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Well, I certainly would not have joked about those chads yesterday if I imagined that we'd have a repeat of the last U.S. Presidential election, where the uncertainly over the outcome lingers like a hangover the morning after. Sick of the phrase "Provisional Ballots in Ohio" yet? I'm guessing soon enough we all will be. I guess in this clearly overly litigious society, it's only appropriate that our elections get decided in the courts. To my thinking, the oddest Election Day story comes from New Mexico, where they got tired of counting votes, and went home for the night. Thanks for playing guys. Oh yeah, and a note to all politicians... no matter how exuberant the moment... you really should avoid dancing when Kool & the Gang comes over the P.A. singing Celebrate (seek video of our reelected N.Y. Senator Schumer for a good example).

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244. Re: Hey! Nov 3, 2004, 17:58 Bronco
 
Why are you on the pacific region when you're closer to the east coast?

That is the region where the BETA server has always resided - despite the fact that the datacenter that serves the game is in Maryland.

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243. Re: Something I don't get Nov 3, 2004, 17:54 Hump
 
What are you talking about, Hump??? Surely, Sony does not pay Rockstar a nice amount to release it on the PS2 first nor is it a way for Rockstar to keep its core base, the PS2 owners, happy!?!

ok, I deserved that.

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242. Re: No subject Nov 3, 2004, 17:46 Gandhi
 
Or Kerry could become the Vice-Pres. Isn't that how it used to be? The loser would become the winner's VP. I think I heard that anyways.. heh

I think the French do that - winner becomes president and the loser becomes prime minister. Oh Lord! I mentioned the "F" word - now watch this thread count explode to 500

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241. Re: No subject Nov 3, 2004, 17:12 John
 
Or Kerry could become the Vice-Pres. Isn't that how it used to be? The loser would become the winner's VP. I think I heard that anyways.. heh

 
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240. Re: Hey! Nov 3, 2004, 17:10 ExcessDan
 
yes i wonder the same thing

btw, against my better judgement i paid the 7.90 US to get into the WOW beta.. what's your guys' average download speed from fileplanet?

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239. Re: Hey! Nov 3, 2004, 17:07 Halsy
 
Why are you on the pacific region when you're closer to the east coast?


"Don't you see the rest of the country looks upon New York like we're left-wing, communist, Jewish, homosexual pornographers? I think of us that way sometimes and I live here."
- Woody Allen
 
"And then, suddenly and without warning, it turned into a real-life case of hungry, hungry hippos."
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238. No subject Nov 3, 2004, 16:51 VoodooV
 
what I wish would happen, to at least make an effort to heal this vehement bi-partisanship, is some sort of ceremony, where the two candidates get together, PUBLICLY shake hands, praise the other guy and maybe even talk about things they can do TOGETHER to service this nation, and at least give the appearance that things are being left in an amicable state.

this bipartisanship is killing us, it really is, this us vs them mentality, if you're not with us, you're against us, the world is not binary people, and we gotta work together even if you hate the other guy.

To me it just feels like America is no longer the land of tolerance, that if you lose, you're not merely the guy who didn't win, you're wrong, and you're stupid for even running and voicing your alternative stance.

As Jon Stewart might say, its....bad...for America, its hurting us.

 
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237. Re: Hey! Nov 3, 2004, 16:50 Bronco
 
Aren't the beta servers now just numbered (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)? Also, is this your level 40 tank or did the CB tester characters get wiped?

CB characters are alive until retail. The ST servers are numbered. The original servers are named. I play on BETA in the pacific region. Yes, Spoonboy (DON'T LAUGH1) is a level 41 warrior.

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236. Re: Hey! Nov 3, 2004, 16:45 Halsy
 
Though, I have seen a few reviews of it in the magazine, and during the text they all say nice things, yet the scores at the end have sucked…..down right horrible in some of them!
How do you say nice things for a page, not say anything bad then give it a crappy score?

Well, it's definitely a game that not everyone will get or like. You really need to have a taste for camp humour, and it certainly helps if you're older or appreciate all the cheesy spy flicks/shows from the 60's and 70's. I think the game is hilarious and there have been times when it's had me laughing out loud either reading some of the text or watching some of the animations.

Some of the traps are ingenious and you can chain them to setup a series that can get you score bonuses. It's insanely funny to watch some of it. Torturing people in the various devices and traps is just a laugh fest as well. I think they showed the guard doing Michael Jackson to torture someone in the demo which is probably the funniest one, but the others are good too.

Overall it's just got a ton of the "little things" that make it worthwhile. The devices you can research and how they display them graphically and use them in game are just brilliant. The game has a lot of character. I hope they do an expansion for it.



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235. Re: Hey! Nov 3, 2004, 16:34 Enahs
 
I'd hold off for a used copy or the bargain bin, but it's a lot of fun and I am no fan of RTS' by a long shot.

Yeah, I do not really like RTS, but I really liked the demo. I am just waiting for a used copy to turn up at EB games as you say.

Though, I have seen a few reviews of it in the magazine, and during the text they all say nice things, yet the scores at the end have sucked…..down right horrible in some of them!
How do you say nice things for a page, not say anything bad then give it a crappy score?

The demo was great, what is up with those tools?! (Man, this is my new “lame”, I love that word!)


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234. Re: Halsy Nov 3, 2004, 16:31 Halsy
 
If you haven't ejected from this thread - check your email.

Just did, check yours. Thanks, man.



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233. Re: Hey! Nov 3, 2004, 16:29 Halsy
 
Well, I'm not shelling out to FP for a few extra days of WoW (as they said it would be 5-7 days of advanced testing), but when the OB starts I'll join you with a NE druid.

Aren't the beta servers now just numbered (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)? Also, is this your level 40 tank or did the CB tester characters get wiped?

I think it was Hump who was asking about Evil Genius earlier? Anyway, Evil Genius is a brilliant game but there's not really much point in replaying it when you're done (all the missions are the same). I'd hold off for a used copy or the bargain bin, but it's a lot of fun and I am no fan of RTS' by a long shot.

Elixir (guys who did EG) are also doing a sweet looking game name of Blue Vault which seems to be XCOM meets Syndicate. I've got my eye on this one. Look at these screens!

http://www.strategyplanet.com/evilgenius/Developers/BlueVault.asp

I also just tried the NF2 Underground demo and it was pretty cool. Anyone think the full version is worthwhile? How about Madden 2005 for the PC?



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232. Re: Technical stuff -- Enahs! Nov 3, 2004, 16:19 Warhawk
 
Yeah, I know it will be hard. If I was to place a bet, I would say I will fail, but it will be a fun experiment for my geekier side.

Very true. Like the first time you ever built a computer, probably a bit daunting at first. At least with your project you don't really expect a successful result but can have fun trying.

I've got a dead drive on the workbench at home I want to take apart, too. Need the right Torx screwdriver first.


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231. Halsy Nov 3, 2004, 16:19 Bronco
 
If you haven't ejected from this thread - check your email.

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230. Re: Technical stuff -- Enahs! Nov 3, 2004, 16:13 Enahs
 
Enahs, (How the hell do you pronounce that?)

I forget who made the joke here, but now it is officially pronounced “Enya”..like the crappy singer.
It is just “Shane” backwards….I am a jenyes when it comes to nick names!


Have you ever taken apart a hard drive before? I have a dead one at home I can open up and take pictures of for you. At least to give yourself an idea of what you're getting into

Taken apart…yeah…lots!
Though, I have never tried to put one back together!

I suspect it can be done, but it will be very difficult even with the correct tools for all the special screws. In your favor tho' is the fact that you only need to get the data off and then to hell with the drive.

Yeah, I know it will be hard. If I was to place a bet, I would say I will fail, but it will be a fun experiment for my geekier side.


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229. Re: Jeff Carpenter? Nov 3, 2004, 16:10 Ray Marden
 
I think I am talking about what you think I am talking about. If you can, more power to you, but I know I said you could do whatever you want. I think I have no idea who "Jeff Carpenter" is, but I am sure you can find somebody that thinks they could use it.

Er...I think.

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Wondering if you play with Forkboy from the Dinner Plate clan :P,
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228. Re: No subject Nov 3, 2004, 16:05 Warhawk
 
What a coincidence, it's the same thing he would have done to al Qaeda if he was in office, too!
Damn Warhawk. I think that may be the most inane thing I've ever seen you post.

OK, he would have first formed a committee to study the issue, then ask Edwards if we had a standing to sue them first. If not, he then would have asked France, Russia, and Germany if it would be OK to bring up at the next neighborhood watch UN meeting, where he would ask them to form a committee to study the issue and investigate the probability of sending the inspectors to Germany in preparation of sending them to Iraq.

Then, the election of 2008 rolls around and he'd want to get re-elected to continue the reform of our foreign policy that has angered the world community. Theresa would say something about OBL never having a job before, and AQ would take out one of the overseas tomato processing plants in retaliation. Realizing harsh words/the UN/Edwards' threatened lawsuits aren't going to stop OBL/AQ, he decides to quit the war on terror to prevent our soldiers from committing more atrocities in the name of the US of A.

I just stated the abridged version.

IT'S A FREAKING JOKE, PEOPLE. Shit, the Bush bashing gets old too, you know, but you guys are serious. It's over, let it go.

Kum-by-ya, Kum-by-ya.

Come on, let's all sing and be one in spirit!

Kum-by-ya, Kum-by-ya.


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227. Re: Jeff Carpenter? Nov 3, 2004, 16:04 xXBatmanXx
 
If you are talking about what I think you are talking about I can still help. But not for long. People are lining up faster than I can help them.

ooo oooo! Something free that is of value?
Can I wait in that line?
I wait in line for video games and beer.

 
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226. Re: Jeff Carpenter? Nov 3, 2004, 15:59 Bronco
 

I no longer have it, but I would ask Matthew a.k.a. Bronco a.k.a. TPFKaS2S about getting some help.

If you are talking about what I think you are talking about I can still help. But not for long. People are lining up faster than I can help them.

But I have no idea who Jeff Carpenter is.

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225. Re: Technical stuff -- Enahs! Nov 3, 2004, 15:57 Wiwi Jumbo
 
Enahs, (How the hell do you pronounce that?)

It will be very difficult to replace the motor in a hard drive. Basiclly, the column that the platters suspended on *is* the motor. You'd have to open the HD, somehow slide the arms with the r/w heads off the platters (most likely 2-4 heads or 1-2 platters) without scratching anything, take off the platter(s), place them in the new HD and then move the r/w heads back on to the platter without bending the arms too much. Ideally without getting dust or a fingerprint on anything.

I suspect it can be done, but it will be very difficult even with the correct tools for all the special screws. In your favor tho' is the fact that you only need to get the data off and then to hell with the drive.

Have you ever taken apart a hard drive before? I have a dead one at home I can open up and take pictures of for you. At least to give yourself an idea of what you're getting into.
 
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