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Status Updates posted by Danarchy

  1. I figured I should mention to you guys that I started a music blog on tumblr. It's based off a thing I was doing on Facebook that people seemed to like. The concept is that every day I post a piece of music from a variety of genres and write up a paragraph or three on the history of the band or song or genre or whatever.


    Anyway, I'm just posting this here in case anyone is interested in following it or bookmarking it.

    1. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      Followed, 'cause you have some good tastes in music.

    2. joe-ilya


      I have no tumblr, but good luck anyways.

    3. Clonehunter


      Huh, beat me to it. Good music though, nice blog!

  2. And me too, I guess.

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    2. Mancubus II

      Mancubus II

      Bucket said:

      I was talking to Manc, actually.

      Would not have been me, but I was being a pussy and partying in Las Vegas on my birthday.

      Also just noticed this thread even though I browse blogs every day.

      Depressing fact: We apparently also share the birthday with Bieber, so there's that.

    3. Planky


      Happy Marchmas

    4. Danarchy


      Mancubus II said:

      Depressing fact: We apparently also share the birthday with Bieber, so there's that.

      Oh yeah, I read that somewhere. Bah.

  3. Lost my job today. Applied for unemployment already. I have about $10 in the bank, half a tank of gas, low on food, and $1600 in debt.

    Needless to say, I am not in a good mood.

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    2. Bucket


      Well, it's easier to sit around doing nothing when you get winded walking up the stairs.

    3. Grazza


      Bucket said:

      Are you from here? Fattening junk food is cheaper than the healthy stuff.

      Yes, I live in the US, and am aware that it can cost only a few dollars to get an enormous pile of unhealthy food, and that such meals are even quite hard to avoid. What I meant by "shopping around" in this context was going out of your way to find the optimal meals for maximizing the calories per dollar.

    4. Maes


      Mike.Reiner said:

      Though to become 200 lbs overweight is still a feat I am nowhere near, and I will never understand how people allow themselves to reach that.

      Judging by YT, apparently you can make a pretty buck if you're a fatass woman/male twink/even a middle-aged fucker: just sit on your couch or chair, and slap your fat rolls around in front of the camera. The number of views for such tripe (pun intended) is mind-blowing, let alone the comments about how "sexy" an overweight pasty 13yo MALE teenager playing with his fat rolls is.

      Grazza said:

      What I meant by "shopping around" in this context was going out of your way to find the optimal meals for maximizing the calories per dollar.

      That would be any food that consists of nearly 100% fat, like lard or oils. However, neither is very appetizing to eat raw. Between the two, I'd say lard on slices of bread.

  4. The First Day

    So, I just got back from PAX. This was my first con ever, so it was a pretty big thing. It's weird, because all of my friends are big con goers, and they (and everyone else I met) were amazed that I was a first timer. Hotel arrangement was a bit spotty. I was originally supposed to just stay with some of my friends in one place while my other two friends (husband and wife) stayed in another. Then my other friend's girlfriend decided she was going to stay the night and arrangements got weird. I agreed to move over to the other hotel, and really it worked out a lot better because not only was that room a lot better, but the hotel was RIGHT ACROSS THE FUCKING STREET from the main convention and had two of the panel rooms downstairs. It cost me $200 for my share, but I guess it was worth it. Oh, and the other hotel was about 12 blocks away and had tiny rooms.

    Friday I pretty much spent in confusion, not knowing what the fuck to do. I tried to get in to see Wil Wheaton' panel, but the line was already full up half an hour before it started. I did walk past him in the lobby, though, and he is a very small man. My friend, his friend, and myself instead went into the panel next door, where the Retronauts dissed everyone's favorite games. Basically, they just had people line up to list off their favorite games so they could tell them why the game was bad. It was pretty funny, actually. I was sad that there was only one guy on the panel who really knew computer games well enough to pick them apart, but I was also happy when people mentioned Planescape: Torment and Star Control 2. No one mentioned Doom, surprisingly, though many of the classic console games were mentioned.

    Friday Night Concert

    After that, I just followed the two of them around and ended up at the end of the day going to the concert at the Paramount that night. There were a bunch of bands there that I had heard of but never actually listened to. Video Game Orchestra (VGO) was pretty good, though (like 99% of video game cover musicians) they only did console games so I had to ask my friend what they were playing a couple of times. For instance, I didn't know that the song they opened up with was the Street Fighter II theme, and when my friend told me, I mentioned Guile's Theme Goes With Everything. He hadn't heard of it so I had to explain it. Right after that, guess what they segued into? I lol'd.

    Anyway, MC Frontalot was next and he was actually pretty hilarious. Annoyingly, the sound mixing was terrible so I could only understand half of what he was saying. Guess I'll have to look him up on Youtube. Also, he played some clips from Friendship is Magic on his screen, so lol. After him was Metroid Metal, who rocked pretty hard with their wall of guitars, but not being a Metroid fan, I didn't recognise the tunes except Brinstar. They threw out some beach balls modded into metroids for the audience to bop around during their performace, which was pretty entertaining. Then the Minibosses came on but my ears were so fucked at that point that I couldn't tell if they were out of tune or my eardrums were indented. I didn't recognise any of their music, either any my friend was passed out. I spent most of the performance just staring that the ornate ceiling of the theater while I lay sprawled across two rows of seats.

    Full Swing

    The next day, I was left to my own devices when my friends all wanted to see the create-a-comic panel and I wanted to see the Dead Gentlemen instead. I'm a bit sad I missed that panel, because apparently the resulting comic was of Gabe's wife suddenly turning into Derpy Hooves after he warns her not to accidentally sleep with guys cosplaying as him. I hope this gets uploaded. Yogscast was also streaming into a panel from the UK, so I was pretty much torn 3 ways. Anyway, the Dead Gentlemen panel was pretty hilarious. They showed Journeyquest then had a Q&A. All the guys (and ladies) were pretty cool and hilarious people. They made Dorkness Rising and Journeyquest without any kind of real profit and all work normal 9 to 5 jobs, so I'm really grateful that they even bothered making these movies at all. I ended up getting a signed copy of Journeyquest at the end, so that was fun.

    The Exhibition Halls

    Anyway, by myself, I wandered the con for most of the day. Honestly, I had little interest in the main exhibition hall. It was loud, packed full, and pretty much consisted of booths for generic big name games with half-hour (at the very best) lines to get maybe 5-10 minutes of play and honestly it just didn't seem worth it. The worst was the KotOR MMO, which had (from what I heard) a 2-hour line, which is hilarious because I have a friend in the beta and I've seen plenty of gameplay already. Skyrim looked interesting, but not long-ass line interesting. I only had a morbid curiosity in Rage. The one interesting booth there was the EvE Online booth where they were selling some awesome minis of the ships and having discussions about both EvE and their new console game that's tied in with it, which looks....interesting. Honestly, my interest was piqued enough that I may reactivate my account. Avoiding the exhibition hall was probably the reason I left the con with less swag than my friends, though. Apparently they were handing out free stuff while hidden away in all the crowds of people there. Oh well, lesson learned for the next con, then.

    I did buy some trinkets, though. I got a hand full of TF2 buttons for $5 and then a bunch of gimmick dice from one of several dice vendors. Namely, I got a d16, a d24, a random weather generator die, d10s with 100, 1,000, and 10,000 slots increments, and a couple d10s with the numbers spelled out in German.

    As opposed to the main exhibition hall, the smaller upper exhibition hall was much more interesting. For one, it had a lot more vendors selling stuff. I was tempted to buy a board game but never got around to it. There were some pretty good deals there, like Arkham Horror and its large expansions for $40 each, the small expansions for $20 each, and Twilight Imperium for $70 (it's normally a $100+ game). I was mostly interested in this Civilization game, but didn't know anything about it so I just held on to my money. Also, that floor had all the indie game on it, of which there were some interesting ones. There was one called Chasing Aurora which is in very early development. They had multiplayer working, which basically amounted to a big game of flag tag with origami birds. It was cooler looking than it sounds. Allegedly there is going to be single player and more multiplayer modes, but it was fun as it was. There was also A Flipping Good Time, some game that was trying hard to be Portal with a glove pulling blocks around instead of a gun shooting portals (it was pretty fun though), and some game claiming to be a bullet-hell game in reverse but actually being a guitar hero clone in disguise.

    Oh, and there was the Mojang booth. The latest unreleased build of Minecraft was there. It has skill points (dunno what they do) and some crazy fucking mobs that look like nighmares and will teleport to you full of death and vengeance. There also appeared to be new items. I was a bit more interested in another game they were demoing there called Cobalt. It was basically a platformer where you could pick up items to use them to solve puzzles. It also involved clinging on to walls and punching rockets. Let's just say it's pretty damn fun. Oh, and Notch. I ended up running into him about 6 times the whole weekend. He even showed up unexpectedly at then end of a panel I sat in on.

    Grown Men Playing D&D And Other Nonsense

    After that, I went back to the Paramount where I saw the Acquisitions, Inc. show. This was probably the highlight of the whole trip. I have been following their podcasts since they started and pretty much half the reason I came to the con was because of this. It was pretty epic because everyone in the group was dressed as their characters, and they had an epic miniature set (as Gabe said "we have way too much fucking money"). Tycho came on wielding a his weapon/holy symbol, Scott smashed through a wall in an epic dynamic entry, Wil showed up on stage drowning in a vat of acid (how his character died two sessions ago), Gabe was...well, Jim Motherfucking Darkmagic, and Chris Perkins was dressed as the Mad Hatter. They also had Paul & Storm as their bards, who had songs for their critical hits and misses among other things. After hearing it on the podcast so many times, it was great actually getting to watch it in person just to see the expressions on their faces as they rolled terribly and gaped at the incredulousness of their supposed teammates. Speaking of which, Jim Darkmagic is a huge fucking dick. :P Hopefully (and probably) this will get uploaded as well.

    A friend of mine bought the new Penny Arcade board game and it was pretty fun. If anyone has played Ascension, it's a lot like that, except you end up saying stuff like "I'll grab another Scrotuum, they work best in pairs" and "anyone want to reveal their Wieners?". They had special cards for the game that were PAX exclusives that my friend snagged too, so that's cool.

    Expo Wrap-Up

    At the end of the night, it was concert time at the Paramount again and this time it was Paul & Storm and Jonathon Coulton. Paul & Storm were actually fucking hilarious. They were really more of a comedy act than a band and did a LOT of fucking around. At one point they brought out just about every musician there (JoCo, MC Frontalot and his band, the string quartet and guitarist from VGO, half of the Minibosses, and a few others) to play an epic song about vaginas. When they found out they still had 15 minutes left at the end, they ended up dragging out their last song for that long and blaming the audience for it. JoCo was okay, but he was about as interesting as you'd expect. I'm not that big of a fan of his, so the only songs I recognized were Still Alive, Want You Gone, Skullcrusher Mountain and re: Your Brains. He also played a bunch of new stuff including one or two first time songs he revealed for us at PAX.

    Sunday was just a lot more of the same. Panels, games, walking around, Notch. I played some Monopoly-style game for the Wii that used Mario and Dragonquest characters. It was fun, but I can't remember its name. Ate at the Cheesecake factory across the street. Finally went home and showed my friends the horribleness of the Pony Thread Simulators and Story Mark Crusaders on the way back. This post is taking way too long.


    Okay, what's left? Cosplay. PAX apparently isn't a big cosplay event, but there were some good ones. My friends, for example. My friend was a Techpriest and got a lot of complements from fans of 40k, and his wife had a really good Tali costume. So good that the people at the Mass Effect 3 booth let her cut in line a couple times and gave her a bunch of swag. Oh yeah, and she was being swarmed by guys ALL THE FUCKING TIME. So many pictures were taken of her that I think that I'm probably in the background of over a hundred pics now. Check everyone's PAX Prime 2011 pic folders for the guy in the flat cap looking bewildered behind Tali. Between Paul & Storm and JoCo, we were down on the floor of the theater and my friend and I were talking and we turned around and she literally had a whole semicircle of guys around her taking pictures. It was weird. Oh yeah, and the bus full of call girls that stopped her on the street to ask if she wanted to work for them. Now that is fucking creepy.

    Oh wait, I was going to talk about other cosplayers, too. Aside from my friend, the only other 40k cosplayer was a guy with the most badass Black Templar outfit ever. There was also Gordon Freeman, who had a fold-out presentation and brochures for Black Mesa recruitment. There was a guy with a pretty awesome Link costume, a ton of TF2 characters (especially snipers, engineers, and spies), the Eleventh Doctor (with mop and fez) with Amy Pond, a gaint piece of bacon handing out bacon salt, Carl from ATHF, a bunch of Homestuck trolls, and some ponies (namely Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, and Vinyl Scratch/DJ P0N-3). Those were the most memorable. There were some professionally hired ones, as well. Everything from the ones dressed as zombies for some Kinect zombie game who looked bored and pissed off from at least when I first saw them at 2 on Friday to the pretty awesome colonial marines guarding the booth for some new Aliens game (Aliens: Colonial Marine, I think its called). I think the tank commanders they got for promoting World of Tanks were pretty spot-on. They looked like grizzled army vets, and it really worked. It helped that they brought their own tank, though.

    Other Crap

    There was also some awesome statues. I'll start with FireFall. There was a running joke at the con that the convention was called "FireFall Presents: PAX" because ads for it were fucking EVERYWHERE. They were even plastered all over the city. It was the first I had ever even heard of it, so maybe this was its big reveal or something. Anyway, they had an awesome animatronic doohicky outside of the main entrance for the main exhibition hall. There were big statues of basic male and female PC models standing on either side of this big drop pod or harvester thingy or something. It kept opening up and making these booming noises with its pistons like a giant thumper from Dune or something. The next coolest statue was the motherfucking life sized dragon Bethesda dragged along with them. It was really fucking impressive. Wizards of the Coast had big statues of both Drizzt and Jace. The new Bioshock game had some sort of critter coming out of its booth's wall. The new Jurassic Park game had a JP jeep parked next to it. Rage had a buggy in front of it. I think there was a Gears of War statue.

    That's about it really. I think I have a case of Pax Pox, and a bit of sunburn (at a con? YER DOIN' IT WRONG!)

    tl;dr I went to PAX. It was fun. Ask me questions if you want.

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    2. ArmouredBlood


      I want a d23. Sounds awesome and like you had a lot of fun, wish I could go sometime. My aunt and uncle live a few hours from there, maybe when i graduate I'll go. About firefall, I first heard of it when totalbiscuit was at gamescon last week, it looked pretty good. Think I'll check that and tribes:ascend out when they release.

    3. Planky


      If there is so many pictures of your mates wife, how come none have been posted in this thread? heh

      I actually took the time to read your entire post - I've wondered what these cons are like. Get the feeling they aren't for me (mainly too many people), but seeing Mojang would have been worth it.

    4. Danarchy


      Planky said:

      If there is so many pictures of your mates wife, how come none have been posted in this thread? heh

      Not sure, but I'm sure they're out there. This is the second con where she's done that costume, too.

  5. So I spent last weekend passing a kidney stone. Let me tell you, it is in no way fun. Feels like someone stabbed you in the kidneys then kicked you in the balls, then the pain doesn't go away for about 4 days. So anyway, I'm glad I'm done with that. Now I just have to wait for the hospital bill and hope it doesn't bankrupt me. I think I might be able tog et the whole thing paid off by the government, though, considering I'm a poor bastard.

    Oh, and yesterday I bought a copy of Heavy Metal for the first time. It's...interesting. I've been interested in the magazine for years, especially since I found out that Moebius did design work for every sci-fi movie I've ever loved, ever. I think now I need to start hunting down some old issues from the 70s with his work in them.

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    2. Danarchy


      hervoheebo said:

      That's like a tiny jagged rock passing through your dick? How does it not shred up the urethra?

      ..or does it? Shit.

      Your innards are a lot more resilient than they seem. Still, I think I still have some scratches in there.

    3. Abyssalstudios1


      In case I ever get a kidney stone, I hope that qualifies me for MMJ.

    4. Danarchy


      Abyssalstudios1 said:

      In case I ever get a kidney stone, I hope that qualifies me for MMJ.

      I think you have to have long-term pain for that. Kidney stones (thankfully) rarely last more than a few days. I DO have a friend who has chronic migraines who probably qualifies for MMJ. Her husband is trying to push her into getting it instead of the Vicodin they prescribed her (though I think he just wants in on it :P).

  6. Yeah, I'm one more year closer to 30 today. And I don't have any time off to celebrate. Kind of pissed off at that. Anyway, yep it's my birthday. Happy birthday to Manc as well, if he still posts here.

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    2. lupinx-Kassman
    3. Ed


      27 has been very good to me, I hope the same for you. Happy birthday!

    4. DuckReconMajor


      Happy Birthday!

      Now stop aging so I can catch up.

  7. So a month ago or so I failed to notice a particular anniversary of mine: the 10-year mark of me registering on these forums. I can't really believe it's been that long.

    Over the years, pretty much all of the old regulars have either left or become irregulars, and some of the old lurkers are now prolific posters on these forums. The website's founders have pretty much all buggered off, but it still seems to be in good hands. I've met many people through this website, and many I still talk to, even ones who don't post here anymore. Many of these people I'd consider friends, and a couple I've even met in real life. We've also lost a few people along the way, which is tragic, but life goes on.

    It's kind of funny that when I joined the site there was only speculation on weather or not there would be a Doom 3, and exactly what would be in the game. Some thought that it would be a travesty for it not to be sprite-based, some thought there should be a quad-barreled shotgun. Not long after, the Mac World video was released and speculation became anticipation. Now 10 years later, Doom 3 is old but still seems to rank right up there with modern games in terms of graphics, and now it's confirmed there will be a Doom 4. We're still waiting for Rage, however.

    Speaking of long development times, Duke Nukem Forever was a joke by the time I joined up here, and look at it now, coming out in a month or two. What the hell?

    As for myself, I was in high school when I joined up here. I'd browse the forums when I got done with my work in HTML class (which was always pretty quick, as that class was really easy for me). I'd like to say a lot has changed since then, but aside from graduating, growing a beard, and getting a job, not much really has. I'm still hanging out with my friend from high school, playing the same games with them, and I'm unfortunately living with a parent again (though I did have my own place for 2 1/2 years, so that was fun).

    Well yeah, that was just my retrospective on the last ten years.

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    2. Kid Airbag

      Kid Airbag

      Holy hell, it has been 10 years. Jesus Christ.

      I was in middle school when I first joined DWF. Now I'm (almost) a fully functioning, independent adult. Wow.

    3. Creaphis


      I'm the exact same person that registered for this forum six years ago. The only difference is that now I know a little more about Doom.

      Congrats to Dan and all the other oldfags.

    4. GooberMan


      I like bandwagons.

  8. Turns out my version of XChat was just a 30-day trial, and it has ended. What to do...

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    2. Pavera


      Maes said:


    3. Use


      Technician said:

      Is there a Doomworld channel? Or a Doom channel I can go to? Other then ZDaemon.

      irc.oftc.net #zdoom

      bring beer you big jagoff!

    4. Bank


      Technician said:

      Is there a Doomworld channel? Or a Doom channel I can go to? Other then ZDaemon.

      dal.net #jetsons

  9. So in this bit of news, the accused just happens to be my sister's ex-boyfriend:


    Hooray for professional misconduct leading to (statutory?) rape. Bonus points: the guy and his family made themselves out to be good Christians, and he was hoping to be a cop (went to school for it and everything).

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    2. myk


      Just curious, what did your sister say about it?

    3. Technician


      Really though, even if proven innocent his law career is over.

    4. Danarchy


      myk said:

      Just curious, what did your sister say about it?

      She feels creeped out now. A lot of her friends are trying to defend him but she says: "I just know him better than anyone too and, even though i never experienced anything like this from him first hand, i just have a feeling".

      To me, the guy always seemed to be a bit of a sycophant, like he was putting up a front all the time. Seemed otherwise to be a nice guy, though.

      Technician said:

      Really though, even if proven innocent his law career is over.

      That's pretty much exactly what my mom told me. She should know, she works for a Sheriff's department and has been in the legal profession (as a secretary) off and on her whole life.

  10. So I'm getting plenty too old to be single anymore. Unfortunately, every single woman I meet is married or engaged. I'm serious. I hate bars and seem to have bad experiences in them all the time, and there's really no where else to meet people around here. So my sister suggested I try a dating site.

    Anyone have any experiences with such things and can recommend a good one?

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    2. exp(x)


      Deception and distrust are classic parts of American relationships. Just watch TV, listen to music, read magazines, etc.

    3. Danarchy


      Bucket said:

      People say my "friends first" policy is out of some fear of rejection. Really, it's because of shit like this. People don't change, they just show other sides of themselves; I want to reduce the risk of wasting so many years on someone I couldn't spend the rest of my life with.

      I have a similar policy. Seems most women have the opposite policy, though. As soon as you become friends with them, they don't want to date you.

    4. SYS


      I'm not into internet dating, but a friend of mine has had quite a bit of success with plentyoffish.com

      In both relationships and hook-up scenarios.

  11. This was kind of amusing:

    This inauguration makes me happy and hopeful. Happy because that asshole Bush is finally gone. Hopeful because I really hope the Obama camp will live up to their promises.

    1. Csonicgo



    2. YMB


      I was watching that stream but I was really bothered that they stretched a 4:3 source to a 16:9 frame
      Obama looked all squat and short :(

    3. myk


      YMB said:
      Obama looked all squat and short :(

      They just wanted to make sure fatties and dwarfs also felt represented.

  12. To whatever admin/mod changed my title. I was actually looking for someone to change it to exactly that. :P

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    2. Lüt


      printz said:

      Somehow it seems to make more sense than deathz0r's custom title.

      Hardly :(

    3. Creaphis


      Congrats for being unlosered, as well.

    4. Danarchy


      Bloodshedder said:

      So do you want that instead?

      The Hurricane Katrina one is the actual one. I like the wording better on that.

      Creaphis said:

      Congrats for being unlosered, as well.

      Yeah, took a while.

  13. Confucius say "he who hires prostitute in north Japan has Ainu sex".

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    2. Richo Rosai

      Richo Rosai

      Csonicgo said:

      quit being so damn ainu and laugh a little!

      Hey, I was just defending myself against the condescension of being replied to with a link. Not trying to be a joke critic or know-it-all or anything.

    3. GreyGhost


      It's a bad joke - laughter is optional. I'm blaming Confucius for the misunderstanding.

    4. rf`
  14. So I'm finally going to see the Legendary Pink Dots live in October. I've got the ticket and the day off and everything. Here's to hoping they're as amazing live as I hear they are.

    I'm really overdue for this. Last time I saw a band live was Skinny Puppy back in 2003, or whenever it was they had they reunited. Being an avid music fan, 5 years is WAY to long between shows. I've been really itching, and this is the exact opportunity I've been waiting for.

    And since all of two other people even know what the Hell band I'm talking about, here are relevant links:

    The semi-official long-running fansite
    The brand-new official band site with all kinds of content
    The Wikipedia entry

    1. sgtcrispy
    2. Kid Airbag

      Kid Airbag

      Make sure they play "Lucifer Landed." Fantastic song.

    3. Danarchy


      So this weekend was a blast. Saw The Legendary Pink Dots. Decided to take the 12:30 ferry out of Bremerton on Saturday, since the next one was at 3:00 and I didn't feel like waiting so long to get over to Seattle. Got there, wandered over to the International District, but it was pretty crowded so I went down to Pike Place where I hung out for a few hours. Got a lamb gyro there. Man, I love those things. Got bored and headed over in the direction of Westlake. Walked around that area for a while and got myself Sbarro's for dinner. It was only 6:30 at that time, though the doors to the club didn't open until 8:00. I said fuck it and started heading in that direction anyway. By the time I got to the area around where the club is it was pretty dark and I was having trouble picking out the street signs (it was a dimly lit area too). Then I saw this strangely familiar couple walk by and the girl was wearing a LPD t-shirt so I went and shadowed them. Took us down this side street littered with dumpsters and around the corner to El Corazon, this dingy little club that's practically under an underpass next to I-5. Having located the club, I realised I was pretty thirsty, so I went back a few blocks to a corner store where I got a Snapple. I was thinking that the couple I followed was familiar, but I just shrugged it off as them kind of looking like typical oddball music fans.

      I came back to the club and it's just me and this couple there, though this other guy shows up soon after. I keep thinking more and more that the girl is familiar, and finally I realise it's this girl I was friends with in Jr. High named Kitty, and that her friend is this guy named Matt AKA Goatman who is also a local. So we all get to talking and talked a bit to the other guy (who said this was his first live show ever, which was amusing to the rest of us who are all long-time concert vets). Anyway, we're standing out there and we can actually hear the band playing in the background while they're doing sound checks. It was just the four of us standing out there, and people kept showing up that we thought were more club-goers but they just kept going in to the club and we're thinking "WTF, there's going to be more employees than fans there". Then as we're standing there, this guy walks out to the cars and I'm thinking "hey that looks like Niels van Hoorn" (the saxophonist). Then sure enough, around the corner walks Edward Ka-spel himself along with the rest of the band!

      Kitty: "Hello"
      Edward: "Hey"
      Me and Kitty to each other: :O

      Then the band gets in one of the cars and takes off. "I think they went out for burgers" I quip. It was still just 7:30 or so. For the longest time, it was just the four of us standing there, but eventually a bunch of people show up just around 8, and we're let in around 8:15 (they needed to find a register or something). Kitty gets in just fine, Matt gets rejected because his ID expired, and I just BARELY got in because my ID is so old that I look rather different in the picture (the club has a reputation for being a bit facist with its rules).

      So Kitty and Matt are left outside while I go in (3rd person in, yay) and make my way to the merch table. And OH MY GOD. I brought $80 with me, expecting to grab any CDs they had, but I never imagined them having just about the entire discography there plus everything from their side projects (sadly no Tear Garden I wanted though). I bought my 5 favorite CDs then sat down on one of the comfy benches around there for a well-needed sit down (I had been on my feet since 1:30 or so). Leslie calls me (I had called her earlier to make sure she'd be there that night) while I'm sitting there and a bit after that, I decide to get down to the stage area to pick a good spot to stand. Oddly, pretty much everyone was sticking to the corners at this point even though there was only like 15 minutes before it was time for the band to get on, so I just found a spot center stage and stood there. This girl starts chatting with me about LPD and flirting a bit, but I get interrupted (oh well) when Kitty comes running in and I notice that the big pink dot in the middle of her shirt has been signed by Edward, and me and her and the girl are like OMG OMG OMG. Turns out that she waited outside for the band to get back to plead with them to get Matt in. They did come back, she did ask them, and they did plead her case, but the club security are a bunch of motherfuckers, so Matt had to sit the show out. But she did get the totally awesome signature. So we chat a bit with each other and these other guys in front of us about LPD and Skinny Puppy and such.

      Finally the band comes on, and let me tell you, this is the FIRST time I've seen not security buffer in front of the stage (for a reason, this band doesn't generate mosh pits). So the band was literally mere feet in front of us. Fucking amazing. The band just had an amazing presence that I'd never seen before and they really connected with the audience. The way Edward sings is really dynamic, with him half-acting out every lyric, and he exchanged a few friendly words with audience members between songs. Niels van Hoornblower was even more interesting, because as he'd be playing, he'd get up really close with his sax to audience members (at one point he even touched foreheads with the girl who was flirting with me), especially if they were paying more attention to Edward. He even walked around the club playing, and you could see him going through the audience with a flashlight in his sax. Near the end of the last song they played, he actually went around and snuck up behind us, and ambushed Kitty with his sax (brushing past me with it in the process). Not only that, but he made it obvious he was a very good musician, playing the flute for a couple songs, even playing alto AND tenor sax at the same time for "The Grain Kings", and playing this weird-ass instrument that looked like a cross between a sax and a synthesizer. The Silverman was kicking ass on the synths, and he has some weird light-theramin built into it which was interesting. Martijn de Kleer was totally in the zone on guitars. It was just EPIC in every sense of the word. I've never seen a better show. After playing mostly new songs, the band went offstage, then came back to do an encore of stuff from Crushed Velvet Apocalypse (probably their most popular album). At the end, no one in the audience wanted the show to be over, and kept asking for another encore even after the lights went on.

      Anyway, here was the setlist as far as I can remember:

      My First Zonee
      Faded Photograph
      Cubic Caesar
      Peace of Mind
      Rainbows Too?
      No Matter What You Do
      The Grain Kings
      --break before encore--
      I Love You in Your Tragic Beauty
      Just a Lifetime
      Princess Coldheart

      I know there are a couple I forgot, and I have the order of the new songs mixed up a bit. I remember Grain Kings was the last before the encore, and that they opened with My First Zonee, though. Not that most people reading this even care.

      So after the show, Kitty wanted to grab the setlist (which was sitting where Niels van Hoorn was), and she got the band's sound engineer to take a picture of it for her instead. Then she bought me a beer and took off. A bit later Edward and Niels came out and mingled with the crowd a bit. I shook Niels' hand, and said some dorky words of compliment, but Edward was swarmed with people, some of whom seemed to be friends of his. The staff began herding people off into the bar, so I just decided to take off.

      At that point, I still had time to make the ferry, but I decided to call Leslie anyway just to hang out. Her place was actually just across the highway and a few blocks away, so I headed over there (though I had a bit of a hard time locating her even though I was on the phone the whole time with her...I blame the tons of similar-looking apartment blocks all over the place there. So we chatted a bit and sadly her CD player was broken so we couldn't listen to any LPD there, but she looked up their Myspace and listened to a few songs on it. Then we went for a walk around Capitol Hill and first of all, took me on a tour of this fucked-up stretch of road where someone had bought out all the store fronts and replaced them with bizarre art displays. Like one had plants growing on the inside, another had some bizarre industrial diorama, another had some hanging pieces of art that if looked at from the right angle became a face, another had flashing neon signs saying "go away" and "don't come here" and such, and some alleyway with a glowing octopus and some moving light dot. It was like one fucked up bad trip.

      The next thing Leslie showed me is that people on Capitol Hill like Dick's. There's this burger stand called Dick's that apparently is only open from 10PM-2AM, and when they are opened they get fucking swamped my a huge crowd of people buying stuff there. Luckily, they have very fast service. No seriously. VERY FAST. You haven't seen anything like this. I went up, said "I'd like a cheeseburger, and slid them a fiver, then within 2 seconds a cheeseburger appeared there and my change soon followed. To top it off, those are some pretty damn good cheeseburgers for just $150 or so. So I can proudly say I ate Dick's on Capitol Hill and liked it.

      We got back to her place and chatted some more while watching some SNL (with Sarah Palin WTF), and then some Almost Live. She went to bed and I flipped channels for a while, then rolled around trying to get to sleep (while one of Leslie's cats attacked me with claws of love). I was too wound up and dehydrated anyway so I didn't fall asleep until 3:30 or so. I woke up around 10, met Leslie's boyfriend (who I think I heard come in around 7), then left. Walked down to Pike Place, to this place that sold bags of tiny donuts, and got myself a dozen cinnamon donuts to much on as I made my way to the ferry. Made the 11:25 just about in time and got home.

      Man, that was fun. Oh, and if anyone wants to see any LPD live footage to get a sampling of how awesome they are in person, they have a bunch of footage on their website:

  15. I've been cleaning my place the last couple days. I just found the watch that Assmaster gave me when we met. It has a magnifying glass and compass rose and everything. He gave it to me apologizing that the battery had run out after he bought it. I never did get that replaced. Think I'll do that now.


    1. myk


      Pretty cool. Coincidentally I was thinking of getting a pocket watch since I don't like wearing one on my wrist, although a mechanical one preferably (i.e., without batteries).

    2. exp(x)



      Except the rim around the glass is all scratched up on mine because I fell off of my bike and skidded for several feet on asphalt.

    3. Danarchy


      Yay, finally got the money to buy stuff, so I got the watch battery replaced (among several other things). Now I actually have a portable timepiece for the first time in at least 5 years.

  16. Here are some things about me that probably certify me as a total dork.

    - Labyrinth, Tron, and Yellow Submarine are three of my favorite movies of all time.

    - I spend most of my creativity on my D&D campaign.

    - I've been listening to Michael Jackson recently.

    - I play World of Warcraft and I enjoy it.

    - I buy CDs. Not only that, but I intend to buy pretty much every album I've downloaded that's on my HD right now, just because I hate not owning the actual album. I have well over 100 CDs right now, and intend to double that collection.

    - I've turned down sex on principle on multiple occasions, though I'm still a virgin.

    - I seriously have some kind of chivalric code that I follow. See above.

    - Cooking and baking are a couple of my all-time favorite hobbies.

    - I can recite random facts about nearly any subject, but I have no practical application for anything whatsoever.

    Possibly more to come...

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    2. Jim Rainer

      Jim Rainer

      Just a couple of things I can think of at the moment:
      I'm extremely anti-social.
      I occasionally headbang to music at my computer desk.
      I still buy music in CD format.
      I argue with people about audio codecs.

    3. Bucket


      BoldEnglishman said:

      I also have a phobia of phones. I get really nervous trying to ring someone for the first time. People I know very well I can ring fine, but most other people I get a bit edgy, and my phone conversations are to the point, quick and swift. My last phone conversation consisted of "Hi, what time you coming around? Cool, how long for? Bring anything you want, cya later". Less than a minute, done.

      I have this thing about phone conversations. I have to leave the room if I get a call. Even if it's completely mundane and no one cares enough to listen in, I don't like my phone talks to be audible to others.

    4. deathbringer


      Yesterday i:

      -Went into a tiny secondhand bookshop in Cambridge and found a couple of bound volumes of the Girls' Own, i innocently asked the woman behind the desk if she had "any other old storypapers or comic annuals" and she said "leave your bag here and go upstairs", i went up the tiny spiral staircase to find the whole second floor of the shop is pretty much floor-to-ceiling annuals, storypaper volumes, storypaper annuals, 1890-1950's childrens adventure books and old pocket libraries, i nearly died.

      -Bought a 1987 book collecting several 1920's Sexton Blake Library stories, as well as his first ever appearance in The Halfpenny Marvel in 1893. Reportedly a crap story but i got all overexcited about it

      -Also bought an issue of the Schoolgirl's Picture Library from what looks like the early 60's, just the one mind.

      -Also bought "UNLEASH HELL!", a reprint compilation of the Boy's equivalent - War Picture Library, from the same sort of time.

      -Drove home in my dad's Toyota repmobile listening to Elgar, using a CD walkman plugged into the casette player

      -Checked the latest issue of "Crikey! the british comics magazine" to see if that 1950 Radio Fun annual i saw was the ultra-rare, only-16-known-to-exist issue with a guy who died in 1949 on the cover. It wasn't.

      Oh and i had a stand at a comic convention on Saturday, i guess that counts too

  17. Really all I want to do is grow up. Unfortunately, the transition into adulthood is being a huge pain in the ass. The only thing I can do is keep at it though. What is it exactly I want though? Well...

    I want a job that I feel comfortable with. Fuck that, I want a career. I'm a job that I hate and it's the kind of job that by all rights should have been out of 3-4 years ago. Serves me right for taking so long in finding one, I guess. This seems to be the real big thing though, and the one with the most obstacles. I need to get into college, but I need the money first. It's a big paradox. Should I get a second job to save up money, and hold off on college, or should I just go into college and risk going destitute? And I can't go into it blind either. I need some direction. That seems to be the hardest part. Right now I'm leaning more towards audio production than anything, mostly because music is my real main interest in life. However, I've realised that I enjoy working with people more than working alone, so I'm going to have to find exactly what combines the two the best. This should probably be the first thing I tackle.

    I want to ACT grown up. I keep finding myself doing immature selfish shit and being childishly lazy all the time, and I always regret it. It's time for me to be a responsible adult, to get into action, and be a respectable person. I can't really get anywhere if I keep pissing people off and keep sitting around doing nothing.

    I want a home. Where I'm living does not feel like home. It's some shelter I've been living in the last year and a half. From day one I've been telling myself I will move out as soon as I can. I haven't even unpacked fully yet. I need to get serious about moving on with my life, get all my shit sorted out, and get somewhere where I'm comfortable. This is the one aspect I've actually made progress on, though I've been in a slump lately, and I blame the weather, the cold, and my apparent Seasonal Affective Disorder. Of course, this isn't helped by my laziness in telling the landlords to fix the heater. And while I'm at it, I should probably tell them about the assholes upstairs and their fucking around all hours of the night.

    I want religion. Yeah, I'm as shocked as you are, but this one is just tentative anyway. I'm at peace with my own beliefs, but sometimes I feel I'm all alone in this world when it comes to them and that I just need to share them or something. I've been wanting to go back the the Unitarian Fellowship that I went to as a kid for a while now. It would also be nice to have somewhere to go once a week to put a bit of closure to each week. I'd like to go back, just to see what they offer, though I'd feel too weird going there alone. I'd also need a Sunday morning off every once in a while. :/

    I want a family. This one just looks like a long shot now, nearly impossible. Maybe if I improve one or two other things, I'll be on that path. Oh, life...

    I'd like to get to all these things someday. I'm getting old, too old for where I am with my life right now, anyway. I'd ask for help, but independence is also something i need for my maturity. Instead, I shall ask for...advice. I'd like your advice. Somehow, I think asking for advice here is a bad idea, but what the Hell. I posted this three other places anyway.

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    2. exp(x)


      Danarchy said:

      I think that's one thing I really hate about my job. I break even every month and never gain any kind of savings.

      My wife and I are in the same situation now. It's been a huge motivation to apply for school. Not only will I be making more money when I get out, I'll actually be doing something I enjoy. I don't care how much debt it puts me in. We want to eventually be able to afford a house. Retail isn't going to get us there.

      Kaiser said:

      My sister got married with four kids when she was 24, no college, no degree and no plans on what she wants to do in the future. She now works at a fast food restraunt making minimum wage and no longer has time to go to school as she has to pay full attention to her family. Hell she doesn't even have time to do classes online. Always plan what you want to do and stick with it.

      Yeah, there's no way in hell my wife and I are having kids any time soon. So many doors would close, it's not even funny.

    3. Dr. Zin

      Dr. Zin

      Have you looked into the trades? It doesn't have the prestige of going to college, but I have relatives who work a trade and they are very happy with their lives. There is always demand for tradesmen and they are actually paid quite well, certainly better than you will make as a peon in the retail or service industry. You can raise a family with the money they make.

      It is kind of like college in that you must get trained before you can be certified, but unlike college you take an apprenticeship where you are paid (not a lot, but almost certainly more than you are making right now).

      Obviously you need to follow where your heart takes you, but I thought I would just throw that out there as an option to escaping the wage-slave cycle.

    4. Danarchy


      Kaiser said:

      Oh, and also Danarchy, I'd say go to school and earn a good education. Its best to be prepared in something than to go out in the real world without anything to back you up.

      Yeah, I know.

      My sister got married with four kids when she was 24, no college, no degree and no plans on what she wants to do in the future. She now works at a fast food restraunt making minimum wage and no longer has time to go to school as she has to pay full attention to her family. Hell she doesn't even have time to do classes online. Always plan what you want to do and stick with it.

      Well like I said, that's more of a long-term thing than anything. I want it eventually, but if I can't get a girlfriend in the next 5 years, then I probably never will have any of that. :/

  18. When I was growing up there were a few movies I used to watch over and over again, and most of them ended up becoming some of my all-time favorites and they remind me of my childhood. Here's a quick list:

    The Blues Brothers
    Little Shop of Horrors
    The Great Muppet Caper (haven't seen that one in YEARS)
    Star Wars
    The Empire Strikes Back
    Return of the Jedi
    Pink Floyd's The Wall
    Wayne's World

    So what was it you watched religiously when you were kids?

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    2. Captain Red

      Captain Red

      GGG said:
      Scarface (THE 1932 ONE)

      What's wrong with the 80's version? >:(

    3. GGG


      Captain Red said:

      What's wrong with the 80's version? >:(

      I was under the impression this was an old movies thread. The De Palma one wouldn't fit that criteria (not old enough). That movie is still a blast though.

    4. leileilol


      12 angry men
      plan 9 from outerspace
      it's a wonderful life
      planet of the apes
      the forbidden zone
      the day the earth stood still

  19. Donald Fagen


    That was before I knew anything about Steely Dan, so the pose is pure coincidence.

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    2. Use


      Bucket said:

      If Donald had horrible, horrible acne maybe.

      Pfft, low blow you cockass.

    3. Danarchy


      Bucket said:

      If Donald had horrible, horrible acne maybe.

      Pfft, that's nothign compared to the acne I had in high school. And the girls all love me, so I don't really care.

    4. Psyonisis


      It's the nose.

  20. OMG celebrations and tribute.

    Also, I'm not dead, I've just been doing some of this...

    ...and a lot of this...

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    2. Kid Airbag

      Kid Airbag

      Wait Johnatone didn't you say you were a convicted felon or something. And you're my age? Yikes.

    3. Danarchy


      Kid Airbag said:

      I've probably mentioned this to you before, but I love "Peg."

      Well mainly, I love the song it spawned, "Eye Know," but that wouldn't be one of the coolest songs ever without "Peg."

      I don't like Peg that much, actually. I love Aja and Black Cow though.

      Johnatone said:

      I'm surprised you didn't have this great album already; after all, you're the one that recommends all the good music (Depeche Mode is the 14th greatest band ever).

      You'd be surprised how incredibly hard it is to find any Bowie. All the stores have like 40 copies of his best of album, then 2-3 copies each of a couple other albums and they're usually something lame like Scary Monsters or Low. Thus this is the first Bowie album I've acquired.

    4. Psyonisis


      happy birthday!

  21. I feel like starting another megawad I'll probably never finish, but I can't decide which idea to go with.

    Option 1
    A re-imagining of Doom done in vanilla Ultimate Doom with no added textures either. I'd just make the levels big and more like what they are named after but just with my level of detail, not the uber-detail people have a hard-on for these days. No shareware restrictions either, so there would be lost souls and BFGs in episode 1.

    Option 2
    A fairly generic Skulltag single-player megawad. I have ideas for different level themes I could make in Doom (storage area, prison, gateway to Hell) and I could just run them together. There aren't very many single-player Skulltag wads so I think it would be cool.

    Option 3
    A combination of the two. Re-imagine the Doom 1 levels but in Doom 2 with all the Skulltag stuff.

    So anyway, I can't decide which to do, so I'm letting you decide. YES, YOU! Vote today and recieve a free* car!! Offer is good while supplies last**!!!

    * Offer only good in the Republic of Montenegro
    ** Supplies = 0

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    2. Danarchy


      Well, it seems people like option 1 so I'm gong to go with that.

    3. Pure Hellspawn

      Pure Hellspawn

      Damn, I wish there was a ZDoom option. There aren't too many ZDoom megawads out there.

    4. Danarchy


      Yeah, but every time I start work on a ZDoom wad I find myself wishing for all the extra textures and monsters and such that Skulltag provides automagically.

  22. That's right, the time has come again. This year, it looks like I'm getting a new computer.

    Also, happy birthday, Manc.

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    2. Use


      You wins

    3. exp(x)


      I hope your birthday was better than White Ninja's

    4. Kelzam


      Heh I turned 20 last Saturday.

  23. So my Ultimate Doom poster is no longer in good enough condition to be on my wall, but last night I got a replacement:

    It's an official movie poster, so it has the backwards printing on that back that makes it easier to see when you shine a light through it (like on the poster displays at the theatre).

    Yeah, I thought it was a cool aquisition.

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    2. Bashe


      I wish I still had a Doom poster...actually it was my brothers and it didn't come with him on the big move. :(

    3. Coopersville


      Where'd you find the movie's poster?

      The best way I can get them is going to the theatres and putting my name on a list for when they get rid of them. I did that for the Doom poster when I saw the movie for the first time. I was also drunk when asking the manager for it; that might have been what resulted in me not getting called.

    4. Danarchy


      Coopersville said:

      Where'd you find the movie's poster?

      The best way I can get them is going to the theatres and putting my name on a list for when they get rid of them. I did that for the Doom poster when I saw the movie for the first time. I was also drunk when asking the manager for it; that might have been what resulted in me not getting called.

      My friend's brother works at a local movie theatre, so he can hook us up with movie posters if no one else takes them. I tried to get a HHGTTG poster earlier this year but I guess they got rid of them all.

  24. Just a thought...

    They had a trailer for Zathura on TV, and I swear the music they were using for it is the Overture from Requiem for a Dream. I'm not too sure because they had the music pushed into the background, but that's what it sounded like. Kind of an odd choice for a kid's movie.

    Other kind of interesting choices for movie trailers I've seen are Marylin Manson's cover of "I Put A Spell On You" on the 6th Sense trailer, and NIN's Just Like You Imagined in the Unbreakable trailer.

    Anyone else ever hear this kind of music in trailers?

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    2. Danarchy


      Haha, what the Hell?

    3. Lüt


      Trailers almost always use music or themes from other movies in them. X-Men TV commercials used the Dark City final fight music, Independence Day used a finishing section from The Rock, Tears of the Sun used one of my favorite tracks off Gladiator, Two Towers remixed Requiem for a Dream theme into the only version of it that I ever listen to (BTW if anybody has a version of the whole track at a better encoding than a worthless converted-at-the-depths-of-the-ocean 128k MP3, GIVE ME NOW)... it's quite common, and I think a lot of the time the music used was originally an inspiration to the project in the first place. Some directors will work with temporary tracks from other movies to edit their scenes together before getting an original piece of music, and like to put those temporary selections into the trailers (or occasionally DVD menus) because of the inspiration they've been to the movie.

    4. Vile


      From the Dragonheart trivia page at IMDB:

      "Excerpts from the music score have been used for several movie trailers and even for a special projection at the 1997 Oscars."

      I can't remember what movie trailers used the theme, but I have heard it in at least one trailer before.

      EDIT: read an article that named "Seven Years in Tibet" and "Anna and the King" as movie trailers that have used the theme.

  25. So there I was, I had just blown the S.A.M. mission for the hundredth time and I was beginning to boil over in frustration. But what's that? Someone left a police boat nearby? YOINK! So I drove around through the waves for a bit and through the channel between Shoreside Vale and Staunten Island, towards my hideout out that way. Then I decided to crash the boat somewhere and go the rest of the way by land. I found the perfect spot. A stretch of road near the water. Maybe I could crash into a car or block traffic for a white.

    So I revved up the engine and went for it. I smashed into the shore and flew up onto the road, smashing a light pst over on my way. I skidded right over the roadway and then *SPLASH*. What, where am I? It appeared that I had went right over the roadway and into the tiny pond on the otherside where i could pilot my boat freely. So I did for a bit, but that got boring. Next I tried turning the boats guns on the nearby pedestrians who were way to uninterested in my cool discovery, but the rounds flew over their heads and they remained nonplused. So I parked my little ship by the roadside to get another perspective on the situation. Hmm, despite the fact that that's an armed police boat, it looked a little like a quiet fishing hole.

    But alas, all good things must come to an end. I sent the boat off in what resembled a backwards Viking funeral. That appeared to be the end of that, but I was wrong. The friendly neighbourhood populace decided to give my lovely vessel some kind of wake/baptism.

    Then everybody died.

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    2. Danarchy


      I could never get the Dodo to fly very well. I did get it going really good once, but I screwed up and nosedived into the middle of Staunton Island. The tip in the FAQ I have doesn't seem to work at all. Still, I got like 96 Taxi fares in a row, so. :P Need to get Vice City badly!

    3. fraggle


      If you pick up a hooker and drive to an alleyway, the car starts rocking. But if you then use the "look right" button (the one which lets you do drive-by shootings), you find the hooker and your avatar are actually still just sitting in the car.

    4. iori


      Actually there was a mod that imported all of your gta3 stuff into vice city so all the VC enhancements were available. I dont think any missions worked, but all the motorbike was in it, and you could shoot out car tires :D