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3041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Playlist: Pillow Pants Join Forces Over Embargo Pylons (6/22/07) on: June 22, 2007, 04:20:24 PM
I intend to spend large amount of my gaming time this weekend continuing in Zelda: Twilight Princess for the Wii.  I'm a little worried about getting *too* hyped up about my experience so far, but at about the 20-hour mark, I have to say that I am absolutely blown away by the incredible level of quality in this game.  It's everything I liked about Wind Waker but with none of the sloppy, frustrating, or boring filler used to pad out that game's length.  Tedious control mechanics have been swapped out in favor of new options that keep the game play flowing, long travel times have been mitigated by the ability to arrive swiftly anywhere you want to go, and the Wiimote combat and aiming is so satisfying that I can't imagine trying to make due with the GameCube version of this game.

Most impressive of all, the needless downtime between dungeons that plagued Wind Waker from start to finish has been completely eliminated, filled instead by these sweeping gameplay spectacles that challenge you to a fresh new goal set against some epic backdrops.  I'm constantly amazed at the amount of variety there is to this game, and it's all *so* polished and *so* much fun, I get sucked in and wind up playing far too long because I just can't wait to see what comes up next!

The music is fantastic, consisting so far of remixed tunes from previous games along with some great new ones to underscore the most intense plot points.  I think the developers expected a little too much from the poor, tinny Wiimote speaker though -- it's cool to have a few of them, such as Midna's giggle, coming from such a non-traditional source, but other combat sounds would have been better suited to my full blown 5.1 surround system.

I hold the controversial opinion that Majora's Mask was a better game than Ocarina of Time because of how it embraced the time travel mechanic to create something more integral, original, and compelling than the Light World / Dark World split we'd already seen in Link to the Past.  With Twilight Princess, I think the bar has been raised yet again, and if the game continues to progress the way it has so far, it could seize the title as the best Zelda game I've ever played!  thumbsup

Also, I might spend some more time with Resident Evil 4 for the Wii and the Sins of a Solar Empire beta that I just downloaded yesterday.

-Autistic Angel
3042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire - Beta Musings on: June 22, 2007, 02:16:50 PM
Quote from: pingwrx
Hey I'm stuck in the first tutorial where they tell you to beat the pirates where do I find them?

I accidentally broke the scripting on the first tutorial, and it sounds like you might have done the same thing.  My mistake was that when the game told me to "move my ships to the end of the connection line", I moved them to the *far* end: the next planet where they encountered and destroyed the pirates before they were supposed to.

Here is how the first tutorial is supposed to go:

1) When told to move to the end of the connection line, move your ships to the edge of the gravity well near where the line begins.  The game will then have a few more tutorial messages to click through.

2) When you're told to, phase jump to the next planet over (a big asteroid) where you should encounter a couple pirate ships.  These are the pirates you're supposed to destroy, and once you do, the game should walk you through colonizing the planetoid with your capital ship.

3) Once that's done, a new enemy ship will jump into that system.  You'll destroy it and then be ordered to retrace its path to take out its base of origin.

Hope that helps!

-Autistic Angel
3043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Resident Evil 4 impressions on: June 21, 2007, 02:25:37 AM
Quote from: Me
...because turning is handled with the thumbstick even in aiming mode, it's totally intuitive to adjust your viewpoint without losing a bead on incoming enemies.

Let me be more specific.  On the Gamecube, turning in place either meant lowering your weapon, or pushing the aim all the way to the edge of the screen.  The first option gave you more control over how quickly you turned, but forced you to regain your bearings once you lifted your weapon again.  The second option was a little less disruptive to your aim, but your character could only turn at a set speed and it could be very imprecise in a hectic situation.

Using the Wii controls, aiming is always done with the Wiimote while turning is always done with the thumbstick.  This gives you all the precision of adjusting your viewpoint with a steady analog control without ever disrupting your ability to track a moving target with the aiming crosshair.  It works brilliantly, allowing you to sight and respond to enemies on your flanks much more accurately than you ever could with a GameCube controller.

The graphics are better than they were on the GameCube, but as they've said in the reviews, you wouldn't mistake it for a modern high definition game.  It's been upscaled to true widescreen so I can run my TV in "Full" mode rather than "Zoom" mode and enjoy a more detailed image, but as with all Wii games, Resident Evil 4 shines on the virtue of its game play rather than its flashy graphics.

If you enjoyed previous versions of this game, you *must* play the the Wii Edition!

-Autistic Angel
3044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Resident Evil 4 impressions on: June 21, 2007, 12:42:28 AM
RE4 fills out the dimensions of my widescreen TV just fine.

Also, did they amp up the difficulty to make up for the improved aiming controls?  When I played this on the GameCube, I don't remember getting diced with quite this level of speed and ferocity.

I'm *extremely* impressed with the controls!  It isn't just the aiming; because turning is handled with the thumbstick even in aiming mode, it's totally intuitive to adjust your viewpoint without losing a bead on incoming enemies.  Very positive first impressions!

-Autistic Angel
3045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire - Beta Musings on: June 19, 2007, 05:16:47 PM
I've prepurchased the CD version for the following reasons:

1) Lockdown's even-handed and extremely informative impressions here, and

2) Stardock's *phenomenal* support for Galactic Civilizations 2.  This company has been routinely releasing free patches which most developers would sell as expansion packs, and the Dark Avatar expansion that they did release makes so many profound changes to the core gameplay that a different company would have released it as a full price sequel.

The next free patch for GalCiv2 is slated to include randomly respawning anomalies, new starbase modules, new leasing options that allow you more freedom in paying off loans, new maintenance and constructor management options, updated AI gameplay and diplomacy behavior, new mega events, new starbase modules....and even more ideas posted by players in the open thread on their forums.

Stardock has firmly established itself in my mind as a company devoted to the highest standards of customer service and product support, and if Sins of a Solar Empire receives anywhere *near* this amount of attention, I don't doubt for one minute that it's going to be an amazing game.  This is the sort of developer that should be enthusiastically supported, and I'm eagerly looking forward to joining in the second beta later this week.

-Autistic Angel
3046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Gamespy Gives RE4 5/5 Stars on: June 19, 2007, 04:48:01 PM
I've been concerned in some of the gameplay videos that the cursor is jerky and moves erratically, but then, it seems like a *lot* of Wii gameplay videos look like that and then perform perfectly when I play them at home.  Twilight Princess is a perfect example: GameSpot's pre-release gameplay marathon made it look like the cursor aiming was really twitchy, but my experience in that game so far has been pixel-perfect.  It makes me wonder if some people are sitting too close to the sensor bar or something....

I intend to pickup RE4: Wii tomorrow, so I'll post some comments on the control scheme then.

Quote from: warning
Can I walk and shoot a gun at the same time in the Wii version?

No, but you can walk and aim at the same time which makes raising your weapon and squeezing off a few quick rounds much, much easier.

-Autistic Angel
3047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Father's Day Edition on: June 18, 2007, 09:36:16 PM
I played a lot of Zelda: Twilight Princess for the Wii this weekend, and while I'm not yet prepared to join in with the "BEST ZELDA EVAR!!1!11!one!!" chorus, I'll definitely agree that it's *excellent* so far.  It seems to have fixed all the problems I had with Wind Waker, implementing more intuitive solutions to puzzles and eliminating so much of the tedious filler (sailing around, mapping individual islands) with grandiose segments that enhance the emotional foundation of the story.

It's true that I sort of miss the exaggerated detail of the more stylized Wind Waker aesthetic, but just as I realized that the exaggerated, cartoony look was a good match for that game's tone, it's quickly becomming clear that the languid, fairy tale-like feel of Twilight Princess is just as perfect for its own plot.

I'm really looking forward to spending a lot more time with this game!  nod

-Autistic Angel
3048  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what is there to do in Houston? on: June 15, 2007, 08:37:55 PM
Yes, if you were going to Austin this month, you'd be able to attend the 2007 Rollergirl Calvello Cup Championship game between the Holy Rollers and the Putas del Fuego.  God, I hate those Putas so much, I hope Sister Mary Jane hauls off and gives Venis Envy a proper Lux-style beatdown....

Since you're going to Houston next month...umm....I hear they've got a neat airport.

-Autistic Angel
3049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: All-time PC gaming disappointments on: June 10, 2007, 02:28:14 AM
Outside of adding program instability or actually causing damage to the operating system, I don't know what could be done to make Master of Orion 3 a worse game.  Maybe if the intro movie showed the designers pointing out at you and laughing....

I really mean this: MOO3 is the worst game I own, and the only reason I haven't thrown it forcibly in the garbage is so that I'll always have a reminder not to get too caught up in name brand nostalgia or pre-release hype.

-Autistic Angel
3050  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Arnie Snubs Paris Hilton on: June 08, 2007, 09:17:08 PM
Quote from: RobbieD
People keep saying she was in solitary confinement but unless the news stories are false they had handpicked another inmate to be in the cell with her.

More recent news articles, particularly those written following her release, have stated that she had her cell to herself.

Quote from: Canada.com
Hilton was housed in the "special needs" unit of the 13-year-old jail, separate from most of its 2,200 inmates. The unit contains 12 two-person cells reserved for police officers, public officials, celebrities and other high-profile inmates. She didn't have a cellmate.

Most such information comes from the press conference held by the sheriff's spokeman on the morning after Paris' release "reassignment" from jail earlier this week.

-Autisitc Angel
3051  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Arnie Snubs Paris Hilton on: June 08, 2007, 07:18:23 PM
Via MSNBC:

Quote from: MSNBC
LOS ANGELES - Paris Hilton was taken from a courtroom screaming and crying on Friday after a judge ordered her returned to jail to serve out her entire 45-day sentence for a parole violation in a reckless driving case.

“It’s not right!” shouted the weeping Hilton. “Mom!” she called out to her mother in the audience.

 thumbsup

Let's be clear: I take no personal pleasure from seeing Paris Hilton, specifically, being thrown in jail, but I *do* take personal pleasure in seeing justice served on a fair and impartial basis. 

-Autistic Angel
3052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 8/Jun/07 on: June 08, 2007, 05:54:32 PM
Quote from: Calvin
Some PS3 games and demos!

I don't understand...didn't you just sell your PS3 a few weeks ago?  What prompted you to get another so quickly?

I'm not criticizing; it just seems like an abrupt (and expensive) turn around...?

-Autistic Angel
3053  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Arnie Snubs Paris Hilton on: June 08, 2007, 01:52:46 PM
Quote from: drifter
It costs more money to have her in jail than an average person since they have to monitor her and everything around her.  They even have to monitor employee cell phones to ensure no one snaps a picture of her to sell.

Paris Hilton was assigned to protective isolation, meaning that she was locked in her tiny cell by herself 23-hours per day.  That sort of solitary confinement would be mentally and emotionally torturous to anyone -- there's been decades worth of studies on the long term detrimental effects of denying a person any interpersonal contact -- but it's no more torturous to Paris Hilton than to any of the thousands of other convicts who are subjected to those conditions for months or even years at a time.

But back to your point, they'd really only have to monitor her and everything around her for one hour each day.  Schedule that hour so that she's out in a fenced section of the yard by herself, as any prison would do with an especially dangerous inmate, and I don't see the problem.

And about protecting her from unflattering cell phone pictures, as far as I'm concerned the right to control her own press is just one of many that Paris Hilton sacrificed when she broke the law, violated the terms of her probation, and skipped out on her court dates.  The justice system should be *far* more concerned about its own image than that of a single bratty inmate.

-Autistic Angel
3054  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CBS Un-Cancels 'Jericho' on: June 07, 2007, 11:47:51 PM
Quote from: Purge
I've never seen jericho. what's it about?

From the few episodes I've seen, the show centers on the small town of Jericho following a nuclear "incident" which, at the very least, has replaced Denver, Colorado with a very large mushroom cloud.  The origin and scope of the situation is initially unclear but it seems likely that multiple major American cities have been hit by nuclear weapons, and the episodes follow the residents of Jericho as they try to discover the extent of the damage and cope with the aftermath.

It's an ambitious show, but when the series vanished on a four *month* hiatus in the middle of the season, I lost interest and never revisited it.  Apparently tens of thousands of viewers followed suit and now CBS is willing to give Jericho another shot by re-running episodes throughout the summer and offering it a more regular time slot for the fall season.

EDIT: D'oh, beaten by dback99.  It sounds like he's seen a lot more episodes than I have...I thought the show was set in Colorado.  Tongue

-Autistic Angel
3055  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / CBS Un-Cancels 'Jericho' on: June 07, 2007, 05:55:17 PM
It's a short article, so here it is in its entirety:

Quote from: WCSC
CBS had reversed its decision to cancel JERICHO based on a unique protest from fans.

Viewers sent tons of nuts to CBS headquarters in New York City, a nod to a piece of dialog in the show's final episode back in May.

In the season finale, a character replies "Nuts!" to a demand that the beleaguered town of Jericho surrender. That's the same response that a U.S. general in World War II made to a German demand for surrender at the Battle of the Bulge.

"Wow! Over the past few weeks you have put forth an impressive and probably unprecedented display of passion in support of a prime time television series," CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said in a letter to JERICHO boosters.

"You got our attention; your emails and collective voice have been heard," Tassler wrote, and seven episodes have been ordered for midseason 2007-08. "In success, there is the potential for more. But, for there to be more JERICHO, we will need more viewers."

There is no firm date yet for the series' second season to begin. As for all of those peanuts, the Network plans to donate them to charities, including one that sends care packages to troops overseas.

 icon_eek

Boy, if I'd known this was how you kept shows on the air, I would have organized a protest to send hundreds of computer hard drives to the CW over their decision to axe Veronica Mars.

-Autistic Angel
3056  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Arnie Snubs Paris Hilton on: June 07, 2007, 04:46:10 PM
Quote from: Arkon
My point is that the outrage seems to have more to do with it being Paris Hilton rather than being outraged at the legal system in general for something that has been going on for many many many years.

That's because the legal system in general does not coddle people who are guilty of parole violations and flagrant contempt of court.  This sort of treatment is reserved for a very select, very elite class of citizen, and any attempt to change it is invariably met with cries of "class warfare!" and "wealth redistribution!" from members of a certain political ideology.

Paris Hilton was not put in prison for a single drunk driving charge; she was arrested for a DUI and punished with a suspended license and a requirement that she enroll in an alcohol education program.  She ignored both and was caught again.  She received a continuance from her first court date, simply blew off the second, and showed up late for the third where she was finally sentenced to 45 days in prison -- a ruling that caused her mother to loudly mock the judge in his own courtroom and yell insults at the prosecutor.  Now, after barely three days, she's released to serve out the remainder of her punishment partying with her friends at home.

From the start, certain people have been complaining that Paris Hilton has been singled out just because of who she is.  That's very true: if the name in the above story had been "Jesus Martinez," we'd all by mystified by the incredibly light punishment and the paragraph probably would have ended, "...after barely three days, he's been violently assaulted by someone serving out a life sentence.  Tough noogies."

-Autistic Angel
3057  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Arnie Snubs Paris Hilton on: June 07, 2007, 03:04:23 PM
Quote from: CeeKay
It should.  DOWN WITH THE RICH!!!!!

I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not, but why is it that any time an average American citizen demands that the wealthiest and most privileged people be held to the same laws as everybody else, we're accused of "class warfare?"

This is not a case of "DOWN WITH THE RICH!!!"  Nobody is proposing that Paris be punished more harshly because she's wealthy or famous.  We are, however, proposing that she be held to the same standard as any of us.  Demanding special treatment for the rich because they're somehow above the punishments intended for the common ruck...isn't *that* the actual class warfare?

-Autistic Angel
3058  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Arnie Snubs Paris Hilton on: June 07, 2007, 02:36:13 PM
My issue here is that Paris Hilton has been "reassigned" to serve out the remainder of her sentence in one of her mansions because prison was hard and she didn't like it.  Have anyone else here ever seen an episode of MSNBC's Lockup?  Total isolation is torturous to *everybody* and some inmates are placed in solitary for years at a time, so I just don't understand why Paris gets to plead mental stress after three days.

That electronic ankle bracelet is going to start chafing after a couple days.  The probationary board there had better start working on a tracking locket...and make damn sure it's "hot."

-Autistic Angel
3059  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My blog has been locked by Blogger (SOLVED) on: June 05, 2007, 09:34:43 PM
thumbsup

I don't have a blog myself, but I can imagine the specter of having all of your hard work wiped away by some bot's mindless and arbitrary judgement.  It's great to hear everything was worked out!

-Autistic Angel
3060  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: General Sanchez: U.S. can't win in Iraq on: June 05, 2007, 09:29:19 PM
Quote from: ATB
It would also be completely different if Clinton had done something about Al Queda instead of leaving it for future admins.

http://www.snopes.com/rumors/clinton.htm

Quote from: Eduardo X
I think that's BS. What kind of fight would it have been? Who would have invested in it with the US? Just because almost 3000 people from the US died doesn't mean the world was unified. Even when 200,000 died after the tsunami, the corruption and stupidity of the world was on the ground to stop help within days. 9/11 was no different.

Following the 9/11 attacks, NATO invoked Article 5 which resolved that this unprovoked attack against the United States would be treated as an attack against every member nation.  This is the primary reason that American troops to this day are serving alongside soldiers from nations like France, Germany, Canada, Norway, the Netherlands, Romania, and Portugal -- all nations which have steered clear of the situtation in Iraq.

The decision to go to war in Afghanistan enjoyed *tremendous* global support in 2001 and 2002 because that nation was inextricably linked to the 9/11 attacks.  However, that support rapidly started to wane once the United States tried to divert that enthusiasm towards invading Iraq.  If the U.S. had devoted itself 100% towards securing Afghanistan rather than redirecting such a huge percentage of its military towards the Iraq War, it seems very likely to me that the situation there would be vastly improved over its current state.

If your house burns down on Christmas Eve and the entire neighborhood bands together to offer you financial and material support, their goodwill is likely to fade fast once you go out and use their cash to purchase yourself a fully loaded Hummer.  Choosing to exploit other people's kindness until it's withdrawn hardly proves that their kindness never existed.

-Autistic Angel
3061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] 4.7 Million Wii VC titles sold on: June 01, 2007, 06:40:29 PM
Quote from: metallicorphan
zelda 2,we have had that for a while on euro VC....its okay,but its the black sheep of the Zelda series...

...at least until we start getting VC titles from the Phillips CD-i.  Skwadalah, I am off!  ninja2

-Autistic Angel

3062  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica ends next season on: June 01, 2007, 06:33:56 PM
Quote from: Ceekay
I wonder if we'll see any spin offs....

If so, I demand that it include flying motorcycles, big hair, and children who have super strength.



-Autistic Angel
3063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes DX10 Patch is here on: June 01, 2007, 06:24:41 PM
The first temptation I'll have to switch over to Vista will be Bioshock, and even then I'll be holding out as long as pos-

ME WANT BIOSHOCK...BIOSHOCK NOW...INSTALLING VISTA...GRAAAAAAAAAGH!!!

-Autistic Angel
3064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- WHEN?!?!?!?!?! on: May 31, 2007, 01:34:56 PM
Quote from: Ridah
I'm worried about the frame rate during combat though, it looked a bit choppy. I really hope they do not ruin the game with a poor frame rate...

I had exactly the same reaction when I first saw combat footage from Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire, but those game ran fine upon release.  I agree that a choppy framerate can ruin an otherwise great game, even a turn-based one, so hopefully Bioware will continue the trend and get all their technical issues ironed out before the game ships.

-Autistic Angel
3065  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WH is pro-mad cow on: May 31, 2007, 01:25:54 PM
How would a false positive be any more harmful than the confirmed cases of mad cow disease we've already found in this country?  Personally, I'd be *far* more comfortable with an occasionally false positive than with the ongoing risk of actual infection.

-Autistic Angel
3066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander Impressions/Availability on: May 30, 2007, 12:18:14 AM
I believe I downloaded that pack yesterday, so hopefully I'm all set.  I'm on GPGNet right now if you're up for a game!

-Autistic Angel
3067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander Impressions/Availability on: May 29, 2007, 11:52:28 PM
I don't have X-Fire  icon_cry

-Autistic Angel
3068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander Impressions/Availability on: May 29, 2007, 11:44:14 PM
ROTC1983, I intend to be on GPGNet between now and about 8:30pm Eastern if you're up for a game.  thumbsup

-Autistic Angel
3069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander Impressions/Availability on: May 29, 2007, 08:20:46 PM
Yes, I should be available after about 7:30pm Eastern.  What time are you thinking of?

-Autistic Angel
3070  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: South Park Niggers??? on: May 29, 2007, 02:54:53 AM
That episode is from earlier this season.

-Autistic Angel
3071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/28) on: May 28, 2007, 07:26:31 PM
Quote from: Moatman
I have the original Longest Journey, but I hear it doesn't work well with XP.

I think it depends on the exact version of the game.  I played the 2-disc edition of The Longest Journey from start to finish on my XP machine, and it never gave me a whisper of technical difficulty.

-Autistic Angel
3072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander Impressions/Availability on: May 28, 2007, 07:22:32 PM
I'm on GPGNet right now, and I'll stay on until at *least* 4:30.  Let me know if anyone's up for a game!

-Autistic Angel
3073  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander Impressions/Availability on: May 28, 2007, 01:57:50 PM
I think I've resolved the problems with logging into GPGNet which kept me from playing with everybody on Saturday.  Is anyone going to be around for a game today?  Name a time (Eastern) and I be on GPGNet!  icon_smile

-Autistic Angel
3074  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: SupCom Carnage on Saturday on: May 26, 2007, 10:22:12 PM
I'm here, but I still can't log into GPGNet.  It worked fine earlier in the week when I downloaded the newest patch, but now it keeps telling me to "check my internet connection".  icon_confused

-Autistic Angel
3075  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: SupCom Carnage on Saturday on: May 26, 2007, 05:58:32 PM
I should be available after about 6:00pm Eastern tonight.  Pick a time and I'll be on GPGNet to play!

[EDIT] ...unless I'm unable to sign in.  Is anyone else having trouble getting onto GPGNet today?

-Autistic Angel
3076  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: EVE devs cheat again..close forums on: May 26, 2007, 05:53:57 PM
It's worse than that.  The last time a developer was caught cheating, he gave his corporation so much stuff that their closest competitors were wiped out.  And, since Eve Online does not have multiple servers the way that World of WarCraft does, things like this affect *everybody* who plays.

-Autistic Angel
3077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [POLL]guides for games on: May 25, 2007, 09:02:25 PM
I've purchased guides for games when they provide important information that clarifies some of the gameplay features...otherwise known as "stuff that should have been in the manual."  For example, I've never looked at the walk-throughs for Disgaea 2 or the Pokemon games, but I've used them extensively for learning the mechanics of the gameplay so I won't gimp my characters and have to resort to blind trial-and-error.

I try to avoid walk-through guides as much as possible.  However, if I get so completely stuck that the only other option would be to quit playing, then I'll check a guide.  There are several games where I only needed help to pass one or two specific puzzles and was able to solve the rest of the game by myself: ICO, The Longest Journey, and Zelda: Wind Waker are three recent examples.

-Autistic Angel
3078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Firmware 1.8 comes out tomorrow......ITS OUT!!!! on: May 25, 2007, 08:37:19 PM
Quote from: ras752000
Quote from: semiconscious
& a gentle reminder to those of you still waiting it out - if you like oldies, remember that the original model (with the ps2 chip) is no longer being manufactured, & act accordingly...

Is there a different # on the box that lets you know which mfg. run the PS3 inside came from?

I am also very interested in the answer to this question.  Or, put more simply, if I purchase a PS3 now, will it still have the PS2 chip in it?

-Autistic Angel
3079  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you think the Democrats are cowards? on: May 25, 2007, 07:47:34 PM
If the democrats somehow forced President Bush to end the war at this stage, the republicans would jump all over them for choosing to lose the war when their newest strategy was *finally* going to turn things around in Iraq.

Now, obviously this is not going to happen: Iraq in September is going to be worse off than it is today, and worse still in May of next year.  The only way a person could believe otherwise is to completely dismiss everything that's happened in the last five years.  I know there's a certain segment of the population that would like to pin the blame for this half-decade of failure on the way democrats *talk* about the conflict, but underneath the partisan denial, we all understand that this catastrophe was pitched, planned, and executed by the same people who are promising that *now* they've finally got it right.

The mistake the democrats are making here is believing that allowing Bush to run the war a little longer will somehow make our dire predicament more clear to that segment of people.  As if the blind loyalists who have been chanting, "Just give us six more months and you'll see real progress!" for the last three years are suddenly going to accept reality.  It doesn't matter if the war ended today or in another eighteen months: that same group of people will still be wrapping themselves in the flag and ignoring the chronic shortage of body armor so they can scream some more about John Kerry's botched joke.

Cowardice?  Not really.  Foolishness?  Perhaps.  But the republican stance on issues like body armor, armored vehicles, combat pay, extended tours of duty, and recruitment standards demonstrate a cold, bitter distain for American soldiers, and I see little reason to believe that defunding the war would convince President Bush to bring them home.  Seriously, if this administration cared at *all* for their well-being, wouldn't they have run this invasion in a *totally* different way?

I see this was realism: acceptance that the best we can hope for is to keep the troops as well equipped and well-supported as possible until we get a new administration that places more confidence in stark reality than in blind faith.

-Autistic Angel
3080  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 'Lost' 5/23/07 -- H-O-L-Y C-R-A-P!!! (Spoilers) on: May 25, 2007, 06:39:37 PM
Quote from: naednek
I think it's pretty obvious it was Juliet.

If true, that would officially be the least realistic thing that has ever happened on Lost.



What could this woman *possibly* do in her life that would cause her death to go completely unmourned?



Oh, right.  Well, she might not be a consistent friend to all of the 815 survivors, but I would have a very hard time believing that *nobody* would grieve at her loss.  I mean:



-Autistic Angel
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