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1201  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?
1202  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.
1203  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.
1204  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.
1205  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.
1206  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 (
1207  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.
1208  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Addons on: December 22, 2005, 07:36:41 PM
CTMod and lootlink thats it for me.
1209  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.
1210  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?
1211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Take a Videogame Quiz! on: November 29, 2005, 01:58:17 PM
6/10 here.  Darn doctor's.
1212  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.
1213  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.
1214  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?
1215  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.
1216  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.
1217  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?
1218  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.
1219  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.
1220  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.
1221  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
1222  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.
1223  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.
1224  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / SWG: Trials of Obi-Wan on: October 15, 2005, 06:25:39 PM
Ooh. I haven't heard that epithet since, oh, before you were born...

Since I was born in 1967 I really doubt it.
1225  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / eBay auctions for children's charities - cool stuff! on: October 15, 2005, 02:01:21 PM

Thanks for the tip.  I bought this.

Star Wars PC Game Set & Collectors Items by Lucas Arts

For the Ultimate Star Wars Gamer: A superb collection of Star Wars PC games, game guides and series related wearables. This incredible package includes:

Battlefront Game/Rated T for Teen + Game Guide
Knights of the Old Republic Game/Rated T for Teen + Strategy Guide
Knights of the Old Republic: The Sith Lords game/Rated T for Teen
Republic Commando Game/Rated T for Teen + Game Guide
Star Wars Galaxies: The Total Experience -Game & Game Guide
Hard Back Book: "From Pencil to Pixel: The Art of Star Wars Galaxies"

And other cool Star Wars collectibles:
Revenge of the Sith, black, size XL T-shirt;
Grey Size L Adult Sith Happens t-shirt,
Galaxies: Rage of the Wookie, White size L T-Shirt;
Galaxies Travel Mug;
Scout Trooper Action Figure;
Minature LEC Light Saber key chain, and Star Wars Dangler.
This would be the perfect gift for your gamer and Star Wars fan!
1226  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sidekick 2 and LG VX9800 on: October 13, 2005, 05:22:21 PM
I like the look of the VX9800 with the phone being on the outside and then you open it to get to the keyboard and screen.
1227  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / SWG: Trials of Obi-Wan on: October 13, 2005, 05:19:55 PM
I ran into Darth Vader outside the Theed starport one day.  He was giving out Imperial missions and if a player went up and did an emote like poke or slap he would force choke them.  I thought that was kind of cool, I guess he could have outright killed them but that would have been a bit harsh (it would have been more true to the character though).
1228  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / SWG: Trials of Obi-Wan on: October 13, 2005, 01:25:55 PM
They way you wrote it and the comments placed after the features you selected certainly seemed like a troll to me.  You certainly seemed to make very pointed comments that it is what you would consider to be crap.

As far as WoW no particular reason for me mentioning it.
1229  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / SWG: Trials of Obi-Wan on: October 13, 2005, 12:08:25 PM
The initial post seems to be little more than a troll.

I play SWG and have fun doing so.  I got bored with WoW after playing through closed beta and then afte the game went live.  I have talked with a few players that are in the beta test for TOW and they are enjoying it.  There are new missions to do on the new planet and some more missions in space as well.

If you dont like it dont buy it.

1230  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Okay, it's time! Your favorite Calvin pic/ cartoon... on: October 08, 2005, 01:31:20 PM
I have an entire power point slideshow of calvin cartoons that deal with snow.  it is very funny, sometimes I put it up when I am waiting for people to be ready for the regular meeting; it is alway sgood for a giggle or two.
1231  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Flying Car = Reality on: September 30, 2005, 07:10:35 PM
check this hydrogen powered bike out
1232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Wars: Battlefront II beta on: September 18, 2005, 05:52:10 PM
BTW, Crawley, you may want to re-read what you clicked OK to when you first installed the beta, this one does in fact have a NDA since it's still a closed beta technically.

Why do you even need to point that out?  Its a beta through fileplanet for christ sakes.  Would sure be pretty silly to try and enforce that agreement but what htey heck some people jsut hve to point the little shit out.
1233  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Online Poker on: September 15, 2005, 04:45:19 PM
I do not know which one is best but they all pretty much have a "free" mode you can play to learn with out any investment of real money.
1234  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / EMERGENCY! EMERGENCY! [Impressions Added] on: September 12, 2005, 11:42:26 PM
Ok so I clicked the ALERT button and man that brought back the memories.
1235  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / MS Antispyware Beta? on: September 09, 2005, 10:10:16 PM
I have it on all 3 desktops at my house.  It has prevented Trojan programs on my wife's PC many times.

I do not understand how I can keep telling her there is nothing that is truly free on the net and she just doesn't get it.
1236  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Need a Low Level Format Utility on: September 08, 2005, 04:54:49 PM
Did this logical partition just "pop" up or was this drive partitioned?  If it was partition what was installed into the second partition?  If it was formatted into a type the BIOS cannot read then I could see this happening.
1237  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Need a Low Level Format Utility on: September 08, 2005, 12:10:15 PM
A true low level format is only done at the time of manufacture.

It would help to know more about the problem, it would seem that you may have a virus or that the drive has tanked.

Drive vendors do offer utilities that iwll re-iniitialize the drive and this would be your best bet if you have tried to fix the MBR and Fdisk it.
1238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Internet Money Making Schemes- updated with pic of check!!!! on: August 24, 2005, 12:58:44 PM
Eco maybe you can answer this questions.

Any money paid to them to upgrade the account is kept as a memberhsip fee so to speak.  The upgrades expire and have to be renewed as well.  

How often do the upgrades expire?  I cannot find this information in the FAQ.

For instance you have been upgraded to the $1000 level so you have to surf less sites to earn the 1% payback a day.  When does your $1000 upgrade expire?  With the earnings at 1% it will take a bit over 3 months to earn what you invested just to be able to maintain the account level.
1239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Internet Money Making Schemes- updated with pic of check!!!! on: August 23, 2005, 07:09:58 PM
sounds like what they are really doing is paying 1% interest per month on your money.  They add in the requirement of surfing the net with the ad's to generate revenue for themselves then use that to pay the users.  They also have the users money in an account and can most likely use that on investments etc. to generate more income.

I have heard of these before and I guy I worked with (who is into money for nothing schemes) had one installed on his PC, he used a mouse trembler program to make it look like he was always at the keyboard.  I have no idea if he actually got any money from it or not.

What is the name of the company?
1240  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hotter.....UPS girl or Bikini girl on: August 23, 2005, 12:12:18 PM
The UPS girl.

Checked out bikini girl in the link and she looks a bit like Phoebe Cates when she did Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Dude thats my skull), which immediately brought back the vision of the pool scene (is there an unoccupied bathroom nearby?).
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