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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 30, 2013, 05:08:54 AM
Strange but the link I use to the forums is still 404 (http://www.octopusoverlords.com/forum/index.php). If I get rid of index.php the new notice appears, same thing with using the straight domain. Thought I'd let you know in case anyone else used the same shortcut. Maybe update the /index.php to just redirect to the new notice as well.

P.S. This life raft thread is getting crowded and stinky. Hepcat, was that you?
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 26, 2013, 07:58:25 PM
Download Speed: 18600 kbps (2325 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 2380 kbps (297.5 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 85 ms

On the one below max Uber Shaw cable plan. I actually don't know the limits as they keep increasing them.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 24, 2013, 02:52:11 AM
Checking in. Perfect timing for our vacation.  icon_biggrin
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 12, 2011, 07:35:20 PM
Ummmmm
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 27, 2011, 06:13:33 AM

Quote from: Davidbld on April 27, 2011, 05:45:23 AM

Down again? Or is it just me?

Dave

http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/www.octopusoverlords.com

Not just you
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: December 04, 2010, 04:34:14 AM
Yup: http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/www.octopusoverlords.com
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Where to start for Rock Band/Guitar Hero newb on: June 13, 2009, 06:08:42 PM
Took my guitar controller back to the store and they replaced it no questions asked.

I played the drums a bit last night. Lots of fun. I just need to unlock more songs. Thanks again for your help everyone.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Where to start for Rock Band/Guitar Hero newb on: June 12, 2009, 04:09:08 AM
Doh! I went to play tonight with my son and the guitar wouldn't sync. I coudn't for the life of me get it to work. As soon as you power on the guitar the four blue lights all blink at the same time.
Push sync button on dongle, no dice
Turn off guitar, turn on, no dice
Change batteries, no dice
Unplug everything, just have guitar dongle plugged in, no dice
Have Rock Band on at the join screen, no dice
Make sure Wii controllers are off, no dice

Those four blue lights flashing are taunting me, haunting me!

If anyone has any other suggestions I'm all ears.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Where to start for Rock Band/Guitar Hero newb on: June 12, 2009, 12:17:34 AM
I went with RB2. Moat_Man wails on the lead guitar, Moat_Boy beats the drums, and Moat_Girl screams on vocals. Just have to add another guitar so Moat_Woman can play the bass.

Thanks to everyone. I know where to come for console advice.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Where to start for Rock Band/Guitar Hero newb on: May 31, 2009, 01:23:10 AM
This is great info. Thanks everyone. I have another question. Does it make sense to get RB 1 special edition (with the instruments) and then just by RB2 (game only)? From everyone's comments it appears the "game" would be separate (and you can't combine the tracks, boo!) but I could at least use the instruments from RB1.

The alternative is to just get RB2 special edition which a few of you have said should last "a long time". Plus I can download songs from the Wii store.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Wii] Where to start for Rock Band/Guitar Hero newb on: May 28, 2009, 12:46:41 AM
My family has a Wii and we are interested in buying one of the musical play-along games. I am the type of person that would start with Guitar Hero (the original game) and then get GHII then III, etc. However, with the proliferation of games, the addition of drums and mic (which we want) with Rock Band and Guitar Hero World Tour, I am not sure what a logical starting point should be.

Is the consensus to start with Rock Band II and then just buy tracks? Does Rock Band II come with all the controllers to start? (Guitar, Drums, Mic) What is this special edition I've heard about? Your help is appreciated.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 All-Play on: October 04, 2008, 02:10:08 AM
Thanks for the tips and the time spent on the post.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 All-Play on: September 29, 2008, 05:14:29 AM

Quote from: Tals on September 28, 2008, 08:23:24 PM


I'll post in a few days how I get on


I just got a Wii for my daughter's birthday and Wii Sports Golf is a lot of fun. I am interested in getting a full golf game with different courses, etc. If Tiger Woods '09 is like Wii Sports Golf but with lots of courses then I am in! Waiting for your feedback Tals...
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Colonization! on: June 10, 2008, 05:05:29 AM

Quote from: JohnathanStrange on June 10, 2008, 03:49:15 AM

Was Colonization the one with tactical combat fought on chess-like board with say, your musketman firing, then his firing, and so on? With combat figures rather big; that is, not with hundreds of men but six or seven troops?

You might be thinking of Conquest of the New World
http://www.gamespot.com/pc/strategy/conquestofthenewworld/index.html
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 29, 2008, 04:59:56 AM

Quote from: cheeba on May 29, 2008, 04:51:13 AM

At this point the OO community should be talking about a new host and getting a forum up, even if it does not have the old posts. Even if OO comes back on Rip's server, we need to find a new host and ensure that this doesn't happen again. It may be too late for the community as is.

I've removed OO from my Daily Sites bookmark list and made GT my "home forum". I made the psychological leap shortly after my last post in this thread.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Indiana Jones movie and children - help needed on: May 29, 2008, 04:52:49 AM
We missed seeing the parents the last few days at school but my wife finally caught up with the mother today and let her know we thought the movie might be too scary for our son. The mother said one of her nephews had seen it so she thought it was ok. My wife explained that it was not PG, it was PG-13 and that it had some scenes that might give our son nightmares. The mother said she didn't realize it was PG-13. My wife offered to pick up our son after the dinner portion of the birthday and they said that was fine.

All in all well handled and no hard feelings. They can do what they want but mark my words, the cumulative effect of seemingly harmless (but in reality bad) parenting choices will have a demonstrable effect on their children.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Andromeda Strain Remake on A&E on: May 28, 2008, 10:15:52 PM

Quote from: dmd on May 28, 2008, 09:28:30 PM

This deserves the MST 3000 treatment. The last 30 or 40 minutes of the show were fucking hilarious.

+1

My wife and I really enjoyed the first 2 hours. So much so that we both mentioned during the day that we were looking forward to the second part. The 3rd hour was ok but we were disappointed by the last hour. They pulled a lot of old cliches out of their bag of stale tricks for the climax. Overall we came away disappointed because of the ending.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Indiana Jones movie and children - help needed on: May 26, 2008, 05:34:28 AM

Quote from: warning on May 25, 2008, 11:23:06 PM

I use Common Sense Media a lot when it comes to movies as it spells possibly objectionable things out pretty specifically.

That's a cool site for parents. BTW, it says 11+ for age for this Indy.

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 25, 2008, 11:25:53 PM

Personally I don't see what's wrong with kids seeing scary things as long as it's relatively non-realistic.  I liked being scared when I was a kid.  I guess I'm a product of the time I grew up (I was 9 when the PG-13 was created) so I grew up seeing movies like Raiders, ToD, Poltergeist, Jaws and other PG rated movies that would probably be rated PG-13 or worse these days.

Personally I am not a fan of the slasher/horror genre or movies that crank up the suspense and then have something jump out and scare you. I can tell my son is cut from same cloth but he is also 6 for crying out loud. As any parent will tell you there is big difference between 6 and 5 or 7 or 9. Everyone progresses through the maturation process at their own rate so some kids will be more advanced that others but I think I have a good handle on my son's development and I judge that he could be very scared by some of the spoiler scenes that people have mentioned.

Quote from: Sarkus on May 25, 2008, 11:37:25 PM

Philosophical questions aside, I think it's pretty clear that Moat_Man's kid isn't used to this kind of film.  If Moat_Man and his wife have decided the earlier Indy films aren't yet appropriate for their 6 year old, then it's probably not a good idea to let him see this one without his parents present.

That is pretty much where I am at. I've spoken with several people today who've seen the movie and the general consensus is, "Hmmm, 6 is pretty young for that movie, he will probably be quite scared at parts".

Quote from: Arnir on May 26, 2008, 02:21:10 AM

To the OP: it sounds like you have a good rapport with these parents so I would feel free to just say that my kid can't handle that movie so he can't go to the movie.  That will either have the other parents rethink it or at least not mind your child not going to the film.

We do have a good rapport but here is the rub. Their son is obviously ADHD and has some developmental problems. He is a holy terror in kindergarten and pretty much has to have one-on-one supervision to be controllable. He is unpredictable and will occasionally hurt other kids without realizing it (pushing, shoving, being overly physical, etc). His parents have refused to have the kid tested and are kind of sticking their heads in the sand about him. I don't blame the child as he doesn't know any better but the parents do not discipline him and aren't taking appropriate corrective action. They are relying on the school and community to deal with it. It is going to be a real problem next year in grade 1.

Far be it from me to tell other people what to do but goodness sakes, that kid should not be seeing the movie either. I'm sure on Monday after the movie he will be bull-whipping other kids or jumping on them like Indy does. Argh.

Anyway, separate from that stuff above, I have to do what's best for my kid and he just isn't emotionally ready for this kind of movie. I will let them know on Monday keep you posted on the results.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Indiana Jones movie and children - help needed on: May 25, 2008, 11:17:24 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on May 25, 2008, 09:33:10 PM

I took my 6 year old daughter and she absolutely loved it.

I showed her the previous three films a few weeks ago and she loved them all. The only scene i made her close her eyes for was the face-melting scene at the end of the first one. 

Two comments about this, first, I won't be there to ask my son to turn away at the scary parts. We do this when watching marginal shows on TV at home so I know what you mean. Second, even if I was there I haven't seen the movie so I might not know when "scary" parts are coming. For Raiders I certainly would be able to shield my son's eyes during the scary parts because I've seen it many many times.

Would you trust shielding your child's eyes to someone else that might not have the same judgement as you or might not even be sitting next to your child? That's a real question, it's not rhetorical.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Indiana Jones movie and children - help needed on: May 25, 2008, 08:16:25 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on May 25, 2008, 07:12:47 PM

Would you want your son to see the ending sequence in the first movie?  If not, I'd say pass on this or at least see it with him.

The answer to that is no. In my estimation there is a good chance he would be considerably frightened by that scene and end up having nightmares.

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 25, 2008, 07:29:41 PM

It's easily the most non-violent of the series, if that helps.  Personally, I saw the first movie when I was 6 so I would have no issues showing my kids the movies when they're that age but obviously depends on the kid. 

I was 10 when Raiders came out and was scared by the face melting scene. I loved the rest of the movie but that scene stuck with me for a while. My son is a lot like me and at 6 I am fairly certain it would frighten him too much.

Quote from: Arowyn on May 25, 2008, 07:52:08 PM

How would you feel about renting one or more of the series and watching together with your son this week before the party next weekend?  I wouldn't have had a problem with my son watching any of the previous ones at that age provided I was with him to gauge his reaction to anything scary or to field questions.  If he handles it fine, then I don't think you'd have a problem. 

I don't think Raiders is appropriate for my son so we won't be viewing it. Maybe in two or three years but he is only 6 (one month into being 6 to be exact) and still has a lot of "little kid" in him. I'd have no problem with my 7 year old daughter seeing it but she is more mature and would be able to handle seeing that sort of thing.

Quote from: Arowyn on May 25, 2008, 07:52:08 PM

Are you or your wife friendly with the parents?  I would think just a straightforward "Have you considered that this movie might be a little violent for this age?" would not be inappropriate.  You are, after all, entrusting your child to them for several hours. 

We are friendly and their 7 year old daughter is best friends with my daughter. We see them all the time at school and church functions (Catholic community stuff, pretty standard, nobody is ultra-hard core). I will add some further details about our relationship later but I wanted to get a response with the just the basic info I provided before revealing some further details.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Indiana Jones movie and children - help needed on: May 25, 2008, 06:40:12 PM
Background: My 6-year old son has a friend in kindergarten who's birthday is coming up. This friend's parents alternate every year between big birthday parties and small ones and this year is a small one so only my son has been invited. My wife mentioned yesterday that for the birthday the family plus my son were going to see the new Indiana Jones movie this coming weekend.

My beef is that the Indy movie is rated PG-13, not just PG, and that there is significant violence and some creepy scenes typical of the genre. Now don't get me wrong, I love the series and am a pretty typical guy. I like SCI-FI, action movies, etc, and plan to see the Indy movie with my wife but we weren't going to take our kids (we also have a 7-year old girl).

We try to avoid having our kids see any CSI-type show with mature themes but I'm realistic and know that you can't shield them forever. We talk all the time about violence on TV, advertising, etc. I try and educate them as much as I can based on their maturity level. I know they see lots of that type of thing and the news is pretty violent to begin with. However, my feeling is that this is a bit over the top for a 6-year old.

Question: Am I overreacting? If not, how do I delicately tell the parents that this movie isn't for little children and that maybe they should consider another movie?
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trackmania Nations/United Forever on: May 19, 2008, 08:15:59 AM

Quote from: morlac on May 18, 2008, 01:54:59 AM

What are you using for controls?

I use the keyboard. I am sorry to hear you are having input problems. Try just the keyboard.

Quote from: Eduardo X on May 18, 2008, 03:18:06 AM

My name in game is eduardox. Add me and try to beat my scores.

Done, my handle is drewvius.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Trackmania Nations/United Forever on: May 18, 2008, 01:32:47 AM
I saw TrackMania Nations Forever as a free download on Steam and gave it a try. I am not normally a driving game person but free is the right price to try something. I had a blast and even more so my 6 year old son loved playing it. Long story short, we upgraded to the "full" version Trackmania United Forever.

The game is quite fun in solo mode with it's arcade style driving action. The physics of driving and jumping are a blast too. You can skid around on dirt tracks and fly through the air off insane jumps. I've dabbled a bit in multiplayer (comes with both Nations and United) and I think I will take more advantage of it when I am done unlocking all the solo tracks.

Overall I would definitely recommend the free Trackmania Nations Forever for anyone looking for a simple fun racing game.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 17, 2008, 07:36:55 PM
As someone who washed ashore here after the GG debacle, I've always appreciated the forum and it inhabitants for their hospitality and shared heritage with GG. At the time this place was much more console focused. Being a PC gamer, when OO was born I made that my home. I only checked in here occasionally after that.

Fast forward to today and some comments about GT through the eyes of a PC gamer. The off-topic forum is almost as good as OO so I don't miss much there, but the PC Gaming forum just lacks that something special that OO had. It is somewhat to do with the quantity of threads (pretty much every big title had a thread on OO) but I think it is more the focus on indie games and the fact that you knew that everything that was worthwhile was going to get covered. I have this weird feeling here at GT that I miss out on some cool gems because they aren't getting posted about.

Having said all that, the PC Games forum has gathered momentum in the last six weeks but it still has a way to go before it will completely replace the OO PC Games By Title forum. Given some time and the influx of some OO posters GT could completely supplant OO. It will be interesting to see what happens if/when OO is resurrected.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Updating Supreme Commander on: May 17, 2008, 07:22:25 PM
I had the same problem, glad you got it resolved. I love the game and still play it. FYI, SC: Forged Alliance adds a lot too.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can you believe this prom dress? on: May 16, 2008, 02:43:07 PM
I can't believe no one has mentioned her tongue stud. What does that say about her?
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: April 12, 2008, 07:33:40 PM
DarkEL #4
Oh to be a Gorilla...
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 06, 2008, 05:21:51 PM
Someone better have a mirror of the NSFW Round Robin thread or I'll go postal.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 25, 2004, 11:07:18 PM
Wow, that is seriously demented.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Any GG forum regulars that have not yet been spotted here? on: October 13, 2004, 06:34:27 AM
Quote from: "Canuck"
I'm here.

I used to be Member #4691.  New name though.  I doubt anybody remembers me from GG-I didn't post very often loll


I remember you. I also remember that you didn't have member #4691. It was something in the 5000's. smile
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Any GG forum regulars that have not yet been spotted here? on: October 11, 2004, 07:10:05 AM
Ashrak
ATB
Windows95
NJDevils13 (I enjoyed the hockey threads)
slambie

Hey, who had that Gone Gold map hosted? We should be able to get a bunch of names from that....
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 09, 2004, 07:58:08 AM
I don't know about you folks but I'm dying to start a "Console gaming is dead" thread and argue about how PC gaming is the way of the future. Then I would truly know that we've ended up in bizzaro world.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 08, 2004, 09:30:38 PM
Quote from: "Al"
Maybe they're just moving the server?


Without any mods getting the heads up? Unlikely...
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 08, 2004, 09:09:12 PM
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