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7521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: March 29, 2009, 03:09:26 AM
So... I just started playing this game. I just have an initial question. I just got to Damascus. For the "save the citizen" bits in the city, do you have to kill all the guards to complete the task? The entire city's worth of guards will not be alerted and come to kill me?

Game is interesting so far - I guess the tutorial part of the game was pretty long so I am just getting to the meat. The part I'm not quite sold on is the fact that I have to slow my horse down to a crawl while passing a guard so I don't get attacked? A guard who has no idea who I am? A little odd. And having to hold down the right trigger and press A to jump is a bit awkward.
7522  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NCAA Frozen Four on: March 28, 2009, 10:37:19 PM
Woohoo! Go Cornell!
7523  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NCAA Frozen Four on: March 28, 2009, 08:17:39 PM
Anyone care? I'm rooting on my Big Red this afternoon.
7524  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Peggle Peg Party on: March 28, 2009, 05:18:54 PM
Would have liked to join last night but the timing didn't work out. Feel free to send me an invite if you see me.
7525  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reaper, Season 2 on: March 27, 2009, 08:47:46 PM
Finally got to watch the season premiere...

"The devil is attracted to radishes?"

Kind of weird that they didn't recap what happened to the father. Of course, they may address this in episodes 2 and 3, which I have yet to watch.
7526  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How to look like an idiot in a national news story on: March 27, 2009, 08:19:04 PM

Quote from: Moliere on March 27, 2009, 07:56:26 PM

I'm going to have to go with the Randites on this pointless symbolic gesture.

Quote
Participants spend an enjoyable sixty minutes in the dark, safe in the knowledge that the life-saving benefits of industrial civilization are just a light switch away. This bears no relation whatsoever to what life would actually be like under the sort of draconian carbon-reduction policies that climate activists are demanding: punishing carbon taxes, severe emissions caps, outright bans on the construction of power plants.

Forget one measly hour with just the lights off. How about Earth Month, without any form of fossil fuel energy? Try spending a month shivering in the dark without heating, electricity, refrigeration; without power plants or generators; without any of the labor-saving, time-saving, and therefore life-saving products that industrial energy makes possible.

Well, I absolutely don't want this to be an R&P topic, but I will say they have a point in that WWF is probably thinking the wrong way about this if their goal is to get people to write their congressman to support their legislation. It would make more sense in a "every little thing counts" kind of framework - give people the feeling that it's worthwhile to make small changes in their everyday life to reduce energy usage.

But mostly I thought the guy just came off sounding like a tool when he bragged about wasting as much energy as he could.
7527  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How to look like an idiot in a national news story on: March 27, 2009, 07:53:49 PM
There's this article on MSNBC about the "earth hour", an hour set aside on Saturday where people and businesses are supposed to turn off or dim non-essential lights as a way of showing that if everyone does something small, the combined effect can help with climate change, energy conservation, etc.

Of course, they have to add a voice of opposition, so they found this guy:

Quote
Critic to add lighting to store

But not everyone agrees and at least one counter-protest is planned for Saturday.

Suburban Philadelphia ice cream shop owner Bob Gerenser believes global warming is based on faulty science and calls Earth Hour "nonsense."

The resident of New Hope, Pa., planned to illuminate his store with extra theatrical lighting.

"I'm going to get everyone I know in my neighborhood to turn on every light they possibly can to waste as much electricity as possible to underline the absurdity of this action ... by being absurd," he said.
7528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gears of War title update 3 on: March 27, 2009, 07:39:31 PM
Came out this week - might warrant revisiting MP.

Quote
Gears of War 2 Title Update 3 Detailed Release Notes
The following fixes and improvements are included in Title Update 3.

Improvements
Title Update 3 makes these new improvements:

    * Adds 100 levels of player experience that you can gain based on your score in Public matches. The game still uses Trueskill for matchmaking to find the most competitive matches, but the skill rank is now hidden. The new level of experience appears next to your gamertag, with levels 1 through 99 displayed as numbers and level 100 displayed as an icon. The game normalizes experience based on match type so that players earn an equivalent amount of experience across all modes.
    * Adds an experience penalty for players quitting before a match is complete.
    * Adds bots automatically to a Public Match if players quit and cause unbalanced teams. This ability has always existed in Private Matches if the bot count is set higher than zero.
    * Optimizes playlists to only have two modes per playlist. Ties are decided by random selection.
    * Adds the ability for teams to talk to each other between rounds in a Private Match.
    * Adds the ability to save Public and Private Horde high scores after each complete wave, in case the host loses connection before failing or completing all fifty waves.
    * Makes minor changes to general bandwidth usage.
    * Adds region preference to matchmaking.
    * Improves standby detection.
    * Adds nine new achievements worth 250 points. Progress toward them starts after Title Update 3 is applied. Six of the new achievements require the Snowblind Map Pack, a set of four new maps to be released soon. The nine new achievements:

          o "Rookie Gear" (10 points): Earn enough multiplayer experience to reach level 5 (Public only).
          o "Seasoned Gear" (20 points): Earn enough multiplayer experience to reach level 15 (Public only).
          o "Battle-Tested Gear" (30 points): Earn enough multiplayer experience to reach level 25 (Public only).
          o "Battle-Hardened Gear" (50 points): Reach level 50 and play a match on each of the four Snowblind Map Pack maps (Public only).
          o "Veteran Gear" (75 points): Reach level 100 and win a match on each of the four Snowblind Map Pack maps (Public only).
          o "Never Eat Red Snow" (20 points): Complete waves 1 through 10 on all Snowblind Map Pack maps in Horde (any difficulty).
          o "Icy Dead People" (25 points): Complete waves 1 through 50 on any Snowblind Map Pack map in Horde (any difficulty).
          o "Frigid Body Dynamics" (5 points): Play a multiplayer match on each of the four Snowblind Map Pack maps (any mode).
          o "The Weather Outside Is Lethal" (15 points): Win a multiplayer match on each of the four Snowblind Map Pack maps (any mode).


Exploit Fixes
Title Update 3 fixes these possible exploits, where under certain circumstances:

    * A player could swap from a pistol to a two-handed weapon during a cover slide and then mantle greater distances.
    * Players could kill themselves in Wingman to avoid giving their opponents more points. Now, suicides and team killing will reduce team score.
    * A player holding a meatshield could melee through some walls.
    * A player could equip a two-handed weapon with a shield using either the Boltok or the Gorgon pistol.
    * A player could equip a two-handed weapon with a meatshield using either the Boltok or the Gorgon pistol.
    * A player could prevent planted shields from being picked up by other players.
    * Players could launch themselves into the air with a smoke grenade while mantling.


General Fixes
Title Update 3 fixes these other issues as well:

    * An issue that caused chainsaw interruption when a player is shot to be less reliable in some body positions than in others.
    * An issue where a third player could join a Public Wingman party lobby and remove another player from the game.
    * An issue in Submission games where occasionally the meatflag would immediately run back to the spawn point after being dropped.
    * An issue where players that were knocked down but not out (DBNO) while planting the Boomshield would appear to be standing.
    * An elevation-based issue where the detection for a headshot might not align properly with certain character model heads.
    * An issue that could cause Wingman teammates to have different character models.
    * Additional miscellaneous bug fixes.


Balancing
Title Update 3 makes these balancing changes:

    * Reduces stun duration of smoke grenades. Currently, characters always start to get up after 2 seconds.
    * Gives melee the same delay after roadie running that shooting received in Title Update 2.
    * Removes spawn protection from the Horde in Horde mode.
    * Increased the forward angle that triggers chainsaw duels so that players with Lancers equipped won't be sawn from the side without a duel.
    * Reduces the delay before a player can climb up after entering low cover.
    * Makes minor changes to weapon spawns on the Subway map to provide greater balance.
7529  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chinese roast pork sandwich - who's had one? on: March 27, 2009, 04:37:15 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 27, 2009, 04:34:58 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on March 27, 2009, 04:17:14 PM

Oh.  My bad.  I still want to go to Lee's, though.   icon_wink

You should.  Actually you should see if there's a more authentic non-chain Vietnamese sandwich shop in your area because from Lee's website it looks like all they have are cold cuts.  The best banh mi is "banh mi thit heo nuong," which is a hard to pronounce way to say it's filled with pieces of specially grilled pork instead of boring cold cuts.

And man up and try the sandwich as-is before you go and Americanize it with ingredient omissions.  You're going to eat your pickled daikon and you're going to like it, dammit.

That reminds me I haven't been to super 88 in a while. Have you ever been there pug?
7530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sqeidox? Square Eenix takeover Eidos May 6 on: March 27, 2009, 04:06:35 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 27, 2009, 04:00:41 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 27, 2009, 03:34:10 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on March 27, 2009, 03:25:58 PM

So what does Eidos have besides Tomb Raider?  Why does this deal make sense for Squidix?

Hitman, Deus Ex, and some others.  SE is trying to get a better foothold in Western markets and in addition to gaining the IPs, it would give them access to western developers like Crystal Dynamics and IO Interactive. 

Doesn't Eidos also publish the Tom Clancy franchises?

I would say that Eidos has more franchises that I care about than Square/Enix does.

I thought Clancy was Ubi? Not sure.
7531  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hillarious Commercial on: March 27, 2009, 04:01:47 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 27, 2009, 03:33:42 PM

I don't think they will. I doubt that commercial has the appeal to women that it does to men.

We need a smiley of a pun flying over someone's head.
7532  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chinese roast pork sandwich - who's had one? on: March 27, 2009, 04:01:07 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 27, 2009, 03:42:43 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on March 27, 2009, 03:14:44 PM

I've never had one, but we have Lee's Sandwiches in Chandler and they're supposed to have the best Banh Mi in the area.

I love Banh Mi but the sandwich Teggy is describing sounds like something completely different.

A Banh Mi is on a sort of french baguette, not garlic bread, and also it has no duck sauce.

Yeah, I looked that up on wikipedia and it is a very different concept.
7533  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hillarious Commercial on: March 27, 2009, 02:20:48 PM
Women will snatch those up.
7534  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Chinese roast pork sandwich - who's had one? on: March 27, 2009, 01:46:02 PM
I had a sudden craving the other night for something I haven't had in ages. When I was young and living in the New York City suburbs, one of the treats we would occasionally go out for was the Chinese roast pork sandwich. This is not a Chinese food item, mind you, but some kind of New York concoction. Thick slices of juicy Chinese roast pork served on hot, toasted garlic bread. And the most important part - duck sauce. The thing was/is delicious, although not so great for the heart. There only ever seemed to be one place in the county that served it. One place closed down at one point and later another opened up. Word would get around that they served the sandwich.

History
Quote
By all accounts, the sandwich was created sometime in the mid-1950s at Herbie’s in Loch Sheldrake, New York. It was the most popular Jewish-style deli-restaurant in the area. According to Freddie Roman, the Borscht Belt comic who years later starred in the nostalgia show Catskills on Broadway, Herbie’s was where all the entertainers would gather after their last shows at the hotel nightclubs. “Specifically for that sandwich,” says Freddie. “And everyone else had to eat what the celebrities ate.”

Herbie’s sandwich of Chinese Roast Pork on Italian Garlic Bread was so popular among the summer crowd in “The Mountains,” that it was imitated back in “The City.” I remember when it was introduced at Martin’s and Senior’s, two fabulously successful, middle-class family restaurants on Nostrand Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

In just a few years, it seemed Chinese roast pork on garlic bread became so popular in the southern tier of Brooklyn communities — from Canarsie through Mill Basin to Bay Ridge — that every diner and coffee shop made it. The sandwich even made it to Manhattan in the 1960s, at a place called The Flick, an ice cream parlor and casual restaurant near the then-new movie houses on Third Avenue.

Both of my parents grew up in/around Sheepshead Bay and my mom says that she even frequented the above mentioned Senior's, although she said my parents didn't really have this sandwich frequently until after they moved out of the city.

Somewhere down the line, I need to make sure to get me one of these again. Anyone else ever have one?
7535  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Horror Movie: Martyrs on: March 26, 2009, 08:39:09 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on March 25, 2009, 02:07:38 AM

Martrys is a not a movie you enjoy, it's a movie you survive.


I think that's the key sentence in your post. I don't think most people go to a movies to see if they can endure them. I guess it's like people who are afraid of roller coasters vs. those who think they are a thrill. People afraid of heights vs. skydivers. Just in this case I think the number of people on the right side of the "vs." is relatively small. Sounds like this filmmaker had a story he wanted to tell about the darker side of the human psyche and he used all the modern special effects available to do so. Obviously the downside to this is that he has a limited audience. If people really don't want to see this kind of thing they will vote with their dollars.

I guess if you are of the mind that violent forms of entertainment promote violence, then I could see you being quite concerned about a movie like this. I'm not of that opinion, although I'm also definitely not seeing this movie.
7536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA/PSN]Call of Duty..thats right,the first one!! on: March 26, 2009, 08:16:55 PM
Very cool - I've never had a PC that could run this and want to play all the IW editions. This is a little more "Medal of Honorey", though, correct? With health packs and stuff?
7537  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet & Clank : A Crack In Time on: March 26, 2009, 08:09:32 PM
IN
7538  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good and Bad TV Series finales on: March 26, 2009, 01:56:18 PM
I thought of one this morning - a very short-lived series, but I really liked the way it ended. Surface. I don't think the ending was even meant to be a series finale, but it worked very well tying up the story in a very dark way.
7539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Combat 2 confirmed! on: March 26, 2009, 01:52:32 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 26, 2009, 03:58:28 AM

Quote from: jersoc on March 26, 2009, 03:50:55 AM

i choose this thread cause it's longer.

careful, don't dis the Teggmeister.

nothing to see here people  icon_redface

No worries, didn't realize there was a thread to resurrect.
7540  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Modern Warfare 2 - November 10, 2009 on: March 26, 2009, 03:35:56 AM
http://modernwarfare2.infinityward.com/

I don't know if it is a joke to make fun of the way people dissect trailers or there is something hidden in there, but the player allows you to look at the teaser trailer frame by frame and zoom in to 5 levels.
7541  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good and Bad TV Series finales on: March 26, 2009, 02:37:33 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 25, 2009, 11:36:02 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 25, 2009, 09:16:20 PM

I don't understand why people liked the ending of Angel. It left everyone's future (apart from Wesley) in question. I should probably read the comics. Buffy's ending, while a little quick to resolve, at least tied up most loose ends and didn't make you wonder what would become of the main characters.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Perhaps this is explained in the comics, but Buffy's ending made it seem like all was now wonderful in the world while according to Angel, it was basically the end times.


both currently have their next season going on in comic book format, with input from Whedon who does the occasional issue or two.  I wouldn't say everything in Buffy's world is wonderful, and the powers at Wolfram & Hart pull out the big guns to get vengeance on Angel for what he did at the end of season 5.

Looks like a they've got a good chunk of the issues in TPB now, I should look into that.
7542  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good and Bad TV Series finales on: March 25, 2009, 09:16:20 PM
I don't understand why people liked the ending of Angel. It left everyone's future (apart from Wesley) in question. I should probably read the comics. Buffy's ending, while a little quick to resolve, at least tied up most loose ends and didn't make you wonder what would become of the main characters.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Perhaps this is explained in the comics, but Buffy's ending made it seem like all was now wonderful in the world while according to Angel, it was basically the end times.
7543  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Mar 2009: Deus Ex Game of the Year on: March 25, 2009, 04:48:46 PM
One thing that I think could either help or hurt (I haven't decided) is possibly break the games into manageable chunks and set deadlines to get to a point and then share impressions. Leaving people to start at the beginning and then report back in at the end may lack enough structure to keep people engaged.

The age of the games may be a downside to some, but I think it attractive to me and some of the other people - clearing games out of my backlog that I've always meant to play is a good thing. But some people (like myself) may need more constant motivation to keep going.

As an aside, a good offshoot of this would be a co-op gaming club. For example, there are a lot of 360 games that I would like to play co-op for fun or achievements (Gears of War 2, 50 Cent, CoD:WaW, Army of Two, RE5 etc.), but I don't have a good way to find the right person. It would be good to have a group of people who were interested in doing co-op and make it easy to find the right person based on game, time zone, schedule, amount of free time, etc. And if you wanted to pick a game a month for that, you would have people motivating each other to play through the games.
7544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Mar 2009: Deus Ex Game of the Year on: March 25, 2009, 01:42:12 PM
I'm guessing I'm not going to get to this this month, which is sad, because I really want to finish this game. Picked up a bunch of games on sale at Circuit City and kind of got sidetracked. I really need to try and do it in April.
7545  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Get them away from me! I need help! The noms, they're EVIL! on: March 25, 2009, 12:43:39 AM
My wife ordered a couple of the giant tubs of these for our wedding and very few got eaten (there was just too much other stuff). I was eating them for a quite a while, but I had no complaints.
7546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Doom: Fall of Mars on: March 24, 2009, 02:58:41 PM
"IF" software? Won't these guys get the smackdown from id? Especially since they are taking donations.
7547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider: Underworld on: March 24, 2009, 01:17:21 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 24, 2009, 12:32:19 PM

Your comments match most of the reviews I've seen online. 

Story-wise, would it be better to play the second one first, or is it more interesting to wonder what was going on and have it revealed in Shadow?

That's an interesting question. I think they are intended to played in the order that they were released, but the second one picks up right after the end of of Underworld and you could argue it feels right to play it first. Either way, you will confused about the story until you play the other.
7548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider: Underworld on: March 24, 2009, 03:48:05 AM
So, I downloaded and played both DLC missions this weekend/tonight. These are a lot better than the PoP DLC, which I was really disappointed by. They are probably both a bit too expensive for their length, but both are worth playing at some point.

Beneath the Ashes fits very well as an extra level from Underworld - it has a very twisty path that often crosses back over itself and there are several puzzles to solve. There are some jumps you need to make that I felt they didn't playtest very well, but overall it is very well put together, if not as awe-inspiring as some of the larger Underworld levels.

Lara's Shadow, on the other hand, is more like a Legend level in that the path you take is fairly linear. This does not mean you are only making your way through hallways - in fact, it has some very large environments. But the path you take is fairly clear once you spot the handholds, etc. What I really enjoyed about this level as DLC is that you don't play as Lara, but as her doppleganger. You get special powers for climbing, running and fighting, so it feels pretty fresh instead of just another level. I was really surprised - with the exception of some insanity towards the end, I really enjoyed this DLC, more than Beneath the Ashes.

Both episodes extend the story of the original game, and in fact you don't understand what has happened in Beneath the Ashes until you play Lara's Shadow.

So there you go. IMHO both episodes are worth playing, although if you only play one I would recommend Lara's Shadow just for the change of pace. They are both probably a little overpriced for their length, so hopefully they will go on sale at some point. Bundling these together would have made a lot of sense due to the story and it's a shame they didn't.

7549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [multi] prince of persia impressions on: March 24, 2009, 12:36:34 AM
I just finished up the Epilogue and I'll say if anyone is on the fence, save your $10. There is some ok platforming, but it is for the most part a very linear run with a number of really tedious boss fights (in fact you do the same exact fight several times). In addition, it really doesn't move the story forward much, likely on purpose for people who buy the sequel without playing the Epilogue. With the exception of some of the boss battles, I quite enjoyed the main game, but even at under 3 hours, I really just wanted to be done with the DLC when I neared the end.
7550  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedons Dollhouse starts Friday on: March 23, 2009, 08:52:57 PM
As a joke, I hope at some point they are basically able to have Echo be "Faith". Or at least just have her say "five by five" once.
7551  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: These children must be silenced. on: March 23, 2009, 08:49:43 PM
Hey, that little girl's got some guitar chops, have to give her a little credit. Also, they're not singing about white pride, so there's another plus. They can kind of harmonize. But yeah, they need to think about some different material.
7552  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I deleted LOST and Heroes on: March 23, 2009, 08:29:50 PM

Quote from: Scraper on March 23, 2009, 08:03:49 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 23, 2009, 07:57:04 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 23, 2009, 07:51:45 PM

Lost is definitely worth watching. Heroes is backing up on my DVR but I'm pretty sure it will get deleted. I'm also way behind on Sarah Connor - save or delete?

I was just about to give up on Sarah Connor.  I was never a big fan of the show and I felt it was getting sillier by the week.  However, this past Friday night's show was such an incredible departure from the usual angst ridden episodes of Sarah pouting over how badly she feels about John's childhood that I was convinced to give it a stay of execution.  It was almost as if they hired a whole new writing staff that knew how to craft a good story full of action and mystery.

I agree, last weeks episode was really good. It finally showed John being an in control badass, and it did this without him ever even firing a gun or getting into a fight. He put everyone in their place.

Now the series needs to get back to John actually being hunted by a freaking terminator.

No, let's try this again. The correct answer was "Teggy, it blows. Delete it and use the free time to do something productive."

I was so close...
7553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DLC - what's cool and what's a money grab? on: March 23, 2009, 08:08:33 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 23, 2009, 07:03:52 PM

On the other hand, the Street Fighter IV costumes are as non-functional as horse armor but for me it was worth my money to be able to play dress-up.

I will give credit to Eidos - if you want to see Lara Croft in any number of bikinis or a vinyl catsuit, you get that for free. smile
7554  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 Starts Tonight! (SPOILERS!!!) on: March 23, 2009, 07:55:15 PM

Quote from: Moliere on March 23, 2009, 07:35:21 PM

Quote from: kathode on March 23, 2009, 06:34:00 PM

BTW - http://www.tvguide.com/News/Battlestar-Galacticas-Ron-1004256.aspx?rss=breakingnews
This is an interview with Ron Moore where they ask him point-blank about a lot of the finale stuff. 

Unfortunately, this pretty much sums up the final season:

Quote
There's a lot of different ways you can look at it, but the more we talked about it, the more we realized there was more in the ambiguity and mystery of it than there was in trying to give it more definition in the end.

Well if you watched "the last frakkin special" or whatever it was called on Sci Fi, there's a point in the show where they talk about struggling with the ending. They basically say that what made the show was the characters, so they said "screw the plot" (I believe that was a direct quote), let's just show the characters doing what we want them to do.

EDIT: yeah, and if I had read the article first, I would have seen that this idea is basically repeated in the first paragraph  icon_redface
7555  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I deleted LOST and Heroes on: March 23, 2009, 07:51:45 PM
Lost is definitely worth watching. Heroes is backing up on my DVR but I'm pretty sure it will get deleted. I'm also way behind on Sarah Connor - save or delete?
7556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DLC - what's cool and what's a money grab? on: March 23, 2009, 06:42:12 PM

Quote from: kathode on March 23, 2009, 06:40:14 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 23, 2009, 06:30:35 PM

Here's a handy dandy table I whipped up.

Want it + Willing to pay for it = Cool
Want it + Not willing to pay for it = Money grab
Don't want it + Not willing to pay for it = Cool

Pretty much it.  There's no line you can draw that will work for everyone.  Pricing them is more of an art than a science.

This is true, although I am more concerned that every game is going to start shipping without an ending and then you'll have to buy it later. An exaggeration, but we've already seen it happen.
7557  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 Starts Tonight! (SPOILERS!!!) on: March 23, 2009, 06:40:27 PM

Quote from: kathode on March 23, 2009, 06:34:00 PM



Quote
I also had too many questions about what effect seeding the planet with people would have. First of all, English would have been the dominant language worldwide, and there would be sudden evidence of complex tools being used, even if they got rid of all of their existing technological equipment. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Really?  This is something that bothered you??

I understood it was a "haha the jokes on you" kind of moment, but it was the last thing the show left me with and it made no sense, so yeah, it bothered me.
7558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DLC - what's cool and what's a money grab? on: March 23, 2009, 06:11:07 PM
I've been buying some DLC lately and I'm kind of torn on whether I should be paying for some of it. What are people's opinions on when the developer is getting you to pay $70 or $80 for their game or when you are getting a good deal?

I haven't gotten Lost and Damned yet, but I won't have a problem buying this. It's a brand new story with brand new characters and brand new weapons and adds 12-20 hours of content.

I have, however, purchased the Prince of Persia Epilogue - this is about 3 hours of additional content (there is an achievement for finishing it in under 2) where you fight the same bosses from the original game a number of additional times, although there is one new additional power. Worth $10? Probably not, but I enjoy the gameplay so I wanted to play some more and find out what happened with the story.

I also purchased the Tomb Raider Underground DLC and started the first one. The first one is an additional level that, from what I understand, was supposed to be in the game but wasn't finished. No new weapons and not much story. The second one I believe allows you to play a new character with new powers. $20 for both? $10 for both and I would have felt better, but they got me anyway.

I don't think this is like horse armor, at least, but I'd say that the PoP and Tomb Raider levels are setting a dangerous precedent.
7559  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: March 23, 2009, 05:52:24 PM

Quote from: Davidbld on March 23, 2009, 12:53:03 AM

I think someones gonna turn the underground wheel again. Unless the scientist Daniel, who was seen working in the Dharma mines (in the 70's) can figure out another way.

Dave

There was an offhand comment made during the episode that Daniel wasn't there anymore. Did I miss something or did they really just throw that in there to be mysterious?
7560  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 Starts Tonight! (SPOILERS!!!) on: March 23, 2009, 05:28:24 PM
Count me among the ones who felt let down, but maybe that was due to personal expectations. I was hoping there would be something concrete to tie everything together. All of what had passed seemed like it could now be explained by the continual recreation of the cylons in society and then eventual destruction. The myths, religions and prophesies made sense as stories that evolved to try and explain those events in the past. However, in the end, the explanation was essentially supernatural - something was pulling strings and there were angels and ghosts. Starbuck's sudden disappearance was a big wtf.

I also had too many questions about what effect seeding the planet with people would have. First of all, English would have been the dominant language worldwide, and there would be sudden evidence of complex tools being used, even if they got rid of all of their existing technological equipment. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
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