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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Total War game coming: Shogun 2 on: March 15, 2011, 10:24:54 AM
16 GB?!  Great Scot!

When I downloaded the file directly from Direct2Drive, it was 24 GB!  I've associated the game with my Steam account, and now it is "only" downloading 16 GB.  It will still take over 4 hours.

I'm looking forward to this one.  The demo won me over.  It had atmosphere -- something I don't normally care about (I could care less about Ancient Japan) but it was just dripping atmosphere anyway.  Oh -- and you can have ninjas!  You have to be dead inside if that doesn't interest you.  Ninjas in a game are as cool as nukes.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Defenders of Ardania on: March 10, 2011, 12:47:39 AM
My iPad has killed my interest in tower-defence games, and unfortunately the gameplay video wasn't very impressive. frown
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally got an XBox 360, need game recommendations on: October 12, 2010, 01:55:14 AM
Quote from: Devil link=topic=41850.msg727900#msg727900 date=
Quote from: JayDee link=topic=41850.msg727865#msg727865 date=
If you're looking for a sports game that your boys can play together I recommend NHL 11.

If you don't get NHL 11, you should just throw the XBox away because you're wasting it.

Sports games are SO boring.  I will throw the XBox away soon.

Thanks everyone for the recommendations.  It seems like I should get Halo: Reach instead of Halo 3?  I had thought about getting Fable 2 but shied away from the M rating.

One thing I had forgotten to ask about was XBox Live Arcade, so thanks for the recommendations there too.  I am very interested in that for myself as well.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finally got an XBox 360, need game recommendations on: October 11, 2010, 06:15:21 PM
So I finally picked up an XBox 360 (it came free with a mattress at RC Willey and we needed the mattress anyway).  I need game recommendations, and any peripherals that may be a good idea as well.

I have a PC and I already own a lot of popular games on that (Bioshock, Mass Effect, etc.). Mainly I am looking for games that my twin 11-year-old boys would play.  They have played Halo at a friend's house, is that Halo 3?  I do let them play Battlefield Bad Company 2 on the PC but I really don't want them playing M-rated games, although shooters are generally an exception (assuming they aren't gory, sexual, or foul-mouthed).

How is Final Fantasy XIII?  Are there any other must-have games?
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: August 24, 2010, 03:08:13 PM
Blizzard doesn't really like to let other studios work on their stuff.  I used to work for Saffire, the company that made the Brood Wars expansion pack for Starcraft.  Long story short, Blizzard had a bad experience with them and scuttlebutt around the office was that Blizzard had vowed never to make another game with a third party. 

From what I understand Blizzard wanted to go back over the expansion tweaking things for as long as it took to make it "good", and Saffire needed their paycheck and was convinced that the expansion was "done".  The companies had a falling out, and Blizzard released the expansion pack after about 1 additional month of tweaking (by themselves).  This was many many years ago, but it explains a lot in hindsight.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elemental: War of Magic on: August 15, 2010, 04:02:22 PM
I've said this before on the last page, but I think that Elemental is a solid B game, but not an A (based on my impressions of the Beta of course, and from Stardock's repeated behavior of releasing B-level games and then improving them to A-level games after a couple of expansions or a sequel).

Keep in mind I think the game is solid and worth getting.  Here are the things I still don't like about the game:

1). There aren't enough choices to make while playing.  City placement is usually obvious.  Research is usually obvious (only 5 categories to choose from, after all - the interesting choice comes once you have researched a category).  Even what types of units to build is obvious - build your best ones, every time.
2). I can't summon an army of wolves.  I can't make a squad of fire giants.  Every summoned army I made looks exactly the same - 1 of each unit because that is all you can summon.
3). What to build in each city is usually obvious too - see #1.
4). The world seems kind of boring - not enough going on (gameplay wise, although the look of the game is still something I question too).

EVERYTHING I listed above can be fixed, of course.  So I still have hope for the game.  I really hope that in their choice to make Elemental easy to mod, they didn't just think "we can rely on modders to fix this game up and make it great".
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty: It's Out!!!! on: August 04, 2010, 05:32:15 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 04, 2010, 05:06:07 PM

Basically, I keep feeling like I brought a butter knife to a gunfight.  Head meets wall

In that case you should be in good shape. slywink
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elemental: War of Magic on: August 03, 2010, 09:36:12 PM
Don't do it, Huw!

I think Elemental is shaping up into a very solid B+ game, about as good as the original GalCiv at this point.  We'll see if my predictions hold true when it comes out.  Every time they release a new build, I play 1 or 2 games.  I'd have to say that I am more excited about Civ 5 at this point, though.  Elemental looks good, but I don't think it is Master of Magic 2, unfortunately.
9  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Direct2Drive] Fallout 3 GOTY Edition 50% off on: August 03, 2010, 03:52:46 PM
Bought it last night.  Also got another $5 off, so my price was only $20.  The code I used was "ThanksRaynor", give it a shot if you are interested.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty: It's Out!!!! on: July 29, 2010, 03:59:15 PM
My color-blindness kicks in again.  I can't tell where to place the expansion buildings, because I can't see the difference between the green and the red displayed for when the building is too close to the resources.  I just end up clicking close to them, then clicking a little further away over and over and hoping I get the resource building as close to the resources as possible.
11  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Starcraft 2 Friends list on: July 28, 2010, 03:24:26 PM
Butterknife, 771
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Kingdoms (Puzzle Quest "sequel") on: July 07, 2010, 04:29:07 PM
I liked it.  I bought it at $20 way back when and spent quite a bit of time on Octopus Overlords trying to convince others to give it a shot (without success).  For $1 it is a no-brainer if you like these kinds of games.  Unfortunately it is back up to $20 on Steam now.  I wouldn't recommend it until it comes down in price again.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest 2 announced on: June 24, 2010, 08:52:29 PM

Quote from: MaxSteele on June 24, 2010, 08:32:06 PM

Quote from: Butterknife on June 24, 2010, 03:30:49 PM

For example, better or worse than the Progress Quest? 

I don't think anything can top Progress Quest


Did I really write that?  Hahaha.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risk: Factions [XBLA] on: June 24, 2010, 07:32:39 PM
I'm sure any further versions of the game will depend entirely on how well this version sells.  As for who did the animation, I have no idea -- check the credits maybe?  I haven't played the game myself, I've been busy with my own project.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risk: Factions [XBLA] on: June 24, 2010, 03:44:32 PM
I sit about 20 feet from the producer for Risk: Factions.  She's been transferred to my team now that the game is done.  I'll let her know you like it.  smile
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest 2 announced on: June 24, 2010, 03:30:49 PM
How long did it take you to get to level 12?  Does anyone know approximately how many levels you will get through the entire game?

Where would you rank this game in terms of others in the series you have played?  For example, better or worse than the Progress Quest?  What about Galactrix?  Is it very buggy?  How good is the replayability?

I'm thinking right now I should hold out for the PC version of the game, but I would be willing to get the DS version if it is "good enough".
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest 2 announced on: June 21, 2010, 04:14:36 PM
I'm looking forward to this one, but I'm going to have to hear from someone more reliable than IGN before I take the plunge.  As the PC version isn't available, waiting to see how it is received by the early adopters will work for me just fine.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2010] Links for video downloads (all platforms incl. PC) on: June 17, 2010, 05:34:43 PM
That's the first time I've seen the gameplay video for the game I'm working on (Sims 3 Console).  I showed it to the other guys here at the office.  When you see the Fire karma power, think of me. smile

We have already seen the teaser trailer.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elemental: War of Magic on: June 17, 2010, 03:15:47 PM

Quote from: marcusjm on June 16, 2010, 09:42:36 PM

So how is the multiplayer part shaping up with this beta? Is the Client Server thing active yet?

They aren't testing multiplayer yet, other than connectivity.  I was able to connect to a multiplayer game (vs AIs on their servers).  The game itself didn't go so well, there were multiple issues (popping units, units that wouldn't move when ordered, etc.)  They didn't promise anything for multiplayer just yet though, so I wouldn't worry about it yet either.

It does make me wonder about their proposed ship date in August, though.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elemental: War of Magic on: June 11, 2010, 07:27:04 PM
Looks like Beta 2 is available now.  I'm downloading it currently.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elemental: War of Magic on: June 09, 2010, 07:59:48 PM
As a game AI programmer myself, I really admire Brad Wardell's work.  He really does write good AIs.  They relentlessly kick my butt in every game that Stardock has made, and I've bought almost all of them.  One thing that doesn't worry me too much is how good the AI will be (once the game is finished, of course).

Part of the reason to pre-order now is that I might be able to win a game or two.  slywink
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elemental: War of Magic on: June 09, 2010, 03:35:14 PM

Quote from: marcusjm on June 08, 2010, 09:24:50 PM

Seems that even the shovelware moved over to digital distribution.

Isn't that the truth!  I used to get on Steam and see "normal" games,  but now I have to wade through all the casual shovelware looking for stuff that I find interesting.  They need a filter.  slywink
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A Kingdom of Keflings coming to the PC on: May 11, 2010, 05:39:57 PM
Here's the link to buy the game.  There's a demo at this link too.

I bought this a month or so ago (the guys who made this game are local to me.)  It is a fun little city-builder, not sure if it is worth a full $20 though.  The nicest part of the game is that you can play as fast as you like -- you can build at your own speed, and you don't have to worry about everyone starving to death or your economy tanking if you aren't managing everything perfectly every minute.

One other big plus for me (this made the purchase worth it in my mind) is that my kids just love it.  It is simple enough that the kids can play, and complex enough that I enjoy it.  As we all know, games that fit both of those criteria are few and far between.  My kids compete with each other to unlock as many buildings as possible, and they are always checking my town as well to see how far daddy got.  The build tree is complicated to say the least, and it will take you quite some time to unlock everything.  I've played about 8 hours or so and I'm about 1/3 of the way down the build tree, so that gives you some idea.  I've been taking it easy.  Once you've completed the build tree I would assume there is nothing else to do, though.

Worth a look if you think it sounds interesting.  Start with the demo, which gives you a very good idea of how the game plays.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the Steam is a changing: new look next Monday, Mac on May 12th on: April 30, 2010, 07:11:19 PM
I'm having an issue where it forces me to log in every time I restart the computer or change users.  I've got "remember last login" checked so pretty sure that isn't it.  smile
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Distant Worlds - Good starting strategies? on: April 14, 2010, 05:28:43 PM
I always build a small starport at a colony first thing (unless I somehow managed to colonize a planet with pirates or kaltors in orbit who would immediately destroy it).  It gives you defensive benefits (a small starport can fight off pirates and random enemy ships) and it is a trade port where civilian ships can be built, giving you another place to build civilian ships so that your large starports can focus on military.  Small starports are really not expensive and a good investment in the future.  Only upgrade them to medium if they are experiencing a lot of trade, or you need the added defense.  Always refit them to newer models, even if you don't upgrade their size.  Start with small spaceports -- don't build medium or large immediately, because they take far longer to build and are riskier as an investment (they have no defenses until they are complete, plus the maintenance costs are almost never worth it for a colony).

The first thing I always do is queue up 8 exploration ships (I believe the spaceport you start with can build 8 ships at a time).  Another thing I always do is build more construction ships than the automated advice advises.  Remember, more construction ships = more mining stations = more money.  Same thing with colony ships, always have a few extra so that the minute a good colony world is discovered you can go grab it.

I always turn troop and agent automation off.  Turning troop automation off is especially important to a healthy economy.  You'll save huge amounts of money by not paying upkeep on troops.  I only turn them back on when I go to war, and then I turn it back off again 30 seconds later.  This queues up troops in colonies across the galaxy, so it is a hefty maintenance hit and I only do it when I can afford it.

With agents, you are better off having only a few and leaving them on defense (unless you are actively pursuing a spy strategy of course).  Otherwise they are using maintenance money that is better spent elsewhere and they will rapidly damage your reputation, even if they are usually successful.  Never pursue covert operations against friends, unless you want to damage that relationship.

Kill pirates and monsters.  Your trade lanes need to be safe, and this is an effective way to do it.  Having safe trade lanes effects your income in a big way.

Remember to play to your race's strengths.  If you reproduce fast, keep your colonies happy and worry less about trade.  If you have low war weariness and maintenance costs go to war.  Use the strength of other races close to you too -- for example, if you have a set of nearby planets that you can't colonize because their race is an enemy of your race, take one over by force and use colony ships from that planet to colonize the others (the type of race on the ship effects your colonization chances if there is a race already there).  If war weariness is causing you grief, conquer an enemy that lowers war weariness.

In terms of grand strategy - explore, expand, exploit, exterminate needs to be modified a bit to do well at this game.  It should be explore, exploit AND expand, exterminate.  You need to keep your economy (the exploit part) in the black and strong throughout the entire game, because if it ever falls apart you have probably lost.  Having a good economy is simply making lots of colonies and building lots of spaceports.  After that you just have maintenance (protecting it).
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Settlers 7 "Paths to a Kingdom" Early impressions! on: April 09, 2010, 09:35:18 PM
I played the demo and really enjoyed it.  I would definitely pick this up, if not for the unmentionable reasonsmile
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom on: April 01, 2010, 05:48:06 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 01, 2010, 02:15:55 PM

so Reemul doesn't get his nipples in a twist and vizionblind can get over himself in peace:

Aussies unable to play this game!  I wonder if Zero Punctuation will jump in on this  icon_twisted

I went to the web site and saw this.  The ad on the right's catch-phrase had me chuckling.

28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blizzard's Matchmaking Service on: April 01, 2010, 05:39:34 PM
Hilarious!  Definitely watch the video.  smile
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 17, 2010, 10:42:32 PM
Come on you guys.  We made an effort to get back on the subject, and we were doing pretty well.

I'm sorry I even brought it up!
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 17, 2010, 06:31:16 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 17, 2010, 06:22:01 PM

Quote from: Chaz on March 17, 2010, 06:16:48 PM

I just find that whenever I pilot, people bail out as soon as we get to the combat zone, and I'm left with this nice chopper and nobody firing the guns.

Ah yes, those are the same people who take choppers that do not have any guns for the pilot to fire and leave the base without passengers.

My favorite is the guy who takes a chopper with guns, flies off without any passengers ... and then bails out once he gets behind enemy lines, leaving the chopper to crash.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 17, 2010, 05:59:44 PM

Quote from: KePoW on March 17, 2010, 05:58:29 PM

Quote from: Chaz on March 17, 2010, 05:54:01 PM

Both "pussy" and "fag" are generally aimed at men in a derogatory fashion with the implication that you are acting like either a woman or a gay man, both of which are insulting because it says that you are not "manly" enough.  They're different terms, but the implications are very similar.

Yeah exactly, I'm really not sure what Butterknife's point was.

"they pulled the original video because it used a derogatory term for gays, but nobody even mentioned that it used a derogatory word for women"
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 17, 2010, 05:51:03 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 17, 2010, 05:26:32 PM

Butterknife, there was no derogatory word for women used in the original.  If you are referring to 'pussies' that's not a derogatory word for women in my mind.  It's a derogatory word for anyone that happens to be based off of a part of the female anatomy.  It's not unlike people calling people 'dicks' which is a male part of the anatomy.  I don't hear you complaining everytime someone calls someone a dick either slywink  At any rate, dicks and pussies aren't really offensive to a whole group of people like fags are.  Unless you're in the UK and part of an anti-smoking campaign.

My point being, I've never heard someone call a woman a pussy, it's usually calling a guy a pussy for not acting like a man.  That's not anywhere near the same usage as the word fag.

Yeah.  You are emphasizing my point.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 17, 2010, 05:14:10 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 16, 2010, 11:39:00 PM

I hadn't ever seen the original MW2 video that got pulled, but after following some links I was able to watch it.  I think it is fascinating (and sad) that they pulled the original video because it used a derogatory term for gays, but nobody even mentioned that it used a derogatory word for women.  The hypocrisy of political correctness is staggering.  Wish I had seen that months ago when it actually happened.

Sorry for the derail.  On topic, Bad Company 2 is totally great and those of you who haven't bought it yet but are still reading this thread really need to get it.  I can definitely tell that I am improving in my skill playing the game.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Interesting article about video game addiction on: March 16, 2010, 10:29:31 PM
That was a really fascinating read.  I think it gives me a better understanding of why I have lost so much interest in MMOs (and some other genres lately).  I never got past level 45 in World of Warcraft, and it was obvious to me why -- the rewards just started coming too far apart.  These days I sit down and play the first part of an MMO during an open beta and I've usually lost interest before the end of the beta.

I guess my gaming personality must be highly resistant to addiction or something.  Once a game stops being fun, I stop playing it.  All of the things that are listed to keep me playing usually drive me away.  A boss battle that is too hard, things that I've earned disappearing, a lack of rewards for some time (a boring section) -- I can list many games that I've quit for each reason.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 to the PC! on: March 15, 2010, 04:46:44 PM

Quote from: raydude on March 15, 2010, 04:17:15 PM

So I see on the sig-o-matic stats there are team score, squad score, and objective score, along with percentages. What are those and what do the percentages mean?

I would assume that those are the percentage of your points that are earned from helping your team, squad, and taking/defending objectives.  So if you have a high percentage on objectives, for example, you spend most of your time taking and defending points.  A high squad percentage would indicate someone who never goes anywhere without squad mates (and probably doesn't play sniper).  A sniper might have a high team score if they spend a lot of time spotting.  That sort of thing.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 to the PC! on: March 13, 2010, 03:42:41 AM
Whatever you say Thin J.  Your stats speak for themselves -- I've added you to my friends list and I will follow you around trying to learn from your greatness.  smile
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 to the PC! on: March 12, 2010, 06:30:57 PM

Looks pretty good!  I don't know why everyone puts so much stock in the k/d ratio, though.  When I play as a sniper I always get a k/d ratio over 1, but when I play as a medic I'm lucky to get any kills at all.  That doesn't mean I was a bad medic.

More interesting to me is that I have an average life-span of 1m11s.  I'd like to get that number up a bit.  smile
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: February 24, 2010, 08:50:04 PM
I bought and thoroughly enjoyed SH3.  I skipped SH4 because I didn't want another game so similar, so soon.  I was very much planning on getting SH5 because it has been quite some time since I played a sub sim and it sounds fun.  However, I too will not be getting this game, solely based on the restrictive DRM (take my word for it, I would have bought it without the restrictive DRM, and probably still will if Ubisoft changes to a less draconian DRM scheme).

It is really a shame how much we talk online about DRM on games instead of the games themselves.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: UFO : Extraterrestrials Gold on: February 24, 2010, 08:36:32 PM
I reinstalled this due to the buzz.  Hoping to play tonight, after installing all the mods and what-not.  You can tell if you got B-Man's mod installed correctly from the main menu -- there is an extra button added to the menu if you did it right (Additional Options if I recall correctly).  It is pretty easy to install the base mod -- just overwrite the file in your data directory with the same name.  Make sure you've patched first.

I really like the new faces included in B-Man's optional mods -- except that I am trying to place each of the actors and I can't remember which movies I have seen them all in. smile
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Din's Curse on: February 22, 2010, 09:05:47 PM

Quote from: StevenPeeler on February 22, 2010, 02:27:45 PM

Quote from: Butterknife on February 19, 2010, 04:58:45 PM

Steven, can you add an auto-pause while shopping?  I think this would be a useful change, and it would save me a keystroke. I also noticed that there are quests to build defenses in the town.  Are those new, or did I just not get any of them before?

The problem with pausing on inventory type screens is that identifying is real-time so if I pause you won't be able to identify stuff. frown

The defensive town totem quests are new in version 0.904.

I hadn't thought about the real-time item identification, but that is a problem all right.  I always use the "identify all" button and just pay the money.  I wouldn't give up the real-time item identification feature, it is pretty cool.  Sometimes it is neat that you can spend time instead of money to identify your weapons, especially at the very beginning of the game when it is most important.
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