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3161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [p] Is Bush really better at the war on terror on: October 28, 2004, 04:06:27 PM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Quote from: "farley2k"
I mean that seriously.  

Here is what I see.


We are attacked on 9/11 and Bush responds by attacking Afgahnistan.  Ok, fine but it was actually Al Queda who were in Afgahnistan with the permission of the Taliban who attacked the US.  As far as I can tell Al Queda is still going strong.  We haven't captured their leader, we haven't disrupted their network very much, nor have we stopped (or even slowed) world support of them.  



That is mind boggling to me, with all due respect.
I stopped reading there actually.


So it is your belief that these are incorrect statements.  Ok I can understand that.

I have to admit I am not an expert on terrorism or Al Quida (hell I can't even spell it consistently)  Everything I said is what I have gattered from the news.  

There are many, many reports about how support for Al Quida has grown since we attacked Iraq.   It is pretty much a known fact that we haven't caught Osama, and as for the disruption - again I remember news reports that Al Quida was not seriously dsicrupted - some CIA report I believe abut 6 months ago said that.




I am not making this stuff up.  Now I think the debate comes from how much is a big disruption, etc.  So it is matters of degree not whether the basic fact (say that Al Quida still exists and is committing terrorist acts) are true.  Is that your preception as well?
3162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Nintendo DS game: Nintendogs on: October 28, 2004, 03:56:35 PM
What a pointless "game"   Maybe I am missing the attraction but it just seemed so dumb.  I never understood the whole virtual pet thing though so maybe it is just me.
3163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Boston Red Sox '04 World Series Champs!!! on: October 28, 2004, 01:39:57 PM
YEAH!!!!  That stupid sport is off the TV for a few months!!!!    Tongue
3164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Catalyst 4.10 impressions on: October 28, 2004, 12:57:29 AM
I didn't even bat an eye when I switched to my new machine (and brought my video card along with me) I just installed them.  No troubles to report.
3165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: October 28, 2004, 12:54:15 AM
Unfortunatly they really couldn't come up with a worse release time.  I guess they could if they would have released on Nov. 16th but even this is way to close.

I hope to rent it sometime but there are too many A++ titles to waste money on something that will be discounted in a few months.

Sorry.
3166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LOTR: The Third Age RPG: Going to be good? on: October 27, 2004, 08:24:09 PM
Keep in mind it is more of a Final Fantasy type RPG (turn based battles, etc.) than it is KoTOR.  Not that it won't be good - I expect it to be very good, but just don't expect KoTOR type fights.
3167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [p] Is Bush really better at the war on terror on: October 27, 2004, 04:27:27 PM
I mean that seriously.  

Here is what I see.


We are attacked on 9/11 and Bush responds by attacking Afgahnistan.  Ok, fine but it was actually Al Queda who were in Afgahnistan with the permission of the Taliban who attacked the US.  As far as I can tell Al Queda is still going strong.  We haven't captured their leader, we haven't disrupted their network very much, nor have we stopped (or even slowed) world support of them.  

Going by news reports (which are very infrequent about Afgahnistan) it seems like the Taliban is actually back in power in many places, there are whole regions of the country where the US can't go safely and the government of Afgahnistan isn't in control.

How can we see that as a win?  The country is still a great place to run a terrorist camp/resort/spa.


Next thing in the war - we attack Iraq.  WTF?  They didn't have anything to do with 9/11, they were not friendly to Islamic extermists, and they were watched like a hawk by the world.  We seemed to attack because of the whole WMD thing but that now appears to be a load of BS.  

And like Afgahnistan (but more talked about) there are large parts of the country not under control where American's can't go and which seem to be great places for a terrorist hang out.


It just seems like from an objective viewpoint Bush is doing a terrible job in the war on terrorism.  The only defense most people offer (well two) is 1. Kerry would do worse and 2. we haven't been attacked again so it must be working.  Neither of those is a logical argume.  We have no way of knowing how/what Kerry would do.  We can guess but we don't know.  And just because we haven't been attacked doesn't mean we won't be.  It is like saying I must be healthy because I haven't had a heart attack yet!  No, I could still be doing all the wrong things to stay healthy - it just hasn't caught up to me yet.


What am I missing in this that shows Bush is doing a good job?
3168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P] An Open Letter to Libertarians on: October 27, 2004, 04:10:17 PM
It just confuses me to read the letter again.  It is more ranting than logic.
3169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P] An Open Letter to Libertarians on: October 27, 2004, 03:11:29 PM
Wow.  That was more eye opening than a Tom Chick cartoon about how great Christianity is!!!  

Had I only known that

Quote
Already plans are afoot by the Kerry campaign to steal the coming election via a legal coup, e.g. to claim victory on election night no matter what the vote differential is, and initiate lawsuits anywhere and everywhere they feel it works to their advantage, thus making a mockery of our election process, throwing the entire process into chaos — possibly for months — and significantly weakening our ability to conduct foreign policy and protect ourselves domestically. Let me repeat: we are facing the very real possibility of a political coup occurring in America. Al Gore very nearly got away with one in 2000. Do not underestimate what Kerry and his ilk are going to attempt to do to America.


I keep hearing how both sides have lawyers ready to pounce on any legal issue.  Apparently I was being lied to by those freaking anti-Semites, racists, radical environmentalists, plundering trial lawyers, government employee unions, and numerous other self-serving elites!!  Those bastards!!!




I can't help but find it funny that this twit is willing to ignore every ideal I have ever heard from libertarians.  He even admits it by saying


Quote
George Bush has been criticized for many things – and in many cases with justification: on campaign finance reform (a suppression of the First Amendment), on vast new domestic spending, on education, and on failing to protect the borders.



What are the core issues for libertarians?  I always thought it was small government, get government out of the people's lives.  Apparently for Mr. Hospers the only issue that matters at all is the war on terror.

Bigger governtment - fine, more government regulation - fine, errosion of our constitutional rights - fine.....as long as the president attacks countries like Iraq - who had nothing to do with 9/11, who had no WMDs then he is fine.


LOL.
3170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Buying an Xbox...game and controller recs wanted on: October 27, 2004, 02:54:25 PM
I love my Pelican Wireless Controller  Never had any trouble with it.  It is under $30 so it iis a lot cheaper than the Logitech one.
3171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / ABC screwing up TiVO users on: October 27, 2004, 02:42:37 PM
If TiVo is on the ball they will eventually come up with some way to combat this shit by the networks.  I don't know exactly what they can do but I am sure their could be something done.
3172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / ABC screwing up TiVO users on: October 27, 2004, 12:51:28 PM
Like NBC last year with their supersized crap apparently ABC has decided to make their most popular shows non-standard length.  Last night TiVo had a big message for me saying that Lost, Desprite Housewives, and some others would no longer be normal lengths and I should modify my season passes to catch the full show.

I hate that crap!!  Are things like TiVo really hurting advertising sales?  Do they need to do this to actually stop viewers from watching what they want when they want?

I can't believe they think this is a good idea.  Look at who took the Emmys this year - 90% cable.  Maybe the 3 networks should look at what that says when trying to see why they are losing viewers and ad revenue!  

Oh well it isn't hard to set TiVo to record over time.
3173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / National Treasure on: October 26, 2004, 07:06:40 PM
Looks like a fun popcorn filck.  I like Cage and Buckhimer so I will probably check it out.
3174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ashlee Simpson on SNL - what a moron! on: October 25, 2004, 10:50:38 PM
Quote from: "Jack Burton"
The problem I have with Ashlee Simpson is that she is riding the tails of her sister.  There are A TON of more talented and capable girls that could make it and do much better than Ashlee.  And its people that watch that retarded reality show that keep Ashlee afloat.  THAT pisses me off.  Being a guitarist that would love to play professionally but don't bcause of how difficult it is, I am drivien nuts by the freakin' retards that give her money and fame by watching that show.  

Oh and she is not good at singing.  So I'd rather not see her perform either.


Totally agree.

Of course I have a similar complaint about many artists in that I think their good looks are getting them contracts rather than their talent.
3175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA: SA Impressions on: October 25, 2004, 10:46:32 PM
Just a friendly reminder that we should focus on the game and try to steer non-gaming discussions (like the role of the NAACP) to the "off-topic"  forum.
3176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ashlee Simpson on SNL - what a moron! on: October 25, 2004, 10:37:42 PM
Quote from: "D.A.Lewis"
Farley you make tremendous points.

Take into account these rips on Simpson are genearally done from the privacy of the keyboard. I too don't understand the hate and a lot of folks desire to see her burn.

OTOH, a lot of the criticism is well deserved. Not the lip sync part. A lot of musicians do it. But that crazy dance should be disucssed for the ages. And then blaming her band (WTF).

That dance clip is as good as that Karate guy that did a back flip on his head. Maybe Ashlee and Ellen (from Seinfeld) do some sort of dance tribute.



I think a lot of teasing/making fun etc. is normal.  I feel the same way, but there seems to be a level of hatred expressed by posters - not just here but at most other sites with forums).  That is what I find odd.  I don't really care one way or the other about her music or even about her dancing but I don't hate her.
3177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What if Half-life 2 uses Starforce? on: October 25, 2004, 10:25:51 PM
Quote from: "Falator"
Quote from: "farley2k"
Quote from: "Destructor"

It'll be 'gotten around' within the first day, if not sooner, methinks.


Yup.

It actually seems fairly easy.  You go on-line, and register, a file is changed (I can't remember the name) and then you can play.  It actually sounds easier than some methods of cracking games.

what is to stop someone from doing that once and then copying the folder to a hundred different computers though? I can't imagine the copy protection for such a hugely hyped game being that simple. The suits wouldn't allow it.


I imagine it must be more difficult too but the offical FAQ lists this solution (quoted below)   So if for my "friend" I just need to copy the clientregistry.blob so he can play offline, why wouldn't that work for pirates everywhere?




Quote
Two Scenarios:
1.  My friend has no Internet connection, how can he set things up so he can play offline?

2. I want to be able to play at a LAN party and they won't have an internet connection there, how can we all play offline?

Answer:
There are several ways to do this that will work for players without Internet access as well as for LAN Parties where there won't be internet access.

Note:
You have to be online somewhere at least once to perform all of the following steps.

The first step here is to perform the latest update and capture it. This is very important to make sure you get the latest content and bug fixes.  Everyone that will be participating at the LAN event must have the latest update!

Easiest way
Bring the computer that will be playing offline to an available internet connection at a friend's house, school or perhaps business.  Log into the account and do all the updates, make sure it all works.

Then "exit" (do not log out!) from Steam, go to the Steam folder and make a copy of the clientregistry.blob file (just in case).  Write-protect the copy (mark it Read/Only).

Physically unplug the computer from the internet, start up Steam and let it fall back into offline mode.  Make sure the computer will play both Listenserver (LAN), client and the single player ok, then exit from Steam again.

WIN98
If this is a WIN98 computer, it will act like it's stuck updating and not logging in, JUST WAIT!  It will take about 90 seconds for it to finally figure out that there isn't an active internet connection then it will prompt you to retry or go into offline mode.

The computer is now ready to play offline at home unless he accidentally logs out ...

If he does this he won't be able to play unless he verifies online again >> or << exits from Steam, then copies the copy of the clientregistry.blob file back which will restore his offline play.

NOTE: MAKE SURE THE ACTIVE ClientRegistry.blob FILE IS NOT WRITE PROTECTED!

It certainly wouldn't hurt to burn a CD of the working offline installation for him.
3178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What if Half-life 2 uses Starforce? on: October 25, 2004, 04:05:00 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"

It'll be 'gotten around' within the first day, if not sooner, methinks.


Yup.

It actually seems fairly easy.  You go on-line, and register, a file is changed (I can't remember the name) and then you can play.  It actually sounds easier than some methods of cracking games.
3179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ashlee Simpson on SNL - what a moron! on: October 25, 2004, 01:08:49 PM
Of course she is richer than 99% of us can ever hope to be, she is more famous, has more toys, etc.  Yeah her life sucks.


I don't get all the hate.  Do people think that if lip syncing pop artists fail that suddenly the whole music industry will turn around?  That suddenly being good looking won't matter as much as being able to sing?  That videos won't be more important than good lyrics?  

I also don't understand hating her.  She is a pre-packaged product created by some agent and a recording studio.  She is a teenager who saw a bunch of money dangled in front of her.  Who wouldn't take that?  

Do any of you seriously think that if they came to your house and said "we'll give you millions, you just lip sync" that you would say no?  You would say "I have to much self respect to look stupid for money"  I for one will proudly stand up and say "I am willing to look as stupid as you want ofr a million dollars"


I think it is mostly jelously  Tongue
3180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are you going to play Guild Wars preview 10/29-10/31? on: October 24, 2004, 11:54:28 PM
I am thinking about getting the client and trying ti out since I missed the boat the first time they had one of these preview events.  Anyone else planning on being on-line this weekend playing?
3181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PStwo on: October 24, 2004, 11:38:48 PM
The only drawback I have found is that my wireless controller's plug in to the PS2 is actually larger than the PS2 so it hangs over the bottom, making it not sit flat.

Small price to pay.
3182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / AvP more aptly titled POS on: October 24, 2004, 10:40:28 PM
Wow, what a terrible, terrible movie.  I saw it at the cheap theater for $3 and I still feel like it was over priced.

If they could have just done one thing well it might have been an ok "b" movie but everything was bad.  The story was non-existent.  Which isn't bad but what was there didn't make a lot of sense.  We don't even know the names of most of the humans before they are killed so we really don't care.

The CGI was just crappy.  They couldn't even make the snow look realistic.  The fight between the alien and the predator just looked terrible.  It was like what a teenager raised on WWE would expect for a fight instead of how two totally different species would fight.  Come on - swinging the alien around and around?  And the big finalie ...please  The queen alien kept changing size depending on what she was near.  In on scene she is tall enough to topple a building but then while chasing the lead she is only 8-10 feet tall.   Can't they grasp the basic concept of consistency?  

All in all it was a painfull movie to sit through as a fan of the series.


On and why the heck does the predator mark the woman on her cheek instead of her forehead?  I just couldn't grasp it.  He does his own forehead, and if you read the books they mark their forehead but her head was too pretty?
3183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines on: October 24, 2004, 03:18:19 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
How large are the maps? Is there excessive loadings?


Goood question!  I want to know this too.  

Huge levels/long loads?

Small levels/quick loads?

Something in between?
3184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines on: October 24, 2004, 01:35:59 AM
Your address....so if I were to knock you out and hide your body I can take your place!!!  

Hey it would work!  I saw it in an episode of Three's Company!  smile
3185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / the elder scrolls iv: oblivion on: October 22, 2004, 10:31:51 PM
Quote from: "gilgamex"
ooooooo...

I want this game...

In fact i can think of no other game that has me this excited.

need.... more.... info....


I don't know, maybe I am getting old but I can't stay excited that long anymore  :wink:

This game is what...3 years from release?  Two?  A lot can change between then.  I expect (hope) to play many incredible games in that time.  I think I will concentrate on those.
3186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 - How many CDs? on: October 22, 2004, 08:57:41 PM
5 cds for the cheapest version.

Or Steam

Or wait for import.
3187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / November 2004 - greatest game rush ... ever? on: October 22, 2004, 03:57:30 PM
I am in that catagory of people who can't buy everything they want that close to Christmas.  

So it will be either HL2, or Vampires: Bloodlines, and Final Fantasy 1 & 2 for me.

Then I hope their is a Santa Claus!
3188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / November 2004 - greatest game rush ... ever? on: October 22, 2004, 02:59:44 PM
Don't forget

GBA

Final Fantasy 1 & 2


I don't know if everyone keeps thier budget different than I do but it doesn't just run month to month perfectly.  So I count the end of October - Bard's Tale, GTA: San Andreas as well as the begining of December - Knights of the Old Republic 2: Sith Lords,.
3189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The world is over. I broke my Directv/Tivo remote. on: October 22, 2004, 12:58:20 PM
Maybe I am missing something....why not just go buy a universal remote?

Remote Central lists a ton of remotes which work with what you have - most available from places like Radio Shack and Best Buy so you can go buy one right away.

I have been using a universal remote with my TiVO since I got it so I can control the TV, reciever, DVD, and VCR.
3190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What if Half-life 2 uses Starforce? on: October 21, 2004, 06:21:19 PM
Quote from: "Raintitan"
Why does Steam irritate people so much?

I love not needing to track patches, CD's, ect.


I don't know about everyone but my reasons.

1. I don't like haveing to be on-line to play a single player game.  I am not playing on-line so I shouldn't have to be.  Now to some extend that concern has been addressed but I am not sure how fully until we actually have HL2 in hand and can see.

2. People like having physical media.  There is just something unreal about not having a physical disk.

3. People don't like wasting their bandwidth for Steam.  I doubt it uses much be I don't like the idea of always having something running out there while I am playing a game.  I want my games to run as well as possible.  I keep my gaming machine clean of stuff in the start up group, I don't allow anything unnecessary to run in task manager, etc.  Now Valve is saying I will have to give up some performance so they have a better way to make money?  I don't like that very much.
3191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sacred PLUS: October 29th on: October 21, 2004, 03:10:00 PM
Quote from: "shang"
Dunno. Personally I didn't find the respawning irritating even in the 1.0 version. Look at it this way, Sacred is at its a core hack'n'slash RPG more than a story based adventure, so having respawning monsters just means that if the some area is too difficult, you can go back to an old area to get more exp and loot. It's a feature, not a wart.


It was maddening quite often though.  If you ran back to town becuase you were getting mobbed then tried to make it past a place where you were all the monsters would be back.  Well if they were killing you the first time you aren't going to do much better the second - and you will have less money becuase you bough healing...

I am interested to see how the patch makes things play.
3192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Signed up for Gamefly on: October 21, 2004, 03:07:22 PM
I did it for awhile.  It was great.  Don't know why I stopped really there were not any games for a few months and I decided to drop it.

Great service though.
3193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA: San Andreas leaked on: October 21, 2004, 01:00:15 PM
Well not to be out done by the pirates who stole Halo 2, another group has managed to steal and leak GTA: San Andreas!  here is more info.  Actually I guess I don't know it is a different group.
3194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Choice got tougher - Bloodlines now shipping the 16th too on: October 21, 2004, 12:45:21 PM
At least publishers are spreading the games out....over a couple days.

I remember sitting around bored back in June/July/August....good thing nothing big came out then!
3195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PStwo on: October 21, 2004, 01:32:51 AM
Quote from: "farley2k"
Do they actually have a list of games they don't take or is it up to each store?


To answer my own question...yes they do


Here is the link.



I decided to go for it.  As someone who bought his PS2 on the first day they came out I feel pretty lucky that I have never had any trouble but why push my luck? smile

I trades in a bunch of games (PSOne, PC, etc.) and got $39 for them.  Now with my current PSTwo trade in the new one will cost about $15!  That is very nice
3196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PStwo on: October 20, 2004, 09:07:40 PM
Do they actually have a list of games they don't take or is it up to each store?
3197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another HL2 question.....Sorry on: October 20, 2004, 08:21:59 PM
Quote from: "wankerjr"
Quote from: "Louis Cypher"
Will the HL2 retail come CD only? I want the DVD version, but I dont want to pay 70+ for it.  I hope thats not the case, anyone know about this?


Yes.

If you want the DVD version you are going to have to buy the high priced Collector's Edition. Or you can import the European version since all they are getting is the DVD version (regular).


Really?  Since Gogamer has a great track record of getting imports for the same price when the imports are different I may be checking them out.
3198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Choice got tougher - Bloodlines now shipping the 16th too on: October 20, 2004, 04:20:19 PM
Quote from: "Gryndyl"
You'd think Valve would have stipulated something in the Source contract to insure some sort of delay rather than let a same day kinda thing occur.

Regardless, is Troika insane? I know they want a November release at all but shipping the same day is like opening across from a Star Wars movie.


They have gotten a lot of good press and I think their is a good amount of interest in Bloodlines so it isn't a terrible idea.  

Yes they will not have as many sales but at this time of year I think it is "get the game out the door as soon as possible"  With the holiday shopping season upon us they really can't afford to wait until a week with less other releases.
3199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Van Hamstrung is more like it on: October 20, 2004, 02:42:22 PM
It only goes downhill.  By the end it is so bad you are just praying it will end.
3200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Top 5 Best New shows on TV on: October 20, 2004, 02:07:03 PM
The only one I have watched is Desperate Housewives.  It is quite good.  

I gave up on Joey after the first 3 episodes.  It really lacked the spark of Frieinds.
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