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3201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 10, 2008, 01:50:40 PM
Found what seems to be a bug. Been working on the GNR quest and fast travelling back and forth between the various locations along the way and Megaton to drop stuff off or sell it. After selling some stuff at Craterside, I noticed she had some Combat Armor for sale - one with a DR of 18 for 174 caps and (2) with a DR of 11 for something like 34 caps. Being flush, I decided to pop for the extra nice Combat Armor since what I was wearing only had a DR of 11.

Imagine my shock when I went back home and swapped armor, only to discover what I'd gotten for my 174 caps was the cheap-ass DR 11 armor, no better than what I already had. So, is this a bug or did the bitch just rip me off?  icon_evil

And with the 'auto-save in buildings' thing, I had to go back and redo a wee bot 'o stuff to get back to a point where I could not buy the armor. Farg.
3202  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Why won't the screensaver initiate? on: November 09, 2008, 12:30:11 AM
If you've already found this and it's working for you, any chance you can post a direct URL to the solution?
3203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 08, 2008, 03:38:00 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 08, 2008, 05:18:14 AM

Melee is definitely a possibility, but you're gonna be beat up a LOT until you get some decent armor. I also haven't seen any uber-amazing melee weapons either (but I have seen quite a few guns).

Isn't there some kind of piston-based 'power glove' out there?  icon_neutral

Yup! Found some video of it in use as well: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=kkf5InkvI3Y
3204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mirror's Edge on: November 08, 2008, 03:29:40 PM
Saw a commercial for a new "live action video game" show called Cha$e but at first I thought it was going to be for Mirror's Edge. Heck, it starts off with someone running across a rather white rooftop, sliding under a duct and then jumping from it to another but the kicker was the fact that bits of the building were painted red.

Ah... here it is, linked from the www.americanparkour.com forums where the runner is apparently a member:

http://video.scifi.com/player/?id=735601

 icon_biggrin
3205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valkyria Chronicles [PS3] on: November 08, 2008, 03:14:57 PM
I haven't had much time to play this yet, but the 'hand-drawn watercolor-esque' style is just gorgeous and for me falls into the 'unlike anything I have ever played' camp. And from browsing through the guide there seems to be much more depth to it than the demo revealed. Mostly sucked into FO3 at the moment, but planning on getting back to this next. Interesting, but I never thought of this as 'FF-style' while playing and I've played several of those and Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, Infinite Undiscovery (etc) as well.  [shrug]

Give the demo a shot, you should know right away if it is something you can or cannot abide.  icon_wink
3206  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: MS Data Transfer Cable - Anyone willing to loan theirs? on: November 04, 2008, 07:24:22 PM
I've got one that I'd be happy to loan out as well... assuming I can find it.  icon_wink
3207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/03) on: November 03, 2008, 02:15:56 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on November 03, 2008, 01:28:46 PM

resistance 2 (?) & valkyria chronicles...

Same here... assuming R2 does indeed come out this week.  icon_confused
3208  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Games install without shortcuts or Start menu entries on: November 02, 2008, 07:10:12 PM
Right, and that's something I've been doing. I know it's not a "big deal", but rather was looking for some idea if this was The Way It Works Now or if I was the victim of some kind of strange Vista-related installer bug that I hadn't seen before. Seems to be the former.

Thanks for the information, gang.  thumbsup
3209  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Games install without shortcuts or Start menu entries on: November 01, 2008, 09:35:41 PM
As would I. Or at least the option.

I have 40 other games installed on this machine before these last two went on and they all behaved what I thought was perfectly normally - start menu entry created, ask about a desktop shortcut, yada yada, as I've seen for years. These last two, from what I recall, asked for a location and if I wanted to install for just the current user or everyone and nothing more.

So, is what is being said here is that is this now the new norm?  That under Vista it knows to put the shortcut in the Games tab and do nothing else?  icon_confused
3210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: October 31, 2008, 09:18:47 PM

Quote from: Devil on October 31, 2008, 06:22:17 PM

That's strange - How do you stop that from happening?

I believe it happened when I clicked on "Quick Play" or some such. I just wanted to see what it did and rather than R the F manual I just clicked it. I wasn't sure if it had suddenly showed up because I was finally "online" on the PSN after the patch or because I'd complete the first section and two new planets had opened up. Guess it was the former.

ps. Did they just add the "Wash your sackboy" option? I don't recall seeing it the last time I accidentally got sticker all over my face.  icon_lol
3211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: October 31, 2008, 05:49:39 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 31, 2008, 04:35:39 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on October 31, 2008, 04:18:26 PM

I accidentally got online last night, not really sure how. At first I thought the game had crashed because nothing was happening but since I could still get out to the XMB I waited. Waited some more. Almost ready to quit the game when it sprang back to life and there was someone else in my pod. Yikes! Intruder Alert!  icon_lol

Yeah, having someone in your pod is really creepy.  And it's hard to get rid of them.  And awkward.

And they wanted to 'follow me' wherever I went.  Yeesh.
3212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider: Underworld on: October 31, 2008, 05:47:02 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 31, 2008, 03:28:39 PM

Yeah the movement is just not right.  I heard they pulled the demo?  Is that true?

From what I understand, they did for a time but it is back out there.
3213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: October 31, 2008, 04:18:26 PM
I accidentally got online last night, not really sure how. At first I thought the game had crashed because nothing was happening but since I could still get out to the XMB I waited. Waited some more. Almost ready to quit the game when it sprang back to life and there was someone else in my pod. Yikes! Intruder Alert!  icon_lol
3214  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Games install without shortcuts or Start menu entries on: October 31, 2008, 01:33:18 PM
OK, tend to forget about that as I don't really use it. Both are there so one question answered. However, still nothing on the Start menu for either of them, which I assume there should be... yes?
3215  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Why won't the screensaver initiate? on: October 31, 2008, 01:31:10 PM
Interesting, hadn't thought of that but I've seen the same thing. I had to ditch my oh-so-slippery mousepad for that very reason, the slighest vibration would cause the idle mouse to scootch ever so slightly and wake things back up again.
3216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 31, 2008, 01:25:19 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 31, 2008, 12:59:41 PM

Quote from: Roscoe on October 31, 2008, 10:10:56 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on October 31, 2008, 04:18:12 AM

I was a little disappointed that I could create my character with an Intelligence of 1 and still carry on normal conversations with everyone.  icon_wink
I work on a floor full of them. And people wonder why I find my escape in games, where I can walk up behind INT=1 types and beat them silly.

I think he's referring to the way the first two Fallout's would give you unique gibberish-like dialogue choices for low intel characters.  

Exactly. Roscoe on the other hand may have some issues in real life, it seems.  icon_lol
3217  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Games install without shortcuts or Start menu entries on: October 31, 2008, 04:31:18 AM
Plenty of other things installed in the past but now two games in a row have done this to me: first BIA:HH and now FO3. Go through the install without (apparent) incident and when complete there's no desktop shortcut and nothing on the start menu. I have to manually create a shortcut to run the game. At least they are listed in the Uninstall Programs applet.

Anyone seen this behaviour?  Vista Home Premium, fwiw.
3218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 31, 2008, 04:18:12 AM
I was a little disappointed that I could create my character with an Intelligence of 1 and still carry on normal conversations with everyone.  icon_wink
3219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: October 30, 2008, 03:18:30 PM
Seems like the moment you run the game for the first time, it's tied to your XBL account so perhaps they can check your specific version that way. [shrug] Regardless, if I get them I get them, if not no skin off my nose.
3220  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / [Gold Box] Infinite Undiscovery half price on: October 30, 2008, 02:23:08 PM
The 360 game Infinite Undiscovery is in the Amazon Gold Box as the 'Deal of the Day' today, Thursday 10/30.  icon_cool
3221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 30, 2008, 01:14:40 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on October 30, 2008, 01:11:18 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on October 30, 2008, 01:09:05 PM

So... just starting and I'm curious. On the way out of the vault, should I be picking up most/all of the miscellaneous crap that's lying around? You know, the stuff with that generic icon in the Pip Boy? I'm wondering if I'll be able to sell or trade it for more better stuffs once I'm out in the wasteland.

And now you understand the dilemma of the Wastlander.  What's useful what's not?  Only time will tell...

 icon_lol 

Are there at least some pillow cases or bags of holding anywhere?  icon_wink
3222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: October 30, 2008, 01:13:07 PM
Well... it does say they will ship the codes once they "validate" your information, so we'll see. Obviously, I ordered mine as well.  icon_wink
3223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 30, 2008, 01:09:05 PM
So... just starting and I'm curious. On the way out of the vault, should I be picking up most/all of the miscellaneous crap that's lying around? You know, the stuff with that generic icon in the Pip Boy? I'm wondering if I'll be able to sell or trade it for more better stuffs once I'm out in the wasteland.
3224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 29, 2008, 06:20:28 PM
Anyone else see this blurb from the Gamespot review?  How did we get from "slightly inferior" to "shockingly inferior"?  Curious if the people playing the PS3 version can confirm or deny this.

Quote from: Gamespot
Itís a shame, in light of these impressive design elements, that the PlayStation 3 version is shockingly inferior to the others from a technical perspective. Although the Xbox 360 and PC versions display the occasional visual oddity and bland texture, these nitpicks are easy to overlook. Sadly, the jagged edges, washed-out lighting, and slightly diminished draw distance of the PS3 release arenít so easy to dismiss. We also experienced a number of visual bugs on the PS3. Character faces disappeared several times, leaving only eyeballs and hair; limbs on robots went missing; some character models had an odd outline around them as if they were cel-shaded; and the day-to-night transition may cause odd streaks on the screen as you move the camera around. This version doesnít even offer trophies, whereas the Xbox 360 and PC versions offer Xbox Live/Windows Live achievements.
3225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: October 29, 2008, 04:40:42 AM
Picked this up today but every time I start it there's "an error connecting to the PlayStation network" or some such. What's up with that? Friend of mine has had the game since Saturday and has yet to be able to connect online.  mad

Edited to add: I see from the official forum that there are problems.

Quote
Server Status

The LittleBigPlanet servers have been experiencing significant problems throughout the past 24 hours affecting the online game experience. We are working round the clock on the solution to the current issues and we expect the service to improve briefly for the next few hours, after which we will be disabling the servers to enact changes.

Offline Play and Create will still function properly during any disruption. Please accept our apologies for any frustration this may cause for the time being. As soon as we have further information on this matter we will update you accordingly.

And...

Quote
To confirm, the issue is with the servers and the game. More precisely the way the game interacts with the servers, however that's just splitting hairs. Solving the problems will take a little while to do, and the resolution of this issue may happen incrementally rather than going from the current state (when the servers aren't down) to everything operating smoothly, but we've identified the problems and solutions are being worked on.

3226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 28, 2008, 10:50:16 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on October 28, 2008, 10:01:33 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 28, 2008, 08:45:41 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on October 28, 2008, 08:32:41 PM

From what I've read, it's always been meant to be a 50's "vision of the future" future.

Yup! Fallout has always been about what someone living in the 50s would imagine a post-apocalyptic future would look like. That's one of the reasons the spinoffs of the Fallout universe failed. They didn't understand this very vital concept to the setting. Fallout Tactics (despite being a good game) for example, started out its intro with 70s music, and featured modern sci-fi elements all the way through. That's not something you should expect to see in a Fallout game, ever. Bethesda seems to understand the core concept, which is good.

The key thing to remember is that the Fallout universe is an alternative time-line where something happened during or right after WW2 that was different.  So the technology of the world diverged and you end up with the pre-war world of 2077 being inspired by 1950s ideas of the future. If the original designers ever specified what the divergence was, they didn't leave a record because I've never seen an explanation.  Back when Interplay published the "Fallout Bible" online for fans, it simply clarified that it was an alternative time-line but did not provide details.  It's possible that no details were ever specified.


Found what I'd remembered reading the other day, this Washington Post article where executive producer Todd Howard was interviewed on the subject of Washington DC's role in the game. A snippet:

Quote from: Todd Howard
Q: For people who aren't familiar with the previous Fallout games, what's with that 50s retro look?

Howard: The world of Fallout, the world that got blown up, was this retro-futuristic world. It's like if you take the 1950s and what they thought the future was going to be, with laser guns, this "world of tomorrow" with nuclear-powered cars and robot butlers, but they still sit on these very 1950s style sofas watching Leave it to Beaver-style shows and things like that.

We got very interested, in designing the game, in what was the world that existed before it was destroyed.

Q: So you had to build a world first, then destroy it?

Howard: On paper, we definitely had to do it twice, yeah. We did a lot of studies on what it would've looked like. What would a neighborhood look like? How would they mow their lawns and clean their streets? You have this crazy car with a nuclear engine that's probably unsafe. There's dad smoking his pipe.

We looked at a lot of 1950s advertisements, there's some great books on that stuff and they're really unintentionally hilarious.
3227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 28, 2008, 08:32:41 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 28, 2008, 05:50:28 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 28, 2008, 05:36:19 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 28, 2008, 05:14:44 PM

Anyone know how long after WW III this takes place? I've never played any Fallout games and the backstory is kind of interesting, so I would like some more info on it. I'm guessing WW III was in the 50's from the look of everything.

According to the Fallout Wiki...

October 23, 2077 the Great War begins with someone's nuke launch and ends 2 hours later when the earth falls into darkness

2141 Vault 15 opens and the Vault Dweller emerges (Fallout 1)

2197 Fallout Tactics happens (but I thought it was non-canon)

2241 Fallout 2 happens

2277 Fallout 3 begins

Thanks man, neat site.

WOW, I had no idea it took place in the future.  eek Everything looks like it is right out of 1955 America.

From what I've read, it's always been meant to be a 50's "vision of the future" future.
3228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 28, 2008, 08:26:27 PM

Quote from: Darth Homer on October 28, 2008, 08:15:08 PM

Quick question, for those that have the CE strat guide, is there enough additional content to justify the extra $10?  I'm sure that sounds cheap after shelling out $79 for the CE game, just curious, I guess.

As noted elsewhere, it's only $20.99 at Amazon unless you need that instant grabification a store purchase gives one.  icon_wink
3229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 28, 2008, 12:56:42 PM

Quote from: Laner on October 28, 2008, 05:56:27 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 21, 2008, 03:48:34 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on October 21, 2008, 03:22:12 PM

icon_confused Don't really understand this. From what I've read, the DLC rigs are level 5 rigs. It won't let you 'downgrade' from this rig in the store any more than you can go back to level 1 once you have the level 2 rig. And the only better rig, the level 6 military rig, only unlocks when you finish the game so it's not for use in the end game but rather only available for replay. Or am I missing something here?

What's missing is that the DLC suits have much lower defense ratings than the Normal Level 5 suits.  IIRC, the Normal Level 5 suit has a defense rating of 50% while the console specific DLC suits have ratings of 10% and the Scorpion DLC suit has a defense rating of 25%. 

The Level 5 suit has a 20% defense rating; so the Scorpion is better, if only slightly.

Which probably explains why, when my buddy finished the game with the Scorpion, he didn't feel "gimped" at all. Wouldn't even have known about this if I hadn't have asked him.  icon_wink
3230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/27) on: October 27, 2008, 03:29:03 PM
Even though I'm still playing Dead Space and Fable 2:

FO3 CE (PC) w/CE guide
MotorStorm Pacific Rift
LBP

 retard
3231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: October 26, 2008, 01:10:17 PM
So would I. However, it hasn't been officially released yet. icon_wink
3232  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Why won't the screensaver initiate? on: October 26, 2008, 01:07:39 PM
 icon_biggrin  Idle just means with nothing running as far as you know, other than something to monitor the box like the Task Manager or others of that ilk, say like Process Explorer. Then sit on the desktop with just that running and see what it says is going on under the covers.
3233  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Why won't the screensaver initiate? on: October 26, 2008, 02:23:41 AM
Something is making it think it's not idle. Last time I had this problem I seem to recall it was the IntelliPoint software I'd installed. When your machine is idle, are there any processes out there still eating up CPU?
3234  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What the hell is Windows doing? on: October 25, 2008, 08:27:05 PM
Perhaps something like Process Explorer would help?
3235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommend me the most immersive RPG that ISN'T Oblivion or Fallout 3... on: October 25, 2008, 08:22:44 PM
Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura.  icon_cool

Plus there's a wide-screen mod for it, IIRC, from the same folks who did the one for PT.
3236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: October 25, 2008, 03:44:35 PM
Holey Moley, but there's quite the little dust-up over in the Lionhead forums over the co-op implementation:

http://dailygamesnews.com/2008/10/lionhead-forum-of-fury.html

Not something that fazes me, being the single player type, but serves as a good reminder for me why I come to places like this and OO for reasoned opinions and discussions while tending to avoid "official" forums whenever possible.  Roll Eyes
3237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Late to the party: Bioshock on: October 24, 2008, 03:20:02 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on October 24, 2008, 02:14:01 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on October 23, 2008, 12:47:50 AM

not sure i'll finish it, but it's been fun so far...

If you do not, let me compel you to do so. There's a hugely mind blowing moment in that game that you must not miss.

Hopefully the game is good enough to you for you to complete without encouragement....but try your darndest!
Yes, and two different endings (plus story differences) depending on how you treat the Little Sisters.  icon_cool
3238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 21, 2008, 03:22:12 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 20, 2008, 10:54:27 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 20, 2008, 10:48:18 PM

Quote from: kathode on October 20, 2008, 09:18:22 PM

BTW, do not use the DLC suit!  Apparently you can never ever take it off, and its defense rating is much lower than the suits you get towards the end of the game.

Yep.  It's probably the biggest flaw in the game.  If I had to bet, I'd say that the decision to offer add'l suits as DLC was made late, after the rest of the interface was locked.  Otherwise I can't fathom why they wouldn't give you the ability to swap out your suit so you aren't gimped for the end game.  Maybe they'll fix that via patch later. 

Man that sucks, I thought I would be able to take it off later by deleting the game file at least, but when you try and load it won't let you if the DLC is not installed.

 icon_confused Don't really understand this. From what I've read, the DLC rigs are level 5 rigs. It won't let you 'downgrade' from this rig in the store any more than you can go back to level 1 once you have the level 2 rig. And the only better rig, the level 6 military rig, only unlocks when you finish the game so it's not for use in the end game but rather only available for replay. Or am I missing something here?
3239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 17, 2008, 02:40:08 PM
The SciFi show mentioned they have "fear emitters" attached to the bad guys and the devs have control over their intensity, range and direction. No clue what they actually do in the game but I did seem to notice playing the game with headphones last night, that when things happen like something skittering by just outside your field of vision, that I could hear "my" heartbeat in game get louder and speed up.  icon_cool
3240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 N00b Has Questions on: October 17, 2008, 06:07:12 AM
I've been assuming it depends on the game and if they connect to the internet/PSN while it runs. Ones that do shut down any downloads for the duration. Others, like Dead Space with no online component, don't.
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