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1121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WoW is anti gay? on: January 29, 2006, 06:58:50 AM
If someone is saying something that is against the TOS then the player has the option of reporting them.

I have never seen in the game at any time a player being attacked verbally based on their lifestyle choice; so to say they are an actively attacked minority is reaching I think.  I want to be clear that I am not saying that it never happens, i just do not agree that it is as large a problem as you are making it out to be.  If a player is going to attack someone because they disagree with how that player lives how is being in a guild going to protect you?  It doesnt stop chat or tells?

How are other players going to know that type of information about another player?  I am married and have a five year old and only a few people in my guild would know that.
1122  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: new instance- a necropolis on: January 29, 2006, 06:34:26 AM
It says it is the biggest thing until the expansion so,,, put that thing back in your ass.
1123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WoW is anti gay? on: January 29, 2006, 06:31:08 AM
It is not stupid at all.  There is no sex in the game so why would they feel the need to advertise GLBT (which means what by the way i guess its Gay Lesbian Bi ????).

If you start to allow players to actively recruit for a section of the populace then what will you do when a white power guild forms or black power etc.  

Instead of bowing to the almighty politically correct bastion of diversity they have take a stand that they are not going to allow in game advertising of real world stuff that does not fit into the game world.  

Good for them.
1124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Friday time waster... on: January 27, 2006, 09:32:18 PM
SG-1 (Stargate) 81%
Deep Space Nine (Star Trek) 75%
Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix) 75%
Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica) 69%
Moya (Farscape) 69%
Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda) 63%
Babylon 5 (Babylon 5) 63%
Millennium Falcon (Star Wars) 63%
Enterprise D (Star Trek) 63%
Serenity (Firefly) 63%
1125  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Dungeons and Dragons Online NDA lifted on: January 27, 2006, 04:20:53 PM
There was at least one mission you could take that dealt with some sort of attack and the recommended size for it was 12.
1126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Roll for save, you failed your will save (D&D related vi on: January 27, 2006, 12:58:05 PM
Dude we are LARP's.  L for live A for action R for role P for play.

They stole my dice.
1127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / College assistance network for GT'ers on: January 25, 2006, 12:40:34 AM
I am just looking for somewhere that people in college can pose questions, ask for help getting reference material, and perhaps swap books or other needed items.

So if you need something or have a question sound off.

Or if you have items to offer sound off.
1128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / College assistance network for GT'ers on: January 24, 2006, 06:01:31 PM
What exactly do you do in a Senior Project?  I have been wondering about this for a few months now.
1129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / College assistance network for GT'ers on: January 24, 2006, 04:02:41 AM
I am in Georgia, I go to the Alpharetta campus and sometimes do an online class.

Tonight was Netw240 Unix and networking
Wednesday night is Netw208 CCNA 4 WAN's
1130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / College assistance network for GT'ers on: January 23, 2006, 09:42:47 PM
Anyone interested in setting up a network for people that are going to college?  Might be able to help each other with questions or possibly swap out books etc.

I am going to DeVry and have about one year left to get my NETCOM degree.  I have done a lot of the basic classes and am finishing up CCNA 3 & 4 right now along with Networking in Linux.
1131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What country will Bush attack next? [RP] on: January 23, 2006, 04:46:14 PM
was this supposed to be serious?

Serious discusison btw, I'm a bit critical of Bush (obviously) but in all seriousness, I just don't see Bush not going to another war before the end of his dictat.. presidency.

pretty lousy way to start a "serious" conversation.  The internet isnt exactly the place for a serious conversation anyway.
1132  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Does WinXP Home let me... on: January 22, 2006, 04:21:03 AM
You know I dont see the option for a password.  Then again I dont have a logon password for my home PC either.
1133  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Does WinXP Home let me... on: January 22, 2006, 03:13:57 AM
then setup a passworded share.

I thought you wanted something for a more complicated setup like having several users get to different files/directories.
1134  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Does WinXP Home let me... on: January 21, 2006, 10:22:23 PM
I dont think XP Pro will do it either.  I think you would have to setup a domain to set file controls at the level you are looking for.
1135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is someone trying to double-dip for profit? on: January 17, 2006, 06:35:35 PM
Is this a surprise, this is the same company that marketed products to thwart tele-marketers to consumers and then sold tele-marketers products to bypass the one they sold consumers.

Making money off both sides.
1136  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Casual WoW. on: January 17, 2006, 04:40:59 PM
What I find odd is that a player reaches the level cap in a game and then complains about advancement.  its not as though the level cap is hidden and you don't know about it.  When you reach level 60 in WoW that's it, until the expansion.  You can work on getting better gear, upping trade skills, getting more wealth etc and PvP.

You are playing an MMORPG which is inherently designed for a multi-player experience not a solo one.
1137  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Installing Windows to a new PC with no OS. on: January 17, 2006, 02:25:29 PM
"I know on the computer I have now I couldnt install an OS straight from a CD "

Ok this is a red flag here.  

Do you have a regular retail version of windows or do you have a copy someone burned for you?  A retail version will be a bootable copy; most versions that people burn/bootleg are not bootable and that is why you have to use a bootdisk.

Also if your retail version is an upgrade version then it will want you to insert an earlier copy of windows prior to the install to validate the upgrade copy.  Might be work arounds for this I dont know.
1138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] Unchecked Presidential Power on: January 17, 2006, 02:19:49 PM
Why post the whole darn thing just post a link to it.

Come on Al Gore the inventor of the internet really; whether it is a democrat or republican giving a speech you think they are going to be fair to the other party?

Is there something in particular you were expecting people to get out of this, other than the title?
1139  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Laptop Question on: January 16, 2006, 01:39:53 PM
Check the Dell outlet.  I saw some decent laptops with a 64 meg video card that were sub $1000.
1140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dogs - What Breed? on: January 12, 2006, 01:19:58 AM
I cant recommend a Golden Retreiver enough.  When we bought our first house the owners left the dog and asked us at closing if we would take him.  He has a fantastic temperment, smart and very easy going.  Right from the start I could literally take a bone from his mouth; all he does is move his head away.  When my wife was pregnant he would stand between her and anyone that walked into our yard to talk to her.  I have never heard him growl at anyone or anything, our neighbors sons used to play with him and he would let the youngest put him in a headlock all the time.

Our Golden Retriever is the best dog I have ever had or dealt with.

Note GR's are subject to have seizures and sometimes hip problems.  Our GR has a seizure about once every 6-8 months so medication would do him no good.
1141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Office Cleaners.... on: January 08, 2006, 06:22:11 AM
When I was in the Marine Corps we ahd this happening in our work center.  So a guy brought in and left a small ziplock bag of oreo's in the fridge.  Someone ate them of course.

The next day taped to the fridge were pictures of oreo's being stuck in the crack of someones ass (was it THE oreo's? no one ever knew).  Nothing was misappropriated for a long time out of that fridge.
1142  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Crap. Now my wife's hooked on WoW on: January 01, 2006, 04:05:48 PM
Mt wife has her own PC that way I dont have to worry about my computer and more importantly nothing I did broke her computer.
1143  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW PvP ? on: January 01, 2006, 02:44:28 PM
What ever they use for the supporting infrastructure (database etc.) of the AH's did not support linking them was the answer we got in beta.  They said they would like to link them all and apparently have either figured out how to or now the functionality is available in what they are using.

I always wonder what type of machines run these worlds.  I am in data centers all the time as I work for a data storage company (www.emc.com).
1144  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW PvP ? on: January 01, 2006, 01:11:28 PM
In closed beta there was an AH in Stormwind.  They we never linked though and the lag was terrible which is why it was removed.
1145  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Addons on: December 22, 2005, 07:36:41 PM
CTMod and lootlink thats it for me.
1146  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / What am I? Stupid? More WoW.... on: December 12, 2005, 01:32:26 PM
I am playing it again and having a good time.  With he big crap stick that sony hit SWG with WoW is nice.

I think quite a few players from SWG switched over to WoW.  I liked hearing some of the players the first ime they got in the game, quite a contrast to Sony.
1147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What are you snacking on right now? on: December 01, 2005, 12:52:38 PM
Nope not alone I quit drinking all soda's a few months ago and just drink water now.  I feel better and have lost a few pounds.    

I read where one serving a day of regular soda is 14.5 pounds of weight to work off in one year, thats just one serving which is 8 ounces I think.  

How many "servings" do you drink in a day?
1148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Take a Videogame Quiz! on: November 29, 2005, 01:58:17 PM
6/10 here.  Darn doctor's.
1149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 2006 SAAB 9-3 Aero vs 2006 Pontiac GTO - SOLD! on: November 23, 2005, 06:52:24 PM
When I bought my SAAB 3 years ago it had 55k miles on it used.  I now have 101k miles on it and have had minimal work done it beyond standard stuff.

My radiator blew out one day (I got off the road with no engine damage) and I have had to replace the airconditioning unit on it.

One safety note.  These cars are quiet and fast if I do not enable the speed alarm (set to 80) then I very regularly find myself driving close to 90 mph on the highway.  Great for time, bad for tickets; I have been very lucky so far.

Did I mention the heated seats, very nice and there is an option for a seat cooler (must be popular in nudist colonies).  I saw a commerical that highlighted a cooled glove compartment on a new model, my 99 SAAB has that.

The overall quality of this car passes any American made car.   I drove a Cadillac Catera for a short while and I found it to be comparable in size, power and features.  The leather in the SAAB was of a better quality and the overall layout inside is much nicer than it.

Did I mention that I like my car, so I suggest you go and drive a SAAB and let us know what you think.  I am lucky I work with a lady her husband sells cars so when I am looking I go to him, he gives me a car to drive for a weekend so no short test drive for me.  I always feel like I get a good deal from him too.
1150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 2006 SAAB 9-3 Aero vs 2006 Pontiac GTO - SOLD! on: November 23, 2005, 04:05:47 PM
Might want to call the insurance company as well and check on the cost of insurance, may help with your decision.
1151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How Spike TV Is Ruining Gaming Journalism And The Industry on: November 23, 2005, 02:20:04 PM
This really isnt surprising.  I would disagree that a game not released that year could not be the best PC game still or best in any category, except maybe game of the year if the rules specify release that year.

A freind of mine was watchign G-Phoria and he noted that several celebrities (one was snoop dog) mentioning how Star Wars Galaxies is their favorite game.  This was in a console segment he said.  SOE just did the NGE revamp and a ton of players have quit the game since they basically turned it into a "shooter" type game.  The expecctation is that it has been turned console friendly for the Xbox 360 and PS3.  If payola is illegal in the radio world why isnt it illegal in the TV world?  I mean really Snoop Dog's favorite game is SWG?
1152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 2006 SAAB 9-3 Aero vs 2006 Pontiac GTO - SOLD! on: November 23, 2005, 02:08:32 PM
I drive a SAAB 9-5 (1999) and it is the best vehicle I have driven to date.  Every now and then I think about replacing it, luckily I wind up travelling and driving a rental; when I get back to my car I realize there is no need to get a new one.

One thing about a SAAB is that they are expensive to have work done on.  I have run into some auto repair places that will not touch a SAAB because of the cost of parts.

In other words in my opinion any company that manufactures high performance fighter aircraft can make one hell of a car.
1153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / SUPERMAN RETURNS TEASER TRAILER - HOLY CRAP!!! on: November 18, 2005, 01:11:41 PM
I liked David Carridines speech in Kill Bill about how superman was the different superhero.

Superman is his real identity and his alternate was Clark Kent, which is backwards with all the other superheros.

I thought that speech in the movie was pretty cool and well done.
1154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / is it just me or does this look a bit too familiar on: November 09, 2005, 06:18:25 PM
where do you go when you click there?
1155  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / SWG big changes coming up they are calling it NGE on: November 03, 2005, 10:51:11 PM
What you get is a respec.  Every character will have to be respec'd, once done you will have in item that will allow for 9 more respec's , once you are out of respec's you are at your permanent class.
1156  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / SWG big changes coming up they are calling it NGE on: November 03, 2005, 07:01:52 PM
No you are not a Jedi immediately.  It is really up in the air and that is what has a lot of players really incensed right now about this.  If you are currently a Jedi then you will still be a Jedi.  You will also get 4 things, a cloak with force enhancing powers, crystal to make a better saber, ability to go in and out of blue glowie status and an elder title.  Of course there is no info on what the heck blue glowie status is or what you can do when in it.

The unknowns are what has everyone really up in arms.  No one is getting answers on what will happen with items, anti-decay kits, armor and clothing attachments etc.

Bio-engineer and creature handlers are completely gone as a class as well.
1157  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / SWG big changes coming up they are calling it NGE on: November 03, 2005, 05:16:58 PM
You do not start as a Jedi.  There is a force sensitive profession and apparently it is quest based on getting to Jedi.  There really isnt enough information on the change out yet.  It is supposed to be on the test server Friday (tomorrow) and the tentalive live date is the 15th of November.
1158  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / SWG big changes coming up they are calling it NGE on: November 03, 2005, 01:36:31 PM
Here is a letter posted to the gamers from Julio Torres.  Players are in an uproar since they really have not outlined exactly what they changes are and how they will affect a players current status.  They are cutting a lot out and havent explained what will happen to items and players equipment.  This is bad timing in my opinion to do this so soon after releasing an expansion pack.  We will see.  My player is so close to finishing the force sensitive XP grind to be a jedi I can hopefully get it done in less than two weeks when this supposedly goes live.

Greetings Star Wars Galaxies Players, Fans, and Other Denizens of the Galaxy:

My name is Julio Torres and I am the Producer on Star Wars Galaxies for LucasArts. We wanted you, the great members of the Galaxies community, to be the first to hear some exciting news about the current and future plans for Star Wars Galaxies!

Over the past year we have been working hard to respond to feedback we have gotten from players, fans, focus groups, and other research. This feedback has ultimately centered on one key area: the game does not feel like a heroic Star Wars experience. Currently, the early game has a steep learning curve and there is no clearly defined path of advancement or adventure. Many of our fans who bought the game did not see enough Star Wars style action early-on and ultimately left our world. It is our goal to change this and improve the experience for all players.

We are introducing a series of game enhancements to Star Wars Galaxies this month that include both significant enhancements to the live game as well as a completely redesigned experience for new players. The primary areas of focus include combat and profession and character development. The combat depicted in the Star Wars films, fiction, and canon that we have all come to know and love is fast-paced, action-packed, and visually intense. In order to stay true to the Star Wars fiction as well as to make the combat system more engaging, we have shifted the turn-based paradigm towards a much more engaging fast-action combat system where you control every move! After receiving feedback from members of the community, conducting extensive focus tests, and evaluating the combat systems of other games in the genre, we are confident this new fast-action combat truly delivers what players, fans, and gamers have come to expect from a Star Wars experience.

As mentioned earlier, combat is not the only area where we decided to focus our improvement efforts. We have also improved and brought more clarity to the profession and character development system.

Changing a live game is never easy. We realize that players do not like to have their experience altered. These enhancements will take some getting used to and for that reason we lined-up some incentives for the current players to enjoy as our thanks for your loyalty to our game.

We value our community and want you to stay with us. Our goal is to continuously improve the Star Wars experience, the one we all know and love from the films and fiction; action-packed, story-driven, Star Wars fun. With these features and enhancements we are setting the stage for incredible things to come for Galaxies with more announcements happening in the coming months.

I'd like to thank you all for your continued support of Star Wars Galaxies and for making it one of the premier gaming experiences online today.


May The Force Be With You,

Julio Torres, Producer - LucasArts
1159  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / I'm thinking about buying this rig. Am I a complete idiot? on: October 20, 2005, 11:53:04 AM
The initial price doesn't include a monitor, so with your upgrades you do realize you are not getting a monitor.  So yeah I wold go with the its expensive for what you are getting.  You can get a system without the dual video card's that will run anything out there very well for less money.

Ultimately its your money if you are happy with that big of an outlay of cash for it then go for it.
1160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [parenting] MY SON WILL NOT GO TO SLEEP on: October 19, 2005, 04:55:56 PM
You need to stick to what you did the previous night.  Unfortunately by trying to do what you thought was the right thing by comforting him you setup a bad habit of him expecting you to be there all the time when he cries.  Luckily at this age they adjust pretty darn fast and you most likely will have a few days of "hell" to go through.  One of our best investments was a wireless camera with a tv monitor, we used this to make sure our son was alright before ever going into the room or even opening the door.

My son is five and my wife and I both check on him at night.  I make sure he is covered up and if he is I always wait until I hear him breathing before I leave the room, just to make sure. (yes I know he is fine).  We parents certainly are an odd bunch.
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