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3761  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: July 07, 2011, 09:08:38 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 07, 2011, 08:48:25 PM

The thing is - they build their aggro so slow, especially below lvl 60, that the rest of the group HAS to wait a bit before doing anything - its an accumulating aggro thingie.

Wardens are VERY good at holding a single target and never dying, but its quite hard against many (In my opinion, that is)

I love my warden for solo play, but I find it hard to group with people I don't know.

Heh, all the classes have their own grouping issues I suspect. We captains have the problem where nobody notices that we're contributing because it's so subtle, but I've seen a lot of comments like "This was a lot easier than the last time I tried it" (where the previous group had no captain).
3762  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: July 07, 2011, 08:42:11 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 07, 2011, 08:39:56 PM

You get overpower at lvl 20 - and yeah, its easy to switch to something that gives you parry or block bonus's instead, but for some reason I cant remember if you can switch weapons in combat. I don't think so, actually.

Wardens with their gambits are an advanced class, since there is tons of stuff to remember in their gambits. They get up to 5 slots for their gambits, and have about what..50 different combinations to play with? They are NOT very good if you want to tank though, since it takes a skilled group to understand the way the warden gets aggro

That's strange, considering that Wardens are one of only two tank classes in the game, not counting the classes that can off-tank.
3763  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: July 07, 2011, 07:49:35 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 07, 2011, 07:29:55 PM

I think its pretty subjective who's the strongest soloer - Just yesterday I heard Captain wasn't such a good soloer

As skystride points out, this is ONLY because Captain takes a while longer than most classes to kill enemies. People who say that the Captain is a poor solo class are using nothing but TTK as a factor. In truth, the Captain is nearly unkillable in most situations, being able to handle a surprising amount of adds without any major problems. I've been able to handle impressive amounts of adds without any major problems as long as I keep my head cool. Other classes that are considered excellent soloers by the TTK crowd (such as the Hunter) run into massive problems once they get more than one add in a fight.
3764  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: July 07, 2011, 07:09:00 PM

Quote from: The Grue on July 07, 2011, 05:34:43 PM

Quote from: TiLT on July 07, 2011, 04:52:04 PM

For the record: All classes do perfectly well solo in this game, so there's no need to worry that you're gimping yourself by picking the "wrong class".

I haven't played in a bit, but I did have some trouble sometimes doing solo story instances with a minstrel.  Usually I could solo, but there were just a couple of rare instances where I had to try a couple of times to complete the solo instance.

That's because some of the solo instances are pretty damn challenging. I play a Captain, which has the second highest survivability in the game and is considered one of the strongest solo classes, yet even I struggle with some of the instances at times.
3765  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: July 07, 2011, 04:52:04 PM
For the record: All classes do perfectly well solo in this game, so there's no need to worry that you're gimping yourself by picking the "wrong class".
3766  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend me a programming language on: July 07, 2011, 08:33:04 AM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on June 25, 2011, 10:00:03 PM

i'm not sure why some people here are downplaying Java and instead recommending C#?

I used to recommend Java for learning how to code (and then moving on to a better language when you're going to code for real), but that role has been replaced by C# which is actually useful outside of school.
3767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas Announced on: July 06, 2011, 06:56:24 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 06, 2011, 06:13:14 PM

For some reason, my copy is autoupdating right now through Steam

It's the patch mentioned above. I got it too.
3768  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: July 06, 2011, 12:54:04 PM

Quote from: skystride on July 06, 2011, 12:44:21 PM

I'm playing on a very casual basis (took 3 weeks just to get to level 17) on Landroval.  Bloodright (not sure if he posts here) has been a great deal of help to get me started.  I think he's a master crafter in every profession.

It's not possible to have more than three crafting professions at once, and they have to be part of a predefined package (Metalsmith contains Prospecting, Metalworking and Tailoring, for example). Many people have alts that fill the gaps the main character doesn't have though.
3769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: July 06, 2011, 09:12:18 AM
I might have been a bit too quick. According to this video interview, games from the Lands of Lore series will be appearing on GoG within the next few weeks. Can't wait! smile
3770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: July 06, 2011, 04:52:28 AM

Quote from: Mithridates on July 06, 2011, 02:25:31 AM

Quote from: Kagath on July 06, 2011, 02:11:28 AM

Give it up. It's not for you.

Agreed.  All I hear is complaining about how hard the game is and how poorly programmed it is to be so difficult at early levels.

Quote
This game may have a lot of content, but "fun" so far hasn't been part of that content.  I've tried preliminary quests to level up my character and wind up dying.  I've tried exploring, but wind up dying.  I've tried using VATS, but end up dying.  Seriously, WTF is with this game?  So far it seems overrated and unworthy of its praise.

I think the problem is probably you and how you play it.  Let's be honest, you sound like you are terrible at it.  While I died several times playing the game(and I played it ALOT), it never got so bad that I started questioning whether the game was any good.

I agree. Dying all of the time in Fallout 3, which IS a game with scaled enemies, is just strange. "Difficult" has never been a word I've used to describe my experience with the game.

I seem to recall that there's a difficulty slider in the game though. Have you tried fiddling with that?
3771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: July 05, 2011, 08:44:00 PM
Man, I wish they'd get the first Lands of Lore game. I have no idea why nobody has re-released that yet.
3772  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 05, 2011, 07:57:31 PM
The perfect way to emphasize that you're the crazy cat lady of the gun world.
3773  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Could it be? A Dance with Dragons is completed? on: July 05, 2011, 06:58:56 PM
Yeah, my point wasn't to not bother being careful. It was to not despair if you're accidentally spoiled. Someone may just be messing with you.
3774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: July 05, 2011, 06:56:43 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on July 05, 2011, 05:33:33 PM

I appreciate the suggestions and comments. 

Quote from: Kagath on July 02, 2011, 03:10:48 PM

Yeah that's not required to do immediately. I kill some of the ants then leave for a while until a level or 2 later. It's worth doing as a good reward but challenging early.

The problem I had with it is that you don't know it is going to be overly challenging or nearly impossible to complete.  And it seems to be a discouraging design choice to place such a mission in a location so easy to stumble upon early in the game. 

You know once you try it. Unless you mess up, you're not going to get killed by your first ant, but you're going to realize that it's too tough for you, which should make you leave until you're better prepared. There will be many potential situations in the game where you'll find something is a bit too tough. That's a cue for you to leave that area alone for a while. Look at it as incentive to get more powerful. If everything was laid out according to your level progression, you'd just end up with something like Oblivion, where leveling up is almost pointless.
3775  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Could it be? A Dance with Dragons is completed? on: July 05, 2011, 04:08:43 PM
According to George R. R. Martin himself, a lot of the spoilers are fake. I'd venture a guess and say that the vast majority of the spoilers are fake, simply because there's a lot more asshats out there than there are people who've received the book early.
3776  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deal on Hold For THE SUMMER SALE! on: July 05, 2011, 04:39:28 AM

Quote from: Teggy on July 04, 2011, 09:33:28 PM

I bought Alpha Protocol - there was a big patch for it, right?

It's Steam. You don't have to worry about patches. The game comes pre-patched when you download it, and if further patches are released, they'll be downloaded and applied automatically.
3777  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deal on Hold For THE SUMMER SALE! on: July 04, 2011, 06:47:51 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 04, 2011, 06:44:11 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 04, 2011, 06:35:55 PM

... you're not helping my wallet any...

honestly, it wouldn't surprise me if they had a GOTY edition with all the DLC out by the time the Holiday sale rolls around.

Well, everything related to Fallout: New Vegas is 70% off today, including the DLC and strategy guide. It's one hell of an offer.
3778  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deal on Hold For THE SUMMER SALE! on: July 04, 2011, 06:36:28 PM

Quote from: Moliere on July 04, 2011, 06:20:32 PM

Quote from: TiLT on July 04, 2011, 06:03:47 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 04, 2011, 05:56:28 PM

I'm thinking about FONV.

How good is it? I may just wait till the xmas sale, since I have so many unplayed games ATM.

It's pretty much on level with the first two Fallout games.

Are you comparing New Vegas to Fallout 1 and 2?  saywhat  I think it is better than Fallout 3. Better use of factions and the ability to be truly good or evil depending on your choices. I've played over 100 hours of New Vegas, half of that coming just from mod content.

Yes I am. Obsidian got the setting just right. The problem with the comparison I made is that just about everyone who played the original games is wearing nostalgia goggles, and they're fastened with superglue.
3779  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deal on Hold For THE SUMMER SALE! on: July 04, 2011, 06:03:47 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 04, 2011, 05:56:28 PM

I'm thinking about FONV.

How good is it? I may just wait till the xmas sale, since I have so many unplayed games ATM.

It's pretty much on level with the first two Fallout games.
3780  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, whats your vacation plans this year? on: July 04, 2011, 05:08:07 PM
This is my last week of work before 4 weeks of freedom. In exactly two weeks I'm heading to Cyprus for a week of relaxing in the sun. Considering the weather here in Norway has reminded me of anything but summertime these last few weeks, that trip is long overdue.

Right now I'd settle for not having to wear a raincoat to work every fricking day, but then again, my town is known for being great in every regard but the weather. This is the kind of place where you can see a clear blue sky with soaring hot sunshine, a massive thunderstorm, bucketloads of rain, sleet and strong winds, all in the same day.
3781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: James Bond 007: Blood Stone on: July 04, 2011, 04:45:24 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 04, 2011, 04:36:30 PM

Quote from: TiLT on July 03, 2011, 11:47:25 AM

The game is well worth the bargain price on Steam. Highly recommended.

Was this in one of the daily sales?  I must have glossed over it if so, although I suppose they usually come back on sale for the last day. 

It was a midweek madness deal two weeks ago, though looking at the game's store page right now I see it's still got the same price. It's 33% off right now, which I guess is part of the overall summer sale, though I don't know for sure. It might become a daily deal at some point during the sale. Still, I felt it was well worth the current asking price. Your mileage may vary.
3782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Brotherhood PC (mouse/keyboard) on: July 04, 2011, 12:44:16 PM
Are you looking only for comments regarding the quality of the PC porting, or do you want more general information? I played through the game on PC with the 360-controller, and it was a smooth experience.
3783  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deal on Hold For THE SUMMER SALE! on: July 04, 2011, 12:42:43 PM

Quote from: earicci on July 04, 2011, 12:40:22 PM

Did anyone love AC:Brotherhood PC verson?

"Love" is a strong word. If you like Assassin's Creed 2 you'll like Brotherhood, and the PC version is competently done. If you want story though, look elsewhere. Apart from the last 5 minutes, the story in Brotherhood is completely inconsequential to the overarching plot.
3784  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deal on Hold For THE SUMMER SALE! on: July 04, 2011, 09:18:25 AM
I always think that I have everything I could want from Steam, and I'm always proved wrong. So far in this summer sale I've bought Dawn of War 2: Retribution, Fable 3 (with the two biggest pieces of DLC) and Aliens vs Predator.
3785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: James Bond 007: Blood Stone on: July 03, 2011, 11:47:25 AM
I picked up this game in a Steam sale, and I'm sure glad I did so. It was surprisingly good, and I enjoyed myself tremendously throughout the entire thing (with the exception of the ice driving level that has been featured in several previews. That one was just aggravating and required memorizing the path instead of reacting to things as they happen).

The game starts with a bang, then calms down a little after the title sequence and slowly builds up to a series of awesome set pieces. Only the Call of Duty series handles cool environments in the same kind of way. I mean, jumping from a speeding hovercraft onto the wing of a sea plane while shooting enemies can never be anything but awesome. slywink The variation is good, even though you'll spend most of the time shooting or hitting enemies. The action is very satisfying though, so I never really tired of that.

The acting is also very good. It doesn't feel like the big name actors like Daniel Craig and Judi Dench are just dialing it in. They're giving it their best and it works very well. This is the new Bond we know from Casino Royale, which means he can be pretty cruel while being funny ("Please let me go! I'm no use to you any more!" "You got that right!" *kicks bad guy off a ledge*).

The game is well worth the bargain price on Steam. Highly recommended.
3786  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deal on Hold For THE SUMMER SALE! on: July 02, 2011, 10:01:31 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on July 02, 2011, 08:40:31 PM

Quote from: jersoc on July 02, 2011, 07:35:53 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 02, 2011, 03:23:06 PM

Quote from: jersoc on July 02, 2011, 07:25:16 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 01, 2011, 10:28:23 PM

Anybody that doesn't have Just Cause 2 at this point needs to buy it for $5!

no thanks.

??

Have you played it?  It's a lot of fun.  Easily worth $5.

i played the demo, wasn't my thing.


also, i only hate bad games, like dragon age 2.

 eek   Roll Eyes   icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol

Can't say I agree with jersoc much, but he's right there. Dragon Age 2 wasn't a good game.

Just Cause 2 is mindless fun though. The story is laughably bad, but hijacking a plane, flying it far above the clouds, then jumping out and landing on top of a skyscraper after a minute of free falling is worth $5 alone. smile
3787  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Streaming from PC to PS3? on: July 02, 2011, 12:17:20 PM
The regular media player doesn't support enough formats and isn't tailored for streaming to the PS3. I wouldn't use it unless you know for a fact that everything you need to stream works perfectly with it.
3788  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Streaming from PC to PS3? on: July 02, 2011, 11:44:37 AM
Use PS3 Media Server. That's about as easy as it gets.
3789  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Empty your pockets please. on: June 30, 2011, 07:55:39 PM

Quote from: Freezer-TPF- on June 30, 2011, 07:37:15 PM

Quote from: gellar on June 30, 2011, 07:33:48 PM

Quote from: Freezer-TPF- on June 30, 2011, 07:32:56 PM

Interesting.  All these years, I have been packing inefficiently.  I do not have a smartphone, but when I carry my cell I put it in my right pocket.

So when you start the car or open a door, you swap your keys from left hand to right hand?

I swap to start the car, of course, but I don't swap to unlock a door.

Clearly, I need some time and motion studies.

You are a flawed human being.  icon_razz
3790  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Empty your pockets please. on: June 30, 2011, 06:39:29 PM

Quote from: Freezer-TPF- on June 30, 2011, 05:47:02 PM

Why do you so many of you freaks carry your keys in your right pocket?  Everyone knows they go in the left pocket.

That's where my smartphone goes. I can lift it up with my left hand and use the right hand to interact with it without having to swap between the two. Since I can't keep my keys in the same pocket as my smartphone, the keys go in the right pocket... Which also means that when I pick them up I do so with my dominant hand.
3791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX Kinect on: June 30, 2011, 04:58:01 PM

Quote from: skystride on June 30, 2011, 04:52:43 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 30, 2011, 04:40:50 PM

Every time I mention these things, someone always brings up head tracking as if it's a trump card. Even that amazes me. If you use head tracking to, say, control where you look in a racing game, you'd have to turn your eyes in the opposite direction of where you'd move them in real life, removing any advantage and realism this was supposed to bring in the first place, and also making the whole thing awkward.

Huh eyes move opposite direction?  That doesn't make sense.  It's not awkward for anyone that uses Track-IR so why would it be awkward here?  The legitimate concern is how precise it would be compared to Track-IR.

As an example: If you're trying to look left, you'll move your head in that direction, but in order to keep watching the screen you have to look towards the RIGHT with your eyes, even if it's ever so slightly.
3792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX Kinect on: June 30, 2011, 04:40:50 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on June 30, 2011, 04:15:45 PM

Thank you for your opinion

No seriously! It's not something I just say. I've thought quite a lot about the potential uses of Kinect in gaming, and I'm still coming up short. Dance Central was a good example of how it could be used, but I've seen nothing else that has come anywhere close to that in gameplay.

There's tons of issues with it. The most obvious one is that you simply can't use it for traditional games in any way, shape or form. It won't let you control a shooter. It won't let you control a racing game (properly, that is). It won't let you play platformers. All it does is party games with limited input. Every time I mention these things, someone always brings up head tracking as if it's a trump card. Even that amazes me. If you use head tracking to, say, control where you look in a racing game, you'd have to turn your eyes in the opposite direction of where you'd move them in real life, removing any advantage and realism this was supposed to bring in the first place, and also making the whole thing awkward.

But Kinect isn't supposed to be used alone, some may say. I say bullshit! If you use the regular 360 controller with Kinect, which arm are you supposed to use? You have to awkwardly (that word seems to crop up a lot when talking about Kinect) let go of the controller while you do your hand movements, whatever they are. The 360 controller just isn't made for that kind of thing, and the result would be problematic for both hands. You'd end up relying on your feet (which means you'd have to move any furniture like tables out of the way) or your head (see above), neither of which would work particularly well. 

The Kinect might have been a PR success for Microsoft and an interesting experiment, but as a true gaming aid it's a colossal failure (so far at least. Who knows, there might be some obscure but brilliant trick to it that has yet to be revealed. I doubt it though).
3793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX Kinect on: June 30, 2011, 04:07:05 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 30, 2011, 03:30:25 PM

7 months or so later and I hereby nominate the Kinect as my most overrated gaming device of 2010.   icon_cry

I'm still amazed that people ever believed that it would be otherwise.
3794  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Empty your pockets please. on: June 29, 2011, 08:21:49 PM
Whenever I wear pants (ie. not now Tongue ) I always carry the same few things: My phone, my keys (one for my bike, one for my apartment), and a thin metal box containing a debit card and my membership card for the nearest fitness center.

When I wear a jacket, I also carry around lip balm, the code card for my bank's online services, and my access card at work (unless it's the weekend). Sometimes I also carry around a pack of mints.
3795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Too late for a PS3? on: June 29, 2011, 05:19:56 PM

Quote from: Purge on June 29, 2011, 04:54:43 PM

The PS3 exclusive titles are less in number, but higher grade in more cases.

Unless you're counting XBLA games (which really shouldn't count for the most part, with a few rare exceptions), that's simply not true. The PS3 has more exclusives than the 360, and they are more varied too. It seems that Microsoft isn't willing to gamble on anything that isn't completely mainstream (Kinect notwithstanding), which means most of their exclusives are pretty basic shooters.
3796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Too late for a PS3? on: June 28, 2011, 02:08:13 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 28, 2011, 01:56:05 PM

Microsoft just this week said they thought the 360 was halfway through it's life cycle.  icon_eek 

Of course, that could be smoke and mirrors.

If they keep up what they've been doing for the last two E3's, the 360 will be completely irrelevant in a few years. Even GameTrailers (which seems to give the 360 higher scores just for being the 360) made fun of Microsoft's lackluster E3 presentation this year.
3797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 6 months in whats been your GOTY up to now? on: June 26, 2011, 01:49:53 PM
Out of those choices? The Witcher 2.
3798  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The conservative image on: June 25, 2011, 07:42:27 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 25, 2011, 03:04:32 PM

I'm gonna chime in and say how sad I am that the words "liberal" and "conservative" have been co-opted by these religious and political idiots and turned into words used to demonize people.    Oh you are a liberal?  You are a bleeding heart and want to hug trees and love socialism.  Oh you are conservative?  You believe in equal rights for everyone who is white and Christian and enjoy screwing over everyone who isn't you.   When did these statements become divisional?  Conservative used to mean 'careful'. (He was more conservative with his lead foot as gas prices were so high) Liberal used to me 'use a lot of'.  (He placed a liberal amount of sauce on his wings)   It makes me a sad sad panda.

I dunno. I'm not terribly influenced by the party rhetoric since I'm a dirty foreigner, but I've always read those words as "traditionalist" (conservative. Let's keep doing the safe stuff that has always worked) and "supporter of freedom" (liberal. Let's think forward and pull up some roots, for liberty). Your descriptions seem to be written by conservatives, considering most people would always side with them if those were the way things really worked. Yet that's not the case. For example, the last conservative president (Bush) used an absurd amount of money and military resources during his terms compared to what most presidents do, yet a large amount of conservatives seem to support him in that.
3799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [3DS] Zelda: Ocarina of Time on: June 25, 2011, 02:31:31 PM

Quote from: Misguided on June 25, 2011, 02:23:14 PM

That's interesting. The only change I ever noticed was the screen dimming when switching to 3D. Perhaps the titles I've seen are designed with the 3D in mind. That would imply that a strictly 2D game could be, in theory, vastly superior graphically?

This is kind of complicated. I don't know how the 3DS works internally, but I'd guess the hardware is designed with some shortcuts to render objects to two almost identical screens quickly. There are many ways to cheat to make this stuff fast. Most games will probably have the option (for the developers) of improving the graphics quality if you turn 3D off, but it's up to them to implement it. Zelda adds anti-aliasing when you turn off the 3D, which makes the graphics look more smooth. 

I don't think we're going to see any strictly 2D games on this platform, but I guess a game with absolutely no 3D support could push the hardware a bit further. Not enough to be worth it though.

Btw, has anyone else noticed that the screen feels larger when you turn 3D on in Zelda? Every time I turn off 3D I'm surprised by how small the screen suddenly appears.
3800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [3DS] Zelda: Ocarina of Time on: June 25, 2011, 08:24:26 AM
Games on the 3DS obviously require more processing power when using the 3D effect. There's no free "magic trick" to avoid this, though there are tricks that reduce the power needed. The effect is minimal in Zelda though. You can see a slight dip in framerate when you go from 2D to 3D, but it's barely noticeable.
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