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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cool future technologies that have come true on: August 30, 2013, 05:16:28 PM
Everyone likes to attribute it to Star Trek, but in 2001, Clarke referred to a "Newspad, a kind of flat portable TV device which can display any type of visual or printed material."
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: System Shock 2 Saves on: August 30, 2013, 02:58:44 AM
Maybe this will help? Seems like it needs a folder called "Current" and the game doesn't create it for some reason.

http://ttlg.ttlg.mobi/forums/showthread.php?p=2058452
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 29, 2013, 06:19:48 PM

Quote from: arcanis on August 29, 2013, 05:47:33 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on August 29, 2013, 05:44:27 PM

Whoever owns and runs VD shouldn't even be in the business. Hell, it would be criminal for them to keep accepting new clients when everything is down like this, yet I hear one of the first things to come back up was their billing software.
Well I made sure to say allegedly, because as of right now we don't know. I happen to believe it is true, especially since Burst.net started off defending them then quickly changed their tune. I see there being some court documents for us to reference soon enough, even Burst may have some actions against them due to how they got emails of VD's clients and sent them an email.

True enough. I should state what I said as allegedly smile
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 29, 2013, 05:44:27 PM
Whoever owns and runs VD shouldn't even be in the business. Hell, it would be criminal for them to keep accepting new clients when everything is down like this, yet I hear one of the first things to come back up was their billing software.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thanks America! on: August 29, 2013, 06:15:28 AM

Quote from: Punisher on August 29, 2013, 12:42:49 AM

Quote from: JayDee on August 28, 2013, 02:59:09 PM

Next month she's bringing up Cheesy Garlic Bread chips. Can't wait!

Up in Canada our "novelty flavours" included the abomination called Grilled Cheese and Ketchup. More than one person in the office agreed that they tasted exactly like vomit.
We just came back from CanadaLand and saw a whole bunch of different oddball flavors that we don't have down here.. Didn't get to try any though....
not a fan of the Cheesy Garlic Bread chips... Have an unopened bag of chicken/waffles @ home right now...


Yeah, Canada does have some rather exotic chip flavours. The President's Choice brand seems to have a lot of odd ones, including Beer flavour. Yeah, no thanks. Others under that same brand include: Chipotle Ranch, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Sweet Chili Thai, Ballpark Hot Dog, Greek - Feta, Olive and Oregano, Baby Back Ribs, Tandoori Barbecue, Spicy Piri Piri, Szechwan, and General Tao Chicken.
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What stupid things did you do as a teen? on: August 28, 2013, 07:13:30 PM
How about playing golf in the house? Yeah, that didn't play out too well as you could guess. I had one of those Nerf indoor miniput sets, and instead of using their rubber balls, I decided it would be a brilliant idea to use a real golf ball and try hitting it as hard as I could. End result was a large hole in our front window which needed replacing.
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [kickstarter] Precinct on: August 27, 2013, 09:01:56 PM
Yeah, by then they'd become better games.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [kickstarter] Precinct on: August 27, 2013, 07:28:33 PM
The only true Police Quest games were the first 3. The fourth was completely unrelated other than the theme, designed by someone else and was the start of series' decline. The ending to that game was a punch to the gut, making no sense at all after all the detective work it made you go through. This new designer was also responsible for moving the series into the SWAT direction, first a full-motion-video game, then top-down, and then the first-person Rainbow 6 style. Not saying those are bad, but that they should have been a separate franchise altogether.
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Driveclub on: August 27, 2013, 07:08:10 PM
Yeah, really odd choice to release GT6 on the PS3. Would make so much more sense for it to be a PS4 launch release.
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 26, 2013, 06:14:52 PM
Download Speed: 19443 kbps (2430.4 KB/sec transfer rate)
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171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 26, 2013, 03:14:31 AM
I go away for two days and all hell breaks loose. I thought someone maybe had invoked the dreaded Monty Python curse...  icon_lol
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Don Mattrick leaving MS for Zynga - Ballmer retiring too! on: August 26, 2013, 03:07:16 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on August 23, 2013, 04:41:47 PM

From the linked article:
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Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most.

This has always been their albatross.  I have an old HD Zune at home collecting dust that I'm going to save as a potential tech relic.  They were doing well when people were willing to pay for their incremental OS and MS office updates every few years.       



That's going to bode well considering their previous success with consumer devices. Yep. They should have an easy time overtaking Apple!

They really are better as a software company, and I think that's what they should stick with and leave out the subscription BS.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: August 20, 2013, 06:07:00 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 19, 2013, 08:51:02 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on August 19, 2013, 08:26:17 PM

So, I'm a little confused. Is GTA Online a seperate thing or is it a side-element of GTA5? The video has made it sound like a seperate thing, almost like an MMO version of GTA. I'm willing to bet that there will be character presets, among them being CJ slywink


buy GTA5 on 17th,and you can only play the Single Player,2 weeks later(I'm guessing that)there will be an update and you can then access GTA Online,through GTA5

R* have said they have no plans to sell GTA Online separately,its part and parcel of GTA5(just not at launch)

Oh, I see. Sounds cool. I assume it will be somewhat similar to RDR's multiplayer, but on an even higher level.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: August 19, 2013, 08:26:17 PM
So, I'm a little confused. Is GTA Online a seperate thing or is it a side-element of GTA5? The video has made it sound like a seperate thing, almost like an MMO version of GTA. I'm willing to bet that there will be character presets, among them being CJ slywink
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Better for kids to watch me Batman: Arkham City or Mass Effect 3 on: August 19, 2013, 08:21:51 PM
Yeah, been playing the original Arkham and it's quite intense at times.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: August 16, 2013, 09:43:46 PM
Well, GTA SA kind of did that by giving us a huge playground, but yeah. Looks like this will be even more extensive. I hope it gives us more side-missions and more things to play with that aren't required to finish the game, but just fun to do.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Whore of the Orient on: August 02, 2013, 04:56:17 PM
Yeah, I too thought they went under after L.A Noire. What's the deal?
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Possible Outcast sequel on: August 01, 2013, 10:32:35 PM
Yeah, true. I had a concern about the voxel engine when I wrote that. I don't know what kind of alternative it could use though or what they're planning to use for the sequel. As for it feeling rather limited, that's why I suggested XBL and PSN. I also feel it had the best water rendering of any game for many years after its release.
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Possible Outcast sequel on: August 01, 2013, 10:20:05 PM
I'd love to see an HD remake of the first one. Also, I might be remembering wrong, but I think it was purely a PC game, and in the case of an HD remake, they could make it available on consoles via XBL and PSN as it would work very well as a console game, and prepare people for the possible sequel.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: July 28, 2013, 04:29:53 AM

Quote from: gellar on July 27, 2013, 10:34:56 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on July 27, 2013, 08:32:42 PM

Quote from: Doopri on July 27, 2013, 05:24:19 AM

ugly rumor in the financial world is that smartglass, windows phone (not so much rumor as confirmed) and MSs presence in the "handheld" phone / tablet world has bombed already, to the tune of near billions

Heh, I wouldn't be at all surprised if that were true, as they've always had terrible luck with consumer electronics in the past. I think a large part of that problem is their timing. They can't seem to release these things in a timely fashion, and only when the market is already saturated. And when they do get released, there's nothing that really make them standout from the competition. In that industry, they're followers rather than innovators, often arriving late in the game when the bandwagon has already left town.  If I were MS, I'd likely be thinking of selling off their consumer electronic division.

It's not rumor... it's fact.  MSFT took a $900M write down in assets of the Surface RT this last quarter after reducing the RT prices by $150 per unit.  Basically they made a shitload more than they could possibly sell and then had to reduce the cost per unit (that they are still not going to sell).  Apple is actually gaining marketshare in the tablet space despite the competition and ALL Windows Surface devices actually have lower usage numbers than the Asus Transformer itself (http://www.slashgear.com/ipad-family-web-traffic-dominates-while-all-others-dwindle-in-latest-chitika-study-23291518/).  Basically the Surface is epic failboat.

Windows Phone has also predictably bombed.  Apple and Android are have *gained* marketshare since Windows 8 was introduced.  The Windows total mobile marketshare (so including the older Windows devices) has gone *down* since Windows 8 was introduced.  So... yeah, they're going backwards.

Ahh well, looks like they're going to be hemorrhaging quite a bit for some time . I do think they need to get out of the consumer electronics altogether aside from the XBone, as they only seem to be hurting themselves with each attempt. I heard that they want to buy the Nook from B&N in order to save it, but sadly, I think their track record would just end up killing it. With the high price associated with Surface tablets and the confusion surrounding them vs the Pro versions, things weren't looking good right from the start.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: July 27, 2013, 08:32:42 PM

Quote from: Doopri on July 27, 2013, 05:24:19 AM

ugly rumor in the financial world is that smartglass, windows phone (not so much rumor as confirmed) and MSs presence in the "handheld" phone / tablet world has bombed already, to the tune of near billions

Heh, I wouldn't be at all surprised if that were true, as they've always had terrible luck with consumer electronics in the past. I think a large part of that problem is their timing. They can't seem to release these things in a timely fashion, and only when the market is already saturated. And when they do get released, there's nothing that really make them standout from the competition. In that industry, they're followers rather than innovators, often arriving late in the game when the bandwagon has already left town.  If I were MS, I'd likely be thinking of selling off their consumer electronic division.
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What happens in 60 days? on: July 27, 2013, 07:16:10 PM
Probably another Youtube Live event.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NO, Adrian! on: July 26, 2013, 05:03:39 PM
The franchise that wouldn't die? What's next, zombies in the ring?
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your favorite opening line of a book on: July 26, 2013, 04:59:44 PM

Quote from: TiLT on July 25, 2013, 10:16:42 PM

Some of you guys are cheating! A full stop indicates the end of an opening line. I'm seeing entire opening paragraphs here! Tongue


Blame it on me then. as I posted a whole paragraph. First line of a Neal Stephenson novel wouldn't have been much as he's too fragmented.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Remake]This is getting silly now-The Butterfly Effect on: July 26, 2013, 04:56:21 PM
But will it... cause a butterfly effect? slywink

The original was fine for what it was. No need to remake it, especially so soon.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: July 24, 2013, 09:20:37 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on July 23, 2013, 11:12:10 AM

meh,they could call it Turd City for all i care Tongue


Niko isn't happy

Heh, It's just something we're both going to disagree on and we could both go on and on about it... I'm still really looking forward to the game smile
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rockstar's Agent on: July 24, 2013, 06:14:02 AM
Heh, well Rockstar's been around for a long time, so I doubt that would happen. The worst that could happen would be to close one of their studios. L.A Noire was a different situation entirely where it was developed outside the company.
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rockstar's Agent on: July 24, 2013, 12:03:05 AM
Agreed. It's likely been secretly in development.
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gmail - WTF on: July 23, 2013, 10:50:24 PM
Yeah, the tabs are terrible. I want to view my email at a glance. Sorting between the different tabs is extra work. Fortunately, there's a way to opt out of that by pressing the "+",  and I hadn't thought of clicking that as it isn't immediately obvious that's where you should click, rather than say, settings. On the tablet, there's no way to opt out though. I have a 7" tablet and vertically, the tabs take up half the space making it look very cluttered. Ugh. Worst idea ever.
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your favorite opening line of a book on: July 23, 2013, 10:42:43 PM
    "The Deliverator belongs to an elite order, a hallowed sub-category. He's got esprit up to here. Right now, he is preparing to carry out his third mission of the night. His uniform is black as activated charcoal, filtering the very light out of the air. A bullet will bounce off its arachnofiber weave like a wren hitting a patio door, but excess perspiration wafts through it like a breeze through a freshly napalmed forest. Where his body has bony extremities, the suit has sintered armorgel: feels like gritty jello, protects like a stack of telephone books." - Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: July 23, 2013, 03:05:41 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on July 22, 2013, 08:27:23 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on July 22, 2013, 06:35:55 AM

Quote from: paulstraytalker on July 20, 2013, 02:11:11 PM

I don't know...tear They do this stuff all the time and it seems to be more of a rehash.  I liked GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas(I felt that it was as far as they should've taken it game-play-wise).  And the last one went back to liberty city with a different character.  Roll Eyes I get the feeling that this will do for me what the others have already done. But that's me though.  I'm sure everyone else is gonna have ball. icon_wink

See, that's what I've been trying to explain. They keep going back to cities they've already done when they could spend some time expanding their world, because as it is, it's starting to feel like a small universe syndrome. Aside from Vice City, and San Andreas, they haven't really showcased any other cities. A little variety in choosing cities to tell their stories wouldn't hurt.

The thing is if Rockstar had decided to call them something else,you would not be making this complaint...GTA4's Liberty City or not,it looks nothing like the Liberty City in GTA3,and from what we have seen Los Santos in GTA5 looks worlds apart from the Los Santos we played in GTA:San Andreas

They could have called the city something else in GTA4 or GTA5 and no one would of batted an eyelid they are that different

and they have said that GTA4 and GTA5 does not exist in GTA3,VC and SA universe

Yeah, but they're repetitions all the same, even going back to the original two games. Doesn't matter that they don't concurrently exist, but that they keep doing the same cities with each generation. There are a ton of cities mentioned throughout the games. Why not one of them? Why not give another city a showcase and a chance to be a setting? Kind of like what they did with Vice City.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: July 22, 2013, 06:35:55 AM

Quote from: paulstraytalker on July 20, 2013, 02:11:11 PM

I don't know...tear They do this stuff all the time and it seems to be more of a rehash.  I liked GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas(I felt that it was as far as they should've taken it game-play-wise).  And the last one went back to liberty city with a different character.  Roll Eyes I get the feeling that this will do for me what the others have already done. But that's me though.  I'm sure everyone else is gonna have ball. icon_wink

See, that's what I've been trying to explain. They keep going back to cities they've already done when they could spend some time expanding their world, because as it is, it's starting to feel like a small universe syndrome. Aside from Vice City, and San Andreas, they haven't really showcased any other cities. A little variety in choosing cities to tell their stories wouldn't hurt.
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Spartacus Legends on: July 21, 2013, 05:18:18 PM
It's alright, I guess. But it feels like a Facebook style game, and I'm disappointed that you still do have to pay for things via microtransactions to obtain the better stuff. For example, you start off with two gladiator slots, one already being used by the gladiator you're given to start off with, and an empty one for a future gladiator of a different type. And it does become evident rather quickly that you'll need gladiators of different types to progress at all, as some fights are restricted to certain fighter types, ie swords and shields, dual swords, dual daggers, etc,  and that you'll need to purchase more slots with gold coins bought via UPlay. This also goes for higher quality equipment, and you'll quickly find yourself maxing out on the best equipment you can buy with silver coins, the in-game currency you earn by winning fights. This is on the PS3 version. There's also no real sense of progression and I would have liked a tournament mode.
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Robocop! on: July 20, 2013, 07:20:40 PM
That looks terrible. But at least they didn't put nipples on the suit... slywink

It could maybe be technically reasoned that this suit is of a different slightly more advanced generation if they're going with a soft-reboot, getting someone new into a suit, but keeping continuity. But I doubt that's what's happening. The suit doesn't even look all that advanced or robot-ish.
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sven Coop returning on: July 17, 2013, 06:51:52 PM
I loved the mod, but I hope they mean this will be a companion to HL2, but there's nothing in the announcement that indicates that it is. In fact, as I read the comments, they seem to be suggesting that this will be using a modification of the original HL engine, not Source. Seems to me their energies would be better focused making the game with Source. Seems like it would be counter-productive otherwise, as I can't see many would be wanting to play on such an old engine anymore. They're worried of losing tons of work due to moving to the Source engine, but what they could perhaps do is team up with Project Black Mesa and have them share resources, all the while giving Black Mesa an official Co-Op component.  I'd be far more excited about that than this arriving years too late while everyone else has moved on to Source.
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: July 13, 2013, 01:38:05 AM
Yeah, Watch Dogs is another I'm looking forward to smile I just think that in general Rockstar could use a little bit of expanding their world. There seems to be a lot of repetition in what gets represented.


Sleeping Dogs is nice and all, and I do love the atmosphere. But even on easy, I struggle with the combat. It seems rather unforgiving, especially given that's the kind of combat it focuses on. I kept on losing on one of the early missions because there were too many guys ganging up. And to be honest, the driving isn't all that great either. Very stiff feeling.

197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: July 12, 2013, 05:00:08 PM
Yeah, I've played Sleeping Dogs, but had to abandon it as I find the combat difficult. I still think there's a lot that could be done with setting a modern GTA game in London, or anywhere outside the US, really. And even if they do continue to stick to American cities, it would be nice to see a new one, like Seattle or Chicago.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: July 12, 2013, 02:31:39 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on July 11, 2013, 07:55:48 PM

Quote from: TiLT on July 11, 2013, 05:20:47 PM

If nothing else, it would be fun to see Rockstar poking fun at the British instead of just Americans for a change. slywink

British poking fun at themselves?,NEVER!!! Tongue


They did do the GTA expansion that was set in London,and there have been a few British support characters in the games,Shaun Ryder in San Andreas comes to mind,because he was from Manchester....wasn't that old naked guy in Lost and Damned British as well?,or am i getting that mixed up(I remember British Flags outside where he was)


Personally though,I think America is where it should always be,every other country is boring,its more crazy than anywhere else in the world icon_lol and then you have it parodied(?) over that as well by GTA,also we haven't got the space for an open world game  icon_wink

Yeah, but nothing much was done with it in the modern era of GTA games. There are loads of caper movies that take place there. I also think that the narrow roads could make for interesting chases and scenarios. I mean, why limit it to America only? They're already making another game set in Los Santos, which as much as I'm looking forward to it, seems to suggest that they could expand their world a bit by doing other cities. I guess I'm a sucker for variety slywink The things you could do with the rolling hills and driving on the wrong side of the road!
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: July 11, 2013, 05:12:14 PM
This is probably the game I'm most looking forward to right now. After SA, I went back and started Vice City and it's almost unplayable now. The gameplay mechanics are one thing in Rockstar games that have been constantly improving, and it was actually quite a bit of a shock how clunky VC was compared to SA and how much SA had improved on things we take for granted now, such as mouselook while in-car. It makes me appreciate how far things have come.

And maybe my eyes were deceiving me, but in that trailer we see a jet going over a dam. Possibly the Sherman Dam from SA? If so, it will be interesting to see how they incorporate landmarks like that since they're not incorporating San Fierro and Las Venturas.

And you know, after GTA V, I'd like to see them return to London. London hasn't been depicted in the GTA series since the first game's two expansions. Would love to see what they could do with a modern GTA set in that.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Don Mattrick leaving MS for Zynga on: July 07, 2013, 10:34:49 PM
I see it as a combination of both things. That there likely was a planned reorganization, but that the massive embarrassment that was the XBone reveal hastened his retreat, that he saw his time limited at the company and started to count his cards. Had the XBone been well received, it likely would have been a different story and he'd had gone on to perhaps be promoted during a reorganization. The two situations aren't exclusive to each other.  After how the XBone was received, as someone pointed out, he likely saw the writing on the wall and knew that even if he were personally cleared, that he wouldn't be moving up all that much from where he was.
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