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1  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Carnival Season 1 $20 on: June 17, 2008, 02:27:25 AM
Thanks for the heads up. I've been waiting for a price break on this. And season 2 is also $19.99. In for both seasons.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Chinese county massacres 50,000 dogs on: August 11, 2006, 02:13:24 AM
I have 6 dogs - count me among the dog freaks.  What they are doing is totally unacceptable IMHO.  There has to be other ways to deal with the problem.  When we kill stock animals for food, at least it is usually a quick death.  Beating an animal to death is not humane.  Dogs are intelligent creatures, with distinct and unique personalities and most dog owners regard their dog as a family member.  Thus, it is particularly hard for us accept such an atrocity.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Took in a stray/abandoned/runaway dog on: June 22, 2006, 03:22:37 AM
I've rescued several dogs over the years, and have never regretted it.  I have 3 "rescues" currently, and they are great companions.  They are so devoted.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Are you in debt? on: July 01, 2005, 06:58:03 AM
About $30,000 owed on my home equity line of credit for car, home improvements, 4 wheeler, and my daughter's college education, but I have about 3.5 times that much in savings, and my mortgage is paid off (2 years ago).  I'm going to try to get the credit line paid down $10,000 per year for next three years, then I'll tap into it again to buy a new car (yeah).  Sometimes I worry that I'm only saving a meager 4.6 percent of my salary, but I guess I'm doing OK.  BTW, I'm about 5 years away from retirement eligibility.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where do you live - and what's so special about it? on: May 22, 2005, 08:32:27 PM
Rolla, Missouri- Small town of 15000 or so in south central Missouri, home to Univ. of Missouri Rolla, which is primarily engineering oriented. We also have a USGS mapping center, at least for a while longer.  Our main claim to fame is we are fairly close to the Ozark National Scenic Rivers, a couple of beautiful, spring fed, free flowing rivers that are ideal for a lazy float trip.  I've lived here 19  years, no plans to move now.
6  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Project Snowblind <$20 on: May 21, 2005, 12:08:11 AM
Nothing too exciting, but Project Snowblind has dropped to under $20 at and Walmart B&M.  Also, Bad Mojo Redux is $9.99 at
7  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Scrapland and Cold Case Files $10 at Compusa on: February 28, 2005, 01:32:44 PM
These games were recently reduced to $9.99 on the website, and Scrapland is also confirmed that price at B&M.
8  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Amazon Friday Sale 2/18/05 on: February 18, 2005, 03:01:01 PM
The price on Armies of Exigo is pretty good.  It is still going for $40 almost everywhere.  Game has received mostly positive reviews (Gamerankings composite of 73%).  Thanks for the heads up.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / @#$%&@#$% Freaking ATI! I want my HL2 as promised! on: February 13, 2005, 11:22:34 PM
I didn't buy the video card because of the game, but will sure influence my next video card purchase unless ATI makes good on this.  I won't get burned twice by the same company.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / @#$%&@#$% Freaking ATI! I want my HL2 as promised! on: February 13, 2005, 11:05:37 AM
I agree with OP.  I think ATI has been very misleading concerning this promotion.  To begin with, if you choose the CD option, they charge you $10 for shipping.  Already, this makes the offer not so free.  To make matters worse, they offered a "bonus" offer on their website which included a bundle of the original halflife and expansions.  I ordered the bonus, paid the $10 under the impression that I would receive HL2 CDROM as part of this bonus.  So when the game was released, I waited and waited, but no HL2 CD.  I finally emailed them, and they told me I would have to pay another $10 for the HL2 CD.  Now, I'm up to $20 if I choose to get the CDROM.  I am very unhappy with ATI for the misleading information on their website to the point that I will probably not buy another ATI card.
11  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / New HOMM3 Complete -- Only ~$17 shipped from on: February 11, 2005, 01:24:38 AM
By far my favorite game of all time.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Survey] What do you do for a living? on: February 08, 2005, 07:50:30 AM
I think that answers any question I've ever had about why government employees seem like they couldn't care less.

Most of the people at the state agency I work for care deeply about what they do.  Many of us frequently put in over 40 hours/week.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Survey] What do you do for a living? on: February 05, 2005, 03:34:37 AM
I'm a dam inspector.  Civil Engineer.  I like dam inspecting.
14  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / bad experience on: February 04, 2005, 03:54:38 AM
What do you expect them to do ? They should pay for the return shipping, though..

I expect them to either send me a replacement or refund my money.  Why should they expect me to return the game because of their screwup? It isn't even a game, the game CDs are missing.  It is an empty box
15  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / bad experience on: January 20, 2005, 12:55:58 AM
I guess I'm just unlucky.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Goodby Gia on: January 19, 2005, 02:58:32 AM
That is so sad Happydog.  I feel for you and your wife.  I have six very loved and spoiled dogs, and I can't bear the thought of losing any of them.  I know it must happen someday-that is why I give them lots of treats and petting now while I still can.  Do yourself a favor and get a new pet in honor of Gia.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [LOST] Evangeline Lilly on Leno tonight 1/17 on: January 19, 2005, 02:53:00 AM
She didn't really strike me as ditzy, and mmm,mmm did she look good in that little low cut dress.  I feel like such a dirty old man for the thoughts I was having as I watched her walk out on the stage.
18  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / bad experience on: January 19, 2005, 02:49:15 AM
This isn't a "deal", but I want to warn anyone who is considering ordering from, do so at your own risk.  I recently received an order from them, and one of the games obviously had been opened and the CD was missing.  I paid for an empty box.  Now, they are telling me I must return the game, either by mail or by going to an EBGames store to get a refund or replacement  Has anyone else had any bad experiences with  BTW, all the games in my order had light to moderate damage to the boxes.  The one that had the missing CD was heavily damaged.  I've ordered numerous times from Amazon and Gamestop, and their products always arive in mint condition (as they should).  I'm about to stop buying from EBGames.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Entire backlog of games gone...out the window! on: January 14, 2005, 03:52:48 AM
Well, I certainly can sympathize - I have a large PC game collection, which I keep in the basement.  Over Christmas, while I was out of town, a water pipe broke, and doused about 150 of my PC games.  Not a total loss I suppose, since the CD's still seem to work after a good drying, but the manuals and any other documentation such as quick reference cards were pretty much ruined.  I still get a sick feeling when I think about it.
20  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / PC games price drops on: December 18, 2004, 12:53:10 AM
It has been my experience that in-store prices are not always the same as the online prices.  The prices I mentioned are online-I don't know if they are available in-store. does offer cheap shipping if you don't mind waiting a little longer for $1.99 per order.
21  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / PC games price drops on: December 17, 2004, 05:09:38 AM
Well Rob,

I looked again tonight because you mentioned Deus Ex: IW, which was listed at $4.99 just 2 nights ago.  It seems that they have changed the prices again, some lower, some higher.  Perimeter dropped another $5 to $4.99 for instance.  I'm not sure what is going on.  Deus Ex obviously was increased.  I guess it is a day to day right now.
22  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / PC games price drops on: December 15, 2004, 01:59:11 PM
EBgames has dropped the price on a boatload of PC games.  Examples are Chrome and Perimeter for $9.99 each.  Many $5 games and some even less than $5.  Looks like they are trying to clear them out before the year's end.
23  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / 12 Days of Madness Sale from on: December 10, 2004, 07:08:04 AM
Another great Gogamer deal on the third day of Madness:

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within      $26.90
Full Spectrum Warrior                    $19.90

I'm going to go broke for sure by Christmas if Gogamer keeps this up.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / real simple: How do I play Half-life 2 w/o steam??? on: November 24, 2004, 04:23:58 AM
Quote from: "Jack Burton"
Quote from: "bobclay54"
If I wasn't getting the game free with my video card purchase, I don't think I would buy it, just because of the screwy activation thing.  I want my paid for games to work out of the box.  If that means a few copies may get pirated, so be it.  Don't punish the honest user for the sins of a few.  Anyone else feel this way?

You wouldn't buy it?  Meaning you would NEVER play it?  Because if you play it and you didn't buy it you are a pirate.  All that because of a little bit of a problem that Valve fixed already?  That makes games expensive and screws developers in the ass.  STEAM may be buggy but it is good for the industry and c'mon guys... nothing is perfect.  Anyone complaining is a potential pirate and condones piracy or just really likes to bitch.  If all of you guys complaining about steam think you could do a better job then do it!  All you need is a computer and a compiler (free).  I'm confident that the guys making this stuff have a pretty good idea about what their doing and has everyone's best interest in mind including them trying to earn their well earned cash.  Give 'em a break, buy the game and enjoy!  Its one of the best games ever.

I don't mean to harp on anyone specifically but C'mon.  Half Life 2 is well worth even a day of patience.

Anyone up for a game of Counter Strike: Source?   Look for =OTCH=J
ack Burton in steam (when they get the friends stuff working) smile

You totally took my message wrong.  No, I don't advocate piracy, I buy all my games, and I think piracy is totally wrong.  I'll play the game because I'm getting it as part of a video card special offer, so I have paid for the game, albeit indirectly.  I'm sure the game is great, and Valve should be paid for their work.  I just don't like buying a game I can't use right out of the box.  I think that penalizes honest users such as myself.  If you are willing to put up with it  fine.  I'm not.  This is not an attack on you personally, so please don't take it as such.  I was just wondering if anyone else felt as I do.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / real simple: How do I play Half-life 2 w/o steam??? on: November 19, 2004, 12:37:13 AM
If I wasn't getting the game free with my video card purchase, I don't think I would buy it, just because of the screwy activation thing.  I want my paid for games to work out of the box.  If that means a few copies may get pirated, so be it.  Don't punish the honest user for the sins of a few.  Anyone else feel this way?
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tom Hanks = Robert Langdon? on: November 15, 2004, 06:54:01 PM
Lest anyone is following this, heres the news from Reuters:

Tom Hanks (news) is expected to step into the scholarly shoes of Robert Langdon, the professor who unravels the mystery of the Holy Grail in the film version of Dan Brown's phenomenally successful novel "The Da Vinci Code."
27  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Thief: Deadly Shadows for PC $19.99 @ EB on: November 12, 2004, 06:05:30 AM
Thanks for posting this. I've been waiting for an under $20 price on this games.  I'll be at EB on Saturday to pick this game up.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What dollar value do you put on an hour of entertainment? on: November 01, 2004, 07:17:04 PM
For extremely high. entertainment value, for instance, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I probably would have paid $30 per movie. Fortunately, i didn't have to pay that much, but I would have.   I am willing to pay $50 for a ticket to see my OSU Cowboys play football, which works out to around $15 per hour.  I have to say that would probably be my upper limit, although I might spring for the $90 to $100 it would cost to see one of the Circque de Soleil (sp?)shows someday.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox v. Cards on: October 27, 2004, 07:05:22 AM
Cards are toast, Sox in 4.
30  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic $9.99 at CC on: October 24, 2004, 04:24:25 AM
According to a post on Fatwallet, starts 10/24 at Circuit City (PC version)
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