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October 2nd 2003, 00:32 CEST by Dumdeedum

First up is the news that The Bard's Tale is back and being remade by Brian Fargo (of Wasteland & Fallout fame).  Much beloved by many aged gamers, we can soon expect many hazy anecdotes about how the original was better.

It's an age old debate: do people suck?  Gamespot apply it astutely to the gaming community and conclude that yes, yes they do.  Thankfully it's fixable by a) the threat of physical violence and b) making games more fun.  Amazing stuff indeed, but at least the article came with an amusing pelican picture.

The Beeb took time out from real journalism to ponder whether theft of items in online games is as serious as, y'know, actual factual crime.  Quoting the South Korean police as receiving more than 22,000 reports of game related "cybercrime" this year alone, it seems we've finally discovered who to report that wallhacking AWP whore to.

And finally for lovers of those other, quaint media types there's trailers for The Return Of The King and The Matrix: Revolutions available. Most important however is the imminent release of a new Pratchett book.

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#25 by OwenButler
2003-10-02 04:00:34
http://blog.owenbutler.org/
#13

From your questions I can't tell if you agree or disagree.  Perhaps I need more a coffee.
#26 by OwenButler
2003-10-02 04:01:37
http://blog.owenbutler.org/
damn.
#27 by Squeaky
2003-10-02 04:03:54
i agree

The reason of your unreasonable usage of my reason, does so enfeeble my reason, that I have reason to expostulate with your beauty.
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#28 by OwenButler
2003-10-02 04:08:18
http://blog.owenbutler.org/
f--ing glad of that.  Sorry for the confusion.

I've read about 20 of the 25 Pratchett discworld books and I'm still not sick of them.
#29 by Warren Marshall
2003-10-02 04:56:27
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
I read a different preview of the Bard's Tale game and got instantly excited when I saw a screenshot that looked like the original game.  I figured he (Brian Fargo) was doing a direct port to the PS2 with some graphical tweaks.  I was totally pumped!

Then I read further and saw the actual screenshots and cursed his name for fagging up my childhood memories.

Respawn Games
Open your mind, let the beatings begin.
#30 by Bailey
2003-10-02 05:03:31
It's an age old debate: do people suck?  Gamespot apply it astutely to the gaming community and conclude that yes, yes they do.  Thankfully it's fixable by a) the threat of physical violence and b) making games more fun.

When did the Blog Post School of Article Writing come into power on Gamespot?

Anywhere but here, with anyone but you.
#31 by Hugin
2003-10-02 05:17:29
lmccain@nber.org
I agree that Small Gods is a good one if you're trying to be choosy about which Pratchett to read.
#32 by Hugin
2003-10-02 05:18:01
lmccain@nber.org
And if you haven't read Good Omens...well go read it.
#33 by Squeaky
2003-10-02 05:40:22
#32 Hugin
And if you haven't read Good Omens...well go read it.

No bookstore in my area has good omens. Nor are they able to order it. Sucks to be me I guess.

The reason of your unreasonable usage of my reason, does so enfeeble my reason, that I have reason to expostulate with your beauty.
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#34 by Matt Perkins
2003-10-02 05:43:28
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
You know, amazon.com loves you, Squeaky.  More the point, they love your money.

"I'm an extreme programmer. I don't plan anything when I code."- Lord Nekrull
#35 by Sgt Hulka
2003-10-02 05:45:12
You know, amazon.com loves you, Squeaky.  More the point, they love your money.


And don't forget his "curious" smile.

" Hulka - I love Videomaker. And you're one ugly mutherfucker. " - Yotsuya
#36 by Squeaky
2003-10-02 05:46:20
#34 Matt Perkins
You know, amazon.com loves you, Squeaky.  More the point, they love your money.

and I love amazon, but I can't bear to pay the shipping charges on a $5.00 book.

The reason of your unreasonable usage of my reason, does so enfeeble my reason, that I have reason to expostulate with your beauty.
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#37 by Darkseid-D
2003-10-02 08:16:29
rogerboal@hotmail.com
I thought Good Omens was a Douglas Adams book ?

Do not go gently into that good night.
Old age should burn and rage at the close of day.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
#38 by Squeaky
2003-10-02 08:24:31
#37 Darkseid-D
I thought Good Omens was a Douglas Adams book ?

Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaimen

The reason of your unreasonable usage of my reason, does so enfeeble my reason, that I have reason to expostulate with your beauty.
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#39 by Neale
2003-10-02 08:28:11
neale@pimurho.co.uk www.pimurho.co.uk
Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaiman.

It is apparently being turned into a film, with Terry Gilliam slated to direct.

You can't derail this train of idiocy, Shadarr. Not even with a big fat cow of logic on the tracks. - Bailey
#40 by Marsh Davies
2003-10-02 12:13:43
www.verbalchilli.com
Good Omens was pretty damned cool. Personal favourite Pratchett book has to be Sourcery though.

In other news, my mouse seems to move left-right at its own behest. I cleaned the gubbage from the inside but to no avail. Do I need to buy a new mouse?

#41 by LPMiller
2003-10-02 14:03:26
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
I got my copy autographed by Mr. Gaiman - he doesn't live too far from me, actually.

I believe I can fly......urk.
#42 by Matt Perkins
2003-10-02 16:13:03
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
Read LP's last post as:

I stalked Neil, the man I love, until he promised to sign my book then I moved to live near him!







Ya know, if you want.

"I'm an extreme programmer. I don't plan anything when I code."- Lord Nekrull
#43 by Marcin
2003-10-02 16:55:40
marcin@wickedtoast.com www.damodred.net
Small Gods is probably the one that gets the most reads by me. Soul Music is perhaps the other one...there's just something about that scene as she rides into town by the guards and one of them elbows the other going:
"That was her!"
"Who?"
"You know...SUSAN DEATH!"

AAAAHAHAHAHAAHAH!!

Ahem.

If you like Pratchett, give Robert Rankin a whirl. You can find him at www.amazon.co.uk, the shipping isn't really that bad. I recommend 'A Dog Called Demolition' or 'The book of ultimate truths'. It's definitely a case of style over content, but the style is just soooo good. Two books is probably pretty good, as it gets repetitive after that, though.

Pratchett's definitely gotten over the style thing, and recently books have a lot more content. The most recent one, um...Night Watch, I think, was downright contemplative. Much heavier than previous. So I'm rather curious about the  new one...

Every string which has one end also has another end - Finagle's First Fundamental Finding
#44 by Marcin
2003-10-02 16:57:26
marcin@wickedtoast.com www.damodred.net
Doesn't Gaiman live in Minnesota now? I should go stalk as well... (Minneapolis here).

Every string which has one end also has another end - Finagle's First Fundamental Finding
#45 by Bailey
2003-10-02 17:13:50
Small Gods is probably the one that gets the most reads by me. Soul Music is perhaps the other one...there's just something about that scene as she rides into town by the guards and one of them elbows the other going:
"That was her!"
"Who?"
"You know...SUSAN DEATH!"

AAAAHAHAHAHAAHAH!!

Huh.

Anywhere but here, with anyone but you.
#46 by Marcin
2003-10-02 17:21:57
marcin@wickedtoast.com www.damodred.net
You had to be there.

Every string which has one end also has another end - Finagle's First Fundamental Finding
#47 by mrbloo
2003-10-02 17:28:40
mrbloo2000@hotmail.com
I thought Pratchett's Night Watch was a big step forward for him.  Less weak puns, not to mention darker and more adult in tone.  I'd recommend it for anyone that feels burned out by his earlier books.  If his new one is similar, it should be a good read.

#48 by LPMiller
2003-10-02 19:24:03
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
Well hey Marcin, I'm in Plymouth. I'd invite you out for a beer, but I don't drink beer, don't like people, and drink alone anyway. But hey.

I believe I can fly......urk.
#49 by Bailey
2003-10-02 19:29:57
Time to dust off the zing and trot it around the course a few times.

Anywhere but here, with anyone but you.
#50 by Ergo
2003-10-02 20:02:08
#48 LPMiller
Well hey Marcin, I'm in Plymouth. I'd invite you out for a beer, but I don't drink beer, don't like people, and drink alone anyway. But hey.

Don't like beer??

Fag.

"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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#51 by lwf
2003-10-02 20:03:51
He's probably allergic.

the rain hits the ground and the trees they dry it up
#52 by Shadarr
2003-10-02 20:07:34
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
I don't like beer.  Of all the forms alcohol can take, beer changes the least between when it goes in and when it goes out.
#53 by Ergo
2003-10-02 20:08:50
Fag.

"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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#54 by Shadarr
2003-10-02 20:26:04
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
Speaking of alcohol, I found this yesterday while looking up stupid warning labels.  You can read them all if you want, but the only really funny one is:

Vodka
Warning: Pregnant women should switch to beer if fetus starts kicking.
#55 by lwf
2003-10-02 20:50:37
Warning labels suck compared to do not do this diagrams.

the rain hits the ground and the trees they dry it up
#56 by Creole Ned
2003-10-02 22:10:25
I like an occasional beer.

!

"I don't bemoan the great paste" - LPMiller
#57 by Ergo
2003-10-02 22:16:38
#56 Creole Ned
I like an occasional beer.

!

I applaud you, sir.

"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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#58 by Shadarr
2003-10-02 22:30:32
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
So the gay guy is the only one you don't call a fag?  I don't get you at all.
#59 by Squeaky
2003-10-02 22:34:40
I used to never drink beer. Then I went to England with three other people that can only be described as "occasionally known to be sober".

The reason of your unreasonable usage of my reason, does so enfeeble my reason, that I have reason to expostulate with your beauty.
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#60 by Ergo
2003-10-02 23:07:54
#58 Shadarr
So the gay guy is the only one you don't call a fag?  I don't get you at all.

I'm an enigma.

"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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#61 by yotsuya
2003-10-03 00:11:51
Ergo-

Not only do I not watch movies, I don't drink beer as I don't watch them. Clean liver and all.

"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
#62 by mgns
2003-10-03 00:17:26
Why should the livers of this world have it any easier than the other organs? Fuck the livers. It's a conspiracy, a conspiracy I say!

Turn out the light, bolt the door.
I ain't going out there no more.
#63 by Warren Marshall
2003-10-03 00:27:04
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
If the liver wants to take up space in my body it can bloody well earn its keep.

Respawn Games
Open your mind, let the beatings begin.
#64 by Ergo
2003-10-03 01:01:27
yot--

See #63. Words to live by.

"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 LPMiller
2003-10-03 01:01:50
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
Now hey, I do not have a clean liver, I just don't drink beer. Whiskey, vodka, and whiskey are perfectly ok with me.

I believe I can fly......urk.
#66 by Ergo
2003-10-03 01:03:56
You're back in the club, then.

"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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#67 by LPMiller
2003-10-03 01:12:09
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
Also, whiskey pie.

I believe I can fly......urk.
#68 by Bailey
2003-10-03 06:05:23
Mmmm, whiskey soup!

Anywhere but here, with anyone but you.
#69 by Bailey
2003-10-03 06:06:37
Besides, we've got oceans of livers just waiting to be harvested from third-world countries. Those people need to make money somehow, and if you're not contributing by buying their organs as black market basement prices, you're a selfish inhuman cesspool.

Anywhere but here, with anyone but you.
#70 by LPMiller
2003-10-03 16:53:01
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
I support that statement and will contribute to your political party and/or charity.

I believe I can fly......urk.
#71 by Shadarr
2003-10-03 20:24:45
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
Someone should make an organ trading game.  You start out as a courier, but as you make money you can expand into harvesting and installation.  By the end of the game you should be able to run organ farms, where breeding females pump out babies for the next generation of organs.
#72 by Bailey
2003-10-03 21:06:38
So like Lemonade Stand, but for organ-farming? Didn't they already do that with drug-dealing?

Anywhere but here, with anyone but you.
#73 by Shadarr
2003-10-03 22:32:28
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
I'm sure they've done it with lots of things.  I want to be able to kill street kids and harvest their organs.

Probably would make a good cell or PDA game, for playing on transit or in line-ups.  "What're ya playing?"  "Involuntary Organ Donor."  "Oh... hey look, this is my stop."
#74 by Dumdeedum
2003-10-03 23:34:36
http://www.dumdeedum.com
A sort of sick twist on the GTA ambulance missions then?

Studies have shown that I'm right.
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