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4001  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So I type fast - leave me be! on: January 21, 2005, 07:07:00 PM
Quote from: "croman"
I just did a test at and these were my results.

48 wpm on that test and I type with 4 fingers (plus thumb on the space bar) and have to look at my fingers from time to time.

Imagine if I could actually learn how to type properly!
4002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What was the Last Game you were Addicted to? on: January 20, 2005, 06:42:21 PM
Quote from: "AttAdude"
Quote from: "coopasonic"
uhhh... blah blah blah

Never knew you where a chess head, id love a match one day when you have the time.  im gonna go check out that site now.

I love chess but I'm not terribly good. Win or lose, I usually learn something. The thing I like about the site I linked is that you don't have to worry about having enough time as the games generally take place over several days. Not the best place for the impatient, but if you subscribe you can play dozens of games at a time so you aren't always waiting for others to move. Non-subscribers are limited to 6 games at a time.

If you sign up send a challenge to coopasonic

You can reply on the post I made in the Off-topic forum a few weeks back to avoid taking this thread too far off topic.
4003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What was the Last Game you were Addicted to? on: January 20, 2005, 06:15:03 PM
uhhh... I've played maybe 2 hours of other games since the time I found this site. Combine it with Chessmaster 10 when I'm waiting for opponents to move and I have no need for other games.
4004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsports car list on: January 20, 2005, 06:13:20 PM
Quote from: "angrycoder"
"Microsoft Announces Unprecedented Fleet for Forza Motorsport
Forza Motorsport Peels Out of the Garage with More Than 230 Car"

'Unprecendented' crosses the line from bullshit marketing hyperbole to ouright lie. Numerous games over the past 5 years have shipped with a large stable of cars and the 230 number has even been exceeded by a little independant cult classic game on the PS1 called gran turismo 2.

Unprecedented... No prior game has had that exact list of 230 cars. It's unprecedented! See, not a lie. They didn't say most cars ever, you just read it that way, which would be their intent. slywink
4005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Amazing Race 1/18 on: January 19, 2005, 06:08:36 PM
Quote from: "toger"
Could someone please explain to me why Hellboy & Rebecca placed the yield on Kendra & Freddie? Doing that only helped Jonatha & Victoria in getting that second donkey - although in the end, they ended up coming in last anyway (Huzzah!) What was the point of that?  :?

Lack of free will.
4006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsports car list on: January 19, 2005, 02:14:06 AM
2005 Ford Mustang GT

Guess I'll pick it up and see. slywink
4007  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Elektra - ouch.... on: January 17, 2005, 02:31:35 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
Has anyone actually gone and seen the movie?

I've seen it... geenrally I am pretty easy to please with movies. As long as it is fun, I don't mind plotholes and shaky acting.  For instance, I enjoyed Blade 3 and Daredevil. I simply liked Daredevil being brought to life, despite my disappointment in their choice for actor (not an action star Ben, sorry).

I went in to Elektra without any real expectations other than what is in this thread, I didn't read any of the reviews (and still haven't). I found the movie to be hmmm... lukewarm. There wasn't enough action to keep it fun, there wasn't enough of Sidn.. err.. Jennifer's skin to keep me interested. The story wasn't enough to cover the shortcomings in other departments.

To sum it up, bleh.
4008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Supporting the economy, and why my gf rocks. on: January 12, 2005, 04:49:50 AM
Grats that's the baby brother to mine, had it for 9 months or so now and totally loving it.
4009  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do I need a passport to travel to Canada from the US? on: January 12, 2005, 03:58:56 AM
Sorry I didn't even think to ask how you were getting there... never flown international.
4010  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do I need a passport to travel to Canada from the US? on: January 12, 2005, 02:29:37 AM
I've been to Canada a dozen or so times, they've never asked for a passport. Only once did they even ask for ID. As long as you are an american citizen, you're good.
4011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dance Dance Revolution? on: January 11, 2005, 06:58:21 PM
Quote from: "Vesper"
I'm not sure how "good" of pads you got, but there's a pretty wide variety available if you ever want to upgrade.  All the way up to metal monstrosities that replicate the arcade machine.  The pads I have are Buy & Shop's DX pads, which have 3" foam padding inside.  Works quite well.


The Konami pad that came with the bundle seems very serviceable (very thin compared to a 3" pad!). I haven't had it fail me yet. The only problem I have is that I play on an area rug and the non-slip surface of the pad isn't really very grippy against the rug and the pad slowly rotates clockwise as I play. I have to adjust it between songs.. not that big a deal, but annoying. I'm trying to think of a way to keep it still without messing up the rug.
4012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is a Flash iPod on the horizon? on: January 11, 2005, 02:22:42 PM
Quote from: "disarm"
Quote from: "Fireball1244"
Then it appears you may prefer the iPod mini.

as the owner of a 20GB iPod, i still can't understand the appeal of the iPod Mini...unless you absolutely have to have a cute color.

36% smaller by volume, 16% cheaper by retail price and a lot of us simply don't have a need for 20GB of storage.

I have a 6 disc MP3/CD player in my car with only one disc in it because I don't really have more than 650-700MB of songs (12 albums, about 10 hours, in my case) I care to listen to regularly... why do I need capacity for 5,000 songs?

a 1GB Flash player would be about perfect for me...
4013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dance Dance Revolution? on: January 10, 2005, 11:58:43 PM
I know, I know my man card is in Jeopardy just by posting this... I'm wondering if anyone here has checked it out (it's more fun than you imagine... really!)

Back in the summer, my company's IT department had a "fun day" at Dave & Busters, free lunch, games, drinks, billiards, etc and someone asked me if I wanted to try DDR. I gave it a shot and found myself enjoying it... though not exactly great at it. I wanted to play more but found my miserable failures at anything beyond the lowest difficulty levels to be a bit embarrassing...

Much to my wife's dismay, I put a DDR game with pad on my christmas list. I didn't get it, but I did get a Best Buy gift card, so I bought myself DDR Ultramix 2 with dance pad for xbox and I spent a couple of hours with it this weekend. It's a lot of fun. The interface is pretty simple, the difficulty ranges from "yawn", to "holy crap how can a  single human ever possibly hit all those steps" and everything in between. A lot of techno/dance music duh, which isn't really my thing, but isn't too bad.

How could I like a game so much and only play it for two hours over an entire weekend? Holy crap is it a lot of exercise... that's a very good thing for me. slywink
4014  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What classic tv show car would you choose.... on: January 09, 2005, 05:19:48 PM
Toss-up between the Gran Torino and the Charger... the rest are all garbage in comparison.
4015  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Rear Projection TVs no good for gaming? on: January 06, 2005, 09:50:40 PM
57" Sony RP CRT, I played some pretty long sessions of GTA:SA  as well as a number of other games without any burnin issues.
4016  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Which DVD/CD Burning software do you use? on: January 06, 2005, 07:02:59 PM
I use the Nero software that came with my Sony DVD burner. No problems with it.
4017  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: January 06, 2005, 07:00:17 PM
Quote from: "Jancelot"
I was going to get a 676/680 but now I might just go ahead and snag the 880.  Did they say when it will be available?

Haven't seen any specific dates, you can sign up on the website to be notified when it is available so I'm guessing they don't have a release date.

My setup took about 20 minutes initially and the rest is just figuring out which buttons I'm missing and finding a place for them. It only takes a minute or two to make changes when you find you need to modify something.
4018  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: January 06, 2005, 02:38:49 PM
Logitech introduced the NEW best universal remote ever at CES

color screen, lithium-ion battery with charging docking station... nice freaking timing!
4019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why ConsoleGold is bad for my marriage... on: January 06, 2005, 04:58:09 AM
I played through the tutorial section of Beyond Good & Evil, just long enough to get to where I could save the game. I like the graphical style.. the combat is a lot of hack and slash it seems, and taking pictures... uh, we'll see. biggrin

I played the first few levels of Katamari Damacy as well, seriously psycho game, but oddly enjoyable as well. Still getting used to the controls on that one.. seems like something my wife could play tho.
4020  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Amazing Race - 01/04/05 on: January 06, 2005, 12:46:40 AM
Quote from: "Jimmy the Fish"
Gus and Hera took the tram and the producers
edited the end to make it seem like they were in a neck in neck race with Freddy/Kendra for the last spot, but I think Gus and Hera got there much later than it was portrayed.

Yah they do that all the time and it bugs the hell out of me Tongue
4021  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Man who pointed laser at jet could get up to 25 years + fine on: January 05, 2005, 09:43:25 PM
Quote from: "Sepiche"
Quote from: "coopasonic"
Quote from: "Caine"
the lesson here is, don't try stuff just because you think you can't be caught.  he obviously was curious and thought there was no way of knowing it was him.

Apparently he never saw CSI... there's always a clue.

So while we are almost on the topic, am I the only person who watches shows like CSI and the random forensic documentaries and makes little mental lists of do's and don'ts... "just in case"? biggrin


Yes, you are the only one.

Hint - That message of yours could used against in a court of law. It's in my notes here somewhere.
4022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why ConsoleGold is bad for my marriage... on: January 05, 2005, 09:39:19 PM
Quote from: "PaulBot"
Coop: you need to buy a Gamecube so you can add some really awesome titles that are exclusive to it to your list of titles you haven't played  :lol:

My wife has only allocated a small space in the entertainment center for consoles and with the xbox in there I have precious little room for another console, even one as small as the cube. Also, there are no "must have" GC games for me. The only Nintendo exclusive I really miss is bomberman and that's not enough reason to get a GC. There are a number of games I would have to buy if I had a compelling reason to buy a GC, but there just isn't that ONE game, like GTA:SA for the PS2 or the pile of great racing games for the XBox.
4023  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Man who pointed laser at jet could get up to 25 years + fine on: January 05, 2005, 09:03:14 PM
Quote from: "Caine"
the lesson here is, don't try stuff just because you think you can't be caught.  he obviously was curious and thought there was no way of knowing it was him.

Apparently he never saw CSI... there's always a clue.
4024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Amazing Race - 01/04/05 on: January 05, 2005, 08:42:45 PM
Quote from: "Autistic Angel"
I think Jonathan is absolutely hilarious to watch on television, but I have to wonder why Victoria clings to that relationship.

So you didn't see the intro part of the first episode where they showed Jonathon driving the Ferrari? I think it's clear why she is with him. slywink
4025  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Elektra on: January 05, 2005, 06:22:38 PM
Quote from: "Belgedin"
Huh... a spin-off of the worlds WORST super-hero movie. How can it fail?

Apparently you haven't seen every superhero movie... DD is better than a number of superhero movies ... did you see Captain America? the first Punisher? the last couple Batman movies?
4026  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Amazing Race - 01/04/05 on: January 05, 2005, 05:20:50 PM
I like Jonathon, he makes me seem like the best husband ever. Whenever my wife needs a stress break I scream "Victoria" in Jon's whiny voice and she gets a good laugh.
4027  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Elektra on: January 05, 2005, 02:32:56 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
A whole movie devoted to Jennifer Garner in leather?  I'm sold.  No plot required.

What he said... it also helps that I have an extremely high tolerance for crappy movies (unless it involves SNL).
4028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why ConsoleGold is bad for my marriage... on: January 05, 2005, 03:07:16 AM
Quote from: "Raven VII"
I wanted to do something JUST like that. Can you give me the PHP script for it? I'm too lazy to re-learn PHP and write one. :p

I learned PHP while writing this and it's gone through a few generations, so I wouldn't use it as a learning tool, but it works.

    <title>Coop's Game List</title>
<h1>Under Construction</h1>
<p>Oooh a filterable list of console games, how exciting!</p>


if ($_POST['action'] == "Filter") {
    extract ($_POST);    

    ListGamesinDB ($PlatformFilter, $GenreFilter, $PlayedFilter);
} else {
    $qstring = $_SERVER['QUERY_STRING'];
    if ($qstring == ""){
        ListGamesInDB ("All","All","All");
    } else {
        ListGamesinDB ($PlatformFilter, $GenreFilter, $PlayedFilter);

// Initialize the MySQL database conection
function db_init () {
    $host = "localhost";
    $username = "insertusernamehere";
    $password = "insertpasswordhere";
    $db = "insertdatabasenamehere";
    $dbh = mysql_pconnect ($host, $username, $password);
    if ($dbh) {
        if (mysql_select_db ($db)) {
            return $dbh;
    return 0;

function LoadGenreList () {
    $dbh = db_init ();
    $query = "SELECT distinct genre FROM game ORDER BY genre";
    $res = mysql_query ($query, $dbh);
    if ($res) {
        echo "<SELECT NAME=GenreFilter>";
echo "<OPTION>All</OPTION>";
        while ($template_args = mysql_fetch_assoc($res)) {
            extract ($template_args);
            echo "<OPTION>$genre</OPTION>";}
echo "</SELECT>";

function LoadPlatformList () {
    $dbh = db_init ();
    $query = "SELECT distinct platform FROM game ORDER BY platform";
    $res = mysql_query ($query, $dbh);
    if ($res) {
        echo "<SELECT NAME=PlatformFilter>";
echo "<OPTION>All</OPTION>";
        while ($template_args = mysql_fetch_assoc($res)) {
            extract ($template_args);
            echo "<OPTION>$platform</OPTION>";}
echo "</SELECT>";

// Save first and last name in the database
function SaveNameInDB ($name, $nickname, $gamertag) {
    $dbh = db_init ();
    $query = "INSERT INTO gamer SET name='$name', nickname='$nickname', gamertag='$gamertag'";
    $res = mysql_query ($query, $dbh);
    if ($res) {
        echo "<p><span style=\"color:blue;\">Added $gamertag to database.</span></p>";
    } else {
        die ("There was an error adding $gamertag to database.");
// List Games in the database
function ListGamesInDB ($PlatformFilter, $GenreFilter, $PlayedFilter) {

    $dbh = db_init ();
    $where = "";
    if ($PlatformFilter != "All"){
        $where = "where Platform=\"" . $PlatformFilter . "\"";
    if ($GenreFilter != "All"){
If ($where != ""){
        $where = $where . " and Genre=\"" . $GenreFilter . "\"";
} else {
        $where = "where Genre=\"" . $GenreFilter . "\"";
    if ($PlayedFilter != "All"){
if ($PlayedFilter == "Yes"){
If ($where != ""){
        $where = $where . " and Played=" . $PlayedFilter . "";
} else {
        $where = "where Played=" . $PlayedFilter . "";

    $query = "SELECT name, platform, genre, case when played=0 then 'No' else 'Yes' end played, notes FROM game " . $where . " ORDER BY Name";
    $res = mysql_query ($query, $dbh);
    if ($res) {
$count = 0;
        echo "<h2>Games in database</h2>";
echo "<table>";
echo "<form method=\"post\" action=\"games.php\">";
echo "<tr><td></td><td>";
LoadPlatformList ();
echo "</td><td>";
LoadGenreList ();
echo "</td><td>";
echo "</td><td><input type=\"Submit\" name=\"action\" value=\"Filter\"></td></tr>";
echo "</form>";
echo "<tr><td><b>Name</b></td><td><b>Platform</b></td><td><b>Genre</b></td><td><b>Played?</b></td><td><b>Notes</b></td></tr>";
        while ($template_args = mysql_fetch_assoc($res)) {
   $count = $count+1;
            extract ($template_args);
            echo "<tr><td>$name</td><td>$platform</td><td>$genre</td><td>$played</td><td>$notes</td></tr>";}
echo "</table>";
echo "<b>" . $count . " games found " . $where . "</b>";
    } else {
        echo "<p><span style=\"color:blue;\">There are no games matching the selected criteria.</span></p>";

Here is the SQL to create the table I am using:

  `gameid` int(10) unsigned NOT NULL auto_increment,
  `name` varchar(30) NOT NULL default '',
  `platform` varchar(10) NOT NULL default '',
  `genre` varchar(20) NOT NULL default '',
  `played` tinyint(4) NOT NULL default '0',
  `notes` varchar(255) NOT NULL default '',
  PRIMARY KEY  (`gameid`),
  KEY `name` (`name`),
  KEY `platform` (`platform`,`genre`,`played`)
) TYPE=MyISAM COMMENT='games database';
4029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just got a PS2. on: January 04, 2005, 04:27:56 PM
Quote from: "Eel Snave"
I'm picking up Space Channel 5 for me and my wife, I think.  She doesn't play many games.  Do you think she would understand it, or would she have problems?

My wife thought it was really, really dumb... then again she doesn't play ANY games.
4030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why ConsoleGold is bad for my marriage... on: January 03, 2005, 10:09:44 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
Um.. I don't understand how you people do this. When I get a game it's opened and in it's particular game system within hours of me reaching my house.

95% of the games I buy, I buy used, and generally during a Gamestop buy 2 get 1 free sales. The new games I buy are either games I must have and play now or during the Toys'R'Us buy 2 get 1 free sales.

Generally, when I game hits $25 or less used and there is a b2g1 sale if I've given it a thought before I'll pick it up. 3 games for $30-$50 (8% sales tax about offsets the 10% gamestop discount card) is irresistable to me... now if I could just get time to play them.

I also have about a dozen PC games I've yet to play... it's the damn gogamer shipping deal. If I'm going to buy 1 PC game, I find 2 more I want and they get added to the backlog. .. right behind all the console games hehe.
4031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why ConsoleGold is bad for my marriage... on: January 03, 2005, 08:44:49 PM
...and to make this a more productive thread, what should I be playing right now off that list?
4032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why ConsoleGold is bad for my marriage... on: January 03, 2005, 08:38:14 PM
Console games Coop has purchased and never played

I need help.
4033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone know if Best Buy will restock the Xbox holiday bundle on: January 01, 2005, 03:29:10 PM
Here's the link to the buncle I'm guessing it is gone.
4034  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / *NOT* Sir Moleneux, Peter Moleneux, OBE on: December 31, 2004, 05:17:22 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
everyone has to address you as Sir henceforth. smile

Odd name, I like the sound of Sir Coop though.

...and despite Molyneux's failings in his latter years, the brilliance and creativity of his early games is undeniable.
4035  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PS2 on Ebay?? on: December 31, 2004, 05:15:25 PM
Of course you'd get faster, (probably cheaper), more reliable delivery ordering from any of a dozen online retailers than eBay... Xmann is right, some people are lazy, often many of the same people are also stupid.
4036  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 31, 2004, 05:13:09 PM
I went through all the configuration and couldn't find anything about subscriptions or prices for the guide feature. It may be something they are working on adding. Logitech bought the company a few months ago and are likely working on bleeding it dry.

Luckily I don't really care about the guide feature.
4037  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 31, 2004, 04:37:12 PM
If another IR remote can do it, this remote can do it. There isn't specifically a replay button, but you can make any button you like perform that function (well except for the activity, off and help buttons, those are reserved. slywink )
4038  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Surprise! I got an extra $150 for Christmas! How to spend? on: December 31, 2004, 03:16:05 AM
4039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MechAssault 2? on: December 29, 2004, 05:49:11 PM
I was hopeful but the CG review has dashed my hopes.  I want an open single player game like the PC mechwarrior games.
4040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game similar to Jagged Alliance? on: December 29, 2004, 03:26:06 PM has the JA2 Gold Pack (includes Unfinished Business expansion) for $18. I'm pretty sure I played it after I got XP.

Silent Storm would be my other suggestion, though that depends on how "not the best" that laptop is. Silent Storm is a bit old now, but may still be a system hog for you.
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