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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What "gateway games" turned you into a serious gamer? on: May 20, 2009, 11:50:42 PM
I bit with the original Wizardry and the hook was set with Might and Magic.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spielberg says 'Kiss your console goodbye' on: May 20, 2009, 11:48:56 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 20, 2009, 11:40:22 PM

er.. a comeback?  did I miss something?  the late 90's are kind of hazy.....

They are for me, too.  That's my college years, so that's to be expected. 

I seem to remember an attempt at VR before there was any technology that could live up to the promise.  Years later, I see the beginnings of the tech to make VR a reality.  I don't think we're there yet.  Maybe another 10 years will make the difference.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Blizzard] It's the end of the world as we know it. on: May 14, 2009, 02:02:13 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 14, 2009, 07:57:28 AM

heh, I like Blizzard games, I think they do a good job at making games.  However it's definitely obvious that Warcraft is Warhammer (heck it started off licensed that way) and that Starcraft is Warhammer 40k.

I'll give them Diablo though.

I don't.  It's Gauntlet.  They advanced it very nicely.  They were creative.  However, instead of "elf needs food, badly" we got "rogue needs potion, badly."
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Blizzard] It's the end of the world as we know it. on: May 14, 2009, 05:41:23 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 13, 2009, 06:46:10 PM

i like the speculation in the comments section over who they will steal the ideas from for this new IP slywink

This  Tongue
I found it very amusing when Blizzard PR said
"it’ll be a brand new franchise, which means the lore, art, and game play are being developed entirely from scratch. It’s an overwhelming process, but a process through which we excel. Our track record supports this."

I think Blizzard is very good at making games.  However, about this track record....
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Changes coming to Team Fortress 2 including Sniper Update on: May 13, 2009, 05:14:01 PM
I don't get it.  How does being stapled to a wall fit in with:
"We want him to give up some of his primary advantage in return for something else, so that enemies he kills feel like they were engaged with them, and feel like they could have survived if they'd just managed to fight a little better."

I can't fight better if I can't move.  Still, it sounds like the sniper can't stand back and shoot you with the bow across the map.  I also wonder how close to a wall you have to be to get stapled to it.  If I'm 50 feet away from a wall, do I fly 50 feet to get stuck to it?
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer busted! on: May 08, 2009, 01:58:17 AM

Quote from: TiLT on May 07, 2009, 08:36:40 AM

Quote from: Space Herpes on May 07, 2009, 06:24:05 AM

Just out of curiosity, how long should someone play a game to find the fun?  Shouldn't a game be fun (or interesting) within a few minutes of playing? 

If that was the requirement, the first two Fallout games would be among the worst games ever.

I enjoyed the beginning of all 3 Fallout games (the first time through).  But, I do understand your point.  Still, 9 hours seems like a long time to play a miserable game, MMO or not.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer busted! on: May 07, 2009, 06:24:05 AM
Just out of curiosity, how long should someone play a game to find the fun?  Shouldn't a game be fun (or interesting) within a few minutes of playing? 
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Woot!! I now have an XBOX!! on: May 05, 2009, 04:20:27 PM
If you like killing zombies, Dead Rising was fun as hell.  Single player only, though.
Mass Effect (single player RPG)
Halo has good MP
Rock Band
49  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Video Games and Addiction study on Children on: April 21, 2009, 05:23:41 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on April 21, 2009, 01:10:09 PM

The results are not surprising but I'm guessing the criteria could be applied to just about any hobby (television, reading, etc) and I doubt it would make headlines. But that's not to diminish the fact that it is a potential problem...

Some of the symptoms:

including skipping chores and homework for video games CHECK
poor test or homework performance  not sure what the equivalent is in adult life, but maybe.
playing games to escape problems CHECK
excessive thinking about games CHECK (you're going DOWN Visari!)
planning the next opportunity, CHECK
trying to play less and failing, CHECK
restlessness or irritability when trying to reduce or stop playing, CHECK
lying about play time, no.
stealing a game or stealing money to buy a game. no

I couldn't find what the other symptoms were.  Also,  I'm not surprised that I personally show the signs of addiction and I bet most people on this board would too.

We could apply this to teen boys and another addiction.

including skipping chores and homework to see girlfriend.
poor test or homework performance  (no need to modify)
playing with girlfriend to escape problems
excessive thinking about girlfriend
planning the next move on girlfriend
trying to play less and failing (no need to modify)
restlessness or irritability when not playing with girlfriend,
lying about time spent with girlfriend.
stealing money or jewelery to impress girlfriend.

Though, I guess the caveat would be that being addicted to the opposite sex helps the species.  Of course, that's what THEY want you to thing.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 21, 2009, 05:14:34 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 21, 2009, 03:38:44 PM

I think he's referring to vegetarians.

Indeed.  Vegetarians are the most horrific creatures in the game.  Nothing can defeat them.

Lord Erebus and the Unclean Beast can both absorb health from enemies.  Throw in some spit from UB and fleeing demigods are in trouble.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 21, 2009, 02:47:50 PM

Quote from: madpeon on April 21, 2009, 02:01:17 PM

Against a good Sedna + anyone you really need good coordination of stuns/interrupts. Unfortunately it's easier for them to do damage + heal than it is for you and a random guy to stun -> interrupt -> stun -> kill one of them.

Two health eaters might work.  Combined, they will eat more health than Sedna can heal.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 19, 2009, 12:25:30 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 17, 2009, 09:09:34 PM

everyone keeps saying he's super squishy..... he's not slywink  He had over 4500-4700 hp when I played against him.    With UB, I can vomit on him for 1500, then I die before I can do anything else.

Are you buying armor at the Item Shop?  The very basic body armor gives you an additional 600 points of armor and doesn't cost that much gold.  I find the basic (or the 750 armor if you can afford it) protects fairly well against the ring of fire.  You don't want to stay in it for very long, but it won't kill you super fast either.

I'm finding the game takes some nuance, but there are ways of countering (or at least deal with) a lot of powers.

This game is fun.  I've been playing lan games with my son, which is just awesome.
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 17, 2009, 06:04:55 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 17, 2009, 04:54:00 PM

Last game we played I used TB myself to make sure I wasn't just seeing Ring of Fire from the victim's standpoint.  Within 10 minutes the other players pretty much all quit and logged out of the game since it was such BS. frown

Isn't balance pretty much the most difficult thing to get right in these games (strickly gameplay speaking)?  Players always seem to find the one unbalancing power and exploit it.  The heart thing sounds easily fixed, but balance the Demigods will likely take some serious tweeking.  Sins had the same problem with LRM units.  Blizzard constantly tweeks their games for quite some time to balance things out.  Hopefully, the biggest imbalance will get ironed out in a couple of weeks.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 16, 2009, 10:14:54 PM

Quote from: Tals on April 16, 2009, 09:45:02 PM

Island Dog can I make a suggestion  ninja

The connection problems are really bad - it would make a lot of sense closing this down and taking stock and then bringing it all up working in a day. Certaubly would be better than what it is at the moment which is quite frustrating frown


I take it the first patch didn't do all that much?  Gamespot did a review which dinged the game pretty hard for this (multiplayer issues among other things).  I can't blame them either.
I agree that if a game is going to be so heavily focused on multiplayer, then the multiplayer should work without frustration.  However, they did say the game is addicting and has some good depth of play to it. 
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 14, 2009, 08:48:45 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 14, 2009, 08:36:31 PM

Quote from: Space Herpes on April 14, 2009, 08:35:26 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 14, 2009, 08:26:13 PM

There are 4 different game mode types and lots of maps (of course I will definitely concede that the maps wouldn't qualify as 'hugely varied' since they all follow the same general design rules)

What are the different types and how do they alter the gameplay from each other?  I looked over the manual, but it wasn't really useful.

Seriously? I don't even have the game and I can tell you the information is clearly laid out on page 7. smile

Doh!  I was looking on pg 15 in the multiplayer section.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 14, 2009, 08:35:26 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 14, 2009, 08:26:13 PM

There are 4 different game mode types and lots of maps (of course I will definitely concede that the maps wouldn't qualify as 'hugely varied' since they all follow the same general design rules)

What are the different types and how do they alter the gameplay from each other?  I looked over the manual, but it wasn't really useful.
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 14, 2009, 08:24:05 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 14, 2009, 07:39:31 PM

I'll call ya spoiled slywink
Of ourse YOU would  Tongue
I'll just say I have standards.   retard

I had more to say, but I feel like I'm just repeating myself.
I will say for multiplayer only, if it offered hugely varied environments and different modes of play (varied gameplay such as UT having CTF and Assault), I'd consider it.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft is now including E74 errors under 3 year warranty on: April 14, 2009, 07:34:34 PM

Quote from: Turtle on April 14, 2009, 05:34:38 PM

Honestly, the only reason they got away with this was because their only competitor completely bungled their launch, developer support, and community features.  Meanwhile, with an earlier launch, DLC, and XBL accounts they tended to lock people into 1 system despite all the problems that for any other product would have had people jumping ship.

I don't think consumers will buy a console regardless, I just think the main competitor, Sony, just handled this gen so stupidly that people were more willing to deal with the 360s problems, which up until now were being fixed for free.

What's even more telling is that now that the 3 year warranties are done, people are locked in so much on the system that despite the advances made by the competitor people are willing to give another $200 to replace that faulty hardware that should still be replaced for free since MS has done nothing to fix it.

This.  Had Sony released the PS3 at $400 and then shortly dropped it to $350 (around 6-8 months), MS would have been dead in the water or severely struggling.  Seems the Wii still would have been just as huge as it is, though.  I don't think MS wants to take a chance that Sony will screw up again.  If they're smart, they will shoot for the $300-350 price range with bullet proof tech.  The next generation could be an all our war (with all of us reaping the rewards, muhahahahahah).
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 14, 2009, 07:27:15 PM

Quote from: madpeon on April 14, 2009, 03:00:45 PM

It's not really trying to be either of those genres. It's basically a commercialized Defense of the Ancients with more cool stuff and it works really well.

DoTA style games are generally considered 'Tower Push' I believe, since the whole objective is to push your opponents static defenses and eventually destroy their base. They aren't meant to be single player games anymore than Counterstrike is. They are best played with a good team that works together.

That all sounds really good for $20.  Call me spoiled, but for $40, I want full single and multiplayer.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft is now including E74 errors under 3 year warranty on: April 14, 2009, 02:57:51 PM

Given all of MS's problems with the 360, I have to wonder if they are going to make the 720 capapble of deflecting a direct nuclear strike.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 14, 2009, 02:47:22 PM

Quote from: Tals on April 14, 2009, 12:49:17 PM

I still want some impressions both of SP and MP before diving in. Been an expensive month so far and my own track record on stardock games is not so favourable as others i.e didn't like Sins and didn't get on with GCII so i'm just a bit cautious, although it does sound interesting.

I'm with you on the Sins part.  It seemed to be an RTS/4X and yet felt lacking in both departments.  Demigod seems to be the same formula.  A RTS/RPG with few elements of either.  The other problem (for me) is that a good RPG should come with a good story.  No story or really, not much of a single player at all.  Looks cool, but I just can't justify paying full price for what feels (to me) to be half a game.
62  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Mercenaries 2 (PC) for 9.99 at Best Buy on: April 09, 2009, 12:17:17 AM
Just picked this one up.  I think it's new (I seem to recall looking at a 19.99 price tag on it not too long ago).  Seems like an okay game so far.  Though, it is definately optimised for the console.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 2142 Still worth it? on: April 09, 2009, 12:13:36 AM
Hmmm... Don't know where I got the idea that BF2 was a WWII game.  I might have just been making an assumption since the first BF was a WWII game and thought the 2nd was more of the same.  I'll have to look into it.  Thanks again!
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 2142 Still worth it? on: April 06, 2009, 05:13:34 PM
Thanks for the info!  I've looked at Battlefield, but I'm not interested in another WWII shooter.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2142 Still worth it? on: April 02, 2009, 08:33:58 PM
I'm on the search for a new multiplayer game and I've been eyeing this one.  However, it's been out for a little while and I wonder if it's still worth getting.  How newb friendly is it?  Does the community still have a lot of life in it?  What are the players like in general?  I know the last one can vary from server to server, but games seem to attract more of one type of player than another overall.  That's what I want to know about 2142, what kind of people are playing it?

Mostly I've been playing TF2 and some L4D.  I'd say TF2 is in the middle of it's life cycle with a year+ left going for it.  So would still be worth getting for a new player, for example. 
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 100 best games to play today on: March 11, 2009, 01:39:36 PM

Quote from: KC on March 10, 2009, 07:57:19 PM

3.  Also some great PC games are missing entirely:
Diablo 1 and 2
Freespace 2
Sid Meier's Pirates

Interstate '76
Masters of Orion 1 or 2
I liked Fallout 3, but Fallout 1 would have been a better choice since it created the whole game and the story was superior.
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: TF2 Scout update next week on: February 28, 2009, 09:28:26 AM

Quote from: cheeba on February 27, 2009, 02:39:11 AM

You played on Hydro, which is one of the worser maps. On Stan's, Hydro always always ends up in a draw if there are more than 8 players per side.

The classes don't really get upgrades - it's more like sidegrades. They tend to be different instead of better, though some are clearly better (the medic syringe gun and saw, all the scout stuff is f'n overpowered at the moment). You get them by getting achievements. Click on the Achievements thing in the game menu for a list. Not all classes have them yet. Soldier, Spy, Demoman... hmm, not sure if any others don't.

I know most medics love the ubersaw.  After playing medic for 360+ hours, I got rid of the thing (I like to play competitively).  Pub play, the thing us fine.  For comp play, it sucks.  When I medic, I need to live as long as possible.  If I'm in a situation where I have to pull my saw out, then it's about survival.  The extra bit of time the ubersaw takes to make a second attack has often ment the difference between living and dying.  The blutsauger rocks.

The scout update is... interesting.  Scout vs Scout, I'll take the old weapons.  I just went and played and the old weapons (with double jump) really beat out the new weapons.  However, the scout update has really screwed with heavies, engies, soldiers and the ubercharge attack.  To add insult to unjury, the scout's ball not only goes through uber, but the scouts energy drink makes them immune to the ball.  So scouts (the fastest class that can easily dodge the ball) gets to be the only class that has an immunity to the ball.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Velvet Assassin? on: January 30, 2009, 03:24:09 AM

Quote from: frost on January 30, 2009, 01:59:46 AM

I know it may sound silly, but I hate playing the role of a chick in a video game.  It just makes me feel like I'm cross dressing in a video game or something.  I just don't relate to the character that well. 
Dude, you're just weird.  nod
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero World Tour outsells Rock Band 2 2:1 on: January 30, 2009, 03:13:56 AM

Quote from: Darren8r on January 29, 2009, 11:06:18 PM

I thought Rock Band 1 was great and I knew when GH was coming out with their own it was a competition issue. I have come to realize the deciding factor for me is the guitars. I like the feel of the GH guitars way better than RB. The buttons are better.

I've only tried the RB1 and the GH3 guitars.  I have to say I ended up like the RB1 guitar more even thought I started with the GH3 one.  RB guitar has a longer, thinner neck.  I found this allows me to stretch my arm out and the thin neck doesn't tire my finger out they way the GH guitar does.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Top 3 Games EVAR on: January 22, 2009, 01:24:13 AM
Interstate '76
Pandemic's Battlezone
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: January 21, 2009, 08:43:48 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on January 21, 2009, 07:28:34 PM

Quote from: Turtle on January 21, 2009, 06:15:53 PM

If the PS3 really was going under as much as you guys want it to, it would already be at the bottom of the sea from its horrifically disastrous launch.

Come on now, not all of us want it to sink.  Personally I couldn't care less what becomes of the PS3.  Hey, I might even buy one in a couple of years if it's still around.  I just think that Hirai is an absolute tit and love to point and laugh at him.

I don't have a PS3, but I certainly don't want it to fail.  I would like Sony to hire competent people and fire all the idiots, though.  I'm glad the PS3 is struggling because it puts pressure on Sony to do just that.  Unfortunately, they aren't picking up on the clues.
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: January 06, 2009, 04:03:50 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 05, 2009, 05:14:05 PM

I wish it were Nintendo bowing out, instead of Sony though.  I miss my Marios and Zeldas.

Uh... I assume you don't have/don't want a Wii and would like Nintendo to make these games for other systems.  Yes?

Turtle, of course something will happen to the execs.  They will fail upwards and somehow get a promotion out of all of this.  nod
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: January 05, 2009, 05:07:51 PM
Saw this article, thought it might be interesting for discussion:
"Sacred Cow Slayings" Rumored at Sony... Is PlayStation In Jeopardy?

Despite the article, I don't think the PS3 is in trouble.  Considering the success Sony had with the PS2, I doubt they are going to give up on the console business.  I do think the PS4 is going to be a more conservative machine (ie. built to be priced at $300 instead of $500-600).  It will likely have waggle features as well.  However, I am very interested in what Sony is planning.  What kind of "sacred cow" are they going to sacrifice (if the article is to be believed)?
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What dead game series should Bethesda get next? on: January 03, 2009, 08:25:04 AM
I like the western idea.  I like the idea of them doing a version of Deadlands(a pnp RPG) even more.
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2009 - The Year Ahead In Gaming on: December 30, 2008, 11:50:19 PM

Quote from: Big Jake on December 30, 2008, 12:16:47 AM

Yeah, 2009 for Diablo 3 is a total lie.  I was wondering what chicanery was involved to even pretend that was coming out next year.

Booo!  Damn it, I wan't Diablo 3!  Oh, well.  Makes me wonder how long it will take to get all three Starcraft games out.  They said Diablo 3 was supposed to come after Terran Conflict and before the second installment (Zerg?).  Makes me wonder if it will take 6-8 years to get all three out.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: December 23, 2008, 06:58:43 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 23, 2008, 06:43:57 AM

everything is moot.  The Wii is the future of gaming.

* CeeKay runs and hides.
Why hide?  Does anyone really think that the WiiS 4 and the WiiBox 720 aren't the next gen consoles?  Sony and MS are getting their collective asses handed to them.  They have noticed and will adjust accordingly.
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Production is Up but so is Demand - Way Up on: December 12, 2008, 01:58:37 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 11, 2008, 11:48:41 PM

• Wii - 2,040,000
• Nintendo DS - 1,570,000
• Xbox 360 - 836,000
• PSP - 421,000
• PlayStation 3 - 378,000
• PlayStation 2 - 206,000

Ouch!  The economy is really killing the PS3.  I thought it would do alright this holiday season, but sales are down.  It's also no longer the lowest priced Bluray player.  I think that might be hurting it some.
Sony saw PS3 sales decline from 466,000 last November, to just 378,000 this November.
Doesn't the PS3 have some impressive games coming out for it?  Even the 360 saw a (small) boost in sales.  Still, MS has to be a little disappointed that they are offering a console for less than the Wii, but still can't compete in sales volume.  Even the premium package that is only $50 more and comes with two games.

The Wii... it's going to sell more units than the PS2 at this rate.  Hopefully some really cool games come out for it.  I know there are some cool games on it now, but where are all those developers that were making super cool JRPGs and robot games for the PS2?  They didn't just disappear.  They have to be cooking something up.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero World Tour - First Review Out - 7.9 on: December 05, 2008, 03:30:31 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on November 04, 2008, 02:29:36 PM

I finished the guitar tour on hard last night just to unlock all of the songs.  I would say that overall on hard RB2 is more difficult.  Visions and even Painkiller are harder than anything in GH:WT.  The only song I didn't pass on a sightread was Assassin by Muse which is basically a 4 minute alt strum fest.

On to expert, which I expect to take much longer, if I ever do finish.

Thanks for the info.  I've been wondering if WT was going to be as difficult as GH3.  I might pick it up now as there are songs I'd like to get on WT.
79  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [US Prez Election] Who did you vote for in the 2008 US elections? on: November 21, 2008, 05:03:26 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on November 07, 2008, 05:13:20 PM

I live in California where my presidential vote doesn't count anyway. The demo's own that.

I know how you feel.  I lived in two states that always go to the republicans (Idaho and Alaska).  Now I live in a state where I feel my vote counts (Iowa).
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead. You are not ready. on: November 12, 2008, 08:19:43 AM
I am have a LOAD of fun playing this game.  Been running through the demo almost every night since the pre-order release.  I definately recommend playing the game on the highest difficulty you can stand.  If it's too easy, then the game will lack a lot of atmosphere.  The boss zombies will also be much more dangerous on higher difficulties.  Not that they are necessarily more difficult to kill.  I've just run into situations where the ai will throw multiple bosses at you and they will coordinate attacks.  A boomer barfs on one, then a hunter jumps someone during the hoard rush and then a smoker snags someone.  You can't believe it when you survive those moments.

If you do play on higher difficulties, it is necessary to come up with tactics and formations.  Running around and strafing is a great way to get yourself killed by friendly fire.  Tight formations with people firing in the same direction.  Think old style military formations.  Make a line and move forward together.  Three in a line and one watching the rear.  In tight corridors, two watch the front and two watch the rear.  Pick a place (left, right or center) and stick with it.  keep a look out at places you pass so you know choke points.  Particularly important when you hear a hoard coming. 

Plans all work great, until they don't.  I find the tank can be a very difficult thing to deal with.  If you're careful, you'll hear it before you run into it.  The slower/wounded people need to back off first while the faster ones get into position and set it off.  Then everyone fires if and when they can.  Nothing is guaranteed, though.  An expert level tank can be taken down, it's just a serious pain in the ass.
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