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2561  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Back in business. on: October 28, 2005, 06:21:25 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
By the way Ron - Nice Freakin' Avatar!!!!!  (who designed that bad boy anyway?! - whoever did - well done.  It ain't Kate - but then, what is?)

LD  :wink:


*takes a bow*

I'm going to be designing custom avatars for all the staff eventually.  I was inspired by the solidarity everyone showed for the new site and Ron needed something special.

Of course, I wanted something special too, but I'm jealous or Ron's- it turned out quite nicely.  I'll be tweeking mine again eventually. Once I have time and once all of the staff gives me their ideas on what they want on theirs, expect to see more.
2562  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So did Rich kill Octopus Overlords also? on: October 28, 2005, 02:59:32 AM
Wrong.  It ended with what all things end with.


A new beginning.

Stick around folks, great things are in the works.
2563  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / www.consolegold.com - the plot thickens? on: October 27, 2005, 11:18:59 PM
already discussing.  hit the OUTAGE IMMINENT thread in off-topic
2564  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / EVERYONE READ!!!! IMPORTANT!!!! PASS THE WORD!!!!!!!!!!! on: October 27, 2005, 10:54:41 PM
I'm going to repost Ron's comment about it from OO:

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So rather than contact me, he snakes the domain, bolts the doors, and posts this horseshit. What an upstanding guy:

Quote:
Console Gold
Sincere apologies for any inconvenience over the past few days. Unfortunately, Console Gold has shut its doors.

There was a deal made for the purchase of this domain over two years ago, which has never been honored. The domain has stayed open an extra year, in order to give those using it, time enough to either honor their obligation, or move. Unfortunately, neither was done.

If you're looking for a great gaming community please visit:

http://www.octopusoverlords.com/frontpage/


Hard to honor a deal when one side doesn't communicate.
_________________
Ron Burke
Director of GamingTrend.com
2565  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Board Restored on: October 27, 2005, 12:46:48 PM
from Zarkon:
I can't even log in to the forums. Tell it I've lost my pwd and it says that my account is inactive.

Happened after I updated my profile and added an avatar, changed my email.
2566  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Board Restored on: October 27, 2005, 04:46:33 AM
The logo keeps on reverting back to CG.  the banner add keeps on reappearing, too.  both themes.

Ran into problems sending Mail. Response: 502 unimplemented (#5.5.1)

DEBUG MODE

Line : 125
File : smtp.php
2567  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Board Restored on: October 27, 2005, 04:46:10 AM
The logo keeps on reverting back to CG.  the banner add keeps on reappearing, too.  both themes.
2568  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So did Rich kill Octopus Overlords also? on: October 27, 2005, 02:45:32 AM
Quote from: "Greggy_D"


Dirt?  is that you?
2569  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Just wanted to say I really like the new name! on: October 26, 2005, 11:45:02 PM
Hey everybody, glad to see you all made it.  Hang in there, great things are comin'!
2570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Far Cry Instincts Review Up on: October 21, 2005, 05:26:26 PM
Read it right here.

If you can't already tell, I LOVED this game biggrin
2571  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [parenting] MY SON WILL NOT GO TO SLEEP on: October 19, 2005, 07:20:43 AM
Quote from: "Jimmy the Fish"
It's great that it ended up working but pediatricians generally recommend against letting infants getting used to sleeping with the parents. Who knows, maybe letting junior sleep with mom and dad in their bed may work. While there are general recommendations, it always comes down to what works best for you.


Let me just put it this way:  Children have been sleeping with their parents for a hell of a lot longer than pediatricians have been recommending against it.  Hell, it always made more sense to me- if you were a baby, wouldn't you freak if you had to sleep behind bars intead of near mommy?
2572  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [parenting] MY SON WILL NOT GO TO SLEEP on: October 19, 2005, 06:40:22 AM
My wife and I don't believe in the 'cry it out' method.  Never made much sense to us (at least in the first two years of age).  There is a natural, instinctual reason why babies cry- they need reassurance, they need momma.  They need to know you are there.

Some people might think I'm crazy, but my son Griffin slept with us for the first couple of years.  He never took to the crib, and the fact that we would actually be able to sleep through the entire night with maybe one wake-up for a diaper change.  That was well worth it for me.

After a while, Griffin just decided he wanted to sleep in his own bed.  From day one of that, he rarely, if ever, wanted to come back to our bed, and we figured since we kept him so close in those early months, he was a lot more confident, reassured, and self-reliant as a result.
2573  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Modders make Jack Thompson game- guess what Jacky did? on: October 17, 2005, 11:12:23 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
Does anyone have a link to the initial offer, and not just another site's recap?


http://gc.advancedmn.com/article.php?artid=5883
2574  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Modders make Jack Thompson game- guess what Jacky did? on: October 17, 2005, 07:07:25 PM
He rescinded his offer

Quoth Jack:

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"I'm not interested and won't be commenting on the mod. The satirical piece entitled 'A Modest Video Game Proposal' was intended to highlight the patent hypocrisy and recklessness exhibited by the video game industry's willingness to target cops, women, homosexuals, and other groups with some of their violent games. To be fair, though, you can't expect a bunch of gamers to understand the satire if they think that Jonathon Swift, the author of 'A Modest Proposal,' is the name of a new Nike running shoe...

...I will say this though, the 'video game community' (what's next, 'the necromancy community'?) surely seems exercised about someone who is a 'joke' and who is accomplishing nothing. You all seem rather bothered and worried about a nonentity. God is in this battle, and I am privileged to be a foot soldier. You all should be concerned, not about me, but about Him."




For more information about the mod, go here
2575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Didn't preorder the Xbox 360? Have fun camping out! on: October 11, 2005, 12:17:02 AM
I am actually in the same mindset as Calvin.  I'm banking on a last-minute act of god, really.  biggrin

God I'm sick of Pepsi......
2576  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / It's official: I *%#! hate baseball on: October 11, 2005, 12:04:50 AM
As Zarkon can probably attest to, I couldn't give two shits about baseball (or pretty much any televised sport, for that matter).  Tonight, I am in fact enraged;  the Astros game is pre-empting Arrested Development.

EDIT:  It's even worse than I thought.  No new episodes until OCT. 31!!!!!  

DAMN YOUSE FOX!!  DAMN YOUSE ALL TO HELL!!!!
2577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First game you ever played on the PC? on: October 10, 2005, 09:32:53 PM
Hell, I think the C64 almost should be counted as a console- best games library for it's time
2578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First game you ever played on the PC? on: October 10, 2005, 09:12:05 PM
Jumpman!  that was it! That was the first game I played on my C-64!  Laner jogged my memory.
2579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First game you ever played on the PC? on: October 10, 2005, 07:54:41 PM
I remember  playing Kareteka on the Apple IIc.  God, I loved that game.  Same guy who designed the original Price of Persia, btw.
2580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First game you ever played on the PC? on: October 10, 2005, 07:39:37 PM
man, I'm trying to remember.... it was on a Commodore 64...  Maybe Temple of Apshai?  Or was it Lode Runner....  I dunno, I remember there was a C-64 users group on the base we lived on at the time and it was basically just an excuse for everybody to get together and copy each others games unibrow

I think I filled up 10 5.24 floppies that first time I went, so I had a bunch at once.  Hard to remember....

First PC game, tho, was the original Pool of Radiance biggrin
2581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What was the first Console game you ever played? on: October 10, 2005, 07:33:21 PM
ditto on Pong, here.  But I only played it once  smirk

After that it was Combat for Atari (or whatever that first pack-in for the 2600 was)
2582  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / It's my party and I'll Jedi if I want to...[updated] on: October 07, 2005, 09:47:54 PM
I actually put the thread title in the subject line of the email version biggrin

Hell, I wish I had had me as a dad!  I even help my family find all the obscure stuff he puts on his birthday and christmas lists for them.  Do you know how hard it is to find Japanese import Godzilla and giant robot toys outside of the internet?

Luckily, there is a comic/ sci-fi convention near us this weekend.  I've been given money by three relatives for shopping purposes  unibrow
2583  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / It's my party and I'll Jedi if I want to...[updated] on: October 07, 2005, 07:17:54 PM
Edited to add last year's invite cover for those who haven't seen it.
2584  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / It's my party and I'll Jedi if I want to...[updated] on: October 06, 2005, 09:54:56 PM
Thanks guys!  This has been a tradition of mine for about 5 years now (and yes, this is his 7th birthday) and it's one of the things I look forward to most.  I'll see if I can dig up some of the other ones to show you (like last year's Godzilla one).

I'm going to start doing my daughter's invitations on her next birthday (I started at 3 with Griffin, and Oriana is going to be 3 in March).

As for the party, we are renting a moonwalk for the entire day.  biggrin
2585  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / It's my party and I'll Jedi if I want to...[updated] on: October 06, 2005, 07:02:03 AM
Every year I design a special invitation for my son's birthday party.  I thought I'd share this year's design with you guys:



It was a bit of a rush job, honestly.  I don't think I could top last year's where I had him going toe to toe with Godzilla.... biggrin

Edit:  Speaking of which, here it is-

2586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Question on: October 05, 2005, 07:32:24 PM
screw the 'Xbox 3-shitty'  I'm goin' all the way
2587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Marvel Nemesis - What's the word? on: October 05, 2005, 05:11:22 PM
I wasn't too impressed with the oxm demo.  controls seemed a bit wonky for my tastes and overall seemed a bit gratuitous.  The characters made up for the game are just plain goofy, too.  Why make up a bunch of new characters when you are dealing with Marvel anyway?  Why make an Electro rip-off if you have to use a stupid-ass name like Johnny Ohm?
2588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bioware 2005-10-04 on: October 05, 2005, 06:23:48 AM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "th'FOOL"
Groan.  Gee-gosh golly, another scifi based shooter game.  After Pariah, I am getting pretty wary of Halo wanna-bes...

Cranky tonight Mike? Tongue

After Halo I'm getting pretty wary of Marathon/Doom/System Shock/other sci-fi shooter from the past wanna-bes.

 ninja

Seriously sci-fi shooters have pretty much been around since the FPS was invented right?


Well, yeah,  That's kind of why I'm a little burned out on them.  

Between Doom 3 which was a collosal waste of my time and money, and the last one I played, which was - you guessed it - Pariah, I just can't get myself excited about this.  Mind you I loved Jade Empire and I loved KOTOR, and I'm sure BioWare will do this right, but looking at the 360 line-up for the next several months, there is definitely a skew towards Sci-Fi as far as first-person games go.  Hopefully they'll bend the genre a bit and take it off in a new generation, we will see.  I'd prefer a more fantasy environment from BioWare, personally, even if they mix it up a bit and do something like, say, steampunk.

I think I'm mostly just turned off by the human characters in those screenshots.  blech.  Maybe I wanted a Jade Empire sequel, which took me back to the days of Oriental Adventures for D&D.  I dunno, we'll see.
2589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bioware 2005-10-04 on: October 05, 2005, 02:28:57 AM
Groan.  Gee-gosh golly, another scifi based shooter game.  After Pariah, I am getting pretty wary of Halo wanna-bes.  Yeah, I know, it's Bioware, but seriously, with Gears of War, UT2K7, and eventually Halo 3, how many sci-fi shooter variants can you play over the course of a year or two.  And I'm just mentioning the ones off the top of my head.

The characters look a little mannequin-like (the human ones at least), though I like the non-humans and the environments.  I dunno, this just looks like more of the 'same-shit, better graphics' rut that has been going on for years.  Hell, it's still early, I hope I'm wrong.  I was just hoping for something a little more fresh than this.
2590  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday 10/04/05 on: October 04, 2005, 09:44:50 PM
Oy.  I remember making fun of Robot Jox in my early twenties when it came out....

If I recall it was about on par with Wing Commander (the movie) except the annoyingly bad actors were less well known.
2591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / AVOID ANY THREAD WHERE NEW ORLEANS LOOTER POSTS!!!!!!!!! on: September 28, 2005, 08:50:53 PM
Yeah, we don't put up with that kind of shit around here.
2592  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / All in Texas Get Ready...Rita is Cat5 Now on: September 22, 2005, 06:01:19 AM
<swats gnat away>

Hey all!  This Houstonian got the fuck outta dodge!  I am typing this on my laptop in San Antonio!  I will probably have a lot of spare time on my hands these next few days.

Good thing I brought my Xbox.... unibrow
2593  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Forum stretches everywhere on: September 15, 2005, 03:24:20 PM
Ack!  center it!
2594  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / FEMA Chief Michael Brown Removed From Katrina Relief on: September 14, 2005, 09:36:54 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
IMO, the Democrats in Congress should have been fighting Bush tooth and nail since day one, and in fact I might not vote for Obama because of his lay-down attitude thus far.

And shame on the Republicans, especially John McCain, for just rubber-stamping all the crap flowing from the White House.

If EVERYONE in Congress, with very few exceptions, gets voted out in the next six years, the country will be very better for it.  My measure of who should stay is basically looking at who stood up to Bush.  McCain would have been on that list before the 2004 election.


And lo, hell hath frozen over- Unbreakable and I agree on something (for the most part)

I just want to see some third party candidates who aren't kooks, tree-huggers, or wanna-bes.  Yeah, I'll keep dreaming....
2595  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / FEMA Chief Michael Brown Removed From Katrina Relief on: September 14, 2005, 09:24:04 PM
Look, I'm not saying Bush didn't fuck up, he most certainly did,  but when this idiot was appointed, democrats and republicans both let him in.  That means, on the whole our GOVERNMENT fucked up.  there was no opposition whatsover, and don't tell me the democrats couldn't have at least voiced some kind of objection.   Nobody is doing their job worth a damn in Washington and I'm sick of both fucking parties.  I pray for the day a viable third party comes along and leverages the utter distaste that I and others have for our idiotic two-party system against these fucking thieves.

Just so we are clear- my disgust extends to both republican AND democrat, and any time anybody claims that one or the other is the fucking boogyman I feel they are missing the whole point- THEY BOTH SUCK.  And I'm sick of it.
2596  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / FEMA Chief Michael Brown Removed From Katrina Relief on: September 14, 2005, 01:12:40 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
So why is the head of FEMA given less concern, a guy who's background couldn't even pass basic scrutiny?


Congress did have to approve his appointment, you know.  There wasn't any interference at all, if I recall, from either side of the fence.
2597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Black & White 2 .... on: September 13, 2005, 10:33:46 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote
Never again will a Molyneux game grace my hardware or console.

You'll change your tune when you see The Movies. slywink


Doubt it. :roll:
2598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Black & White 2 .... on: September 13, 2005, 06:42:45 PM
Out Out Out Out Out

Never again will a Molyneux game grace my hardware or console.  He has been churning out crap for years
2599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Im still waiting for the New Orleans Relief fund ..... on: September 02, 2005, 12:33:38 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
And of course, now reports are coming out that New Orleans was BEGGING for funding to maintain and expand the levies, and funds which had previously been allocated were diverted to fund the war in Iranq.

So, because Bush wanted to plunder funding for a very necessary domestic project, now an ENTIRE U.S. CITY is lost.  LOST.  New Orleans will never, ever be the same, thousands of people are dead, more will die, and all because of a horribly incompetent president.  But this is a broken record, because it's just a rerun of his 'planning' for Iranq (back when it was still Iraq, of course).

He is saying NOBODY predicted the levies breaking?  Is he insane, or just plain stupid?


Don't lay the blame of this squarely on the war in Iraq and George Bush:
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20050901/D8CBNMA88.html

Seriously, we are taking a sytemic failure of leadership for several DECADES, both on a federal level and a local level.
2600  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Im still waiting for the New Orleans Relief fund ..... on: September 01, 2005, 07:45:11 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Quote
Still, Bush told ABC-TV: "I'm not expecting much from foreign nations because we hadn't asked for it. I do expect a lot of sympathy and perhaps some will send cash dollars. But this country's going to rise up and take care of it.''

"You know,'' he said, "we would love help, but we're going to take care of our own business as well, and there's no doubt in my mind we'll succeed. And there's no doubt in my mind, as I sit here talking to you, that New Orleans is going to rise up again as a great city.''


Yep, more cowboy grandstanding.  What an asshole.

Free or cheap oil will, of course, never be refused, however, because it isnt actually going to be used to help anyone.  Maybe the oil companies will lower their prices a few cents a gallon because of it, however.

I'm surprised he isnt looking into ways to charge the people from New Orleans rent, or hotel fees, or something.


Cowboy grandstanding?  Is he lying?  His statement pretty much jibes with what AA said about things.  In fact, your statement is much more asshole-ish than what Bush said.  Try to look past your hatred for a minute, willya?
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