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    Jeff Hardy to return?

    Plus it would finally give the CW division somebody who wasn't a one-note character for once. In terms of talent getting wasted by drugs, Jeff Hardy's right up there with Jake Roberts, in my opinion. His in-ring work was sinking at an alarming rate since his feud with Matt Hardy (and, possibly, even before that), but he was still a popular and recognizable character on Raw. Actually, near the end of his run, Hardy was actually in a fairly compelling storyline (frustrated and keeps wanting to lash out and do heel-like behavior, but is holding onto face ideals...thanks to some pushing from Shawn Michaels). He was getting heat. They were dwindling down with every spot he blew, but he still had a dedicated fanbase. Hopefully, the WWE can build on what's left of his past success, even though Hardy's final month was the very definitely of "fading away." As somebody said earlier, Hardy's past interest with Trish could actually put another interesting kink in the Jericho/Trish/Christian dynamic and possibly rejuvenate Hardy's career. A move to Smackdown could give Hardy more intriguing matchup possibilities (a white trash rival in Jamie Noble over Nidia, for example) and more invigorating workrate possibilities within the CW division. Jeff Hardy can come back and be a force in the midcard. The key to the whole thing, of course, is that he stays clean and motivated. And, in the wrestling business, there's never any guarantees. He may put on the match of his life against Tajiri and end up in a memorial on WWE.com from mixing painkillers with exotic drugs. He may come back for one match, flub a handful of spots, and be promptly shown the door. In either case...at least he's coming back. I'd rather try to give a talented former-midcard guy a chance than bring up another big palooka from OVW who's just as likely (if not more likely) to get hurt or hurt others in the ring.
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    Best King Crimson lineup

    I dig the early 80's lineup for their live prowess as well, but so much of Crimson's great music came from that 73-75 era. Red, Starless and Bible Black, and Lark's Tongue in Aspic - all three of those albums came straight from the 73-75 group, who were basically a prog-rock/free improvisation ensemble by then.
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    Alice In Chains Greatest Hits Compilation

    see the thing is Alice in Chains has so many great songs, thats its near impossible to fit on one CD, or even a greatest hits CD Look, I love Alice in Chains. They're probably one of my top ten favorite bands of all time and it would be clobberin' time for anybody who dared stand between me and this two disc collection... ...if it hadn't already been released twice before. Most of the really good songs from The Essential were already present on Nothing Safe: The Best of the Box...which was already culled from Music Bank. You tack on the Live and Unplugged albums and we're talking 5-6 different re-releases of one song (in this case, I'll say "Rooster") from a band that lasted all of maybe five years. Am I happy that they finally got around to including the exclusive songs from both Last Action Hero and Music Bank? Sure. Do I agree with you that they could still release another set and probably still not get it right, due to the wondrous amount of material? Sure - there's still no "The Killer Is Me" (the only damn exclusive from Unplugged) or even "Sludge Factory." But when they keep re-releasing wave after wave of new material from a band that had only three full albums, an EP, and a glorified single (Sap)...it just seems to me like they (the record companies) are trying to bleed all that they can out of Alice in Chains and Layne Staley. There are five studio "releases" in the Alice in Chains catalog, most of which are probably residing in your local CD dealers' $3 bin. Just pick them up - you'll save money and get even more great music.
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    The Official MLB Offseason Topic

    Eh. It's probably just as well for Kansas City, since Lima Time seemed like it was quickly running out of steam after he got injured midseason.
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    Alice In Chains Greatest Hits Compilation

    And now they have more Greatest Hits collections than they have complete albums.
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    What is Michaels doing for Mania?

    Actually, I'm waiting for the moment where Michaels sticks his nose in Jericho's business with Trish, so that they can have a sequel to their awesome match at last year's Wrestlemania. Nothing against Christian, who is definitely one of the most underutilized guys that they have, but he's going to be better off being an outside party for a Michaels/Jericho rematch over Trish, where his acting skills and personality (which are his strength) can be on full display, rather than his in-ring skills (which are decent, but not spectacular).
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    The raw thread

    And yet, it wouldn't damn near kill the forum when a hundred bloodthirsty smarks are all hammering the server like horny jackrabbits, just foaming at the mouth to see whether someone said that <insert wrestler here> sucks or is getting a HUGE/non-existent pop.
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    Raw gets a 4.0 rating

    If I was going to really give credit for the rating, I'd say that 1) The Rumble is usually the biggest non-WM PPV of the year and typically all of the "Road to Wrestlemania" stories begin the night after the Rumble 2) The possible returns of Undertaker/Foley probably created a buzz 3) After last night, there are a lot of feuds with one or more Raw guy that are getting good heat (Brock/Goldberg, Triple H/Michaels, Foley/Orton, Kane/Undertaker)
  9. Blech. Save for a fleeting moment of greatness when he and RVD were waging war in that ladder match on Raw, Eddie's last singles match of worth was arguably almost seven years ago with Misterio. Benoit, on the other hand, seems to be kicking it back up a notch and he also has a slight advantage of not being saddled with a woefully-stereotypical-yet-instantaneously-quotable midcard gimmick. Benoit > Latino Heat That being said, if Benoit won the World Title and Guerrero got serious enough (a.k.a dropping the silly-but-fun gimmick and reverting to his rudo ways) to be the No. 1 contender, I would mark out and scream like a little baby girl.
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    Royal Rumble 04 Stats

    Not only was his ringtime short, but his elimination was embarrassingly contrived. When Orton (or whoever) gently pushed him out after he straddled the rope with his own kick, the crowd just groaned. Not exactly a good sign.
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    ALSO Regarding the PS2 Net Adaptor

    For my Linksys BEFSR41 router, there was a special section dedicated for cloning the MAC address in the router's configuration/settings software. For whatever router you get, it may be different. Despite this, I do know that most routers have the ability to clone any given MAC address (presumably, to make the router installation easier), so I don't think you have to worry. The issue is how the static IP is issued out to your PC (or your PS2 Network Adapter). The most common static IP addressing system is DHCP, which basically works as follows: - you register your hardware with the server (often times, through an automated program that leaves most of these work behind the scenes), which usually involves providing the server with your hardware's MAC/IEEE address (which is a built-in six-digit hexadecimal address that is unique to every piece of hardware that connects to the internet) - once registration is completed, the server creates a static IP address for your MAC/IEEE address - you attempt to connect to the server with your hardware - upon receiving the connection, the server recognizes the physical address of your hardware and gives you the corresponding IP address And then, from there, your internet connection is established and you do all the crazy internet stuff that you do. Now, why does this cause a problem for multiple devices? Because each individual MAC/IEEE address has (or, if it's unregistered, lacks) a corresponding IP address in the server's memory and, in most cases, college ISPs only allow students to register one piece of hardware (and, as a result, only get one IP). Thus, we've got a predicament of having two pieces of hardware that we'd like to split the connection, as well as having one piece of hardware (the PS2 adapter) that isn't even registered for an IP address. The solution that I mentioned (purchasing a router) works because most (if not all) routers have the ability to "clone" or duplicate a given MAC/IEEE address. With a cloned MAC address, Tyler's router would be assigned the college's static IP and, with the router's connection established, he could simply connect the two devices to the router (which would re-route the incoming packets from the campus IP to the PC and the PS2 Network Adapter, hence the name) and go from there. I apologize if I got a little pedantic there - just wanted to make sure everything was covered.
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    ALSO Regarding the PS2 Net Adaptor

    It depends on how your campus internet service contract works. For most college ISPs, they use DHCP and they'll only give you internet access for one MAC address. This means that your current dorm computer can access the internet (obviously), but a PS2 hardware adapter would require another internet service contract (since it's a different device and, thus, has a different MAC address). In that case, the best solution is, unfortunately, purchasing the router (upon which you'd clone the MAC address of your dorm computer). Luckily, non-wireless routers are relatively cheap at about $40-50 and they may have very well dropped in price since I bought mine last year. Or you can purchase another user account from your college. I'm guessing that would be considerably more expensive than the $50 router.
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    The one and only RR webcast thread

    Yeah, I ordered the webcast about an hour ago, left to grab some dinner, and then attempted to pop open the pre-game show, only to find that Shopzone is really sluggish. And it would stay sluggish for another 30 minutes. Now, it's about 5 minutes before the actual PPV begins and I still can't get into my webcast. Anybody else having any luck?
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    X-Men comics

    It would ring a bell that's nearly 30 years old, which would be a little under 10 years older than me. But, yeah - I'd say that reboot certainly worked out well.
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    X-Men comics

    Actually, the first reboot went pretty well. You're talking about the second reboot, the Age of Apocalypse... Which "reboot" are you talking about? The post-Shadow King X-Men #1 or the "X-Men in Australia from the Siege Perilous" debacle? If either one of those were what you were talking about, I wasn't even considering them reboots...though, I do suppose they could work as such. All I know is that I thought the Age of Apocalypse was pretty fucking lousy.
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    Discuss & Review: Mick Foley's Greatest Hits/Misse

    The extra material ranges from absolutely riveting (the ECW promos) to hilarious (Snow and Foley in Las Vegas), but many of the matches on this disc have already seen the light of day on many other releases...so I'm not quite sure this is really worthwhile for anybody who's not a Foley completist.
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    X-Men comics

    Ever since the first reboot (let's cut Wolverine's hand off, yay!) and even before that, the X-Men have been awful. And yeah, the Havok B-teamer version of X-Factor coughed up exactly one decent issue (the Psychiatrist issue after X-Cutioner's Song). But don't talk too much smack on X-Force. I'd wager the plotlines were a thousand times more palatable than some of the New Mutants junk I remember barfing upon and, after Cable left, it ended up turning into one of the most readable X-books out there (in my opinion).
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    The Fighting game character tournament 2K4

    Er, so did I just miss the Virtua Fighter characters getting voted off in the first round, or is there some mysterious reason for them being left off of the ballot? Minazuki Zankuro (Samurai Shodown) Kung Lao (Mortal Kombat) Kim Kap Hwan (Fatal Fury) Vega (Street Fighter) Ken Masters (Street Fighter) Geese Howard (Fatal Fury) (Dammit, why did Hanzo have to be paired up with one of the nastiest boss characters of all time?) Hwoarang (Tekken) Sie Kensou (King of Fighters) Yoshimitsu (Tekken) Iori Yagami (King of Fighters) Angel (King of Fighters) Raiden (Mortal Kombat) Kyo Kusanagi (King of Fighters) M. Bison (Street Fighter) Ash Crimson (King of Fighters) King (Tekken) Axel (Guilty Gear) Sagat (Street Fighter) Charlie Nash (Street Fighter) Akuma (Street Fighter) Haohmaru (Samurai Shodown) Ryu (Street Fighter) Mai Shiranui (Fatal Fury) Marshall Law (Tekken) Ky Kiske (Guilty Gear) Millia (Guilty Gear) Kitana (Mortal Kombat) Rugal Bernstien (King of Fighters) Bahn (Fighting Vipers) Terry Bogard (Fatal Fury) Felicia (Darkstalkers) (I'd much rather abstain, since DS is pretty lousy altogether) Kibagami Genjuro (Samurai Shodown)
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    Suikoden series

    Fair enough. The re-appearance of Flik and Viktor kind of stopped me from playing. And the fact that the beginning of the game moves at a snail's pace, sure. And count me in as another poor sap who played through Geddoe's chapter first as well. One note about Suikoden III: even though I'm hardly a graphics junkie, I have to admit that it bothers me that the characters all run around like they have a six-foot iron pole shoved up their ass. Just a pet peeve, I suppose.
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    Two-Player Games

    It's not a multiplayer game, but I'd actually recommend Ico as a game for both of you. It's an adventure/puzzle-solving game (think Prince of Persia without the testosterone) that you'll probably like for the gameplay, but she'll probably like for the non-violent content and the cute relationship between the main character and the girl. In terms of multiplayer games, I'd second the recommendations for the Hot Shots Golf series and Dance Dance Revolution. Also, if it has the same two-player options of its predecessors, you might check out Final Fantasy X-2. Some of the Final Fantasies have an option in the configuration settings where you can set certain characters to be controlled by different controllers.
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    Suikoden series

    I've got all three Suikodens, but the only one that I really enjoyed was the first Suikoden, even though the battle system was alarmingly average and (naturally) some of the 108 characters were lacking. It's an all-around solid RPG, if you ask me. I own the second Suikoden, but I haven't played that far into it, thanks to my distaste for the first two characters that pop up in cameos. And the third one's battle system is one of the oddest that I've ever seen and, thus, I haven't played very far into it either. But I can vouch for the first one and I'd definitely say it's a little bit underrated, if only by comparison to the ridiculous amount of praise that the second entry gets. And yeah, the music is amazing.
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    The Flying Dutchman's ALL NIGHTER~!

    Nah, he broke out the homophobic statements. Poor guy forgot to read the rules of hardcore discussion.
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    The Flying Dutchman's ALL NIGHTER~!

    *reads text* *falls asleep*
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    Worst Final Fantasy Lead

    Yeah, there's nothing quite like screaming once you've realized your last save is before the Wiegraf fight...and then scrambling to see how many of your party members you can turn into Lancers. As far as the topic goes...I'm throwing my hat in for Tidus, who not only managed to have the worst character design in the entire game, but was fortunate enough to be the most annoying character in your party. Much like the Squall/Rinoa affair, the Tidus/Yuna romance is basically one-sided, in terms of character depth and exposition. Yuna, despite finding her role somewhat muddied by Final Fantasy X-2, is actually one of the strongest characters that the series has ever churned out, in my opinion, with Squall (OMG BACKLASH) being next in line. As far as Squall goes, I've got to agree with the earlier sentiment of "Squall is fine - it's Rinoa who's the stupid bitch." The plot is a fucking mess, and all the other characters are worthless, but I'll handily give Square credit for taking the main character (Squall) and actually having him grow realistically through the course of a game. Contrast this with Zidane and Cloud, who basically maintain the same attitude through the whole game until a plot twist temporarily causes them to shift into a whole different realm of stupidity before returning to normal.
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    Xenosaga: Should I buy it?

    Actually, it depends on the amount of time you want to dedicate to playing it. For someone like me, who doesn't really have the patience or the time to play through an RPG while at college, I actually didn't mind having small gameplay stints mixed with some FMV plot movement. Xenosaga's a very easy game to leave and pick up later (or at least it was for me). I can understand, though, how hardcore players who usually sit down for six-hour stints of gameplay would quickly tire from having the pace constantly interrupted by movies. It just depends on you. As far as I'm concerned...sure, the battle system is a little pedestrian and the plotline is a mixed bag, but there are certainly worse games out there for $20.