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3001  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 12, 2008, 03:30:27 PM
Well, this GW resurgence is quickly becoming a fever (again!) for me. I logged on last night. Helped Zaxx, Tareeq, Craterus, and Milton do Gates Of Kryta on Hard Mode. Then, Tareeq, Milton, Craterus and me tried some Team Arena action, but we got creamed (we are really rusty when it comes to the PvP that's not Alliance Battles). After that, Milton, Fellstrike and me did AB'n for at least two hours. We won most of those matches.

I gotta contain myself.. so don't think I'll be on tonight.... well, maybe I'll be on late night. I really want to work on my Asassin and NightFall... and elite armor for my main monk.. and more AB'ng. Ugh! I gots the fever!
3002  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Had to put our two dogs down today.. on: August 12, 2008, 03:20:55 PM
You want to be really mad at someone for cruelty to animals? How about this guy?

At-home attempt to neuter dog leads to charges

An amateur veterinarian’s failed attempt to neuter a friend’s schnauzer became a police matter when the owner took the dog in for emergency treatment.

Hung Doc Vu, 49, of Des Moines, was issued a misdemeanor citation Monday for improper care and treatment of animals. The charge carries a fine of up to $500.

Police said Vu attempted the sterilization procedure Aug. 2 on Shelly Shannon’s dog “Pooper.” It was reported to police two days later and animal control officers were brought in. They said one testicle had been removed with a razor blade during the home procedure but the other could not.

Shannon, 7907 S.W. 10th St., determined that the dog needed professional help, so she took him to the Animal Emergency and Referral Center of Iowa, 6110 Creston Ave., where Pooper was treated and later released.

Vu admitted that he attempted to neuter the dog and had not used pain medication, officials said. Officials said Vu told them he had been taught the procedure by his father and grandfather.

Officers noted that Vu has no veterinary license or training.

“His intentions may have been good but how he went about it wasn’t,” Sgt. Scott Raudabaugh said. “We had no indication that he was trying to be malicious.”

State Veterinarian David Schmitt said Iowa law allows home castration of livestock but not household pets. He said such reports are rare.

Regarding the subject of this thread, when I first read it, I reacted like many of you did (why couldn't he find a home for the dogs?!), but after some thinking, remember, the dogs were elderly, regardless of a considerable attempt there was little chance of finding them a home. They would have died within a month (3 days even, according to Purge above!) in a shelter, put to sleep. This was a very tough decision for corruptrelic and his grief is suffering enough. Let's not add to it.
3003  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crossposting on: August 12, 2008, 03:11:00 PM
I don't crosspost*. I just start topics on whatever board I happen to be on at the time. Best to be an original wherever you may be.

*except for the current GW thread in multiplayer, because we're trying to drum interest.
3004  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Meet the new Lara Croft on: August 11, 2008, 03:07:09 PM
Hot! And good grief, a 'wardrobe malfunction' could have happened in some of those shots and made them X-rated.  eek
3005  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 11, 2008, 02:12:53 PM
I forgive you, poor lout hepcat. Your invite still stands there, unanswered, making us feel unrequited, but I trust you to do something about it soon.  icon_razz

At least we saw Arkon in game last night. He was there doing his thing while we played AB battles. Don't be shy, Arkon. You can join us in chat even if you're doing your own thang.

Thanks to Polly Morphous (Tareeq), Bacchus Tactilist (Miltonite) and Hemogobling Thief (Arcanis) for all the help doing AB battles and helping me get the first Luxon Supporter title. It wasn't easy; it was actually all pain--the Luxon faction just couldn't get their act together all night long and we lost every single game close to twenty-times in a row. But I got that title! Thanks again, guys.

I'll be on again tonight, doing whatever. Vanquishing? NightFall campaign? Helping people? Any of those.
3006  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 10, 2008, 11:08:33 PM
Sunday Night Guild Wars is now going on! 8/10 from 7pm 'til midnight. Log on to join in the fun--Ab'ng, Vanquishing, Title-earning, and more!
3007  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 10, 2008, 03:12:03 PM

Quote from: Arkon on August 10, 2008, 11:21:01 AM

Ok, I have a lvl 4 dervish named Arkon Sulastani.  I bought nightfall obviously, may get the other expansions as well.

Arkon, I just sent you an invite. I'm working on NightFall myself with my Assasin, so I can help you get thru the campaign.
3008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympic opening ceremony on: August 10, 2008, 02:47:25 AM

Quote from: disarm on August 09, 2008, 08:27:55 PM

Quote from: mori on August 09, 2008, 07:07:53 PM

I did not watch it but did I hear this right? They spent $100 million in fireworks? icon_eek

there were definitely a lot of fireworks, but i can't imagine  them costing anywhere near that much.  a quick Google search turns up rumors that the entire ceremony may have cost near that much, but not the fireworks alone.  the real answer isn't public knowledge though...
Try 300 million. The figure was divulged last night during the broadcast.
3009  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympic opening ceremony on: August 09, 2008, 04:21:38 AM
I just finished watching it on TiVo delay. That lighting of the torch is the most ludicrously awesome thing I've seen in my entire life!  icon_surprised
3010  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Wire: Where have you been all my life on: August 09, 2008, 03:33:42 AM
You're in for a treat, as the series gets better with each season. Now, each season tells a somewhat self-contained story-arch, so when you get to Season 2, you'll get introduced to a whole set of new characters (Season 2 was centered around shady dealings on the docks and crooked teamsters). Season 3 got back to the city's drug dealing problem. Season 4 was centered around the problem of the failing inner city education system. I've yet to watch the final season. Waiting for it to hit DVD soon.
3011  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympic opening ceremony on: August 09, 2008, 02:52:57 AM
Their massive presentation was impressive. They had a long LED setup on the stadium floor that stretched to 500 ft. The calligraphy dancers, painting on the surface as they danced, were very inventive. But I think I was the most blown away by the printing-press blocks which were choreographed to emulate wind and water and at the end it turned out there was people in each one of those things.  eek

Now Im getting a kick out of the Chinese cheerlearder girls. They've been dancing well over an hour as the delegations fill the stadium. Oh, and Puerto Rico just entered the stadium. Yayyyy! (I'm watching on TiVo on a delay.)
3012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 09, 2008, 01:45:45 AM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on August 09, 2008, 01:38:25 AM

Saving Private Ryan is absolute garbage. It's a formulaic movie complete with a ridiculous, manipulative ending. Thinking of the scene at the end, "Tell me I've lived a good life" makes me want to puke. I don't know why people like this movie so much, I guess they think well-crafted action scenes are more important than a decent script. Other war movies that I despise: Blackhawk Down and A Few Good Men.

Other "good" movies that I walked out of the theater include A.I. and Shakespeare in Love. Oh, Braveheart and Gladiator suck donkey balls too.

3013  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Olympic opening ceremony on: August 09, 2008, 12:51:51 AM
Anyone watching? The Chinese are putting one hell of a show. Gorgeous stuff!
3014  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 08, 2008, 11:14:05 PM
This weekend is double-Alliance XP weekend. Alliance Battles (AB) is arguably GW's most fun multiplayer mode. It's PvP that you can jump in without being uber and still have a hell of a fun time. Jump in game this weekend and join us for some AB'ing!
3015  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 08, 2008, 09:32:49 PM

Quote from: rickfc on August 08, 2008, 09:06:43 PM

The Godfather (All)

I understand not liking part 3, which was a bad idea from Coppola.. but, the first two? You should revisit them.
3016  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 08, 2008, 08:19:37 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 08, 2008, 08:10:46 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 08, 2008, 08:05:31 PM

Any animated feature from Dreamworks. 


Shrek 1, Kung Fu Panda, Flushed Away and Over The Hedge were worth watching IMHO.

Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers were not, however.

Which reminds me, I didn't like Over The Hedge. One of the most unfocused, manic, unfunniest animated films of recent memory. I wouldn't say all of Dreamworks animation is bad, but that one I didn't like.
3017  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 08, 2008, 06:17:33 PM
The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe. You know, it's like a fantasy... but for the kids.. with ridiculous armies of humans, centaurs, lions, bears and every goddamn animal battling with not one drop of blood shown. Sorry that I didn't read the book as a kid. I found it to be third-rate fantasy at best.
3018  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 08, 2008, 06:03:48 PM
I have a deep-rooted dislike for anything having to do with Firefly and the feature film Serenity. I think Joss Whedon is severely overrated.

Crash. It's such an astoundingly preachy movie. To this day, I don't understand why it got as many accolades as it got.

The Boondock Saints. I don't hate-hate this movie, but I think it's overrated. To me, it's a Tarantino knockoff that appeals to people with an Irish fetish. I don't know.. maybe I should watch it again.
3019  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Entourage returns next month! on: August 07, 2008, 04:50:55 PM
... and I don't have HBO!  crybaby
3020  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 07, 2008, 04:48:26 PM
hepcat, I sent you an invite late last night! Warning, I tried to send you an invite but it tells me that none of your toons exist (?). Are the toons active and did you spelled their names correctly?
3021  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 06, 2008, 07:15:42 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 06, 2008, 06:55:36 PM

I do believe I'll fire up my copy this weekend.  Pound for pound, only the Elder Scroll series has seen as much game time out of me in the last 10 years.   icon_biggrin

i'm ONE mission away from finishing the first game.  plus, i'd like to get some more time in with my assassin/dervish in the expansions.

hepcat, when you reload the game this weekend, post your main here so we can send you an invite into the new guild.

rittchard, I do believe ArenaNet is indeed addressing the issues you posted on GW2. The world PVP aspect, specially, sounds enticing.
3022  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Knight-Templars heirs sue the pope on: August 06, 2008, 05:54:21 PM
Historical Reparation Sillyness for the win!

Whatever happened to 'get over it'?
3023  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 05, 2008, 05:35:02 PM

Quote from: Arkon on August 05, 2008, 04:36:18 PM

Since I haven't played this since the original launch... is there more PvE content now?  Perhaps with the expansions there is enough PvE content that I won't have to worry about the PvP.

Between the original game and the Factions/NightFall/Eye Of The North expansions there's a crap-ton of PvE content to get thru in GW, Arkon. Many people have this erroneous notion that the game is mainly PvP and that's not the case. You can play this game for months without touching the PvP. Also, you can start the game with either the original or Nightfall or Factions for a decent price and buy the other expansions as you go along. Check it out at and see if you want to join us in-game,man.
3024  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 05, 2008, 03:53:36 PM

Quote from: KePoW on August 05, 2008, 02:54:52 PM

Is that the Guild tab you're talking about?  Don't see any way to leave guild.

I believe DonD is correct. you click on the box to the left on your name and it gives you the option to leave the guild.

DonD, will be happy to send you an invite later tonight. Make sure you've left whatever previous guild you were a part of so that the invite goes thru.
3025  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 05, 2008, 02:22:06 PM

Quote from: KePoW on August 05, 2008, 01:27:36 PM

How do I leave the old guild?

You should be able to go into your Guild tab and click on the Leave Guild button, I believe.

Dreamshadow/Nathan, I tried sending you an invite last night but you hadn't left the old guild yet so I'll resend it again later tonight.
3026  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I just saw Fight Club for the first time. on: August 05, 2008, 03:00:26 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on August 05, 2008, 02:41:21 AM

One of the best and most important movies of the 90's in my opinion.

And one of the most difficult to make. 'Fight Club' cost the head of Twentieth Century Fox its job at the time. There was a huge backlash against the movie, from from both critics and audiences. It took several years for them to come back and admit that the movie was genius.
3027  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 04, 2008, 10:24:11 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on August 04, 2008, 09:06:39 PM

Oooh..I need to finish up the Prophecies and Nightfall campaigns..I may try to join you.  Add Nathan Starcutter (and many others) to the list.  I'll look you up on the weekends.

Will you send you an invite tonight!
3028  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rick Roll on: August 04, 2008, 05:50:25 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on August 04, 2008, 05:31:59 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 04, 2008, 02:44:03 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on August 04, 2008, 03:50:29 AM

Yeah, I'm kind of disappointed by the mods letting this go on and on.  Jackassery is something I thought GT was above. tear

Let what go on?  I don't really care to moderate what is considered funny.  If the community doesn't care for this stuff then presumably they will be vocal in that (and indeed some have been) and perhaps peer pressure will check it. 

But nothing in these threads constitutes a breach of the CoC IMO and, as such, I don't see why these threads should have been locked.  Could they have been merged?  Perhaps but we don't do that every often either.

Personally, I don't think posting multiple threads as some sort of meta-joke is very funny and if it becomes constant then maybe we can decide on an official policy against it.  But, for now, these type of meta-jokes don't seem frequent enough to take such action. 

I just think six threads on the same topic, four of which were done just to be funny, is too much.  What's the point of moderating a board if you're going to just allow people to spam away like that? 

Also, this line from the CoC strikes me as possibly applicable:

The posting of inflammatory, rude, repetitive or offensive messages designed to annoy or antagonize other posters or disrupt the flow of discussion is not allowed here.

I'd argue that the multiple threads constitute repetitive messages designed to annoy.  You might even argue that some of them were offensive, given the issue that was originally being discussed.

People can joke around all they want, I just don't think we needed four additional threads started, as was the case in this situation.

IMHO, obviously.

I think a better question is why you're making a big whoop out of this. The threads have died out, it's a new week, and people have moved on. It's you who's keeping the threads alive with your posts. Why not simply ignore the posts if they didn't appeal to your sense of humor? This is what most of us do. Now you're calling for 'mod action' and god knows what.

I didn't want to say anything.. but, seriously, you're being petty.
3029  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 04, 2008, 02:41:07 PM
This thread is sure getting a lot of views... but, where are the responses?!  nod

We sure had some fun in Guild Wars last night. Zaxxon and Toxo joined our budding guild, then we embarked on a vanquish of The Sage Lands. This turned out to be an epic two hour undertaking, and we lost Toxo halfway as he got disconnected. But we all made a good bundle of cash (at least 6 platinum each),and got a bunch of XP and gold loot. If anyone's still itching for some GW, get in-game and send me, or Tareeq, or Zaxxon or Toxo a message. Or respond to the thread!

My toons:

Peear Geemar
Persephone Giamra
Primavera Giamra
Xterminating Angel

Tareeq's toons:

Fivefold Happiness
Polly Morphous
and a bunch of others

Zaxxon Zingledorf
and a bunch of others

Toxo Exsulum
and a bunch of others

See you in game!
3030  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Man's head falls off during bus ride! on: August 03, 2008, 04:14:36 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 03, 2008, 03:38:23 PM

as i noted in my initial post, i regard this crime as shocking and down right frightening.  i have nothing but the utmost sympathy for the victim's family and I'm apalled at the extent of evil displayed by the murderer. 

however, gallows humor has existed since the moment humans traded fins for feet (or, if you're a creationist, were plopped into the garden).  it's in our dna to make light of things that scare us.  it helps us to deal.  yes, tasteless at times.  but it doesn't mean those making jokes about the situation are any less aware of the gravity of the situation.

in any case, as pointed out, this thread was purely an attempt to poke fun at the number of threads that popped into existence after the first one.

+1. This crime is so absurd, atrocious and over the top that I think it's only human nature to try and put some distance between our everyday world and the crime with some dark humor.  Of course, we feel terrible about the victim in this situation. This poor man hit the lottery for terrible things happening to people. Think of the odds of someone going psycho in a full bus and stabbing you to death and decapitating you.
3031  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mass decapitations besiege a city! on: August 03, 2008, 03:49:22 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 03, 2008, 03:40:02 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on August 03, 2008, 06:43:53 AM

Nooooooooooo. Send me those. You got any Kim Kardashian ass shots?

you got a wide screen monitor?

My laptop is widescreen... the more the better to accomodate Miss Kardashian's fabulous ass-ets.  icon_biggrin

I was at a Fells Pt bar when you posted to me last night, Ceekay. That's why I posted that I was drunk.
3032  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mass decapitations besiege a city! on: August 03, 2008, 06:43:53 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 03, 2008, 05:09:42 AM

Quote from: PR_GMR on August 03, 2008, 05:07:31 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 03, 2008, 04:53:33 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on August 03, 2008, 03:25:27 AM

Is Wayne Brady gonna have to report a bitch?


Don't send me any ass shots, Ceekay. Oh, god I'm drunk


* CeeKay tears up the Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Jessica Alba ass shots.
Nooooooooooo. Send me those. You got any Kim Kardashian ass shots?
3033  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mass decapitations besiege a city! on: August 03, 2008, 05:07:31 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 03, 2008, 04:53:33 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on August 03, 2008, 03:25:27 AM

Is Wayne Brady gonna have to report a bitch?


Don't send me any ass shots, Ceekay. Oh, god I'm drunk
3034  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mass decapitations besiege a city! on: August 02, 2008, 11:06:17 PM
The link leads to my own film production website which is on the vanilla side. What? You thought I was Crowley or something!  icon_razz
3035  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Mass decapitations besiege a city! on: August 02, 2008, 08:54:24 PM
The thing that happened on the bus in Canada is spreading! It's happening more frequently. I couldn't believe it myself. What the (radio edit) is wrong with people! And why are they talking about a flying blade chopping people's heads off!

3036  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Guild Wars summer '08 resurgence on: August 02, 2008, 06:06:49 PM
Still looking to play some GW? The game still has a very healthy population and some of us are back playing. Tareeq and me have started a two-man guild called 'No Longer Seriously Playing' (NASA) and we're playing on weekends. Specifically, Sunday nights. If you still have goals to complete in GW we welcome you to join us, just let me know in this thread and we'll send you an invite. My main is Peear Geemar and Tareeq's is Fivefold Happiness.
3037  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers quote thread on: August 02, 2008, 05:04:41 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 02, 2008, 04:46:32 PM

and of course, for our out of context quote:

we're really taking a pounding. Don't know how much longer we can hold out.


Oh, I got you one better! I just noticed this one while watching Transformers The Movie this morning:

Spike: If this doesn't stop it, nothing will.

Bumblebee: The explosives are activated. Let's get out of here!

(Spike and Bumblebee race for the escape ship)

Bumblebee: Hurry, it's gonna blow!

(Spike and Bumblebee blast off. The moon planetoid falls into Unicron's mouth and explodes)

Spike and Bumblebee: Oright! Hurray! Way to go!

(Unicron is still there)

Spike: Look, it isn't even dented! Oh, SHIT, what are we going to do now!

Yes, he does actually say 'shit'! And this was supposed to be a kid's movie!

 icon_lol icon_lol

3038  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Transformers quote thread on: August 02, 2008, 04:17:56 PM
From: Transformers The Movie, 1987

Megatron: Prime!

Optimus Prime: One shall Stand. One shall Fall.

Megatron: Why throw away your life so recklessly?

Optimus Prime: That's a question you should ask yourself, Megatron.

Megatron: No! I'll crush you with my bare hands.

(music: You got the touch! You got the power!)

3039  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GT is recruiting! We need iPhone reviewers on: August 01, 2008, 04:05:40 PM

Quote from: Chicho on August 01, 2008, 03:36:34 PM

first post!  icon_twisted

I recently purchased the new iPhone 3G and would like to participate in the testing and reviewing of new and current apps.

Welcome Chicho. I couldn't help but notice that your username means 'little roll of stomach fat' in spanish.  icon_lol
3040  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The age of re-runs on: August 01, 2008, 04:03:27 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 01, 2008, 03:34:28 PM

Sorry, PR-GMR, but I found your screenplay of the "Louisiana Hacksaw Debacle" slightly derivative. Changing the primary villain's name to "Corduroyface" didn't really fool anybody.

Hehehe, YK. I don't like talking much on the boards about my projects. I'm one of those 'don't announce anything until you've got something to show' people. But believe me, I'm working on something and I think it's special. I'll leave it at that.

Quote from: leo
Well YK already answered it, it's money.  Financiers are not willing to take risks on expensive, unproven IP.  They just want to pump out rehash that sells lots.

Exactly. Unfortunately, now more than ever, major studios (and game companies) don't want to take risk on someting that won't sell. As an indie filmmaker, I'm looking at a very steep hill climb for my first feature film. In the end it comes down to how much passion and drive the artist has to make something original happen. Those are the standout works you'll be seeing in the next few years--from the guys who fought hard to bring them to you.
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