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4601  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.
4602  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
4603  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'
4604  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
4605  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.
4606  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Top Ten Geekiest hobbies on: October 25, 2004, 11:21:13 PM
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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?
4607  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"
4608  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: )
4609  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.
4610  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?
4611  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game Of All Time Tournament - CG Edition on: October 23, 2004, 03:53:06 AM
NA
NA
NA
NA
Wing Commander 3
NA
NA
Ultima VII
Thief: The Dark Project
Sam & Max Hit the Road
Doom
Half-Life
NA
Lands of Lore
Wing Commander
Warcraft II
The Secret of Monkey Island 2
NA
Tomb Raider
Quake 2
Doom 2
Quake 3
Call of Duty
NA
Outlaws
NA
Ultima IV
Diablo
No One Lives Forever
Magic Carpet
Ultima Underworld
Might and Magic 6
4612  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / November 2004 - greatest game rush ... ever? on: October 22, 2004, 05:38:24 PM
Thankfully, a lot on that list don't really appeal to me.  

Preordered:
MoH:PA
Halo 2

Will buy:
Half-Life 2
Call of Duty Finest Hour

Might buy:
Prince of Persia - Warrior Within
Goldeneye
Metroid Prime 2
Pirates
Killzone

Everything else gets a pass.
4613  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where you're sitting right now.. let's see it! (56k beware) on: October 22, 2004, 03:57:55 AM
What's with the bugzapper between the monitors?
4614  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SWON or Wings of War? on: October 22, 2004, 03:05:45 AM
I have SWON, but have never played it.  I had (past tense) Wings of War, and in my not-so-humble opinion, it blows.
4615  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thinking of buying an Apple computer on: October 20, 2004, 11:10:38 PM
Quote from: "Fireball1244"
Is it an external hard drive? Because, yeah, a Mac can read an external Windows formatted hard drive (at least, in my experience). Of course, the system disk has to be HFS+.

Macs can't write to NTFS drives (unless something has changed).  So, if you want your external drive to be read/writable by both OSX and Windows, you either have to stick with FAT32 (yuck), or buy a copy of MacDrive (better)
4616  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where you're sitting right now.. let's see it! (56k beware) on: October 20, 2004, 08:36:20 PM
And April Ravine.  Whatsupwithdat?
4617  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Katamari Damacy controls on: October 20, 2004, 08:33:07 PM
Is that all the jump move is for?  Getting a better view?
4618  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wrong numbers on: October 20, 2004, 08:23:54 PM
That's why Caller ID is the bestest invention of the century - if I don't recognize the number, I don't answer it.
4619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hrm on: October 20, 2004, 05:39:02 PM
Quote from: "Semaj"
I thought dune 2 came out after Warcraft....

I remeber playing it after, lol....


Nope - Dune 2 was released in 92, Warcraft was released in 94.
4620  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege Graduate on: October 20, 2004, 03:21:19 PM
Both the Ultima V and VI projects still seems to be alive and kicking:

http://www.u5lazarus.com/

http://www.planetdungeonsiege.com/archon/
4621  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playboy interview with John Carmack on: October 20, 2004, 02:38:58 PM
Quote from: "vagabond"
For those of you who might not know Carmark is the guy who did the original castle wolfenstein and then all the Doom's including Doom 3.


Carmack did Wolfenstein 3D.  Silas Warner did the original Castle Wolfenstein:

http://www.wolf3d.co.uk/castlewolfenstein.php



/pedantry off   :twisted:
4622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thinking of buying an Apple computer on: October 20, 2004, 01:36:25 PM
Quote from: "Fireball1244"
Quote from: "Laner"
Personally, I don't think it is.  There's nothing wrong with OS X, but it's certainly not the computing nirvana that the Macolytes claim.  It does some things better than Windows, and it does some things worse than Windows.  Some people will point to the lack of viruses and spyware, but honestly they're not a problem on my Windows machines either.  And if there ever is a serious OS X virus, it's going to tear through Mac systems like tissue paper because no one is protected.


That's unlikely. By default, every Mac system is protected because it has inherently more security, due to the very tight Unix permissions model. Most Windows users run in the equivalent of Root mode, which is not an active option in Mac OS X. There is no way a virus on your Mac could actually damage the Mac OS without you giving it explicit permission to do so, and even then the damage it could do would be very limited.

And that's precisely the attitude I'm talking about.  

So you're saying there are no holes anywhere that can be exploited?  The dozen or so security updates I've installed this year seem to say otherwise.  Not running as root doesn't guarantee anything.  Yes, it's *more* secure, but it's not foolproof.

Pride goeth before the fall, and all that.
4623  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Counterstrike:Source, is it safe to go in the water? on: October 20, 2004, 03:43:35 AM
Quote from: "Jow"
One problem you'll have as a newbie is that people have been playing CS for damn near 7 years now.


Que?  Half Life is barely 6 years old at this point, and Counterstrike didn't show up until at least a six months later.
4624  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where you're sitting right now.. let's see it! (56k beware) on: October 20, 2004, 01:31:52 AM


Yeah - I need to clean up a bit.
4625  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thinking of buying an Apple computer on: October 20, 2004, 01:06:56 AM
I had the same urges last year, and I ended up getting an iBook... which I think was a wise decision.  It was a relatively small cash outlay compared to the rest of the Apple line ($1099), it gave me a good feel for the OS X environment, and the cost was easily recoupable... Mac laptops tend to hold their value much better than the desktop models.  While there was still some warranty left on it, I sold it for $850 on ePay, and put it towards the price of a new Powerbook.

Another reason I'd recommend the iBook - Apple *today* refreshed their iBook line, and the 12" iBook is now only $999 with a 1.2Ghz processor, 256MB and built-in wireless support.  A great bargain anyway you slice it, and if you decide it's not for you, you're not out $2000 or more, or stuck with a 50lbs boat anchor (the eMac)

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I've been exposed to vague statements like, "Macs rock," "OS X is light years ahead of anything else," "Once you go Mac you'll never go back". Is that crap true?

Personally, I don't think it is.  There's nothing wrong with OS X, but it's certainly not the computing nirvana that the Macolytes claim.  It does some things better than Windows, and it does some things worse than Windows.  Some people will point to the lack of viruses and spyware, but honestly they're not a problem on my Windows machines either.  And if there ever is a serious OS X virus, it's going to tear through Mac systems like tissue paper because no one is protected.

I use my Mac for video production mostly.  Which it does very well, at a relatively low cost.  But I don't ever see it replacing my Windows PC as my primary computer.
4626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Pre-load. Crackable or No? on: October 19, 2004, 11:22:46 PM
Quote from: "Falator"

Will it affect sales, yes, but studies have shown that out of 5,000 dled copies, only 1 sale is lost (if i recall correctly, it was something like that).


Right... and I have some seafront property in Nebraska that you might be interested in.
4627  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Adaware Question on: October 19, 2004, 06:03:01 PM
Spybot seems to be more thorough, IMO.
4628  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NFL pay per view would be sweet on: October 19, 2004, 02:48:12 PM
Quote from: "mb737"
Yes, please take ALL sports programming and stick it on pay services so I may actually have something to watch on Sunday afternoons.


hear hear!
4629  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 gold? You bet! (Nov. 16th release) on: October 18, 2004, 03:54:08 PM
Quote from: "bluefugue"
What annoys me is the idea that "if I so choose" I CANNOT play the single player game without registering the thing (assuming this is true, still don't have a definite confirmation on that).

I mean suppose you fast forward 10 years and you build a retro box with an ancient P4 processor and a paltry gig of ram, and want to dust off your old Half Life 2 CD.  Whoops!  Won't work without Steam registration.  But as we all know Valve folded in the Great Crash of 2011, and there is no such thing as Steam.  Tough shit, you can't play Half Life 2 again unless you hunt around for arcane workarounds on the internet.

I just think it's a crappy precedent for single player games, if true.  You shell out for the CD, you play the game -- should be as simple as that.


I'd be very surprised if somewhere down the line (after they've milked HL2 for all they can) Valve doesn't release a patch that eliminates the need to connect to Steam.
4630  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Pf Changs on: October 18, 2004, 04:19:08 AM
Quote from: "JSHAW"
There's a PF Chang's in Charlotte, NC.

I haven't been, and probably never will. I don't like trendy restuarants, and don't like eating with rich snobby trendy people.


I can't speak for the one in Charlotte, but the one down the street from me is hardly "rich snobby trendy people" turf.  Occasionally you'll see a famous musician in there, but that's due to it's location (it's surrounded by studios), not any inherent trendiness.  You can't swing a dead cat around here without hitting someone in the music business.

I've spent $80 there on a date, but it was Valentine's Day, and we went with the expensive wine and tipped the waitress very well.

Lettuce wraps - OK, but they tend to disintegrate in your gands after the first couple of bites.
4631  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Arcade stick for trade on: October 17, 2004, 11:30:38 PM
Is it the one or two stick version?
4632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console and PC on: October 17, 2004, 11:13:35 PM
Quote from: "Eliot"
My only other question before I pull the trigger on EBGames special is how are the graphics holding up? I understand the XBox has a vid card roughly equivalent to a GeForce 3 Ti200.

Given I do not have HDTV, how would readers rate graphics compared to the PC (I have a ATi 9800 pro). Certainly I do not expect on par graphics. I just don't know how much of a come down it will be.


There are quite a few Xbox games that have excellent graphics... while it doesn't have the raw power of a modern PC, the games can be optimized much better since it's a closed, singular platform.  And most games are locked at a resolution of 640x480 (since standard TVs can't display much higher than that), they can really crank up the eye candy, if not the resolution itself.
4633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What compelled you to go Console? on: October 17, 2004, 11:08:06 PM
I was a complete anti-console snob from the day I got a Commodore 64 for Christmas - in fact, I was head of the "Nintendo Haters Club" forum in the early days of AOL.  Then in early 1997 for whatever reason I was compelled to get a Playstation, and it just snowballed from there.  Now, I enjoy both console and PC games - they're different, yet equally enjoyable experiences. I think I realized that as I have less and less time to spend on gaming these days, consoles are a better fit for my lifestyle.  But I can't give up PC gaming, because my favorite genre (FPS) is still better overall on the PC than on consoles.  And I enjoy the hardware tweaking/upgrading aspect of PCs as well.
4634  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is this starting to feel like GG? on: October 15, 2004, 11:10:41 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
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R&P as a seperate forum is just something that some people find important. You can't just tell them "absolutely not" and expect them all to be just happy.


Heh, am I the only one that noticed that most of the people that NEED a seperate R&P forum are the ones that were up in arms about it when GG created one?  :shock:


Nope... I had the same thought smile
4635  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gone Gold ending, what I think no one realized... on: October 15, 2004, 06:20:52 PM
Quote from: "HarveyB"

Oh, and I will personally put a contract out on the first Trekkie to start blabbing about the needs of the many outweighing the needs of the few. :twisted:

Or the one.

/runs for cover
4636  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is this starting to feel like GG? on: October 15, 2004, 06:09:06 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote from: "RaptorRed"
Looks like the rest of the community is over at Brutesquad.

http://www.brutesquad.net/


Yes, it does seem like some of the community has gone over there, for whatever reason. I'm not a big fan of the community splintering off into these two camps, so I am not sure why Peacedog & Co decided to open that forum up....well no, I think I do know why they did it, but thats another story.  Ron has been very nice so far with letting this feel like home to many people from Gone Gold.

I have made a couple posts over there, but I like the feel of this forum more, so far.

Same here... this is more like the GG of old that I remember.  Brutesquad, meh... I haven't even registered there, and doubt I ever will.

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How about we let this feel like something NEW, fun, and excellent in its own right, instead of somewhat sadly hanging on to something that was bigger in our minds than it ever was practically? GG was a shell of a site in many, many ways for a long time (and those that have been there for 3-4 years know what I am talking about). Why does CG have to be like GG? Let it be something different, and maybe in its own way better. I know there is a need to reminisce(sic) about all things, but at some point, it ceases to be a useful exercise and starts to appear desperate.

I agree with this as well... it really started to get on my nerves when some folks felt the need to turn this to GG immediately with the whole R&P discussion.  CG has plenty of upside of it's own, without having to be the red-headed stepchild of GG.
4637  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Road Rage on: October 15, 2004, 06:04:05 PM
Quote from: "Ascendent"
I've given this alot of thought. What I would like is a special power that you can use once per day. Sort of a mind zotch. See you have said driver you mind zotch him and what happens is they shit themselves and pull off to the side of the road and fall asleep.  Hence no permanent injury and the hopefully after the person comes to after having slept in shit and piss realize that perhaps he/she should become a more aware driver.  

Ascendent

I remember some comedian had a bit about how he wanted to invent a gun that would kill people for five minutes... of course, it's primary target would be idiot drivers.
4638  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Wanted: Your old Atari consoles/games on: October 15, 2004, 03:30:27 PM
You gots PM
4639  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Wanted: Your old Atari consoles/games on: October 15, 2004, 02:47:27 PM
Well, I had a couple of responses on the GG board, but thought I'd retry here...  basically, I'm looking for old Atari games and systems - 2600/5200/7800.  If you have any of these wasting away in your basement, give me a holla!
4640  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thanks admins ! Board Style: BlackGold! on: October 14, 2004, 09:10:01 PM
Quote from: "UsulofDoom"
Who else has changed  thier Board Style: to blackgold in profile?.


Not I.  I always hated the dark background/light text color scheme.
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