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1521  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.
1522  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.
1523  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.
1524  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.
1525  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!"
1526  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. "
1527  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Earthsea on: December 06, 2004, 08:49:50 PM
Some disappointing news:

It may end up decent, but....
1528  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...
1529  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...
1530  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!"
1531  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."
1532  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).
1533  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.
1534  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:

1535  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.
1536  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...
1537  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOTR Time Again - Holy crap! on: November 30, 2004, 01:04:28 AM
Of course, I still have to watch the Two Towers extended edition (I'm glad I at least proceeded to unwrap it and look through the box...)
1538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Christmas Recommendation/Wishlist Thread on: November 25, 2004, 09:57:14 PM
Rome is absolutely fun if you have any interest whatsoever
1539  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / College Football! on: November 08, 2004, 07:31:51 AM
Hey Jeff, don't forget about the SEC championship, even if they lose to GA, Auburn will likely play Tennessee again...
1540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / College Football! on: November 08, 2004, 03:53:55 AM
Sorry, but as much as I'd like to see it,  'SC wont lose to my Bruins.

Orange: USC Oklahoma
Rose: Cal Wisconsin
Sugar: Georgia WVA
Fiesta: ??? vs ACC champ

??? = Utah, Michigan, Texas, Auburn

this is assuming Georgia beats Auburn this week coming up and then wins the SEC, otherwise swap Auburn in for Georgia
1541  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Forget the Election - On to Basketball Season! on: November 04, 2004, 07:38:23 AM
Sorry, but the NBA regular season is boring.  Wake me up when the playoffs are coming.
1542  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: No Co-op Mode on: November 04, 2004, 04:11:30 AM
Even with Serious Sam there were levels in single player that don't show up in Coop.  If a level was too scripted it was simply yanked from the Coop level progression.

FWIW - I'm one of those gamers who are 99% more likely to buy if coop is in place, especially shooters.  I've skipped every shooter this year because Coop wasn't included.  I really want to play Painkiller, but I'm much more likely to actually finish it (and thereby get my money's worth) if it had Coop.
1543  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Reformatting and Install on a Dell on: November 04, 2004, 04:03:56 AM
Sounds like they just tried doing a reinstall, not a format and reinstall.  Many new dells come with another backup/tools drive/partiition that can cause problems.  Make sure to back anything needed up (files, etc..), then reformat before reinstalling.

Have a CD ready with AntiVirus +recent definitions, as well as Windows XP SP2 ready if your CD doesn't have SP2 integrated, if you possibly can.  Driver CD that came with the Dell is also mandatory (otherwise you might not be able to get a Network or modem driver going to get drivers and patches...
1544  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Burning App suggestions needed. on: November 04, 2004, 03:59:51 AM
FYI, many new CD's have some sort of copy protection built in - which may be your problem with Green Day etc...
1545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Good PC Co-op games? on: November 02, 2004, 08:37:32 PM
Quote from: "slackerjoe"
Serious Sam
Serious Sam: Second Encounter

Both are ton of fun in co-op mode. Plus the end boss in SSI is one of the best end bosses you'll ever see.

Seriously (nyuk, nyuk) these are the best recent Coop games.  Incredible fun!

You may also look for Sven's Half-Life coop mod, and people have mentioned thet System Shock 2 had a coop mode...
1546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gone Gold/Console Gold Road To Rome FAQ Updated 10-18-04 on: October 31, 2004, 05:45:58 AM
1547  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Great deals on Ram, where? on: October 19, 2004, 11:25:58 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
be very careful with Pricewatch though, in no way, shape or form would I recommend getting cheap (generic) ram. Ram is a critical piece of hardware for stability, and I wouldn't recommend skimping on it.  I like Crucial, or get Corsair or Kingston from Newegg.

I totally agree.   Use pricewatch only as a tool to see the price range, and make sure to scroll down to see what more reputable vendors (such as newegg) are charging for quality RAM of your needed type to estabilsh your baseline.

Sorry for any confusion.
1548  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Great deals on Ram, where? on: October 19, 2004, 09:56:14 PM
don't forget to swing by to find the baseline prices for your RAM.  

I've also never had a problem with crucial and they occasionally have deals...

I would also check and if there are any specials...
1549  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lays Flamin Hot potato chips on: October 19, 2004, 09:49:15 PM
I love the Flamin Hot Cheetos, but haven't looked for the Lays around.  Cheetos can be found most anywhere.  dont't lick your fingers until absolultely done eating tho, as the red dye will stick around if wet...
1550  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's the last thing you've copied and pasted? on: October 19, 2004, 09:47:25 PM
A phone number of a new contact
1551  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Cisco Router 1720 on: October 18, 2004, 08:10:20 PM
Quote from: "dmd"
I haven't messed with cisco scripts in a few years, so take all of  this with a grain of salt.  Shouldn't the ethernet interface have a 192. 168. xxx. xxx address?
Currently it's  I would think that interface needs one unregistered IP, give the firewall another  unregistered IP and tell it to look for the router address.  Have you worked out your subnets correctly?  
Are these IP's you currently have configured real?  Well, to answer my own question, I guess they are, since I could telnet to one of them.

That was my first thought too - as it also allows for a dmz, but it depends on the the firewall...
1552  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Duante Culpepper = SUPERHUMAN on: October 18, 2004, 08:07:28 PM
Quote from: "Phouka"
Quote from: "JSHAW"
It's every Viking fan's dream to see them win a Super Bowl, and every year it winds up being the same ole' song & dance; Watch Vikings kick lot's of butt then choke in the playoffs.

Brother, I hear ya.... You can always tell a true Vikings fan from a poser based on comments like these. I can't count how many times they've looked "promising" only to choke big time in post-season play.


But yet, I'm still a fan of the purple people eaters. Go figure. smile


to add to this thought, Philly already beat them too - of course, Philly has it's own troubled past...
1553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm a fool. And a sucker. on: October 12, 2004, 08:54:11 PM
Quote from: "Valael"
I think Team Fortress would be a great thing to have remade with a modern engine, but I haven't really heard anything about it.

There is the whole Team Fortress 2 rumor, but I have magazines that date back to the 90s that have screenshots of it, but still no game.  (Or I could swear it was back in the 90s).

We'll see, though.

Yeah, I remeber that too -  I think the website is still up too...
1554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [xbox] Got KOTOR, now what?? on: October 12, 2004, 06:38:25 PM
At $10, I'll pick this up even if I never play... (man is this habit getting expensive...)
1555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm a fool. And a sucker. on: October 12, 2004, 04:10:52 PM
Question - are they going to include TFC:Source as well?  I was always a bigger fan of TFC than CS...

1556  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / OK here goes on: October 12, 2004, 07:35:43 AM
What do I want from CG?

I want my home back.  I know it's not possible, but it is what I want.  As it is, this appears to be a great new home - KD the love and hard work you and the other staffers have put in looks great.  The way you have bent over backwards to be accommodating is amazing.  I can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve. I also love seeing some of the old familiar names who hadn't posted in awhile come back.  All in all major props to all of the CG staff!

I am mainly a PC gaming news ho, and don't get to game as much as I'd like, but I do own an Xbox and a few games, but I do appreciate PC content more.

Regarding Ads - I'll try to remeber to click - though I'll probably spend more time in the forums, and that does make clicking Ads tougher - maybe an unobtrusive yet relevant ad on the forum index?

Back to reality

Gold Guide - YES! I loved the links to all the reviews and fansites, as well as patches etc.  I tend to wait to pick up games, and it was SOOOOO nice to have.  I was really bummed when Andy couldn't keep it up (couldn't blame him either, but I used that thing all the time).  where exactly is it here?  Ah, I found it (I think) - Advanced Search - right?  ONe thing from GG I did like was the way that you could view all entries and scroll through them - found some interesting games that way.  As well as the new and updated blurbs.  

Would love to see PC games added to the database though converting the old GG might be tough.... PC games need it more, due to the prevalence of patches, and other post-release info/updates - consoles will get like this too, in the next gen, I believe...

Weekly values - YES!   I'm lazy about looking these things up, and there must be a lot more who are too.  (JMdiller - I saw your post and wanted to thank you for the time and effort you put in when it got shifted to you - it was, and is, appreciated).

dunno if Rich and Bill's 'Blogging' style can fit, but I really liked the daily anecdotes with gaming references and talk.  News is nice, but the personal touch was really affecting.

Quick Takes - lift test, etc. - not as important for consoles, but I think adding a 'Manual' section to a console review is nice - is backstory laid out (unlikely), is it more than a 900 number and a epileptic seizure warning?  Are the various controls and menus well laid out and easy to find for reference, without having to switch between 3-5 pages (ala Madden).

All of those resources kept me coming back again and again, especially the personal touches Rich and Bill brought to the site -- until I got sucked into the forums - then they kept me going, even after Rich, Andy, Bill and the rest of the gang couldn't provide official content.  I will always thank them for that bit that brought me so many years of joy and information.

RE: the forums - don't splinter them too much - an inactive forum really bites.  I'd rather have too few forum sections than too many.

R & P - boy oh boy can I believe the headache that would be for Moderators, but I really do miss it.  Ran into some articles on global warming I wanted to share with the community, but couldn't, and I really felt something was missing from my life (and it really isn't that empty).  However, it is sooo easy to react to an internet post in a fashion which one would never react in person, and it does tend to jack up the vitriol and gamers aren't always the best at distancing themselves from anything (why else would we be into immersive games?).  I really miss it, and would love to see it back.  Even if a lot of the posts end up as trash, the gems are so great that they can make it all worth it.  Guido_TKP's thoughtful essay on abortion, dbt's smileys to cool things off, the periodic population debates, etc.  I'll miss it if it doesn't reappear, but respect your wishes.  Active mods could help to erase many of the worst offenses, but with Moderators, moderation - eh?

Major thanks once again for taking in all of us strays.  Once again, kudos for a job well done! biggrin
1557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First post! on: October 12, 2004, 06:21:50 AM
So Hetz, did you get it?
1558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Co-op for bad gamers? on: October 12, 2004, 03:40:11 AM
Did Serious Sam (console) include Co-op?

I always keep a Tiger Woods golf and maybe PGR2 around - though neither is really co-op...
1559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Neither on: October 12, 2004, 03:25:28 AM
Sorry, I still refuse to pony up on a monthly basis for a game that I can't play enough to get my money's worth.

1560  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Skinny on Rich (and Gonegold somewhat) SEE 1ST POST EDIT on: October 11, 2004, 11:55:39 PM
Quote from: "HarveyB"
wankerjr wrote:
So is it really dead yet?

If so when's the wake?

Right here, right now.


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