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    Anybody left from the 2003 crowd?

      Wow. My name is on that list.   lol.   Hey I'm in there too
  2. You can just overclock your hard drive so it spins real fast and all the bits fly off.
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    Shadow Complex - Platformer

    It is a very good game, I highly recommend it. My favorite genre: Metroid. It's not "perfect", but I don't really have any complaints about it either, a very solid game. The only thing that could have been better IMO is that the world itself isn't as nicely put together (design wise), flow as well as, or really is as interesting as Super Metroid. But then, what is? I really hope to see more games like this.
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    2D game survey

    It may be worth while defining a 2D game. Do you mean 2D graphically, like say Super Metroid? Or a game with primarily 2D gameplay, such as Shadow Complex, which still has 3D graphics?
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    Needing help on deciding grad school

    I think your parents gave you good advice. I do recommend going to a different school for master's than where you went for undergrad, and getting a degree in a different state than where you want to work when you graduate is also something to consider. Often times local schools tend to saturate the local market, and some companies prefer a more diverse set of backgrounds. Making games is still making software, so I think you'll find you can take generic CS classes that all employers would appreciate (modern software design, etc) in addition to the classes you think would be fun/good for games (graphics, etc). Especially since I'm sure you got a lot of the generic classes as an undergrad. For the record, I got my undergrad where I got my masters, which was in the same state I now work (non-game related), and I took all the graphics and AI classes my university offered because it was what I was interested in. I didn't have trouble finding a job (pre-recession). My advice here is just the things that in retrospect I feel I should have done to possibly make myself more valuable, and to have had a more fulfilling experience overall. Good luck.
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    How long is first Doom?

    Yup, they're all basically standalone. While the first episode is my favorite, you haven't even gotten to "the good stuff" . The last levels of the other two episodes are classic. Glad to see someone checking out DOOM, even though it's really old now. I recently started going through Quake, which is the one I missed back in the day, and it just doesn't seem to hold up as well as DOOM does. But I've basically had some form of DOOM installed and ready to play continuously since 1993, so I might be biased. It is shorter than modern games though, it just used to be games didn't have to be 24 hours long.
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    I got mouse

    I agree with the lava, I've never seen a mouse swim in it for long.
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    The Box

    I agree with way2lazy2care, I'm not sure you're talking about the same movie. That seems to me like saying American Psycho is just a slasher (which would be a much easier mistake to make). [SPOILERS] Not only that, he was convinced he was the chosen one, and was to be the last human to exist. Alone with God. Which is to say he wasn't just a monster like Jason or Freddy. [/SPOILERS]
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    The Box

    Watch Sunshine, then add it to your list. Beautiful movie in so many ways (watch on Blu-ray, if you can) Realize it's a science fiction that's heavy on the fiction, but not wasting effort trying to make the situation believable is part of what makes it so great. I haven't seen The Box, so this is all I can contribute to this thread. And after reading this thread I know how it ends so I guess I don't need to watch it either, which is just as well since I knew about the Twilight Zone as well.
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    New RAGE Trailer!

    While id might still be making DOOM clones, somebody's got to, right? While it may end up not being particularly groundbreaking in any one area, It'll probably still be a pretty solid shooter accessible to the more casual player. Or it may have more surprises than what we see in that trailer, who knows. That said, I'm not particularly excited about it either. Also, it looks like the tower was shot with a missile or something, which is why it blows up what looks like too soon.
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    Lets make a c++ program!

    hInstance = hPrevInstance;
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    Lets make a c++ program!

    int a;
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    How to know if your name sucks or not

    As a kid, I didn't realize just how ridiculous their name was, and as an adult I kinda wish they'd kept it that way. Especially with the serious over-use of "epic" these days. Guess I"ll have to make my own company: Biblical UltraGames.
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    What do you see?

    Super-sonic bacon train
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    You Are Old ...

    They're used for archiving old data. Data that doesn't need to be accessed more than maybe once a year/once every 5 years. Why would you want to buy a networked device and pay for it's upkeep when it will only be used once before it is outdated? [/quote] Yeah, while I don't know of any individuals who still do this, I think it might still be popular with big companies. I know at my work everything eventually gets backed up to tape for long term storage.
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