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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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#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
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
#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
Alphabetizing is on the list.

"You do not truly know someone until you fight them."
#86 by TrodKnee
2003-10-24 19:05:43
trodknee@planetunreal.com http://www.planetunreal.com/unrealgod
The problem with manual fixes is when you have to run for a long distance then suddenly come upon a fight. I end up fumbling around with the keyboard while I'm getting beat down. I use the arrow keys and have been using a P.O. box key stuck into the slot between keys, still an unoptimal solution. I have tried googling too, seems as though there must be a simple key toggle utility out there somewhere but no luck.

What is this 'The Claw'? Is that the thing where those monkeys control a joystick with their brains? Now that's what I'm talkin bout...

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#87 by Marcin
2003-10-24 19:08:18
marcin@wickedtoast.com www.damodred.net
The Claw. Version 3.0, too!

X2: The Wallpaper Generator
#88 by G-Man
2003-10-24 19:18:45
StickyKeys is useful but it will only work as a toggle for the Shift, Alt, Ctrl, and Windows Logo keys. I guess you could rebind your movement key to one of those keys everytime you wanted to autorun, but that might be too inconvenient (or you could remap the Shift key to the w key in Windows before you start to play your game). To use StickyKeys just go to the Accessibility options in your control panel, and check Use StickyKeys in the Keyboard tab. I'm actually not sure that this will even work because StickyKeys might not actually be sending the key scancodes constantly for the toggled key. Instead it probably just "remembers" what key should be toggled then sends the scancode for the combination press whenever you hit another key. But you can try it out. There really aren't any programs out there that provide exactly the functionality you want, since most of these programs are designed for people with disabilities which usually cause them to press keys multiple times by accident and most people with RSI don't game (where else would you want to toggle pressing the aswd keys?). There are however, a lot of keyboard macro programs some of which will probably allow you to design a recursive macro (you would still need to make a macro to stop the previous macro).

Re: origin of reality TV
A lot of good information here. But obviously films have been a major influence (the early Lumiere and Edison films were essentially reality tv) in the form of documentaries and naturalistic films.
#89 by TrodKnee
2003-10-24 19:19:53
trodknee@planetunreal.com http://www.planetunreal.com/unrealgod
Looks cool, but no indication of whether it allows key toggling. I have tried keystroke macros ( like I used to make macros in Asherons Call ) but inevitably the stored commands lag and interfere when I try to shut it off.

None of this headache (and tendon-ache) would exist if developers would just add a simple 'Toggle Run On / Off' feature...

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#90 by G-Man
2003-10-24 19:23:46
The program you want really isn't out there. Someone should write it. It wouldn't be difficult at all.
#91 by G-Man
2003-10-24 19:28:44
This is the closest to what you want.
#92 by Your Friend
2003-10-24 19:29:19
Most games (don't know for sure about Max Payne 2, don't own it) use direct low-level keyboard scanning for input (via DirectInput) which pretty much negates any benefit at all that you could get from higher level Windows utilities like StickyKeys.

"Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me."
#93 by Your Friend
2003-10-24 19:30:40

The program you want really isn't out there. Someone should write it. It wouldn't be difficult at all.


It would be difficult, for the reason above.  You'd have to drop down to the driver level to make it work with all (or even most) games.

"Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me."
#94 by G-Man
2003-10-24 19:32:45
I dunno. So this function wouldn't work to do what he wants?
#95 by CheesyPoof
2003-10-24 19:46:48
What can you tell me about the new camp?
#96 by jafd
2003-10-24 19:53:54
The New Camp is the place where you have the most freedom and the worst framerate.

"You do not truly know someone until you fight them."
#97 by Bailey
2003-10-24 20:00:44
The New Camp is like the Old Camp, only the asshole heirarchy is reversed. With the Old Camp, the higher you go up the social ladder, the more jerks you meet. With the New Camp, all the cool people are at the top.

Scorn is a virtue.
#98 by CheesyPoof
2003-10-24 20:02:24
But they tried to kill me right away.  Unless they were those low level assholes you speak of.
#99 by Squeaky
2003-10-24 20:04:17
I keep on reading about you people salivating over Gothic. I have one question: When does it start to not suck?

JUSTIN BAILEY
DVDs
#100 by jafd
2003-10-24 20:04:19
If you mean the dudes in the tiny cave to the left of the main entrance, don't worry about it.

If you mean the dudes in the large hollow up on the side of the north mountain, don't worry about it.

If you mean something else, I don't know what you're talking about.

"You do not truly know someone until you fight them."
#101 by Greg
2003-10-24 20:06:11
#89 TrodKnee

Looks cool, but no indication of whether it allows key toggling. I have tried keystroke macros ( like I used to make macros in Asherons Call ) but inevitably the stored commands lag and interfere when I try to shut it off.

None of this headache (and tendon-ache) would exist if developers would just add a simple 'Toggle Run On / Off' feature...

People hate the game, but Morrowind had that.

We are OK in a misguided, sadist way.
We are OK in a disabled veteran's way.
We are OK.
#102 by CheesyPoof
2003-10-24 20:07:15
I mean the dudes right when the game starts.
#103 by Ergo
2003-10-24 20:08:20
I never got far enough into Morrowind to hate it. I could never figure out a decent character template, and I constantly got killed by critters that were way out of my league.

"I keep trying to read your posts, but all the letters keep morphing into "HULAHGUALGHUAALHAGH". Perhaps I can file this as a bug." --Bailey
DVDs
#104 by Bailey
2003-10-24 20:08:33
Oh, in the pond scene? Those are Old Camp. They're jerks from the upper level.

Scorn is a virtue.
#105 by jafd
2003-10-24 20:10:43
When the game starts, the only guy there is Deigo. I'm prepared to challenge your assertion that the FMV cutscene is part of the game. Let's not go there.

"You do not truly know someone until you fight them."
#106 by CheesyPoof
2003-10-24 20:11:17
The thing with Gothic is that it doesn't provide much direction when the game starts.  I had no idea I was supposed to check out each camp and decide where I want to pledge fealty to.  To the newb it seems that the old camp is the way to go.
#107 by CheesyPoof
2003-10-24 20:13:52
Oh, in the pond scene? Those are Old Camp. They're jerks from the upper level.

I could have sworn they were new camp.

When the game starts, the only guy there is Deigo. I'm prepared to challenge your assertion that the FMV cutscene is part of the game. Let's not go there.

The spinning logo when it starts up is part of the game.
#108 by Dumdeedum
2003-10-24 20:16:07
http://www.dumdeedum.com
G-man
StickyKeys is useful...

"Windows has detected that you were using your keyboard and the program you were running has now been crashed for you.  If you would like to disable this feature then use the vague and ambiguous options below"

dROU Frank Exchange Of Views (Psychopath Class)
#109 by Bailey
2003-10-24 20:16:48
The thing is Cheesy, the Old Camp has residents who are representatives of, and carry missions tied to, each of the other camps. So you'll meet a Baal or whatever from the Swamp Camp, and a merchant from the New Camp, and they'll want you to follow them and check out their camps. It's also a great way to level up, because they do the fighting, clear the paths between camps, and you get the experience.

But the guy who punched you is an Old Camp higher up guard. If you talk to Diego, he'll tell you his name and that he's a badass.

Scorn is a virtue.
#110 by DEATH KILLER INTERNATIONAL (INTERGALACTIC DIVISION
2003-10-24 20:20:25
deathkillerint@hotmail.com
hEy ChaRlEs

i will vote yes to ur topic if u votes yes to mine.. DO WE GOTS DEAL??

/me high-fives <insert recently deceased celebrity here>
#111 by Matthew Gallant
2003-10-24 20:23:02
http://www.truemeaningoflife.com
Do you have to save the world in Gothic, or can you just open an L.L. Bean and start raking in the dough?

"All I've ever wanted to be is a monkey of moderate intelligence that wears a suit. That's why I'm transferring to business school!"
#112 by Sgt Hulka
2003-10-24 20:24:09
I love The Joe Schmo Show, it's way funny.  In the end, the joke may be on us, perhaps Matt has been an actor the whole time too?!  Now wouldn't that be a mind-fart (tm) GSREALMS3D Inc, (c) 2003 - Infinity

" Hulka - I love Videomaker. And you're one ugly mutherfucker. " - Yotsuya
#113 by Jibble
2003-10-24 20:28:21
Every time I see your icon, it confuses me for a moment.  You look like a butch female cop at a first glance.

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#114 by Sgt Hulka
2003-10-24 20:32:38
Shhh... you'll give away my moonlighting job!

" Hulka - I love Videomaker. And you're one ugly mutherfucker. " - Yotsuya
#115 by Fugazi(werking)
2003-10-24 20:35:05
Test.

!
#116 by Squeaky
2003-10-24 20:35:49
#115 Fugazi(werking)
Test.

FAIL.

JUSTIN BAILEY
DVDs
#117 by Shadarr
2003-10-24 20:38:04
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
I couldn't care less about the idiotic twists in reality shows.  Ooh, Joe Millionaire was pretending to be a millionaire when he thought he wasn't, but now he really is.  Consider yourself entertained!
#118 by jafd
2003-10-24 20:40:25
#106 CheesyPoof
The thing with Gothic is that it doesn't provide much direction when the game starts.  I had no idea I was supposed to check out each camp and decide where I want to pledge fealty to.

Diego: "There are three camps in the colony, and you'll have to choose one of them." His initial dialogue emphasizes those bold words when spoken, but the text doesn't, so if you were just blowing past it all, maybe you missed that part.

Please do tell us what kind of direction you think would have been more approrpiate?

#107 CheesyPoof
The spinning logo when it starts up is part of the game.

I asked you nicely not to go there.


#111 Matthew Gallant
Do you have to save the world in Gothic, or can you just open an L.L. Bean and start raking in the dough?

Technically, the latter. Through careful management, one can barter for every single piece of ore that every NPC merchant carries (not to mention, rob/pickpocket every NPC, period, as well as open all the chests), take it all to the swamp camp, buy all the weed, then take it back to the new camp and sell it all to the new camp chumps at a profit. And you could repeat this several times, as inventories are frequently refreshed throughout the course of the game.

It'd be boring and tedious as hell, but, you asked.

"You do not truly know someone until you fight them."
#119 by Bailey
2003-10-24 20:50:26
In a world of near-unlimited possibilities, jafd chooses to explore the ugliest options available.

Scorn is a virtue.
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