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3121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-Box as an HDTV DVD player on: December 07, 2004, 02:42:33 PM
Yeah, I got a ProgScan DVD player for under $40 at Wal-Mart. Tongue
3122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gameboy Multicarts? on: December 05, 2004, 02:58:20 AM
Best bet?  Contact both the police -and- Nintendo, or maybe just Nintendo.
3123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Microsoft take note: this is how you do customer service on: December 04, 2004, 02:28:42 PM
The X-Box Thompson problem (which I also suffer from) is a similar issue as Sony had with the first PS2s.  The DVD drives simply were not high quality, and had a high malfunction/failure rate.  Sony eventually owned up to it, and offered to fix them for free.  

Microsoft has yet to do this, and has a class action suit brewing, from what I've heard.  

Granted, the fact that a $150-300 CONSOLE only has a 90 day warranty is stupid to begin with.  Then again, warranties in general are dying out.
3124  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Amazon Friday Sale 12/3/04 on: December 03, 2004, 04:39:36 PM
My Wal-Mart has Demon Stone for $29.99.  What a sale Amazon has smile
3125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Jason Giambi admits using steroids on: December 02, 2004, 05:37:59 PM
I say suspend him for a year.  If Ron Artest can lose a year for starting a fight, I say Giambi can lose a year for taking drugs. Tongue
3126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Ken Jennings Thread on: December 02, 2004, 02:13:32 PM
He lost.  He was ahead 14,000 to 10,000.  The answer was something along the lines of:

This company's 400,000 white collar seasonal workers work for only four months a year.

His question:  What is Fed Ex.

The other's (and correct answer:  What is H&R Block.

Her answer came up first, and she wagered just enough to get to $14,001.

His came up, and the audience just gasped in disbelief.  But hell, he won over 2.5 MILLION dollars.   The IRS is probably quite happy slywink
3127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your GOAT of the Year so far? (console edition) on: December 01, 2004, 03:58:35 PM
Fallout Brotherhood of Steel
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
MVP Baseball 2004
Seven Samurai 20XX
Van Helsing
Showdown: Legends of Wrestling
Smackdown Vs. Raw
Way of the Samurai 2
X-Men Legends.
3128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your GOAT of the Year so far? (PC edition) on: December 01, 2004, 03:43:41 PM
Doom 3, Star Wars Battlefront, Spider-Man 2, Catwoman.

Any of those, really.
3129  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: November 29, 2004, 07:13:31 PM
+1 to ChrisGwenn for a trade.
3130  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Challenge: Build a computer for $200! on: November 29, 2004, 06:47:20 PM
Sempron 2000, 256 megs of ram, 40 gig hdd and 52x burner.

If I went with 128 meg ram, I could have dropped that down to the $185 mark or so, but you'd never run XP on it for beans smile
3131  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Challenge: Build a computer for $200! on: November 29, 2004, 06:39:51 PM - $20.00 - $82.00 - $19.00 - $32.75
- $45.95

Total before shipping:  $199.70.
3132  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for an excellent condition Gameboy Advance NON-SP on: November 28, 2004, 02:53:15 AM
Check your neighborhood Wal-Marts. They had one on sale Friday for $40, new.  Mine still has a bunch.  Outside of that, check Gamestop, they have used for $20-30.
3133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So any one else languishing at work today? on: November 26, 2004, 05:49:00 PM
No, I went into work Midnight this morning, worked until 10 AM.  At Wal-Mart.  I'm -beat-, and have to go back 10 tonight.
3134  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / EQ 2 deals? on: November 25, 2004, 01:22:20 PM
I don't know about next week, but it is/was on sale this week for $40 at Circuit City.  Last week was Target, the week before was Best Buy.  All at $40. smile
3135  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / EQ2 hints and tips on: November 24, 2004, 07:59:10 AM
Add in:  Quit and restart EQ2 every 4-5 hours, or after a dozen or so zones to fix the cache (presumably) issues with the game.
3136  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: November 14, 2004, 03:03:13 AM

Send me a PM, it'll go out next week.
3137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Scott Peterson Guilty! on: November 13, 2004, 02:15:08 PM
I'd personally expect an appeal on the basis that they couldn't prove a lot of things.  Like how it was done, for example.  

I'm not saying he's innocent.  I honestly don't care.  But there's that whole 'beyond a reasonable doubt' thing that I keep hearing about.  smile
3138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Casino PC game? on: November 13, 2004, 02:12:36 PM
I'd personally like to find one with a bit of an RPG element, like the old Vegas Stakes on the SNES.  You go around and do your gambling, and every now and again, things happen.  It makes it a bit more entertaining then just straight gambling.
3139  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: November 13, 2004, 03:16:43 AM
Other than the fact the game is -OLD-, it's a point-and-click adventure game.  It's not bad, when I played it, just never finished it due to frustration smile  It got -tricky-.

It's kinda like a dark Superhero tale.

A review is at
3140  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Marvel sues NCSoft on: November 12, 2004, 06:49:35 PM
Actually, a number of Freedom Force fansites were given Cease and Desist orders about a number of the fan-made Marvel-based characters that were created.
3141  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / EQ2 DVD Version for... on: November 12, 2004, 02:26:52 PM
Is it on sale next week?
3142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA SP sequel? It's not DS on: November 11, 2004, 03:01:38 AM
The DS is meant to be a companion for the GBA.  The DS is aimed at 18-21 year olds biggrin and the GBA is for teenagers biggrin

Remember, the DS is not fully backward compatible, only up to the GBA.  The sequel to the GBA SP will likely be, and probably be at least as powerful as the N64 was (as the DS), and maybe a portable Gamecube?
3143  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / WTTS Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 & 2 (GC) on: November 10, 2004, 06:13:56 AM
I have a used copy of PSO for GC, replaced with PSO Plus.  I haven't used the online code for it.  It's up for trade / sale.  If I sell, it will be for $20 + shipping.
3144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tips on using the Datel USB "MAX Drive" for PS2? on: November 09, 2004, 12:21:43 AM
Oh.  And remember to NEVER delete more than 1 file at a time.  If you do, it'll corrupt the memory card, and you'll have to format...losing every save on it. frown
3145  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: November 07, 2004, 04:32:23 PM
Drop me a line with your info.  It might take a week or two to go out though smile
3146  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: November 07, 2004, 02:26:55 PM
Adding GTA3 for PC, as I just got the double pack for X-Box. smile
3147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Official Contest Thread on: November 05, 2004, 06:54:44 AM
Man, this thread died. smile
3148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P] Fox News projects Ohio to Bush on: November 03, 2004, 08:17:45 AM
CNN had him on.  CNN is officially calling Ohio too close to call.  They're also showing reports from Iowa that say they won't have a final tally until tomorrow due to a couple of counting machines breaking down and fatigue among election workers.  We won't have a definite President until tomorrow at the earliest, November 13-14th at the latest.
3149  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: October 31, 2004, 11:40:32 PM
Did Anarchy Online make it out all right, by the way?
3150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [p] Is Bush really better at the war on terror on: October 29, 2004, 06:23:15 AM
I take it they have sources for all of their data, as Michael Moore does?

From F 9/11:  "As the attack took place, Mr. Bush was on his way to an elementary school in Florida.  When informed of the first plane hitting the World Trade Center, where terrorists had struck just eight years prior, Mr. Bush decided to go ahead with his photo opportunity."

Note:  it should be emphasized that at the time Bush was notified of the first plane attack, he (unlike the rest of America) was already aware that Osama bin Laden was planning to attack America by hijacking airplanes, per the August 6, 2001, Presidential Daily Brief (PDB).  He was also aware, of course, that the World Trade Center had been historically a target for terrorist attacks.  he nonetheless went ahead with this photo opportunity in a school full of children.

Source:  "Mr. Bush arrived at the school, just before 9 AM, expecting to be met by its motherly principal, Gwen Rigell.  Instead he was pulled sharply aside by the familiar, bulky figure of 51-year-old Karl Rove, a veteran political fixer and trusted aide of both Mr. Bush and his father, George Sr.  Mr. Rove, a fellow Texan with an expansive manner and a colorful turn of phrase, told the President that a large commercial airliner (American Flight 11) had crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.  Mr. Bush clenched his teeth, lowered his bottom lip and said something inaudible.  Then he went into the school."  William Langley, "Revealed:  What Really Went on During Bush's 'Missing Hours,'" The Telegraph, December 16, 2001.

Source:  "The airborne attack on the World Trade Center was at least the second terrorist attempt to topple the landmarks.  In 1993, terrorists sought to bomb one building so that it would explode and fall into the other.  The plot did not succeed, but six people were killed and more than 1,000 injured." Cragg Hines, "Terrorists Strike from Air; Jetliners Slam into Pentagon, Trade Center" Houston Chronicle, September 11, 2001.

Source:  August 6, 2001, Presidential Daily Brief (PDB), "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike Inside US":  "Al-Qa'ida members--including some who are US citizens--have resided in or traveled to the US for years, and the group apparently maintains a support structure that could aid attacks.... FBI information since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York."  August 6, 2001, "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike Inside US,"

As far as the Carlyle Group goes, they forget to note the fact that GWBush was on the board of directors for Caterair, which was owned by the Carlyle Group.  This was in the early 1990s.  Article title is:  "Little-Known Carlyle Scores Big,"  New York Times, March 26, 1991.   He was with them until 1994, according to the Houston Chronicle in a September 17, 1994 article titled "Campaign '94 Fisher's Staff Slips Up on Spanish".  

Then you've got GHWBush joining the Carlyle Group along with James Baker and former Defense Secretary Frank C. Carlucci in the mid 90s, "The Barreling Bushes; Four Generations of the Dynasty Have Chased Profits Through Cozy Ties with mideast Leaders, Spinning Webs of Conflicts of Interest," Los Angeles Times, October 26, 2001.

You've got the Bin Laden Family investing in Carlyle in 1994, and GHW Bush visited their family HQ in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  "Bin Laden Family Liquidates Holdings with Carlyle Group," New York Times, October 26, 2001.

As far as more ties, you've got the fact that James Baker, former British PM John Major, GHWBush, Shafiq bin Ladin (OBL's half-brother), and others were in the same room in Washington DC on 9/11 when the towers were hit.  Dan Briody, The Iron Triangle (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2003), pp 139-140.  Also, "What Do George Bush, Arthur Levitt, Jim Baker, Dick Darman, and John Major Have in Common? (They All Work for the Carlyle Group)," Fortune, March 18 2002.

The bin Ladens had to withdraw from the Carlyle group (aforementioned NYT article) due to the scrutiny after 9/11, but GHWBush stayed on the Asia Board until October 2003, as per

Oh, and Moore never says the Saudis gave -The Bushes- 1.4 Billion.  The quote is:

"Another group of people invest in you, your friends, and their related businesses $1.4 billion over a number of years."

Source:  "In all, at least $1.46 billion had made its way from the Saudies to the Houst of Bush and its allied companies and institutions." Craig Unger, House of Bush, House of Saud (Scribner, 2004), p 200.  For a complete breakdown of the investments, see Unger's Appendix C, pp. 295-298.  This number includes investments made and contracts awarded at the time Bush's friends were involved in the Carlyle Group.  

I'm counting about a page and a half of sources on this one.  I wish I could just OCR it, my hands are getting sore smile

All of the stuff I'm getting is from The Official Fahrenheit 9/11 Reader by Michael Moore.  For the screenplay alone, it's worth $10.  Add in all the letters, essays, newspaper articles, and the sources for everything...

But hey...if you're bound and determined to vote for Bush, this won't change your mind.  In fact, you'll find a website to refute it, back and forth smile
3151  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Everyone's List of Games - *closing end of 2005* on: October 29, 2004, 05:55:24 AM
Expect none of these to be for trade.  It's just a list of what I have.  

Amped (PH)
Beyond Good and Evil
Burnout 3: Takedown
Chronicles of Riddick
Crimson Skies
Deus Ex 2: Invisible War
Grand Theft Auto 3
Grand Theft Auto Vice City
Jet Set Radio Future
Major League Baseball 2K5
Metal Gear Solid 2 Substance
Ninja Gaiden
Panzer Dragoon Orta
Sega GT 2002
Top Spin
Xbox Live Arcade
X-Men Legends

Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits
Armored Core 3
Auto Modelista
Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter
Champions of Norrath
DDR Max 2
Dark Cloud
Dark Cloud 2
Devil May Cry
Dynasty Warriors 5
Dynasty Warriors 4 Xtreme Legends
Fatal Frame
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly
Final Fantasy X-2
Front Mission 4
Jak and Daxter (GH)
Katamari Damacy
Kingdom Hearts
La Pucelle Tactics
Phantom Brave
Samurai Warriors
Shadow Hearts
Shadow Hearts Covenant
Smackdown: Here Comes The Pain!
Soul Calibur 2
Space Channel 5 Special Edition
Spider-Man 2
Suikoden 3
Twisted Metal Black Online
Victorious Boxers
Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution (GH)
Wild Arms 3
Xenosaga Episode 1

Animal Crossing
Eternal Darkness
Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition
Phantasy Star Online Episode 1&2 Plus
Phantasy Star Online Episode 3


Final Fantasy 8
Final Fantasy Tactics

Wild Arms 2

11th Hour
Age of Wonders
American McGee's Alice
Anarchy Online (all but Alien Invasion)
Baldur's Gate 2
Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal
Berlitz Passport to 31 Languages
Blade Runner
City of Heroes
Civilization 3
Civilization III: Conquests
Command and Conquer Red Alert 2
Command and Conquer Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge
Command and Conquer Renegade
Contract J.A.C.K.
Crimson Skies
Descent: Freespace
Descent: Freespace Silent ThreatDeus Ex
Diablo 2
Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction
Divine Divinity
Dungeon Hack
Empire Earth
Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest
Enter the Matrix
EVE Online
Everquest (All but Dragons of Norrath)
Everquest 2 + Starter Kit
Europa Universalis
Fallout 2
Final Fantasy XI
Freedom Fighters
Freedom Force
Freespace 2
Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within
Galactic Civilizations
Heroes of Might and Magic: Millennium Edition
Homeworld Cataclysm
Icewind Dale
Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter
Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos
Instant Immersion Japanese (4 CDs)
Leisure Suit Larry's Greatest Hits and Misses (1-3, 5)
Majesty Gold Edition
Master of Magic
Master of Orion 2
Mechwarrior 2 Mercenaries
Might and Magic
Might and Magic 2
Might and Magic Millennium Edition
Might and Magic 8: Day of the Destroyer
Morrowind Game of the Year Edition
MVP Baseball 2004
Need for Speed High Stakes
Need for speed Hot Pursuit
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2
Need for Speed Porche Unlimited
Need for Speed Underground
Neverwinter Nights + Both Expansions
No One Lives Forever
No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'S Way
Planescape Torment
Pool of Radience: Ruins of Myth Drannor
Quake Shareware
Rage of Mages 2: Necromancer
Railroad Tycoon 2
Railroad Tycoon 2: The Second Century
Rails Across America
Republic The Revolution
Return of the Phantom
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact
Serious Sam
Serious Sam: The Second Encounter
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
Soldier of Fortune
Star Control 2
Star Trek: Birth of the Federation
Star Wars Galaxies
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Starcraft: Brood War
Syndicate Plus
Syndicate Wars
Tachyon The Fringe
Take No Prisoners
Thief 2: The Metal Age
Tie Fighter: Collector's Edition
Tron 2.0
Ultima IX: Ascension
Ultimate Wizardry Archives (Wizardry 1-7)
Unreal Gold
Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition
Vampire the Masquerade: Redemption
Warcraft II: Edition
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
Warcraft III: Frozen Throne Expansion
Warlords 4
Wing Commander 3
Wing Commander 4
Wing Commander Prophecy
Wizards and Warriors
World of Warcraft
X: Beyond the Frontier
X-Com UFO Defense
X-Com Terror From the Deep
X-Wing Alliance
X-Wing Vs. Tie Fighter
X-Wing Vs. Tie Fighter: Balance of Power
3152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [p] Is Bush really better at the war on terror on: October 29, 2004, 03:32:24 AM
Oh, that's definitely true.  In fact, F9/11 -says- that the Saudis own like 850 billion dollars of US stuff, and have close to between 1 and 2 Trillion in our banks and the stock market.  

But hey, it dosen't mean you adopt them into your family, like the Bush family did. *grin*

Like I said, and as the pollster guy on tonight's Daily Show put it...for me, it's not Bush vs. Kerry.  It's Bush vs. Not-Bush.  And Not-Bush gets my vote.
3153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [p] Is Bush really better at the war on terror on: October 29, 2004, 02:49:47 AM
I think that Kerry deserves the chance to -show- that he can be a better leader and President than Bush has been.  Viewing Bush's presidency has been akin to watching a long car wreck.  It's horrifying to see, terrifying to experience, but you just can't turn your head away from it, for fear of what you might miss, and for fear of what's going to happen next.

Bush terrifies me.  The ties he has with the Taliban, the Saudis, and the Bin Laden family, as well as the ties the inner core of the Bush Presidency has with Big Business, which has grown immensely wealthy off of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq and 9/11 itself, scares the hell out of me.

The thought of four more years of Bush in office, making America the most hated country in the world, and where he might decide to invade -next- (Iran?  North Korea?) makes me want to cry.  

Oh, and as far as flip-flopping goes?  The Bush presidency has shown enough of -that- on Saddam Hussain himself.  As far as Kerry goes, the one thing he's been guilty of is believing in our president, and following his leadership.  He voted for the war in Iraq because he believed what he had been told.  Yes, we had bad information.  However, the President and John Ashcroft both had information before 9/11 about terrorist activities.  Bush ignored it as late as August of 2001.  Ashcroft flat out told the interim head of the FBI that he didn't want to hear it.

Then you've got the fact that no one even READ all of the Patriot Act before they voted it in.  

This presidency scares me to my very core.
3154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [p] Is Bush really better at the war on terror on: October 29, 2004, 02:25:25 AM
Actually, it stands to reason that if you're the President, and you're told flat out that "Our country has been attacked." that the intelligent and responsibile thing to do would have been (to the teacher) "Excuse me, ma'am.  I'm going to have to call this short.   I'm sorry."  (to the children), "It's been a pleasure visiting with you all today, take care."  then get out of the room, calmly and rationally, and FIND OUT WHAT THE HELL WENT DOWN.

The point remains that Bush did enough dicking around that he was pretty damn ineffectual.  

See, I even voted for Bush for Governor of Texas, and for President in 2000.  It won't matter that I'm voting for Kerry next week, because Bush'll win Texas.  The fact still remains that if he was in a job that he was hired to do (instead of elected), that he'd have long since been fired.  

It's not that Kerry's the right man for the job.  It's that Bush has proven over the past 3.5 years that he's the wrong man for the job.

At the best, it shows that Bush has been led by the hand by his staff and 'advisors' for the past four years.  At the worst, he's nothing more than a puppet President, and we don't need that.  

Oh, and there's also the fact that he himself has said that he views himself as more of a 'war president'.  Gee.  That's what we needed.  More war.
3155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [p] Is Bush really better at the war on terror on: October 29, 2004, 02:05:34 AM
Here's the difference though.  Kerry was a senator at the time.


See the difference in the level of responsibility there?  

By the way?  Every fact noted in F9/11 is -documented-.  Bush sitting there blankly?  On film.  Bush spending 40% of the first 3 years of his time in office on vacation or en route?  Documented.  The ties between the people I mentioned, including the Bin Ladens, the Taliban, and the companies?  All documented.   Moore -did- check his facts, and then wrote a book listing each of them as a huge bibliography.

I can provide links easily enough. smile
3156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [p] Is Bush really better at the war on terror on: October 29, 2004, 01:01:45 AM
Suggestion:  Watch Fahrenheit 9/11.  Yes, I know it's anti-Bush.  But listen to the facts presented.  Look at the ties between Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft, Bush Sr., James Baker, the Bin Laden family, the Taliban, and the companies that tie them all together.  It's freaking -scary-.  Look at Bush's INITIAL reaction on 9/11, and how long it took him to even respond normally.  Look at what happened in the month or so -after- 9/11.  Look at who the Patriot Act targetted (Civic Peace Groups, a guy venting at a gym, et al).  

If you can honestly say, after watching that film, that Bush has done a good job against terror, or a good job in general....then I honestly have no hope for you.

This isn't a slam, either.  Just watch it.  Please.

And Vote your conscience on 11/2.
3157  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: October 28, 2004, 04:04:56 AM
+1 to Ragnarok for a PIFF.
3158  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: October 28, 2004, 04:04:05 AM
Got DD the other day, Ragnarok.  Feedback coming.
3159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P] An Open Letter to Libertarians on: October 28, 2004, 03:59:43 AM
I thought we didn't have a R&P forum? smile
3160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / GG revisted The Infamous Wet T-Shirt Topic (NSFW) on: October 27, 2004, 04:19:50 AM
No, I think that's lust.  Because I'm there too.  :twisted:
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