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1521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Harry Potter console games? on: November 17, 2005, 12:13:09 AM
Hi all - I played and enjoyed Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone as well as Chamber of Secrets on the PC.  I then picked up the xBox version of Harry Potter and the Sorceror's stone (thinking my wife would enjoy it) to find that it was a very different game, and a pretty dull one at that, though I may not have given it much of a chance.

What's the best console HP game, and did the PC version and the console versions ever become the same or not?

1522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (10/10) on: October 10, 2005, 06:49:36 PM
Serious Sam 2 for some co-op goodness!
1523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What was the first Console game you ever played? on: October 10, 2005, 06:48:18 PM
Pong, for teh win!
1524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 is dead! PS3 has keyboard/mouse support!!!! on: September 07, 2005, 10:59:02 PM
Quote from: "DiamondDecision"
Well, Microsoft had the 360 half in the grave with not putting a hard drive on each unit, and this pretty much ends it for me...

SONY OFFICIALLY revealed many details about upcoming Playstation 3 hardware. At the game developers conference, held at the Cafe Royal, where George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde used to hobknob, the company decided to provide developers with some more information about the machinery.

We learned that despite having up to seven Bluetooth 2.0 compliant controllers, and six USB slots, and you will also be able to plug in a keyboard and a mouse. The company representative added that you will be able to play games such as Unreal Tournament 2007 with the keyboard and the mouse. This can mean the end of the auto aiming that you now have on Playstation 2, but I guess that developers will need to make the game fit the controller and keyboard and mouse.

...and this is coming from someone who currently owns an Xbox and has never owned a Playstation.  Micro$oft has been p0wned.

LINK?  I really don't believe much of anything Sony says with regards to the PS3 until I see it in the stores.  Good Lord, if my wife were a gamer, they'd say that it washes dishes.

Hmmm... come to think of it, that' not a bad idea.
1525  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / California CGers-Please Read on: July 20, 2005, 09:56:01 PM
If you have cash in the bank, should be no problem, simply pay your rent in advance.  Landlord should be amenable to add'l months in advance.  Eg just say you'll pay 3 months in advance on a 6 month lease or somesuch...
1526  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Weekly Deals for 5/8/05 Will Be Late (Read) on: May 09, 2005, 09:58:43 PM
thanks for the update.  Sounds like a wicked commute.
1527  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hybrid Cars? on: April 16, 2005, 07:43:20 PM
Quote from: "slackerjoe"
There's a hybrid version of the Lexus RX330 SUV coming soon too.

*But I'm guessing that might be a little bit out of your price range. Too bad.

the 400h - lists at 48k+

about 10k more than I would contemplate.

Toyota Highlander hybrid is coming this calendar year too.
1528  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Horror Novel Recommendations on: April 14, 2005, 06:05:06 AM
Give Muriel Grey (Gray?)'s the Trickster and Inferno a shot.
1529  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Deals of the Week on: April 02, 2005, 07:41:34 AM
Much Thanks Zarkon!
1530  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Deals of the Week on: March 28, 2005, 11:16:50 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
Deals for 3/6 posted now smile

Is this dead again?
1531  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Things that sound too good to be true... on: March 12, 2005, 07:36:48 AM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
I was thinking the same thing. I may just do that...

If you find it, please post... while not my cup of tea, I'm curious as to whether it is all BS or not.

Here's the epinions page on the book:


The book is helpful, don't get me wrong. But for the price of the book go and check it out at the library. Better yet every program in his book is available online, with criteria to be met, and the applications to go with them. Simply go to and find the program you are interested in.

The site mentioned is called Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. It is a wonderful search engine within itself. You can find information by criteria, interest, program, or look through the entire catalog at all programs.
1532  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Please help support free speech on the Net on: March 12, 2005, 07:35:02 AM
Quote from: "Sharpshooter"
Actually, Hal Turner used to run a Neo-nazi radio show but I believe it was shutdown due to lack of funds.  The reason his real estate website doesn't say anything is probably because it wouldn't be real good for business...

Quick google reveals this from ratbags:

The second site is The Hal Turner Show owned, obviously, by mad radio announcer Hal Turner. While Fred is a single-issue hater and ranter, Hal is a bit more eclectic and adds racism to the religious bigotry and homophobia. (Hal seems to be having some trouble deciding whose side he is on in the Middle East at the moment. As he hates both Arabs and Jews, he doesn't know quite what to do about the Palestinians.)
1533  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Things that sound too good to be true... on: March 04, 2005, 09:20:52 PM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
Still.. has anyone here tried Lesko's program?

  Lol, the joker/riddler. Thanks guys, lots of interesting ideas/comments so far. I really do want to know if anyone has used his program though. Anyone else care to comment?

I was thinking that it would be a good thing to look for his book at the library,  if you can find it...
1534  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Things that sound too good to be true... on: February 28, 2005, 09:57:36 PM
Most of these are Multi-Level Marketing (also known as MLM)schemes, if not outright Pyramid/Ponzi schemes.  YMMV, of course.

Pyramid scheme wiki

MLM wiki

Ponzi wiki

Even in the best case, the odds are it will end up costing you more money than you will ever make.  If they ask you for *any* money up front dial your bullshit detector to it's highest level and make sure you don't get taken.
1535  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Deals of the Week on: February 28, 2005, 09:43:50 PM
Ohhhh - My Hero!
1536  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / CBS Football Pre-Game show (rant) on: January 18, 2005, 07:55:37 PM
Quote from: "Exodor"
I just wish CBS would can it already with the little "football theme song" they play as they go to EVERy freaking commercial break.

I never really noticed it until last week, when I was watching football while my wife was around.  It about drove her crazy.  Now it gets to me, too.

Fox games are so pleasant by comparison.

Fox is horrible -- they are the ones who started adding sound effects to their graphics.  Their baseball telecasts are THE WORST.  Who the heck needs an engine racing sound to go with an animated baseball as they switch.

I think it was originally a NASCAR marketing ploy.

Now ESPN is copying it with over-decibeled sound effects for the Top 10.

end rant.
1537  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Aliens, Conspiracies, and India on: January 12, 2005, 12:29:04 AM

I love how the author of the first story is "Staff Reporter".  Couldn't even bear to put their name on the story.

Here's another story by India Daily's "Staff Reporter":

Evidence of Extra-terrestrial mind control in India – like in America politicians are forced to cover up
1538  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What classic tv show car would you choose.... on: January 11, 2005, 11:52:42 PM
The Mach 5!
1539  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need some TV recommendations on: January 11, 2005, 11:47:23 PM
I'll second Buffy, seasons 1-4.  Season 1 is very low budget but you can see the potential.  So far season 5 is good too, but the show definitely loses some of it's quirky charm as the show goes on and delves into some more 'serious' stories.  Haven't watched 6 or 7 yet.

x-files are also good - much better than I expected.  I always hated the show  based on its desire (based on my early perceptions) to promulgate UFO and conspiracy theories.

Twin Peaks - tough to find the pilot or season 2 however

The Prisoner

Other, non-SF/Action/Adventure shows:

The West Wing (seasons 1 -3).  The show drops off a cliff once Sorkin is removed from creative control.  It won multiple emmy's for a reason

SportsNight - another Sorkin show.  Entire 2-season run can be found in one DVD set.
1540  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Your anticipated games of 2005 on: January 05, 2005, 08:32:22 PM
Call of Cthulu
Serious Sam 2
1541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / your 'classics i finally played this year' list on: January 04, 2005, 06:08:34 PM
1542  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Apparently Adrenaline Vault is dead/dying on: December 31, 2004, 08:08:51 AM
Gonna miss avault too.  Excellent gaming site.  I think I'll be lost if VE and Blues go next...
1543  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / EB Games after Christmas Sale on: December 28, 2004, 08:08:03 AM
$30 for bloodlines might grab me...
1544  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 28, 2004, 08:01:35 AM
Quote from: "coopasonic"
Quote from: "Pyperkub"
One thing that some of the earlier Universals had a problem with was losing all your Macros when the batteries died.  Make sure you get one with a backup system (backup battery, other), or you will likely return it, like my roomate had to with his favorite Universal.  Otherwise you'll have to go through the hassle of reprogramming the remote frequently, as those universals can eat batteries.

Two things, memory is retained when the batteries are removed and even if you do lose all of the programming, you just need to connect the remote to your PC, log in to the harmony site and reload the programming (even if you throw your remote against the wall and have to buy a new one).

1545  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 27, 2004, 07:39:21 PM
Quote from: "coopasonic"
Quote from: "Bulletpig"
If this gave me full functionality of all my stuff with one remote I would consider it.


That's specifically why I selected this one. It can control up to 15 individual devices. As new components are released support for them is added to the configuration web site. It has enough buttons for most everything, plus up to 6 custom label buttons on the LCD screen for each activity.

In fact, this remote can switch my TV to other inputs instantly, something the remote that came with the TV couldn't do (watching a DVD meant switching the video input 5 times, no more)!

It takes some setup time, collecting model numbers on your components, configuring extra buttons that aren't automatically configured, but in the end it's completely worth it to me.

One thing that some of the earlier Universals had a problem with was losing all your Macros when the batteries died.  Make sure you get one with a backup system (backup battery, other), or you will likely return it, like my roomate had to with his favorite Universal.  Otherwise you'll have to go through the hassle of reprogramming the remote frequently, as those universals can eat batteries.
1546  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Fantasy Football] Playoff Roster Question on: December 16, 2004, 01:45:52 AM
Gotta be PIT.  PHI has injuries across the front line and might have some serious trouble stopping the run.  Also, Vinny has had some good games, whereas Manning has gone straight down.  Picks and Sacks galore.  Dallas might even give Philly a run in that game, if they have trouble stopping Jones.
1547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wheel of Time installation help! on: December 08, 2004, 07:01:19 PM
Quote from: "Bulletproof"
It's always helpful to search the publisher site for technical issues, especially for older games or obscure issues. In this case, it took me approximately 2 minutes. after typing "GO WHEEL OF TIME PC GAME" into internet explorer to find this.

Product Specific Issues for Wheel of Time on Windows® XP

and more specifically this....

Error: "Critical Error: Co-initialize"

Have fun with the game....

ONe thing, the publisher's info simply says to disable third party sw, though it does mention Gravis by name.  It's still a lame support site.
1548  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Charlie Brown Christmas allways gets me... on: December 08, 2004, 06:54:10 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "Sparhawk"
I actually think Charlie Brown Christmas is boring. The music is great, but the actual show is just a snoozefest. I thought that when I was a kid too, so it's not just an adult thing for me.

That's why I like it so much.  It's the antithesis of the Christmas season in many ways - it's low-key and quiet, unlike the high-stress, high-pressure hurry that threatens to crush us mere mortals during December.  There's plenty of OMG XMAS SANTA COMING!!!!11 specials - Charlie Brown is a nice change of pace.

Exactly.  One thing I was disappointed in last night though was the second 1/2 hour.   It did a decent job of maintaining the spirit, but I really hated the 'quick-cut' storyboarding.  It was rather jarring after the pacing of the original.  It appears as if it was done in 2002 or so, after Schulz passed.
1549  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game - Round 2 on: December 07, 2004, 09:41:44 PM
Quote from: "Crusis"
I think I messed the first quote up a bit, I think he says "I'm either in love with your daughter or I've found a new found respect for life".

But the timing with Ackryod saying the same thing 2 seconds later cracks me up every time.

There are so many great quotes in that movie.  Can't remember it but when he is talking to his therapist and says something like "why don't you want to treat me, I know where you live." is just LOL funny!

OH!  And the conversation with the dad:

"What do you do?"
"Professional killer"
"Ah - it’s a growth industry"

That Sponteneity one is tickling the back of my mind ... gimme a few.

I'll add another hint:

"Make love in a hammock!"
1550  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "The Matrix" was a rip-off? WTF? on: December 06, 2004, 08:52:49 PM
FYI I did a little hunting and the Salt Lake paper that printed that story also has a retraction where they say:

"In reference to the recent article entitled "Mother of the Matrix Victorious," some information has been deemed misleading. Ms. Sophia Stewart has not yet won her case against Joel Silver, Time Warner and the Wachowski Bros. The decision on October 4th enabled Ms. Stewart to proceed with her case, as all attempts to have it dismissed were unsuccessful. Ms. Stewart's case will proceed through the Central District Court of California. "
1551  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Earthsea on: December 06, 2004, 08:49:50 PM
Some disappointing news:

It may end up decent, but....
1552  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Earthsea on: December 06, 2004, 08:37:25 PM
Quote from: "Gedd"
Yes!  It shouldn't be hard to tell that I'm a fan of the Earthsea books. smile

LOL - I liked the first book and the recent (couple of years) bk 4, but 2 & 3 never resonated as much...
1553  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Brin's Earth a reality? on: December 03, 2004, 07:17:23 PM
Quote from: "Dreamshadow"
For the record,  Earth, by Brin, is one of my favorite science fiction novels out there.

Amen - currently he is still putting too much paradigm-shift endings into his novels, but for Earth it was appropriate and fun.

There is a lot to be gleaned about directions our future society might take in this book, as well as good read.

If you'll recall though, there were some major upheavals getting to the book's time period, the root causes of which are still present in current day society...
1554  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game - Round 2 on: December 03, 2004, 06:48:13 PM
Quote from: "Crusis"
Grosse Pointe Blank - John Cusack ...


I had googled it because I couldn't remember (and it was really bugging me - I could hear Ackroyd's voice but couldn't place it), but I didn't feel right answering - got another?  I'll throw out one in a similar vein:

"Sponteneity has it's time and place!"
1555  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game - Round 2 on: December 01, 2004, 06:27:54 AM
Quote from: "Pyperkub"
Ed Wood?

if so here's one:

"I can't even get real drugs here.":  Bonus points for context/characters...

(edit for correctness).

Hint (another line from same movie):

"Language Lessons.  Inspired words from a man who knows how to ski."
1556  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game - Round 2 on: November 30, 2004, 08:11:06 PM
Ed Wood?

if so here's one:

"I can't even get real drugs here.":  Bonus points for context/characters...

(edit for correctness).
1557  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "Supreme Court Hypocrisy" for $2000, Alex on: November 30, 2004, 05:06:37 PM
Quote from: "MrBad"
You're talking about the north frieze right?  The one depicted here:

Doesn't actually have the ten commandments.  It has Moses with commandments 6-10 partially visible.  Commandments 6-10 are not particually religious.  Additionally, other historical lawgivers appear.  Some of the other ones are also religous, such as Solomon and Muhammad.

Sweet link - thanks for teaching me something new today.
1558  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Brin's Earth a reality? on: November 30, 2004, 05:02:41 PM
Dunno if you saw this but pervasive surveillance in public places is becoming a reality:

David Brin's Earth depicted a near-future society in which pervasive surveillance had massive implications for culture.

Amazon link:

1559  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need fantasy books for my X-mas list on: November 30, 2004, 04:57:12 PM
If you can find them, here are some alternate fantasy novels that are fun:

The Shattered World - Michael Reaves
     Very fun book about a shapeshifting thief in an intriguing world setting

Dream Park - Larry Niven
      Futuristic Theme Park running D&D games in real life.

The List of 7 - Mark Frost
       Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in a Political-Mystical intrigue.

Eragon - Christopher Paolini
        Fun book with Epic ramifications about a kid finding a dragon's egg.

A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Leguin
        First book in a trilogy about a young wizard and the danger of pride.
1560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone into hacker games? on: November 30, 2004, 01:17:55 AM
Anyone seen a PDA version of Decker?  It seems like it would be perfect...
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