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921  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Insecticide + Wargame: European Escalation on: July 09, 2012, 05:37:12 AM
Well, I'm sure you will find something in the 100's of other games on sale anyways so no big deal.   icon_biggrin
922  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nintendo 3DS LL (XL in the States) Announced on: July 04, 2012, 07:58:31 PM
The question is does anyone care about the 3D?  The only game I really used it on was Ghost Recon because it made the various levels of the battlefield pop out so you could better judge distance on your weapons and abilities.
 
As for the graphics I think it will depend.  2D games will look blurrier and 3D games will be jaggier. 
923  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nintendo 3DS LL (XL in the States) Announced on: July 02, 2012, 06:48:49 PM
You may actually be right.  That wasn’t my understanding of how the system was being made but I found this.

ppi = pixels per inch
GBA = 97 ppi

GBA Micro = 144 ppi

DS Lite =107 ppi

DSi = 98 ppi

DSi XL = 76 ppi

3DS = 132 ppi

3DS XL = 96 ppi

So running DS games should look almost identical.

924  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nintendo 3DS LL (XL in the States) Announced on: July 02, 2012, 02:41:28 PM
It really depends on your tolerance for stretched graphics and jagged edges.  2D DS games look “OK” on the 3DS, blurry but tolerable, but any of the 3D titles look hideous when stretched; not that they looked that good on the DS in the first place.  At the size the XL is you will probably be able to count the pixels that make up characters in 2D DS titles and 3D titles will be akin to playing PS1 games on a modern HDTV set.  That might be fine for you but it would drive me crazy.  It has been shown that the 3DS has some antialiasing capabilities, it would be interesting if they were to find a way to use it on the older 3D games to make them more attractive.  That seems fairly unlikely however.
925  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Bumming over the Steam sale? There's always Amazon... on: June 29, 2012, 04:22:55 PM
Link?  I cant find this on Amazon.
926  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nintendo 3DS LL (XL in the States) Announced on: June 29, 2012, 04:17:21 PM
If you do 1:1 it should be exactly the same size as they are on the 3DS(centered in a larger overall screen).  The size of the pixels isnít changing they are just putting more on the screen.  It will only be larger if you let it stretch.
927  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nintendo 3DS LL (XL in the States) Announced on: June 28, 2012, 07:25:53 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on June 28, 2012, 04:44:47 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 28, 2012, 04:30:26 AM

Circle Pad Pro XL is also coming, apparently.

So if you bought a 3ds at launch, you got screwed. If you bought a cpp for it, and now wanna upgrade, screwed again bc you have to buy the cpp AGAIN too! I have a original 3ds and love it, but silly Nintendo..
I'm not defending Nintendo's choice to not include a circle pad pro in the new model but you're not really screwed if you prefer portability over the larger screen.  The new model isn't going to fit in a pocket very well and as pointed out many times already, the graphics are stretched to fill the new screen so 3DS games are going to look worse and non 3DS games are probably going to look terrible since they are already stretched on the normal 3DS.
928  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Changes coming to Team Fortress 2: Pyromania! Meet the Pyro! on: June 27, 2012, 10:38:53 PM
OK, that is awesome.
929  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quantum Conundrum on: June 27, 2012, 04:09:26 PM
I actually didn’t have much trouble with the Couch Surfing section, it was just a matter of taking it slow and tapping between fluffy and gravity.  The lasers should all miss you as long as you don’t mess with the original trajectory of the object you’re riding on too much.

There is another section where you have to use the momentum of moving robots to grav lift the boxes from one robot the next and then jump on the box as it passes by that made me furious.  To be fair though that was the last annoying puzzle in my opinion.  After that they give you back the fluffy dimension which makes it so you don’t even need to use gravity anymore unless you want to.

At this point I'm really interested in the DLC.  The game says that their are 7 dimensions, 5 are in the game currently and there are two DLC packs planned.  I'm betting that each DLC pack will be one of the missing dimensions.
930  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quantum Conundrum on: June 27, 2012, 04:36:34 AM
Nope.  Missing one from the Red Room.  One robot from there as well. 
931  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quantum Conundrum on: June 27, 2012, 03:01:22 AM
Finished tonight. Missing two robots and one blueprint. Total play time is just under 8 hours. Overall Iím satisfied. It's not as polished as Portal but what game is?

I didnít really care for the puzzles that used the gravity dimension extensively but the rest of the game was a blast. I donít really get the twitch complaints in some of the reviews; there were only maybe a half dozen puzzles in the game that required fast reflexes to complete beyond simply jumping from one platform to the next. What could be throwing people is that there are multiple solutions to each puzzle and itís possible to come up with a suboptimal solution that requires a lot more input. I like Penny Arcades take on it.



Pros
Most of the puzzles are a lot of fun
Lots of ďwowĒ moments when you figure out a hard puzzle
Attractive art style
Only $15

Cons
Writing could be a lot better
Environment is a bit barren and should have been more developed
A couple frustrating timing based puzzles
Ending is an extreme cliffhanger (which explains the season pass)
932  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gnomoria - A Dwarf Fortress-like with a graphical UI on: June 27, 2012, 01:11:08 AM
Yeah I figured that out after watching a lets play on Youtube.  I never would have figured out that "wall" was the option for dig a tunnel.  I thought I just had to dig a hole straight down and was confused when I never found any rock to make a sawmill with.
933  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gnomoria - A Dwarf Fortress-like with a graphical UI on: June 26, 2012, 10:24:48 PM
Looks pretty good but just like Dwarf Fortress I had no idea what I was doing and my people soon starved and/or fell asleep with no hope of survival.
934  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: June 26, 2012, 04:31:53 PM
Itís more that they made it half assed.  They had the opportunity to make it the ending that would make everyone happy.  Have full readiness?  You win the war!  Donít have full readiness? You get the Rejection ending as it is right now.
935  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: June 26, 2012, 04:03:18 PM
Wow, their Refusal ending is pretty much a big FU.  They took the time to add the ending everyone wanted but made it mandatory that that ending resulted in failure.
936  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rome 2: Total War? Total War: Rome 2? War Total: 2 Rome? on: June 26, 2012, 05:17:49 AM
Rome is good but I would still prefer Medieval III.  I think if they were to do something more modern they would have to incorporate the whole world which wouldn't work well with the color the map game-play.
937  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nintendo 3DS LL (XL in the States) Announced on: June 25, 2012, 08:47:06 PM
I donít think that is really valid.  Both Resident Evil and Kid Icarus offer multiple control schemes.  Kid Icarus goes so far to include an alternate control scheme that turns the face buttons on the 3DS into a 2nd, albeit clumsy, dpad.  This makes it so you don't have to use the stylus at all.

A smarter compromise would have been a new circle pad on the XL and release a Circle pad+ extended battery add on discounted for early adopters.
938  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nintendo 3DS LL (XL in the States) Announced on: June 25, 2012, 07:00:19 PM
Puzzled on the appeal of this as well.  Roughly same battery life, blurrier graphics (image just stretches), no circle pad pro.  I actually really like my 3DS but this just feels like a failed opportunity for them to make it a lot better.
939  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman 3, aka Dark Knight Rising on: June 25, 2012, 06:41:39 PM
I think it was a Mothman...
940  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quantum Conundrum on: June 24, 2012, 05:45:52 AM
The time manipulation sections of the game are awesome. The puzzles in that section involve quite literally playing catch with yourself. Iíve only encountered one real ďtwichĒ section in the game so far and I managed to complete it on my first try. There are multiple jumping sections but they usually amount to hoping from one floating object to the next in slow motion.

Iíve managed to collect all the collectibles so far, some of those are quite devious to reach. The game says Iím about 30% done and have played about 3 hours according to Steam. 9 hours for a game of this type is really quite reasonable in my opinion and makes it about the same length as Portal 2.

Also, Ike has a pony!
941  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zeno Clash 2 on: June 08, 2012, 03:30:42 PM
I enjoyed the first one but thought it fell apart a bit at the end.  Will be interested to see how this one turns out.
942  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Indie Bundle #5 is Awesome (Now with Long Survivor+) on: June 07, 2012, 06:25:43 PM
Three more games have been added to the bundle.

Super Meat Boy - A game that makes me hate life.   icon_evil (most people like it though...)
Lone Survivor - Seems like a 2D version of Amnesia and has been getting awfully good reviews.
Braid - The original time distortion puzzle platformer.
943  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Time to buy a new bed on: June 06, 2012, 07:03:58 PM
I would just recommend not skimping on price.  I purchased a pretty cheap memory foam mattress about a two years ago and it was great for about the first year but now I seem to have worn it out and most nights I end up sleeping 6 inches deep in the center of it.
944  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: June 06, 2012, 05:44:52 AM
Nintendo perplexes me.  When the Wii U was first announced I thought it looked awful and figured it would be a complete flop that I could ignore but after seeing their launch lineup I’m actually interested.  Between the Wii U and 3DS games releasing before the end of the year 10 have me interested. 
945  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 31, 2012, 09:51:46 PM
Really sucks that the dial in authenticator doesn't work with Diablo III.  Short of buying the keychain thingy it's my only option.
946  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Indie Bundle #5 is Awesome on: May 31, 2012, 07:18:07 PM
Three out of five will probably run on just about anything. 
947  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 31, 2012, 05:46:14 PM

Quote from: Misguided on May 31, 2012, 05:05:54 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on May 31, 2012, 03:11:57 PM

No authenticator but I have a hard time believing I was hacked.  Between having my blacksmith lose levels and losing the items and inventory of ONLY a single character it doesn’t add up.  It has also been reported by way too many people as evident by these threads: Link 1 Link 2

I looked at both those threads (though I didn't read the entirety of the first). No one in there mentioned anything about losing Blacksmith training. All those people sound like classic account theft victims.
Yeah the blacksmith thing is unique to me as I posted above, however lots of people in that thread had their quest logs reset to the first mission on act one, which I also encountered.  There have also been a couple isolated reports of people experiencing the problem with authenticators now as well.  Personally, I had never joined a public online game and while I’ll admit it’s possible I was hacked I still find it unlikely.
948  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Humble Indie Bundle #5 is Awesome (Now with Lone Survivor+) on: May 31, 2012, 05:25:27 PM
This is probably the best indie bundle they've released.  All five games are awesome and highly recommended. 

Bastion - My favorite game of last year
Amnesia: The Dark Descent - One of the best horror games ever made
Psychonauts - An older title but still a classic action/adventure game by Tim Schafer
Limbo - An excellent atmospheric puzzle platformer with a great art style
Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery EP - A peculiar self aware point and click adventure game

Three more games have been added to the bundle.

Super Meat Boy - A game that makes me hate life. (most people like it though...)
Lone Survivor - Seems like a 2D version of Amnesia and has been getting awfully good reviews.
Braid - The original time distortion puzzle platformer.

Buy Me!

Also, I suddenly want this game to be made.
949  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 31, 2012, 03:11:57 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 31, 2012, 01:50:15 PM

Sounds more like a bug than intentional hacking, no?

Quote from: The Grue on May 31, 2012, 01:33:18 PM



Did you have an authenticator on your account?  If it starts happening to those accounts, that is when I will worry.

No authenticator but I have a hard time believing I was hacked.  Between having my blacksmith lose levels and losing the items and inventory of ONLY a single character it doesnít add up.  It has also been reported by way too many people as evident by these threads: Link 1 Link 2
950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starforge : Minecraft..and with space! on: May 31, 2012, 02:46:32 PM
Wow!
951  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 31, 2012, 04:46:30 AM
I’m one of the many people who apparently had their account compromised but only on a single character and not even the one with the best equipment or highest level.  My case seems to have a unique element to it though as my blacksmith was also reset, something I don’t think could occur because of a compromised account.    There are about 30 threads on the Blizzard Tech forums filled with people who have lost items; at this point I think a problem with the system is much more likely. 

In case anyone is curious what happens if your account is “compromised” I got my response from Blizzard after about three days.  They can only do a full account roll back, not a single character and they can’t guarantee that they even have a save point of any of your characters.  Anything you've done since the event will be lost if they can recover it at all.

They also didn’t acknowledge that my Blacksmith level was reset.  Not impressed.
952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Among the Sleep on: May 30, 2012, 03:15:10 PM
Amnesia through the eyes of a child?  I'm in!
953  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [LTTP] Divine Divinity - this game is hard! on: May 30, 2012, 03:05:58 PM
Itís been a long time since I played it but I remember this game very fondly.  As a ranged character I think you can use the environment to your advantage.  If you see barrels or tables drag them into doorways before a fight and make yourself a barricade.  If I recall correctly every item in the game has a weight value and if you increase your strength high enough you can move some things you generally wouldnít think possible.  Hopefully Iím not remembering this wrong and giving you bad advice.   icon_smile

Never played Beyond Divinity aside for the demo, I didn't like that it focused on two pre-made characters.
954  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: May 29, 2012, 04:31:33 AM
Divine Divinity 1 was isometric and Diablo-like except with an interactive environment and more RPG elements; I think it even had a pause option.  This sounds like they are returning to their roots.  Sounds great to me as I loved the original but never got into any of the sequels/semi sequels.
955  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Because We May sale on: May 25, 2012, 05:18:13 AM
You can find a ton of games listed on the Specials tab on Steam.  I picked up Stacking.  Lots of other good stuff but I already own most of them. 
956  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Drunken Robot Pornography on: May 12, 2012, 02:30:09 AM
Somehow I knew this would be made by Dejobaan Games without even having to read it.
957  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen 2 on: May 11, 2012, 03:25:26 PM
Thatís disappointing to hear.  To be fair though, has there ever been a good ending to one of these games?  I think Gothic 1 might have been the best and it was merely OK.  Is the ending at least better than Risen 1?
958  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: More interesting kickstarter games on: May 11, 2012, 03:14:08 PM
Republique made it with 6 hours to spare!  Pretty impressive since they were only half funded a few days ago.
959  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Advice for domain name for professional website/email? on: May 10, 2012, 02:52:23 AM

Quote from: Calavera on May 10, 2012, 02:21:46 AM


As far as the domain name itself , I'd grab a .com, .net and .org of something. As silly as it sounds, people tend assume .com for everything if they can't remember. You want the other two to forward to your actual space, even if you don't use the .com as your main space. It doesn't have to be your last name (mine, for example, is way too common), but you want it to be tasteful and easy to spell/say and remember (short).

This.  I work as a web-developer and .com is what you should take if at all possible. 
960  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: May 10, 2012, 12:15:45 AM
Collectors Edition unboxing.  Some possible art book spoilers if you have really good eyesight...

Mine will be here Tuesday!
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