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  1. Finally got RAGE for PC a couple weeks ago. Runs fine, still a fun play, but dear fuck are the keyboard driving controls shit. Currently setting up an XBox One controller to finish the races for a 100% playthrough. (Time trials? Forget about it with keyboard. Shesh.)

  2. Updated my potato. Swapped out the AMD HD 2770 with an XFX RX 590 Fatboy, and the 550w PSU with a Corsair 650w modular. Running with an i5 2320 quad at 3.0 and 8 gig of RAM. Things are running much more smoothly now.

  3. Fuck it. I'm gonna try Brutal Doom. Why not?

  4. @Cyb When can we expect a Massmouth3? :D

  5. Destiny is the Daikatana of our generation, except it made millions of dollars and nobody has apologized to me for all the failure the game is.

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    2. Pavera

      Pavera

      That literally doesn't make sense. Daikatana was a commercial failure, didn't spawn a sequel, bred massive controversy and intrigue surrounding its tumultuous development cycle, and single handedly tarnished the good name of John Romero for years to come after its release. Destiny is merely a safe, competent, if not a little bland, shooter with lite MMO elements. It's hugely popular, has a massive online following, and has generally generated a lot of positive buzz in the industry despite some misgivings over its implementation of microtransactions in the sequel.

       

      I dunno, I'd say the only thing two really have in common is that they are both first person shooter video games.

    3. Johnatone

      Johnatone

      "Destiny was a commercial success, spawned a sequel, bred massive controversy and intrigue surrounding its tumultuous development cycle, and single handedly tarnished the good name of Bungie for years to come after its release."

      The only difference is, these days people buy shit up in droves. You know about the game everyone was promised, the game that was delivered, the internal struggle in the company, and the massive amount of spin and damage control put out afterwards. I should not have had to change the first two points in your sentence when I made it about Destiny, yet here we are with D2, elements of which should have been there in the first place, lots of changes that didn't make any sense and a too-casual approach (vs. the too-sweaty approach of the first one).

      Mostly I'm pissed I kept playing and paying all the way through Rise of Iron. I contributed to this madness. I don't want to buy the second one, but at the same time it has a certain addictive quality to it. I'll have the raid and trials done on one character in under 35 hours (I rented it for 10 days and that's all I have left, I just couldn't get a group together and guided raids came out the last day I had it. Plus, every fucking LFG is the same as Y1 with their gotta be a sweaty badass requirements) and then it's the same shit over and over and over for three months, yet I'd do it. Knowing it isn't worth the money, and that bureaucracy and megalomania and the reality of time and money kept us from getting something less broken and hollow from the git go.

      Fuck it, I just bought it. Because it's fun to play high and with friends.

    4. silentzorah

      silentzorah

      Your generation.  My generation died in 1990.

  6. Just finished the Destiny 2 campaign. It was garbage.

    1. Blastfrog

      Blastfrog

      go play marathon

       

      that's when real bungie made real games

    2. Phade102

      Phade102

      Its a shame you didnt like it. The majority of the playerbase disagree with you!

    3. UglyStru

      UglyStru

      First Destiny was cheeks. People say Destiny 2 was a lot like the first game. Destiny 2 is probably cheeks as well. 

  7. Rented Destiny 2. Bungie doesn't get any money, and now I can say with authority that it sucks. Sounds like a win-win to me.

    1. Philnemba

      Philnemba

      I personally enjoy it considering the large amount of time I put in the first game but hey to each their own :)

    2. Johnatone

      Johnatone

      I put a lot of time into Destiny as well, which is why my bar for this one was so low. Destiny 1 was fun at first but was so broken that by the ROI when they fixed it, it just left a sour taste in my mouth. By comparison I can play Battlefield with my mates - the same kind of repeating the same shit except with no reward - and not get sick of it. Or the fact that I still play Doom over two decades later. But this video sums it up entirely though, and I miss the old Bungie: 

       

    3. Johnatone

      Johnatone

      Still one of the most beautiful and organic looking games I've ever had the privilege of playing, hand down. (And on LSD, my god is it a blast. VoG run tripping balls FTW.) I would actually like to see what it looks like on PC in ultra. So kudos to Bungie for that.

  8. 5 more posts to 1000! Unless Ling resets me. Shouldn't have said anything. Damn. Ignore this!

    1. leodoom85
    2. leodoom85

      leodoom85

      Btw, I have 149 more posts before reaching 1000.

      Still a long way to go :)

  9. Quake 1? Why yes, I'd love my PS4 to become a $400 paperweight.

  10. I've been trying to get this to work for a few days now. From what I understand, you have to format a partition in FAT32, put the proper folders in it (Video, Music, Photo, et cetera) and, in my case, convert the video files to MP4 so the PS3 will recognize them.

    I deallocated lots of space on my hard drive, did a 32 GB partitioning in the correct format using SwissKnife and converted the videos, but no matter how many times I try it the PS3 won't acknowledge there's a hard drive hooked up.

    I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing wrong; is there something I have to do to make the FAT32 partition default, or do I have to format the entire thing FAT32, or is it something else entirely?

    The external hard drive is a 1 TB Western Digital My Passport and the PS3 is the slim 160 GB version, fully updated (although PSN has been down since Wednesday).

    Thanks in advance for the help.

    1. spank

      spank

      I think it only supports one partition per disk.

    2. neubejiita

      neubejiita

      http://www.wikihow.com/Add-an-External-Hard-Drive-to-a-PlayStation-3

      This might help.

      http://www.ehow.com/how_2222076_add-external-hard-drive-playstation.html

      And this as well, some information on partitioning the hard disk to work with the PS3. The first link will be more helpful I think.

  11. Okay, so I like industrial style music, but to be perfectly honest my knowledge of industrial is limited. I'm aware of the more well known artists like NIN, Ministry, Orgy, Rammstein, and I tend to latch on to random songs by other artists that don't typically do industrial (as in Alive by Kirzz Kaliko and Yoko Kanno's work with Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex).

    Anyway, I'm looking into Skinny Puppy and KMFDM for the first time, plus weird side projects like PTP and 1000 Homo DJs. What are good albums or collections of these artists and other similar industrial/synth/death pop style artists?

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    2. Maes

      Maes

      It doesn't get any more industrial than this:

    3. Danarchy

      Danarchy

      Maes said:

      It doesn't get any more industrial than this:


    4. Use

      Use

      I always put on my Neubauten albums when I want to scare people away.

  12. Actually, that title explains it all.

    I now get to officially say that I've been incarcerated in the Illinois Department of Corrections not once, but twice. It's not as bad as it sounds, I'm not a hardened criminal (the first time was for forgery, I stole a check, the second time for intimidation, I got drunk and threatened my friend). It's not fun, and although I'm a reasonably intelligent young man I seem to posses no common sense. Trust me when I say that there is no amount of fun worth being locked up for.

    What was really cool though was that the cable provider for the prison had G4, so I was able to stay relatively up to date on the gaming and misc entertainment scene. I'm disappointed that Rage was moved back to next year, although that does give me time to upgrade my computer. I haven't played anything since 2008 (which is the last time I upgraded my computer) so a lot of stuff that's old to you will be new and exciting for me.

    So the question I have on my mind is the Black Mesa Source project. It looks really good and I'm looking forward to playing it. I kind of wish there wasn't a copyright issue that prohibited modders from creating more than just the shareware version of Doom. I'm old enough to remember that when Final Doom came out it contained what was originally an independently developed total conversion that Id swept up the day of it's release for commercial purposes. What do you guys think of the project, and do you think Valve is going to do the same? (I'm upset that Portal 2 was pushed back just so they could develop it for the PS3).

    Anyway, it's great to be back. I plan on spending lots of time playing with Doom again (yes, I know my first question wasn't even Doom related, but I'm keeping up on that) and re immersing myself back into the community.

    Happy 4th of July!

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    2. Danarchy

      Danarchy

      rf` said:

      Haha, I need to see that movie.

    3. geo

      geo

      Ever see the TV show OZ? I hear WCW was like that minus deaths.

    4. Johnatone

      Johnatone

      Craigs said:

      The Greatest Prison Story Ever

      I really enjoyed that and I have no idea why. Oddly enough, if prison had been like that I would've enjoyed it more. Keep me on my toes, ya know? Doing nothing but playing cards and watching TV all day sucks after about a week.

      geo said:

      I have no common sense either and I live in Illinois too...

      However, I've never gone to jail or been arrested.

      Well, try not to. It's no fun. Oddly enough, there are a lot of lawyers and parole officers I've talked to that have said my county (Pike County, which is comprised of a few very small rural towns) has the most corrupt judicial system in the state. How we beat Cook county (Chicago) I'll never know.

  13. Yeah, I got sick and tired of being eight years behind the technology. The computer's pretty nice, but I never got around to updating it because I usually spent all my money on gas, cigarettes and weed. Well, that me is gone now.

    Anyway, this is the computer I have. It's not bad at all, and with the default hardware things actually work pretty well, but nonetheless I was behind the curve for gaming these days.

    Before I went up the river, I bought myself a SoundBlaster Audigy SE so I could chat while gaming without sounding like shit, plus it helped with my musical pursuits (i.e. it doesn't sound nearly as bad when I record). It didn't really affect the performance of my machine any, but having things sound better is always a plus.

    Last week I bought myself 2GB of RAM to max out what my computer will take, and I was pretty satisfied. Things tended to load faster with less hang-ups. Still, it wasn't enough.

    So, Friday I went to Best Buy and applied for a credit card (like I really need another one), got approved, and purchased a BFG GeForce 8500 GT 1GB. It nice, very nice. All my games run on full settings at 1280x1024 without any drop in framerate. I figure now if I'm behind, I'm only behind by a few months. I plan on either buying a Fragbox or building a rig, but in the meantime I'm set.

    Now, granted, I think some of the system requirements of these games is criminal considering all they do is affect graphics, and if the game itself sucks, what's the point? However, after playing on my friend's rig, I realized that being able to properly run the software does indeed enhance gameplay. Now I can actually say I suck because I suck, and not because my computer lags.

    So anyway, despite all this, I'm having a few technical issues that I can't seem to pinpoint. When I got the soundcard, I found that if I ran it while using my modem, the computer would restart itself. I switched the soundcard from the top PCI slot to the bottom one (the modem is in the middle), and that seemed to fix it for a while. Now, though, the problem has returned. I checked the hardware manager, and the only conflicting device is something listed only as the 'Serial', and I don't know what that means. Any ideas?

    Another question I had is this: one of the system requirements of my video card is a "300w PCI compliant power supply," meaning of course the one on my motherboard. However, my rig only has a 250w supply. The card works and runs, but is this going to be a problem in the meantime?

    One last question. This one is hard to describe. I got home, hooked my rig back up, got online, and opened AIM. After about five minutes the computer flashed blue for a few seconds, the screen quickly displayed some numbers, and the computer restarted. Once it did, I got back online and started AIM again. Same thing happened. However, when I don't run AIM, this doesn't happen. Tonight, though, I had my sound card going, and tried to connect to the internet, and the blue screen appeared again and it restarted. I don't know what the numbers were; they kind of resembled memory ranges. Other than under those two circumstances, this never happens. As a note, I was using AIM while at my friend's house while I was utilizing his cable internet, and this didn't occur. Do you know what would be causing this?

    Sorry if any of these problems are obvious; I'm pretty rusty on my tech knowledge these days. I appreciate any help you guys can give me.

    Other than that, it's great to be back. Thanks in advance.

    EDIT: I was loading a webpage, and patiently waiting on my 28k connection by playing a game of Solitare, and the dreaded blue screen-restart happened again. So, three circumstances now.

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    2. Danarchy

      Danarchy

      Yeah, I used to get at least 56k in the later days of dialup.

    3. Johnatone

      Johnatone

      Well, I went to Best Buy the other night (actually, two weekends ago, and if I hadn't been drinking as much as I have been I would've updated this earlier). There's a reason not to give me money and send me into Best Buy; there's an even bigger reason not to give me a Best Buy credit card and send me in. I went in for a power supply and mouse, and ended up buying that Logitech G15 gamer's keyboard as well. Smart move? Nah, it wasn't really worth $100 for all the bells and whistles, although there is one odd thing about it: while it doesn't show me stats for a modern game like Day of Defeat or Doom 3, I loaded up Skulltag and it was fully compatible with it. Weird.

      Anyway, I ended up buying a 650W power supply since it was only $30 more than the 500W one, plus I might add another hard drive and will be upgrading to a Dual Core AMD running at 3.2 here in the very near future. The more redundant power the better, I always say.

      I left my house at 6 p.m. Friday night. I was supposed to be home at 9 a.m. the following morning. I didn't get back until 7 a.m. Monday. Hooray for binge drinking. Nonetheless, I couldn't find out if the bigger power supply would solve my problems until I got home to a land line to test out the modem and sound card together. Also, since I was totally wasted three nights in a row (which did improve my gaming on DOD and TF2, oddly enough) I forgot to update Windows, my drivers and my games.

      I finally made it home, got drunk again the following night and didn't get my computer set up until Wednesday night. As you can see, there's a pattern with the drinking and my productivity in my free time. It's not affecting my work or anything else for that matter, but anything that screws up my free time needs to be addressed. Moving on...

      To make a long story shorter than I have been, it didn't work. Turned on some music, connected to the internet and boom! Mysterious 1 second blue screen of death and a restart. The power supply was obviously not the issue, but nonetheless having a bigger one can't hurt.

      Due to even more drinking I didn't even work on my computer last weekend, so this weekend I'll have to go and try updating the drivers to see if that helps solve the issue (and I'm sure I'll be drinking the whole time). If it doesn't, I'll reformat and install the hardware while the system is fresh. If that doesn't work, then I'm pretty sure my generic modem doesn't like my sound card and I'll replace it too. If that doesn't work, I don't know what else to do.

      I've also noticed another issue, although this one doesn't cause any instability or crashing. My processor is an AMD Athlon 64 3800+. It's supposed to run at 2.41 GHz. I've been checking on it, and it seems to fluctuate between running at 2.41, 1.80 and 985 MHz. I put more heat sink compound on it today to help keep it cool (it needed some extra anyway), but I'm wondering if this is a serious issue or if this is normal. Right now it's only going between 1.80 and 2.40, although I'm pretty sure if I start Steam up (God, I hate Steam, but that's another story completely) it'll drop back down to 985 MHz.

      Yep, it did, quicker than shit. Now, I know that's because running programs uses processor power, but when it is just idling is it supposed to do this? Especially when my CPU usage is between 2 and 4%? If there's a serious issue here then I'll need to correct it, especially if the problem is going to keep happening when I get the dual core.

      As far as the modem issue goes, I'll be moving into town shortly and getting high speed (finally), so I'll probably just end up pulling the motherfucker out and using it for target practice. The processor, on the other hand, is more of an important issue.

      Anyway, thanks for the advice you guys have given me so far. I do appreciate the help; you guys always seem to know more about these things than some of the college graduates that went to school for the shit.

      As for the drinking issue: I'm positive that if I don't slow down on it I'll be on the verge of a serious issue, so I'm taking steps to address this. God damn the Germans for making Jager-Bombs so awesome, though. And God damn Coors for being so good. Heh.

    4. Bloodshedder
  14. Steam is the worst piece of shit ever programmed, but we all know that.

    I've circumvented the internet issue by borrowing a friend's cable access, which is nice because while I'm at his house we can play LAN games. We've been wanting to start a clan for a while, and once he and his father bring home the computers they're building in college, we'll be ready.

    In the meantime, I've updated all my games and even downloaded a few mods to boot. I went ahead and downloaded the Source SDK, as I figure it's about time to learn how to map for 3D games (although, I do admit, I prefer the simplicity of mapping for games like Doom). To make a long story short, I'm still no good at it (no one becomes an expert in six hours), but it's fun and I'm learning.

    The main reason I wanted to map with Source is because I couldn't find any mods that just feature battles with striders, gunships, et cetera. The strider battles were one of the main reasons I wanted HL2 in the first place: fuck the gravity gun, just give me a rocket launcher and an infinite wave of striders. Unfortunately, the towering creatures were under represented in HL2, and even less so in Episode 1 (there's only one). There is a mod on the way called Strider Mountain but it's still not released, and while I'll enjoy the single player experience, it's not quite what I want.

    Well, I booted up Steam after work tonight and started mapping, but I couldn't test my map because HL2 (as well as EVERY OTHER PROGRAM IN MY LIST, including the SDK that I was using offline; dunno how it worked) has to fucking update again*. I'm getting sick and fucking tired of moving my PC around just so I can play my games offline**, and one of these times it's going to lose half of it's data in the process (towers aren't meant to move like laptops IIRC) all for the sake of satisfying Valve's determination to grab the gaming community by the balls and never let go.

    Unfortunately, none of us can do a god damn thing about it. If Valve wants to alienate half of the internet users in America, so be it, but sooner or later their 'digital download revolution' mentality is going to bite them in the ass. I can't wait for the day their servers fry and their entire customer base has to start from scratch again, although I doubt it'll be quite that dramatic.

    This push to an 'all digital data society' isn't just an error being committed by Valve; the entire nation is pushing towards it. The effects of a terrorist (or even a dumbass young adult, as I wouldn't put it past idiot zealot activists) using an EMP bomb would be devastating enough to a city's infrastructure even without taking out all of the vital information with it, and people are rallying for the move to make the latter a dark possibility.

    In the long run I'm just blowing off steam (no pun intended), as nobody gives half a shit about my opinion and the people who share it fail to voice it [effectively***].


    UPDATE****: Out of curiosity, I restarted Steam after I wrote this but several hours before I posted it. Now everything is fine and the games are ready to play offline even though I didn't go back online. Witchcraft! Well, no, but just more bullshit to have to contend with. It's bad enough having to reinstall Steam once a month without it being more temperamental than a woman on her period whacked out on crack going apeshit in a mall with a machete.*****


    ---

    Also, I'd like to address another thing that's been bugging me. A lot of people have been saying Steam isn't intrusive and doesn't act like spyware. I've noticed something: normally, when I connect to the internet and do nothing, the internet is idle and does nothing. When I start Steam, it takes anywhere from six to twelve minutes before I see the "Connecting to Steam" dialog box, and in that time frame my internet sends about one or two megs worth of data. Now, is it just getting my internet and computer ready to connect to their servers, or is it sending them data I'd rather them not have? You make the call. I may just be a little paranoid about this, as when Steam is idle is the background once it connects the my connection stops moving, although it is eating seven meg worth of RAM even just sitting in the notification tray (the bastards).

    Do remember to add seven to sixteen megs to the recommended settings on the box, as I doubt they're including Steam's usage in the recommendations.

    ---


    *To clarify, I went online with Steam first (my first mistake) to see if my friend was online. None of the games needed to update. I was online so I could use the SDK Wiki. After an hour, I closed Steam down, got offline and started Steam again. Everything was fine, none of the games needed to update. I started the SDK and continued mapping. When I closed the Hammer Editor, I noticed every game on my list, excluding HL and TFC but including the Source SDK (the same Source SDK I was just using) needed to update and refused to play offline. What the fuck?

    **As an example, I reinstalled CS:S for the sake of offline bot play. Because I didn't start and exit the game while I was online at the house with cable, I had to go online at my house with dial-up to start the game. When I connected, CS:S had to update again, an update of 26 megabytes, or approximately four and a half hours of downloading. I promptly returned to my friend's house the next day, which was good because when I got there HL2 and HL2:E1 also needed updating. The total updates for all three games were somewhere around 75 megabytes (approximately thirteen hours worth of download at my house), updates I probably didn't need and definitely don't care about; the games ran fine without them. FUCK VALVE. AND FUCK THAT FATASS GABE.

    ***Even me. I really wish I could do something about it, but unfortunately I love the product they're providing, and I love capitalism, and fighting their shitty Steam app is also fighting those two things. God damn me for feeding the beast.

    ****I made the update even before I posted. Whee!

    *****Mmmmm, colorful adjectives. Also, abuse of the '*'.


    If you hated this angry rant, be ready to hate the next one! Coming as soon as something else pisses me off, so pretty damn quick!

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    2. Bucket

      Bucket

      Johnatone said:

      Also, I'd like to address another thing that's been bugging me. A lot of people have been saying Steam isn't intrusive and doesn't act like spyware. I've noticed something: normally, when I connect to the internet and do nothing, the internet is idle and does nothing. When I start Steam, it takes anywhere from six to twelve minutes before I see the "Connecting to Steam" dialog box, and in that time frame my internet sends about one or two megs worth of data. Now, is it just getting my internet and computer ready to connect to their servers, or is it sending them data I'd rather them not have? You make the call. I may just be a little paranoid about this, as when Steam is idle is the background once it connects the my connection stops moving, although it is eating seven meg worth of RAM even just sitting in the notification tray (the bastards).

      OK, I can understand that people wouldn't like the way Steam uses up resources, or maybe how it "forces" you to go online. But this? Secret data being sent? Sure-- because even though you have no idea what data they're sending at any time, they have to get your super-secret information BEFORE THE GAME STARTS, otherwise everyone will know. But you broke the case wide open! Congrats.

      Or maybe it's looking for a new version of Steam. Mmm... nah.

    3. GGG

      GGG

      I've never downloaded Steam, and I have yet to complain about it.

    4. Johnatone

      Johnatone

      Bucket said:

      Or maybe it's looking for a new version of Steam. Mmm... nah.

      That's what I figure it's doing, although it's usually quicker [opening the 'connecting to accont' window] when there is an update to be had. Nonetheless, having Steam there is like having an open door to your computer, so even if Valve isn't doing anything wrong, I've still got to worry about other users. Hell, their VAC is absolutely worthless as I've seen hacks being run on so called VAC secured servers, so you gotta worry about that one asshole that decides he wants some free credit card numbers. They've been hacked before, although I always wonder if "leaked" versions of games are merely publicity stunts.*

      *God damn conspiracy tangents. Can't seem to stop myself.

  15. I'd been wanting one of those bastards for a while. Problem is, I'm too much of a cheap bastard to buy one. Not at full price anyway. Then the other day I notice that they've lowered the price to $169.99. I figured what the hell; I'm working full time and have a little extra cash to spend.

    I mentioned this thought of mine to a friend at work shortly thereafter, who responded with a "Well, hell, I got a PSP I can sell you for fifty bucks!"

    He brought it to work on Wednesday; I bought it from him on Friday. I had to buy an AC Adapter, which I did Thursday and played Need for Speed Most Wanted until three in the morning. I don't usually like racing games, but Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit was one of the first games I played on the first PlayStation so this one was a trip down memory lane as the controls felt right.

    Anyway, here's the lowdown on what's in the picture:

    A) $50 - PlayStation Portable, 1 GB Memory Stick Duo (with 174 songs and 1 porn wallpaper), 2 Games (NFS:MW and Siphon Filter)
    B) $7 - PSP Power Adapter
    C) $20 - Pelican PSP Starter Kit (Case, 2 UMD holders, 3 ft. USB Cable, Car Power Adapter, Wrist Strap, Screen Guard)
    D) $30 - Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories



    With tax, about $110. Hell, I'll take it.

    He's bringing me Siphon Filter Monday. I didn't know how I would like GTA:VCS but now that I've gotten used to the controls, it's a lot of fun. I formatted the memory stick, restored the defaults, figured out how to transfer data between the PSP and PC and updated the system BIOS (I was on 2.81; the current update was version 4.30). Who needs manuals?

    Anyway, I like the PSP. The little bugger has a lot of potential. The battery holds out really damn good; I played for damn near six hours straight. The screen quality is good and bright. The sound is good. The whole thing is easy to use and relatively user friendly (especially with the newest update). This isn't going to turn me into a Sony fan boy by any means, but I'm fed up with my XBox and can't take my computer with me in the car, plus I've already decided I won't buy a PS2 ever.

    I'm pleased with it.

    So, what are your opinions on the PSP?

    EDIT: Hopefully the picture works now.

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    2. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      deathbringer said:

      And has anybody played Pursuit Force? i have a rolling demo and it looks insanely fun, but seems to be staying firmly on the shelves

      Think of it as Chase HQ but with less suck and more difficulty. It is fun, but the odd mission is so frustrating that I stop playing it for months on end.

    3. Johnatone

      Johnatone

      Heh, damn, I need to pay more attention to my blogs. Here I was, complaining about not being able to afford anything on account of being unemployed, and now I'm too damn busy or tired to want to do anything. :) Heh, I'll get in a routine eventually.

      deathz0r said:

      You fool. You just closed a world of opportunity and prolonged usefulness.

      That's what everybody keeps telling me, but I figure I'll play with it the way it's supposed to be played with for a while before I start downgrading and hacking it.

      Coopersville said:

      And in spite of the battery life, I've heard it takes twice, or thrice as long to fully recharge. That's what my buddy's PSP has shown, anyway.

      Eh, luck of the draw I guess. The original owner of this PSP took pretty good care of the battery; so far it lasts me about five hours if I'm playing a game and doesn't take more than two hours max to charge. I've been trying to run the battery completely down before charging it so it doesn't develop that "memory" issue (if that's the right term); after seeing the price of a new PSP battery (although I haven't checked out the generic ones) I figure I'll want to get all the life out of this one I can.

      DJ_Haruko said:

      Firmware updates these days don't add much in the way of features, it seems.

      Yeah; the only new feature I've seen in my upgrade that is actually useful to me is the ability to turn the UMD Auto-start off. Otherwise it's all junk.

      He then said:

      I've definitely found that I enjoyed my PSP more once I got a 4gb memory stick for it, though. When I had a 1gb one, it just wasn't enough space for me.

      Heh, and here I am wondering how I'll fill up a 1 GB MS. I guess I could take advantage of the music and movie features. **

      deathbringer said:

      Liberty City Stories is pretty cool, but Vice City Stories is shaky and bug-ridden, nice music though.

      Well, considering I'm enjoying myself with VCS, that'll make LCS a lot better.

      Anyway, an update on my PSP fun. I went to Best Buy today and realized that they didn't have any games I wanted, or at least for the prices I wanted them.

      For instance, I wanted the Metal Slug anthology; I didn't want to pay $40 for it. I wanted MGS:PO; same problem as the former. The three games I wanted weren't there: Killzone: Liberation (they had had it for ten bucks, but had sold out), Lemmings, and Ghost In The Shell: SAC. The girl that was helping me hadn't played enough PSP to recommend anything, but she was hot and I enjoyed talking about games with her.

      I also realized that I'm playing too many games right now: Doom (PC), Doom II (PC), Final Doom (PC), Doom 3 (PC), Painkiller (PC), Tomb Raider II (PC), Farcry: Instincts (XBox), GTA: VCS (PSP), and Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PSP). Considering I'm going to clean up my computer the old fashioned way (system restore and hard drive wipe) so I can get things straight again, I'll end up playing every game I own again.

      But, most of all, I didn't have any recommendations. I went in blind and on a time limit. So, what do you guys recommend for the PSP?

      Games I'm Considering Purchasing if they drop to $20:

      Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
      Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
      Killzone: Liberation
      Lemmings
      Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
      Metal Slug
      Sega Genesis Collection
      Twisted Metal: Head On

    4. deathz0r

      deathz0r

      Johnatone said:

      That's what everybody keeps telling me, but I figure I'll play with it the way it's supposed to be played with for a while before I start downgrading and hacking it.

      You can't downgrade beyond 3.03. Hope you keep your PSP long enough until it can be downgradable, which could take who knows how long!

  16. NOTE: To all those who don't want to read this huge chuck of text, scroll to the bottom for a discussion synopsis.

    I'm not quite sure how this blog started. I think one of the original ideas was to apologize for being a bigoted asshole (if you feel you can simplify it with those two words), but then I realized that kind of bullshit is best left to politicians and other assorted public figures. After all, I have my beliefs and opinions, as do all of you, and we all have that right, so I figure let bygones be bygones. Everybody gets offended, even me, and life goes on, so whoop-te-do.

    Then I thought to start a blog about the four new XBox games I got last Saturday. There isn't anything to say about that really though, except that Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance was a waste of six dollars and was promptly returned after I finished the main story mode and Unreal Championship 2 pissed me off so bad that it got thrown against a wall and broken after only two hours. Concerning the latter, I do tend to have a really bad temper sometimes, but it's under a lot more control now than it used to be. Nonetheless, I've decided to sell my XBox and the ten games I have as the sixty or seventy dollars I might get from it can go to another 512MB of RAM, or maybe a new soundcard to record my music with, or possibly even the Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex Season One Box Set.

    I'm not sure why I bought MGS2, other than the fact that I loved the original MGS and never beat the second one. I have this strict policy about buying games that aren't strictly M-Rated first person shooters, a very narrow mindset that is most likely keeping me from playing some potentially great games. One of my reasons is that I hate the camera in third person games; only in very few instances have I ever seen it done right. This brings me to a point: why the fuck did I buy MGS2 when I'm fully aware that the MGS games tend to have shitty camera angles? That's neither here nor there.

    Somewhere down the train of thought I decided to talk about why I find it asinine to purchase games when they first come out. I understand that the people that create these things put a lot of work into their games to sell them for a profit and feed their families. Go capitalism! Nonetheless, I don't know why, as a consumer, I am supposedly obligated to purchase a game, console, OS, piece of hardware, et cetera, the day it comes out. Spending fourty to sixty dollars on a single game doesn't guarantee it will be worth that money anymore than spending twenty-two dollars at Gamestop for four used games.

    I had some friends that were constantly in line the night before for games they wanted. They were among the masses that got Halo 2 the night it came out and the next night I was among the twenty-three people in two small rooms crowded around four XBoxes deathmatching (or playing Slayer, since God-forbid Bungie use a universally accepted term for the gameplay so they can appear to be 'original' when in reality almost everything about Halo is ripped off of everything great before it) until the wee hours of the morning. What's this story have to do with me? Almost four years later I bought a used XBox for one hundred thirty dollars and the Halo Triple Pack for sixty. I can do the math really quick:

    New XBox when it came out: $400
    New Halo when it came out: $50
    New Halo 2 When it came out: $50
    New Halo MPMP when it came out: $30
    ------------------------------------
    Total $530



    Used XBox from Gamestop: $130
    New Halo Triple Pack: $60
    ------------------------------------
    Total $190

    By intentionally becoming a victim of timeline, I saved myself three hundred fourty dollars. In retrospect, I could've saved sixty dollars by not buying the Halo pack, but hindsight is twenty-twenty. Nonetheless, I'm done with consoles, at least for now. I may invest in an XBox 360 in a couple of years and quite possibly a Wii, but I'm going to focus on the computer gaming industry and everything I've missed and am missing as we speak. I know I will continue to follow in the same timeline pattern as computer software and hardware tends to get better with age (i.e., after a while most of the bugs are ironed out and compatibility is higher).

    Of course, then I made a purchase I'd been wanting to make for a long time but hadn't gotten around to. I went to my local bookstore hoping to pick up a Heinlein I hadn't read yet, and all they had was Starship Troopers, which I read nine or ten times before my ex-girlfriend lost it. My second choice was this: Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 by Hunter S. Thompson. I can say this: I am loving every minute of it.

    I know that last paragraph was quite out of whack, but that was the last thing I thought about writing about. Anyway, I think I'm done.


    SYNOPSIS FOR DISCUSSION (If you felt that any of this was worth discussing):

    1: Do you feel that it is pointless to buy video games related hardware and software brand new, or do you enjoy buying a shiny new games within the first couple of months it comes out?

    2: How do you feel about the paranoid, cynical and drug influenced writings of Hunter S. Thompson?


    USELESS AREAS OF DISCUSSION

    1: Why did you feel that MGS2 was (great/horrible)?

    2: Why did you feel that Unreal Championship 2 was (great/horrible)?

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    2. Naked Snake

      Naked Snake

      MGS2 kicks ass, I dunno why I like it. There's just something neat about sneaking around like a modern ninja. I wish I had Substance.

      Dude, even if you didn't like MGS2, give MGS3 : Subsistance a try, seriously. The 3D camera really makes that game awesome and so does being able to sneak up on a motherfucker, kickin' his leg and slitting his throat.

    3. Kid Airbag

      Kid Airbag

      Technician said:

      I havn't bought a new video game in years.


      Yeah, I think the most recent non-sports computer/video game I actually bought for myself might actually be Quake 2. Partially because my home computer has always been an archaic piece of shit, but I really haven't had any interest in anything new that comes out. I always get this feeling that I've played it before, only this time it has nicer graphics and a better engine.

    4. Lüt

      Lüt

      Kid Airbag said:

      Yeah, I think the most recent non-sports computer/video game I actually bought for myself might actually be Quake 2.

      About the same. After all the expansion packs for that, the last things I bought were Heretic II and Undying, and I don't even remember if Undying was already out before Quake II or Heretic II. Only played those about once or twice, if that.

  17. Yes, unfortunately, on Super Bowl Sunday, my computer died. The motherboard fried for one reason or another. On Thursday, we took it to Staples. The tech geek there took it to find out what was wrong, and in the meantime, we got a new tower. The specs, you may [not] ask? Well, they're pretty generic:

    -Intel Celeron D Processor 356
    -512 MB PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM Memory
    -120 GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA Hard Drive
    -SuperMulti DVD Burner with Lightscribe Technology
    -ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 Graphics Card
    -Windows Vista Home Basic

    That last spec...well, it sucks. I hate Vista. When I first had XP, I though it was retarded, but within 30 minutes I had everything working the way I wanted it. Vista is completely retarded and it'll be a few days before I'm comfortable with it, if that. While most of the programs my parents wanted on the computer have installed with no problem, the ones I use have had issues. For instance:

    -Vista will not accept the install drivers for the wireless Microsoft mouse and keyboard we have. They still work, since mice and keyboards are standard plug and play technology, but what the fuck? It won't accept Microsoft drivers?

    -The drivers for my new Yamaha Keyboard won't install. The "New Device Found" program pops up when I hook up the keyboard and turn it on, but when it tells me to insert the disk, nothing happens when I do.

    -Microsoft Word 95 installed with no problem. What the fuck?

    Whatever. It's new technology, and it won't be compatible with anything for a while. Still, the fact that Vista is not backwards compatible with anything sucks. I haven't tried to install any of my games yet, so I haven't had the joy of screaming profanities at the top of my lungs against Microsoft yet, but I'll find out tonight.

    The good news it that my parents okay'd the work that needs to be done on our old Compaq, so when that comes back I'll get that one instead of this Vista-loaded piece of shit. I'm hoping that they don't fuck the old PC up by puting Vista on it, as I was perfectly happy with XP (despite it's lack of DOS). We'll see it two weeks though. I'm still going to have to pay for this new computer since I fucked up the old one, but five weeks worth of paychecks isn't really that bad to loose considering I owe them well over 2600$ for paying my court fees among other things.

    Yay for blogs.

    EDIT: I just put in my Half-Life 2 CD...I have yet to see anything happen. I'm pissed.

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    2. Johnatone

      Johnatone

      Well, in light of the computer we just bought having errors right from the git-go, we decided to get another one and return the Vista POS. Seeing as I have bad credit, I'm going to be giving my parents my paycheck every week (minus the weekly ten dollars for piss test fees and the twenty-two for cigarettes).

      We got really lucky, because this computer was the last of its kind at Wal-Mart, and while we would've perfered just to get the tower, beggers can't be choosers since we wanted XP. It was the display model, so we had some fun Vista bashing while the employee boxed it back up for us.

      The new computer's specs are as follows:

      Compaq/HP (Compaq's gone to shit since HP bought 'em, but they're still pretty good).
      AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3800+ at 2.41 GHz (really needs an upgrade here)
      140 GB Hard Drive
      512 MB RAM (446 MB usable)
      DVD+RW/CD-R Drive with LightScribe
      NVIDIA GForce 6150 LE w/ 256 MB RAM (Not the latest and greatest, but damn do my games [finally] look good!)
      17" LCD Flatpanel Monitor (A single pixel is already burnt out; it was that way when we bought it. I'm not too concerened)
      Windows XP Service Pack 2 (The feature that attracted us the most)

      It's been three days and no error yet, unlike the other one we just bought. I'm still considering building a PC, but that's a long time down the road considering I'll be a month and a half paying this off, and then several bills to take care of. I might just say fuck it and spend money upgrading this one. I dunno.

      Hopefully I don't have any more problems. I'm looking foreward to catching up with the last six years of gaming I've missed because I didn't have a capable machine, and dreading missing the next ten because I still don't have a capable machine. The only thing I really need to upgrade is this fucking 28k dial-up (I have no options for high speed where I'm at except satellite, which is ungodly expensive AFAIK).

      AirRaid said:

      Ew celeron. Way to shoot yourself in the foot.

      Eh, they aren't too bad.

    3. AirRaid

      AirRaid

      Well. They weren't too bad. But really since the new generations of CPUs have been coming, yes, yes they are too bad.

      Also, 512MB RAM really is not very much nowadays, I'd look into doubling that if you can.

      In other news, Rofl walmart.

    4. GGG

      GGG

      Couldn't you just uninstall vista and install XP? (considering you still have the disc)

  18. ...or: How I quit doing drugs so I could get off probation on time and why it isn't going to help.

    I think you all remember my Drug Testing thread, which was quite pointless and stupid, and from a combination of your advice and the stern advice of my probation officer ("Be clean by the first week of December or I'll revoke you, and don't drop dirty after that.") I quit smoking pot.

    Now, I'm a pot smoker, plain and simple. I quit and don't intend on returning to it even when I get off probation, as it has kept me from getting jobs and will keep me out of the military (yes, they'll still take me; I'm just biding my time). I don't use any other kinds of drugs. None of those other drugs appeal to me, especially that dirty ass meth shit. Technically cigarettes and alcohol are drugs, but we're disregarding those since I can't get in trouble for them.

    Anyway, I've been clean for two and a half months, and am proud of myself since I rarely exercise self control. I give a lot of credit to my friends who don't want to see me end up in prison and have been helping me not relapse. I myself have found ways of occupying myself (writing music, playing video games, et cetera. Whatever works). I went in for my drug test today, and my probation officer happened to be in, so I went to see him and asked the secretary to get me my lab results. This blows my mind:

    http://www.freewebs.com/johnatone/results.htm

    Now, my PO tells me not to worry about the negative numbers [in the meth and cocaine column]; as long as they're negative there isn't a problem. I think there is, because I don't use those drugs and therefore shouldn't be showing anything at all. Also, if I haven't been smoking weed for over a month (2 1/2, to be exact), don't you think the numbers should read 0? Not only that, all of a sudden out of nowhere is a single high positive amongst low negatives in the cannabis column. Needless to say, he's sending the urine off to another crime lab to be reanalyzed. Chances are, it'll come back positive. For instance, a woman I know who was testing clean tested positive out of nowhere. They sent it to the crime lab and it came back four times higher than the testing system here. Also, another friend of my currently on probation has three clean drops and then a dirty drop, three clean, one dirty, et cetera, like clockwork.

    Now, I figure most of you will say 'bullshit' to this, but I have NOT been smoking weed for two and a half months. I've got less than eleven months to get off of probation, and then I'm a free man, free to get the fuck out of this county and get on with my life. Why the hell would I fuck this up now, especially considering that having my probation revoked means 5-7 in DOC?

    I do intend to fight this. I'm doing research on criminal law and browsing lawyers I could hire to appeal the drug testing, which was not a part of my probation to begin with (I was convicted of forging a check for $30), as well as find other loopholes and abuses of the judicial system committed by these people against me. I'm also hoping to be able to file a civil suit, which in this day and age is possible (after all, in this country you and sue anybody for almost any reason and win, so why not use it to fight a corrupt local government?). I don't know how far I will get with the latter, but the former I intend to take as far as I have to. I hope I win.

    On the other hand, if anything, I'll lose, have my probation revoked, and then you'll all be rid of me for a few years, which I'm sure plenty of you would enjoy greatly. :)

    EDIT: Link fixed.

    1. Quast

      Quast

      Johnatone said:

      I do intend to fight this. I'm doing research on criminal law and browsing lawyers I could hire to appeal the drug testing, which was not a part of my probation to begin with

      Oh ffs dude, false positives happen. No need to get so damn paranoid over it. Christ, if they were seriously out to fuck with you, what good would it do to try and fight it?

    2. insertwackynamehere

      insertwackynamehere

      If what you say is true, than I hope that they realize that and you aren't convicted for anything that you are innocent of, regardless of my personal views on some of your personal views :/ so, yeah, an awkward good luck

  19. There is something I would like to say. I am homophobic. I'm a regular poster here and I wouldn't in a million years admit it unless I was hiding behind this account..Like I am now

    Alright, enough of that.

    Yes, I'm a homophobe, or as I like to say in real life, I fucking despise faggots. Now, granted, I don't claim I can tell who's a fag just by looking at him/her, and some of my favorite artists happen to be queer in one way or another (Queen, Bowie, Orgy, Reznor, et cetera). Also, I don't go to antifag rallys, nor do I curb check fags for fun in the street. For the most part, as long as fags leave me alone, I leave them alone, like anybody else.

    So why do I hate faggots so much?

    01) The ones that claim "God and/or nature made me this way." Bullshit. The whole point of a species survival is to reproduce and carry on the species. Now why the fuck would nature create something that isn't going to reproduce? It's not fucking natural, quit acting like it is.

    02) The ones that go on and on about gay rights. These are as annoying as women's rights activits or civil rights leaders. You want to be equal? Fine. Just shut the fuck up and go about normal business like everybody else. Quit trying to get noticed and get special fucking treatment. That's not what being equal is about.

    03) If there is a faggot at a party, they always seem to home in on me. Here I am, trying to get drunk and have a good time, trying to mack on the bitches, and this fucking dude tries to hook up with me. Always trying to rub up on me and shit. Doesn't even stop when I politely explain I'm not a fag and tell him to leave me alone. Fuck that shit. Next time this happens I will curb check the motherfucker.

    04) They're not helping with the aids problem. Everybody keeps asking what to do about aids, and I always say this: take everybody with aids, and fucking kill them. Then burn the bodies. I saw a commercial the other day where a woman asked what she can do to prevent herself from getting aids. My response: Unless you're a slut, nigger or faggot, you're probably not going to get aids, so don't worry about it.

    That about covers it; if I think of anything else, I'll add it later. I hope I've done my part to piss some people off. As I stated earlier (#2), I don't mind any of you guys being a faggot as long as you don't make it an issue. When I'm deathmatching with you guys, I can't tell.

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    2. insertwackynamehere

      insertwackynamehere

      Danarchy said:

      Anger stems from hatred, hatred stems from fear, fear stems from ignorance. Of all the people in the world, it is the willfully ignorant I dislike the most.


      Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.

      Jedi you have not yet become!

    3. Johnatone

      Johnatone

      AndrewB said:

      Hahaha, I can't believe I missed that.

      Neither can I, considering I do have claustrophobia.

      myk said:

      Yes, you explained this in your first post. With all the following posts you've been nothing but like a writer who tries to "explain" the book he wrote, when the book explains itself just fine.

      Yeah, well, I keep getting told reason X is because of reason Y, so I can either let it go, which I should (and keep saying I will but haven't. Fuck.), or try to reexplain that reason X is because of reason X only. I'm a persistent, hard headed and stubborn bastard.

    4. Scuba Steve

      Scuba Steve

      I don't have to "respect" your "opinion", simply because, you're wrong. I mean, how do you want me to put this, there really isn't any other way. I'm not going to get mad and shout, you're just wrong and nothing I, or anyone else, says can prove that to you... the evidence is all around you but you choose to ignore it.

  20. ...what are you plans for 2007? Hell, it's only six days away now, and I'm pretty sure nobody's going to wing it (or at least all of it). What are your plans, resolutions, goals, et cetera?

    Getting a job is priority number one.

    Getting laid is priority number two.

    I plan on turning 20 in March.

    I know in almost exactly 11 months I'll be off probation.

    My goal is to have this god damn six+ years in the making album done by November as well, although I've said something similar to that the last six years.

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    2. Danarchy

      Danarchy

      I only said that in this thread, nooblet.

    3. Kid Airbag

      Kid Airbag

      I touched a girl's boob in 7th grade, what do I win

    4. Bucket

      Bucket

      Your jizz was still clear, it doesn't mean anything.

  21. Steam sucks, Valve sucks. Period. But we all knew that. It's bad enough I've only got a 28k connection, making updates and downloads take forever, but to add to that Source engine games run like shit on my computer, despite my meeting of the minimum system requirements (parts of HL2:E1 are completely unplayible because the flashlight will only shine on models).

    Then I thought: The XBox is a powerhouse. Why not mod it and install Steam onto it. Then perhaps the game will run smoothly. Also, it'd be cheaper to buy a 100$ mod chip compared to the $500+ I'd spend upgrading my computer (man, I'm a cheap bastard.)

    My question: Is this even theoretically possible? I'm assuming that once I mod the XBox and have a different OS on it, I'll be able to install HL2 and connect to the internet to get the necessary updates and downloads. Then, being one who doesn't play online, I'll be able to configure the system appropriatly and play the games offline. Or something like that.

    Mongs, trolls and useful posters, commence!

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    2. leileilol

      leileilol

      Danarchy said:

      ROFL Steam. What's the point?


      To crush your paid-for software in a "convenient" technological trap.

    3. GGG

      GGG

      The only thing steam is good for is clearing out a stuffy nose.

    4. Linguica

      Linguica

      Hahahahahhahahah 1) no it's not a powerhouse 2) good luck getting Windows running on an XBox 3) Steam is great assuming you have a computer and an ISP from the current century

  22. Love it, absolutely love it. Deep, invigorating storylines, superb animation (for an anime), all the high tech stuff you expect from an anime done in a very realistic fashion, and I think the soundtrack kicks ass. Sadly, I've missed a lot of episodes from both seasons 1 and 2, and I fear Adult Swim will yank it off the air once 2nd Gig ends. I'm also looking foreward to the domestic release of the movie (GITS: SAC: Solid State Society). I went out and purchased the first GITS movie, loved it, although it wasn't quite what I expected, although it does remind me of how La Femme Nikita was a great show, and the movie wasn't the same, although I loved the movie.

    Anway, I love the show. The blog is for discussion on it. Do you love it, like it, hate it, loathe it?

    Also, a question: would anyone know where to find MIDI for the SAC soundtrack? I think some of the songs would be great for a Doom PWad. Also, since the MP3s are usually over 7 meg for some reason or another, and /Newstuff has a policy on that, I figure a MIDI is my best option.

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    2. Use

      Use

      It's goooood

    3. Snarboo

      Snarboo

      I didn't really like the series or the movie. I thought the movie was way too fast paced. They didn't focus on any one point long enough for me to understand what was going on and it didn't really make a lot of sense to me. It seemed more about flashy animation than having a coherent plot. I understand the plot point with the AI trying to break free, but I don't understand how any of the scenes in the movie relate to it.

      Ironically, I feel the opposite way about the series. It's far too slow, with too many mechanical explanations of every detail and little action. It's hard to jump into the show late in a season as you'll miss a great deal of the story arc. It doesn't help that I'm not much interested in the series nuances, politics, and cornucopia of terms and technology. Normally I eat that stuff up, heh.

      I thought the movie and OVA of Armitage III was a better cyperpunk/Bladerunner-esque anime. The movie sequal, Dual Matrix, was crap though. :/

    4. Technician

      Technician

      Snarboo said:

      I didn't really like the series or the movie. I thought the movie was way too fast paced. They didn't focus on any one point long enough for me to understand what was going on and it didn't really make a lot of sense to me. It seemed more about flashy animation than having a coherent plot. I understand the plot point with the AI trying to break free, but I don't understand how any of the scenes in the movie relate to it.


      Sadly that was the huge problem with the movie. You pretty much had to have read all the comics to fully understand the world and the characters that they spent so litle time on. In fact three of the five main characters had enough screen time in the film to be considered cameos.

      And as for the series yes it is slow. The series was planned to be a multiple season show thus they drag its ass in the dirt and ruin some of the breakneck action the original source had to offer.

  23. ...short of actually quiting your drug of choice.

    Hey all! I had some quick questions. Let us speak hypotheticals(s/p) for a moment. Say I have a friend, and that friend has weekly piss tests, but he refuses to quit smoking weed. Are there any ways he could clean up his urine short of quiting? Factors to remember: they test for high levels of water in the urine (low creatine levels). Also, he has a budget of $0.

    Suggestions I've heard:

    A shot of vinegar a day, diluted with kool-aid.

    A cap full of peroxide in a glass of water, followed by lots of water.

    Niacin pills.

    Those are all the things my friend has tried. It usually lowers the THC level below the limit (they don't count anything below 50 as a fail). Do you guys know of any surefire things that would work? Thanks in advance for your help.

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    2. Quast

      Quast

      AndrewB said:

      am I right?

      yes

    3. Danarchy

      Danarchy

      AndrewB is always right: KNOW IT!

      AndrewB said:

      I don't understand what you mean. That involves no smoke inhalation; am I right?

      Well i was just reccomending it as an alternative to the smoke inhaling methods.

    4. AndrewB

      AndrewB

      That's nice, though I really don't need the trouble nor the expense of said brownies.

  24. It started out as a quest to make a CD with old love songs spanning all genres, but when I stopped hanging out with that chick (she wasn't interested. I don't blame her) it turned into a project to make a CD with the best classic alternative rock from the nineteen-eighties.

    Now, it's a two volume collection of the best classic rock from the eighties and earlier. I'm also in the process of making a volume three. Remembering how the first CD became a struggle of "How am I going to fit all these on one disc?" spawned the second volume, it's safe to assume there will be a volume four.

    Anyway, I've listed the track order below. I'd kind of like some feedback and suggestions on the track listing (what's good and/or bad in your opinion, what you'd reccomend, et cetera), and I figure this would be a good way to start a discussion about music. It's also why it's in blogs.

    Classic Alternative Rock Volume 1
    01. The Clash - Should I Stay Or Should I Go
    02. Tears For Fears - Shout
    03. Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight
    04. Falco - Rock Me Amadeus
    05. The Smiths - How Soon Is Now
    06. Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
    07. Elton John - Saturday Night's Alright
    08. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
    09. R.E.M. - It's The End Of The World As We Know It
    10. The Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    11. Gary Numan - The Machman
    12. New Order - Confusion
    13. The Fixx - One Thing Leads To Another
    14. Oingo Boingo - Weird Science
    15. Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)
    16. Billy Idol - White Wedding (Part 1)
    17. New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle

    Classic Alternative Rock Volume 2
    01. David Bowie - Blue Jean
    02. The Beatles - Happiness Is A Warm Gun
    03. Men At Work - Who Can It Be Now
    04. Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again
    05. Echo And The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon
    06. R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
    07. The Church - Under The Milky Way
    08. Gary Numan - Cars
    09. Cheap Trick - I Want You To Want Me (Live)
    10. The Beatles - Helter Skelter
    11. Billy Idol - Dancing With Myself
    12. New Order - Subculture
    13. David Bowie - Rebel Rebel
    14. After The Fire - Der Kommissar
    15. The Clash - Rock The Casbah
    16. Animotion - Obsession
    17. The Human League - Don't You Want Me
    18. Genesis - I Can't Dance
    19. Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels

    These are the song that are *******ely on Volume three:
    Yazoo - Situation
    The B-52's - Rock Lobster
    Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
    Talking Heads - Burning Down The House
    The B-52's - Love Shack
    A-ha - Take On Me
    The Cars - Moving In Stereo*
    Yes - Owner Of A Lonely Heart
    A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran (So Far Away)

    *Thanks to Bucket for helping me remember this song.

    What do you think? What would you do differently? What would you reccomend?

    Edit: The word *******e is edited now like **? I must've missed something somewhere.

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    2. Use

      Use

      Needs more Smiths

    3. SYS

      SYS

      Bon Jovi - shot to the heart

      Might be a good one, only Bon Jovi song I can really stand lol.

    4. Johnatone

      Johnatone

      Throughout all this, I'm surprised nobody, including myself, has mentioned Iggy Pop. TV Eye or I Want To Be Your Dog comes to mind.

      Also, I thought about the fact that most of these songs are singles, and remembered why I was doing that. The crew I run with listens to rap most of (if not all) the time, and I frankly am sick of going to parties where the only music playing is rap. Behold, a CD that everyone can agree on, because despite being rap junkies they have pretty diverse tastes and most of them have wanted copies of these CDs.

  25. It's been a while since I've been on these forums. I've spent the last six months in post-Katrina New Orleans trying to make some money. Finally, after six months of getting screwed by people I used to think were my friends, I returned.

    However, all was not lost. Despite losing my second laptop to theives (the first to a literal crack-head, and the recent one to some dirty illegal spicks who thought they weren't getting paid enough), I did save up the money to get an XBox.

    Yes, I'm late in that field, considering the 360 came out at the same time I bought my XBox, but alas, I also only spent 130$ on it. Pointless to buy something when it first comes out, I believe.

    In the last three months since then, I've only purchased seven games, and I've made myself a rule:

    Only Mature Rated First Person Shooters.

    So far my collection includes the following:
    Area 51
    Black
    Doom 3: Collector's Edition
    Doom 3: Ressurection of Evil
    Halo
    Halo 2
    Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack
    Mace Griffin, Bounty Hunter

    I'm eventually going to get Half Life 2 (I already own in on the PC, but the PC runs it a hell of a lot slower and low res) and Counter Strike, and soon I'll let up on my policy and start buying other genres and ratings of games. Sometime in the future I might buy a 360.

    Anyway, I was just wanting some recomendations on Mature Rated First Person Shooters, and other fun XBox games as well.

    I hope to spend more time on these forums, and once I have my computer set up again, I hope to contribute to the PWad community.

    Good to be back.

    1. Epyo

      Epyo

      sweet hi dude, yikes sorry to hear about you and orleans.

      welcome back!

    2. Coopersville

      Coopersville

      The Far Cry games on XBOX are pretty good.

    3. Naked Snake
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