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3801  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle Fire, Touch and Keyboard unveiled! Lending Unleashed! on: January 08, 2012, 09:55:31 PM

Quote from: heloder on January 08, 2012, 09:38:21 PM

Then why do they have built in WiFi and links to the Amazon Storefront? Why is one of the advertised bullet point features the ability to shop for books on it? Is that just to tease its customers with functionality that's barely usable?

My 3rd generation Kindle (and my 2nd generation for that matter) has no issues accessing the Amazon store, and I've bought books that way multiple times, both through Wifi and 3G.
3802  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Silent Hill: Revelation 3D on: January 08, 2012, 08:23:14 PM
Am I the only one who thought the first movie was quite... well, crap? It was filled to the brim with bad horror cliches (something runs in front of the camera! A small girl walks away and the protagonist follows!) and things that happen simply because the writer thought it would look cool, and nothing makes any kind of sense. It wasn't scary at all.
3803  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle Fire, Touch and Keyboard unveiled! Lending Unleashed! on: January 07, 2012, 07:35:35 PM

Quote from: KC on January 07, 2012, 06:55:07 PM

I have heard good things about e-ink, but would like a multipurpose device if the reading experience doesn't suffer. 

It does.

The problem with discussing e-ink is that if you haven't seen it in action it's impossible to understand just what kind of impact it has. I'd recommend finding an e-ink device and reading a bit on it to see what it's all about. An LCD screen can never compete in terms of comfort, readability and battery time (by far!). You have to ask yourself if you want to sacrifice reading comfort for something that can do more than display books. Personally I'd rather have an additional device for the stuff that has nothing to do with books, and use an e-ink Kindle for actual reading.
3804  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Friggin' Lucas just can't leave the franchise alone! on: January 06, 2012, 09:02:27 PM
Pull out! You're not doing any good back there!
3805  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Friggin' Lucas just can't leave the franchise alone! on: January 06, 2012, 08:29:56 PM
Ah, one more chance for the porn industry to show that they don't know the first thing about comedy. Also, Vivid makes the most dull porn of them all. It's a winning combination! At least it's got novelty value.
3806  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: 10 years of Camelot on: January 06, 2012, 10:02:37 AM
I think DAoC was my first MMORPG. I didn't play it for very long, and quit after the third consecutive session in a row where I logged out with less XP than I logged in with. Not my idea of fun, but then again, this was before the design conventions for games changed from "punish mistakes" into "reward success".
3807  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 05, 2012, 10:07:59 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 05, 2012, 10:02:48 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 05, 2012, 09:54:53 PM

[IMG]http://media.riemurasia.net/albumit/mmedia/lp/8kv/hggt/3175/892120833.gif[/IMG

fail!

AND it's a midget joke too. Double fail!
3808  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: January 05, 2012, 09:56:13 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on January 05, 2012, 06:33:32 PM

The one thing DA2 did that frustrated people but made tactics crumble was the spawning/parachuting of enemies into areas you considered cleared out. Half way through a fight you would clear out an area only to suddenly be attacked from there again. Unless you had a building at your back you could never be sure somebody wouldn't come from that direction.

A building at your back offered no safety as enemies could climb out of windows, jump down from roofs, or even teleport right on top of you just to rub it in. In fact, there was no rational way to defend against waves as there was no logical pattern to where they appeared from. The best way to deal with them was to retreat to outside of the battlefield, forcing spawned enemies to approach from one direction. There are no limits to how idiotic the respawn mechanism was.
3809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is there a "right" view to play the Witcher from? on: January 05, 2012, 09:52:22 PM
I always played The Witcher top-down. Worked perfectly well for me.
3810  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2 on: January 05, 2012, 01:13:37 PM

Quote from: hepcat on January 05, 2012, 01:08:57 PM

hot can also mean popular.

And almost certainly does so in this case.
3811  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Saving from a Program in Windows 7 on: January 05, 2012, 08:37:55 AM

Quote from: Doopri on January 05, 2012, 05:36:10 AM

ah neat good to hear about the protected status of program files (i didnt know this here - i always hated saving to root and sort of defaulted to program files for my "misc" stuff).

It's okay for a regular user to not be aware of this stuff. It's worse when developers aren't aware of it, and horrifying when they decide to write bizarre and completely unsafe "workarounds" for what they consider to be a problem in Windows. I've had to educate my share of fellow developers who haven't had the faintest idea how to cooperate with Windows instead of brute forcing every problem they come across.

Quote
is it okay to just create a root\"whatever"\ file and save my stuff there instead of program files?

Yes and no. It's "okay" in the sense that Windows will allow it, but it's not a smart thing to do and certainly not what Microsoft intended when they designed the system. Windows Vista and up are designed so that installed applications go into one of the Program Files folders (requiring administrator rights during the installation) where they'll be protected against unwanted changes (like from a virus or worm) unless the user manually confirms elevated rights. By installing applications elsewhere you forfeit this protection, leaving your applications open to all kinds of bad stuff, including user errors.

If at all possible you should try to keep your applications in Program Files and everything else in your user folder or in libraries.
3812  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 05, 2012, 06:27:37 AM

Quote from: Rowdy on January 04, 2012, 11:08:14 PM

#15 on that list makes me crazy.  Pick up the damn phone you just called me!

I get the impression that it's the result of the phone system getting confused. The person you're calling is probably calling either you or someone else at the very moment you call back, and instead of getting the busy signal you just keep ringing. I've had it happen several times myself. I blame modern cell phones with their ability to handle multiple calls at the same time.
3813  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is File Sharing a Religion? on: January 04, 2012, 08:52:33 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 04, 2012, 08:30:12 PM

I wonder how this could be ruled over here, with freedom of religion and all that.  can we say that a religion in another country is banned? 

There's no need to ban a religion. All you need to do is not recognize it. For example, Norway doesn't recognize Scientology as a religion, and thus they get no special treatment here (well, except for the fact that they get ridiculed in the major newspapers every time they try one of their stunts).
3814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: January 04, 2012, 06:15:08 AM

Quote from: Turtle on January 03, 2012, 11:54:27 PM

All I want is the combat of DA2

I'm not sure I do. It seemed interesting at first, but after about 1/3 of the game I realized that every fight was almost exactly the same in terms of tactics and actions. My party was so specifically built to support each other that not doing things in the planned way was just ineffective. The idea was good, but it's one of those that turn out to not work so well in practice.
3815  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on: January 03, 2012, 09:40:16 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 03, 2012, 09:20:51 PM

One of these things is not like the others.  Which one is different, do you know?  Can you tell which thing is not like others?  I'll tell you if it is so!

I know! I know! The last one is different because it's about a role someone didn't get instead of a role they actually played.





But that's not the answer you were looking for, is it? Tongue The last quote is a very different situation from the others in any case, though whining is never charming.
3816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I got a PS3 for Christmas... now what? on: January 03, 2012, 01:51:14 PM
Well, you've got Uncharted, Heavy Rain and Little Big Planet 2 covered already, so that's the big ones right there. If you like shooters you should have a look at the Killzone games too, and perhaps Resistance 3. If you've played Dark Souls you might want to play Demon's Soul. If not, I'd just skip directly to Dark Souls even though it's not exclusive. Many people are probably going to recommend the Infamous games, but I never liked them much.

You should also take a look at the Playstation Store. There you'll find such must-haves as Super Stardust HD, Echochrome, Flower, and PixelJunk Shooter.
3817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 02, 2012, 09:38:28 PM

Quote from: Blackhawk on January 02, 2012, 09:33:48 PM

Quote from: Azhag on January 02, 2012, 07:00:29 PM

Look online for the DLC reviews. Most only really provide 2-3 hours of gameplay, so up to you if it's worth it.

I did that, and other than Shadow Broker, got reviews that were all over the place.  One says to avoid Arrival like the plague, the next says it is the best of the lot.

I think that as long as you mix them in with the rest of the missions as a first-time player, they'll all be good. It's when they're more or less stand-alone (for those of us who played them after finishing everything else) that the weaknesses come to the forefront.

In any case, play Shadow Broker if nothing else. It's good, and it can have a large impact on the ME2-campaign.
3818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games Finished 2012 -Console and PC Games on: December 31, 2011, 12:11:17 PM
Finished 28 games last year, which is slightly less than the year before. Most of them were pure quality however. Last year's post is here.

I'm sticking the Vita and PSP categories together since I'll be playing all my PSP games on the Vita anyway.

Games Finished in 2012

PC
  • Bastion
  • Civilization 5 - Listing it since I completed another full round.
  • Diablo 3
  • Dishonored
  • Far Cry 3
  • Legend of Grimrock
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Max Payne 3
  • Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
  • The Walking Dead: Episode 1
  • Warhammer 40k: Space Marine
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Completed on Classic difficulty without alien health displays.


PS3
  • Assassin's Creed 3
  • Dragon's Dogma
  • Journey


Vita / PSP
  • Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation
  • Little Big Planet Vita
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss (3 times!)


3DS
  • Resident Evil Revelations

3819  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: The Ocean Marketing customer service debacle on: December 30, 2011, 07:05:06 PM
This guy no longer just needs a public shaming. His career needs to burn.
3820  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on: December 30, 2011, 08:37:05 AM
The book is the same in that regard. It's only with the two following books that Salander's backstory is dealt with in any way. Both movies (the Swedish and the American) actually take and use a part of the story from the second book (the burning) to give her a bit more nuance, though not enough that it isn't still a mystery.
3821  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: The Ocean Marketing customer service debacle on: December 29, 2011, 09:40:44 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 29, 2011, 09:28:20 PM

Quote from: gellar on December 29, 2011, 09:21:52 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 29, 2011, 08:57:52 PM

This kind of stuff should be reserved for pedophiles and murderers.

Wat.

The threats.

Edit - Actually, you know what?  It's more than the threats.  It's taking active joy in trying to bring someone down.  I don't get that mentality.

It's because the assholes usually get away with it, and Paul would have gotten away with it too if Penny Arcade hadn't been involved. There are few things as satisfying as seeing an asshole get his comeuppance. Hell, if he had apologized (honestly, not like the stupid "let's see if I can placate these guys without admitting anything" efforts he's made so far) and tried to be humble, the shitstorm would have stopped almost immediately and this would have been a non-issue. Instead the guy keeps making it worse and worse for himself, egging on everyone in the process. Everything that has happened to him so far in this case (except threats, though I've yet to see a single one of them verified by anyone but Paul himself, and he's as questionable as sources come. He's even twisting the things Mike wrote to him, despite the fact that evidence to the contrary has been openly available online since day 1) has been well deserved and then some. Paul needs to hear this over and over until he realizes how much he fucked up.

Honestly, this is all his own damned fault. He's had opportunity after opportunity to stop this, he's been warned over and over again, and nobody (except the hypothetical threatener) has done anything beyond merely highlighting the guy's own words. He's doing this to himself and doesn't want to listen to the advice of people who're trying to help him.

Save your sympathies. They are lost on him.
3822  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: The Ocean Marketing customer service debacle on: December 29, 2011, 06:14:00 PM
Quote from: Paul Christoforo in Forbes
I mean, I’m all right. There’s a lot of bad stuff on me right now, but today was a pretty good day. MSNBC put a real favourable piece up on me, there are a couple of radio interviews that I’m going to do, Spike TV’s going to come to my house on Monday to shoot a piece on me.

LOL, this guy just isn't very bright. What's the mental condition called where you're not able to see your own character flaws regardless of how obvious they should be?
3823  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: smear campaign against Penny Arcade on: December 28, 2011, 10:29:04 PM
Sooner or later the reality is going to come crashing down on him. I'm starting to suspect he'll self-destruct when that happens, rather than take any blame for himself and actually learn something from all of this.
3824  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: smear campaign against Penny Arcade on: December 28, 2011, 08:05:08 PM

Quote from: gellar on December 28, 2011, 07:10:00 PM

That's pretty clearly a fake twitter account, yo.

It's most definitely fake, but this thing has escalated to the point where people have stopped asking questions and blindly accept anything as gospel. It was particularly absurd on the PA forums where people kept reposting stuff from that Twitter account even though every other post pointed out that it's fake.
3825  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on: December 28, 2011, 09:05:39 AM

Quote from: D.A.Lewis on December 28, 2011, 01:32:42 AM

Quote from: TiLT on December 21, 2011, 08:18:25 PM

I've been on a bit of a Millennium-binge lately. I started reading the first book 2 1/2 weeks ago and finished the last one this last Sunday. Also watched the Swedish movie, and I just now came back from watching the American version at the theater.

First of all, I was a bit disappointed in the Swedish movie. . . .

Tilt, did you see all the Swedish movies? They made one for each book. I liked the orignal movies a lot, but obviously not as much as the books. Its sorta sad that we only got to experience 3 books from this very gifted writer. I plan on seeing the American version this week - thanks for the comparison/review. 

I'm planning to see the two other movies soon. smile
3826  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: smear campaign against Penny Arcade on: December 28, 2011, 09:01:38 AM
It's quite incredible to see how much force the Fifth Estate (the Blogosphere) can bring to bear in some cases, and this time it was also entirely justified. This guy not only fucked up initially, but he even managed to fuck up his apology by making it crystal clear that it was only because of Penny Arcade's power he was apologizing, not because he was truly sorry. A lesson in humility was very much required here.
3827  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on: December 27, 2011, 02:49:46 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on December 27, 2011, 01:55:46 PM


It's not, but it's way, way more faithful than the Swedish version. In a twist of irony, the American version is the more complex of the two, while the Swedish one appears dumbed down.
3828  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nearly 20 years on,what are your thoughts on Alien 3? on: December 23, 2011, 12:12:39 PM
I always disliked Aliens and could never see what people think is so awesome about that movie. It's overacted and filled with idiot, subordinate marines. I much prefer the original Alien, and I consider the 3rd movie to be the second best as it went back to the roots of what made Alien so good. The less I have to hear the so-called great quotes from Aliens, the better.
3829  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 'EngineNo9 Kicked Us Out of the Other Thread' Buffy Discussion Thread on: December 22, 2011, 10:12:57 PM
There's a very, very good supporting character who appears in season 2.
3830  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on: December 22, 2011, 02:48:49 PM

Quote from: Turtle on December 22, 2011, 12:07:12 PM

I watched the original movies, but I haven't read the books. Anyone care to spoiler on why the American remake is more accurate to the books?

That's a way more complex question than you think, so I'll limit myself to some vague, very important points in my mind: (huge spoilers!)

Spoiler for Hiden:
The Swedish movie changes the personalities of both Blomkvist and Salander. Blomkvist is insecure, unattractive, slow, and never solves a damn thing on his own. This is totally unlike in the books where he's confident, attractive, quick-witted and draws many important conclusions without needing Salander to do it for him. The movie had Salander join his case on her own accord, solving the mystery with the bible verses without Blomkvist even being aware of her existence. In the book Blomkvist figures out the significance of the verses with a clue accidentally given to him by his daughter, and later hires Salander after Dirch Frode accidentally spills the beans about hiring her before. In the Swedish movie Blomkvist accidentally stumbles into the main bad guy and gets captured by him without having a single clue about what's going on. In the book Blomkvist has more or less solved the mystery by the time the confrontation happens, and he retains more control. All of these things are done right in the new movie.

Speaking of the bad guy, his personality changed quite a bit in the Swedish movie too. He desperately wants to know what happened to Harriet and encourages the investigation into her disappearance in the book, but in the movie he barely even appears before the end, where he seems dull-witted and uncaring. He's supposed to be slightly off the hinges, actually screaming at Blomkvist to tell him what happened to Harriet when neither of them actually knows a thing. Once again the American movie handles it right.

Salander falls in love with Blomkvist during their investigation and actually wants to begin a more serious relationship with him in the end, but something happens (related to Blomkvist's personality. I'm being purposefully vague here) that hurts her badly, and she decides to cut him off from her life. In the Swedish movie the only hint of this is that she gives him an awkward kiss and runs out the door. Her dislike of Blomkvist is important to the second and third book, so I have no idea how the Swedish sequels fix the way they ended up in the first movie. The American movie stays very close to the book's version of events.

The Wennerström affair gets much more focus in the book, including Millennium's role in the whole thing and how the magazine plans to get out of its problems (which ends up tying into Blomkvist's investigation of the Vanger family). The whole thing gets proper closure in the book, whereas the Swedish movie glosses over it and more or less leaves it hanging with only some vague clues left. The American movie shows the whole sequence of events and gives it more or less the same closure as the book.

Blomkvist's relationship with the editor of Millennium is barely even mentioned in the original movie, while it gets much more attention in the new one. It's an extremely central part of Blomkvist's personality in the books, quite possibly his biggest flaw, and can't be glossed over without making the character feel flat.

There's plenty of dialogue throughout the entire movie that's been changed in the Swedish movie for no apparent reason. The American movie stays close to the book regarding what people say.

The Swedish movie spends a long time focusing on things that aren't important while the American movie keeps moving forward at a brisk pace. The result is that the latter manages to cram in much more plot from the book.

There's plenty more, but these are just some of the more obvious ones.
3831  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on: December 21, 2011, 10:32:25 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 21, 2011, 10:00:57 PM

I read the first book at the beginning of the year while i was in Hospital and enjoyed it although it was slow to get into and the last 50-100 pages or so weren't needed IMO,but i have been trying to get into the second book and just can't do it

The second book has the slowest start of all three. In fact, I don't think you even get to know what the book is about until about 25% into it. Once you do however, it keeps a solid pace all the way to the end of book 3. The last two books are really just two separate parts of the same story, whereas the first book stood well enough alone. Once you get past the very long introduction in book 2 you'll be hooked.

Quote from: kronovan on December 21, 2011, 10:19:11 PM

Out of the US cast Rooney Mara seemed to be the unknown entity - how's her performance as Lisbeth Salander?

She's closer to her description in the book. Noomi Rapace made Salander sexy, but that's not really what she's supposed to be. Rooney Mara makes Salander younger and more androgynous, with a bit more of an edge to her.

3832  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on: December 21, 2011, 08:18:25 PM
I've been on a bit of a Millennium-binge lately. I started reading the first book 2 1/2 weeks ago and finished the last one this last Sunday. Also watched the Swedish movie, and I just now came back from watching the American version at the theater.

First of all, I was a bit disappointed in the Swedish movie. It's not a cultural thing either, seeing as I'm Norwegian. It just felt a bit cheap, not to mention that it changed the plot in completely random ways that never made any sense (as in, there was no reason why they couldn't just keep the original plots) and skipped important things. It also changed the personalities of major characters, particularly Blomkvist who felt like an incompetent fool in the movie. Several times throughout the movie I was also thinking that I would never have been able to understand important plot points if I hadn't read the book before.

Now here's the interesting thing: The new American version isn't Americanized at all. It's still set in Sweden and is actually way more faithful to the book than the Swedish movie was, and it covers a lot more of the plot without ever feeling like it requires knowledge of the book first (not that I'm in an excellent position to judge this considering my fresh knowledge of both the book and the film). No personalities are changed (well, at least not important ones. They toned down the Nazis a bit for some reason, including Harald Vanger who now appeared merely meek instead of hateful). One character's role in the story is completely changed however, but I can see why they did it and it doesn't hurt the movie at all. Both Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara are closer to their book counterparts than Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace were in the Swedish movie. There are no attempts to hide the violence and nudity, and in fact it appears they've been a bit more bold here, showing more of everything without going too far. The plot moves faster, but always stays manageable because of the skillful way in which it's handled.

All in all, the new movie is way better than the old one in my opinion.
3833  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman 3, aka Dark Knight Rising on: December 20, 2011, 04:57:47 PM
I think it's a very good thing they changed his look. I mean, in those drawings even Bane's muscles have muscles!
3834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/19) on: December 19, 2011, 06:35:44 AM
Already got Trine 2 on the PC, so... nothing!
3835  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Kim Jong Il has died on: December 19, 2011, 06:34:53 AM
I'm glad the old bastard died (there are very few people in the world whose death would make me happy, but this is one of them). It's not going to help stabilize the situation in Korea though. My impression is that the military is actually pretty powerful politically and may challenge the leader of the country, which is why Kim Jong-il occasionally threatened South Korea. It wasn't to scare the South Koreans, but to show the North Korean military who's in charge. With Kim Jong-il gone, the military could attempt a coup, which is even more likely when you consider that Kim Jong-il's oldest son is being skipped for leadership already, to be replaced with his younger brother.
3836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: December 19, 2011, 06:17:38 AM
LoL does require you to keep items from the beginning until the very end, which is unusual today. At least the game makes it clear that these items are important (I mean, the king sends you to pick up the Ruby of Truth and bring it to him. You shouldn't abandon that mission, after all). AFAIK, LoL2 also requires earlier items to complete the game, but there's often nothing to really separate them from the other things you find.
3837  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PSP2 Revealed, Codenamed 'NGP' aka PlayStation Vita on: December 19, 2011, 06:14:48 AM

Quote from: Destructor on December 19, 2011, 04:25:53 AM

Quote from: Canuck on December 17, 2011, 08:37:15 AM

The PSP Vita is out!!! (in Japan)
Restrained myself from picking one up today.  To be honest I'm not sure if there are even any wifi versions available.  They're probably all sold out.  Pretty decent starting line up.  They've got Uncharted and Let's Golf.  Those are two must have games. smile

One DAY later, the hackers are already running unsigned code on the device. *facedesk*

Yes, but only in the PSP emulator, using hacks that were already known. I don't know why those loopholes weren't closed, but they don't give access to the Vita iself.
3838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: December 18, 2011, 08:36:00 PM

Quote from: Crawley on December 18, 2011, 06:30:24 PM

For example you get something called Vahlen's Cube. It's used to destroy a magic barrier. Once used it's gone. Well after working you way up to the 4th level of this tower you encounter all these ghosts. The only way to hurt the ghosts is using Vahlen's cube. Problem is if you used it up to destroy the second barrier you have no cube. There is no way to survive the ghosts without the cube. So that means you have to load an older save before you used the cube. Hell even with the cube the ghost area is brutally difficult.

That's actually not really true. A couple of walkthroughs insist on what you're saying, but as long as you use emerald swords, that part of the game just becomes more difficult instead. The first time I finished the game I don't think I used the cube at all for that part, and was pretty surprised when I saw the walkthroughs suggested using it. It's a notoriously hard section though, one of the most difficult levels I've ever played in a computer game.

I just finished my replay of LoL this week myself. It was an awesome experience this time as well, but I also noticed what you're saying. I guess it's hard to avoid for such an old game, particularly since people had other ideas about game design at the time than what we expect today. There are a couple of situations where using the right item can make a HUGE difference (such as with the cube), but there are no in-game hints that can lead you to this conclusion. Even so, the game holds up really, really well and was fun from beginning to end. It was also much shorter than I seemed to remember. For someone who doesn't waste much time, it shouldn't be a problem to go through the entire thing in less than 10 hours.
3839  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PayPal email warning on: December 15, 2011, 08:28:54 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 15, 2011, 04:43:19 PM

also I have never had PayPal spam emails until i joined PayPal,which is another excellent reason to close my account if i also don't use it

There is absolutely no relation. PayPal has grown to the size and power that they have to be just about as secure as a real bank. Nobody has access to your account information. That you suddenly started getting PayPal spam happened by pure random chance. You being registered or not at PayPal will make no difference whatsoever regarding your security, your received spam, or what the spammers know about you. The only danger is yourself and whether you respond to spammers. Hell, I've received spam like that from people pretending to be my local bank, and then we're talking about a niche market (Norway) with a niche language (Norwegian). PayPal is huge, and spammers can easily afford spending a little time sending their emails to random addresses simply because membership is so common.

Ignore all emails that tell you that you need to update your account information. Never follow links you receive in emails. Never open attachments from unknown sources (or known sources if the email received is out of character). Those three rules are all you need to be safe in the world of email.
3840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC gaming more expensive then consoles? on: December 14, 2011, 08:22:40 AM

Quote from: jersoc on December 14, 2011, 08:12:22 AM

Quote
Whilst building
ITS FUCKING WHILE, WHILE. whilst doesn't make you sound smarter. it makes you sound like a douche that i would punch on the road just for seeing your stupid douche face.

It's a perfectly valid word in the UK, which is where the article was written. Or do you expect Brits to write American English?
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