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  1. quote:Originally posted by Grizzle: Hold your horses everyone, this is the same old crap we hear every time before a new console is released. Repeat after me... M a r k e t i n g. Us folks in the PR business call it "depositioning"
  2. Very awesome: The Galactica hooks up with the Pegasus tonight, and it looks like Nana Visitor is the admiral. From what I read of the BG blog, the Pegasus will not, unfortunately, be a permanent fixture for the show.
  3. Nicholas Cage is always a good bet as far as I'm concerned. I enjoyed it. 7.5/10
  4. quote:Originally posted by Supreme Cmdr: After reading this and this, I'm going to be building a mythTV box this weekend. I've had it with the constant shape shifting that Tivo is doing. Oooohhh, hombrew PVR. Look forward to hearing about the specs! I put one together using a case from Shuttle and an ATI All-in-Wonder a few years ago. Very sweet, worked like a charm, except I could never get picture-in-picture working. Good luck Derek!
  5. This was truly pathetic. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't seen it, but for god's sake...can we not just once get away from such a cliche type of alien invasion?!? Let's get some serious explosions and stuff going on, ala Spielberg's War of the Worlds. I didn't like Threshold because I thought its premise was too pedestrian, but this show makes Threshold look like Clarke's 2001! Fortunately, LOST did not disappoint. And we still have the Stargates + Battlestar Galactica. Long live Sci-Fi channel!
  6. Thanks for making this civil again folks Much more of a pleasant read now! Just putting in my two cents worth: I hit upon very, very hard times during the dot com bust. I worked two jobs (temp assignments) -- plus whatever freelancing I could do -- for a few years there. Despite that, I wasn't making enough to keep us out of the negatives. My wife was in a similar spot. We are both educated people. We know how the world works. But all that hard work, all those hundreds -- maybe thousands -- of resumes we sent out, isn't worth a damn. The way I see it, it all comes down to this formula: 1) As a result of your dogged, irrational persistence, probability dictates that your resume/application shows up to the right person, who is in the right mood, at the right time. 2) You are either vaguely qualified or know someone who can vouch for you. 3) You get extremely damn lucky as some stupid ass HR software tries really hard to filter you out. 4) You pass the credit and criminal history checks. 5) You pass the series of face to face interviews to prove you aren't a freak. 6) You flip a coin. That's it. A sequence of events pretty much like what I just described is how I got my job. In fact, it literally came down to myself and one other person. The reason I got the job? We were both asked to create a certain type of document. HERS HAD SPELLING ERRORS. That's *IT*. If she had thought to spell check, I would still be looking for a bloody job. Bah.
  7. This thread is starting to get kinda violent.
  8. Well, looks like some enterprising gentleman has gotten FreeDOS and Win95 running on a PSP. This is a good reason to buy a bigger memory stick
  9. quote:Originally posted by almostpilot: quote:Originally posted by jamotto: Space Empires: Starfury this game deserves more close attention. It┬┤s a small, simple and good game. Very interesting...in my opinion and suggest It has limited appeal. Once you've bought a cruiser and kitted it out, you have to really work to get yourself killed.
  10. quote:Originally posted by Spindoktor: pkware/pkzip? Awww, memories of those DOS command line days. No disrespect intended. They are the fathers of the genre. They are still making software today, just without Phil Katz. Their software is more focused on businesses, but PKZIP for Windows and SecureZIP for Windows kick ass when it comes to security options.
  11. quote:By burning wick, on candle black Four-axis stick and talk of smack By dorkish heart and powers be Derek Smart, I summon thee! *crack of thunder* HAHAHAH! This made me laugh. I'm so glad to see this thread has grown so large, and full of such great posts. I wish I could edit the front page to include all the latest games listed here!
  12. I am apalled that none of you have mentioned PKWARE and PKZIP/SecureZIP. I'm not bringing this up just because I'm their PR guy, either
  13. quote:Originally posted by Supreme Cmdr: Those crazy folks at PSP Hacks have found a way around the latest 1.50 firmware so that you can run whatever you like on your PSP. You can gank it over here. OMG there's an echo in here!
  14. Well, a workaround has been found allowing people to run homebrew software on BIOS version 1.5 PSPs. All rejoice Unfortunately, it *IS* a bit convoluted. Won't link to it here, since any link inevitably carries links to emulators and such.
  15. Well, I bought it. Love it. Untold Legends is so pathetically formulaic as to be amusing. I am, however, dispapointed that I cannot run homebrew apps. No, not emulators --- someone created PSP Chess and I wanted to give it a go. No dice. Sigh. Back to my Pocket PC...!
  16. Cellblock Squadrons This one looks GOOD. Here's a quote from the site: Delve into a future world where every criminal has a debt to society, and the darkness of space is where it's to be repayed. Join in missions with up to 99 other criminals and earn your freedom, so that one day, you can finally go home. Choose from five small craft and experience reflex busting gameplay, randomized weapon placements and some time in solitary confinement, as you fight against more than forty enemy battleships, bent on your entire squad's destruction. You're not going to save the universe... this time, you're only going to save yourself.
  17. All, Found a new one. Still in development and no demo available. And, unfortunately, according to A Talent for War the developer has cancelled it for the time being --- he has run out of money, among other reasons. Regardless, it has a gorgeous visual style and certainly looked promising. Maybe some of you filthy rich forumers can finance it Eschaton: Chain of Command
  18. Race, thanks so much for the offer, but it is finally, finally over. I got work. Not only did I get work, but I had to turn down TWO jobs! I've been hired by a public relations firm. All those years of reviewing video games have paid off. I won't be working in the gaming industry at all, which is a shame, but what the heck. And not even an entry level job --- I start off a few rungs up the ladder, with great pay and excellent benefits. I'm a happy camper. All that struggle finally paid off. So, what have I learned...what tips would I recommend to someone who is looking for a job and has been without one for some time? 1) Sign up with every temp agency in your city. IT DOESN'T COUNT UNLESS YOU GET INTERVIEWED BY THEM, and then make sure you contact them once a week --- be it by phone or email, to let them know you are available for work. 2) Sell all your crap. Have a garage sale, put it up on eBay. I cannot begin to tell you how many times eBay helped pay rent --- all I had to give up was my entire video game library, various game consoles, various home entertainment devices (including my TV --- have been watching television on a TV tuner, on a computer, for months) and anything else that can be sold for more than $20 a pop. Well, that's really it. Good luck and god's speed.
  19. I hereby declare Jamotto to be 0wn3r of this thread
  20. Okay. As has been mentioned in another thread, I've essentially been on the lookout for a new career since my writing/journalism kicked the bucket in May, 2003. Or so. In the past three weeks, I've had four companies interested in me. Let me tell you why this is extraordinary. In the nearly two years I was job searching, I sent out at least ten resumes per day and followed them all up with phone calls. I would research companies, mail directly to the hiring manager of the group I could work for, and tell them why I was so special. I would send out hundreds of these letters every few months. From all those efforts, I only ever got one or two job interviews --- and they didn't pan out. NOW...I'm on my third interview for a PR firm in the SF bay area. I'll be meeting with FOUR PEOPLE, including a VP, and taking an hourlong written test, on Monday. This opportunity came to me through Craig's List. The other three opportunities came as a result of having signed up with EVERY TEMP AGENCY IN THE SF BAY AREA. Literally. I've been working, as a temp, at a help desk just north of San Francisco for about a month now. They are talking about offering me a job. Another temp agency has arranged an interview, for a higher paying, 6-month contract position with another company in SF, and another agency has IBM interested in me as a project manager. So...everyone out there looking for a job...get out there and get your name in front of every recruiter you can. I...I daresay the economy may be picking up! I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel here, and haven't felt this happy/confident since September 10, 2001. Finally, I may get a job...and I'll finally be able to buy UC and add it to my gaming library!
  21. I have two things to say. First, that article was so poorly written I was literally marking up my screen with a red pen. Second, why in the hell did he get the order of the british empire? I mean, yeah, he's a pretty talented/imaginative guy, and he makes great games, but...I mean...I'm just flabbergasted. The OBE must be handed out to ANYONE that shows some glimmer of creativity or orginality.
  22. So, a bit late, but...got a chance to play this recently. Very, very unimpressed --- took it back to EB, demanded my money back. I read all the reviews, so I should not have been surprised to find that I was purchasing an RTS. I did not WANT an RTS --- I wanted what I saw in those screenshots in the months before its release --- a Middle Earth: Total War type of affair. But no...it's just the C&C: Generals engine with middle earth graphics, large unit count and pretty effects. It's pace is slow beyond belief --- and you can feel that it was done ON PURPOSE, else general RTS style play would have rendered it unplayable. The base building aspect is neat, but as Scriv mentioned, Kohan did it --- and did it better. I'm going back to Rome
  23. ::you hear the sound of crickets chirping::
  24. quote:Originally posted by Supreme Cmdr: Ubisoft may recive govt backing in defence against Electronic Arts - report Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot speaks his mind on the EA deal What EA is doing is just frightening. Race has a point, although ten years is a big generous. EA is just 0wning the industry left, right, and center. Innovation is sure to be stifled for commercial games --- all we'll see are retreads of previously successful series and more sports games (commence vomit). The only interesting games will be released by small developers, online, for download. They will have subpar graphics and sound, but will be fun as all hell. I endorse this. Make games fun again!
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