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Gamespy for sale
October 23rd 2003, 23:36 CEST by Quicken

Rumours are that Gamespy is on the market and there is no shortage of interested buyers.

Of course it's hardly substantiated since it seems NY Post is the only place running the story. But I can see there'd be plenty of interest and probably no better time to sell. I wouldn't even be surprised if the "unnamed major portal" was Yahoo. Would new owners bring a whole new world of grief to us or is GSI corporate enough already that no one would notice the difference. Let the Gamespy bashing begin!
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#36 by Squeaky
2003-10-24 01:51:53
I just think it's funny that Happy Puppy is in the top three of all the searches for video games.

JUSTIN BAILEY
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#37 by Squeaky
2003-10-24 01:54:22
#35 jjohnsen
Gamespy isn't even on the first page of that google search?  Thats strange.  Strange and sad when you see ign is actually at the top of the list.

That's because Google has Gamespy listed as a browser and not a website.

Searching for Gamespy Search shows you that their in the Games > Internet > Browser Based > Directories category and not Games > Video Games > News and Reviews

JUSTIN BAILEY
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#38 by Squeaky
2003-10-24 01:55:22
#37 Squeaky
#35 jjohnsen
Gamespy isn't even on the first page of that google search?  Thats strange.  Strange and sad when you see ign is actually at the top of the list.

That's because Google has Gamespy listed as a browser and not a website

durr... browser based games site and not news website

JUSTIN BAILEY
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#39 by DEATH KILLER INTERNATIONAL (INTERGALACTIC DIVISION
2003-10-24 01:58:26
deathkillerint@hotmail.com
GAYmspy!! LORFL!!!

/me high-fives <insert recently deceased celebrity here>
#40 by Bailey
2003-10-24 02:05:39
I'm not really too tied to this idea, though, so you could probably easily argue me out of it.

You're on! We'll meet at the non-corporate coffee house to rail about the system and consumerism!

The way I see it, your Joe Average, undiscerning online gamer will probably subscribe to whatever site he enjoys reading. Whether that's the pre-teen pandering of IGN, the bouffant meanderings of the Gamespy crowd, or the sterile extolling of Gamespot, he doesn't want to venture too far from home base. It's like with mondo stores. Sure, I can go to the corner store for groceries, the hardware store for tools, and the sporting goods place for a cheapass gun that falls apart in my hands the first time I try to go on a rampage... OR, I can go to Walmart and get everything in one trip. Exclusive releases last about a half hour unless legally enforced, and claims of super-fast file transfers for elite, members-only service customers don't hold up too well in practice. It seems more likely that most folk will just throw down for whatever's close and convenient.

My TOOMA*, in any case.

* - The T is for theorem.

Scorn is a virtue.
#41 by Desiato
2003-10-24 02:15:00
desiato_hotblack@hotmail.com http://www.spew2.com/
Did someone say CashSpy?

I have gotten to the point where GameSpy continuing to exist doesn't grate on my nerves, they're just playing the net-marketing card like everyone else. I know where I can get news without a lot of ads, etc.. so they don't anger me like they used to.

...like the color of a tv screen tuned to a dead channel.
#42 by G-Man
2003-10-24 04:55:10
Uh Des... what's up with this page?
#43 by Greg
2003-10-24 05:04:07
The girl on the left of that page is not Happy Cow. Happy Cow may not even be female.

We are OK in a misguided, sadist way.
We are OK in a disabled veteran's way.
We are OK.
#44 by Desiato
2003-10-24 05:06:33
desiato_hotblack@hotmail.com http://www.spew2.com/
I left it up there for m0nty, really.

Just an archive of an earlier time when cows were cows...or something.

...like the color of a tv screen tuned to a dead channel.
#45 by OwenButler
2003-10-24 05:35:01
http://blog.owenbutler.org/
#44

I went to that page, saw that you linked to OMM, clicked it for old times sake.  It seems that a lot of the old content is still there but no new updates.  I checked this article for kicks.  It's still damn funny.  I miss OMM.
#46 by Squeaky
2003-10-24 07:05:03
is that a heatsink in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

JUSTIN BAILEY
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#47 by Squeaky
2003-10-24 07:08:36
the rest of the article
After running through all of our tests, the GeForce FX 5950 Ultra and 9800XT go head to head in most of the benchmarks and end up trading places back and forth quite a bit.  As for an overall winner there isnít one.  ATI and Nvidia will have to share the performance crown this time around when it comes to the high end cards.  One positive thing about new video cards is that it will drive prices down on previous generations and make some cards more affordable for people who were eyeing them but also watching their wallets.


JUSTIN BAILEY
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#48 by Quicken
2003-10-24 07:14:08
gdunn@backmeup.net.au
Gamespy has a big enough recognition both online and offline that's a brand well worth buying. And while the model may be good enough to keep them going long into the future the competition is going to start getting tough. That makes now a good time to sell, get the cash, and retire happily while someone else competes with gamespot/ign for web content. Perhaps even competition for the tech provided to developers competiting with Microsoft.

Even if it's all just a rumour it's one Gamespy would be wise to pay attention to it. It's always nice to know who wants in on the market. They could become investors, buyers or competition.
#49 by Bailey
2003-10-24 09:32:25
Gamespy has a big enough recognition both online and offline that's a brand well worth buying.

Please name as least five ways people recognize Gamespy in an offline context.

Scorn is a virtue.
#50 by Squeaky
2003-10-24 09:48:43
#49 Bailey
Gamespy has a big enough recognition both online and offline that's a brand well worth buying.

Please name as least five ways people recognize Gamespy in an offline context.

Boothbabes. Fargo is hot!

JUSTIN BAILEY
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#51 by Trolly McTroll
2003-10-24 15:30:10
If I owned GameSpy I would have already killed myself in shame knowing I've ripped off many talented people in order to promote my lazy untalented ass and profit off the sweat of others.  I'd make sure to buy some cool sunglasses first though.  

How would I kill myself?  I'm not sure, but it would probably be a quick death, like shotgun to the head.

"..and Trolly McTroll is the best name EVER. I laugh every time I see it."  - ZEP
" If i ever have a daughter, I'm going to name her Trolly. - The_Joker
"Great, we are being trolled by Paul Schaffer. - LPMiller
"heh." - Squeaky
#52 by Jibble
2003-10-24 16:26:42
Keep in mind I hate reality TV of all kinds.

New Surreal Life season includes the following people:  Eric Estrada, Ron Jeremy, and Vanilla Ice.

God hates us.

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#53 by TrodKnee
2003-10-24 17:45:28
trodknee@planetunreal.com http://www.planetunreal.com/unrealgod
I love reality shows. They are games after all. Weird, twisted social experiments, with blurry goals (the stated 'win the game' vs. fame whoring), but games nonetheless.

I finally finished Fall of Max Payne, I'm really torn on this game. Loved the story, way better than the first. Great graphics and sound and music, scored a 10 for aesthetics. Hated the combat. Other than a couple small exceptions, there was only one way to get through the game...plow straight ahead through hordes of bad guys spamming the bullet time and reloading quick saves once you have seen the layout. I'm a pretty good shooter but found the game frustratingly difficult for having only the one setting to begin with. Bullet time can be fun but not when it has to be used constantly, why not just play the entire game in slow motion. This may actually be a game that suffers from AI that is too good...

Also well into / almost finished with Gothic 2. Great game, but I'm not sure if I will be able to finish it. It hurts. I don't neccesarily mind having to run back and forth across long distances in RPG's like this one, but if you are going to make a player run long distances in your game, there is an often overlooked feature that I feel is just as important as Save Anywhere:

AUTORUN. I cannot overstate how important this feature is to me. See, I have been playing guitar for nearly 20 years now, and often suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I know, it's not a very sympathetic medical issue, only those who suffer from it really understand how painful and dehabilitating it can be. Having to hold down the 'move forward' key constantly while playing a game is an ergonomic nightmare.

If anyone has read this far...Does anyone know of a key press utility program that allows you to toggle the up/down state instead of holding down a key constantly?

Scroll past this line:
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#54 by Bailey
2003-10-24 17:52:47
If anyone has read this far...Does anyone know of a key press utility program that allows you to toggle the up/down state instead of holding down a key constantly?

It's called a ball bearing.

Scorn is a virtue.
#55 by Matt Perkins
2003-10-24 17:53:16
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
I like some reality shows, though my wife gets into them more than I do.  That being said, the Joe Schmo show on SpikeTV is GREAT.  It's very hilarious as all of the people except a guy named Matt pretend to be contestants on the show all trying to win some money and make to the end.  They keep Fing with the guy and he keeps doing things to surprise them.  It's at the end of the show now (one last episode coming) and he still doesn't know it's a fake.

I hope he doesn't kill everyone when he finds out it's not real.  :)

#56 by Caryn
2003-10-24 17:59:55
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
Joe Shmoe is exactly everything I hate about reality TV shows. You can make the argument that anyone who goes on one of those shows deserves what they get, but ultimately all they are is broadcast humiliation. I'll admit I watched some of the first Joe Millionaire. But since then, it's just appalling to see how many people get off on watching others be humiliated on national television.

"I'll sell you the idea for $50,000 and you can go from game developer zero to game developer hero." - Leslie
#57 by Matt Perkins
2003-10-24 18:06:00
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
Joe Shmoe is exactly everything I hate about reality TV shows. You can make the argument that anyone who goes on one of those shows deserves what they get, but ultimately all they are is broadcast humiliation.

Ya know, I thought the same thing when I first heard about the show...they are just going to humilate him and make money from it.

Then I stumbled upon watching a part and the first part I saw was an actor that got "voted of the show" talking about how she's sorry about what they are doing to the guy and that he's a great guy.  A damn fine person and how no matter what they throw at him, he holds to his guns and is honest, loyal, etc.  All of the actors have expressed this sentiment at one point or another.  They keep trying to convince him to do things bad and he keeps doing the right thing.  They all feel bad for what they are doing as part of the show (the actors do) and they really like the as a person.

That's what made me start watching the show.  The guy, Matt, is good guy.  And the show goes out of its way to show that's true.  He ends up looking like a guy that caught in a bad position and is making the best of.  The show is actually not working humilate him.  And if they end it right, and he can handle it, it'll be a complete success in my mind (he'll get some thousands of dollars, after being a pizza delivery guy, and some other nifty gifts and he gets to be one of the few average joes that end of tv looking like a decent sort of guy).  His 15 minutes are being good to him, is what I'm saying

#58 by Bailey
2003-10-24 18:06:06
I hear the new Joe Millionaire is better because they got a bunch of snotty, money-grabbing girls from poor Euro countries instead of snotty, money-grabbing girls from the US. They're reportedly hilariously naÔve to our advanced western ways! On an unrelated note, I'd like to track down and beat to death (preferably with an ridiculously oversized sex toy, such as a rubber arm with a tightly-clenched fist at the end) whomsoever began this whole stupid reality show kick.

Scorn is a virtue.
#59 by Ergo
2003-10-24 18:07:34
I agree with Caryn--I see people treat each other badly every day at work. Why the hell would I want to watch people do it (for real) on television as well? I think it's a truly sad state of affairs that people go for this sort of thing.

"I keep trying to read your posts, but all the letters keep morphing into "HULAHGUALGHUAALHAGH". Perhaps I can file this as a bug." --Bailey
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#60 by Jibble
2003-10-24 18:09:53
Unfortunately I don't know where Mary-Ellis Bunim or Jonathan Murray live...fucking Real World ruined TV.

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#61 by CheesyPoof
2003-10-24 18:10:42
On an unrelated note, I'd like to track down and beat to death (preferably with an ridiculously oversized sex toy, such as a rubber arm with a tightly-clenched fist at the end) whomsoever began this whole stupid reality show kick.

I think that would be Mark Burnett who kicked it off with survivor.
#62 by Jibble
2003-10-24 18:11:36
I'm glad there are still stupid people around who don't realize this began 11 years ago.

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#63 by Jibble
2003-10-24 18:12:06
It almost makes me look good.

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#64 by Ergo
2003-10-24 18:13:35
#62 Jibble
I'm glad there are still stupid people around who don't realize this began 11 years ago.

Either they're stupid or you watch too much shitty TV. I don't know which is worse.

"I keep trying to read your posts, but all the letters keep morphing into "HULAHGUALGHUAALHAGH". Perhaps I can file this as a bug." --Bailey
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#65 by CheesyPoof
2003-10-24 18:13:40
Don't be so clueless.  Reality TV did not take off in a mainstream way until survivor.  If you want to be pedantic I bet Cops is older than The Real World.
#66 by Bailey
2003-10-24 18:14:39
Yes, extensive TV trivia knowledge does raise your status as an intelligent human being... or something.

Scorn is a virtue.
#67 by Jibble
2003-10-24 18:15:04
Yeah, because Real World was so non-mainstream.

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#68 by Jibble
2003-10-24 18:16:45
Never seen an episode, never will.  But when the term "reality TV" is mentioned, the first thing that pops into my head is that wretched piece of shit.

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#69 by Jibble
2003-10-24 18:18:06
And yes, Cops predates Real World by 3 years.  However, no one ever gets tired of watching drunk rednecks get beaten with sticks.

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#70 by Neo-Reaper
2003-10-24 18:21:09
neoreaper@excite.com http://octobermoon.homeip.net
Yeah, because Real World was so non-mainstream.

While Real World was not unheard of, its also not the show that kicked off the trend of twenty to fourty reality shows being put on every season.  That "credit" goes to Survivor.

"Dream of me... and maybe, just maybe, this nightmare will end."
#71 by LPMiller
2003-10-24 18:21:12
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
Well, of course not.

I believe I can fly......urk.
#72 by BobJustBob
2003-10-24 18:22:20
Reality TV is disco.

Dood.
#73 by "DEATH KILLER INTERNATIONAL (INTERGALACTIC DIVISION"
2003-10-24 18:22:35
I'm at work right now and I forgot my PC password, but check out the new topic.  It's really good and something I'm dying to discuss.
#74 by TheTrunkDr.
2003-10-24 18:23:02
I'm not a reality show fan either, but I do enjoy Joe Shmoe. Matt is a great guy, though a little naive and gullible, but it completely adds to his charm. I think they did an excellent job casting him, I don't think the show would work with any other type of person. I can't wait to see his reaction when he finds out it's fake, I'm sure he'll take it well, he's a great sport, he's got a good sense of humour and he's not the kind of guy to get pissed about, well anything really.

I kid cause I care.
#75 by "DEATH KILLER INTERNATIONAL (INTERGALACTIC DIVISION"
2003-10-24 18:23:17
WTF.  I LOGGED OUT BEFORE POSTING THAT UNDER SOMEONE ELSE'S NAME.  FUCK YOU ALL.
#76 by Jibble
2003-10-24 18:23:43
#70 Neo-Reaper
While Real World was not unheard of, its also not the show that kicked off the trend of twenty to fourty reality shows being put on every season.  That "credit" goes to Survivor.

I don't know why we're splitting hairs, I think we can all agree to just let Bailey unleash his rubber fist on the likes of all of them.

Also, point taken.

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#77 by Warren Marshall
2003-10-24 18:24:28
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
#59 Ergo
I agree with Caryn--I see people treat each other badly every day at work. Why the hell would I want to watch people do it (for real) on television as well? I think it's a truly sad state of affairs that people go for this sort of thing.

Part of the human condition.  Make yourself feel better about your situation in life by enjoying someone elses misfortune.

Respawn Games
Open your mind, let the beatings begin.
#78 by jafd
2003-10-24 18:24:32
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1000033180
Re: 53, 54

I think the StickyKeys thing that comes with Windows will do it, but I've never tried to use it at all, other than turning it off when I accidentally turn it on.

I'm going to assume that Trod is aware of the "place something heavy on keyboard" option and is merely pointing out that it's a sub-optimal solution. The alternative is too pitiable to contemplate.

He did say Max Payne 2 was too difficult, though, so...

"You do not truly know someone until you fight them."
#79 by Bailey
2003-10-24 18:30:57
Maybe he needs The Claw. Seems apropos for someone with CTS.

Scorn is a virtue.
#80 by Neo-Reaper
2003-10-24 18:31:35
neoreaper@excite.com http://octobermoon.homeip.net
I don't know why we're splitting hairs,

I'm home sick.  I have nothing better to do.

I think the StickyKeys thing that comes with Windows will do it

StickyKeys is really just for keeping ctrl/shift/alt held down so two keys shortcuts can be done easier, making it not too functional for gaming (if it works inside the game at all).  I'm trying to google up an appropriate program, but am not having too much luck.

"Dream of me... and maybe, just maybe, this nightmare will end."
#81 by yotsuya
2003-10-24 18:34:08
Reality TV is why I don't watch TV anymore.

"YES!!  You see people, THAT'S why he's the Vice-President of A/V Services here at Respawn Games.  Yotsuya ALWAYS unleashes the fucking fury!" - Warren Marshall
#82 by yotsuya
2003-10-24 18:35:18
Having said that, I Love the 70s/80s/80s Strikes Back on VH1 makes me it's bitch continuously.

"YES!!  You see people, THAT'S why he's the Vice-President of A/V Services here at Respawn Games.  Yotsuya ALWAYS unleashes the fucking fury!" - Warren Marshall
#83 by jafd
2003-10-24 18:37:49
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1000033180
#56 Caryn
I'll admit I watched some of the first Joe Millionaire. But since then, it's just appalling to see how many people get off on watching others be humiliated on national television.

Other than being forced to watch Cops on two separate occasions, I never ever watched any reality-themed television until Joe Millionaire.

I watched the whole thing from start to finish twice, and found it to be far more entertaining than I ever could have hoped for. However, none of the entertainment value, for me, was a result of seeing anyone "humiliated." Considering that the whole thing was obviously a set-up on several different levels from the beginning, I found it impossible to pass judgment on anything that anyone on that show did.

I'm saddened that anyone involved in that show felt guilty or humiliated afterwards, honestly, because I saw nothing that any of them ought to be ashamed about. It makes me think that the people who did watch the show and thought they were laughing at other people's humiliation simply weren't extracting the full entertainment value out of the experience.

I mean, what's the shame here? "I'm so embarrassed that I would be willing to share fifty million dollars." Uhm, duh? I've got a short list of things that I will not do for fifty million dollars, and it pretty much starts with "drink antifreeze" and ends with "dismembering my mother."

"You do not truly know someone until you fight them."
#84 by Jibble
2003-10-24 18:40:16
So this isn't an alphabetical list?

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#85 by jafd
2003-10-24 18:42:04
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1000033180
Alphabetizing is on the list.

"You do not truly know someone until you fight them."
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