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  1. Bad sellers are a teeny tiny minority, and eBay do have some insurance procedures you can wade through should you lose money trying to buy an expensive item. But if you stick to the sellers with 99% positive feedback and many many numbers next to their names then your only foe is the postal service.
  2. Yes, if there's a SCART cable between the TV and the DVD (or something more fangled, just not an RF).
  3. Not far behind at all, no. I don't think we should be taking potshots at LucasArts for not releasing collectors editions of their games on consoles. I doubt such a collection would sell very well in the first place, and besides - these games were never intended for consoles, whereas Sonic, Street Fighter & Megaman were. We have also been given the means to make older games run on newer operating systems through updated executables (and ScummVM), and there have been plenty of rereleases and compilations. So what's to complain about? It would have been nicer if LucasArts collaborated with ScummVM instead of sending them nasty letters, and it wouldn't be a bad idea for them to release some of their older titles for free. But a compilation for consoles is asking too much. I believe Sierra were in talks with someone who managed ported old AGI games like Leisure Suit Larry & Police Quest to the GBA, but in the end the idea was abandoned. Oh, and ScummVM works well enough on the Dreamcast with no mouse necessary. So it probably runs a hell of a lot better on the X-Box.
  4. I'm not sure! I think 70 years is more than enough milking time for anything really. I hope they didn't extend it anyway, I'm absolutely dying to see a sequel to Citizen Kane, and publish my own Harry Potter novels. I do remember Disney were a bit iffed at the copyright laws, in that people might be able to come along and steal their mascots. Which is rich, considering that Disney were built on public domain stories and characters.
  5. Copyright for TV & Film (which I assume would be the same for games) expires 70 years from the end of the year of the first publication. So Grim Fandango (published 1998) will become public domain in 2069. That is, unless LucasArts choose to release it for free out of the goodness of their collective hearts.
  6. It seems as if there are a large number of people who would rather see minimal discussion than a purple clone of 'Delete Me!' These off-topic forums are little-used by mojo forumites, and have been for a while. This is because they only enjoy discussing LucasArts adventure games and have no other interests whatsoever.
  7. Nor was I referring to the recent film.
  8. There is a Futurama game. It has a plot, and it involves some sort of hilarious hair-brained adventure, just like an episode of the show does. Just because we know that none of the main characters are going to die, that doesn't detract from the 'fun' at all. Fry, Leela and Bender are constantly thrown into life or death situations all the time, and there's never a question whether or not they'll get out of them. Nobody needs to be killed off to make a Futurama adventure game possible, this is a completely worthless point. There are actually quite a lot of similarities between the characters in Monkey Island and Futurama. Fry & Guybrush are the dull-witted protagonist, Elaine & Leela are both the strong female types in charge, and Bender is akin to.. Murray (Max would be a better match)? So there's no real reason why a Futurama adventure game wouldn't work. It was logical to bring out a game because Sam & Max had a TV show after the game came out and a comic before? It's also worth noting that The Simpsons: Hit & Run was actually written by scriptwriters who worked on the show. The characters make various witty comments, and they're definitely the same Simpsons you see on TV.
  9. That's actually more often used to explain chaos theory (or 'The Butterfly Effect'), which is more to do with uncertainty and unpredictability than time travel. Edited to add the link, which has Joshi's little 'thing' in it.
  10. Doesn't Superman have super-intelligence? Superman is boring anyway. He's got it all! Almost every superpower in the book, and only one crappy weakness! How could anyone even dream of beating this guy without a lump of the green stuff? Batman only wins because it "surprises" the readers, and because he's infinitely cooler. And speaking of Superman, you should all go watch The Adventures of Seinfeld & Superman immediatly.
  11. I'm not sure what you mean.. psychology is based on Freud originally, or therapy? And his ideas have been innovated? There are a few psychoanalyists who have gone on to "improve" Freud's theories, such as Erikson who went with Psychosocial stages of development rather than psychosexual and decided that "personality" can develop throughout a persons lifetime. But Psychology itself has its roots in Philosophy - Plato, Aristotle and Descartes all looked at the mind. It 'began' as a Science in its own right in the late 19th century, when Willhelm Wundt set up a lab in Liepzig. This 'Structuralism' school of thought that revolved around introspection and reaction times never really caught on though. Then there were the Psychoanalysis and Gestalt schools of thought, which rejected Structuralism. Freud in particular was immensely succesfull because he spoke about sex, which was very much taboo at the time - as such, psychoanalysis allowed for discussion regarding sexual repression in 'upper class' environments and became the first 'major' theory in psychology. It was also the first field to actually take a look at mental diseases, and although Freud wasn't very succesfull in treating them, he definitely stuck them out there for others to take a crack at. A little later, Watson's Behaviourism took over as the dominant view, as it was much more scientific since behaviour was easily measured. Behaviourism has proved to be a lot more useful than Psychoanalysis, with learning theories such as classical and operant condition as well as social learning theory being put to work to reintegrate mentally sick people into society, to counter alcoholism, even to teach better. Next up was Humanistic psychology; essentially an offshoot of Gestalt psychology, which rejected psychoanalysis & behaviourism as they were viewed as too cynical and deterministic. It became 'The Third Force' in Psychology, and was about helping people to "Self-actualise" through client-centred therapy. You know, where the therapist is nothing but nice, doesn't point out their clients flaws and tries to let them find their own flaws. Ideal self and incongruency, active listening and such - definitely popular terms to this day. Finally, when the computer cropped up, so did the cognitive approach, which compares the mind to a computer and looks at 'faulty thinking' as the cause of depression. Of all these approaches, Psychoanalysis has arguably contributed the least, especially when it comes to deep psychoses which are utterly unexplainable with Freudian psychoanalysis. Freud thought that schizophrenia was simply 'a disturbed unconscious' caused by homosexuality, and other psychoanalysts have claimed it was due to an evil mother (Come here and hug me! Thwack!!). Of course, it's a neurochemical imbalance that should be treated with drugs and conditioning for the sufferers - no amount of therapy helps in such cases. As for therapy and contributions in general, well, Freud was the first Psychologist to highlight and explain neuroses and psychoses (Hysteria), as well as being the first to implement therapy techniques to try and 'cure' them. However, these explanations have all proved to be either inadequate or just plain wrong, and treatment for deep psychoses is just impossible. As far as neuroses are concerned, it's difficult to vouch how well psychoanalysis performs. Therapy is actually endless - well, bloody long anyway, requiring an average commitment of 5.3 years, which really stops it from being an adequate treatment for most. It has had some success in curing depression, but cognitive therapy is definitely the Daddy when it comes to getting rid of the blues. Besides, it's a catch 22, unfalsifiable situation - if you should drop out of therapy, then you didn't complete therapy and thus can't be counted - and therapy lasts as long as the Dr likes. Of course, it has had significant contributions yada yada, inspired things here and there, but my point is that the more succesfull therapy techniques available today are not directly related to psychoanalysis. Eeep, I wrote a lot. I'll shut up now ; [edited a bit, for sense and spelling]
  12. Eh? Psychoanalysis is more or less considered nonsense by todays psychologists. It's unfalsifiable, unscientific, and what little evidence there is for it can generally be attributed elsewhere. Freud himself was actually a bit of a bastard and gathered all of his "scientific evidence" in a utterly, utterly bias manner. Take a look at the 'Dora' case study. Most therapy nowadays is cognitive-behavioural or humanistic, which is generally a lot more popular and successful than psychoanalysis. I'm talking about NHS therapy for people who have actual neuroses, not psychotherapy for rich people. It should also be said that psychoanalysis contributes nothing to abnormal psychology, and can not help those with serious psychoses such as schizphrenia. It's also silly to say that medicine doesn't help at all, as there are numerous drugs that effectively deal with things like depression and aren't as addictive as Paxil. Rational Emotive Therapy (from the cognitive-behavioural school) is equally succesfull at turning frowns upside down, although it's not nearly as cheap. Psychoanalysis, however, has That's not to say that I don't like Freud. I like the ideas of dream-interpretation, the sub-conscious and free association. Nobody really knows why we sleep or dream. My favourite theory is that dreaming helps to organise the mind - studies have shown that people given complicated tasks to do all day show increased levels of rapid-eye movement than those given simple tasks to do. I've never really tried to find meaning in my dreams though, I don't tend to remember them well enough to do so.
  13. Es ist sehr gut. Wie komme ich am besten du bahnhof, bitte? Wie gehts? Es ist schneit in die vohne vor Microsoft, aber vierzehn nach funf, meine leiblingsfacche: Geschichte! I totally know German, as any of the Herr's on this board shall surely confirm.
  14. If you're running it through ScummVM, the cut-scenes on the disc are incompatible. You can find a cut-scene pack on the downloads page, which should mean that you can watch George climbing down a multitude of ladders in various venues.
  15. Windows sucks, because it doesn't run Game A & Game B... so let's all use linux?
  16. I think "The Stand" would definitely be one of my favourite books. I read a few more King novels after that, and while some were pretty good, I got bored of him quite quickly. Still, I would highly recommend The Stand to anyone.
  17. I think that he just didn't like how "hollywood" it was. The screenplay was rewritten at one point, too. The IMBD has this: "Roald Dahl was reportedly so angry with the treatment of his book (mainly stemming from the massive rewrite by David Seltzer) that he refused permission for the book's sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, to be filmed. Seltzer had an idea for a new sequel, but legal issues meant that it never got off the ground." I also came up with this: "Roald Dahl wasn't the only person to dislike 1971's "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," based on the author's children's book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Tim Burton, who announced last May that he is directing a new version of the film, isn't a fan of the original either. "Have you seen it lately? Personally, I don't want to crush people's childhood dreams but, um, I'd rate 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' [also based on a Dahl book] much higher than that one." Dahl's dissatisfaction with the 1971 film led his estate to resist Warner Bros.' attempts to obtain the rights for a remake, until they learned that Burton was on board to direct."
  18. I've noticed the Final Fantasy games have become less and less "games" as the series progressed. I remember the first few hours of 8 being a little restrictive, with far too much chit chat before any sort of action started. 9 was even worse, with the first disc being a dialogue-skipping session, interspersed with the odd-scene of action. I haven't played 10 yet :~ 6 & 7 both seemed to have a nice mix, and they're better games because of it.
  19. Why not try asking in, er, a lingo forum?
  20. I though Big Fish was pretty good - sort of like a Burton version of Forrest Gump. As for Kill Bill, it's currently Tarantino's second best to my mind - nothing beats Pulp Fiction. Rerservoir Dogs and Jackie Brown are both excellent, though. ;- I still have most of my Dahl library, and I think Willy Wonka was the best adaption of the bunch - if only for the musical numbers. I liked The Witches too, but the ending totallly ruined it for me. Of course, in both cases the books are infinitely better. It's interesting that apparently, Dahl hated all the film adaptions of his books. He should be glad that God struck him down before "Matilda" hit cinemas. Still, I think Burton can pull off a good Chocolate Factory, and maybe even a Great Glass Elevator if all goes well. Oh, and Shaun of the Dead is excellent. Go see it. If you're a fan of 'Spaced', I shouldn't have to tell you this. ;-
  21. scabb

    Book Game

    "Richard had noticed that events were cowards: they didn't occur singly, but instead they would run in packs and leap out at him all at once."
  22. I'm pretty sure that Simon is 90-100% compatible with ScummVM, which should play the music fine.
  23. You can get an extension for Firefox that does that, although Opera still does it better. edit: Just in case you didn't believe Thrik.
  24. Oh yeah, Wallace & Gromit kick ass. This looks quite promising too.
  25. Ross Noble is the worst standup ever. I was totally disappointed with his act, because he's consistently brilliant on Room 101 and HIGNFY. Maybe it was an off day, though. Other very bad examples of British comedy include "A Pint of Lager and a Packet of Crisps", "Hardware", "Dinnerladies" & "The Vicar of Dibley". I don't much care for Monty Python, either :~ The rest is all excellent. In the past month or so we've had Garth Meranghi's Darkplace, Nighty Night, Director's Commentary and another series of Black Books, which all pretty much rocked. HIGNFY starts a fresh run this week, too. As far as animation goes, we're pretty crap at that - Monkey Dust & Bob and Margeret were alright, I suppose, but nothing on Family Guy or The Simpsons. I think late-night interview-type shows such as Conan O'Brien & Jonathan Ross are only any good if you know what's going on in the country and who the person being interviewed is - The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live seem a bit crap to me. Partridge forevar.
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