual and yet the game still sells for $55. That's my problem. Companies are giving us less and less yet expect us to pay more and more. But, like Jeff said, vote with your wallets.

I dunno - for $55 you're still getting a lot, despite the lack of a physical manual:

Half-Life 2
Counter-Strike: Source
Half-Life 1: Source
Day of Defeat: Source (for another $5 via steam)
plus the original Half-Life/CS:Condition Zero/etc.

Even if most of us have already played the older stuff to death, it's still added value - you're getting much more bang-for-your-buck than, say, Doom 3.  I know I'll play through HL1:S and Opposing Force at least once, in addition to the new content... that's more than a fair trade for no printed manual.
4562  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kerry concedes on: November 03, 2004, 04:54:34 PM
Quote from: "draegun"
I guess I'll be going to the store to stock up on survival supplies tonight:

plastic sheet
duck tape
rifle and rounds
bottled water
charcoal filtered masks
bug detectors
encrypted cell phones
Oh, and a Heil Bush arm badge

Gracious in defeat, eh?
4563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 has no manual on: November 03, 2004, 03:44:28 PM
IMO, no biggie.  Nine times out of ten I leave the manual in the box and toss it in the basement.  Even with RPGs I find the manual to be fluff more often than not.
4564  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P] Fox News projects Ohio to Bush on: November 03, 2004, 03:10:25 PM
Quote from: "kathode"
Quote from: "pr0ner"
I really don't think the provisional votes will be counted.  There some real fishy stuff going on in Ohio from both sides with regards to those, methinks.  Do we REALLY need another 2000?

We don't need another 2000, but we really do need every legal vote to be counted.   :x

Small correction. Not that I think you're saying that we should count the illegal votes, but I just heard some moron on the radio saying that it doesn't matter if the votes are legal or illegal, they should *all* count.
4565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: No Co-op Mode on: November 02, 2004, 09:47:44 PM
Quote from: "PaulBot"
Quote from: "Jumangi"
Putting coop in a game like Hl2 isn't the same as in DOOM or Serious Sam. Not sure why people can't see that, and expect that it should be some simple thing to do.

It may not be a simple thing to do, but there sure seems to be a lot of people who would enjoy it.

Well, my response to this is always:   There is a small but loud number of gamers who really really want it.  But the majority couldn't care less for the most part.  If co-op was *that* important, publishers would make sure it was available.

I don't see why it can't be done - it's software - the developers can do whatever they want! It would just take more development time.

It's not necessarily a programming problem - especially in today's heavily scripted games.  What do you do when one person is at one end of the level, and someone is at the other end, and a major scripted event is triggered?  Do you magically teleport the other person into the room?  Do you run the event twice (no matter how illogical it may be)?  The logistics may be impossible to overcome in many cases, regardless of development time or programming ability.  Either that, or remove scripted events for the most part...  and considering devs have been adding more, not less, of them over the years, I don't see that happening anytime soon.
4566  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How to get an estimate on baseball cards? on: November 02, 2004, 07:36:59 PM
How does a trade show compare to ebay?  I ask because my dad collected thousands of cards (we're talking multiple sets of *every* sport card put out between 85 and 98 ), and they're currently sitting in the basement gathering dust.  My mom wants to sell them, but we can't decide on the best method.
4567  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I need a doctor's note on: November 02, 2004, 07:29:34 PM
Quote from: "Sunderer"
Every moron on this thread who is flaming Wolverine must never again use the internet while at work for personal reasons (right).

Since I am not throwing stones (and since I'm the boss), that doesn't apply to me.

I'm at work right now.  But my employer doesn't mind as long as I get my work done.  If the boss were to come in tomorrow and say "no more internet for personal use", I'd stop.  Simple as that.  I wouldn't like it, but they're the ones paying me to do a job.

And as morlac correctly pointed out, it's not so much about the internet use as forging a doctor's note to get out of work.
4568  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Shrek 2 DVD - Why on Friday? on: November 02, 2004, 06:47:27 PM
Why do people buy food when they go to the movies? Doesn’t it just distract you?

Distract?  In what way? smile

Popcorn is part of the moviegoing experience for me... I don't always get something to eat at the theater, but most of the time I do, and just factor it into the cost (though it is a little sad that the snack usually costs more than the movie!)
4569  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I need a doctor's note on: November 02, 2004, 05:41:50 PM

Kinda mystified by the response here. He managed to put one over on a shit job and actually come out ahead.


Pretty shocked to see so many holier-than-thou responses here.I guess attitudes vary a lot more across country than I expected. In Denmark, where I live, this kind of thing isn't a big deal. Naturally, people are expected to be at work, but faking illness is not uncommon.  

It's called "integrity" - a somewhat archaic concept these days, I know, but some of us still try to do the right thing, regardless if we'll get caught or not.
4570  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who did you vote for today? on: November 02, 2004, 05:37:46 PM
Quote from: "Davidbld"
Why Kerry of course, the only sane, logical choice!!   :wink:

Maybe in BIZARRO WORLD~~~!!!!11
4571  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Hallowe'en Sale on: November 02, 2004, 04:28:09 PM
Quote from: "Sudy Nym"
Honestly, I've been rather frustrated with DVD Soon's service on a couple of occasions in the past.

You're not the only one.  They're not worth the hassle, IMO.  DeepDiscountDVD is just as cheap, and much more reliable.
4572  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I need a doctor's note on: November 02, 2004, 03:09:13 AM
I'm not a doctor, but I play one on teh intarweb.
4573  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kate Hudson. Wow. [56k] on: November 02, 2004, 02:14:03 AM
Quote from: "Sam Hell"
Wow. I'm gonna move to where ever you guys live. The women must be amazing if Kate just merits a "meh".

(Yes, I realize she's pregnant.  It's a joke)
4574  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kate Hudson. Wow. [56k] on: November 02, 2004, 12:20:13 AM
gameoverman beat me to it.
4575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SP2 and PC Games on: November 01, 2004, 08:29:13 PM
No problems here.
4576  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TIVO Questions attn: Jeff Jones on: November 01, 2004, 06:30:16 PM
A splitter works fine for me as well-  and I have the very first model Tivo (HDR114, or something)
4577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 2 on: November 01, 2004, 01:15:13 AM
To the left, to the left:

No vote
No vote
Wing Commander 3
Ultima VII
Thief: The Dark Project
No vote
Wing Commander
The Secret of Monkey Island
No vote
Quake 3
No One Lives Forever
Ultima Underworld

To the right, to the right:

Freespace 2
Unreal Tournament 2004
The Longest Journey
System Shock 2
Diablo 2
No vote
Grim Fandango
Rollercoaster Tycoon
Command & Conquer Red Alert 2
Knights of the Old Republic
Gabriel Knight 2
Deus Ex
No vote
Starsiege: Tribes
4578  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone know much about Aropax anxiety medicine? on: October 31, 2004, 11:54:09 PM
I got off SSRIs once and for all this summer - since I started on Zoloft (and later switching to Lexapro), I packed on the pounds.... my doctor swore that it was due to my diet and aging, but ever since I stopped I've lost a good 15 pounds or so.  

I started taking Zoloft because I was basically turning into a hypochondriac (after seeing several family members die of cancer, it was a constant worry)... but I also had a bit of the social anxiety thing going on as well.  It helped with the fear of cancer, but never really did anything for dealing with other people - I never felt like the "life of the party" or anything like that.

I don't really need it anymore, thankfully... ironically my fears of getting cancer were well justified, but now that I've actually gone through the experience of cancer and chemotherapy, I don't worry about it nearly as much anymore (funny how that works).  So I weaned myself off the Lexapro this year, after talking to my doctor.

These days my "lows" tend to be lower, but it's nothing I can't handle.  Losing the weight I put on with the SSRIs is definitely worth it (it's better to look good than to feel good slywink )

I don't know if this helps any - just relating my experience.  smile
4579  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: October 31, 2004, 08:36:32 PM
These are all PC CD-ROM titles, disc only (I may have the manual for some of these, but they're not at my apartment ATM):

Critical Path
Dragon's Lair (Readysoft DOS version)
Iron Helix
The Journeyman Project Turbo
Mechwarrior 3
Quantum Gate
Superbike World Championship
4580  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: October 31, 2004, 08:33:34 PM
+1 to warning for the great Atari stuff.
4581  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Road To The Grudge Is Paved In Suck on: October 31, 2004, 03:11:10 AM
Saw it last night.  It was D-U-M, dumb.  Not remotely scary, nor did it make a lick of sense.
4582  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Farenheit 911, for free, online on: October 29, 2004, 07:54:40 PM
I'd rather have someone get me drunk and put it in my butt than watch that again.
4583  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Workplace Harrasment/Bullying - Advice needed... on: October 29, 2004, 07:51:39 PM
Quote from: "RobbieD"
Is there a company Ombudsperson?

HR isn't always known to be neutral where as the Ombudsperson is.


Good grief...
4584  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Tupac Album This Year, Petition For Original Recordings on: October 28, 2004, 03:29:22 AM
Quote from: "Siljanus"
Isn't he dead?  (Tupac)

Da Makaveli will lives forevah, yo!
4585  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dude from Creed signs God Bless America at Sox Cards game 4. on: October 28, 2004, 03:26:56 AM
He knows sign language?  Awesome!
4586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone twitching for F.E.A.R.? on: October 28, 2004, 03:14:46 AM
Is there anything resembling a release date yet?
4587  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Tupac Album This Year, Petition For Original Recordings on: October 28, 2004, 03:10:16 AM
Quote from: "\/\/olverine"
I'm just questioning the sort of environment you guys are expecting here, I suppose I was just assuming we were all working towards a mature message board that frowns on moronic threads and posts that add absolutely no insight to the subject.

Tell me then so I can get this straight: I can go into every thread if I feel like it, and just say "fuck [the topic]" randomly at will? If thats the case fine, I'll lower my expectations when making a thread, understanding that there is infact no level of maturity or quality required, and I'll act the same if I feel like being an asshole. I don't very much like GTA: San Andreas, I'm gonna go into all the threads posted on it and reply "fuck GTA: San Andreas"... (not really going to do it but I suppose I could without breaking the rules?) That would really attract intelligent discussions or even members from development teams, wouldn't it?

:Sigh: I guess I just had my own lofty expectations coming from GoneGold.

4588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: October 28, 2004, 12:25:55 AM
I saw it in Best Buy today.  Didn't pick it up though - I've had enough "Action RPGs" for a while.
4589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP = $185 on: October 27, 2004, 04:18:49 PM
I'm not a big fan of handhelds, but that price certainly makes it much more attractive to me.
4590  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Greatest Rock n' Roll Frontman on: October 27, 2004, 04:14:26 PM
Quote from: "Riker's Beard"
Who do folks here think was/is the greatest, most entertaining lead singer of a rock band?  For me, even in a field that has Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, Mick Jagger, there can be only one:

Freddie Mercury

Good call.  Whatever that current commercial is that uses "I Want To Break Free" has got me listening to Queen again - particularly their live shows - and he is a brilliant frontman.  His musical/vocal talent and undeniable showmanship just put him a notch above just about everyone else.
4591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA: SA Impressions on: October 27, 2004, 02:59:11 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "denoginizer"
Are you F#$%ing kidding me ???? !!!!
No, Halo sucked, both on the XBox and the PC..

This from the guy that also hates KOTOR, another well-loved game

What were you saying about counter-culture backlash, again?

Edit: Devil beat me to it - nice to know I'm not the only one seeing the contradiction.

Anyway, to stay on topic...

I really have no interest in GTA:SA - the previous games were mildly entertaining, but I never got into them like everyone else.  So I'll take a pass, go back to the Xbox double pack and see if I can figure out what I'm missing smile
4592  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ashlee Simpson on SNL - what a moron! on: October 26, 2004, 04:18:38 PM
Swing yer partner to and 'fro
Make sure she don't hit de do'
4593  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My New Car on: October 26, 2004, 02:08:44 PM
Quote from: "slackerjoe"
Toyota Avensis!

Too bad you can't get it in North America! smile Europe and Japan only for this bad boy.

(Thank God for small miracles)

I mean, congrats!  biggrin
4594  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else vote yet? on: October 26, 2004, 12:46:49 PM
Yep, I voted this past Saturday - went really quickly, actually.  I was probably in there all of ten minutes, and that was including an address change.
4595  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Top Ten Geekiest hobbies on: October 25, 2004, 11:21:13 PM
7. Star Wars

Distinguishing Characteristics: Overweight, casually strolling into the center of the room, and then when you least expect it, bursting into a blinding Jedi combat storm with a golf ball retriever.

Ghyslain Raza, where are you in our time of need?
4596  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ashlee Simpson on SNL - what a moron! on: October 25, 2004, 06:55:28 PM
I think she deserves merciless mocking simply for spelling her name "Ashlee"
4597  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Dating] Frequency of calls early on? on: October 25, 2004, 06:53:19 PM
You'd think at 32 I'd have this stuff down, but the majority of my dating life prior to this year has been with girls I already knew well - friends, friends of friends, etc... people I already had a rapport with.  But this year I've been dating a lot of people that I barely know, which makes calling them up a bit tricky - particularly at the very beginning.  Once you've gone out with someone and said "yeah, I'd like to pursue this", how often should you call?  Of course the trick is calling often enough to show interest, without calling so often that you come off as clingy.... I'm just not sure where that line is - calls would be as far apart as possible in my perfect world, as I hate using the telephone, but chicks like to, y'know, TALK and crap like that... Tongue

Thoughts from the peanut gallery?

(And Matrix (if you're around), just shut yer word hole - I know what your answer is  :twisted: )
4598  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Lost Hot Chick Poll on: October 23, 2004, 08:01:44 PM
Quote from: "Sam Hell"

Yeah, she's pretty fine, but that's about the most unattractive photo of her I've seen.
4599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where you're sitting right now.. let's see it! (56k beware) on: October 23, 2004, 07:59:12 PM
Quote from: "zinckiwi"

What kind of desk is that zinckiwi?
4600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game Of All Time Tournament - CG Edition on: October 23, 2004, 03:53:06 AM
Wing Commander 3
Ultima VII
Thief: The Dark Project
Sam & Max Hit the Road
Lands of Lore
Wing Commander
Warcraft II
The Secret of Monkey Island 2
Tomb Raider
Quake 2
Doom 2
Quake 3
Call of Duty
Ultima IV
No One Lives Forever
Magic Carpet
Ultima Underworld
Might and Magic 6
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